At first glance
it would seem to be something one would find in some photoshop gallery
. But then one finds out that she has been forced to justify her work,
for they are pictures of freshly killed animals. Much to the dislike
of some craigslistians
. With the growing uproar
, there is even a petition
going around (though petitions like that are hardly rare
.) Is this a work of someone seeking attention through offending
people? Or someone unable to use photoshop
? Whatever the case, I’m sure PETA
will join in. . . .
Wait, it has.
Sure... the liger
has been getting all the cross-species press lately (with the jackalope
getting a close second), but what about the growing menace of the cabbit
Match 3 or more animals, don't let the clock run out. (Shockwave req'd)
Author challenges Darwin's theory of "sexual selection."
To Darwin, mutations that don't enhance survival, like peacocks' tails, must be aids to attracting mates to pass on genes. Homosexuality, therefore, is to Darwin and the Christian-right both an unnatural aberration. But with ever growing evidence of homsexual behavior in animals
, from bonobos to penguins
, isn't it time that Darwin's theory get replaced?
Animal, Vegetable, Video
— vibrant vids of vitality.
Bear prowls Montana neighborhood.
Climbs tree. Animal Control. Tranquilizers. Trampoline. Hilarity ensues . . .
'Punk' Catfish Among New Species Found in Venezuela
: Scientists studying an unspoiled jungle river wilderness in Venezuela on Thursday announced the discovery of 10 new fish species, including a red-tailed tiddler, a "punk" catfish with a spiky head and a piranha that eats fruit as well as flesh, says The Associated Press
A little more Here
Other new species found recently include Baffling 'Mystery Apes'
[More on them
], some gross, weird things
, and even some Odd Critters
that thrive without oxygen, growing in salty, alkaline conditions, and may offer insights into what kinds of life might survive on Mars. But it's not just little critters, Pseudoryx nghetinhensis
was the first of the new mammal species discovered in quite some time, and even A New
Like this stuff? A New Theory
says many of the ecological patterns we see can be more simply and often better explained if competing species are treated as if they were essentially identical.
In lieu of today's posts on GM foods
, Trans Ova Genetics
is pharming cows
in hopes of creating one capable of adminstering human antibodies.
A "Nuremberg Files" of Dogs.
In the last week in Portland, OR, 8 dogs have been fatally poisoned
by vigilante dog haters planting herbicid-laced sausage in dog parks. Now this group
[who claim not affiliation with the dog-killers] has posted a photo gallery of "surveillance" photos of people walking their dogs.
'A colossal squid
has been caught in Antarctic waters, the first example of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni retrieved virtually intact from the surface of the ocean. ' Related (old news from January) :-
giant squid attacks boat
More squid sites :- Search for Giant Squid
a Smithsonian exhibit about a 1999 expedition. 'Whether living or extinct, on land or at sea, in literature or in life, large animals have long fascinated people. The largest animals have been known and hunted since prehistory: whales, walruses, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and large fishes... However, one large animal has gone almost unnoticed or certainly unobserved in its habitat. That animal is the giant squid. Although these animals have been found in the nets of commercial fishermen, in the stomachs of sperm whales, and washed ashore on different continents, no scientific information has been gathered by direct observations of live giant squid ... '
The UnMuseum's article on the giant squid
Evolution is a process
that hasn't stopped just because humans now rule the planet. What will animals look like in 200,000 years? The Discovery Channel's Animal Planet
asks experts to predict the future of life on Earth.
Elephants are people, too.
A new book by Steven M. Wise
, Drawing the Line
, marshalls the latest research on animal cognition in arguing for legal rights for some animals, especially gorillas, chimps, elephants, and gray parrots
. The author's previous book, Rattling the Cage
, forcused on primates, as many researchers and animal rights activists do. After all, we share at least 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees.
Other researchers are expanding our knowledge of animal cognition in the octopus
, even dogs
. See also: Next of Kin
and When Elephants Weep
First challenge of Maryland law making animal cruelty a felony results in acquittal.
Charges were dismissed against a landlord who forcibly removed two of his tenant's three cats and dispatched them with a 12-gauge shotgun. Judge said law's language fails to clearly define "cruel killing". Also on AP
"PETA Wins Right to Have Newest Party Animal" Judge orders
the D.C. Commission on the Arts
to allow PETA
to display an entry in an ongoing public street art exhibit featuring elephants and donkeys, entitled "Party Animals Public Art Project
A 3,600 mile long ant colony
was discovered last week in Europe. An amazing feat of cooperative living.
"There's a tiger in the back yard!"
The surburban Houston 8-year-old told her mom's boyfriend, who didn't believe her...at first...
(the linked story also provides a link to video of local news coverage)
We're finding new fauna in some of the most heavily-populated areas on earth.
It sort of makes you wonder what how many species we never even know about as we slash and burn great hunks of the rain forests, wooded areas, and other biodiverse areas of the world. (And good grief, those bugs are huge
Feast your eyes on these lovable but unintelligent-looking beasts. Who says the Web doesn't cater to all possible tastes? For the record, here's my
In Greece, a military officer decapitates (article in greek
) 5 puppies, using an axe. Just like that. The jury reached a verdict, yesterday: he will face imprisonment for up to 6 months
, while the two soldiers who tried to stop him may go to jail for 5 years
! I'm just wondering, what would the verdict be if this happened in the US? And how solid is the legislation regarding animal abusement, in general?
Interesting News Out of Pakistan: Whales Lived on Land
Whales evolved from strange wolf-sized creatures that lived on land in modern-day India and Pakistan more than 50 million years ago, and their closest relatives today are cows, camels and giraffes, experts say.
An endangered bat
returns to the Isle of Wright after disappearing for the century. And in other animal news, declassified CIA documents reveal that cats
were used as experimental platforms for easdropping devices.
Run away! Run away!
this is so
monty python-esque. once again life imitates art.
Orlando is under attack by alligators: something that isn't that uncommon, but seems particularly bad this year. We're used to losing a hunting dog or two
, but when the gators start taking down horses
(don't worry, the horse lived
) and killing young children
in an urban environment, you've got to wonder what's happening. Tip to tourists
from a local: if chased by a gator, flee in a zig-zag pattern (gators are pretty fast, but turn like Sherman tanks.)
The dog mauling
case in San Francisco continues to make for some bizarre news. Turns out that the possible sexual abuse
of the animals did
in fact happen
. The dogs had also previously attacked another woman
PETA tries to ride yet another publicity bandwagon.
Man, could they
be more pathetic in trying to milk the news for desperately-needed attention?
Apparently it's cruelty when humans hunt and eat "animals," but not when other "animals" do it to each other. (Basic biology flashback: humans are
animals!) This is what happens when a species supersaturates its environment. Biological imperative begins to collapse and such furiously futile exercises as "pro-rat protests" are perpetrated in the name of something called ethics (not to mention free publicity).
Two-Faced Kitten Dies
And the original AP story
(with pictures) lead me to believe that it would survive. Too bad — I have a soft spot for this sort of "abomination" (a two headed/brained-snake was the subject of my favorite paper on cognitive ethology). But seeing this story made me remember the most remarkable case of human conjoined twins [more >>]