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Scientists have determined that inebriated birds sing drunkenly too

Scientists have determined that inebriated birds sing drunkenly too

Anyone who's ever visited a karaoke bar is likely very familiar with the fact that people sing a lot differently when they're drunk, versus when sober. Guess what? It turns out that the same goes for

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Swans still at risk in NYC parks, thanks to Governor Cuomo

Swans still at risk in NYC parks, thanks to Governor Cuomo

  A couple of weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have protected the mute swans that flock to waterways in Brooklyn and Queens. The swans are not indigenous to the area

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The first ebola victim might have been infected by bats

The first ebola victim might have been infected by bats

The devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa started with bats in a hollow tree, a new study says. A young boy, who died of Ebola in 2013, likely played with the bats in an area very close to his home.

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How to find a wolf sanctuary near you and meet some wild wolves!

How to find a wolf sanctuary near you and meet some wild wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation

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Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

There's a new type of seismic imaging called Acoustic Zoom, and it's better than older forms of sonar for both dolphins and scientists alike. It works by emitting smaller amounts of energy over a longer

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Russia to create ‘Noah’s Ark’ with the DNA of every animal on the planet

Russia to create ‘Noah’s Ark’ with the DNA of every animal on the planet

Moscow State University just received Russia's largest-ever scientific grant in a bid to create a vertible 'Noah's Ark' containing the DNA of every living and extinct creature on the planet. The concept

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Inhabitat’s top 6 animal stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top 6 animal stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

We've covered some pretty spectacular animal stories over the past year, ranging from "aww"-inspiring to downright freaky. We saw photos of a little girl who grew up with elephant and cheetah friends in

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Stop Idaho hunters from massacring wolves in cruel wolf-killing derby!

Stop Idaho hunters from massacring wolves in cruel wolf-killing derby!

A radical group of wolf haters is gearing up for a "wolf-killing derby" in Idaho. This year, a group of hunters will gather together to slaughter as many wolves and coyotes as they can, with prizes for

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Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

There are less than 3,000 tigers left in the world, but that doesn't matter in Mong La, a Myanmar town where tiger parts are big business. A new study based on two decades of data shows that tiger numbers

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Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Last week, a pipeline outside the Russian town of Tuapse burst, sending a flood of oil into the Black Sea. Cleanup efforts have been slow due to severe storms and unsafe water conditions, and the local

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Human activity will wipe out 41% of the world’s amphibians by 2200

Human activity will wipe out 41% of the world’s amphibians by 2200

If animal populations continue to decline at their current rate, we are heading for a mass extinction. New research estimates that 41% of amphibians will be wiped off the planet by 2200 as a direct

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The 6 Most Horrifying Inhabitat Stories of 2014

The 6 Most Horrifying Inhabitat Stories of 2014

This year we witnessed a number of inspiring stories across the world, but as always, there was also a fair share of horribly disturbing stories we published that shocked us to the core. From a depressing

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When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

Instead of waiting for the tornado siren, human beings might want to look to the birds when it comes to escaping major storm systems - as new research show they may have survival instincts far beyond

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Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Santa may need to look for an alternate form of transportation soon. Reindeer populations around the world have diminished greatly over the past few decades, and researchers in China are concerned about

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China’s ivory trade may soon make African elephants extinct

China’s ivory trade may soon make African elephants extinct

China's demand for ivory is growing and so are the number of elephants being poached to meet that demand. According to Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, 100,000 elephants have been

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U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino

U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino

"Killing it to save it" seems to be the misguided logic a Texas man is using to justify his plans to hunt a Black Rhino in Namibia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the hunter's

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VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

WARNING: video contains scenes that may disturb some viewers (but, then again, that's the point!) Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. However,

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species' latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with

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Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a new report from

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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan who's being cared for

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets

Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets

For those of us whose pets are practically our children, buying presents and seeing them enjoy their gifts is a delight. Whether you're looking to make your pet feel a little cozier and loved, or

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3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first time

3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first time

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded in recent years, and one of the most innovative uses for this technology has been that of prosthetics—for people and animals alike. We've seen prosthetic

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World’s rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal gillnetting

World’s rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal gillnetting

The vaquita is the rarest, smallest and most endangered cetacean in the world. It's estimated that fewer than 100 of the small porpoises remain in their wild habitat in Mexico's northern Gulf of

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Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

A story circulating on the internet claims that Pope Francis recently said that animal companions can go to heaven. According to reports, while speaking to a boy grieving for a dog who had passed, Pope

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Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

A 44-year-old Northern White Rhino died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo safari park. His death means there are only five of the species left in the world. Known as Angalifu, the rhino came to the park

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would

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What’s the deal with this green cat?

What’s the deal with this green cat?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OJMIqVrON0 Don’t adjust your color balance, because that cat is actually green. The people of Varna, Bulgaria have been mystified by an oddly-hued cat that’s been

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23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

It would appear that pollinators in Britain have been declining for a lot longer than researchers realized. Contrary to the belief that local bees and wasps only began to go extinct after World War II,

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New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock

New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock

When humans interfere with nature the results are rarely good and such is the case with culling wolf populations. According to a recent study, more livestock are killed after wolves are culled than when

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There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans

There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans

For the first time ever, scientists have managed to collect data confirming just how much plastic trash is floating around in the world’s oceans. According to their research, right now there are ove 5

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