I researched and put an infopiece together after recently learning of bile bears here on Metafilter
. Even as an animal professional, I was unaware of the existence of bile bears. Now I know: Bile Bears
are live moon bears
that are turned into living crated "bile kegs," the bear's bile being extracted by means of a surgically implanted tube and used to treat conditions as varied as gallstones, kidney disorder, and (of course) impotence. After the long-suffering bear dies, the creature's body parts are then sold off individually for further monetary gain.
Indeed, it is an appalling practice, but worse I learned the practice is spreading
, and in fact demand for bear products is now affecting the bear population of North America
, as North American bears are being illegally hunted and harvested
for their parts to be used domestically and abroad
in the preparation of traditional Chinese medicine
posted by mongonikol
on Nov 30, 2006 -
in the Netherlands--after a heavy storm in October, 100+ horses were standed on a small island. Here's how they were rescued.Google video; alternate YouTube link. Warning: Vangelis music.
posted by fandango_matt
on Nov 29, 2006 -
Bunny versus Airbus A380.
The bunny was on the runway as the A380 came in for a landing, but managed to avoid getting pancaked by bolting as the behemoth decelerated. We salute you, Runway Bunny.
posted by brownpau
on Jun 19, 2006 -
, an Italian mastiff puppy, was introduced as a playmate to 10-week-old Koza, a lion cub whose twin died, at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The idea is that lions are social animals, but there are no other lion cubs at the park for Koza to interact with. Cairo is the next best thing.
posted by jonson
on Feb 4, 2006 -
The Cute Factor:
"Cute cues are those that indicate extreme youth, vulnerability, harmlessness and need, scientists say..." (NY Times registration req'd)
posted by shivohum
on Jan 7, 2006 -
The 2004 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' Red List
of Threatened Species.
posted by Gyan
on Oct 20, 2005 -
Electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana
is a collaboration between the Smithsonian, Missouri Botanical and Kew Gardens, the British Natural History Museum and various other institutions which has enabled the digitizing of 58 volumes of natural history about central America produced between 1880 and 1920. It includes descriptions of more than 50,000 species with images of more than 18,000 birds
, more birds
, more spiders
, more plants
, orthoptera insects
, more butterflies
and their family
and even some historic maps of the region
. There is a parallel project attempting to provide access to much more scientific data and specimens between these institutions.
Note: 'next' button at top +/- bottom of these large thumb pages; large high resolution jpegs work (in most cases) but zoom and .pdfiles are not yet enabled. I've only just scratched the surface.
posted by peacay
on Sep 26, 2005 -
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
posted by breezeway
on Apr 21, 2005 -