Animals

YoPappa’s a Kangaroo

November 24, 2008 / No Comments

I know Yomamma jokes. How about a Yopapa joke? Turns out that Australian researchers think that kangaroos might be related to humans, being genetically similar and all. In fact, the researchers guess - fact and guess are opposites, but that doesn't matter - that the kangaroos may have first evolved in China then hopped across the Americas to Australia and Antarctica. Scientists ...

Blood Transfusion Attempted on Tiger Cub

November 23, 2008 / No Comments

Veterinarians in central India carried out a blood transfusion on a 7-month old wild tiger that had been beaten by angry villagers. The blood for the female tiger was forcefully donated by captive adults in a zoo. The reason for all the hubbub is that India's wild tiger population is on the decline. 100,000 a hundred years ago to 3,600 six ...

Japanese Whalers Go Off on Annual Whale Hunt

November 18, 2008 / 1 Comment

Though GreenPacks may not have gotten everything right with the Faroe Whale Cull tradition, it's not a stretch to say that the Japanese are headed out on their annual slaughter of whales. This morning, a Japanese whaling ship left for the Antarctic Ocean to do its 'research.' The vessel, Nissin Maru, sailed under the protection of the Japanese Coast Guard ... ...

Real Men Proving Themselves the Wrong Way

November 17, 2008 / 20 Comments

What happens when a species is categorized under "least concern", meaning there is no threat of being threatened? The answer is simple and you'll likely get the idea by the time you finish reading. The Faeroes are a group of islands in Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, an autonomous province of Denmark since 1948. Every ...

Last Galapagos Pinta Island Turtle, Struggles to Become a Father

November 17, 2008 / No Comments

It is not very often that we are really bothered about the sexual adventures of others, let alone other creatures beyond us. But all fun aside, human activity has driven many species on the planet to the verge of extinction and Lonesome George is one of those who has found himself on that precarious edge. A Pinta Island tortoise, ...

When You Need Hope – Baby Panda Twins

November 14, 2008 / No Comments

My wife and I have a new baby at home. Mia. She will be 10 months old in a week or so. She is pleasant and smiles delightfully every morning as if she is so happy to be alive. What a joy to see her each day. In a word, she reminds me there is hope for the world. Of ...

Lepidodactylus buleli – New Species of Gecko Discovered by French Scientists

November 12, 2008 / No Comments

The French have discovered there is something else besides new species of cheese to be discovered. Some scientists have hatched a new gecko species - Lepidodactylus buleli, from an egg taken from its nest in a South Pacific island, then transported 12,000 miles to Paris in a Kleenex box. What is remarkable is not just that there is a new species ...

Smuggled Ivory Ends Up in China

November 10, 2008 / No Comments

GP gets mad at what happens to our biggest land friend, the elephant. We certainly don't like seeing the giants exploited on eBay. Back in July, China got the okay to import ivory of endangered elephants, but sure enough, products and sculptures made of smuggled ivory have found their way into China. On Nov. 5, 2008 smuggled ivory sculptures were ...

What’s a Leathernist?

November 10, 2008 / No Comments

I might have heard of a jeanist. But it's definitely my first time to hear of a leathernist. Apparently, in Japan, they pick the female and male stars/models who are the most unfriendly to our leathered friends. Not only that, they award them with trophies to say thank you for the cows and horses that sacrificed their lives so they ...

Water Monster, Axoloti, of Mexico City Nears Extinction

November 5, 2008 / 1 Comment

Mexico City's water monster, an Axoloti salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum), is about one foot long (30cm). According to scientists at the Chapultepec Zoo, the monster is about to go extinct because its lake habitat is draining, the water quality is deteriorating and non-native fish species started eating its eggs and larva, and competing for its food. The Muppet-looking critter is also known as ...