July 2011

Seattle's Mayo Jar Coyote Pup Is Free!

The first report was logged on July 17th: a coyote running through South Seattle with a giant plastic mayo jar stuck on its head. The coyote was young, about 3 or 4 months old, and is part of a small pack that lives beneath the power lines near Kubota Garden in Rainier Beach.

With the jar stuck on its head, the coyote was unable to eat or drink. Animal Control tried several times to capture the pup in order to remove the jar, but to no avail. (It is almost impossible to resist the urge to refer to the mayo jar coyote as "wily," but I shall try.)

How long can a young coyote live without water? As the papers ran story after story about missed opportunities, residents began to fear the worst.

Blackspot Tuskfish Seen Using Rock to Smash a Clamshell

Watch out people! FIsh are now using tools.

Robots aren’t the only threat to human superiority; several different species in the animal kingdom are giving humans a run for our money by challenging our intelligence. The ability to use tools was once said to be the domain of humans alone. The idea of human superiority in the “tool department” still prevails, but primates, elephants, and even crows have also been seen using tools. If the inclusion of primates, elephants, and crows in the short list of tool-using animals wasn’t bad enough, the addition of fish to the list is sure to be noticed. Now, there is photographic evidence--hopefully not photoshopped--that a fish is capable of using a tool.

Beware of Giant Rabbits

I absolutely LOVE the idea of giant rabbits hopping around the planet. Did they, like, eat the leaves off trees, or did they prey upon a bunch of smaller animals with their giant rabbit buckteeth?

Honestly, giant rabbits weren’t all that big. Scientists say that the remains of giant rabbit species that were recently discovered were about six times the size of today’s rabbits, and though they weighed around 26 pounds, they weren’t able to hop around like today’s rabbits can. In fact, this inability to move with the speed of its smaller counterparts likely made it an easy target—and wouldn’t have allowed it to get away as easily if it had survived to modern times, either.