is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their noses, or why.
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Jan 19, 2005 -
A dog's (or cat's) life.
It's very common in Iraq for soldiers to adopt local dogs
as mascots, such as "PFC Conner"
. Unfortunately, there are new policies in place to kill local dogs and cats
for health reasons. Often, even mascots are destroyed
, damaging morale in the process.
is a small organization that is helping to bring mascots back to the U.S. for safety, but this can cost over $1000 per mascot for shots, boarding, fees, and the plane ride back home. It's their hope to save dozens of mascots
before they are killed, but Military Mascots
may be running out of time.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jan 3, 2005 -
A new species of monkey turned up in India [NYTimes
]. Though the monkeys are new to science, people in the area are quite familiar with them. They call them "mun zala" or deep forest monkeys. It's a stocky, short-tailed, brown-haired creature they have named the Macaca munzala, or Arunachal macaque.
Maybe not that excting for those of us not excited by, uh, mokeys, but did you know this year there have been other new things discovered?
A new species of plec
and one of Neon goby
, even more exciting, a new
electric fish was found as well. A quick search turned up dozens of new fish this year. ABC News
says 178 new things found in the oceans this year alone, raising the number of life-forms found in the world's oceans to about 230,000. The big question is, of course, how many of those will Taste Like Chicken
The bad news on the little critter front is 1 in 10 bird species could vanish within 100 years
, and I bet they all taste like chicken.
posted by Blake
on Dec 16, 2004 -
(including, but not limited to, images of llamas on stamps (regular and unusual), musical instruments, postcards, paintings, jewelry, fabric, signs, advertisements, view-master slides, pottery, trading cards, crests, Christmas decorations, stereoviews, puzzles, currency, pins, logos, toys, misc., and much more).
"They are not for sale, they are simply for your entertainment."
posted by dobbs
on Nov 20, 2004 -
Adopt an Ex-Lab Experiment Monkey
(British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) is sponsoring an adoption program to help care for some 50 macaques that had been owned by a lab in Thailand to be used for scientific experiments. After some publicity, they were pressured into releasing the little monkeys just prior to their last experiment that would have killed them all.
posted by fenriq
on Nov 16, 2004 -
The Animaris Rhinoceros Transport
: "Since about ten years Theo Jansen
is occupied with the making of a new nature. Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic matierial of this new nature. He makes skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. Eventualy he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives." [2MB Quicktime Video
posted by muckster
on Sep 28, 2004 -
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
posted by ph00dz
on Aug 25, 2004 -
Match 3 or more animals, don't let the clock run out. (Shockwave req'd)
posted by arto
on Jun 25, 2004 -
Goodbye, Norma Jean.
Norma the elephant was killed by a stroke of lightning. Seventy years earlier, though, Topsy
was electrocuted by Thomas Edison, to "demonstrate" the danger of alternating current. Only a few years later, Mary
was sentenced to death by hanging, to the amusement and edification of onlookers. It's rough being an elephant in America.
posted by SPrintF
on Jun 13, 2004 -
Sometimes it takes the great Dustbuster of fate to clear the room of bullies and bad habits.
Among a troop of savanna baboons in Kenya, a terrible outbreak of tuberculosis 20 years ago selectively killed off the biggest, nastiest and most despotic males... With that change in demographics came a cultural swing toward pacifism, a relaxing of the usually parlous baboon hierarchy, and a willingness to use affection and mutual grooming rather than threats, swipes and bites to foster a patriotic spirit. "And if baboons can do it, why not us? The bad news is that you might have to first knock out all the most aggressive males to get there." Wishful thinking from nerdy academics, or a harbinger of our future?
posted by soyjoy
on Apr 13, 2004 -
'Cruelest Farmer' Jailed for Vet Attack
Roger Baker, dubbed Britain's "cruelest" farmer, has just gotten a two year sentence for attacking a vet and pushing her into "a mire of manure and cow urine." He then held her down in the nasty muck.
Given his history of violence and cruelty, doesn't two years seem a little light?
posted by fenriq
on Mar 1, 2004 -
Is It Politically Incorrect To Decry The Eating And Killing Of Civet Cats?
Is Western consciousness of hypocrisy (due to the enormous number of animals we kill for food) preventing us from criticizing countries, like China, where practically all animals are eaten? Is sentimentality and the protection of animals we regard as cute better than having no qualms at all? I'm sure that the ratio of animals killed-per-capita is higher in the West than in China. Is there any moral difference? Probably not. Why, then, is it so shocking?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jan 19, 2004 -
My Cat Annie
is a website with several quick adorable videos (in Flash format) of the owner's cat doing ridiculous cat tricks.
posted by jonson
on Jan 11, 2004 -
Copito de Nieve
, a.k.a. Floquet de Neu
, the only known white gorilla dies at age 37
. It was one of the symbols of my hometown Barcelona. Snowflake was the star of the Barcelona Zoo, he always surrounded by female gorillas (not surprisingly he produced 22 offspring but none of them albino) and was famous because of his bad mood and tendency to throw things around. He was finally put down today as his skin cancer condition was aggravating. There it goes a no small part of my childhood (although I preferred the dolphins, always so cheerful)... Snowflake no longer lives with Virunga and Coco
posted by samelborp
on Nov 24, 2003 -
Built for the Kill.
No Halloween costume? How about going as a chameleon?
deconstructing the world's deadliest killers. A game by World Archipelago for National Geographic Channel Europe.
Guide your Namid chameleon, barn owl, American alligator, grassland cheetah, and Komoto dragon around the screen using the cursor keys. Your stealth and power need to be up to capture prey or they will escape. Finally, guide your Orca around the screen using the space bar to dive under boats or attack prey that are beneath the water. When you reach the beach use the space bar to launch an attack on the seals. (Flash and music ahead....)
posted by Dunvegan
on Oct 31, 2003 -
Hinterland Who's Who
Back in the mid 1906s the Canadian government made what have now become the longest running public service annoucments ever. They're also possible the most boring, but that can't stop them from being amazingly popular. Don't forget to check out the spoofs.
posted by tiamat
on Oct 21, 2003 -
Bai Yun’s cub(male) is big enough that now there’s something to see on the webcam in her birthing den at the San Diego Zoo. She’s quite the attentive mother and he’s becoming quite the wiggly baby. You can also view videos here
posted by lobakgo
on Sep 26, 2003 -
- chances are you didn't know much about lemurs. I know certainly didn't. Learn lemur lore and more
in this fascinating look into the secret lives of these winsome critters. (flash alert! ~ via pya)
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 19, 2003 -