When you think of NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida you tend to think of science and technology not of alligators and other wildlife. What most people don't realize about the facility is that, being located on Merritt Island, it is also a National Wildlife Refuge. Of Merritt Island's 140,000 acres, Kennedy only takes up about 6,000 acres. This makes for a tricky balance between nature and space science.
Birds of a feather may flock together, but when a bird contracts a virus called Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease it loses all of its feathers and has to be kept away from other birds. For a little lovebird named Rhea it could have been a disaster but she has parlayed this dreadful fate into a life of love, laughter, fame, and a closet full of sweaters.
In some places, no matter how hard you try, a wild animal will get into your house. And I'm not talking about the run of the mill flies or ants. In January a family in Hailey, Idaho got the surprise of a lifetime when they discovered that a full-grown moose cow had managed to get into their basement in the middle of the night. It was apparently one of those things that go bump in the night.
This adorable Water Bear Large Plushie is probably to cutest over-sized version of a microorganism ever. It is designed to look something like this microscopic creature but even cuter than the real thing.