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How Did Evolution Bring Back a Flightless Bird from Extinction?

There are so many reasons why extinction occurs. This could be caused by natural disasters, evolutionary changes, or even overexploitation. But there are instances when certain species seemingly come back.  The Aldabra rail, a flightless bird, was wiped out along with all the terrestrial animals that once lived on Aldabra. A massive flood sank a …

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How Did Two Friends Use Their Buddy’s Ashes to Catch a 180-Pound Carp?

There are many ways we can pay tribute to our loved ones after they pass. But what can be better than having their ashes used for something they truly love? When Ron “Ronnie” Hopper succumbed to cancer, his two friends, Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale decided to revisit Thailand and use his ashes as bait. …

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Hours after being adopted from an animal shelter, 21-pound cat Pudding with saved her owners life. While suffering a diabetic seizure, Amy Jung’s newly acquired cat pounced his weight on her chest and began swatting her face and biting her nose until she gained consciousness.

Good kitty: These 6 ‘hero cats’ saved the humans they loved It’s not unusual these days for family pets to attain Internet fame — but this week, Tara the “hero cat” is reigning as queen over them all. A one-minute surveillance video captured the normally mellow family cat saving her human family member, a 4-year-old …

Hours after being adopted from an animal shelter, 21-pound cat Pudding with saved her owners life. While suffering a diabetic seizure, Amy Jung’s newly acquired cat pounced his weight on her chest and began swatting her face and biting her nose until she gained consciousness. Read More »

During WW2, Ernest Hemingway used his fishing boat named after his ex-wife (Pilar) to hunt German U-boats in the Caribbean armed only with Thomson machine guns and hand grenades. He was given unlimited gasoline by the US government.

Pilar (boat) Location of the dry docked actual boat (At the Hemingway Museum, Havana, Cuba) Ernest Hemingway owned a 38-foot (12 m) fishing boat named Pilar. It was acquired in April 1934 from Wheeler Shipbuilding in Brooklyn, New York, for $7,495. “Pilar” was a nickname for Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline, and also the name of …

During WW2, Ernest Hemingway used his fishing boat named after his ex-wife (Pilar) to hunt German U-boats in the Caribbean armed only with Thomson machine guns and hand grenades. He was given unlimited gasoline by the US government. Read More »

Icelandic horses are not allowed to leave the country. If they do, they are banned from returning. This is because Iceland is an island so they have limited diseases, and this is another measure to prevent it.

Icelandic horse The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the …

Icelandic horses are not allowed to leave the country. If they do, they are banned from returning. This is because Iceland is an island so they have limited diseases, and this is another measure to prevent it. Read More »

All pandas are owned by China. They rent them out to zoos for $1 million per year each for a minimum of 10 years.

How China’s booming panda business works Pandas are a big business — both for China and the zoos lucky enough to score a visitor. They can also be extremely expensive. At last count in 2004, there were about 1,600 pandas alive in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Around 350 pandas live under …

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Every fall, Alaska’s Katmai National Park hosts “Fat Bear Week” and crowns the park’s fattest brown bear. The aim is to highlight the park and wildlife conservation.

Everything you want to know about Katmai National Park’s Fat Bears Every fall, Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska hosts Fat Bear Week. Fat Bear Week is an auspicious celebration where the park invites its online community to compare photos of bears from when they first visit Brooks Falls in the spring to photos …

Every fall, Alaska’s Katmai National Park hosts “Fat Bear Week” and crowns the park’s fattest brown bear. The aim is to highlight the park and wildlife conservation. Read More »

Baby owls sleep down on their stomach because their heads are too heavy. They do that until they are large enough to sleep upright.

Baby Owls Sleep Face Down Because Their Heads Are Too Heavy #TuesdayThoughts: baby owls sleep like baby humans; a few hours at a time mostly during the day. Baby owls also show high levels of REM activity during sleep. As they get older owls seem to dream less… pic.twitter.com/D0AZNZdCNI — Pulp Librarian (@PulpLibrarian) March 10, …

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Harlequin shrimps diet consists only of starfish. They often hunt in pairs and will drag a starfish back to their cave and eat it alive. They have also been observed to bring algae and other greens and force feed the starfish in order to keep it alive.

Harlequin Shrimp: The Ultimate Care Guide Introduction Many people are turning towards invertebrates as a way to spice up their aquarium. If you have a saltwater setup, Harlequin Shrimp are an excellent choice. They are hard to resist; they have such a captivating appearance that you could fall in love with at first sight. This …

Harlequin shrimps diet consists only of starfish. They often hunt in pairs and will drag a starfish back to their cave and eat it alive. They have also been observed to bring algae and other greens and force feed the starfish in order to keep it alive. Read More »

Evidence suggests that sloths grow algae in their fur and then eat it. This algae-farming is thought to be aided by moths that live in the fur, and whose growth the sloth actively promotes.

The Strange Symbiosis Between Sloths and Moths Once a week, three-toed sloths slowly descend from the leafy forest canopy to poop on the ground. Why do these sluggish mammals go on such a long and potentially dangerous journey instead of just letting it fly from the treetops? Scientists now believe the answer has to do …

Evidence suggests that sloths grow algae in their fur and then eat it. This algae-farming is thought to be aided by moths that live in the fur, and whose growth the sloth actively promotes. Read More »