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2014-09-03 23:02:58

On Thursday, August 21, 2014, six young California condors boarded a FedEx plane and began a journey that led them a step closer to the wild. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2014 September 3, 2014 Contact: Nancy Filippi, Managing Director Oakland Zoo (510) 632-9525 ext. 132 nancy(at)oaklandzoo(dot)org Contact: Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR Oakland Zoo (510) 632-9525 ext. 130 nmora(at)oaklandzoo(dot)org Contact: Hova Najarian, Media and Publications Officer Oregon Zoo (503)...

2014-09-03 16:29:33

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pediatric Hair Solutions, a medically owned and operated head lice treatment company announced today that they are launching their first mobile head lice treatment center in the Youngstown-Pittsburgh metro area. The goal of the new mobile facility is to raise the standard of care for the treatment of head lice by bringing the treatment directly to clients - be it a school, workplace, or even a client's own home. Plans to develop...

2014-09-03 12:23:07

SAUSALITO, Calif., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sick and injured Hawaiian monk seals will get a second chance at survival thanks to The Marine Mammal Center's new Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, which is dedicated to the rescue and care of this critically endangered species. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140902/142148 On September 2, The Marine Mammal Center held a Grand Opening celebration and blessing at the new $3.2 million facility, which has been named Ke Kai Ola (The...

Cockatoos can learn
2014-09-03 02:45:52

University of Oxford News Office Goffin's cockatoos can learn how to make and use wooden tools from each other, a new study has found. The discovery, made by scientists from Oxford University, the University of Vienna, and the Max Planck Institute at Seewiesen, is thought to be the first controlled experimental evidence for the social transmission of tool use in any bird species. Goffin's cockatoo (Cacatua goffini) is a curious species of Indonesian parrot not known to use tools in...

2014-09-02 23:03:43

Geese are some of the most difficult pest birds to deal with. Bird-X explains why successful goose control programs begin in September. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 The Canada goose is one of the most common North American pest birds, known for stubbornly returning to the same areas year after year. Populations of year-round resident geese have been exploding in recent years, while migratory birds add to their numbers seasonally. In the United States, September marks the return...

2014-09-02 23:03:40

Throughout September and October the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) celebrates senior dogs with their Old Dogs Rule educational and fundraising campaign. Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 Your best friend is a little slower on her walks, but she still loves to play. She sleeps more and her joints ache a bit, but she is as happy as she was the day you first met. She has become a little grey in the face, but she never complains. She is a member of an elite crowd and you wouldn’t...

Flapping Baby Birds Provide Clues To Origin Of Flight
2014-09-02 03:34:43

By Robert Sanders, University of California, Berkeley How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump their “arms” to get aloft? The answer is buried 150 million years in the past, but a new University of California, Berkeley, study provides a new piece of evidence – birds have an innate ability to maneuver in midair, a talent that could have helped their ancestors learn...

How Did Wild Rabbits Become Tame Rabbits?
2014-09-02 03:40:15

Uppsala University The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication. The study is published today in Science and gives answers to many genetic questions. The domestication of animals and plants, a prerequisite for the development...

2014-09-01 23:03:11

The clinic explains why it’s important to take cats to the vet. Oakdale, MN (PRWEB) September 01, 2014 In honor of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, which took place on Aug. 22, Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) is offering a few reasons why pet owners should make veterinarian visits a priority for their cats. Many people don’t take their cat to the vet because “there’s nothing wrong” or “it’s too much of a hassle,” but they wouldn’t decide...

wolf yawn contangion
2014-09-01 03:30:40

Kayla Graham, PLOS Social bonds may increase yawning contagion between wolves Wolves may be susceptible to yawn contagion, according to a study published August 27, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Teresa Romero from The University of Tokyo, Japan, and colleagues. Researchers suggest that contagious yawning may be linked to human capacity for empathy, but little evidence apart from studies on primates, exists that links contagious yawning to empathy in other animals....


Latest Zoology Reference Libraries

Awassi Sheep
2014-09-17 10:42:28

The Awassi sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in the Syro-Arabian desert. Today, it can be found in many areas including Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon and it is the most common sheep throughout the Arab countries. This breed is a natural choice to keep in these areas, as it is able to survive in harsh conditions and is able to efficiently provide humans with wool, milk, or meat. However, it is known to adapt to any environment and can forage and...

Arapawa Sheep
2014-09-16 10:49:57

The Arapawa sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that is typically only found on Arapawa Island in New Zealand. It is thought that this breed has been isolated on the island since 1867 and although there are many theories regarding its origin, it is most widely accepted that it is a descendant Merino strains from Australia. Because the Arapawa sheep has lived in an area with harsh terrain for so long, it often looks hunched over in appearance, carrying its tail and head in a downward...

Ancon Sheep
2014-09-16 09:59:30

The Ancon sheep, also known as the otter sheep or Ancon, is a group of domestic sheep that were developed from a single lamb in Massachusetts in 1791. Although the name “Ancon” was given to this breed, it has also been used to refer to similar breeds including stock from Texas established in 1962 and Norwegian stock that was established in 1919. The phenotype that causes the mutations that are characteristic of the Ancon and other similar breeds has occurred naturally at least four times,...

Alpines Steinschaf
2014-09-16 09:26:07

The Alpines Steinschaf is a breed of domestic sheep that is located in the Southern Alps of Germany and Eastern Alps of Austria. This breed is one of four in the Steinschaf group, which is thought to be derived from the Zaupelschaf type which lived during the medieval period or the Torschaf, which is older than the Zaupelschaf. This most likely makes the Alpines Steinschaf the oldest breed of sheep in the eastern Alps. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the Alpines Stinschaf could...

Afrikaner Sheep
2014-09-16 09:18:15

The Afrikaner sheep, also known as the cape fat tail, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to South Africa. It is one of the oldest sheep breeds in that area and is a descendant of sheep brought from the Khoikhoin people in the Middle East. There are two types of this breed, known as the Namaqua Afrikaner and the Ronderib Afrikaner, and it is thought that the Ronderib type was the first type of sheep to be introduced into Australia. The Afrikaner sheep is a hardy breed and is known...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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