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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  •  5 months 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...
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  •  5 months 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:...
Meet Piper the Airport dog

Meet Piper the Airport dog


Via: sparty-on  •  Pets & Animals  •  17 Comments  •  5 months 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  •  6 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  •  6 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...
Caption This!

Caption This!


Via: krishna  •  Pets & Animals  •  34 Comments  •  6 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  •  7 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...
Cat Box (English Subtitles)

Cat Box (English Subtitles)


Via: the-irascible-harry-krishner  •  Pets & Animals  •  21 Comments  •  11 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  •  11 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  •  11 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  •  last year

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...
Our Dogs Give More Than They Take

Our Dogs Give More Than They Take


By: johnrussell  •  Pets & Animals  •  65 Comments  •  last year

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...
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  •  last year

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,...
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  •  last year

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

Scientists Have Discovered the First Known Omnivorous Shark


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  5 Comments  •  last year

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,...
Why the Earth Has Fewer Species Than We Think

Why the Earth Has Fewer Species Than We Think


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  2 Comments  •  last year

A primer on the epigenome. In 2012, I ran a trip sampling the nautilus populations along Australia's Great Barrier Reef explicitly to see if nautiluses living on marine protected...
Scientists Find Evidence of 1,000-Year-Old Parrot-Breeding Operation in the American Southwest

Scientists Find Evidence of 1,000-Year-Old Parrot-Breeding Operation in the American Southwest


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  10 Comments  •  last year

DNA evidence appears to have revealed an ancient parrot-breeding operation in the southwestern United States, a new study reports. A team of researchers from several U.S. universities analyzed...
This Is Your Brain on Fatherhood

This Is Your Brain on Fatherhood


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  1 Comments  •  last year

What clownfish stepfathers and Dad-of-the-Year foxes teach us about paternal neurochemistry in the animal kingdom If you’re a bat-eared fox, a handful of things in life are certain: adorably...
1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture?

1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture?


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  6 Comments  •  last year

Where she goes, they follow. All 76 of them. A female duck in Minnesota has about six dozen ducklings in her care, a remarkable image that an amateur wildlife photographer captured on a...
An ancient swimming revolution in the oceans may have never happened

An ancient swimming revolution in the oceans may have never happened


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  4 Comments  •  last year

About 540 million years ago , the oceans were an alien landscape, devoid of swimming, or nektonic, creatures. Some scientists have hypothesized, based on fossil evidence, that swimmers suddenly...
What is your favorite Animal?

What is your favorite Animal?


By: kathleen  •  Pets & Animals  •  143 Comments  •  last year

Hello everyone,  Tell us what animal you like the most and why. Mine would be elephants.  I always liked the trunk and big ears. Everyone is welcome, please be civil and stay on the topic,...
Tyrannosaurus rex was a big meanie, so this newly discovered dinosaur wore plenty of armor

Tyrannosaurus rex was a big meanie, so this newly discovered dinosaur wore plenty of armor


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  6 Comments  •  last year

Andrey Atuchin and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Living in the Cretaceous period would have been pretty darn dangerous for pretty much any animal. Dinosaurs were out in...
How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle

How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  1 Comments  •  last year

New research shows that ovulation in Serengeti wildebeests is accelerated and synchronized by the yammering of eager males Clay’s team captured 15 female gnus for study. Following...
The National Zoo’s Golden Lion Tamarins Delight Curators with the Delivery of Twins

The National Zoo’s Golden Lion Tamarins Delight Curators with the Delivery of Twins


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  4 Comments  •  last year

On Friday, June 29, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated the birth of two golden lion tamarins to first-time parents Mo and Izzy. While infant mortality rates are high among golden lion...
Australian Feral Cats Eat More Than a Million Reptiles Per Day

Australian Feral Cats Eat More Than a Million Reptiles Per Day


Via: bob-nelson  •  Pets & Animals  •  25 Comments  •  last year

If you want to get into a blistering argument on the internet, just bring up feral cats, the descendants of our favorite domestic mouse catchers that are now living wild. While advocates argue...
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