As a cat owner, I've always wondered whether my cats have full control of their tails, or if they have "minds of their own." Some of them are constantly flopping around, others only do when the animals seem irritated and it's confusing, darn it! Scientists say that the arms of an octopus have minds of their own, which frankly doesn't surprise me at this point. Does it surprise you?
Sometimes when the news is on a constant terror cycle (and when isn't it?), a good animal story or two can help us feel a bit better. I read this story about a "polite pig" named Nathaniel that just made me smile from ear to ear. It reminds me of Wilbur from Charlotte's Web.
Every once in a while, researchers run across a place where it seems as if time has forgotten the land, and both the flora and fauna seem to be from another time. A "lost city" in the jungles of Honduras is one such place, and scientists say that they found many animals once thought to be extinct!
Where I live, iguanas are considered to be pets. I know a few people who have iguanas and of course they have names, habitats and daily attention from their human companions. But in different places of the world, iguanas are seen as a food source or even a pest problem that has to be dealt with, such as in Florida, where residents have been asked to kill the animals.
Looking at animals with unusual markings, color variations and other unique features is so much fun. I love seeing cats with colors with split faces, cute designs on pet fur courtesy of nature alone and other fun variations. I even love dew claws, so long as they don't get in your pet's way; one of my dogs has them and removal would be dangerous for her, but luckily they don't hinder her at all and I think they are cute!
Independence Day is one of my least favorite holidays. Spending money on fireworks, which my partner enjoys, is such a wasteful and dangerous activity to me; you might as well set your money on fire. But since he loves it, I try to be supportive, even if to me celebrating would mean not singing about bombs and rockets but protesting the injustices that occur here every day. My partner does support me in doing that much more often than once a year, I must admit. But I also hate how the fireworks disturb the animals.
It's exciting to hear that scientists have made a test tube baby white rhino in hopes of saving the species, but the ethical implications of this tech breakthrough have me feeling so ambivalent. On the one hand, I am completely freaked out over people cloning their companion animals--animals that aren't going extinct, and that are overpopulated.
How many people get to see farm animals that have aged into old age? Most of us certainly don't, since most of them live short lives designed to use them up for food production. When animals are allowed to grow old with dignity under the protection of a sanctuary, the results are startling, to say the least.
The fact that over 80% of our own ocean remains unexplored is unbelievable to me, and scientists tell us that most of the acoustics picked up in the ocean aren't even identified! We literally have an alien planet right amidst our own, and there could be anything lurking in the waters. How many creatures have we yet to discover? The giant squid alone is able to remain elusive from humans, so imagine what other life could be sharing the planet with us!
What's cuter than a dolphin? A pink dolphin, of course! This adorable baby dolphin was born recently to a rare pink dolphin who lives in the Louisiana area. They've been seen in the Calcasiey River and they pretty much give us hope that there's still beauty and wonder in the world.