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Vultures Wait For Prey
2014-01-09 13:43:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Vultures are even more conniving than previously believed, searching for food sources in places they know animals are more prone to die. African vultures are seen as the grim reapers of the sky, magically showing up right at the moment when an animal becomes a carcass. The latest study sought to find out how these creatures were able to cover such vast regions to find food in the first place. Researchers reported in the journal PLOS...

Your Pet Dog Could Recognize Your Face From An Image
2013-12-18 14:31:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A dog might be a little better at recognizing its owner’s face from an image than previously thought, according to a study published in the journal Animal Cognition. Researchers tracked the eye movements of canines to investigate whether man’s best friend was able to recognize a familiar face from an image. The team wanted to determine if dogs were able to see faces in images and whether they naturally look at familiar and strange...

Sharks Humans Proteins In Common
2013-12-06 08:32:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Many shark proteins, involved in a number of different functions, match those of humans more closely than they do those of zebrafish. Cornell University researchers reported  this resemblance on Thursday, after an extensive investigation into the genetic code of endangered great white sharks. Despite a longstanding fascination with great whites, whose body design has been so effective that it has barely changed since the time of...

Training Dogs To To Undergo Successful Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
2013-12-05 06:23:55

Emory University After capturing the first brain images of two alert, unrestrained dogs last year, researchers at Emory University have confirmed their methods and results by replicating them in an experiment involving 13 dogs. The research, published by the Public Library of Science One (PLOS One), showed that most of the dogs had a positive response in the caudate region of the brain when given a hand signal indicating they would receive a food treat, as compared to a different hand...

Study Shows Wolves Can Learn From Observing Humans
2013-12-04 18:49:59

Frontiers Wolves can learn from observing humans and pack members where food is hidden and recognize when humans only pretend to hide food, reports a study for the first time in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology. These findings imply that when our ancestors started to domesticate dogs, they could have built on a pre-existing ability of wolves to learn from others, not necessarily pack members. A paper published recently in the journal Science suggested that humans...

Endangered Species May Avoid Being Killed If Farms Used Guard Dogs
2013-11-27 07:04:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Kent reveals that guard dogs can significantly reduce conflicts between livestock and large carnivores, such as cheetahs and leopards. Their use would help to reduce unwarranted killing of endangered species in South Africa, according to the research team from the university's School of Anthropology and Conservation. The study, published in Wildlife Society Bulletin, examined the effect of guard...

2013-11-21 23:32:33

Program underscores Olde Towne's expertise in pet care and boarding. Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 21, 2013 Olde Towne Pet Resort, the Washington, DC region’s premier pet care and boarding facility, announces that it has been chosen as a pet hotel for United Airlines’ PetSafe® Program at Dulles International Airport. PetSafe® is United Airlines’ industry-leading animal transport program and Olde Towne Pet Resort is the only pet hotel that boards United’s Dulles...

DNA Analysis Indicates Domesticated Dogs Originated In Europe
2013-11-15 07:00:03

[ Watch the Video: Where Did Dogs Really Come From? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An extensive genetic analysis of ancient canines, modern dogs and wolves suggests that the domesticated animal now known as “man’s best friend” originated in Europe at least 18,000 years ago. According to the Associated Press (AP), the researchers examined the DNA of 18 different wolf-like and dog-like specimens that lived in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Russia,...

Bacteria May Allow Animals To Send Quick, Extensive Messages
2013-11-12 10:37:39

Michigan State University Twitter clips human thoughts to a mere 140 characters. Animals' scent posts may be equally as short, relatively speaking, yet they convey an encyclopedia of information about the animals that left them. In the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Michigan State University researcher shows that the detailed scent posts of hyenas are, in part, products of symbiotic bacteria, microbes that have a mutually beneficial relationship...

Wagging Is A Form Of Communication For Dogs
2013-11-01 05:00:03

[ Watch The Video: Silhouette Of Dog Wagging Tail ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Though it might not seem like it to humans, dogs communicate different messages to their fellow canines when they wag their tails, according to new research appearing in Thursday’s edition of the journal Current Biology. While previous research had revealed that dogs wag their tails more to the right (from the canine’s point of view) when they are happy and to the left...


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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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