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 -
of a Great White Shark breaching (leaving the surface of the water, like a whale or a dolphin would). Note - they apparently usually exhibit this behavior when they are killing/feeding, so those with delicate sensibilities shouldn't click.
posted by jonson
on Sep 11, 2003 -
'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.
posted by Blake
on Aug 29, 2003 -
Sudden Giant Nostril Gallery.
Not as horrid as you'd imagine. Photos taken of animals, with the nose of the critter waaaay close to the camera lens. Actually, some images are pretty funny. And, no, this post has no intellectual merit. Step along, please.
posted by datawrangler
on Aug 17, 2003 -
Seal kills scientist
A British scientist has been killed by a leopard seal whilst snorkelling in Antarctica.
I had no idea that a seal could (or would) attack a human. These things can grow to 23ft long! They are known to feed on penguins, but a human is a fair bit bigger than a penguin, so this is one nasty animal, not the doe-eyed creature we coo over in nature programmes...
posted by jontyjago
on Jul 24, 2003 -
I'll say it: It's time someone did something about the Monkeys. Over the last two years they have established a clear cut pattern of terror & harassment in countries ranging from Eastern India
, Sri Lanka
or New Dehli
, and the fact remains that it's only a matter of time before these crazed foreign monkeys make their way to places I could actually find on a map, or possibly even America, (possibly in this guy's pants
). When they come, and they will, will our leaders
protect us from their savage rampage? Or is it too late - are they already among us
posted by jonson
on Jul 22, 2003 -
Tool Making Crow
"In the experiments, a captive female crow, confronted with a task that required a curved tool (retrieving a food-containing bucket from a vertical pipe), spontaneously bent a piece of straight wire into a hooked shape -- and then repeated the behavior in nine out of ten subsequent trials." The behavior was captured on an amazing video clip
posted by Irontom
on Jul 22, 2003 -
(Safe For Work.)
'Scientists at Fribourg university in Switzerland have discovered that sticklebacks ejaculate more sperm if first stimulated by a "soft porn" film showing flirting fish.' Further links (to the good stuff) enclosed. }++++>
posted by Blue Stone
on Jun 12, 2003 -