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  • Scientists Just Discovered 3 New Kinds of Carnivorous Sponge in The Deep Ocean

    01/18/2021 6:57:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | JACINTA BOWLER | 18 JANUARY 2021
    Lycopodina hystrix. (Ekins et al., Zootaxa, 2020) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even though we know the deep sea is weird, 'carnivorous sea sponges' still sound like something from a sci-fi movie. And yet, researchers just announced the discovery of three new such species off the coast of Australia. Go a few hundred metres deep into the ocean, and it starts to look like you're in a whole new world: From a creature that looks like a sea star crossed with an octopus, to shark-devouring fish, to carnivorous sponges we've never seen before. "It just goes to show how much of our deep oceans...
  • Elephant raids Thailand camping ground, flings man to his death

    01/16/2021 10:49:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 14, 2021
    Campers in Khao Yai were shocked out of their sleep on Friday morning when a wild elephant invaded the camping ground and killed an old man sleeping in his tent. The elephant ran into the Pha Kluai Mai camping ground at around 2am and entered the tent of Prayod Chitboon, 80. It then grabbed the man with its trunk and flung him against a tree, killing him immediately. The rest of the campers ran to safety. Khao Yai officials said later that the dead man’s car was filled with pomelos and the animal was possibly lured by the load. Officials...
  • Scot warns 'Covid is making haggis braver' after spotting 'beast' near Glasgow

    01/16/2021 1:06:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 16 JAN 2021 | Kirsty Feerick
    Kat Berrie from Stirling had been walking her dog near Mugdock Country Park in East Dumbartonshire when she spotted the 'beast'.A Scots jokester warned the public that Covid is 'making haggis braver' after stumbling across one near Glasgow. Kat Berrie from Glasgow had been walking her dog near Mugdock Country Park in East Dumbartonshire when she spotted the 'beast'. The 29-year-old jokester actually stumbled across abandoned faux fur but took the opportunity to prank Facebook users. She snapped pictures of the object and warned others to 'watch their step' after her sighting of the 'creature' Kat shared the hilarious pictures...
  • Yellowstone Wolverine Captured on Trail Camera for First Time

    01/15/2021 9:34:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 01.14.21 | Keenan Crow
    An animal not often seen around Yellowstone National Park was captured on film in a trail cam video last month, officials say. Video of the Yellowstone wolverine is very exciting for park biologists, who say this is the first video footage of the species since remote cameras have been deployed in the park. In a Facebook post, Yellowstone park officials said one of the ecosystem’s most elusive mammals triggered a remote trail camera outside the Mammoth Hot Springs area last month – the Browning trail camera footage shows the video was recorded on December 4, 2020 at 7:41 A.M. Pretty...
  • Dire Wolves Weren’t Actually Wolves, DNA Analysis Reveals

    01/15/2021 5:09:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies ^ | January 15, 2021 8:00AM | Alex Fox
    When researchers sequenced the extinct predator’s genome, they found it wasn’t a wolf at all but instead a distinct lineage that split off from the rest of the canines some 5.7 million years ago, reports James Gorman for the New York Times. To reveal the dire wolf’s true evolutionary identity, researchers extracted DNA from five fossils between 13,000 and 50,000 years old and sequenced their genomes. The team ultimately recovered around a quarter of the nuclear genome and a full complement of mitochondrial DNA from the samples... Though the bones of the dire wolf are so similar to today’s gray...
  • Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

    01/15/2021 3:16:26 PM PST · by McGruff · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 15, 2021 | ROD McGUIRK
    A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake. The band suggested the bird found in a Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 was a racing pigeon that had left the U.S. state of Oregon, 13,000 kilometers (8,000 miles) away, two months earlier. On that basis, Australian authorities on Thursday said they considered the bird a disease risk and planned to kill it. But Deone Roberts, sport development manager for the Oklahoma-based American Racing Pigeon Union, said on Friday the band was fake.
  • Tower of London's 'Queen' raven feared dead as legend warns 'Kingdom will fall'

    01/14/2021 1:52:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 14 JAN 2021 | Harry Walker, Danya Bazaraa
    Merlina the raven is missing. Legend says that unless six ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times, the kingdom of Britain will fall The Tower of London’s famous 'Queen' raven has been missing for several weeks and is now feared dead. In a statement on Twitter, Tower of London staff said Merlina's continued absence indicated she may have sadly passed away. Merlina, who joined the tower’s flock in 2007, was the "ruler of the roost" and will be missed, the statement said. Legend says that unless six ravens are kept at the Tower of London at...
  • California deputy kills mountain lion that stalked family in broad daylight

    01/14/2021 12:22:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/14 | Amy Graff
    A California sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a mountain lion Monday that was stalking a family of four on a bike trail in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Placerville, county officials said. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said it responded late Monday afternoon to a 911 call from a couple with two small children in a stroller and two small dogs. The adult mountain lion followed the family for 10 minutes and continued to track them even when they yelled, according to reports. When a deputy arrived on the scene, he watched the lion pacing back and forth...
  • Siegfried Fischbacher from 'Siegfried & Roy' magician duo has died

    01/14/2021 8:21:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.14.2021 | Stefan Dege
    Siegfried and Roy were a big number in the circus world. First in Hollywood and later in Las Vegas, their show bringing together felines, performers and magic was a visitors’ magnet. The “Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino” show, featuring white tigers, lions, acrobatics and glamour brought in millions of dollars to the two German magicians. That was until Roy Horn’s accident on October 3, 2003, when he was attacked by his tiger Montecore during a performance. Just the evening before, the duo had celebrated Horn’s 59th birthday and 43 years of a successful partnership. Siegfried Fischbacher...
  • Pet food recall expanded after more than 70 dogs die

    01/13/2021 1:24:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Pet owners and veterinarians are being warned about recalled Sportmix pet food products now linked to the deaths of more than 70 dogs and the illnesses of 80 others. Midwestern Pet Food is expanding its recall of dog and cat food sold online by retailers nationwide as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigates potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins. The recalled products include "05" in the date/lot code, which identifies them as having been made in the Oklahoma plant. More than 1,000 lot codes are affected. The company in December recalled only certain lots of its Sportmix product after the...
  • Watch This Backyard Squirrel Get a Little Tipsy on Fermented Pears

    01/12/2021 4:54:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    A Minnesota resident captured a video of the bushy-tailed rodent’s drunken smorgasbord A close-up photo of a squirrel sitting on a wooden rail while holding a nut to its mouth. The squirrel has speckled gray and brown fur, and its mouth is open as it goes in for a bite. The background is green and black. It may seem a little absurd, but wildlife getting drunk off of fermenting fruits isn't a rare occurrence. Bats, moose and birds are known to consume copious amounts of fermented fruits. (likeaduck via Flickr under CC BY 2.0) Last week, a wide-eyed, tipsy squirrel...
  • Roadkill moose fed Alaska families for years. Then COVID-19 came.

    01/12/2021 4:35:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    Matt Vasilogambros
    Roadkill moose fed Alaska families for years. Then COVID-19 came. (Can't be posted)
  • This Self-Taught Baker Makes Unbelievably Realistic Fish Cakes

    01/12/2021 3:29:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Outdoorhub ^ | 01.08.21 | Keenan Crow
    Anybody with a sweet tooth, please raise your hand. Now keep scrolling because you’ve got to check out these ultra realistic fish cakes this baker in Texas makes. These delicious works of art are created by Sugarbelle Sweets in Corpus Christi, Texas, by owner Dusty Sinclair. She’s a self-taught baker who specializes in custom cakes and cookies for weddings and other events. “I started Sugarbelle Sweets in 2014, but I’ve been baking most of my life,” Sinclair told me in an interview. She also said she’s an avid hunter/angler, along with the rest of her family. “When I’m not baking,...
  • Bald Eagle Lays Second Egg After Losing First To Ravens Near Big Bear Lake

    01/12/2021 10:28:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/23
    A bald eagle that lost her first egg to ravens last week is now keeping vigil over her new egg, which she laid Saturday. The eagle, named Jackie, laid the egg at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the Friends of Big Bear. The group has a webcam watching over Jackie and her nest, near Big Bear Lake. On Sunday, more than 1,800 people peeked in on Jackie tending the egg. Jackie had laid her first egg last week, but it was lost to raven just five days ago. This new egg is expected to be a Valentine’s Day hatchling.
  • Manatee found with ‘TRUMP’ scrawled on its back in Florida

    01/11/2021 4:46:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 11, 2021 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    A manatee was found with the word “TRUMP” scrawled on its back in a Florida swimming hole, prompting an investigation from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, reports said Monday. The defenseless animal was spotted with the political inscription over the weekend in the Blue Hole headwaters of the Homosassa River in Citrus County — about 80 miles northwest of Orlando, the Citrus County Chronicle reported. SNIP “It’s been my experience that this is very out of character for this community,” Craig Cavanna, a senior federal wildlife officer in charge of the investigation, told the outlet.
  • Gorillas at San Diego Zoo test positive for coronavirus

    01/11/2021 3:33:26 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    CNET ^ | January 11, 2021
    It's not just humans who have been impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. Pet cats have tested positive, as has a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York. On Monday, the San Diego Zoo announced that members of its gorilla troop have COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. The gorillas reside at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a 1,800-acre facility that houses rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and the endangered gorillas.
  • Birds Have a Mysterious 'Quantum Sense'. For The First Time, Scientists Saw It in Action

    01/11/2021 11:56:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | MIKE MCRAE | 8 JANUARY 2021
    Seeing our world through the eyes of a migratory bird would be a rather spooky experience. Something about their visual system allows them to 'see' our planet's magnetic field, a clever trick of quantum physics, and biochemistry that helps them navigate vast distances. Now, for the first time ever, scientists from the University of Tokyo have directly observed a key reaction hypothesised to be behind birds', and many other creatures', talents for sensing the direction of the planet's poles. Importantly, this is evidence of quantum physics directly affecting a biochemical reaction in a cell – something we've long hypothesised but...
  • Scientists Discover Short-Legged Corgi Giraffes

    01/10/2021 8:06:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 01/08/2021 | Jake Buehler
    The giraffe—nicknamed “Gimli,” in honor of the dwarf character from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings—had short legs but a typically proportioned neck, making it basically the corgi version of a giraffe. Three years later, the team found another male giraffe named “Nigel” with similar proportions on a private farm in Namibia. By carefully analyzing photos of these two giraffes, Brown and his colleagues measured the dimensions of the unusual giraffes’ limbs and necks, comparing them with those of other giraffes in their respective populations. The researchers think the giraffes have skeletal dysplasia, which is any number of disorders that impact...
  • Biden's dog Major will get his own "Indoguration" as White House's first rescue pup

    01/09/2021 10:05:36 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies ^ | JANUARY 9, 2021 | SOPHIE LEWIS
    ... "From shelter pup at the Delaware Humane Association to First Dog at the White House, Major Biden is barking proof that every dog can live the American dream," the shelter wrote in a newsletter.
  • Public warned of mountain lion activity in vicinity of university area in Colorado

    01/09/2021 7:02:37 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 17 replies
    Out there Colorado ^ | 8 Jan 2021 | Breanna Sneeringer
    City of Fort Collins officials took to social media to warn the public of mountain lion activity in the vicinity of a Colorado State University area. The Facebook post goes on to say that "mountain lions are a natural part of the ecosystem and negative interactions with them are extremely rare." While some mountain lions tend to move into the lower foothills during this time of year, the university says the lion roaming near the campus may have been pushed further east to avoid competing against other lions for food.