Animals

Giant African Snails Invading Florida

April 19, 2013 / No Comments

Did you know Florida is under the threat of Giant African Snail? The seed to the outbreak is believed to have originated from the Dominican Republic or Jamaica. The climatic condition in Florida is a warm bed for the invasive snails. The Giant African Snail is an exception from the other types of snails as they feed on plant parts rather ...

Ants Have the Ability to Sense Earth Quakes

April 18, 2013 / No Comments

Ants’ diligent behavior has enthused many, but that doesn’t mean they are always welcome to our premises. Some of them intervene in our daily life activities, while some others have a bad name for causing trouble in habitual spaces. Researcher Gabriele Berberich of the University Duisburg-Essen in Germany has been following red wood ants for quiet some time. And she has ...

Panda Poo to Generate Electric Power in French Zoo

April 11, 2013 / No Comments

There are only as few as about 1900 pandas remaining on Planet Earth. Among them around 1600 live in natural habitats of China and almost 300 other are fostered in captivation, a majority in Chinese Zoos. Among the zoo dwellers, 15 of them are residing in foreign zoos transferred from China to other countries as the part of their Panda ...

Wildlife Smugglers Watch Out! Sniffer Dogs on the Prowl [Video]

April 8, 2013 / No Comments

The US Fish and Welfare Service has introduced a new project to stop the illegal smuggling of rhino horns, elephant ivory, snake skins and the like. The authorities have trained four dogs to sniff out elephant ivory, rhino horns and similar stuff. The dogs are named Viper, Butter, Lancer and Locket. Over the last 13 weeks, the four dogs were trained ...

New Law Permits Horse Slaughtering in Oklahoma

April 3, 2013 / No Comments

The state of Oklahoma has lifted the 50-year-ban on horse slaughtering. Oklahoma’s governor has signed a new law that permits horse slaughtering and exporting horse meat. The supporters of the new law argue that it will be a humane alternative to abandoned and starving horses in rural parts of the state. The government also pointed out the fact that horses are ...

Alligator blood Can Fight Infectious Diseases

March 11, 2013 / No Comments

Alligators’s blood can be used to treat several infectious diseases, researchers at McNeese State University in Louisiana have discovered. They explored the antibiotic properties of the American alligator’s blood and found the potential use of the antibiotic proteins in the reptile’s blood includes the treatment of a range of infectious diseases like HIV. The alligator’s immune system differs from humans and ...

Japan Suspends Whaling in Southern Ocean

March 7, 2013 / No Comments

The Japanese Fisheries Agency has announced the suspension of their whaling activities in Southern ocean as the US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd claimed two of its boats, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, were attacked by a Japanese ship in Australian Antarctic waters. Reports say that the attacks occurred after the Sea Shepherds ordered the Japanese fleets to leave ...

Orangutans at Smithsonian National Zoo Get iPads

January 24, 2013 / No Comments

The Apple iPad is definitely a popular device. The slate is now getting a few new admirers at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Authorities recently started a new program named Apps for Apes, that lets orangutans to use the iPad as a way to keep them occupied. The program has been introduced as a part of changing the day-to-day lives of the ...

Google Denies Street View Car Involvement in Donkey Death Episode

January 21, 2013 / No Comments

Search giant Google has been forced to explain that it hasn’t killed donkeys with its Street View Cars. A couple of days ago, disturbing images of how a donkey died after being run over by a Google Street View Car were spotted on its mapping service. The pictures taken in Botswana provoked animal lovers. The images have triggered intense debates across ...

Asian Tiger Population on the Uptrend

January 1, 2013 / No Comments

Of course, our wildlife is fighting for its existence, but it seems there is hope. We have begun hearing good news from the Wildlife Conservation Society on the Asian tiger of late. The WCS reports that Asian tiger numbers are increasing across Asia, particularly in southwestern India. The report adds that the animals have been leaving their protected habitat due ...