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20 photos of bees that will make you say, “Damn, bees are beautiful”

20 photos of bees that will make you say, “Damn, bees are beautiful”


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  3 Comments  •  2 days ago

There are two types of bugs I’ll never kill: spiders and bees. I don’t kill spiders because they eat mosquitoes and other critters that want my blood. I don’t kill bees because the world depends...
The Chernobyl Disaster May Have Also Built a Paradise

The Chernobyl Disaster May Have Also Built a Paradise


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  12 Comments  •  5 days ago

They burned down forest for pastureland and cut down trees for timber—or for fuel to make glass and vodka. By the middle of the 20th century, most of that industry was gone, and human-driven...
Feral Parrots Are Taking Over America

Feral Parrots Are Taking Over America


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  25 Comments  •  one week ago

The United States was home to just two native parrot species, the Carolina parakeet (now extinct) and the thick-billed parrot (now only found in Mexico). But that doesn’t mean Americans don’t...
One Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Threatening Human Communities Around the World, U.N. Report Warns

One Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Threatening Human Communities Around the World, U.N. Report Warns


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  10 Comments  •  2 weeks ago

Our world is losing biodiversity, and fast. According to a report released today by the United Nations, up to one million species could face extinction in the near future due to human influence...
When life is but a stream, insects need something extra-sticky to survive

When life is but a stream, insects need something extra-sticky to survive


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  1 Comments  •  3 weeks ago

Mercifully for these minuscule creatures, they’re hatched into the world with something of a superpower for surviving the tough terrain: a versatile silk, dispensed from glands under their chin....
Will we ever know the difference between a wolf and a dog?

Will we ever know the difference between a wolf and a dog?


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  8 Comments  •  3 weeks ago

A female wolf and her pup in Canada. Photo by Enn Li Photography/Getty Living in the Canadian Rockies allows me ample opportunities to get out into nature. In an hour outside the city, I can be...
 The mistakes people make at the dog park that put their pet at risk

The mistakes people make at the dog park that put their pet at risk


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Pets & Animals  •  12 Comments  •  3 weeks ago

By Dana McMahan If you've got spring fever and are itching to get out and play, you're not alone. Pups across America have a winter's worth of energy they're ready to unleash, so their people are...
Hi, I'm Reba - You need to hear my story. UPDATE APRIL 27TH

Hi, I'm Reba - You need to hear my story. UPDATE APRIL 27TH


By: kavika  •  Pets & Animals  •  155 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

My wife and I have been volunteering at VOCAL, (Voices of Change Animal League) in Ocala Florida.  I've been a dog lover and owner most of my adult life. Wiki is our mini Doxie and is 11 years...
Australia is trying to kill its cat population by dropping poisonous sausages from planes

Australia is trying to kill its cat population by dropping poisonous sausages from planes


Via: john-russell  •  Pets & Animals  •  5 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

Australia is trying to kill its cat population by dropping poisonous sausages from planes Australia is waging war, but it has an unlikely opponent. The Australian government is trying to...
Things to Know on Dog Farting Awareness Day - Today April 8th

Things to Know on Dog Farting Awareness Day - Today April 8th


Via: kavika  •  Pets & Animals  •  23 Comments  •  one month ago

Who farted?  Credit: Mike Burke Unsplash Even before the children’s book Walter the Farting Dog hit bookstores in 2001, the youngest members of society have known the truth. Dogs fart. They...
Yes, Giant Technicolor Squirrels Actually Roam the Forests of Southern India

Yes, Giant Technicolor Squirrels Actually Roam the Forests of Southern India


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  17 Comments  •  one month ago

The multi-hued, three-foot-long squirrels currently taking the internet by storm are no Photoshopped mythical creatures. As Jason Bittel reports for National Geographic, the colorful four-pound...
Dog breeds are mere Victorian confections, neither pure nor ancient

Dog breeds are mere Victorian confections, neither pure nor ancient


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  1 Comments  •  one month ago

Before the Victorian era, there were different types of dog, but there were not that many, and they were largely defined by their function. They were like the colours of a rainbow: variations...
Meet Piper the Airport dog

Meet Piper the Airport dog


Via: sparty-on  •  Pets & Animals  •  17 Comments  •  one month ago

Wildlife Control at Cherry Capital Airport K-9 Piper’s function is to increase safety by responding directly to reports of wildlife and conducting regular patrols. He spends most of his...
Where eagles flirt: A Capitol tale of love, loss and raccoons

Where eagles flirt: A Capitol tale of love, loss and raccoons


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Pets & Animals  •  16 Comments  •  2 months ago

By Associated Press WASHINGTON — It's a tale with everything you'd need for a soap opera: star-crossed lovers, a stable relationship threatened by younger suitors, pregnancy and loss, and a hungry...
California science exhibit explains the dog-human friendship

California science exhibit explains the dog-human friendship


Via: jasper2529  •  Pets & Animals  •  5 Comments  •  2 months ago

Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well? The California Science Center has...
Caption This!

Caption This!


Via: krishna  •  Pets & Animals  •  34 Comments  •  3 months ago

What caption would you use for this?
A cardinal that is half male, half female puzzles scientists, delights birdwatchers

A cardinal that is half male, half female puzzles scientists, delights birdwatchers


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Pets & Animals  •  10 Comments  •  3 months ago

By Ben Kesslen Shirley and Jeffrey Caldwell don’t fashion themselves professional birdwatchers, but they dabble. “We just watch out the window, and we have some feeders,” Shirley told NBC News....
Cat Box (English Subtitles)

Cat Box (English Subtitles)


Via: the-irascible-harry-krishner  •  Pets & Animals  •  21 Comments  •  7 months ago

This iframe is not allowed
Two Cats on a Treadmill (LOL!)

Two Cats on a Treadmill (LOL!)


Via: the-irascible-harry-krishner  •  Pets & Animals  •  2 Comments  •  7 months ago

This iframe is not allowed
Who cares if dogs aren't exceptional? At least they're better than humans

Who cares if dogs aren't exceptional? At least they're better than humans


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Pets & Animals  •  67 Comments  •  7 months ago

I don’t care if science says my dog is dumb, because I already know that she is. She’s afraid of paper bags, for Pete's sake. She’s snapped her nose in a mouse trap more than once. She runs from...
13 Things You Do That Your Cat Actually Hates

13 Things You Do That Your Cat Actually Hates


Via: johnrussell  •  Pets & Animals  •  4 Comments  •  8 months ago

Do you really think your kitty likes being picked up by your toddler nephew? Experts explain which human behaviors irritate our cats most. Tummy rubs Kutikova Ekaterina/Shutterstock Petting...
Our Dogs Give More Than They Take

Our Dogs Give More Than They Take


By: johnrussell  •  Pets & Animals  •  65 Comments  •  8 months ago

The life of our pet dogs has sometimes reminded me of the line from the play "I have depended on the kindness of strangers".  For that is what our dogs do. When they come to us they don't know us,...
These domesticated foxes were 60 years in the making

These domesticated foxes were 60 years in the making


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  3 Comments  •  8 months ago

Does the future have pet foxes? Scientists are uncovering new clues to the origins of domestication in an unlikely creature: foxes. After nearly 60 years of selective breeding in Siberia, there...
Parrots Think They’re So Smart. Now They’re Bartering Tokens for Food.

Parrots Think They’re So Smart. Now They’re Bartering Tokens for Food.


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  2 Comments  •  8 months ago

Chalk up another achievement for parrots, with an odd twist that raises questions about whether the experimenters or the birds know best. Image is clickableA test of four different species shows...
Scientists Have Discovered the First Known Omnivorous Shark

Scientists Have Discovered the First Known Omnivorous Shark


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  5 Comments  •  9 months ago

A bonnethead shark.   D. Ross Robertson/Wikimedia Sharks are virtually synonymous with carnivorousness, but the bonnethead shark, as new research suggests, is a true flexitarian, capable of...
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