The baby giant panda born to Shin Shin and Ri Ri at the Tokyo Uena Zoo
just last week on July 6, 2012, has died just 6 days after birth. This
was the the couple's first birth and the first giant panda born at the
Tokyo Zoo in 24 years.
Badger holocaust -- an extreme solution to an extreme problem. However, a closer look at the plan being created for Northern Ireland shows that there is some compassion for the critters after all. Only badgers infected with bovine tuberculosis will be marked for death in a major operation to curtail the continuing spread of the disease among the island nation's cattle.
The world's smallest diving mammals, water shrews, apparently have a unique talent that allows them to survive diving in icy water. They seem to have the ability to quickly raise their body temperature before submerging themselves in water in search of such tasty tidbits as aquatic insects, small fish, tadpoles, snails, and slugs.
Zookeepers in Indonesia are hoping to get Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan, to kick the smoking habit that she picked up a decade ago when visitors would throw their cigarette butts into her open cage. She would mimic their behavior and soon became addicted. Previous attempts to get Tori smoke-free have failed.
Okay--let's get this straight: I'm a man. A manly man. And I do manly things like camping, chopping giant stumps of wood with my bare hands, and wrestling alligators. Yeah, that's right. Like 20-foot long alligators.
Feeding wild animals is never a good idea. Doing so can lead to aggressive behavior, overpopulation, and the spread of disease. It has become such an issue in the parks around Tacoma, Washington, that the Metro Parks Tacoma is taking steps to deal with the problem -- feeding human food to animals now carries a hefty fine.