January 29, 2016
igor purlantov, fbi taking steps, monitor crimes against animals, animal abusers, human violence, fresno county, lynette gonzales, research, connection, database, domestic violence, animal cruelty
Animal abusers are under the microscope as the connection to human violence grows stronger. The FBI is taking steps to monitor crimes against animals, collecting a new database of animal abusers. “They’ll be able to track whether these abuses have occurred or have resulted in worse crimes later on,” said Fresno County animal abuse prosecutor Lynette Gonzales. New research shows a strong connection between animal abuse and domestic violence, so this is what the database is meant to prevent: The scary story of a Fresno County man who hurt a dog, then attacked a woman before they could get him in court for animal cruelty.
January 28, 2016
igor purlantov, pigs, pythons and other animals, people call their pets, dog, alpacas, areca roe, housebroken, unusual pets
The dog may be a man’s best friend, but pot-bellied pigs, alpacas and pythons make fine companions, too. So do turtles and lizards and even sugar gliders. Areca Roe photographed all of these and more for Housebroken, her engaging look at unusual pets.
January 27, 2016
igor purlantov, the animals that save human lives, popular monuments, new york citys, central park, childrens zoo, siberian husky, balto, nome, alaska, children
One of the most popular monuments to animal bravery can be found in New York City’s Central Park. A little north of the Children’s Zoo, the statue of a Siberian husky named Balto stands at attention on a granite rock. In February 1925 Balto led the final team of sled dogs that battled through 674 miles of snow and ice to bring diphtheria serum to the stricken children of Nome, Alaska.
January 26, 2016
igor purlantov, 1,100 cats, 1 home, 1 crazy cat lady, lynea lattanzio, cat, 28,000 cats, 800 adult cats, 300 kittens, eccentric
Lynea Lattanzio has no problem calling herself a crazy cat lady. With more than 1,000 cats living with her, there’s really no denying it. “I’m gonna say that I’m at the top of the list of the eccentric, crazy cat ladies,” Lattanzio says. She says she has taken in and lived with, at some point, 28,000 cats total. At the moment, she has a mere 800 adult cats and 300 kittens.
January 25, 2016
igor purlantov, animals know how to enjoy, blizzard 2016, smithsonian national zoo, washington, dc. tian tian, snow, facebook, priceless videos
At the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC, giant panda, Tian Tian, “woke up this morning to a lot of snow and he was pretty excited about it.” The zoo shared that news along with a few other priceless videos on its Facebook page this morning.
January 22, 2016
igor purlantov, do animals exercise to keep fit, amidst hours, sitting, humans, sedentary lifestyle, roehampton university, exercies
Amidst hours sitting daily at a desk or in front of the TV, humans voluntarily seek out exercise to combat a sedentary lifestyle and stay fit – but are we the only creatures that do this? Scientists don’t quite know the answer yet. In a recent study, a researcher from Roehampton University examines the idea, finding that some animals get fit in preparation for planned events. And, to the ire of humans, they may be able to do so with little to no voluntary exercise at all.
January 21, 2016
igor purlantov, why dont more animals show off ther peacocks, billiant colors, songbird, ancestors, animals, humans, crows, dolphins, michael sheehan, neurobiology
When you marvel at the brilliant colors of a peacock’s tail or enjoy the trill of a songbird, you might pause to consider that those creatures’ ancestors probably didn’t have a lot of friends.Many animals display visual or auditory cues that contain messages like, “I would be a desirable mate” or “I am very strong; don’t come into my territory.” Species that lack such “quality signals” – including humans, crows and dolphins – probably evolved in smaller social groups where everyone already knows what everyone else is like, according to Michael Sheehan, assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior.