Tag: Animals

This Town Comes Alive Once a Year, as Thousands of Snakes Mate

NARCISSE, Manitoba — Tokyo has its cherry blossoms, the Netherlands has its tulip fields, and Paris offers itself. But the Canadian province of Manitoba has a remarkably distinct springtime attraction too: tens of thousands of amorous snakes writhing around in pits. While Manitoba’s tourist agency doesn’t promote the Narcisse Snake Dens with the same zeal […]

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London Zoo Defends Return of Late-Night Parties Among the Animals

LONDON — One man poured beer on a tiger. Another tore off his shirt and attempted to enter the penguin pool. Music blared and drinks flowed. Those were some of the scenes described during the 2014 season of London Zoo’s late-night adult-only event, which is billed as a way to bring people closer to the […]

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GREAT NEWS: You Can Now Pay $50 to Hang Out in a Cafe Full of Live Rats

Merlin Entertainments is a British company that operates more than 120 mostly theme attractions that are scattered throughout 25 countries. It runs all of the Legoland parks, the Madame Tussaud’s-branded wax museums, and the three hellish-looking Peppa Pig World of Play locations. The company is also responsible for nine different Dungeons in nine different cities, […]

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Exploring the Animal ‘Supernavigators’ That Can Fly 56,000 Miles a Year

SUPERNAVIGATORS Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their WayBy David Barrie As I stood peering up in the sky to see the “river of raptors” moving through the Mexican state of Veracruz, I needed to adjust my expectations. The birds were much higher up in the sky than I had thought. Looking through binoculars, […]

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Fighting the Gender Stereotypes That Warp Biomedical Research

Say you are prescribed medication for depression, anxiety or even just to sleep. Would you want to take it if you knew that the drug had only been tested on men and male animals? Rebecca Shansky, a neuroscientist at Northeastern University in Boston, thinks you might not. When she tells nonscientific audiences that researchers “for […]

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Does Anything Awful Happen to the Cat in the Play?

My eyes were on the sheep, and how could they not have been? With her black nose and creamy coat, this unflappable woolen creature was mellowness personified while a pack of dysfunctional humans railed around her. Her real name is Annie, and she’s not quite four months old. Lounging in her spacious downstage pen, where […]

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Saving Charlie: A Rush to Rescue Stranded Cats and Dogs from Oklahoma Floods

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. — Shawn Smith, a volunteer firefighter, risked his life for the people of his flooded town on the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma. And not just for the people. Mr. Smith waded into waist-high floodwaters in one evacuated house over the weekend and came out holding Sammich, a scared gray-and-white cat, one […]

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Baby sharks are eating the birds that live in your backyard

If you’re even a little bit on the internet—or have a child who is—you’re bound to have heard the song. Baby shark, do-do-do-do-do-do-… And now it’s stuck in your head again. You’re welcome. But Marcus Drymon doesn’t know it, because he’s too busy studying the real thing as a fisheries ecologist at Mississippi State University. […]

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