Animals

Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

In the last five years, poachers in Mozambique have killed almost half of the elephants in the country for the ivory. The government in Mozambique sponsored a study that shows a dramatic 48 percent

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India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

India is a country known for its sweltering heat, but this spring has brought unprecedented (and early) high temperatures to the region, with a deadly outcome. Early Thursday morning reports estimate that

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Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

Bordalo II's amazing creatures are scattered all around Lisbon, where the artist lives. Curious rabbits, toucans, raccoons and even feathered hummingbirds are all part of a project to raise awareness on

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85,000 endangered antelopes died this month and nobody knows why

85,000 endangered antelopes died this month and nobody knows why

Saiga antelopes are among the strangest-looking creatures on Earth, and they are dangerously close to extinction. They are native to the northern part of the Asian continent, where they have been popular

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Tidal Vision upcycles Alaskan fishing industry waste into wallets

Tidal Vision upcycles Alaskan fishing industry waste into wallets

Getting out of the shower and pulling on a bunch of crab shells really doesn’t sound like fun. But what if you could do that -- and have it look like any other athletic-style shirt? The bonus would be

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Incredible video shows the first 21 days of a bee’s life

Incredible video shows the first 21 days of a bee’s life

What will save the bees? In an effort to explore the issue, National Geographic commissioned writer Charles C Mann and photographer Anand Varma to produce a story called Quest for a Superbee. A

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Controversial Texas hunter bags his $350,000 endangered black rhino

Controversial Texas hunter bags his $350,000 endangered black rhino

The Texas man who paid $350,000 to kill a black rhinoceros has been successful. Corey Knowlton purchased the permit to kill the endangered animal in an auction in January of 2014, igniting a firestorm of

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Rent a herd of goats on Amazon to mow your lawn

Rent a herd of goats on Amazon to mow your lawn

Amazon never ceases to amaze us with their product and service offerings. Sure, they started out as a speedy way to get cheap books, but those days are a faint memory as their lineup has expanded to

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Project B connects urban beekeeping with the needs of restaurants

Project B connects urban beekeeping with the needs of restaurants

Project B: Fundamental to the biodiversity cycle, and essential to our food chain, bee populations in industrial countries are decreasing at an alarming rate due to changes dictated by the

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Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

The US Federal Government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the US Pollinator Task Force, makes some

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It’s raining millions of spiders in Australia

It’s raining millions of spiders in Australia

First they show up looking like shooting stars, but as they come closer, it's clear that they're some kind of UFO. Then, by the time they're really close up—perhaps too close—you can see that it is,

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Japan’s zoos and aquariums pledge to stop buying dolphins captured in cruel Taiji dolphin hunts

Japan’s zoos and aquariums pledge to stop buying dolphins captured in cruel Taiji dolphin hunts

Japan’s zoos and aquariums have publicly committed to ending their relationship with the cruel practice of dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan. This move comes out of a vote amongst the leadership of

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3D printing gives an injured sea turtle a new jaw and chance at a normal life

3D printing gives an injured sea turtle a new jaw and chance at a normal life

The wonders of 3d printing seem to be almost limitless. From miraculous replacement limbs for both people and animals to housing for those in a underdeveloped nations and tools in space, the technology is

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Spraying spiders with graphene helps them spin webs 6 times stronger than normal

Spraying spiders with graphene helps them spin webs 6 times stronger than normal

If your spidey sense has been tingling recently, this awesome arachnid discovery may be the cause. Scientists at the University of Trento, Italy had the brilliant idea of combining spider silk, one of

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Missouri scientists may have a cure for white-nose syndrome in bats

Missouri scientists may have a cure for white-nose syndrome in bats

Could a bacteria commonly found in plants and soil save bats from white-nose syndrome? It’s possible, scientists say. The new treatment, developed in Missouri by Forest Service scientists Sybill Amelon

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Testosterone-like beef hormone lingers in environment far too long

Testosterone-like beef hormone lingers in environment far too long

A study published last week in the journal Nature focused on the longer term environmental effects of trenbolone acetate or TBA, which is the steroid commonly given to beef cattle that mimics

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Honeybees devastated by second highest bee die-off on record in 2014

Honeybees devastated by second highest bee die-off on record in 2014

The Bee Informed Partnership reports that the 2014 bee die off is the second-highest number of losses ever recorded, signaling a serious threat to America's food supply. Conducted in collaboration with

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World’s first warm-blooded fish is faster and smarter than its cold-blooded cousins

World’s first warm-blooded fish is faster and smarter than its cold-blooded cousins

All fish are cold-blooded, right? Not anymore, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center. NOAA researchers published a paper in

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Man takes 300-mile bike trip from Amsterdam to London with two cats in a glass box

Man takes 300-mile bike trip from Amsterdam to London with two cats in a glass box

A man, a plan, a bike, a litterbox. That’s how Thomas Vles traveled the 300 miles from Amsterdam to London this April. Oh yes, and his two feline friends Mushi and Cheesy were also along for the ride,

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WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

What do swine flu, monkey pox, and paralytic shellfish poisoning all have in common? Sure, they’re all illnesses but the important commonality according to the World Health Organization is that their

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Australia threatens to kill Johnny Depp’s dogs

Australia threatens to kill Johnny Depp’s dogs

Traveling with animals is far from the easiest of tasks, but traveling with animals without proper permits is downright foolish, as Johnny Depp has recently found out. Currently in Queensland to film the

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Norway is saying “no more” to fur farm subsidies

Norway is saying “no more” to fur farm subsidies

Fur farmers in Norway may soon feel the pinch as the government announces a proposal to cut subsidies to these controversial farms. A cut of 17.8 million kroner ($2.35 million US) worth of agricultural

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Craptastic museum dedicated to poop pops up in Italy

Craptastic museum dedicated to poop pops up in Italy

Northern Italy is now home to a crappy new establishment named Museo della Merda, which translates to the Museum of Shit. Built on the grounds of the Castelbosco dairy farm, owned by Gianantonio

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Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

This is not the first time the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California has rescued Rubbish the sea lion pup. In March the rescue center found him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and

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Ocean dead zone near African coast shows lowest oxygen levels ever recorded

Ocean dead zone near African coast shows lowest oxygen levels ever recorded

The dead zones are spreading. No, it’s not a sign of the zombie apocalypse, though the consequences could be just as dire. A recent study by the European Geosciences Union's journal

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Shelter dogs ‘follow’ would-be owners across billboards to inspire adoptions

Shelter dogs ‘follow’ would-be owners across billboards to inspire adoptions

https://vimeo.com/126591064 If you've ever adopted a shelter animal, you may remember making a special connection with your furry companion when they approached you to play, or followed you around for

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Climate change may threaten one in six species with extinction

Climate change may threaten one in six species with extinction

"Extinction risks from climate change are expected not only to increase but to accelerate for every degree rise in global temperatures. The signal of climate change–induced extinctions will become

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Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

You've heard of guerrilla gardening, but now a company from the Czech Republic is encouraging global urbanites to 3D print birds nests and install them in random places. Printed Nest spent two years

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Tiny village kills thousands of dolphins for their teeth in the Solomon Islands

Tiny village kills thousands of dolphins for their teeth in the Solomon Islands

Between 1976 and 2013, a small village in the Solomon Islands killed 15,400 dolphins--for their teeth. Prized for use as jewelry, currency and even bride price, the teeth fetched about $0.70 a piece in

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Morrissey to Live Earth: go vegan because ‘meat consumption is killing the planet’

Morrissey to Live Earth: go vegan because ‘meat consumption is killing the planet’

What do you do when you’re unhappy with decisions a politician is making? You write a letter, of course. Morrissey penned a sharp-tongued missive to former vice president Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall

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