September 19, 2014
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Honey Bee is a sweet, blind cat who traverses the wild like a feline Davey Crockett. She was discovered in Fiji, where local veterinarians at Animals Fiji nursed her back to health. Now, Honey Bee spends her days wandering along hiking trails with her owners. Sometimes she perches atop their backpacks for a quick break; other times, she stops for a snack and some water. Above, watch her head up for a hike along Mason Lake in the mountains near Seattle, Washington.
September 18, 2014
adorable elephant, africa, baby elephant rescued from bottom of well, creatures, david sheldrick wildlife trust, heroic, igor purlantov, kenya caters news, kenya wildlife service, nairobi, rob brandford
An adorable baby elephant narrowly escaped death when it was rescued from the bottom of a well in Africa. The heartwarming survival tale began when a heroic herder discovered the poor exhausted creature — malnourished and covered in bruises — in Kenya, Caters News reported. The quick-thinking local called Kenya Wildlife Service staffers, who rushed to the stranded creature’s aid before flying it in a small plane to a wildlife rescue center in Nairobi. “The little elephant was exhausted and after feeding, promptly collapsed and slept,” said Rob Brandford, director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
September 16, 2014
500, bats, biologists, biscayne bay, endangered bats, florida bonneted bat, golf course, igor purlantov, miami, south florida, worlds rarest bat found in miami
If you were one of the world’s rarest and most endangered bats, where would you choose to live? Perhaps in a remote forest or woodland? Nah, if you’re a Florida bonneted bat, you’re going to Miami. And just like thousands of snowbirds that flock to the city on Biscayne Bay, you like to hang out at the golf course. Only an estimated 500 of the bonneted bats are left—no one knows for sure how many—and they are scattered around six South Florida counties. The small and high-flying bats have long eluded biologists’ attempts to capture them or even discover where they roost.
September 15, 2014
12 selfie tips you can learn from animals, animals, creatures, facial expressions, igor purlantov, phone, photograph, selfie
Taking a perfect selfie is difficult. Between the angle, filters, lighting and endless facial expressions you can make, it can be tough to hone each variable for the ideal photograph. Before throwing your phone in frustration, take a tip from the animal kingdom. You don’t need opposable thumbs to take a selfie, and these creatures are here to prove it.
September 12, 2014
50 foot, 95 million years ago, dinosaur, half crocodile, igor purlantov, largest predatory dinosaur was half duck, northern africa, spinosaurus aegyptiacus, t. rex
The largest predatory dinosaur to walk this earth wasn’t the T. rex. It was Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 50-foot long creature with powerful jaws and a solid, spiny sail on its back that dwelled in Northern Africa 95 million years ago. But even though paleontologists have known about this particular dinosaur for almost a century, its true form has only just been revealed.
September 11, 2014
25 years or more, animals, artic, canada and france, igor purlantov, old age, physical prowess, research, thick billed murre, what birds can teach us about aging gracefully
Most animals don’t live long enough to experience the debilitating effects of old age. But some critters survive for decades, and one in particular, the thick-billed murre, manages to grow old without losing its physical prowess, scientists have found. The research could shed new light on the aging process in other wildlife—and perhaps in primates such as humans. The murre inhabits the far northern reaches of the globe and spends as much time in Arctic waters as it does in the air, diving to depths of 300 feet or more and swim through the sea to hunt fish and other prey. Murres can live 25 years or more, and while scientists from Canada and France discovered that the birds do slow down with age, they don’t lose their diving ability.