Tag Archives: wildlife

FLORIDA: Rats As Big As Cats

After a local animal breeder released eight of the creatures into the wild, the Florida Keys are struggling with an small infestation of a non-native rat from Africa. “We thought we had them whipped as of 2009,” said Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We think they have not moved far but they clearly …

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The Winter That Wasn’t, Part II

This year’s non-winter means an early explosion in bug infestations such as ants, termites, and Lyme disease carrying ticks. But worse than that, it may have wreaked havoc upon the honeybees. A mild winter is not great for all bugs, including some highly beneficial insects. Some were up and about when they should have been idle and hibernating, burning less …

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No Homophobia In The Animal Kingdom

From Animals And Homophobia on Slate: Homosexual behavior has been documented in hundreds of animal species, but the same does not hold for gay-bashing. For starters, few animals are exclusively gay. Two female Japanese macaques might have playful sex with each other on Tuesday, then mate with males on Wednesday. Pairs of male elephants sometimes form years-long companionships that include …

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Afternoon View – Turtle Hatchling Crossing

When the sea turtles hatchings burst out their eggs, they are often distracted by car and street lights and lured onto A1A. Coordinating the volunteer effort to guide the babies safely to the sea is Hugh Taylor Birch park ranger (and Ramrod bartender) Mark Foley. (The other and much hotter Mark Foley.)

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Morning View – Watch For Gators

I’m in Fort Lauderdale, where I usually stay with Father Tony over on the beach. But since my ex and his husband have just returned from their five-year exile to Pennsyltucky, I’m spending a couple of days at their condo in a sprawling complex wrapped around an inland golf course. I’m told the above sign serves to remind residents to …

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Seal Uses Cat Door, Sacks Out On Couch

The most unlikely headline I’ve written this year? Probably, but who could resist that punim? New Zealand JMG reader Brenton sends us the cute story.

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The Myth Of Global Warming (Cont)

Scientists say about 20,000 walruses showed up at their Alaskan mating grounds three weeks early this year due to “extreme Arctic sea ice melt caused by climate change.” The northern polar ice cap is at its third-smallest size in recorded history.

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Photo Of The Day

Yup, that’s a Great White. But it’s OK, that one’s totally small.

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The Cat Is An Invasive Species

According to the authors of a first of its kind study on bird mortality, the American housecat is a “non-native, invasive species” responsible for the deaths of 500 million North American birds annually. Nearly 80 percent of the birds were killed by predators, and cats were responsible for 47 percent of those deaths, according to the researchers, from the Smithsonian …

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The Badass Honey Badger

(Tipped by JMG reader Bradley)

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Betty White Meets Koko

Clip description: “Koko, the famous lowland gorilla who can speak to us through the use of American Sign Language, has long been a fan and good friend of Betty White, the renowned actress and animal rights advocate. The Gorilla Foundation is kicking off this ‘Month-of-Love’ by releasing a photo slideshow of some of Koko and Betty’s tender moments together. White …

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Photo Of The Day

A grand piano has mysteriously appeared on a sandbar in the middle of Miami’s Biscayne Bay. It’s been there for a week and no prankster or PR wonk has yet to claim credit. The Coast Guard says they have no plan to remove it and that with the next big storm, the piano will likely join hundreds of boats as …

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Morning View – Bird Thing

Whatever this bird thing is, it’s freekin’ 7AM so shut up shut up SHUT UP.

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Urban Legend Confirmed: Alligator Found In New York City Sewer

OK, so it was only 18 inches long. But still! At least one alligator really does live in New York City’s sewers. Cops apprehended an 18-inch gator that crawled out of an overflowing Astoria storm drain and hunkered down beneath a parked car this afternoon, delighting onlookers and giving fresh meat to the urban myth that the carnivorous critters are …

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Rabid Raccoon Attack In Central Park

A woman was bitten by a presumably rabid raccoon in Central Park and today she tells New York Magazine her story. I live on the Upper East Side. I was doing a little shopping on the Upper West Side and when I was done, decided to walk back through the park. But it was so gorgeous out, I stopped to …

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Photo Of The Day

Hit the Boston Globe’s series of photos of doomed sea birds along Louisiana’s oil-soaked coast, if you can bear it.

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Coyote Captured In Manhattan

It’s not known if this is the same coyote recently filmed cavorting on a frozen lake in Central Park. Now if they’d just do something about all those giant alligators in the sewers. (Via – Towleroad)

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The Coyote Of Central Park

After several weeks of sightings, the Central Park coyote has been caught on tape as he played on the frozen surface of The Pond. Photos here. Nobody knows how he got onto the island, but he’s not the first – in 2006 another coyote died shortly after being captured in the park.

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Koala Rescue As Australia’s Fires Rage

As wildfires continue to ravage Australia, where there have already been almost 200 deaths, koala bears are approaching humans to beg for water. In the clip below, a firefighter comes to the rescue of a dazed koala. The Australian prime minister is calling arsonsists who are suspected of starting some of the fires “mass murderers”.

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Ashley Judd Goes After Sarah Palin

From the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund: “Governor Sarah Palin continues to push extreme methods to kill wolves and bears, seeking to eliminate hundreds of wolves this season through Alaska’s aerial wolf killing program. Her state’s Board of Game has even approved the killing of young wolf pups in or near their dens, a controversial practice that was illegal until …

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