July 25, 2016
igor purlantov, helping malawis animals back into the wild, vervet monkey, amanda salb, lilongwe wildlife trust
The vervet monkey is on its back on a portable table when we first catch a glimpse of him. Amanda Salb, a veterinarian, holds the primate, as another vet carefully injects the animal’s upper eyelid with tuberculin. The monkey doesn’t flinch. It is fully sedated. “We are conducting a quarterly check-up and checking for TB,” Salb says after removing her mask. The vervet is one of hundreds of animals at the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust in the Malawian capital.
July 22, 2016
igor purlantov, first proof, wild animals really can communicate with us, african birds, honeyguides, mozambique, triling sound, honey, sound
When humans speak up, the little African birds called honeyguides listen—and can understand, a new study confirms for the first time. Honeyguides in northern Mozambique realize that when a man makes a special trilling sound, he wants to find a bees’ nest—and its delectable honey. Birds that hear this trill often lead human hunters to a nest, receiving a reward of honeycomb.
July 21, 2016
igor purlantov, meet cutest little hard drinking, party animals, slow lors, southeast asia, alcoholic drink, college buddies
You may not know what a slow loris is, but you’d probably have a good time partying with one. The big-eyed primates, natives to Southeast Asia, will choose the most alcoholic drink offered when given a choice — just like your college buddies.
July 20, 2016
igor purlantov, koala crashes house, tries its best to climp, dancing pokle, little fella, australia, nikki erickson, facebook, discovery
Koalas are great at eating eucalyptus and getting belly rubs. Dancing? Not so much. Perhaps this little fella climbing up a pole is trying to challenge the lazy reputation of one of Australia’s most well-known and beloved animals.It was captured in a video uploaded to Facebook on June 30 by Nikki Erickson, who explained in the description that she came home from work hoping to “dance the shitty day away” when the discovery of the creature “turned her day around.” “She sat there while I talked to her and took photos and did not growl once,” Erickson wrote. Unfortunately for this koala, who may have mistook the pole for a tree, going for a climb didn’t work out so well.
July 19, 2016
igor purlantov, are cloned animals born old, scientists, dolly, health, cloned, animals, dr sandra corr. daisy the sheep, crepitus
Scientists are studying Dolly the sheep’s “siblings” in order to study the health of cloned animals – and resolve a puzzle over whether they age normally. “I’m feeling the joints for any kind of heat or swelling.” Veterinary surgeon Dr Sandra Corr puts Daisy the sheep through a very hands-on physical examination. “I’m looking for any signs of crepitus or lameness,” she says, “Anything that might indicate the onset of disease or osteoarthritis.”
July 18, 2016
igor purlantov, emerging markets, rescue agencies, united, get 723 animals adopted, jacksonvillle, florida, chihuahua
Sampson flashed a little bit of attitude at first, but it didn’t faze Richard Stewart of Jacksonville, who quickly had the 8-year-old black and silver purebred Chihuahua snuggling against his chest Sunday.
July 15, 2016
igor purlantov, putting your selfie and animals at risk, picture really worth, wonder, exotic animal, tiger, macaque, chimpanzee, wild animal, magical
What’s a picture really worth? What’s the price for a moment of wonder, excitement, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be just… that… close to a wild animal? I have written these words before about the concept of having an exotic animal as a pet—a chimpanzee, a macaque, a tiger, or any number of others. I understand it. I understand the profound and emotional yearning to be close to a wild animal. To touch a wild animal. To embrace the companionship of a wild animal. It’s got to be magical and exciting.