On November 1st, a Pacific Northwest diving school posted some pictures of a diver who had pulled a Giant Pacific octopus out of a popular dive spot in Puget Sound. The diver, later identified as a 19-year-old Maple Valley man named Dylan Mayer, horsed around with the octopus for a few minutes before loading it into the bed of his pickup truck and driving away.
The regrettable and sad death of a two year-old boy at the Pittsburgh Zoo last week has cast national attention on African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), one of the more interesting - yet lesser known - canids in the world. Also known as the Cape hunting dog and Painted dogs, these canids live on the savannas and woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.
I know what you're wondering: in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, what about the rats? Images of flooded subway tunnels speak volumes about the human and financial impact. But those tunnels are not just the lifeblood of the city's transportation; they are also home to hundreds of thousands of rats.