So much for progress: traditional draught horses are returning to French vineyards, displacing the tractors that replaced them in favor of a kinder, gentler way to plow France's famous grape orchards.

From wars to poverty, there is an exponential amount of strife circumnavigating the globe. Socially, economically and politically when we go mano-a-mano with each other, we can’t seem to get it right, no matter how many centuries have come to past. But environmentally, this should not be the case, particularly when it pertains to other lifeforms that share the planet with us. Extinction is serious business. The wiping out of an entire species is an unbalance that has consequences — and it’s unthinkable we are not doing more to thwart conditions that lead to that type of travesty.

It seems that most places have memories and tales of an animal that stands out in the hearts and minds of the locals. In England it was Olly, a cat that lived at the Manchester Airport. In Japan it was Tama, a cat that was made stationmaster at a train station. In Colorado it was Shep, a stray dog that came to live at the tollbooths along the Boulder-Denver Turnpike.

Insects weren't always small.  Check out the variety of bugs that would freak people out if they still lived today...

Game of Thrones fans: Have you ever wondered whether dire wolves were real or merely a figment of author George R.R. Martin's imagination? Well, according to the blog Scientific American, they were. Find out when they lived, how big they really got, what they ate and what their social structure was right here.

As much as naysayers would like to continue critiquing ‘climate change’
as a conspiracy theory, this week the world is witness to an unfortunate
milestone. According to recent scientific studies, climate change has
claimed its first victim in the mammal species. And no, this particular victim is not a political animal — as many might favor. This mammal is an “adorable rodent” according to The Guardian known as the the Bramble Cay melomys. 

People have partnered with dogs in times of war for thousands of years. No one is quite sure exactly when we took dogs from being soldiers to parachuting dogs or "paradogs," but this shift happened at some point early in the 20th Century. When it came to the invasion of Normandy in World War II, three dogs were dropped in France along with the British 13th Parachute Battalion.

It was 72 years ago today that American soldiers landed on the beach and parachuted into Normandy to begin the final push against Hitler to free Europe from the oppression of totalitarianism. In remembrance of these events you can get either a WWII Soldier Bear or a Boeing WWII Aviator Bear.