A beautiful and rather vocal African grey named Einstein celebrated her 30th birthday at the Knoxville Zoo by demonstrating some of her favorite impressions while being fed a steady stream of sunflower seeds in between. Encouraged by her human keeper Adam Patterson, Einstein happily barked like a dog, whispered a secret, booed like a ghost, blew a kiss and said goodbye to all the nice folks.
Wednesday, Feb 28th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
A dwarf hamster named Pebbles may be the latest victim of a change in policy. Pebbles’s owner, student Belen Aldecosea, was set to fly from Baltimore to Florida back in November, and says she was assured by a Spirit Airlines representative that she could bring Pebbles on the plane as an emotional support animal. However once on board the flight, she was told that rodents were not allowed.
Thursday, Feb 22nd 2018 (12:00am)
A plucky cow that was being taken to an abattoir in Poland managed to escape after swimming to safety on an island. The farmer, known only as Mr Lukasz, tried for a week to get the cow back but has given up and is now caring for her on the island, where he makes sure she has enough food.
Tuesday, Feb 20th 2018 (12:00am)
The dromedaries paraded down a dusty racetrack as judges rated the size of their lips, cheeks, heads and knees. Crowds of men watched from the bleachers, hooting when the beasts representing their own tribe loped down the track. A dozen beasts have been disqualified from this year's Saudi "camel beauty contest" because their handlers used Botox to make them more handsome.
Tuesday, Jan 23rd 2018 (4:34am)
A new study suggests that certain species of birds in Australia have figured out a way to spread fires in order to terrify - and eventually eat - their prey.
Tuesday, Jan 9th 2018 (2:53am)
Sleep is universal in the animal kingdom, but each species slumbers in a different — and often mysterious — way. Some animals snooze with half their brain, while others only sleep for two hours a day (without even suffering sleep deprivation!). Ed Yong guides us through the latest research on how creatures catch their z’s.
Sunday, Jan 7th 2018 (12:02am)
Great Big Story meets Brian Edwards, an airport operations supervisor at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, and his real-life Air Bud, Piper, who's tasked with the important job of keeping planes safe from bird strikes.
"Birds can pose a huge threat to flight safety, but when they see Piper on his way, geese, ducks and gulls flee the runways. It’s an important job, but not one without its share of fun."
Tuesday, Dec 19th 2017 (3:37am) | Thanks: Tastefully Offensive
Dolphins are thought of as one of the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom - and experts believe they have put their ingenuity to use in the pursuit of getting "high".
Fascinating nature documentary segment, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. A short two minutes from the BBC series, Blue Planet II.
In this exclusive clip from this Sunday's Blue Planet II episode, we see clownfish working together to move a coconut shell, which they will use to lay eggs on. This behaviour has never been filmed before.
Sunday, Nov 12th 2017 (12:00am)
Judging from surveillance footage of the early Sunday heist, the ursine family - unlike Goldilocks - was perfectly content eating food that wasn’t "just right." The mother bear and her two cubs made a meal of cold pizza dough and salami, rifling through a trash can and a prep table to find it.
Saturday, Oct 21st 2017 (12:43am)
East Harlem merchant G. Herman Gottlieb had a little knowledge of botany and a great desire to make some quick cash. So he left his home at 188 East 99th Street with two empty baskets and made his way to the wooded area on Dyckman Street in the Inwood section of Manhattan. There, he worked all day long filling his baskets with catnip. He then began going house to house on Fifth Avenue to sell the catnip to well-to-do families with spoiled pet cats.
A police dog in Chestermere, Alta., had a close call on Thursday when it inadvertently fired a handgun found while investigating a fight in a grocery store parking lot. RCMP said one shot was fired, but neither the dog nor his handlers were injured. At the time, the dog was tracking two suspects.
Tuesday, Oct 3rd 2017 (12:01am)
From several years ago at the Columbus Zoo. No matter, otter pups are still very cute.
If youve spent any time watching the Zoo's North American river otters or our Asian small-clawed otters, you've probably noticed that otters seem almost as home in the water as most fish. But, did you know that otters have to be taught how to swim? Otter pups arent born with any innate knowledge of how to swim or handle themselves in the water. And since otters depend on water to survive, mom has to teach her babies how to be as home in the water as they are on land.
In March, Audrey, the Zoos North American river otter female, gave birth to three healthy male pups. At around 30 days old, the pups are strong enough to begin their swimming lessons although sometimes, theyre not the most enthusiastic students much like kids everywhere.
Saturday, Sep 30th 2017 (12:00am)
Well, unmentioned in this article is the fact that when they jump to take off, they jump backwards and we stupid humans keep trying to whack them from the front.
But alas, there is a better reason. Read on.
Wednesday, Sep 20th 2017 (3:37am)
Here is a brief list of things that have made me quite happy recently:
· When I can see the moon and the sun at the same time and they are not fighting as I would otherwise expect
Tuesday, Sep 19th 2017 (5:17am) | Thanks: have patience
A cat in Tulsa, Oklahoma is doing his part to help his community and having fun playing with passersby at the same time. So far he has donated over $100 to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless by grabbing money from strangers.
Oysters, a delicacy eaten on most coastlines of the world, are a multi-billion-dollar industry. They also are intriguing to study from a health perspective. Today a deadly herpes virus is threatening Pacific oysters, the world’s most popular and valuable oyster species. It is almost certain to spread more widely in our globally connected world.
Thursday, Sep 14th 2017 (12:00am)
First, we have a bunch of ferrets in a kiddie pool filled with packing peanuts. Trust me, I've had a couple of these guys and their curiosity is both endless and amusing.
Next, we have a trio of housecats that have been trained to react to their humans shaking up a can of ready made whipped cream. Obviously, just as addicting as catnip.
Monday, Sep 4th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
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