Endangered Species Then and Now

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The Endangered Species Act is more than 40 years old, which begs the question: Where are they now? “They” being the thousands of threatened plant and animal species that are protected under the landmark legislation.  Maintaining biodiversity is no easy feat, but many species have rebounded since the act’s inception in 1973. So far, 59 species have been delisted, 20 of which are considered true success stories. But others haven’t been so lucky. An animal can be taken off the list if it is no longer threatened or if it goes extinct. Today, more than 1,400 plants and animals remain endangered or threatened.

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Video: Dog Left in Car Blares the Horn

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This dog is furious about being left in a parked car with the windows up and wants everyone to know.  According to the video’s uploader, the dog was discovered in Eureka, California. Apparently, it’d drawn a few onlookers by the time the videographer arrived due to the fact that it had been blaring the horn on and off for several minutes.  No word on whether or not the road-raging pup ever got the attention of its owner, but you have to assume the reunion was tense. Or at least awkward for the owner to come to a parked car full of strangers watching.

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Video: Adorable Golden Retriever Learning How To Catch Food

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Fritz the golden retriever is a very good boy, but he’s pretty awful at catching things in his mouth. Watch as his owners toss tacos, strawberries and whole slices of pizza to find out what Fritz can catch. We promise it’s the best video you’ll watch this month.

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Cute Mammal With Teddy Bear Face Rediscovered

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You could call it one of the world’s longest games of hide and seek.  For more than 20 years, the Ili pika (Ochotona iliensis), a type of tiny, mountain-dwelling mammal with a teddy bear face, had eluded scientists in the Tianshan Mountains of northwestern China.  People have seen the furry critter only a handful of times since it was discovered by accident in 1983. In fact, people have spotted only 29 live individuals, and little is known about the animal’s ecology and behavior. 

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Bomb Sniffing Elephants in South Africa

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Armed with a sharp sense of smell, dogs have a long history of detecting explosives for their human handlers. Trained rats sniff out land mines from old African wars. In Croatia, researchers have tried to train bees to identify TNT.  Now elephants. New research conducted in South Africa and involving the U.S. military shows they excel at identifying explosives by smell, stirring speculation about whether their extraordinary ability can save lives.

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Funny Animals Lounging Around

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Animals, just like humans, have a wide range of personality traits such as laziness, which can gain them quite a reputation. As most others have stated being lazy in the animal kingdom can actually be an excellent tool for survival. Being lazy can help save energy. Laziness is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so. It is common for animals to forage for food until satiated, and then spend most of their time doing nothing, or at least nothing in particular. 

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Video: Fancy Squirrel Eats With a Fork

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Wally isn’t some common forest squirrel, scratching for nuts in the dirt like a serf.  No, Wally has his very own fork, and his owner liberally coats it in the finest of almond butters for him.  His Royal Highness also enjoys getting his ears scratched and eating a healthy salad, all of which his human servants are only too happy to provide.

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