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Nevada's Black Bear Population On The Rebound
2013-03-30 06:20:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of Nevada's most interesting inhabitants, the black bear, is the focus of a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the University of Nevada, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). The three agencies pieced together the last 150 years of history for the bear. The study looked at everything from recent scientific studies to historic newspaper articles. These sources indicate that the black bears were once...

2013-03-28 23:04:24

Boston-based Organization Helps Families from Surrendering Dogs Due to Financial Hardship Duxbury, MA (PRWEB) March 28, 2013 Fairy DogParents, a nonprofit organization that helps prevent Massachusetts dog owners from surrendering their dogs to shelters due to financial hardship, today announced that it has saved and recently sponsored its 500th dog, Thalia, from being surrendered to a local animal shelter. Today the organization celebrates its fourth anniversary and is hoping to save...

Despite Stereotypes, Male Lions Actually Do A Little Work After All
2013-03-18 19:54:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As lazy as they may come off on nature channels, male lions actually are hunters and are quite successful at it, according to a new study published in Animal Behavior. Female lions are known for their hunting ability and have been observed by scientists to rely on cooperative strategies to tackle their prey. However, the latest research shows males are just as equipped to snag dinner. Authors of the paper wrote that male...

Study Finds People, Livestock And Carnivores Share Same Space
2013-03-14 08:40:53

Michigan State University In the southern Rift Valley of Kenya, the Maasai people, their livestock and a range of carnivores, including striped hyenas, spotted hyenas, lions and bat-eared foxes, are coexisting fairly happily according to a team of coupled human and natural systems researchers. “I wouldn´t call the results surprising,” said Meredith Evans Wagner, a visiting scholar from the University of Florida in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability...

Prairie Dogs Disperse When All Other family Members Have Disappeared
2013-03-08 12:14:15

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Prairie dogs pull up stakes and look for a new place to live when all their close kin have disappeared from their home territory--a striking pattern of dispersal that has not been observed for any other species. This is according to a new study published in Science by behavioral ecologist John Hoogland, Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory. He has been studying the ecology...

Rats Sniff To Communicate Complex Social Information
2013-03-08 09:43:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Checking out their environment by sniffing is a common behavior for dogs, cats and a number of other mammals. A new study from Case Reserve University School of Medicine reveals that sniffing also serves as a method of communication in rats. This unexpected discovery may help to identify brain regions critical for interpreting communication cues as well as help identify which brain malfunctions can lead to complex social...

Ancient Canine Remains Closer To Domesticated Dogs Than Wolves
2013-03-07 11:53:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent genetic analysis has shown that a 33,000-year-old canine skull found in Siberia is more closely related to today´s domestic dogs than the wolves of its time, according to a report in the online journal PLOS ONE. The finding could have major implications for understanding how modern day labradoodles and peekapoos were bred from wild dogs over thousands of years. The skull was first found in 1975 by a team of Russian...

Lions Face Extinction, Half Likely Gone Within 40 Years
2013-03-06 11:42:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most people want to see wild animals run free and unrestricted in their natural habitat. However, that scenario may come to pass for African lions, which could benefit greatly from living securely within the confines of a protective fence. According to a new study in Ecology Letters, about half of Africa's wild lion population could decline to near extinction levels over the next 20 to 40 years without critical conservation...

2013-03-01 08:23:32

Owners Spare No Expense Pampering Tortoises and Pigs; Hosting Elaborate "Bark Mitzvahs"; and Indulging Pets With Custom Spa Treatments, Clothing and Accessories New Series Premieres Saturday, April 20, at 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Pomeranian is lifted up as her owners dance at her very own lavish "bark mitzvah." A pair of potbellied pigs get the red-door treatment from a "pig-tician" at a pig spa and resort....

Dogs Know Their Own Kind
2013-02-15 08:33:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research reported in the journal Animal Cognition claims that dogs are able to pick out faces of other dogs on a computer screen, and can group them into a category of their own. Dr. Dominique Autier-Dérian, who led the research along with colleagues, performed the first study to test dogs' ability to discriminate between species and form a "dog" category in spite of the variability within the dog species. Previous...


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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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