This is a wild fox who lives in the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone in Ukraine.
A record number of manatees have died in Florida in 2013 and the body count continues to climb with two more months left in the year.
The death toll reached a staggering 796 just a few days from November, Florida’s Manatee Awareness Month — that’s an average of two manatee deaths per day over the last ten months.
What’s worse, 126 of those were calves, reports Save The Manatee Club, an organization cofounded by Jimmy Buffet that works to protect the endangered species.
The high death count, which is already double that of last year, is attributed to a sudden bloom of toxic red algae and a “mass murder mystery” in Indian River Lagoon where 47,000 acres of sea grass and 111 manatees died.
Read the full article at The Huffington Post
Eve was found freezing in a Bear Valley snow drift at just 9 weeks old. She is both completely deaf and missing an eye, and was rescued last Christmas by Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, a nonprofit that is dedicated to rescuing canines from the high-volume kill shelters of Kern County, Calif.
Dillon has a heartbreaking story of his own. The 2-year-old Border Collie mix is completely blind and was found abandoned at a boarding facility after his family never returned to pick him up.
“As soon as Dillon ran into her–that’s literally what happened– they became best friends,” Skow wrote. Though their rescuers expected their disabilities to drive them apart, Eve and Dillon formed a special bond in which each made up for what the other lacked.
To watch a video about Eve and Dillon and to read to full article go to The Huffington Post
The idea that dogs only see the world in black, white and shades of gray is a common misconception. What’s true, though, is that like most mammals, dogs only have two types of color receptors (commonly called “cones”) in their eyes, unlike humans, who have three.
Each of these cones is sensitive to a different wavelength (i.e. color) of light. By detecting different quantities of each wavelength and combining them, our three cones can transmit various signals for all the hues of the color wheel, the same way the three primary colors can be mixed in different amounts to do the same.
While the tale of how man’s best friend came to be is still slowly unfolding, a recently published study in PLOS ONE may provide a little context—or justification?—for dog lovers everywhere. It turns out that even thousands of years ago, humans loved to share food with, play with, and dress up their furry friends.
In the study titled “Burying Dogs in Ancient Cis-Baikal, Siberia: Temporal Trends and Relationships with Human Diet and Subsistence Practices,” biologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists joined forces to investigate the nature of the ancient human-dog relationship by analyzing previously excavated canid remains worldwide, with a large portion of specimens in modern-day Eastern Siberia, Russia. The authors performed genetic analysis and skull comparisons to establish that the canid specimens were most likely dogs, not wolves, which was an unsurprising but important distinction when investigating the human-canine bond. The canid skulls from the Cis-Baikal region most closely resembled large Siberian huskies, or sled dogs. Radiocarbon dating from previous studies also provided information regarding the dates of death and other contextual information at the burial sites.
Read the entire article at PLOS
Lubee Bat Conservancy welcomes everyone to our 9th Annual Florida Bat Festival on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This unique event will provide a rare opportunity for the general public and wildlife lovers to visit a working research and conservation center to view some of the largest species up-close. This is the only day of the year when the center is open to the public, and is expected to draw over 5,000 people from Gainesville and beyond.
The festival will be held on the beautiful grounds of the conservancy, located at 1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue in Gainesville, FL. This free event offers exciting opportunities for the whole family including games, activities, live music, food, vendors, and a raffle prize drawing featuring a Walt Disney World Parks Package. The Kids Zone area will feature Bouncy huts. Food vendors include Gator Dominos, David’s Real Pit BBQ, High Springs Orchard & Bakery, Tropical Sno, and Sweet Dreams.
For more information visit Lubee Bat Conservancy
My darling Teddi came into my life on April 1, 1999. She left me on march 31, 2013, almost exactly 14 years later. We had a wonderful life together… she was a precious angel. I will try to recount some of our fabulous adventures….
Thanks to Reddit user dmonnens, the world gets to see these heartwarming photos of a dog who, according to the thread, adopted a baby chimpanzee after its mother died at a zoo. Since the dog had just given birth, it was able to raise the baby chimp with her litter of puppies..
Yet another shocking surprise…. I’m pleased that Stephen Hawking is among the scientists who’ve broken the timeworn idea that animals don’t have the same sensibilities or rights that we do. THANK YOU, Scientists! –tr*
An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are — a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus. But will this make us stop treating these animals in totally inhumane ways?