Tag: Animal Behavior

He Doesn’t Mind Being Shared, Unless His Mates Try to Eat Each Other’s Eggs

From the standpoint of sex, male frogs tend to segregate into two camps: the monogamous bunch and the free wheeling philanderers. This split seems to apply to all amphibians, which don’t really compromise between these two amorous extremes. Researchers have long found this odd; plenty of other animals practice group fidelity, wherein one male strikes […]

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A Honeybee’s Tongue Is More Swiss Army Knife Than Ladle

For a century, scientists have known how honeybees drink nectar. They lap it up. They don’t lap like cats or dogs, videos of whose mesmerizing drinking habits have been one of the great rewards of high speed video. But they do dip their hairy tongues rapidly in and out of syrupy nectar to draw it […]

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17 Learning Tools For Your Next Outdoor Excursion

Some of the most engaging and meaningful vacations have long been entwined with learning, be it visiting museums and libraries or touring historic properties. Nowadays, though, many vacations are outdoor excursions. Yet that doesn’t mean learning is strictly about survival skills. Rather, an outdoor vacation is an opportunity to explore the wonders of ocean life, […]

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When Bugs Crawl Up the Food Chain

Epomis beetle larvae look delicious to frogs. They’re snack-size, like little protein packs. If a frog is nearby, a larva will even wiggle its antennae and mandibles alluringly. But when the frog makes its move, the beetle turns the tables. It jumps onto the amphibian’s head and bites down. Then it drinks its would-be predator’s […]

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How to Move Your Elephant During a Pandemic

The border between Argentina and Brazil had been closed by the coronavirus pandemic for nearly two months when, in early May, an unusual convoy approached the checkpoint in Puerto Iguazú. There were 15 people, all of whom had gone days with little sleep, and six vehicles, including a crane and a large truck. Behind the […]

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How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, many people began social distancing from relatives and investing additional time with pets. Animal shelters reported record numbers of pets going into foster homes, with placement rates from 50 percent to 70 percent, according to the ASPCA and the Best Friends Animal Society. Petfinder.com saw adoption inquiries […]

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Getting Your Home Ready for Your Pandemic Puppy

Nicole Crystal’s house in Oradell, N.J., wasn’t always a fun house for her Goldendoodle. Before she bought Bowie three years ago, she regularly polished the vintage pine floors of her 19th-century home, had a cozy reading nook in a corner of the living room, and covered her white sofa with colorful throw pillows. Now, Bowie […]

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There Are Two Ways Out of a Frog. This Beetle Chose the Back Door.

It’s a familiar story: Predator hunts prey. Predator catches prey. Predator gulps down prey. Usually, that’s it. But the water scavenger beetle Regimbartia attenuata says, “Not today.” After getting swallowed by a frog, this plucky little insect can scuttle down the amphibian’s gut and force it to poop — emerging slightly soiled, but very much […]

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California’s ‘Bear Whisperer’ Is Out of a Job

You can’t teach a misbehaving black bear a lesson through a Zoom conference call. That takes boots on the pine needles or some firecrackers. But Steve Searles, one of the most well-known ursid wranglers, the “bear whisperer” of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is out of the job, yet another of wildlife conservation’s coronavirus victims. In this […]

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How Many Hot Dogs Can Someone Eat In 10 Minutes?

Over the Fourth of July weekend, with streams of sweat pouring down his face, Joey Chestnut broke his own world record for hot dog eating, by downing 75 hot dogs (with buns) in 10 minutes at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. It was his 13th win at the annual contest. And Miki Sudo […]

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Canada’s Sparrows Are Singing a New Song. You’ll Hear It Soon.

Even if you’re not a bird person, you probably know the jaunty song of the white-throated sparrow. It plays on loop in North America’s boreal forests, a classic as familiar as the chickadee’s trill and the mourning dove’s dirge. It even has its own mnemonic, “Old Sam Peabody-Peabody-Peabody.” The sparrow’s old triplet Hear that “Old […]

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