Eight Amazing Animals at Risk From Wildlife Crimes

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Illegal wildlife trafficking is a multibillion-dollar-a-year business with ties to organized crime and terrorism. In an effort to combat this threat to wildlife, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 3 World Wildlife Day. This year’s observance highlights the need to “get serious about wildlife crime.”  Countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. have taken steps to beef up laws combating illegal wildlife trafficking and expanding awareness of the issue. The Indonesian Council of Ulama, the country’s top Muslim clerical body, even declared a fatwa against wildlife trafficking last March. (See “Opinion: End Illegal Wildlife Trafficking on World Wildlife Day.”)

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Why Are Elephants and Other Animals So Wrinkly?

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When you write a column called Weird Animal Question of the Week, it’s inevitable that you get some smart-aleck inquiries. Recently someone asked me: “What happens when you put anti-wrinkle cream on an elephant?” Any self-respecting pachyderm would turn up its trunk at such an offer. That’s because those fabulous folds help keep the big mammals cool, Kathleen Garrigan, spokesperson for the African Wildlife Foundation, said via email.Elephants have few sweat glands and can’t use them for regulating their body temperature, so they disperse heat in other ways, including through their baggy skin. 

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Blind Dog Found Alive After 2 Weeks In The Cold

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Eleven-year-old Madera, a Labrador retriever, had the odds against her when she wandered away from her Ester home in the midst of a cold snap earlier this month.Madera is completely blind because of an autoimmune disease, and the temperature was 40 below, said her owner, Ed Davis. Usually when it’s really cold out, she wants to come inside immediately after relieving herself. But for some reason, Madera ventured farther away when his wife let her out on Feb. 6.  Davis was at work at Pump Station 4 of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline when Madera went missing. He came back to Fairbanks on Feb. 19 without much expectation of finding his dog.  “My best hope was to walk those trails and look for a track that might be hers,” he said. “My best hope was to find a frozen dog.”

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Mother Cow Hides Newborn Baby To Protect Her From Farmer

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A former dairy cow was so saddened by memories of her previous babies being taken away by a farmer that she hid her newborn calf to keep her from being taken, too.  Clarabelle was rescued from a dairy farm in late November by the Australian farm sanctuary Edgar’s Mission. She was hours away from slaughter at the farm, where her milk production was too low to bother keeping her alive. When Clarabelle arrived at the rescue, volunteers discovered she was pregnant.

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Buzzfeed Launches App Which Naturally Is About Cute Animals

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Buzzfeed is going all in with experimental apps. After acquiring GoPop last week, its launching its first experimental app. As expected, it’s so full of cute animals, your heart may burst.  Available today, the Cute or Not app for iOS is a mix of the old Hot or Not site and Tinder. You’re presented with a cat or dog and you swipe right if it’s cute and left if it’s not. I mean come on, you’re going to be swiping right about 95 percent of the time.

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Research Says Cats Can See Things That Are Invisible To Us

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New scientific data shows that cats, long a symbol of mysticism, are able to see things that are invisible to us. Cats apparently see psychedelic stripes on flowers and patterns on the wings of birds that are completely invisible to the human eye. According to this study, cats, dogs, and some other animals are able to see types of light, like UV light, that we don’t see at all.  “There are plenty of things that reflect UV radiation, which some sensitive animals are able to see, while we are not,” said Ronald Douglas, professor of biology of the City University of London and co-author of the study. “For example, these may be certain patterns on flowers that show where the nectar is, or traces of urine of an animal. Also, reindeer can and see polar bears as the snow reflects UV radiation, while white fur does not.”

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Is Missan The World’s Oldest Living Cat?

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Missan, 29, may be the world’s oldest cat, according to its Swedish owner who says that aside from suffering from some minor back and kidney problems, there is no reason why her furry friend won’t make it to the grand age of 30.  Missan the Swedish farm cat is turning 30 this spring and may be the world oldest living cat. By far.  “I read an article about another cat that was supposed to be the world’s oldest, and I just thought to myself: ‘mine is older!’,” Missan’s owner Åsa Wickberg, from Karlskoga,  told the TT news agency.

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