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US Domestic Cats Killing Birds And Mammals In Record Numbers, According To Smithsonian
2013-01-29 15:58:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just a week ago we reported that a New Zealand economist was looking for a way to rid the island of its cat infestation, with claims that the curious critters were responsible for millions of bird kills annually, leaving the country with a big dent in its native bird population. While many were outraged by the seemingly unwarranted call out for residents to not replace their dying feline family members, it seems there may have...

2013-01-01 05:03:27

In recent months, wild animals have invaded city streets and taken over urban environments. (PRWEB) December 31, 2012 Wild animals are starting to occupy urban areas, according to USA Today. It is no longer just rats and feral dogs terrorizing city streets. Over the past few years, people have spotted coyotes, mountain lions and other forms of wildlife roaming the city streets. Many people blame environmental issues like global warming and the destruction of forests for wildlife...

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2012-09-07 19:18:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new political debate to throw up on Facebook has nothing to do with a political party, but everything to do with being a "cat person" or "bird person." A study published in the journal PLoS ONE shows that "cat people" and "bird people" have heated differences of opinion, which complicates the challenge of trying to manage the 50 million free-roaming feral cats while protecting threatened wildlife. The study started as a...


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Bekisar
2014-06-19 14:20:21

The Bekisar, also known as the Ayam Bekisar, is the first generation of hybrid chicken developed from the cross of the green junglefowl and the domestic red junglefowl. Although the exact origin of this breed is unknown, Javanese and Sudanese people assert that it was first developed on the Kangean Islands in Java. The earliest members of this breed were used for communication, because each rooster’s call was unique and due to its ancestry, very loud. Roosters were placed in baskets on the...

Sable Island Horse
2014-05-22 10:38:32

The Sable Island Pony also referred to as the Sable Island Horse, inhabits Sable Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is small breed that legends say swam to the island from the many shipwrecks that occurred off shore. Other legends say the horse was introduced by Portuguese explorers, but neither is supported by historic or genetic evidence. The first horses were actually introduced in 1737 by a Boston clergyman, Andrew Le Mercier. The Sable Island horses of today are the...

Wild Horse, Equus ferus
2014-04-11 11:56:13

The Wild Horse (Equus ferus) is a species of the genus Equus, which includes as subspecies the modern domesticated horse as well as the undomesticated Tarpan, now extinct, and the endangered Przewalski’s horse. The Przewalski’s Horse was saved from the edge of extinction and reintroduced with success in the wild. The Tarpan became extinct during the 19th century, although it was a possible ancestor of the domestic horse, and roamed the steppes of Eurasia at the time of domestication....

Brumby
2014-04-03 12:32:21

The Brumby is feral horse that is found roaming free in Australia, with the largest population located in the Northern Territory. This breed is descended from horses that were released or escaped confinement during the early days of settlement in Australia. There are many theories about the origin of its name including one that suggests it is derived from the Aboriginal word baroomby, which means wild in the Pitjara Indigenous Australians’ language. Another theory suggests that the breed...

Banker Horse
2014-04-02 11:37:32

The banker horse is a breed of feral horse that can be found in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. This breed is a descendant of the Spanish horse and the foundation stock is thought to have been brought to the America’s during the 16th century. It is thought that these horses may have become feral after surviving shipwrecks or after being abandoned during exploration or settlement expeditions. Although these horses roam free, they are not true wild horses because they are descended...

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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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