Mothering pets is very special because pets give you direct and
immediate appreciation. Where else can you get that? Pet mothers learn
much from their pets too, not just about mothering, but even about how
to be special to other people. So this Mother's Day, why not give your
favorite pet moms something special to communicate your recognition of
Which comes first; the chicken or the egg? The way biology intends it,
it's the egg. The mother hen lays the egg, incubates the egg by sitting
on it and, within some days, a live little chick hatches out of the
Wild ducks, or Mallards, are native to most of the world, the females
recognizable by their streaked brown plumes, and the males, or drakes,
most recognizable by their luminescent green necks and heads. Drakes
are pretty randy birds, their sexual behavior bordering on rape, but
should a drake become obnoxious, female mallards have a secret method of
The controversy over gay rights and gay marriage aren't the only gender-based issues brewing out there. There is also the case of trangendered or hermaphrodite chickens. Some say yes, some say no, some say sort of. The proof is in the chicks.
Some women fight crow's feet but this Japanese schoolgirl's feat is fighting crows. While other methods of scaring away the pests have failed, 17-year-old student Misato Ishibashi and her 7-year-old male falcon “Momotaro” know just how to get the flock out.
Until the publication of Professor Xu Xing's findings this week in the journal Nature, the last living dinosaur discovered with feathers was the Beipiasaurus,
which lived about 125 million years ago. Now Xing's newest feathered
discovery, found in the same region of Liaoning Province in China, is
about 40 times larger than the man-size Beiplasaurus, and has been named Yutyrannus huali, "beautiful feathered tyrant."
If you've had any desire to get under the skin of just about any species
of animal, then you have to get to London sometime between now and
September and see theAnimals Inside Out exhibit at the British Natural History Museum. But be prepared...