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Posted June 29, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

Researchers have found some of the earliest known forms of animal,
animal babies in fact, at the site of the same Cape Race Lighthouse that
failed to wire warnings of impending danger to the Titanic. There, on
the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland, Canada, in the Mistaken Point
Ecological Reserve, Oxford and Cambridge University
paleontologists found what seems to have been an underwater nursery of
early animal life.

 

Posted June 29, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Early last week an 18-month-old girl stuck her hand in the family's aquarium and had the end of one finger bitten off by one of the piranha in the tank. Her parents came running when they heard her screaming. When they found her bleeding and severed finger they automatically blamed the family's 65 pound pit bull.

Posted June 28, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

It was announced Wednesday that Thriller, the tiger that once belonged to Michael Jackson when he lived at his Neverland Ranch, has died of lung cancer at actress and activist Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve. The 13-year-old, 375 pound tiger passed away on June 11, 2012. A necropsy was performed and the remains cremated.

Posted June 28, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

In 1970, there were only 14 pure Red Wolves left in the world, hunted to
the brink of extinction. Now, thanks to a long term propagation program
for the Red Wolf there are about 250 of them, 100 of which have been
released to a Red Wolf habitat in North Carolina.  Every birth is
celebrated, and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma,
Washington is doing just that, celebrating the birth of its first five
Red Wolf pups in 29 years!  And you get to name them....

 

Posted June 28, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

The California condor populations went into dramatic decline during the 20th century due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat loss. In 1982 all of the remaining 22 wild condors were captured and taken to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the Los Angeles Zoo for breeding.  The number of birds began to rise and in 1991 they began to be reintroduced into the wild. As of last month there were 213 condors living in the wild. The survival of the species continues to be threatened due to lead poisoning.

Posted June 28, 2012 by Amanda Dickens

It's an iceberg...it's a whale...NO, it's "Iceberg" the white killer whale!!  Researchers spotted what could be the first albino killer whale while conducting research in the Pacific Ocean.

Posted June 27, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

I hate it when apes get to use technology before I do. But indeed, an organization called Orangutan Outreach has deployed iPads fo several orangutan houses in zoos across North America through its Apps For Apes program.  And, of course, apes are loving them.  They even use iPad's FaceTime to communicate with each other face to face. 

 

Posted June 27, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Shark finning is a brutal act of poaching that is causing a sharp reduction in shark populations and disrupting the ecosystem of the world's oceans. The devastating illegal operations are all to support the Chinese demand for shark fin soup, a delicacy that can sell for $100 a bowl.