Category Archives: Wild Life

Killer Chimps Reveal Why Violence Persists

Chimpanzees and humans share much in common, including cooperating to kill perceived rivals, and now a new study finds that this kind of lethal aggression — at least among chimps — is “normal” and sadly all too common. “Normal,” in this case, means that the behavior results from natural and evolved tendencies and does not, as some other researchers have suggested, emerge in response to human pressures, such as habitat loss. The study, published in the journal Nature, sheds light … Continue reading

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Bacteria found in bees show potential as an alternative to antibiotics

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Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly serious problem in the western world, and in April this year, the World Health Organisation declared it a major threat to public health. For centuries, people have used raw honey to help fight infections, but scientists have struggled to figure out what gives it its antimicrobial properties. Now a team of researchers from Lund University in Sweden has identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria (LAB) that come from the honey stomach of … Continue reading

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Stringray migration

Stringray migrations are beautiful to watch from the air. The cownose ray is known for its long migrations across the Atlantic. These mass migrations occur seasonally in response to temperature changes: Via Facebook. Image credit Ryan Kidd

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Weird mushroom-shaped animals may rewrite animal family tree

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Weird deep-sea animals discovered off the coast of Australia in the 1980s have finally been classified, and they’re like no animal alive today. The newly described species, discovered between 400 and 1,000 metres below the ocean off the coast of Tasmania back in 1986, have been named Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides. And they’re so unique that they don’t fit into any existing animal groupings – in fact, they appear to most closely resemble long-extinct organisms that lived in the Ediacaran period, … Continue reading

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MASSIVE BIRD NESTS

One would normally assume that massive bird nests would house massive birds. These nests are so big that one wonders if they could house dinosaurs… They are built, in actuality, by some of the dinosaurs smallest descendents: Social Weaver Birds live in Namibia. They look rather like sparrows, and are about the size of sparrows. But somehow or other, they seem to have got into their bird-brains the necessity to build BIG, that is, REALLY BIG nests. Indeed, they build … Continue reading

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The incredible honey hunters of the Himalayan foothills

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Growing up to 3 centimetres (1.2 inches) in length, the Himalayan cliff honey bee of Nepal is the world’s largest honeybee. Found only in the foothills of the Himalayas, building their homes at altitudes of between 2,500 and 3,000 metres (8,200 and 9,800 feet) and foraging as high up as 4,100 metres (13,500 feet) above the ground, these insects have a unique ability to thrive at incredible heights. They’re so good at it, that the rest of the Himalayan honey … Continue reading

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How does a penguin launch itself from the sea?

How does a bird, the same weight as a baby hippo, get itself out of the water?

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Great apes face extinction: conservationist Jane Goodall

The world’s great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall warned Tuesday, in a call to arms to ensure man’s closest relatives are not wiped out. “If we don’t take action the great apes will disappear, because of both habitat destruction as well as trafficking,” Goodall told AFP in an interview in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. In the past half century, chimpanzee numbers have slumped from two million to just 300,000, spread over 21 countries, said Goodall, … Continue reading

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‘Bigfoot’ Cases Solved, But a New Mystery Surfaces

Genetic analysis of hair attributed to Bigfoot found no support for that claim, but hairs linked to the Yeti were determined to belong to a mysterious bear species that may not yet be known to science. The research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, marks a rare intersection of peer-reviewed science and cryptozoology, which is the search for, and study of, animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated. The study solely focused on hair samples, … Continue reading

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The Most Beautiful Slug in the World

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Glaucus atlanticus, commonly known as the sea swallow, blue angel, blue glaucus, blue dragon, blue sea slug and blue ocean slug, is a species of small-sized blue sea slug, a gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae and to our eye extremely beautiful. These sea slugs feed on other pelagic creatures including the venomous cnidarian, the Portuguese Man o’ War. Because the sea slug stores stinging nematocysts from the cnidarian within its own tissues, a human picking up the sea slug … Continue reading

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Ancient DNA has revealed the kiwi’s closest relative isn’t the emu

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Australia can no longer claim to the origins of the iconic New Zealand kiwi. The kiwi isn’t the first New Zealand icon Australia has controversially laid claim to – think Russell Crowe and the Pavlova. But ancient DNA has now proved that the kiwi officially didn’t originate in Australia and its closest relative isn’t the emu, as previously thought. Instead, scientists from the University of Adelaide have discovered its closest relative is the extinct Madagascan elephant bird – a two … Continue reading

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Scientists find best way to rid a garden of snails

Gardeners wanting to rid their spring flowerbeds of pesky snails can ditch the beer traps and egg shells and instead develop a strong throwing arm. This is according to a new study in the journal Physica Scripta, which has used statistical models to show that removing snails out of the garden by a distance of over 20 metres or more is just as effective as simply killing them. According to the researchers, from Queen Mary University of London and The … Continue reading

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We May Have Solved the Mystery of the Dying Bees

For over a decade, a disease called colony collapse disorder has been destroying bee populations worldwide. Because bees pollinate many of our staple crops, their deaths threaten our food supplies. Now, new evidence is solidifying a case against the likely culprit in their deaths. Researchers have previously argued that colony collapse is being caused by neonicotinoids, a form of insecticide that works by damaging the insects’ brain functions and shutting down their nervous systems. After a period of excitability, insects … Continue reading

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This Is How A Single Drop Of Seawater Looks Magnified 25 Times

As if you needed another reason not to drink sea water! David Liittschwager, an accomplished award-winning photographer who has created numerous marine wildlife photos for National Geographic, has created an image showing the microfauna that exists inside a single drop of seawater! By magnifying the water 25 times, he showed that the salty taste of seawater isn’t just salt – there are bacteria, worms, fish eggs, crab larva, diatoms, and a whole host of other creepy crawlies all fighting for … Continue reading

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Dual-sex butterflies!

Dual-sex butterflies! These visually astonishing creatures are bilateral gynandromorphs, which means half their body is female, half male. The genetic conditions isn’t unique to butterflies; dual-sex birds, lobsters, caterpillars and spiders have also been found. Via Facebook.

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World’s Deadliest Animals

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Coming face-to-face with a Leopard seal

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Paul Nicklen describes his most amazing experience as a National Geographic photographer – coming face-to-face with one of Antarctica’s most vicious predators – the Leopard seal.  Image credit – Paul Nicklen

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Vogelkop Bowerbird

Believe it or not, a bird made this. Vogelkop gardener bowerbirds from New Guinea go to extraordinary lengths to build a love nest from interwoven sticks and decorative objects to appear more attractive to a female. Via Facebook.

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New critter discovered on whale carcass

Chance discovery could be unique to whale bone habitat A new species of bug, similar in appearance to the common woodlouse, has been found plastered all over a whale carcass on the floor of the deep Southern Ocean. Scientists say that Jaera tyleri is the first in its genus to be found in the southern hemisphere, and may be unique to the whale bone habitat. The bones themselves are a remarkable chance discovery. They were spotted on a live video … Continue reading

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Flight of the Dung Beetle

Narrated by David Attenborough, this video shows the battle that dung beetles face in order to survive.

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