Animals

How Not to Get Rid of Bees

June 9, 2008 / No Comments

Twenty-six year old Josh Mullen from Alabama teaches us how not to get rid of bees. A swarm of bees was infesting his utility shed. So, he put a glass full of gasoline on some towels where the bees were hanging out. He turned, walked away and "Whooosh!!" the shed caught fire. Firemen, wife and one-year old kid rescues, and $80,000 worth of ...

Man Feeds Tiger, No News. Tiger Feeds On Man, News

June 7, 2008 / No Comments

All this talk about there not being enough food to go around apparently made one tiger take matters into his own hands, um, paws. An 11-year old 150kg (330lb) Siberian tiger killed a 40-year old male zoo keeper in Kyoto, Japan. Officials had to shoot the tiger with a tranquilizer gun and wait for him to konk out before they could get ...

Scientists : We Have the Cure for Cow Farts

June 7, 2008 / No Comments

Because scientists think (know) more than half of New Zealand's greenhouse gases are from massive amounts of methane produced from sheep, cattle and deer farts, those same scientists decided to turn off the gas valve genetically. So they did. The Kiwis have managed to map the genome causing those animal belches and gas. Meaning, they have the cure for cow ...

Disease Risk: The Tiger Mosquito Invades Britain

May 28, 2008 / 11 Comments

The tiger mosquito, native from Asia, became a recent threat to European countries a few years ago when they discovered it already established itself in northern Italy where it has transmitted chikungunya fever to local population. The same mosquito is responsible for the dengue and yellow fever plus 20 other viral diseases. More than a dozen other countries including Germany ...

Fishing Spider Can Eat Frogs,

May 27, 2008 / 1 Comment

Boy oh boy, nature either changes or we never knew such things can happen. Here is a fishing spider from Africa that lurks near water and feeds on fish or in this particular case, with a live frog. Could that be the way nature responds and is it possible for these spiders to invade cities in the next centuries for a ...

Tasmanian Devil Faces Extinction Because of Facial Cancer

May 21, 2008 / No Comments

With the size of a small muscular dog, the Tasmanian Devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world, only found in the Australian island state of Tasmania. It has black fur and is renowned for its disturbing call, ferocious temperament and the fact that it releases an offensive odor when stressed. The Tasmanian Devil, also referred to simply as "the ...

Five Generally Acknowledged Giant Insects in the World

May 19, 2008 / 12 Comments

Did you know that with more than 1 million species, insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth? No matter if they are living in large well-organized colonies or alone, insects are not welcome into our world because they don't seem to match our morals, habits and most of the time, psychology. The fact that most of the ...

Kid’s Playground, Perfect For Bears to Have Some Fun

May 14, 2008 / 2 Comments

When you build a playground for you children, the first obvious thing you think of is that it should be safe for them to play there. A family from Anchorage, Alaska, built an outdoor playground for their two sons but they missed out on one thing, the nearby bears. "They finished building it on Saturday evening, and the following morning, as ...

Feeding Pigeons in Venice, Banned! Is it a Real Problem?

May 14, 2008 / 1 Comment

With just a hand full of birdseed every Venice tourist in the historic St. Mark's Square is able to gather around an avalanche of pigeons. photo by Dimitry B Vendors in the area used to sell corn to visitors which enjoyed what seemed to be the most entertaining activities in the plaza. They are now out of jobs, because a municipal ordinance ...

Eat Insects, If You Want to Help the Environment

May 9, 2008 / 2 Comments

David Gracer is a guy that thinks consuming insects is both pleasing to the palate and good for the planet. He's a bug eater and likes his creatures sautéed, filleted and roasted. Most importantly, Gracer thinks we all should do it. Though most societies associate insects with an unclean creature that cause diseases, entomologist Florence Dunkel said that this is just ...