Having a rough day? Need something to make you feel better? May I present you with A DEN OF KITTENS
, a video where the roar of their purring is punctuated by the occasional "Meep" as one after another pops up to discover the camera.
is a project (which you can contribute to!) to help "marine researchers understand what whales are saying." - really it's a project looking at the effects that manmade sound has on marine life
, but what whales are communicating with their songs is still a really interesting question, so I've listed some relevant links in extended description. [more inside]
On November 9, 1874, one of the worse incidents in New York history
occurred when a polar bear, a panther, a Numidian lion, several hyenas, and a Bengal tiger, slipped their cages from the Central Park Zoo. "The animals, some of which had first attacked each other, then turned on nearby pedestrians who happened to be strolling through Central Park. People were trampled, mauled, dismembered—and worse." [more inside]
Robot vs. Shark
(not a made for SyFy movie)
The images vary widely, but they tend to be very strange and even disturbing—overt sexual acts, defecation, monsters, human-monster hybrids, animals acting like humans. There’s also examples of clergy behaving very badly, the sort of thing you would not expect to see in the margins of a sacred book.
Kaitlin Manning of B & L Rootenberg Rare Books and Manuscripts talks
to Collector's Weekly (previously
) about the exquisitely detailed religious texts surrounded by all manner of illustrated commentary, known today as marginalia
For these endangered lemurs, it was love at first sight
There's puppy love, there's muskrat love, but there is nothing like the love of two middle-aged, critically endangered lemurs.… Dern, 17, had lost her mate at the Waco, Texas, zoo several months ago, and Anthony, 16, had recently been separated from his brother when he was sent to another zoo. Although both were accustomed to living with ring-tailed lemurs, it wasn't the same…. Both were lonely.
(tw: rape) Kathleen Hale reflects on her assault
, the subsequent trial, and the relationship between predators and prey.
Explorer Shivani Bhalla Helps People and Lions Coexist (and in turn helps those people as well)
It's articles like this that make me smile. If only there were more arrangements like this for other endangered animals as well.
: some are born that way, some suffer from stress or alopecia. All look quite a bit different from their furry or feathered kin.
Ducklings vs. Stairs.
Link text pretty much sums it up.
Educationally bizarre: Current events, medicine, animals, forensics, oddities, teeth, eyes, deformities, funerals, cemeteries, blood, albinism and such ........
It's The Soul is Bone
. Not necessarily disturbing, but not necessarily not
disturbing. Not necessarily NSFW, but not necessarily not
facts and figures about the animals we eat
Crank up the Henry Mancini. At Baby Elephant GIFs
, one of reddit's fastest growing new communities, over 20,000 Elephanthusiasts come together to share the joy of puerile pachyderms figuring out how to charge
and how to eat
, among other important life lessons. [more inside]
GQ visits the Cute Animal Viral Machine at the heart of Buzzfeed.
"One joke in the BuzzFeed offices is that no one employed there can quite explain to their parents what exactly it is they do. To those parents, I would like to say: I can't entirely explain it, either, but whatever it is, these men and women are so fucking good at it. They have thought hard about who looks at what and why. Jack has done entire studies on why cats have triumphed over dogs on the Internet. (The answer involves 'path dependency,' the fancy economics term for when one product, like VHS, conquers another equally legitimate one, like Betamax.) He can tell you with some certainty that a reader of BuzzFeed is equally inclined to click on a photo of a dog or a cat—but that he or she is significantly more likely to share the photo of the cat with others. (Why? 'Totally non-data-driven theory is that dogs are trying too hard,' Jack says.)"
"I had heard about this film through various channels off and on through the years. It had gotten to the point where it was almost apocryphal in my mind.... Nobody knew where it was, nobody had ever seen it, but I was aware it existed. It was like the holy grail
." said Wayne Petersen, director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas program for Mass. Audubon on the archival footage of the extinct heath hen discovered, restored and premiering at the Mass Audubon Birders Meeting this month. [more inside]
Many animals, cats in particular, are graceful creatures capable of leaping high and far with remarkable precision. But sometimes they miss.
There Can Be Only One
Snake v Crocodile in Northern Queensland
"First time I ever got beat up by a baby moose."
-- Maine moose trapper/tagger Wes Livingston gets mauled by an ungrateful juvenile moose on video. [via 9MSN; TW: animal mauling; Livingston is ok] [more inside]
Peacock Spiders don't hurt humans (they're tiny and 'insignificant'). Here's one
on a human fingernail in Western Australia where they live. Peacock Spiders
(Flickr image search results) are quite something. (Previously
). The still images
don't capture the mating performances properly. [more inside]
Every psychic animal dreams of claiming the throne vacated by the late Paul the Octopus. Super Bowl XLVIII crushed many of those dreams.
Especially disappointing was the fall of Buffett the Manatee
who, from his tank at Sarasota, Florida's Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, had correctly called the last six Super Bowls.
Chinese New Year's eve and its the Year of the Wood Horse
according to the annual
rotation of 12 animals and 5 elements followed by Chinese
geomancers. Horse babies are always welcome
, especially boys. Less known
however is the stigma attached to the girl child
born in the year of the Fire Horse
. [more inside]
is a professor of film and animation at RISD
whose most recent work, titled Small Brains on Mass
, looks at bird behavior, particularly how they interact when flying in groups. To better understand how flying as a flock is achieved, Hlynsky filmed the birds and then stacked the images on the same frame for a set number of frames
, the results show each bird’s flight as a trail, but synchronized with the flock. The results are often pure poetry
. [more inside]
"The Cubs occasionally had human mascots, but, aside from managers' children, their tenures were short-lived. (An exception was the Fat Boy, Paul Dominick
, who was given credit for a 21-game winning streak in 1935 and then left for Hollywood.) Instead, they seemed to prefer animals—who, it should be noted, did not demand salaries. The 1908 world champions had Bud, a Boston bull terrier puppy with an adorable curved tail, and a grotesque-looking fake polar bear
. The 1913 team had a homicidal gamecock, named Tampa after their spring training home. (Tampa's mascotting career seems to have ended when he murdered another rooster.) In 1915, they had another dog, a terrier named Toy. But mostly they had live cubs
Sailfish and the Dredge
; a prey's eye view of what it's like to be chased and hunted by a sailfish. [more inside]
is a new website by Kerry Lauerman
editor-in-chief) and Izzie Lerer
(of the Lerer family
) about animals, and particularly about humanity's relationship with animals: We think of them less as objects at our disposal, as science increasingly reveals them to be intelligent, emotional, social beings that are not as different from us as we used to think they were.
Its lead article today is an essay by Glenn Greenwald
) on the dogs he and his partner David Miranda have fostered at their home in Brazil. And, as you might expect, there are also heartwarming posts such as this one about elephants being reunited after 20 years apart
Minnesota Birdsong: An interactive poster
Cute interface with birdsong content provided by the always amazing Corn
ell Lab of Ornithology.
Do not pamper your animal. A camel is your partner in work, not a pet.
You must look into its gigantic, sable eyes and address it firmly. You can reward it with ear scratches.
When Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office
on Wednesday to become New York City's mayor, one of the first things
on his agenda
will be the fight
to ban horse drawn carriages
in Central Park. [more inside]