While Snapchat has been around for a while now, filters and their popularity have definitely grown recently. The technology allows you to digitally transform your face with everything from ears to full-on goofy disguises. At times, the results are hilarious…but sometimes, it’s just plain weird.
Just as taking selfies made its way to the animal kingdom, so have Snapchat filters. As you could imagine, the photos are pretty ridiculous:
Now give me sultry.
“I wear my sunglasses at night.”
“How do ya like my ‘stache?”
Everyone looks pretty unsure here.
This might give me nightmares.
This cat-bunny is a lil’ scary.
This is what happens when the cat pulls an all-nighter.
This dog is going to Coachella.
No one should use this panda filter.
If you’ve ever considered putting makeup on your dog, here’s proof for why you shouldn’t.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadowsemerged from its opening weekend with an estimated $35.3 million at the domestic box office. It’s enough for a first place finish in the weekend race, but still bad news for the Paramount franchise.
Shadowsfollows the 2014 reboot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which arrived in August of that year with an opening weekend finish (domestic) of $65.6 million. It was a middling debut by summer standards, though understandable coming one week after the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxyarrived.
Meanwhile, Shadowsearned even less in the summer season’s opening month, which is arguably a more advantageous position. Its biggest competitors from last week areAlice Through the Looking Glassand X-Men: Apocalypse, both of which saw attendance drop-offs of more than 60%.
It didn’t fare much better overseas, either. Opening in more than 50 markets outside of the U.S., Shadowsonly managed to bring in an estimated $34 million.In other words, there was a lot of opportunity for Turtlesto capitalize on this weekend, but it failed to bring out any big crowds.
At this point Paramount has to be wondering if Out of the Shadows, which was said to be budgeted at $135 million, will manage to break even. The movie still isn’t out in a number of key foreign markets including China, which is historically friendly to American blockbusters so all is not lost.
X-Men: Apocalypseclocks a distant second-place finish with an estimated $22.3 million at the domestic box office. It’s a steeper-than-expected drop-off of 66% after a$65.8 million opening, which probably has more to do with last week’s Memorial Day weekend padding Sunday sales than this week’s Turtlescreating competition.
NewcomerMe Before Youfinishes at #3, with an estimated $18.3 million. Warner Bros. can thank stars Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) for giving this date night romance some extra box office juice.
The week’s other big new release, The Lonely Island mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, turned out to be a disappointment. Its estimated $4.6 million box office is only good enough for a #8 finish. Apparently, Osama bin Laden jokes are more outdated than the musical comedy trio thought.
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Songbird parents change the way they vocalize when singing to juveniles, similar to how human moms and dads use “baby talk” when babbling to their infants. The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that similar mechanisms may explain how social interactions help promote vocal learning across humans and songbirds over evolutionary time.
Birds learn songs during development the same way humans learn speech. “Songbirds first listen to and memorize the sound of adult songs and then undergo a period of vocal practice in essence, babbling to master the production of song,” McGill Universitys Jon Sakata explained in a statement. Juvenile zebra finches, for example, learn by interacting with and listening to adults, especially their fathers. These birds stay with their parents until theyre about 50 to 60 days old, giving them lots of opportunities to interact with their tutors. Social interactions are critical for the acquisition of speech, but exactly how social processes support vocal learning is still a bit of a mystery.
Socially tutored juveniles those who got to interact with an adult showed a significant amount of song learning compared to untutored or passively tutored birds. And thats because adult zebra finches altered their vocalizations when singing to juveniles: Pupils paid more attention to tutors when the song had more repetition and longer pauses.
Just as human adults speak slowly and repeat themselves when talking to infants, “adult zebra finches similarly slow down their song by increasing the interval between song phrases and repeat individual song elements more often when singing to juveniles,” Sakata said.
After examining the activity of neurons in a part of the brain thats linked to attention, the team found that the neurons that produce the chemicals dopamine and norepinephrinewere activated after social interactions more than after simply hearing songs through a speaker. Because of the similarities between human speech acquisition and finch song learning, the team thinks dysfunctions in these neurons in people may contribute to social and communicative disorders, like autism.
Image in the text: A juvenile zebra finch learns from an adult tutor. Jon Sakata/McGill University
This little boy was standing in a field, being videotaped by one of his parents when he was caught off guard. If you watch the grass behind him closely, you can see slight movement at first. But then he realizes something is happening behind him and when he turns to see what it is, he’s barrelled down.
Instead of it being a terrifying creature that knocked him over, it’s his dog! You can see the delight on the young boy’s face when he realizes this. He’s laughing loudly and when the camera pans to the pup, he looks very proud of himself.
Watch the video below and just imagine the ‘Jaws’ theme song playing in the background. It fits perfectly!
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Three dead whales were once on an almost permanent tour of the UK. Throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, thousands visited the preserved finbacks for both education and entertainment. So what is behind this unlikely whales’ tale?
As family days out go, striding through the corpse of a whale on the back of a lorry is a bit different to enjoying a theme park or traipsing around a National Trust stately home.
But in their day, Goliath, Jonah and Hercules were hugely popular. Punters would pay an entrance fee before sauntering through the carcass in car parks and large grassy areas such as racecourses.
The entrance was a doorway cut behind its head, and exited “through goodness knows what orifice,” says Duncan Daniels, who saw one of them in Great Yarmouth when he was nine.
In grisly juxtaposition, instruments of death such as the harpoon and other whaling tools were displayed next to the whale.
Across England, visitors surged to goggle at the creatures, including at York, Coventry, Worcester, Bristol and Plymouth.
Some who told their friends or family about their childhood encounter have found themselves disbelieved – or become convinced themselves it was merely a peculiar dream.
“I went with my brother and my dad to see the whale on a lorry in the car park by Worcester police station in the 1950s,” Jeremy Finch remembers.
“My kids didn’t think it happened. They teased me something rotten and I started to think it was all too strange to be true. We didn’t take any pictures or anything. I don’t think we had a camera.
“It was all shiny and smelled funny.”
The whales had originally been caught off the coast of Norway and were initially driven around Europe to promote the whaling industry after World War Two.
Eventually they were obtained by showmen, though, who, seeing their financial potential, gave them their biblical names and brought them to the masses.
The whales were preserved and scooped out, their insides festooned with lanterns, and wildlife exhibits installed.
Their arrival warranted news stories in the national press. Under the headline “The South Bank Whale”, The Times reported in 1952: “Jonah, the Giant Whale, which is to be exhibited under Waterloo Bridge on the south bank from April 2, arrived from Dunkirk yesterday in a Dutch coaster.
“The vessel docked at Dagenham and the 65ft rorqual was unloaded on to a 10-wheeled lorry which transports it on land. The whale had been touring Holland, Belgium, Germany and France since last September and has been kept in good condition by an internal refrigeration plant and daily injections of formalin.”
The size of the whales could present a logistical problem, though.
“Jonah had to be unloaded at Dagenham because it had the only crane capable of lifting him,” says Norman Williams, a dock worker.
The whale later went on display in Oxford, where he could be viewed on the railway station forecourt. Jennifer Dart says she cycled to the station and could smell the whale – “a mixture of rotting and formaldehyde” – before seeing it.
She was disappointed with it because it wasn’t blue. “It was a sort of grey and looked a bit worse for wear, with sad, beady eyes”.
Attitudes toward animal welfare have changed over the years. The Calgary Herald, an Alberta newspaper, reported “sad news” in 1930 about a live whale due to go on show that had died on its way to the fairground.
The sad news, though, was the disappointment faced by the “Calgary kids excited about the opportunity to see a real live ‘sea elephant'”.
“Attendants of the massive beast were of the opinion that the altitude and heat of the day combined with the stress of the long fast run from Brandon caused the sea elephant’s death.”
But Calgary kids managed to recover from their disappointment when organisers announced “the show must go on” and the 65-ton whale was embalmed and taken into the city by train.
“Because of Goliath’s size, he could not be moved from the rail car, so the marine exhibit was stationed at the eastern end of the grounds,” the paper reports.
Andy Hughes, who also saw the whale there, remembers putting his hand on the parts of the whale’s mouth it uses to strain plankton out of seawater. He says it felt “like horsehair”.
However, Jonah, Goliath and Hercules were not the first whales to become a visitor attraction in the UK.
In the 1930s, the more humbly-named Eric, a finback whale, toured England. He was eventually buried under Morecambe’s rollercoaster.
So what became of the other three? Goliath is thought to have ended up in Italy, but after that its trail goes cold.
Hercules’s adventures took him as far as a circus in Spain, before decomposition overwhelmed him and the circus went bust. He was disposed of in a giant furnace.
And as for Jonah? There’s a remote possibility we could see him on the road again.
Steve Deput – who wrote a book about his efforts to track down the whale which he had seen as a boy in Barnsley – says the head of one of the UK’s oldest circuses noticed the story and contacted him.
“Mike Austen had actually driven the whale lorry around Europe. He couldn’t tell me how Jonah had met his fate he went one better.
“Jonah still existed. He’d been in storage for the last 30 years in Holland and Belgium.”
The last Mr Deput had heard of Jonah is that he’d been bought by another showman and was being restored.
So families may once again be able to abandon the humdrum pleasures of theme parks and stately homes in favour of prancing through the centre of a giant creature of the deep.
For a mascot that helps prevent forest fires, Smokey Bear has no chill.
The beloved bear that has warned us of smoldering fires and hot grills since 1944 is now living his best life on the Internet, and from memes to fake national holidays, Smokey is taking everything entirely too seriously. Because forest fires are no joke.
In Los Angeles county, the Calabasas fire continues to grow since igniting on Saturday, forcing 5,000 people from their homes in the area. Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze that’s burned over 500 acres.
Not one to miss a moment to throw smoke, Smokey Bear was quick to remind useven celebritiesin L.A. are responsible for helping to prevent wildfires. (No mention, however, of Drake in this Calabasas tweet.)
It might be fun imagining Kim Kardashian and North putting out a burnt marshmallow in the dirt before tossing it in a trash bin so no errant sparks cause a sugar-infused forest fire. But somehow I doubt many celebrities go up to the mountains and tell ghost stories around smoldering flames.
Smokey’s celeb shade is just the latest from the feed that often reads like the Nihilist Arby’s of the U.S. Forest Service. On National Donut Day (which my colleague Gabe Bergado ceremoniously boycotted this year because donuts shouldn’t be relegated to just one day), Smokey couldn’t even let us eat our bear claws and cream-filled eclairs in peace without reminding us of the ever-present fire danger from forests to city parks.
This doesn’t just stop with donuts. Virtual reality is making its way to the hands of consumers, and Smokey is excited. Because in VR, you will finally be able to burn yourself alive in a gigantic blaze of flames from a simulated forest fire.
To know what it’s like. For fire prevention.
.@Adweek A5) #adweekchat Someday with VR people will understand what its like to be in the thick of a wildfire and know prevention is #1
Perhaps the U.S. Forest Service will take a page out of the Army’s playbook; already the U.S. military uses VR to train soldiers for combat.
Even the Internet’s most beloved mom can’t escape Smokey’s claws as he tries to usurp her cheery virality with a request to put his own face in the place of the Chewbacca mask. We know what Chewy, a fellow man dressed up in an animal costume, would say about that.
Smokey frequently visits community centers and schools, educating children about fire prevention. In the quintessential “fellow kids,” way, he even embraces the style of today’s youth. That fashion faux pas culminated in a terrifying photoshop demonstrating what the giant bear would look like in skinny jeans. Come on, bear friend, you of all creatures should know that skinny jeans are terrible for outdoorsy adventures.
And, just in case you’re not scared enough about the bear’s all-seeing knowledge of fire-starting criminals and miscreants and drunken college students who forget to put out fires with their flat beers before falling asleep next to them, his Instagram will remind you.
Between his ominous messages of forest-saving strategieswhich include always making sure a match is cooled before throwing it away, only starting campfires when you have water nearby, and making sure the grill is cooled before packing it up or leaving a campsitehe does prove that under all that shaggy fur and the trademark wide-brim hat, Smokey Bear has a heart.
Dolphinaris offers several dolphin-human experiences including swims, rides and feedings. (Dolphinaris)
A dolphin aquarium complex currently under construction in Scottsdale, Ariz. is making waves among local animal rights groups.
The million-gallon Dolphinarium is being built right next to the Odysea Aquarium and will reportedly let visitors swim with dolphins in a contained environment, according to FOX KSAZ.
Though the idea of swimming with the popular sea mammals is not a new concept, animal rights activists have taken issue with a part of the $20 million complex called Dolphinaris, which will be run by a Mexican-based company that has come under scrutiny from groups like PETA. The company plans to bring eight dolphins into Arizona from other Dolphinaris locations.
In the wake of Sea Worlds recent announcement that it will end its long-running whale breeding program, tourists are paying more attention to how animals are treated at themed attractions.
Animal rights groups have not only taken issue with the size of the proposed tank but also the idea of dolphins swimming in harsh, chrolinated water.
When we think about the idea of giant concrete pools filled with chlorinated water in the middle of the desert, it doesnt strike me a wise use of scarce water resources, Courtney Vail, campaigns and programs manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, in an email to TakePart. And its as far from a natural environment for the dolphins as you can get.
On Monday the head of the Odysea Aquarium, said that the Dolphinaris exhibit is not a part of their complex. But according to FOX, local animal rights activists say they don’t believe Vail, and say the deal was kept quiet until an article was published in a Mexican tourism magazine in January.
“We didn’t find out about it until we learned about it in the Mexican media, and then we started to connect the dots and investigate a little bit further, and we found out there was indeed a captive dolphin coming to the desert of Arizona, and we couldn’t believe it had flown under the radar for so long,” Vail told the Fox affiliate.
Odysea, which is home to penguins, sharks, otters and eels, has previously gone on record saying they will not exhibit any dolphins or whales.
The activists say they are planning petitions and protests to have their voices heard, and raise awareness to keep more captive dolphin exhibits from opening. An online petition against the project has so far received more than 3,000 signatures.
If construction continues as planned, the dolphin attraction will open in July.
Whats that, Lassie? Timmy has fallen down the well? Lassie was the clever dog that always used to save the day, but stories of clever pets such as skateboarding dogs are well known. It is also widely acknowledged that animals such as monkeys, apes, whales and dolphins are extremely intelligent, but how do we actually define clever?
Clever can mean anything from a camouflaged chameleon to an ape using sign language or even employing sacred rituals, but clever usually refers to a behaviour rather than a physical appearance.
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So, how do clever behaviours arise? Conditioning is a learning process whereby an organism undertakes a behaviour in response to a stimulus. Classical conditioning, such as that expressed by Pavlovs dogs, is where a neutral stimulus (in this case a bell) is presented with a potent stimulus (food) to stimulate a reflex reaction (salivation). Over time, the neutral stimulus alone stimulates the reaction, thus Pavlovs dogs eventually salivated whenever they heard the bell ring, whether food followed or not. Indeed, my friend inadvertently conditioned her dog to salivate when he heard the closing Neighbours theme tune great when she watched it at dinner time, but not so good when she tuned into a rogue episode in the middle of the day.
Trial And Error
Operant conditioning, meanwhile, is where a behaviour is modified by its consequences, and animals learn through trial and error. Imagine some hungry chimpanzees trying to poke termites out of their mound. If one chimp happens to be holding a twig while poking around, it might be small enough to fit into the mound and get covered in termites. If the chimp then pulls the twig out of the mound and eats the termites it has a competitive advantage over the other chimps as it is no longer hungry. If the chimp then learns to associate the implementation of the twig with the increased foraging ability, operant conditioning has occurred.
Octopus: eager to put its operant conditioning to good use. Shutterstock
Both classical and operant conditioning are commonly used to train organisms, but it is operant conditioning, the trial and error learning, that typically occurs in the wild. Natural selection (the survival of the fittest) is where only those that display optimal behaviours will survive long enough to reproduce and pass on their genes (and hence their cleverness). So, the occurrence of clever behaviours, such as tool use, is a combination of trial and error, and evolution.
Humans like to think of themselves as the most intelligent organisms on the planet, so we are always surprised when animals appear clever and often outwit us. But beyond the usual roll call of apes and dolphins, here are some more that are surprisingly clever
Most animals will do anything for food for them it is simply a case of eat or die. So it is no surprise that they have learned ingenious ways to access food, such as the squirrels completing the assault course that featured in the Carling Black Label adverts.
Some species of heron are known for their clever foraging behaviours they use bait, such as a leaf or piece of bread placed several times on the surface of a water body, to attract fish (akin to a fisherman casting off many times). And once the fish investigate, the heron take aim.
Crows are known to use reasoning to solve problems, but recently they have been taught to exchange collected coins for food in a vending machine. Although the Crow Machine project is aimed at investigating training in crows, it is thought that it could lead to the learning of other tasks in crows such as collecting rubbish or even search and rescue. Either way, there are some surprisingly bright birds.
The octopus is perhaps the most intelligent of the invertebrates, known to recognise many shapes and patterns. It has also been found to learn through observation rather than just trial and error. For example, when a nave octopus was placed within sight of another octopus that had learned (through trial and error) how to open a puzzle box to obtain food, the nave octopus was able to obtain the food reward in the same way it had learned from another.
And The Houdini Honey Badger
The honey badger is native to Africa and, although it eats a variety of food including meat and fruit, it favours honey that it is able to extract from beehives using its formidable claws. It is a remarkably tough it will take on everything from snakes to lions and the resourceful creature has also been known to use tools in the wild to obtain food. But the incredible footage of Stoffel the captive-bred honey badger at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre shows the astonishingly clever tool-use and behaviours he used to escape countless times from his enclosure. No wonder he was dubbed a Houdini.
So, it would appear that many animals are indeed surprisingly clever. One day, they might even outwit us
African watering holes are a gathering place where all sorts of thirsty animals — prey and predator alike — come together for a drink. But, according to a tourist’s recent video, a wet tent also will do just fine.
While camping at the Mabuasehube Game Reserve in Botswana on May 9, Francie Francisca Lubbe was surprised to find three very curious lions licking her rain-drenched tent — while she was filming inside, mere inches away.
“What a privilege,” Lubbe wrote on Facebook. “It rained during the night and 3 [lionnesses were] licking the water from the tent.”
For most birds, the redder the better. Having that vivid hue in their bills, feathers, and even on their bare skin may help males attract mates and ward off would-be rivals. In a pair of CurrentBiology papers published this week, two teams have identified a gene cluster that codes for enzymes that allow red siskins and zebra finches to convert yellow pigments they get from their diets into red ones. The genes may also play a role in color vision and detoxification.
“Nobody knows for sure why red color is associated with reproductive success,” Joseph Corbo from the Washington University School of Medicine said in a statement. “We thought that if we could figure out how they produced that red color, that would help us understand the advantage to being red.” Birds obtain yellow pigments (called carotenoids) from their diet, which includes seeds and fruits. Previous studies found that birds with red feathers must synthesize red pigments (called ketocarotenoids) from yellow carotenoids. But exactly how they do that remained a mystery.
Corbos team, together with Auburn Universitys Geoffrey Hill and Miguel Carneiro of Universidade do Porto, sequenced the genomes of red siskins (Spinus cucullata), common yellow canaries (Serinus canaria), and a century-old hybrid of the two called “red factor” canaries. Then, by comparing their genomes, the team found the gene responsible for color differences among the birds: CYP2J19, the gene that codes for a cytochrome P450 enzyme. This “redness gene” is highly expressed in the skin, feather, liver, and eyes of the red birds, but only in the eyes of the yellow birds.
“Diurnal birds appear to use this gene to produce red pigments in the retina to enhance color vision,” Corbo explained. “However, only birds with red feathers additionally express the gene in their skin. These findings suggest that nearly all birds have the latent capacity to make red feathers, but in order to actually do so, they must evolve the means of expressing [this gene] in the skin in addition to the retina.”
Additionally, the cytochrome P450 enzyme plays a key role in breaking down and metabolizing toxic compounds in the liver suggesting that heightened redness may be a sign of quality. “Our results, which link a detoxification gene to carotenoid metabolism, shed new light on this old hypothesis about the honesty of signaling,” Andersson added. Thats when a physical trait is a genuine signal of good genes, and something females consider when picking their mates.
Image in the text: On the left, a wildtype male zebra finch with red beak, and on the right, a male zebra finch with the mutant yellowbeak gene. Stuart Dennis
Claudio Ranieris opening match at Lincoln City, pizza night for a first clean sheet, Jamie Vardys goalscoring record, Riyad Mahrez all the most dramatic photographs from the foxes Premier League season
Youve likely caught your pet in the act before, and if they are like any of these pets, then youve likely cracked up as their guilty expressions are totally hilarious!
These are classic shots of pets who are busted big time. You have to wonder what some of these pets were thinking. Perhaps some thought they would just take a nibble or two, but then things ended up getting out of control. In any event, enjoy these photos of pet owners coming home earlier than expected and were able to capture the guilt stricken furballs in the act!
1. “Dinner’s on me, Mom.”
8. “Ummmmm, it’s not what it looks like.”
9. She’s trying to tell you she needs to use the bathroom.
Training your dog is very important. By training your pup, you are telling them what the appropriate behavior you expect from them is. If you want a dog who does a required task when you ask them, you have to work to make sure they understand you.
Training one dog can seem like a lot of work. It takes a lot oftime and patience to train a dog. Now, imagine instead of training just one dog, you have to train seventeen dogs! I don’t think I could handle that many dogs, especially not when they are puppies and pee everywhere! But training that many dogs isn’t impossible.
This woman not only trained her army of adorable pups, she has got them all in line! Rather than have mass hysteria when it’s feeding time, she calls each dog by name to let them know when it’s their turn to eat. Not a single pup runs up before their name is called! Each dog waits patiently to hear their name before running forward. Just like this well-behaved family of border collies!
The best part of this video is when she gets to the very last dog, Echo, who is so patient, he doesn’t even move at first! Have you ever seen such good dogs? I haven’t! Would you be able to manage seventeendogs at once? At dinner time?
Don’t forget to SHARE these very well-behaved pups with all your fellow dog lovers!
Fancy a five-cent frank this weekend? You got it. (AP)
Nathans Famous on New Yorks Coney Island is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend by reinstating some turn of the century prices.
The original restaurant location at Surf Avenue and Stillwell will sell hot dogs for 5 cents — the original price from 1916 — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 28. You can get two hot dogs at that price and your meal even comes with a commemorative certificate.
Founded by Nathan Handweker in 1916, Nathans Famous has become synonymous with hot dogs, and Coney Island, over the years. The flagship is still the most iconic location but there are over 1,400 franchised locations around the world.
Here comes the purrfect way to kill some time on the Internet.
If you have little interest in watching nobodies thirst for attention on Facebook Live, turn your attention to livestreamed cat reality show Cats Meok Bang. As Dami Lee at the Vergenoticed, it’s essentially an IRL version of feline phenomenonNeko Atsume, the kitty collector game.
Koo Eun-Je, of South Korea, is the man behind the show. He started the livestream channel so he and his wife could watch the stray cats that he helps feed. Apparently there are up to 17 cats on some days, and at other times there’s just one.
Soon enough, other people were tuning in to watch the cats visit the little kitty camp and chow down. And now viewers have begun to send in cat food and other donations to help keep the show going.
While you may not be able to pet or interact with the kitties, you’ll surely take joy in just watching them show up and hang outmuch as with Neko Atsume.
Unfortunately the livestream is only available in Korea at the moment, but there’s no shortage fan-uploaded highlightson YouTube.
At least two Canadian airlines also did their part to ensure that evacuating residents weren’t separated from their furry friends.
Like most airlines, WestJet and Canadian North have stringent restrictions when it comes to traveling with pets. But as photographs on social media show, they made an exception last week for those fleeing Fort McMurray.
“There’s been nothing really usual about what’s taking place,” Lauren Stewart, a WestJet spokesperson, told BuzzFeed Canada of the evacuations. “People have just shown up there with whatever they could grab, pets included.”
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In flights out of the Fort McMurray area, WestJet and Canadian North allowed pets to travel in the main cabin, even without a carrier or a kennel.
“It’s definitely unusual to carry pets in the cabin, but due to the unusual circumstances we were able to bend the rules to accommodate these animals,” a Canadian North spokesperson told HuffPost Canada.
There are only three Saharan addaxes — corkscrew-horned antelope native to the sandy deserts of eastern Niger and western Chad — left in the wild.
The startling new finding comes from a comprehensive survey of addax habitat led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In March, researchers were only able to identify three addaxes in the region the animals are known to inhabit. They characterized the animals as seeming “very nervous.”
“We are witnessing in real time the extinction of this iconic and once plentiful species,” Dr. Jean-Christophe Vie of the IUCN Global Species Programme said in a news release.
Niger has outlawed hunting the addax, and the animals are protected in Chad under U.N. environmental legislation. But oil extraction in the Niger desert by the China National Petroleum Corporation has been disastrous for the addaxes’ habitat, destroying many of the areas where the creatures graze on shrubs and other vegetation, according to the IUCN. Additionally, soldiers guarding the oil operation have been known to poach the animals for meat.
It’s possible that the researchers missed some animals while taking their survey. But even if the real population is five times what they counted, that’s still too small for the species to sustain itself, according to science news site Phys.org.
That means the only way to save the wild population would be to introduce animals that have been bred in captivity. But doing so is expensive and extra challenging when there are so few of them in the wild already, the IUCN’s Alessandro Badalotti told Phys.org. It’s also a pointless endeavor if the threats to the animals in the wild aren’t mitigated.
Everyone deserves a second chance, especially this little pooch named Bubba.
The mixed terrier recently underwent doggie rehab in southern California after police say they found him in a motel room with meth, heroin and nicotine in his system.
Bubba’s saving grace came in late March when Tustin police say they raided the room on an arrest warrant for the pup’s owner, Joshua West. Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright told CNN that officers found illegal drugs in the room.
The little puppy had somehow ingested the toxic substances. After being transported to Orange County Animal Care, tests confirmed that Bubba was “under the influence of drugs,” police said.
“We are happy to report Bubba has been treated for his drug addiction and is doing excellent,” the Tustin police department posted on Facebook earlier this month.
If you think your average domestic dog gets excited when they see you, wait until you witness just how these wolf dogs react. They completely lose their minds!
This is the incredible welcome Sarah gets every time she enters her wolf dogs’ enclosure in the morning. Her two rather large fluff balls, Spruce and Cochise, get so happy to see her that they smother her in hugs and kisses, playfully tussling over her love.
Their howls of joy are something you just have to hear.
Bonus footage: Knick-knack paddy-whack, give a wolf dog high fives!
The residents of Fort McMurray have lost just about everything because of the unpredictable wildfires in the northeastern part of Alberta, Canada.
They fled their homes and jobs…some even had to leave their precious pets behind. But that doesn’t mean their fates are sealed. On the contrary, rescue organizations in the region have banded together to rescue as many pets from abandoned homes as possible. While hundreds of pets — from dogs to hamsters — have found temporary residence in shelters, the fire is still on the move.
That means everyone up north, including the rescued pets, are in danger.
That’s where amazing airlines are stepping in to help.
Caring for zoo animals requires the ability to deal with an awful lot of poo or dung, excrement, animal waste, or faeces (the latter being used if you want to be more technical). Shovelling the proverbial is often how we start and end our day in the zoo. But aside from ensuring that we provide animals with clean environments, this process of collecting animal poo is also a vital part of their healthcare.
A quick Web of Science search for faeces + zoo + animal demonstrates just how reliant we are on poo in the zoo research and veterinary community nearly 1,000 research articles contain a reference to faecal material from animals in zoos over the past 60 years. That means that the scientific community publishes an article on zoo animal poo at least once a month.
So, as a scientist, why am I so interested? Well, first, its often one of the easiest samples to get hold of from a zoo animal. You dont need to touch the animal in order to obtain the sample, so its non-invasive (important from both a safety and ethical perspective).
Second, all animals produce it. It comes in all shapes and sizes and some do it in vast quantities, such as the 100kg+ of dung produced daily by an elephant. But most creatures produce manageable volumes that permit analytical techniques to be employed in a reliable manner.
Finally, poo offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for assessing animal health.
So what can a poo sample reveal? Lets start with some of the more obvious aspects of poo-ology: just the presence of fresh faecal material in an animals enclosure assures us that the animals gastrointestinal tract is moving. Constipation has serious health consequences for any animal, including potential toxicities, so we need to ensure that an animal is passing faeces as often as it should be.
But this isnt always as simple as it sounds. Some snakes only pass faeces once every three months, while the worlds smallest bat, the bumblebee bat has poo that is apparently as small as a pin head, making it very hard to see. So we need to establish our species norms before we start using poo as an indicator in any type of health check.
Another common use of faeces in zoos is for disease monitoring. Samples can be analysed for internal parasites, such as worms and pathogens (for example bacteria or fungi) that may indicate gastrointestinal problems or even zoonotic diseases those that can be spread from animals to humans.
Many zoos will implement a routine faecal screening programme for their animals and this allows zoo vets to respond quickly if symptoms of disease or parasites are found, often before clinical symptoms of ill health are shown by the animal. It is also a valuable tool for monitoring the effect of any treatments, such as de-wormers.
Some of the research projects that Ive been involved in recently have investigated aspects of the use of de-wormers in cheetahs and support a diagnosis-based approach. This means that, instead of routinely de-worming the animals, we should first check to see if they have any parasites present.
Appearance Is Important
But its not just about whats inside the poo you can tell a lot about an animals gut health just by looking at its faeces. I used a faecal consistency (shape and texture) scoring system similar to the Bristol Stool Scale for humans to investigate how diet influences gastrointestinal disease in captive cheetahs.
My colleagues and I were able to identify some key dietary risk factors for gastrointestinal disease in cheetahs, just by asking the cats’ keepers about their animals poo. For example, animals that were fed rib bones at least once a week were much less likely to have experienced diarrhoea.
Colour and smell are also important. For example, the faeces of raptors (which is actually a combination of urine and faeces) will turn green when the bird has an empty gastrointestinal tract. This is important when attempting to regulate meal frequency since overfeeding can lead to infections and obesity. Green faeces in raptors can also indicate lead poisoning when combined with other symptoms.
Understanding how zoo animals digest and utilise the diets we provide is an important step in improving zoo animal nutrition. We can measure the digestibility of key nutrients by analysing faecal samples, and we can also study aspects of the animals gastrointestinal function by using indigestible markers and recording the time it takes from ingestion to excretion of these markers.
We also use these types of markers to help us determine a poos owner when animals are pair or group housed. Ive spent hours pulling zoo carnivore faeces apart looking for bits of glitter (yes, the same stuff you might find in your childs art box), lentils, or corn kernels just to figure out whose poo is whos.
In another study with colleagues in Belgium, faecal samples from captive cheetahs were analysed for products of hindgut fermentation (the efforts of all those microorganisms that live inside animal guts, including our own) to determine the beneficial role that animal fibre, such as cartilage, bone or fur, plays in this species.
The microbes that live inside the cheetah have also begun to be characterised, all thanks to that brown smelly stuff! As with the growing interest in the human microbiome, differences due to genetics, diet and the environment are also being characterised from a zoo animal faecal perspective.
Windows Into The Mind
Likewise, poo is important for monitoring zoo animals’ welfare as we can measure hormones called glucocorticoids and their metabolites which provide an indicator of excitement and/or stress. By performing long-term studies of the concentrations and patterns of these hormones in animal poo, and combining them with behavioural data, we can learn a great deal about how a zoo animal is experiencing its captive environment.
By monitoring the excretion of sex steroids, we can also start to understand whether females are displaying normal reproductive cycles, such as in captive rhinos, or even finding out if they are pregnant, such as in captive felids.
Rather less savoury is coprophagia. This is the term given to the behaviour of eating faeces, either the animals own, or that of others. Some species have digestive adaptations that require coprophagia to be part of their normal feeding behaviour. A well-known example is the domestic rabbit.
The Killer Whales work as a team, as you can see in the video, and they take turns and work from above and below the surface to separate the mom and calf pair and exhaust the calf by holding it underwater and bashing it around, the note explains.
This hunting style is unique to this type of transient killer whale on the west coast, according to the Monterey Bay Whale Watch, which also said on its website that they had seen multiple recent predation events of killer whales on grey whales.
The Gray Whale mother was quite upset and did charge around the area and at the Killer Whales for several hours after the calf perished, the whale watch company said in the note accompanying the video.
A male killer whale can grow to be up 32 feet long and weigh as much as 22,000 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), while the females can be 28 feet long and 16,500 pounds. NOAA says that the killer whale diet depends on the type of killer whale and its habitat, and that it can include harbor seals, California sea lions, and gray whale calves.
Sure, I try not to overindulge in too many sweets, but its unlikely that Ill ever turn down a sugary treat when offered. After all, its just good manners!
That said, whenever possible, I try to skip out on store-bought desserts in favor of making my own.
I find that when the dessert on offer is a batch of cookies, or my absolute favorite salted caramelcheesecakes, I have an easier time resisting. Maybe its because I know Ill always be able to make them again.
Of course, there are a handful of yummy treats that I never tried to recreate at home mostly because I had never seen it done, and didnt realize it was even possible.
Such was the case with one of my all-time favorite candies: gummy bears! I love these chewy treats, but I never even imagined that there might be a recipe for making them at home.
Turns out, not only is it totally possible, its actually incredible easy and fast. Were talking less than 30 minutes here, people!
If that sounds like your kind of cooking, print out the recipe below to make these delightful sweets at home!
Cook: 0 minutes
Prep: 25 minutes
1 oz. unflavored gelatin powder
3 oz. lime gelatin powder
3 oz. grape gelatin powder
3 oz. cherry gelatin powder
3 oz. orange gelatin powder
1 1/3 cups of water
Gummy bear mold
Grease your gummy bear mold lightly with cooking oil.
For every flavor of gummy bear that you want, set up a bowl with a 1/4 oz. of unflavored gelatin and 3 oz. of the flavor of your choosing.
Add 1/3 cup of water to each bowl. Stir thoroughly.
Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
Microwave each bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat once.
Spoon different gelatin mixtures into gummy bear mold until full.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Remove from tray and enjoy!
If youre already obsessed with the idea of a never-ending supply of gummy bears, make sure to check out the video below for details. And dont forget to SHARE on Facebook for friends who love the sweet things in life!
Homemade Gummy Bears 25 minutes0 minutes25 minutesServes 6http://www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2016/05/recipe_card_GummyBears_3-850×444.jpg1 oz. unflavored gelatin powder3 oz. lime gelatin powder3 oz. grape gelatin powder3 oz. cherry gelatin powder3 oz. orange gelatin powder1 1/3 cups of waterGummy bear moldGrease your gummy bear mold lightly with cooking oil. For every flavor of gummy bear that you want, set up a bowl with a 1/4 oz. of unflavored gelatin and 3 oz. of the flavor of your choosing.Add 1/3 cup of water to each bowl. Stir thoroughly. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes. Microwave each bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat once.Spoon different gelatin mixtures into gummy bear mold until full. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.Remove from tray and enjoy!
If you let your cat outside and think it stays near your house, think again. A recent research used GPS trackers to show the daily movement of pet cats and its results surprised their owners.
“When you speak to a lot of cat owners they say: “Oh my cat just sleeps on the end of my bed, it doesn’t go anywhere,” senior land service officer Peter Evans said. Turns out some of the cats have “gone three kilometres from home.”
“I thought Semi particularly would be just local — bottom of the garden or next door’s yard,” one of the pet owners said. He was shocked when he learned that Semi was going into bushland and “over the hill and far away.” The owner is guessing that the cat is “looking for food which is probably the primary thing because he’s usually around eight and a half kilos which [the vet says] is far, far too heavy.”
The survey was carried out by The Central Tablelands LLS at Lithgow, in central-west New South Wales.
A lot of cat owners say: “Oh my cat just sleeps on the end of my bed, it doesn’t go anywhere”
Turns out some of the cats have “gone three kilometres from home”
“I thought Semi particularly would be just local — bottom of the garden or next door’s yard,” one of the pet owners said
He was shocked when he learned that Semi was going into bushland and “over the hill and far away”
“Looking for food… is probably the primary thing because he’s usually around eight and a half kilos which [the vet says] is far, far too heavy”
Florida Highway Patrol officers confirmed that the turtle had been thrown airborne after being struck by another vehicle in front. Incredibly, Bjanes only suffered minor injuries and was treated for minor cuts by EMTs at the scene.
The turtle was unscathed and placed in a nearby pond, where it swam away.