Alligators do indeed eat fruit and leaves, in addition to the various meatier things they use to sustain themselves . . . like small dogs. But somehow, I don't think this is quite what Mother Nature had in mind.
Last month we mentioned several new species of animals that were discovered in Ecuador, such as the glass frog, the Enyalioides lizard, and the unfortunately-named “ugly salamander.” But as you probably already knew, a small group of new species like this only represents a fraction of the annual animal findings that science reports. While it’s true that many human populations are dwindling to threatened or even extinct status at an alarming rate—largely due to human activity—it’s also true that new species are constantly being identified.
As much as you can say about PETA, you have to admit that they’ve got guts. Going undercover to expose animal abuse can’t be an easy task. I couldn’t even convincingly smuggle a ferret into my house as a teenager; I tripped, stuttered, and gave myself away within five seconds of my mother’s suspicious glare. I don’t think I’d be cut out to be an undercover investigator; it probably takes a special person.
I also remember my mother, sort of an animal right’s activist herself (not a veg-head, but not a supporter of fur, wild animals in cages, etc.), steadfastly refusing to take us to the circus when it came to town, telling us that “circuses hurt elephants.” I know now that she held this belief for good reasons.
This really is terminally cute, and quite amazing.
A basking shark measuring 24 feet long washed up on a Long Island beach this week. A colleague posted here about this event, a few days ago, erroneously reporting the shark as fifteen feet long and speculating about "How many people has this enormous shark eaten in its lifetime"—a question that deserves both an immediate answer and an exaggerated eyeroll. The answer, of course, is dead simple: that shark has never eaten or attacked any people at all. It doesn't have any teeth, for pity's sake.
I do think we should have stricter laws about animal reproduction, however, and think that these animal breeders who do it for profit—“purebred” animals or whatever—shouldn’t be allowed to breed as vastly as they do. With so many poor “mutts” and mixed-breeds needing love and care, we don’t need any more “miracles” made.
No, this is not another internet hoax. Helicopter footage of an enormous 15 foot shark on the shores of Long Island is not something you see every day. A crowd of people watch as the waves break over the limp body, moving its head and tail. A policeman, who is closest to the shark, looks absolutely tiny next to the body. Though the shark is dead, all keep a healthy distance, perhaps wondering, "How many people has this enormous shark eaten in its lifetime?"
Last weekend alone, the Zander bit six swimmers before police divers harpooned the giant fish. The resident fish warden is attributing the fish bites to a possible hormonal imbalance........do you think the Zander needs some estrogen to balance out its obviously male tendancies (sorry, guys). <--break->
OK, I know that National Bison Month is really a campaign run by the National Bison Association to highlight eating the animal rather than preserving it, but since I A. hate the idea of eating bison and B. think that dedicating a national holiday after an animal should mean celebrating the animal itself and not its hide on your tongue, I’d rather highlight this month by providing a glimpse into the amazing creature, and some suggestions on how to protect it.
Now I’m not a full vegetarian, so I’ll try not to be a hypocrite when I say that eating bison just seems so wrong to me—like eating the American version of the elephant, or eating bear, you know what I mean? It was one thing when people had to kill animals like that to survive, but we don’t need to do that today.
But do you think about frogs, giraffes, bison, fruit flies, ducks, worms—and just about every species alive?
Same-sex behavior in animals, a new study published in the June 16 issue of Trends in Ecology and Evolution claims, is so common and present in almost all species, that it’s “nearly universal.”
Her recent guests include two Jays. She has captured these beautiful birds in glorious detail, from when they were small, fluffy fledglings to more arrogant and bold adults who treat her garden like they own it, relaxing in her pool and lawn furniture.