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Nevada-California desert ‘half empty’ of birds after population collapse
Over the past century, the number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent at survey sites across an area larger than New York state. Almost a third of species are less common and widespread now than they once were throughout the region...

The decline of birds could impact the animals that prey on them and desert plants that rely on birds to pollinate their flowers and spread their seeds.

Researchers are calling it a collapse because it has occurred across the entire desert bird community.

“Studies elsewhere have found that climate change typically makes places unfavorable for some birds but opens the door for others to come in,” Iknayan said. “In the desert we are not seeing increases in any of our species except for the common raven. There are a lack of climate change winners in the system.”
animals  environment  future-dystopia  usa  usa-california  usa-nevada 
august 2018 by iamfantastikate
Mussels off the coast of Seattle test positive for opioids
While mussels likely don't metabolize drugs like oxycodone, and thus wouldn't necessarily be physically harmed by the presence of it in their tissues, studies show that fish are not so lucky. In fact, scientists at the University of Utah recently discovered that, if given the opportunity, zebrafish will willingly dose themselves with opioids. Scientists say salmon and other fish might have a similar response.

The Puget Sound Institute notes that the amounts of opioids detected were thousands of times smaller than a typical human dose. And none of the mussels tested are near any commercial shellfish beds.
health  animals  science  drugs  seattle  washington-state  usa 
may 2018 by iamfantastikate
Dutch experiment with 'Tinder for orangutans'
The research, conducted with Leiden University, could improve breeding programmes for the apes, the park said.

The local De Stentor newspaper wrote: "Apenheul wants to know if female orangutans like Samboja, looking at pictures on a tablet, can show a preference for potential mates, before they are flown to the Netherlands."

Initial results indicate that bonobos, an endangered ape species, react most strongly to photos showing positive behaviours, such as sexual activity or searching for lice, the park said....

But the study had to be suspended for the orangutans, after Samboja, a young female, destroyed a tablet showing potential suitors.
funny  animals  sex  science 
january 2017 by iamfantastikate
PIA: on a wing and a prayer
In an effort to seek divine intervention to keep a flight safe and secure, staff of the Pakistan International Airlines sacrificed a black goat for ‘sadqa’ near an ATR-42 aircraft after it was given clearance for take-off from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Sunday.
wtf  pakistan  religion  transportation  travel  animals 
december 2016 by iamfantastikate
Homeless youth with pets less likely to use hard drugs, suffer depression
The study from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph found that homeless youth with pets were three times less likely to be depressed, less likely to engage in potentially harmful behaviours like hard drug use and more likely to open up to veterinarians about their personal challenges.

"These pets are their only friends, the only way that they've experienced unconditional love without judgment. These pets have saved their lives in many cases," Lem said. "By asking them to give up their pets to access the shelter, what you're doing as a social service provider is saying, 'I don't understand your relationship' and often it pushes people away."
canada  homelessness  teens  animals  health 
march 2016 by iamfantastikate
New method may eliminate antibiotic use in livestock
The benefits of reducing farm usage of antibiotics should extend to workers' families and the wider population. Significantly more people working in conventional chicken farms carry multidrug-resistant pathogens than those who work in antibiotic-free farms, Sand notes.
health  science  drugs  animals  food 
july 2015 by iamfantastikate
No charges for Colorado farmworkers videotaped hitting pigs; 7 employees fired
A video showing workers at a Colorado pig farm hitting animals with cans and boards prompted the firing of seven employees, but authorities said Wednesday no criminal charges will be filed.
colorado  u.s.a.  politics  animals  abuse  crime  corruption  food 
may 2015 by iamfantastikate
Female Chimps More Likely Than Males to Hunt With Tools
The researchers discovered that female Fongolis accounted for more than 60 percent of all spear-use. What’s more, lead author Jill Pruetz speculates that it was the female chimps that first invented the spear. “In a number of primate species, females are the innovators and more frequent tool users,” Pruetz tells Discovery News.
animals  science 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
BBC News - The girl who gets gifts from birds
She didn't gather this collection. Each item was a gift - given to her by crows. She holds up a pearl coloured heart. It is her most-prized present. "It's showing me how much they love me." Gabi's relationship with the neighbourhood crows began accidentally in 2011. She was four years old, and prone to dropping food. She'd get out of the car, and a chicken nugget would tumble off her lap. A crow would rush in to recover it. Soon, the crows were watching for her, hoping for another bite. As she got older, she rewarded their attention, by sharing her packed lunch on the way to the bus stop. Her brother joined in. Soon, crows were lining up in the afternoon to greet Gabi's bus, hoping for another feeding session.
seattle  washington-state  children  uplifting  animals  amazing  amazing-youngsters  environment 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
Nearly 50 years on, turtles, caterpillars sacrificed in Bali ritual to ensure peace on Earth
The ancient rite of Karya Padudusan Agung, which roughly translates to great work, is held every three or four decades to invigorate the temple's waning powers and bring peace on Earth. ... Young men dragged a buffalo three times around the temple, with the frenzied animal making a dash into adjoining rice fields before being slaughtered to symbolically feed demons. Goats, pigs, turtles, fish and caterpillars were also sacrificed.
religion  indonesia  animals 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Wojtek (bear)
Wojtek (1942–1963; Polish pronunciation: [ˈvɔjtɛk]) usually spelled Voytek in English, was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. The name "Wojtek" is a diminutive form of "Wojciech", an old Slavic name that is still common in Poland today and means "he who enjoys war" or "smiling warrior".[1]
wikipedia  funny  animals  amazing  war  poland  history 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Orangutan in Argentina zoo recognised by court as 'non-human person'
In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (Afada) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object. The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person”.
animals  argentina  science 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Peace and Paws
Our mission here at Peace and Paws is to match the world’s best dogs with the world’s best people. We are a nonprofit, all volunteer, foster-based rescue committed to saving our treasured friends from homelessness and high-kill shelters.  With your support, we have rescued and rehomed more than 2,000 dogs.
charity-nonprofit  animals  amazing  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Seals discovered having sex with penguins
Male and female penguins mate via an opening called a cloaca, and the seals are thought to have actually penetrated the penguins in some of the acts, which were caught on film by Haddad. In three of the four recorded incidents the seal let the penguin go. But on one of the more recent occasions, the seal killed and ate the penguin after trying to mate with it.
animals  creepy  nature-is-scary  wtf 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Killer whales learn to communicate like dolphins
All three killer whales that had been housed with dolphins for several years shifted the proportions of different call types in their repertoire to more closely match the distribution found in dolphins -- they produced more clicks and whistles and fewer pulsed calls. The researchers also found evidence that killer whales can learn completely new sounds: one killer whale that was living with dolphins at the time of the experiment learned to produce a chirp sequence that human caretakers had taught to her dolphin pool-mates before she was introduced to them.
animals  science  language  amazing 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Army veteran risks life to save injured beagle
Schneider crossed three lanes of traffic on foot and put himself in between oncoming traffic and the dog until he was able to coax the injured beagle off of the interstate, according to reports. Schneider waited nearly three hours in the rain by the dog’s side and was able to gain enough trust with the beagle to get him onto a makeshift stretcher and into the back of a friend’s pickup truck.
amazing  amazing-men  u.s.a.  war  animals  uplifting  missouri 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorces?
Flamingos, it turns out, are embarrassing. They break up 99 percent of the time. The divorce rate for piping plovers is 67 percent. Ducks do better than humans. Human marriages (American ones) fail at a rate of roughly 40 percent (which is about equal to Nazca boobies). Mallard marriages are 91 percent successful. The big shock was swans. Everybody, ornithologists included, figured swans would be at the top of the Most Faithful list. But they're not. They have a 5 percent divorce rate. So who's the champ? Do I need to say?
animals  science  sex 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
Dogs (and Cats) Can Love
We found that the dog had a 48 percent increase in oxytocin. This shows that the dog was quite attached to the goat. The moderate change in oxytocin suggests the dog viewed the goat as a "friend." More striking was the goat's reaction to the dog: It had a 210 percent increase in oxytocin. At that level of increase, within the framework of oxytocin as the "love hormone," we essentially found that the goat might have been in love with the dog. The only time I have seen such a surge in oxytocin in humans is when someone sees their loved one, is romantically attracted to someone, or is shown an enormous kindness.
animals  cute  funny  psychology  science  health 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
First Succesful Organ Regeneration in a Living Animal - D-brief
The team manipulated a single protein in very old mice that caused their bodies to rebuild their thymuses — an organ that produces white blood cells. After receiving the treatment, the senior citizen mice not only had thymuses that were similar in structure to a young whippersnapper’s, but they were also twice as large.
science  health  animals  futurology 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
Light pollution impairs rainforest regeneration
Bats play a key role in pollinating plants and spreading their seeds, especially the seeds of species that are first to recolonise cleared land. “In tropical habitats bat-mediated seed dispersal is necessary for the rapid succession of deforested land because few other animals than bats disperse seeds into open habitats," says Daniel Lewanzik, doctoral candidate at the IZW and first author of the study. Under naturally dark conditions, bats produce a copious 'seed rain' when defecating seeds while flying. By reducing foraging of fruit-eating bats in lit areas, light pollution is likely to reduce seed rain, he commented.
science  animals 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
(Tycho the Dog and Refurb the Three-Legged Cat)
cute  uplifting  animals 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Meet the dogs and cats that help heal sick Portland kids (Photos)
Doctors and other caregivers have long known this as well, which is why the major hospital systems in Portland prescribe pet therapy to bring a few minutes of comfort and joy to patients.
animals  oregon  u.s.a.  uplifting  health  children 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Camels Had No Business in Genesis
There are too many camels in the Bible, out of time and out of place. Camels probably had little or no role in the lives of such early Jewish patriarchs as Abraham, Jacob and Joseph, who lived in the first half of the second millennium B.C., and yet stories about them mention these domesticated pack animals more than 20 times. Genesis 24, for example, tells of Abraham’s servant going by camel on a mission to find a wife for Isaac.
atheism  religion  judaism  christianity  history  animals  funny 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
7-year-old Arkansas boy battling eye amoeba
It appeared to be just a pink eye infection, but after several doctor's visits an eye specialist confirmed the worst, Justin Ross had one-celled animals slowly eating his cornea.
omg  arkansas  nopenopenope  health  u.s.a.  children  animals 
january 2014 by iamfantastikate
Police: Wash. man arrested after killing goat as 'sacrifice to God'
A Toledo man charged with animal cruelty for killing a goat with a bow and arrow told deputies he was making a sacrifice to God.
wtf  animals  religion  christianity  abuse  crime 
december 2013 by iamfantastikate

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