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Video Of The Week — Doggy Ice Cream Parlor Is A Success With Canines

By Meera Dolasia on April 24, 2017
Video Of The Week — Doggy Ice Cream Parlor Is A Success With Canines

All canine owners know that feeding their pets regular ice cream can result in serious health issues. Many dogs are lactose intolerant and consumption of dairy upsets their digestive systems. Moreover, just like in humans, eating large amounts of sugar causes dogs to become hyper and unfocused, and can also result in dental cavities, diabetes, and obesity. Now, thanks to Mauricio Montoya, some lucky dogs in Mexico City are finally able to enjoy the frozen treat without their owners worrying about any harmful side effects.

Humpback Whales Form Mysterious Super-Groups Off The Coast Of South Africa

By Maitreyi Mantha on March 28, 2017
Humpback Whales Form Mysterious Super-Groups Off The Coast Of South Africa

Like the rest of their species, the Southern Hemisphere humpbacks, or Megaptera novaeangliae, are not social animals. The baleen whales typically prefer to remain solo or amalgamate in small groups which disperse quickly. However, since 2011, researchers from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town have been observing a new phenomenon off the coast of South Africa — large swarms of whales, comprising anywhere from 20 to 200 individuals. Professor Ken Findlay and his team reported seeing 22 instances of the large groups on three different occasions in 2011, 2014, and 2015.

Clever Ants Use Sponges And Paper To Transport Honey

By Kim Bussing on March 15, 2017
Clever Ants Use Sponges And Paper To Transport Honey

The phrase “good things come in small packages” certainly appears to hold true when it comes to ants. The tiny creatures can survive floods by morphing into rafts, find their way home using an internalized GPS system, and even lift up to 20 times their body weight. In 2013, scientists discovered that the insects whose brains are smaller than a quarter of a small pin’s head could even use tools, a skill that was once believed to be the realm of “intelligent” species like humans, and a select number of animals. Now, researchers from the University of Szeged in Hungary have discovered that when given a choice, the clever insects even have the smarts to select the most efficient tool for the job.

National Zoo Giant Panda Bao Bao Begins Her New Life In China

By Meera Dolasia on March 6, 2017
National Zoo Giant Panda Bao Bao Begins Her New Life In China

On February 21, after a week of feasting on her favorite treats that included a multi-tiered ice cake, giant panda Bao Bao started preparing for her one-way journey to China. The National Zoo resident began the morning with a hearty breakfast comprising 17 pounds (8 kg) of bamboo and 5.4 pounds (2.4 kg) of leafeater biscuits before heading out for some fresh air. Shortly after, she was put inside a custom-made, four-by-six, steel travel crate and transported to the Washington Dulles International Airport.

The ET-Like Insect That Inhabited Earth 100 Million Years Ago

By Ashley Johnson on March 1, 2017
The ET-Like Insect That Inhabited Earth 100 Million Years Ago

The about million species of insects known to humanity thus far have managed to neatly fit into one of 31 existing scientific orders. However, when George Poinar, Jr., the world’s leading expert on plant and animal life forms, found preserved in amber, saw the carcass of this 100-million-year-old insect, he knew it would require its own scientific order – an incredibly rare event.

Video Of The Week — Wedding Bells For Canine Couples In Peru

By Meera Dolasia on February 20, 2017
Video Of The Week — Wedding Bells For Canine Couples In Peru

Two days before Valentine’s Day, 40 couples dressed in gorgeous wedding gowns and black tuxedos tied the knot at a mass wedding ceremony in Peru’s capital, Lima. Not impressed? How about if we tell you that the brides and grooms were dogs?

Otters The Size Of Wolves Once Roamed The Earth

By Ashley Johnson on February 18, 2017
Otters The Size Of Wolves Once Roamed The Earth

A large otter the size of a wolf, roamed the wooded marshlands of China’s Yunnan Province about six million years ago. Xiaoming Wang, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California, and her team arrived at this conclusion after an extensive study of fossils found in the 6.2 million-year-old sediment of the Shuitangba coal mine in Yunnan, China in 2010 and 2015.

New Zealand Experiences Biggest Whale Stranding In Decades

By Meera Dolasia on February 13, 2017
New Zealand Experiences Biggest Whale Stranding In Decades

New Zealand is no stranger to beached whales. Every year, rescuers help refloat many disoriented mammals that get stuck in the coastal waters or sand during low tide. However, last week’s simultaneous stranding of two pods, totaling over 650 pilot whales, in the shallow muddy waters of Golden Bay at the northwest tip of South Island is almost unprecedented. Local marine experts say it is the largest known whale stranding since 1985 when 450 of the mammals were found beached in Auckland, and the third largest on record.

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