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Hunt for bogus asthma cure threatens pangolins

The most trafficked mammal on the planet is in dangerous declineOne of nature’s most remarkable creatures, the pangolin, is being driven to extinction as hunting and trafficking have soared in recent years. Studies have discovered that hundreds of thousands of these distinctive, scaly animals are now being killed every year to satisfy markets in Asia, making it the most trafficked and poached mammal on Earth.The pangolin is hunted for its meat – and also for its scales, which are believed to hav...
Tags: Illegal wildlife trade, Animals, Wildlife, Asthma, Conservation, Africa, World news


Limerick-Off Monday – Rhyme Word: GROWN or GROAN at the end of any one line

It’s Limerick-Off time, once again. And that means I write a limerick, and you write your own, using the same rhyme word. Then you post your limerick(s) as a comment to this post and, if you’re a Facebook user, on Facebook too. I hope you’ll join me in writing limericks using GROWN or GROAN at the end of any one line. (Homonyms or homophones are fine.) The best submission will be crowned Limerick-Off Award Winner. (Here’s last week’s Limerick-Off Award Winner.) Additionally, you may write theme...
Tags: Animal & Pet Humor, Behavior & Personality, Contests, Limerick & Haiku Prompts, Limerick Competition, Limerick Contest, Limerick Writing Contest, Limerick-Offs, Limericks, Poetry & Prompts, Poetry Contest, Animals, Animals Poetry, Competition Limerick, Divorce Humor, Divorce Limerick


Drugged orangutan found in Russian's airline luggage

Police at Indonesian airport also found two live geckos and five lizards in suitcaseA Russian tourist attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Indonesia in his suitcase to bring home and keep as a pet has been arrested in Bali, police said on Saturday.Andrei Zhestkov was detained in Denpasar airport late on Friday while passing through a security screening before a planned flight back to Russia. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Animal welfare, Indonesia, Russia, Asia Pacific


Revenge of the dead cow

A man working in an Aalen, Germany slaughterhouse was hospitalized with serious injuries last month after being kicked in the face by a cow. The curious thing is that the cow had already been "“killed according to regulations." It was hanging from a meathook when the attack occurred. According to the Associated Press, police reported that the kick was "due to a nerve impulse that experts say isn’t uncommon." (Weird Universe) (glitched image of: "Cow (Swiss Braunvieh breed)" by Daniel Schwen...
Tags: Post, Animals, Cattle, Cows, Slaughterhouses, Weird, Zombie Cow


Human and opossum are best friends

Meet “Kika my opossum,” says IMGURian overlordzelli. “I am a huge sucker for yawning animals. She's very excited for outside cuddles” “For years I thought my spirit animal was a cat but now I'm realizing I'm basically just a trash cat like Kika.” “I love her so much.” I agree with what this one commenter points out: “Opossums can’t contract rabies and they eat ticks. My favorite trash cat.” OverlordZelli: She's actually a rescue. We found her mom dead after falling out of a tree during a...
Tags: Post, Animals, Aww, Critters, Mammals, Marsupials, Possums, Trash Panda


The 10 Best Animal Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2019

Sure, Ariana Grande may be Instagram’s most popular user. But not all your follows have to be celebrities — or even humans. Enter the world of the Instagram pet, an eclectic mix of dogs, cats and other creatures who are just as famous as plenty of real-life people — if not more so. These furry…
Tags: Uncategorized, Animals, Onetime, Social Media


Pistols Or Handguns 95% Effective When Used To Defend Against Bear Attacks, 63 Cases

Dean Weingarten at Ammoland. In January 2018, I published some original research on the efficacy of pistols in stopping bear attacks. It started with this observation, on the Internet, and in print, many people claim that pistols lack efficacy in defending against bear attacks. Here is an example that occurred on freerepublic.com: “Actually, there are legions of people who have been badly mauled after using a handgun on a bear. Even some of the vaunted magnums.” OK, give us a few examples. As y...
Tags: Animals, Bear Attacks


Hen Harriers on the verge of extinction due to gamekeepers killing illegally

A new study reveals that hen harriers are being killed at an alarming rate on U.K. grouse moors. Scientists found that gamekeepers are eliminating these birds, which are on the verge of extinction in England because they hunt red grouse. Conservationists have been tagging hen harriers in the U.K. for several years and discovered that 72 percent of the birds involved in studies have come up missing. The researchers believe the majority of these birds were killed illegally. Related: Don’t forget ...
Tags: England, Design, News, Animals, United Kingdom, Endangered Species, Don, Conservationists, Hen Harriers, Red Grouse


Danish billionaires plan to rewild large swath of Scottish Highlands

Scotland’s largest private landowners want to reverse years of land mismanagement, says adviserThe Danish billionaires who are now Scotland’s largest private landowners are trying to restore the Highlands for generations to come, one of their closest advisers has said. Related: Report calls for reform of 'unhealthy' land ownership in Scotland Continue reading...
Tags: Scotland, Animals, Environment, Communities, Society, UK News, Conservation, Trees and forests, Rural affairs, The National Trust, Hunting, Land Rights


What's So Terrible About Palm Oil?

If you haven’t heard of palm oil yet, it shouldn’t be all that unfamiliar. In fact, there’s a good chance it’s hiding in your cupboards and freezer aisles and in multiple forms, too (it’s often used in peanut butter and ice cream, for one). Palm oil is even used for a multitude of non-food purposes, like in soap and…Read more...
Tags: Animals, Conservation, Palm Oil, The Environment, Lifehacks, Buying, Palm


“Under-Cats”: Photographer Andrius Burba Captures Photos Of Cats From From Underneath In Colorful Backgrounds

British Shorthair According to Andrius Burba (previously featured here and here): “Hi guys, my name is Andrius Burba and I’m a photographer from Lithuania. I’m happy to present my new project photographed on the glass plate from underneath! “Underlook” project started four years ago when I saw a ridiculous looking picture on the Internet. It was a cat sitting on a glass table... Source
Tags: Design, Cats, Animals, Pets, Colorful, Lithuania, Andrius Burba, Underneath


The last of Africa's big tusker elephants – in pictures

Like living relics from a bygone era, the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants roam in a vast, remote wilderness in Kenya. In partnership with the Tsavo Trust NGO and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Will Burrard-Lucas spent months photographing these rare animals. His series of intimate portraits are captured in his book, Land of Giants Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Kenya, Lucas, Tsavo


Report calls for reform of 'unhealthy' land ownership in Scotland

Commission set up by Scottish government recommends new powers to split monopoliesScottish land ownership rules must be radically reformed to reverse the concentration of the countryside in the hands of a small number of ultra-wealthy individuals and public bodies, a major review has warned.The study by the Scottish Land Commission, a government quango, says that in extreme cases where landowners abuse their power they could face compulsory purchase or community buyouts. Continue reading...
Tags: Money, Scotland, Animals, Environment, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Property, The National Trust, Hunting, Land Rights, Scottish Land Commission


China clones 'Sherlock Holmes' police dog to cut training times – report

Kunxun was cloned from a police sniffer dog in Beijing but cost of process remains an obstacle Scientists in south-west China’s Yunnan province have reportedly cloned what they called the “Sherlock Holmes of police dogs” in a programme they hope will help cut training times and costs for police dogs.The dog, named Kunxun, was cloned from a police sniffer dog by the Beijing-based Sinogene Biotechnology Company and the Yunnan Agricultural University, with support from the Ministry of Public Securi...
Tags: Science, Dogs, China, Animals, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Sherlock Holmes, Global Times, Ministry of Public Security, Yunnan province, south west China, Kunxun, Sinogene Biotechnology Company, Yunnan Agricultural University


The Federal Government Will Pay You $1,000 to Adopt a Wild Horse

If you've wanted a horse your whole life, well, now is the time because the U.S. government will give you a whole grand to adopt one.
Tags: Life, Animals, Amazing, Bizarre, Gallery


Crucial animal protection laws for the sage grouse being eliminated by the White House

The White House is eliminating crucial animal protection laws for the sage grouse. The protections, originally put in place by President Barack Obama, are being rolled back to open millions of acres of land for gas and oil development. Conservationists warn the move could land the sage grouse back on the endangered species list. The Donald Trump administration’s new plan targets 8.7 million acres of Sagebrush Focal Areas, an important habitat for the sage grouse and hundreds of other wildlife. ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Design, News, Abc, Washington, White House, Animals, America, Barack Obama, Endangered Species, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Trump, Dakotas, Bernhardt


Baby turtles officially return to the beaches of Mumbai after largest beach clean up in history

Olive Ridley baby turtles have officially returned to the beaches of Mumbai, and it is all because one of the world’s largest beach clean-up efforts. Last summer, conservationists watched as over 80 baby turtles made their way across Mumbai’s Versova Beach, which was previously home to a massive garbage heap. “I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean,” Afroz Shah, an activist in Mumbai, shared. Related: Plastic pollution is causing reproductive problems for ocean wildlif...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Ocean, Plastic, United Nations, Landfill, Waste, Mumbai, Trash, Garbage, Shah, Ridley, Sea Turtles, Baby Turtles, Afroz Shah


Activists trying to prevent the vaquita porpoise from extinction

Researchers just confirmed the sad news that only around 10 vaquita porpoises remain in the wild. Unless immediate steps are taken, these sea creatures will undoubtedly become extinct over the next few years. Vaquita porpoises are among the ocean’s smallest cetaceans and they only reside in the northern Gulf of California. The update on population numbers comes after news of the first vaquita death this year. Scientists are expected to release more information on that front later this week. Rel...
Tags: Design, News, Mexico, Animals, Endangered Species, Gulf Of California, Vaquita, Porpoise, International Committee, Center for Biological Diversity, Lopez Obrador, Obrador, Gillnet, Mexico Andres Manual, Sarah Uhlemann


Pole position: human body might be able to pick up on Earth's magnetic field

Scientists say there are signs of humans having a subconscious magnetic senseIt sounds like a power to be boasted of by the X-Men, but researchers say humans might have the ability to pick up on Earth’s magnetic field.Many animals, from pigeons to turtles, use it to navigate, while research has shown cattle prefer to align themselves with the field when standing in, well, a field. Even dogs make use of it – albeit when defecating. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Animals, Neuroscience, UK News, World news, US news, Earth


Fantasy Birding Is Real, And It's Spectacular

I became unreasonably passionate about fantasy sports for the very first time in my life. Not fantasy football or baseball or anything like that. I got into fantasy birdwatching.
Tags: Science, Animals, Birds, Fantasy Sports, Birding


We Need to Talk About this Robo-Dog Companion That Jim Henson's Creature Shop Helped Design

A company called Tombot thinks it’s come up with a way to improve the quality of life for seniors facing challenges when it comes to being social: a robotic companion dog that behaves and responds like a real pup, but without all the responsibilities of maintaining a living, breathing animal. The company even enlisted…Read more...
Tags: Science, Crowdfunding, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Robots, Kickstarter, Jim Henson, Tombot, Jim Hensons Creature Shop


Here are some of the weirdest musical instrument ideas from NAMM

Trade shows can be a strenuous onslaught of noise, cost, and crowds – but then it’s often the weirdest stuff that makes it worth it. And no one finds strange quite like Barry Wood and his annual NAMM Oddities. Barry impressively tracks every kind of freakish appearance at the enormous US music instruments show, and it’s worth digging through his whole NAMM Oddities guide category by category ($1.2 million-dollar guitar straps and all). I’ve taken the liberty of picking some of my favorites fro...
Tags: Asia, Music, Germany, Animals, US, Stories, LEDs, Nashville, Instruments, Barry, Ukulele, Oddities, Instrument-design, Controllers, Namm, Pianos


Diva Shark Interrupts Live Underwater Broadcast

They were reporting from a mini-submarine
Tags: Television, News, Animals, Uncategorized, Viral


Man Tries to Convince People That Tortoises Are Delicious Cakes for Smuggling Purposes. It Did Not Go Over Well.

He could face a serious fine or imprisonment
Tags: News, Animals, Uncategorized, Bizarre


Scientists reactivate cells from 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth

The team managed to stimulate nucleus-like structures to perform some biological processes, but not cell division.Unless better technology and DNA samples emerge in the future, it's unlikely that scientists will be able to clone a woolly mammoth.Still, studying the DNA of woolly mammoths provides valuable insights into the genetic adaptations that allowed them to survive in unique environments. None A team of Japanese and Russian scientists has successfully "reawakened" cells from a 28,000-year-...
Tags: Japan, Science, Animals, Cnn, Mit, Genetics, Innovation, Yuka, Kei Miyamoto, Akira Iritani, George Church a Harvard, Iritani


IKEA teams up with London artists to upcycle old furniture into funky abodes for birds, bees, and bats

Although putting IKEA furniture together is known to cause immense stress for humans, the giant Swedish furniture store has now found a way to bring some peace to the world’s smallest critters. The company has just kicked off a collaboration with London–based artists, architects and designers on the new project, “Wild Homes for Wildlife” that sees old IKEA furniture being upcycled into unique animal abodes for bees, birds, bats and insects. The Wild Homes project is part of a celebration of the...
Tags: Design, London, Animals, Architecture, Gallery, Ikea, Greenwich, Green Design, Upcycling, Repurposed Materials, Little Sun, Greenwich London, Ikea Furniture, Bird Houses, Insect Houses, Wildlife Homes


'Lewis Hamilton of pigeons' sold for world record €1.25m

Racing pigeon Armando goes for huge sum after bidding war between Chinese enthusiastsA racing pigeon has been sold for a world record €1.25m (£1.1m) as a result of prices being driven sky-high by a craze for bird racing among an elite group of Chinese enthusiasts. Related: The rebirth of coo: reconsidering the pigeon – in pictures Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, China, Animals, Environment, Life and style, World news, Birds, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Lewis Hamilton, Belgium, Hobbies, Armando


Sir Freddie the ram's 50-year-old frozen sperm used to produce offspring

Australian researchers believe it is the oldest viable stored semen of any species in the worldDecades after his 1960s heyday, Sir Freddie the ram has sired offspring from beyond the grave in what researchers believe is a project that shows the world’s oldest viable stored semen.A team at the University of Sydney has defrosted Sir Freddie’s 50-year-old semen and that of three other rams and successfully impregnanted it in 34 merino ewes. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Australia news, New South Wales, Reproduction, University of Sydney, Freddie


Fantastic Beasts of Berlin: A Safari Park at the Tempelhofer Feld

I’m sure we’ve all experienced some bizarre sightings on Tempelhofer Feld – but still, the pictures that you’ll about to see in this post will most definitely surprise you. Wild animals running free along the same stretches of land that are usually frequented by skaters? Read on to see some fantastic impressions of wildlife captured in one of the most iconic urban locations of Berlin and find out what it’s all about. Few places epitomize Berlin’s free and open spirit like Tempelhofer Feld doe...
Tags: Photos, Art, Photography, Fashion, Animals, Berlin, Safari, Zoo, Endangered Species, Giraffe, Tempelhof, Tempelhofer Feld, Malte Jensen, Tempela National Park, Tempela Malte Jensen, Tempela


We Need More Games That Let You Play As Animals

Over the last weekend, I finally played some Ape Out. That game has some style. Though as I played it I realized something. Sadly, we don’t seem to get a lot of games anymore that give you control over an animal. That’s a shame, I love these games.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Kotaku Core, Goat Simulator, Sharks, Jaws, Eagle Flight, Depth, Ape Out, Untitled Goose Game, Hk Project