June 20, 2014
a talking parrot meets a stuffed rabbit, animal rights, animals, bunny, facebook, igor purlantov, keep him company, parrots, peek a boo, talking parrot
Parrots crack me up. I always wondered if they knew what they were saying or if they just mimicked what they heard. This guy makes me think he definitely knows what he’s talking about! What do you think? Is he really trying to get the stuffed bunny to play with him? First he’s saying “Peek-A-Boo,” but at 1:24 I swear he’s telling the bunny to wake up! Poor parrot. He can’t get his new friend to play with him! Lucky for him his parents are keeping him company; it’s no fun not having anyone to talk to!
June 19, 2014
25 pets that take a cute selfie, animal rights, animals, cats, dogs, duckface, guinea pigs, igor purlantov, internet fame, photo session, snapping a shot
The word “duckface” just got a whole new meaning. While snapping a shot of your own face is still wildly popular on social media, people just can’t compete with their furry friends when it comes to selfies. Dogs, cats and even guinea pigs are getting a taste of Internet fame through some self-indulgent photo session — and they like it.
June 18, 2014
animal rights, animals, bottlenose dolphins, ecosystems, hula hoop, igor purlantov, marine, riggs company, surfing dolphins ride waves like pros, western australia
Aquariums feature bottlenose dolphins for their charm and intelligence, but no Hula Hoop tank trick beats what the mammals can do in the ocean—no training required.Filmmaker Dave Riggs captured such a feat off the coast of Western Australia. Riggs’ company doesn’t just shoot footage for the awesome sights. The group has been working with researchers to document Western Australia’s marine life and bring attention to aquatic ecosystems at risk.
June 17, 2014
animal rights, animals, congress, even congress is worried about seaworlds captive orcas, igor purlantov, louie psihoyos, oceanic preservation society, protect orcas, seaworld
“The interesting thing about tipping points is that you never know quite when you’re at the top — you need to keep pushing tenaciously until the momentum is unstoppable,” Louie Psihoyos, executive director of Oceanic Preservation Society said in reaction the Congress’ push to protect orcas. “The momentum against cetaceans in captivity is now reaching that apex — when Congress acts quickly and unanimously on anything you know we are about to see the summit of that tipping point. SeaWorld investors should be running from the exits like rats from a ship.”
June 16, 2014
300 feet, animal rights, animals, became a hero, czech airman, enemy lines, french pilot, german plane, igor purlantov, mission, pierre duval, robert bozdech, the dog that went on air raids
On a very cold morning in January 1940, Czech airman Robert Bozdech and French pilot Pierre Duval were on a reconnaissance mission over enemy lines when a German plane shot them down. Bozdech scrambled out, freeing an injured Duval from his harness and dragging him into a snowbank. In search of cover, Bozdech spotted a farmhouse off in the distance, about 300 feet away.
June 12, 2014
animal rights, animls, baby rhino is attached to keeper, gretjie, hoedspruit endangered species center, igor purlantov, kapama private game reserve, orphaned, poachers, rhino, south african
An orphaned baby rhino has bonded with its keeper after seeing South African poachers mutilate his mother for her horn. The animal was brought to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center in South Africa and affectionately named Gretjie by the staff. The poachers slaughtered his mother at the Kapama Private Game Reserve in South Africa on the night of May 7, according to the center.
June 11, 2014
animal rights, animals, billfish, biologists. hurricanes, gulf of mexico, igor purlantov, scientists, scientists tagging sharks to predict hurricanes, sharks, tarpon, tuna, university of miami
Fifty sharks, tuna, tarpon and billfish are swimming around the Gulf of Mexico right now fitted with satellite-linked tags to help scientists track water temperatures and perhaps one day help improve hurricane forecasting.The devices were put there by researchers at the University of Miami who have tagged a total of 750 animals in the past 10 years to record water temperature and salinity at different depths. The fish had merely provided data of interest to biologists, but earlier this year scientists realized the temperature figures coming back from the animals could be crucial to humans living in the path of hurricanes.
June 10, 2014
animal rights, animals, australia, australian, hug trees, igor purlantov, keep cool, koala bear, marsupials, michael kearney, university of melbourne, why koalas hug trees
The mention of a koala bear often conjures up an image of an adorable spoon-nosed creature cocking its head to one side while clinging to a tree. Now, scientists have figured out why the iconic Australian marsupials hug trees: The trunks help the koala bears keep cool, according to a new study. “It can be a really useful way of getting rid of heat on a hot day,” said study co-author Michael Kearney, an ecologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia.
June 9, 2014
animal rights, animals, carrll university, cat peolpe really are different, college students, denise guastello, dog people, igor purlantov, non-conformist, outgoing, sensitive
“Dog people” and “cat people” may both fall into the animal lover category, but they’re not exactly cut from the same cloth, a new study finds. Carroll University researcher Denise Guastello and her team surveyed 600 college students and found cat lovers to be more open-minded, sensitive, and non-conformist than the dog-fancying majority, which, besides being more outgoing, was more inclined to follow rules.
June 6, 2014
adulphe delegorgue, animal rights, animals, brain, do animals get drunk on purpose, elephants, fermented, fruit, igor purlantov, marula tree, south africa, sun
In South Africa, local legend has it that the elephants like to get drunk. They seek out the marula tree, overindulge on its sweet fruits, and enjoy the intoxicating effects of the slightly fermented juice. Tales of the tipsy pachyderms go back at least two centuries. In the 1830s, a French naturalist called Adulphe Delegorgue described stories from his Zulu guides of mysteriously aggressive behaviour in male elephants after they fed on the marula fruits. “The elephant has in common with man a predilection for a gentle warming of the brain induced by fruit which has been fermented by the action of the sun,” wrote Delegorgue.