Animals, News

Why dogs always make a mess when they’re drinking water

How a dog drinks water

There’s no more faithful companion than a dog, nor more messier. If you thought dog’s make a mess when they drink water just because they don’t care, think again. Using high-speed cameras and fluid dynamics, researchers found that dogs use their tongues in a different way than cats, pets adorned for their neatness. Lick, lick “When we started this project,…

Animals, Biology, News

Elephant overhunting kills Tropical Forest as well in cascading effect

Elephant Tree by Shai Biran

We’re used to hearing how elephants are driven off by habitat lost, but never the other way around. Researchers at University of Florida claim that as overhunting has dramatically cut the number of elephants in the wild, but since these also disperse seeds, it seems like dominant tree species are also dying off. Along with the trees, other forest life is sure…

Animals, Feature Post

Meet the Pig-nosed Turtle: the most adorable thing you’ll see Today

IMAGE CREDIT: pitcharee/Shutterstock

This amazing animal is the pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta), a native  to the freshwater rivers, streams and lagoons of the Northern Territory in Australia and parts of southern New Guinea. With its delicate piggy snout, webbed flippers and beautiful colors, this turtle gives to show yet again why Australia is home to some of the world’s wackiest creatures. And although it…

Animals, Biology, News

Flying insects evolved wings 406 million years ago, most complex insect family tree reveals

The Snakefly (Dichrostigma flavipes) didn’t give up limbs to evolve wings. Credit: Dr. Oliver Niehuis, ZFMK, Bonn

An international team of more than 100 scientists has undertaken a most complex and challenging task: they’ve determined the timings and patterns of evolution for most of the insect family tree, until they arrived at at the original insect foremother which lived some 500 million years ago. Thus, the researchers were able to pinpoint when the major insect groups, most still…

Animals

Amazing Animal Award: The Axolotl

axolotl.

The Axolotl, also known as the Mexican Salamander is a critically endangered amphibian. It can regrow its limbs, but sadly it cannot survive the nearly entire destruction of its natural habitat. The species originates from numerous lakes and is remarkable for reaching maturity without going through metamorphosis. As of 2010, wild axolotls were near extinction, due to the expansion of Mexican…

Animals, Feature Post

Governments might not care, but individuals do: Scientist turns to Crowdfunding to support wildlife research

Image credits: Tim Birkhead.

*This is a guest post written by professor Tim Birkhead. I will also add my personal opinions at the end of the article. There are several million fewer individual birds in Europe today than there were fifty years ago. We are living in a rapidly deteriorating environment. For our own sakes we should be concerned about the decline in wildlife….

Animals, News

Fanged deer spotted for the first time in 60 years

This photo shows a Siberian musk deer -- one of seven similar species found in Asia. JULIE LARSEN MAHER © WCS

Take a look at this magnificent fanged deer – this is not some Hollywood production or imaginary creature, this is a genuine Kashmir Muskdeer (Moschus cupreus), previously thought to be extinct, and now observed for the first time in 60 years in the forests of Afghanistan. There are actually several species of fanged deer, the most known one being water deer (Hydropotes…

Animals, News

Europe has 421 million fewer birds than 30 years ago

A skylark, one of the 144 species looked at in the study. The skylark population has fallen by 46% since 1980. Photograph: Michael Finn/PA

Europe has an estimated 421 million fewer birds than it did 30 years ago, a startling study has found. The current trends show an unsustainable development, and if things continue with ‘business as usual’, we can expect even more decrease and even extinctions. Some of the birds that have suffered the most alarming declines are some of the most well…

Animals, Offbeat

Zoo realises it has been trying to mate two male hyenas for four years

Image via Sapporo Zoo.

Zookeepers in Japan have learned that no matter how hard you try and no matter what some Arnold Schwarzenegger movies tell you, two males can’t have offspring. In what seems like an article taken straight from The Onion, staff at Maruyama Zoo in the northern city of Sapporo spent four years trying to get two spotted hyenas to mate, only…

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Amazing Photographs of Black Water Creatures

An octopus holding what appears to be Portuguese man o' war tentacles. Credit: Joshua Lambas

Each night, thousands upon thousands of deep-sea species head to the surface to feed, where they can absorb more oxygen or feed in the more nutrient dense waters. It’s the world’s largest migration and Lambus is there to photograph it so the rest of us mortals can experience a glimpse. …