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Reintroduction of Wolves To Yellowstone Aid Grizzly Bears
2013-07-29 14:41:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thanks to 'predator control' practices, wolves were eradicated from Yellowstone National Park in 1926. Their reintroduction in 1995 has shifted the balance of the regional ecosystem and provided an unexpected bonus for the park's grizzly bears. According to a new study in Journal of Animal Ecology, the return of wolves to the park has reduced the elk population, subsequently allowing wild berries to flourish and nourish Yellowstone's...

2013-07-23 11:50:45

3 new studies being presented at international conference offer positive results for human, animal and community well-being Positive results from three new studies on human-animal interaction (HAI) are being presented today at the triennial conference of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) in Chicago, IL. The studies, supported by funding from Mars and the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition (WALTHAM®), examined how pets...

2013-07-16 23:00:17

A golden retriever being raised by Duval County Judge Emmet Ferguson for new Horizons Service Dogs is named Wolfson, in recognition of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Ferguson’s 6-year old daughter Emma Ruth has been a patient at Wolfson Children’s many times since her birth. This is the second time that Judge Ferguson has raised a pup for New Horizons Service Dogs, an Orange City-based organization that partners trained dogs with disabled clients throughout Florida. Jacksonville, FL...

Dogs Retain And Replicate Actions
2013-07-16 12:56:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new study published in the journal Animal Cognition reveals the first evidence that dogs can observe, learn, retain and replicate actions taught to them by humans. The research, which was written by Claudia Fugazza and Adam Miklosi of Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary, reportedly provides the first evidence of a canine's cognitive capabilities to both encode and recall actions following a short delay. Domesticated dogs are...

Dogs See Their Owners As A Parent
2013-06-22 05:04:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend,” but new research appearing in the journal PLOS One suggests the relationship between a canine and his primary caretaker is actually closer in nature to the bond between young children and their parents. Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Vetmeduni Vienna) report human infants look upon their primary caregivers as a secure base when it comes to...

2013-06-19 23:27:00

Agoda.com, Asia´s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), is offering great deals on hotels in southern Australia that will suit scuba divers who are seeking a bit of adventure. Singapore (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 Agoda.com, Asia´s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), is offering great deals on hotels in southern Australia that will suit scuba divers who are seeking a bit of adventure. Both...

Remora Sucking Disc Actually Modified Dorsal Fin
2013-06-07 13:51:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Remora fish have fascinated men since ancient times, when they would use the sucking disc on top of their heads to attach themselves to the hulls of boats. Our ancestors mistakenly believed the fish´s intent was to maliciously slow the boat down. Our knowledge of these strange-looking fish has come a long way, as scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and London's Natural History Museum have just reported that the...

Whistle Device Keeps Dogs Healthy
2013-06-06 07:21:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online San Francisco-based start-up Whistle wants to help pet owners and vets spot early signs that a dog may be sick. The company unveiled its new activity-tracking device on Wednesday, which clips onto a dog´s collar and provides continuous monitoring of the dog's activity and rest patterns, providing early detection of subtle changes that could suggest more serious health problems. The smartly designed device resembles...

Shelter Dogs Help Improve Moods Of Teenagers With ADHD
2013-06-04 09:25:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Teenagers living in residential treatment centers can have their moods improved if they receive regular visits from a canine companion, a researcher from Washington State University (WSU) has discovered. In what is being called the first study to demonstrate how teens living in such facilities can benefit from interacting with these kinds of animals, Lindsay Ellsworth, a doctoral candidate in animal sciences at the Pullman,...


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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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  • A spider.
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'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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