Latest Cosmopolitan species Stories

2009-03-27 06:50:00

A dog may be man's best friend, but a new government study found they are also the cause of thousands of accidents every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cats and dogs are a factor in more than 86,000 serious falls each year. Yet, the incidents are relatively rare; they account for just 1 percent of injuries from falls. CDC officials noted that they affect the elderly disproportionably. They recommend that older people improve lighting, remove pet toys, and...

2009-03-16 10:00:00

Ninth Nesting Season for Harrisburg's Female Peregrine Falcon HARRISBURG, Pa., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A live, 24-hour Web-cast of two Peregrine falcons who nest on a ledge on Pennsylvania's Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg resumed for the season today. "The popularity and notoriety of these magnificent creatures grow each year," said acting Secretary John Hanger. "Through technology, we are able to provide the world with a front-row seat to watch the story of...

2009-02-19 17:00:40

A Chinese man said he caught a 6-pound rat the size of a cat by its 12-inch tail in a residential area of the city of Fuzhou. The man, identified only as Xian, said he caught the gargantuan rodent after seeing a group of people crowding around it, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Xian said he grabbed the rat, which he speculated might be a rare species or other valuable specimen, by its tail and the scruff of its neck. I did it, I caught a rat the size of a cat, he said before shoving...

2008-09-18 15:42:53

Puzzled about why Fido acts the way he does?  Although some pet behaviors may seem a bit odd, there is usually a sound reason for all of them.  As Cesar Millan, host of the National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, says "pay attention"¦.you can break the code." For example, many pets spontaneously start running through the house as though they are on fire, appearing almost crazy to their unsuspecting owners.  Millan attributes this behavior to simple boredom....

2008-09-10 10:05:00

TAU has a "purrfect" recipe for interspecies harmony at home Thinking about adopting a perky little puppy as a friend for your fluffy cat, but worried that they'll fight -- well, like cats and dogs? Think again. New research at Tel Aviv University, the first of its kind in the world, has found a new recipe for success. According to the study, if the cat is adopted before the dog and if they are introduced when still young (less than 6 months for kittens, a year for dogs), there is a high...

2008-02-27 07:54:51

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday signed one of the nation's toughest laws on pet sterilization, requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they are 4 months old. The ordinance is aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the thousands of euthanizations conducted in Los Angeles' animal shelters every year. "We will, sooner rather than later, become a no-kill city and this is the greatest step in that direction," Councilman Tony Cardenas said as he held a kitten...

2008-02-19 12:45:00

If you're a land owner and animals such as coyotes or wild pigs are driving you hog wild, help may soon be on the way to control their numbers in a humane way "“ in the form of a birth control pill for animals being developed at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The concept would be to get it to wild animals through baited food, researchers say.Researchers are testing oral contraceptives "“ used in much the same way as in humans...

2008-01-29 09:05:00

The Fertile Crescent of the Middle East has long been identified as a "cradle of civilization" for humans. In a new genetic study, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have concluded that all ancestral roads for the modern day domestic cat also lead back to the same locale. Findings of the study, involving more than 11,000 cats, are reported in the cover article of the January issue of the journal Genomics. "This study confirms earlier research suggesting that the domestication...

2007-05-21 18:34:47

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Cliffs and trails leading to them have been closed in eight areas around Vermont to protect nesting peregrine falcons. The areas will remain closed until Aug. 1 unless a falcon pair does not nest or they're unsuccessful at nesting, the Fish and Wildlife Department said. "The areas closed include the portions of the cliffs where the birds are nesting and the trails leading to the cliff tops or overlooks," said Doug Blodgett, a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife...

2007-03-31 09:38:52

SAN FRANCISCO -- A peregrine falcon shrieked as scientists snatched three eggs from his precarious perch beneath the Bay Bridge to save the chicks from a deadly fall or car collision when they hatch. University of California, Santa Cruz, biologist Brian Latta on Friday removed the eggs from a narrow beam about 200 feet above San Francisco Bay. "It's the most dangerous place in the world for them," said Latta. Latta moved in after the female parent left the male parent alone to defend the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.