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  • Polar Bear Hunts a Reindeer

    Unbelievable footage of a polar bear chasing a reindeer into the water, dragging it ashore and eating it was captured on video in the arctic. The young female bear drowned the sizable male reindeer in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, which lies about halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Rare events like these are […] More

  • This Elusive Carnivore Was Misidentified for a Century

    Meet the olinguito, a tiny elusive mammal described by scientists as a cross between a teddy bear and a house cat. Olinguitos were misidentified for over a century, despite the fact that there are many specimens in museum collections and some have even resided at zoos. It wasn’t until 2013 that a team researching its […] More

  • Male Turkey Recorded Admiring His Own Reflection for Hours

    Male turkeys are really into themselves, apparently. One particularly confident turkey was captured on video in New Jersey obsessively circling a car, admiring himself in the shiny exterior for hours. A Mount Laurel resident noticed the wayward turkey strutting around her son’s new Honda Civic, apparently quite lovestruck with the vehicle — er, his own […] More

  • This Mysterious Yapping Wild Cat Hasn’t Been Spotted in the US since 1986

    Meet the jaguarundi: a tiny wild cat that moves like an otter, looks like a weasel, chirps like a bird, and is often mistaken for a house cat. Also known as the “otter cat,” jaguarundis roam Central and South America and were once thought to occasionally wander into Texas. However, despite multiple reports of sightings […] More

  • WATCH: This Bird Contorts Like a Snake, Hisses When Spooked

    This crafty bird performs unusual snake-like movements and hisses loudly when spooked, inspiring their use in witchcraft to cast spells on wayward lovers. (It’s true.) The Eurasian wryneck (Jynx torquilla) is a species of wryneck in the woodpecker family known for mimicking forest snakes when threatened by predators. The birds put on quite a bizarre […] More

  • We Once Tried to Import Hippos to America… For Food

    Believe it or not, Americans once considered importing hippos from Africa so we could raise them for meat. The idea was proposed back in 1910, while the United States was in the middle of a serious meat shortage. A massive population explosion combined with overgrazed farmland resulted in skyrocketing beef prices as farmers scrambled to […] More

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    Pollution Wipes Out 10% Of Florida’s Manatee Population in 5 Months

    Florida’s manatees are having a rough year — 761 of them died in just one lagoon in the first 5 months of 2021. That’s 10% of the state’s population. The sunshine state’s iconic West Indian manatees have been starving to death because their main food source, seagrass, is unable to grow in the some of […] More

  • “Living Fossil” Fish Lives Up to 100 Years, Is Pregnant for 5

    A fish that was once thought to be extinct has been making unexpected appearances in the West Indian Ocean — and scientists have now discovered that the “living fossils” could live up to 100 years. The coelacanth is a colossal fish weighing up to 200 pounds and measuring nearly seven feet in length. The species […] More

  • Sharks Hunt in Shifts to Avoid Each Other, Share Resources

    Sharks are the kings of coexistence; Scientists have just discovered that the animals conserve resources and avoid one another by voluntarily hunting in shifts. The research out of Murdoch University’s Harry Butler Institute is the first example of marine predators dividing up resources in a shared foraging area. Drs. Karissa Lear and Adrian Gleiss led […] More

  • Tortoise Considered Extinct for 100+ Years Discovered in Galápagos

    Researchers have just discovered a Fernandina giant tortoise — a species believed to have gone extinct over a century ago. Found alive and well on the Galápagos Islands, the single female represents Chelonoidis phantasticus, a species that hasn’t been observed since 1906. A team of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences located the tortoise on […] More

  • Tenacious Mother Octopus Rolls Her Eggs to Safety in Extraordinary Video

    A marine biologist in Australia recently captured incredible cephalopod video footage — an octopus rolling a plastic pipe containing its eggs back into the ocean after it had washed ashore. Sheree Marris was walking along a beach in Melbourne when she happened upon a discarded plastic pipe. Picking it up to examine it, she noticed […] More

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