While many of us enjoy sharing cat, dog and other animal photos to help us get through the day (studies show that couples who look at cute animals together are happier!), there are plenty of other adorable critters to enjoy sharing pictures of, too. Personally sloths are my favorite to look at, but these alpacas are also adorable. Llamas seem to be the animal of the moment; I've even seen lots of stuffed llamas, llama stickers and other themed items at the store recently.
The attack proved to be unsuccessful, but when a pride of lions attempted to take down a giraffe it had witnesses amazed. With a lion on its back, grawing away and two lions clinging to its back legs, things didn't look very hopeful for this poor giraffe. National Geographic has footage of the whole thing, which looked pretty painful for the potential prey.
When you think of deadly animals, you might think of bears, lions, snakes or even black widows. People who talk about the super scary animals of Australia are talking about the spiders, snakes and scorpions they find in the Outback, right? But in the United States, the animals that are most deadly are the ones we encounter the most often, including livestock.
Raise your hand if spiders give you the heebie jeebies. I'll include myself! I love spiders, but there are certain types that make my skin crawl. We forget how helpful these creatures are in getting rid of the actual pests in our gardens and homes, but Lucas the adorable spider might just have something to say about that wadded up newspaper you're ready to hurl at spiders!
Of course you would. I would, too. Deny yourself the chance to see a wooly mammoth or a dodo bird? No way. But is it ethical? That's where we cross some very shaky ground. Extinct animal cloning looks like it's rapidly approaching and what it means for mankind and the earth itself could be quite amazing--and quite disasterous.
Not all of these facts are animal related but they are so cool and mind-blowing that they have to be shared. After you read them, read them again and memorize a few to stump your friends at parties or have a cool fact the next time you want to make a friend!
Animal welfare supporters, you can cheer hard over this one! San Francisco recently banned the sale of fur in the city, prohibiting people from profitting off the sale of dead animal skin. It's always baffled my mind as to why people might want to wear fur today. It's not like they are depending on it for survival anymore.
We often hear about how social elephants are, but that extends to their personalities and preferences as well. Just because they like other elephants doesn't mean that they will like each other, as is the case for Ruth and Emily, who live in a zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Not only are the two living in an area too small for elephants that is too cold for them during the cold months, but they are incompatible.
...because they were never missing in the first place! A Florida wildlife sanctuary crafted an elaborate hoax, claiming they lost animals to a Craigslist ad that claimed they were giving their animals away. Josue Santiago is now being charged for filing a false police report over the hoax.
If seeing tigers or elephants forced to do tricks makes you see red, you'll love this news: wild animals are being banned from the circus in the UK. The law, which comes after Scotland's implementation of a similar decree, will be in effect by 2020, eliminating all wild animals from circuses.