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That old cliché, “monkey see, monkey do” is true in many cases, as monkeys do like to mimic what they learn from humans. But try as they may, monkeys just can’t utter a word, even though their larynx, tongue and lips are genetically set up to do so.
Most recently I documented research in a blog post pertaining to the ‘sixth mass extinction,’ which is shockingly taking place as we speak. While under-reported, the current indicators point to several species diminishing as much as 67 percent by the year 2020. In light of those devastating findings, it’s encouraging to learn about efforts to save and reverse the extinction process of one mammal you may never have been aware of — namely, the Pacific fisher.
When veterinarian Maria Lombard took a walk on Waitarere Beach north of Wellington, New Zealand, several months ago she hardly expected to make news. Then she noticed something strange that had been washed up on the beach. It was a skeleton made of cartilage with a rather alarming appearance -- it looked for all the world like she had discovered the skeleton of a dragon.
Many Americans have pet dogs and cats, and would never consider killing them for sustenance. Yet 'dog meat' is a common dish in the West African nation of Nigeria and has a long history in Chinese cuisine. In the States, there seems to be a double standard where we find it heartbreaking to witness a dog being abused but can justify cows and pigs brought to slaughter to feed a portion of our population.
At this dark time of year people don't usually think of braving the cold to go to the zoo -- especially at night. During the month of December zoos all over North America change this up by creating month-long events called Zoo Lights or Wild Lights. They decorate their grounds with millions of twinkle lights and displays of animals made of lights right alongside the live animals that live there.