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I had a day off, and the weather was nice, so I went to the St. Louis Zoo this morning. It was pretty empty with school having started for about everyone the last 2 weeks.
My last two posts have been downers. So I want to share something cool about K-9 and then ask for you to share cool stuff about your pets’ tricks as well.
A team of biologists has just named three new salamanders in the genus Thorius; the tiniest tailed tetrapods known to science. Smaller than a matchstick, these creatures are as strange as they are adorable, their miniaturized anatomy pushing the boundaries of what natural selection can produce. Tragically, all three…
This is not a dog - it’s a big ass spider!!!!
Gulp. Just look at how ridiculous this thing looks. It’s a giant black sea slug known as a sea hare and it’s freaking monstrous. You don’t really hold it in your hand as much as the sea hare, which can grow up to over 3 feet long and weigh over 30 pounds, just swallows your entire arm. Brave Wilderness found the black…
feel free to post more nature stuff. :)
Things are heating up, people! Lots of drama in the last round, with the much campaigned-for Tiger losing to the Jaguar. Apparently stripes are not “in” this season, sorry Drillpress. The Pallas Cat remains in it to win it, defeating the admittedly adorable Sand Cat. The Arctic Fox remains a juggernaut, steamrolling…
This is a 2-part doc, and I’m almost through part one. It’s awesome if you are a pet person or just enjoy watching puppies and bunnies and kittens and hamsters. It’s focused on play activities linked to wild behavior.
This is Hyorhinomys stuempkei. It lives on one island in Indonesia, and it recently pulled an interesting prank on two zoologists, both of whom thought they discovered it.
New jokes, new jokes! New to the entire planet Earth and borne just now inside my head! Brand new, fresh new, shiny new jokes for one and all! Guaranteed to make you smile!*
It appears that some raccoons are more adventurous than others, and that even in the animal kingdom, there’s always that one sibling that’s tasked with making sure that the other stays out of trouble.
Zoological Center Tel-Aviv Ramat Gan received a wonderful surprise three weeks ago when their female Sand Cat, Rotem, gave birth to a litter of three kittens.
UPDATE: Now with twice as many panda cubs! About five hours after giving birth to the first cub, a second cub was born at 10:07 last night. Double the panda, double the fun! (Hat tip to facw for letting me know in the comments.) Mei Xiang gave birth to her third living cub today at today Washington, DC’s National Zoo…
The wallaby is named Doodlebug. It doesn’t actually get cuter than that.
Look at that adorable slow mover! That is little baby Edward, a sloth who needs a lot of help to survive since his mother stopped producing milk. So Zookeeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher and a stuffed sloth toy give him food and love.
That’s a legitimate scientific question. Multiple teams of researchers have wondered how the yellow boxfish manages to swim when it looks like someone attached fins to a cube of cheese. Find out how this thing moves.
Every horror movie maker in the world can stop trying—because we just found the best horror movie concept ever. African helmeted turtles hunt in packs. Death is coming for you very slowly...but in a big group.
Feeding whole watermelons to large animals and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube is a thing that people do, and it is one of the best uses of the internet. It’s pretty exciting to watch these beasts lay waste to a 10-pound piece of fruit like it’s a grape or something. So here are some videos of large animals…