Tag: Animals

Rattlesnakes Make Themselves at Home on Florida Gulf Coast University Campus

Students aren’t the only ones going back to Florida Gulf Coast University’s college campus this year. It appears rattlesnakes have decided to call the campus home during their “baby season,” which happens to fall during August, September and October. The venomous reptiles have found the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University to be a welcoming place to breed, grow, […]

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Shy Raccoons Are Better Learners Than Bold Ones, Study Finds

“This is perhaps the first step towards domestication,” said Benjamin Geffroy, a biologist at the University of Montpellier in France. “Now we need to know more about what comes first, docility or cognitive abilities.” Some research suggests the process of domestication changes how animals think. Dogs, for example, are better than wolves or nonhuman primates […]

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Guns, Gorillas and Netflix: A Belgian Prince in Congo

RUMANGABO, Democratic Republic of Congo — “Emmanuel was over at my house for dinner the other night,” Ben Affleck said in an interview, “and despite the fact that he’s spent most of his life in Virunga, he’s been shot, he’s seen people he’s loved killed, my 16-year-old daughter said: ‘Why is it appropriate you do […]

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How Far Should We Go to Save a Species?

If we want to maintain a livable Earth, we must prepare radical measures to safeguard biodiversity. And we will need to grapple with some queasiness about extending humankind’s manipulation of “natural” systems, when our track record as stewards is so poor. We should proceed with extreme caution. As genetics and other biosciences race ahead, they […]

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Study reveals how environment and state are integrated to control behavior

Say you live across from a bakery. Sometimes you are hungry, and therefore tempted when odors waft through your window, but other times satiety makes you indifferent. Sometimes popping over for a popover seems trouble-free, but sometimes your spiteful ex is there. Your brain balances many influences in determining what you’ll do. A new MIT […]

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Divorce is more common in albatross couples with shy males, study finds

The wandering albatross is the poster bird for avian monogamy. The graceful glider is known to mate for life, partnering up with the same bird to breed, season after season, between long flights at sea. But on rare occasions, an albatross pair will “divorce” — a term ornithologists use for instances when one partner leaves […]

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New Bird Species Known as Subantarctic Rayadito Discovered in Chile Islands

Scientists in Chile recently announced they’d discovered the new bird species in the country’s Diego Ramirez Islands. The incredible find was reported in the magazine “Nature.” According to lead researcher Ricardo Rozzi, the subantarctic rayadito has some serious survival skills. They evolved to live in what might be considered unfriendly terrain. Their habitat, at the […]

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The Animal Translators

Learning to listen The prospect of ongoing, two-way dialogue with other species remains unknown. But true conversation will require a number of “prerequisites,” including matching intelligence types, compatible sensory systems and, crucially, a shared desire to chat, said Natalie Uomini, an expert on cognitive evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. “There has […]

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Let’s Stop Paying for Wildlife Conservation Through Gun Sales

By contrast, between 2011 and 2016, “the most substantial increases in participation” in “wildlife-related activities” involved “observing and photographing wildlife,” which surged 20 percent, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service survey. Unsurprisingly, spending by wildlife watchers rose too, by 29 percent, from $59 billion to $76 billion on equipment and trip-related expenses. Opinion Conversation […]

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A Mystery Illness Has Killed Dozens of Dogs in Michigan

Dogs owners in two Michigan counties fear a mystery illness that has infected and killed dozens of dogs already. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has informed pet owners to take extra precautions in keeping their dogs safe from this mystery illness as they investigate the virus present in the northern region of […]

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A Mystery Illness Has Killed Dozens of Dogs in Michigan

Dogs owners in two Michigan counties fear a mystery illness that has infected and killed dozens of dogs already. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has informed pet owners to take extra precautions in keeping their dogs safe from this mystery illness as they investigate the virus present in the northern region of […]

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