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2010-04-23 13:03:00

PITTSBURGH, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Steeler Country is now home to the Eagles! No, not the cross-Commonwealth rival Philadelphia Eagles; a pair of American bald eagles. "While bald eagles are not an uncommon sight as they hunt for fish in the Three Rivers area of Pittsburgh, this is the first confirmed nesting pair of bald eagles in Allegheny County," said Gary Fujak, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for western Allegheny County. "The nest is in Crescent...

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2010-03-30 10:58:35

Acoustic analysis of the 'giggle' sound made by spotted hyenas has revealed that the animals' laughter encodes information about age, dominance and identity. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Ecology recorded the calls of 26 hyenas in captivity and found that variations in the giggles' pitch and timbre may help hyenas to establish social hierarchies. Fr©d©ric Theunissen, from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and Nicolas Mathevon, from the...

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2010-03-18 07:20:00

Modern domestic canines, long thought to have been first domesticated in Asia or Europe, may actually trace their roots back to the Middle East, a team of scientists have discovered. The research, led by UCLA ecology and evolutionary biology professor Robert Wayne and published on March 17 in the online edition of Nature, found that dogs have more in common genetically with Middle Eastern gray wolves than any other canine species in the world. "Genome-wide analysis now directly suggests a...

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2010-02-24 09:40:00

A genetic study has found that small domestic dogs probably originated in the Middle East more than 12,000 years ago. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology traced the evolutionary history of the IGF1 gene, finding that the version of the gene that is a major determinant of small size probably originated as a result of the domestication of the Middle Eastern gray wolf. Melissa Gray and Robert Wayne, from the University of California, Los Angeles, led a team of researchers...

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2010-02-18 07:10:00

Ravens have been scratched out as the cause for a decline in the number of wading birds in the UK. Raven numbers have increased in the past 20 years, but waders like lapwing and curlew have fallen by 50%. Ravens feed on the eggs of the birds, but a new study shows that its links to the decline were irrelevant. The RSPB and University of Aberdeen's Center for Environmental Sustainability (ACES) carried out research that suggests habitat and vegetation and foxes could be to blame. The...

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2010-02-11 07:05:00

On Wednesday, Kenyan gamers started to round up thousands of zebras to move to a reserve where lions are attacking livestock due to a lack of prey. The nationwide operation is due to last until the end of the month in what will go down as one of Africa's biggest animal translocations so far.  The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) launched the operation in Soysambu conservancy. Rangers in helicopters started rounding up galloping zebras into a large V-shaped tarpaulin enclosure after...

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2010-02-01 13:15:00

New animal tracking techniques suggest the public may accept small, managed populations of wolves in parks Researchers writing in the February issue of BioScience propose reintroducing small, managed populations of wolves into national parks and other areas in order to restore damaged ecosystems. The populations would not be self-sustaining, and may consist of a single pack. But the BioScience authors suggest that even managed populations could bring ecological, educational, recreational,...

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2010-01-12 13:52:39

Protein completely restores motor function; scientists hope it will help humans People with impaired mobility after a stroke soon may have a therapy that restores limb function long after the injury, if a supplemental protein works as well in humans as it does in paralyzed rats. Two new studies by UC Irvine biologists have found that a protein naturally occurring in humans restores motor function in rats after a stroke. Administered directly to the brain, the protein restores 99 percent of...

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2010-01-03 09:58:30

Sweden launched its first wolf cull in 45 years, following a decision by parliament to control the species' numbers, according to a recent BBC report. The Swedish parliament recently decided there should be at most 210 wolves in Sweden. Since last year, over 20 pairs of wolves have given birth to pups. Over 10,000 hunters have until the 15th of February to complete the cull and more than half the quota of 27 may have been killed on the first day alone. Hunting in the county of Dalarna was...

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2009-11-24 10:34:40

Eat those naughty, high calorie foods! A high-fat, high-sugar diet has now been shown to affect the brain the same way as mood-altering drugs, Australian researchers announced on Tuesday. In a recent investigation, rats - traumatized when young and exhibiting signs of depressed behavior - were fed lard-laced foods like sweets. The results suggested these foods decreased the rats' stress levels. "We asked the question, if you're stressed early in life and then you're given yummy food to eat...


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Shunka Warakin
2014-01-30 14:32:04

Shunka Warakin is creature from American folklore resembling a wolf, a hyena, or both. It has been suggested by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman that the creature was unknown to modern sources and its name translates to “carries off dogs.” In 1986, Israel Ammon Hutchins shot an animal on a Montana ranch. Coleman suggests that it was an example of the Shunka Warakin. It was stuffed and put on display at Joseph Sherwood’s general store and museum in Henry’s Lake, Idaho. This is the...

Beast of Gevaudan
2013-08-04 06:59:16

The beast of Gevaudan is a man-eating wolf-like animal that resided in the Margeride Mountains of Gevaudan from 1764 to 1767. It was described as having remarkable teeth and long tail. Its fur was tinted white and emitted an unbearable odor. It was said that its victims were killed by the beast ripping at the throat. An estimated 210 attacks were documented; all were men that resulted in 113 deaths and 49 injuries with 98 of the victims partly eaten. Many of the attacks happened while...

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2007-04-19 10:28:11

The Spearfish remora, Remora brachyptera, is a remora of the family Echeneidae, found circumglobally in tropical and subtropical seas. Its length is up to (50 cm). The spearfish remora is an elongate round-bodied fish, with a large oval suction disc on top of the head. This disc is actually a highly modified first dorsal fin with a raised flattened edge that acts as a seal, and a series of horizontal septae that can be moved so as to create a vacuum in a sealed chamber. Using this device...

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2007-03-19 15:14:21

The Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, is one of two surviving members of the family Gavialidae. The Gharial (also known as gavial) is found in small numbers in India and other small populations in the Kaladan and Ayeyarwady River basins in Myanmar. Most gharials are adapted to calmer areas in deep fast moving rivers. They rarely leave the water and do so only to bask in the sun or nest on sandbanks near the river. The gharial is the second-longest of all living crocodilians. A large male can...

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2007-01-22 14:37:55

The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is a member of the canidae family (which includes dogs, wolves, and foxes) and is indigenous to East Asia. It is not a true dog, and is the only species in its genus Nyctereutes. It is named for its superficial resemblance to the non-canidae raccoon. The animal carries historical and cultural significance in Japan. Raccoon dogs are native to Japan, southeastern Siberia, and Manchuria. Between 1929 and 1955 they were introduced to the European part...

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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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