"The onslaught of destruction
wrought upon the thylacine
by the early settlers of Tasmania came about largely as a result of fear
, ignorance, and misunderstanding." An extinct carnivorous marsupial.
Looking for that perfect gift for your favorite dog-loving military buff? How about a picture of Rover in uniform
Melissa Kaplan's site
is not just
about green iguanas
. Anapsid.org provides information on behavior
, captivity issues
, and more
regarding Cyclura (blue) iguanas
, and even invertebrates
Who ate termites first?
Prairie dogs (Quicktime clips)
, also known as sod poodles
, are like preschoolers on the prairie
with only squeak toys (Real audio)
for communication. These historical
, social butterflies of the lowlands are the subject of old wives’ tales
and a source for surreal
, and sometimes kitschy
artistic inspiration. They are newsworthy
. They are both despised
. The fact that they are being hunted
is causing alarm
, and their dwindling numbers are affecting the Great Plains as they are key
to its survival.
Don't piss off
the chimpanzees. Really.
They'll chew your **lls and face off.
The Nature Anthem Quicktime video.
were a class of animals
that had evolved to use their noses for virtually every imaginable function. Gallery
. (Japanese geocities page)
was called "His Royal Master of Images to Their Majesties The Beatles" by John Lennon, and is probably best known for his Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
, but I was looking for his delightful illustrations for "The Butterfly Ball
", and found some here
click through for larger images), and then was lucky enough to also find another web collection of his work grouped under the heading "Animal Spirits
". Don't miss the wonderful self portrait
from his gallery pages
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.
In her new book
written with Catherine Johnson, Animals in Translation
(NYTimes), Dr Temple Grandin, an animal behavior expert and inventor of the squeeze machine
, uses her experiences with autism
to explore the intricacies of animal behavior. She argues that animals do have consciousness
, that language is not a prerequisite and other theories that bring insight into both animal and human behavior. (More)
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.
Custom Creature Taxidermy Arts
• "The artist does not view a dead animal as disgusting or repugnant; she feels that all creatures exhibit their beauty in death as well as in life." My favorites are the Mutant Pickled Piglet
, The Cackalope
, Boar Heart Under Glass
, and the Muskrat Feet Earrings
Gecko Feet might hold the key to inventing a self-cleaning adhesive.
The super-sticky feet of geckos allow them to adhere to almost any surface. But even though geckos never groom their feet, they don't lose their sticking power over time. Why? Turns out they're self-cleaning.
. Scientists hope to be able to use this knowledge to create new, better kinds of dry tape and adhesives, like "duct tape that never loses its stick or bandages that come off without sticky residue or an 'ouch.'" Research info is here
, along with some gecko pics.
Intrigued by reports of tsunami-avoidance behavior
in Sri Lankan wildlife? Science News
offers a timely antidote to simplistic mumbo-jumbo about the "mythical power" of animal earthquake detection with a detailed look at the latest research into low-frequency sound. The Elephant Listening Project
is particularly interested in elephant rumblings
that produce Rayleigh waves
. "Mammals, birds, insects, and spiders can detect Rayleigh waves," notes The Explainer
. "Most can feel the movement in their bodies, although some, like snakes and salamanders, put their ears to the ground in order to perceive it."
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.
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.
The king of the sport of kings.
Official teletimer finish line photo - 8th race, Belmont Park, June 9th 1973. And here's the race
itself [Windows Media file].
Remember the threads
last week about R/C planes with digital cameras? Rank amateurs. Animal Planet
has upped the stakes in the unmanned aerial vehicle race by strapping a video camera to an eagle
. That's right, an eagle. It's incredible. Check out the dogfight in particular. They're also doing a bunch of other cool things
with animals and technology.
(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."
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.
The Childhood Goat Truama Foundation.
All your childhood carpinae-based nightmares are belong to them. (just a brief reprieve from election coverage - via the ultimate insult)
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
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
Is it a gargoyle
? No, it is the heartwarming
long-tailed Macaque monkey
of Bali, creature of myth
and of the Sacred Forest
. It may think it's a gargoyle
, or perhaps it's only dreaming of Notre Dame
Match 3 or more animals, don't let the clock run out. (Shockwave req'd)
Hey, you got your animals
in my death metal
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.
Cuter than a fangtooth.
Beautiful images of bioluminescent sea creatures. Learn the difference
, and bioluminescence
, as well as the science
behind the amazing chemical reaction. (I like the floppy-eared
one the best--okay, the plastic bag
looking one is nifty too.)
Hunting the Stanford University Lion Stanford University is now debating whether to send hunters into the hills surrounding campus to kill a mountain lion that may have mauled two horses pastured on university land.
................ ................STATE HUNTING REGULATIONS: Create mourning dove season for Minnesota
Thirty-nine states allow hunters to take the most popular game bird in the nation, with Michigan set to become No. 40.
.................... ................Cult Land Not for Hunting
The polygamist cult that bought 1,300 acres of land near San Angelo will not be using it as hunting retreat after all.
“Tool Use In Animals”
, a tidy little informative set of pages from Dr. Robert Cook's much larger “Animal Cognition & Learning Website
” at Tufts University. See also (worth repeating because it’s the coolest thing ever
) the previously featured
“Betty the Crow
”. ◊via milovoo in Ask MetaFilter◊
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?
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?
The Fursuit & Costume Archive
has a most impressive collection of videos of people in animal costumes. Are you furry-curious?
'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?
Birds do it, bees do it...
homosexual attachment and lovemaking are widespread in the animal kingdom, say biologists like Bruce Bagemihl, author of "Biological Exuberance
." [For a longer, better-edited version of the same article, go here
, but NYT reg. required.] Not everyone
agrees, particularly those apt to quote the Bible to justify claims of a "natural revulsion to perverse sex
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?
My Cat Annie
is a website with several quick adorable videos (in Flash format) of the owner's cat doing ridiculous cat tricks.