Elephants are getting poached much more recently, and now, poachers are poisoning them. In Zimbabwe, 41 elephants were killed. It is thought that the elephants were killed by cyanide salt pans, but people are unsure. But it is certain that this is by poachers. Poachers are terrible. These animals belong on Earth, not dead and lying in a house. 5 poachers have been arrested, but there might be more related to this. Poaching should be ended. The fate of animals depends on it.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
At LAX airport, a new species of lizard was discovered. An airport doesn't seem like a place for an animal discovery. But, we discovered a legless lizard at the end of a runway. Legless lizards are very rare, an we found one at an airport? This lizard is shy, lives underground eating grubs, and is only 8 inches long. This lizard is a remarkable animal.
Many people would say snails are ugly and a pest. But a newly discovered snail is beautiful, tiny, and lives deep in the Earth. In Croatia, more than 3000 ft below in the Lukina Jama-Trojama cave stystems, Zospeum tholussum was discovered. Researchers trying to find the bottom of the cave stumbled upon this snail. The snail is only a few millimeters long, it has a see-through shell, and no eyes. It is a perfect animal adapted for caves. Caves usually show us many new species since caves also hold many weird and cool animals.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Amphibians have been in danger for a long time. Their bodies are very fragile and with their thin skin that needs moisture, it is easily destroyed. Many frogs have been wiped out by fungus caused by an unstable environment. But now, a new fungus is threatening many species of salamanders in Europe. But it doesn't end there. The fungus has started to infect many reptiles too. These fungi are caused by dramatic environment changes, causing the animal to be more susceptible to fungi. These animals are in need of desperate help. Make sure that you keep the animal's environment nice and clean in order to keep welfare within the ecosystem.
5000 Badgers are about to be culled because they spread bovine TB. After many debating, they finalized it, and decided to cull, not vaccinate. Many protests occurred in London saying to vaccinate the endangered animal, but the UK government won't change their decision. Is culling really the only way to help the world. No. Stand up against the badger culling. Vaccination, not culling.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Orthotomus chaktomu, also known as the Cambodian Tailorbird was finally indicated as a new species 2 days ago in Cambodia's capitol, Phnom Penh. It was first found in 2009 for an avian flu check, but it was not found to be a new species. After recent studies on the bird, they claimed it to be a new species because it has a different song than other tailorbirds. Tailorbirds are related to warblers, and like them, are songbirds. Tailorbirds make their nests by weaving leaves together. Cambodian Tailorbird is a magnificent bird living in an unlikely place, the middle of a city.
Some people would say that technology is bad for the environment, but in this case, technology will save the lives of many chimpanzees. Technology has gotten so advanced, that scientists believe that we can start doing tests on gadget instead of chimpanzees. for now, this is only happening in the US, but the amount of chimpanzees being used for bio-medical engineering will be cut drastically. Chimpanzees are used for testing because their body is very alike to our own. So, instead of risking ourselves to test a medication, they test chimpanzees first. They see the results and then try it on humans. It is cruel and many chimpanzees die in the process. Now we will be testing on technology which will not only save the lives of many chimpanzees, but also get more accurate results. Not all the chimpanzees will be removed from testing, but this is one step closer from getting rid of animal testing entirely.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Tigers have been in danger for a long time and if we didn't help them, they would not have survived. They are going through the dangers of poaching and deforestation. But Asian tigers now face the threat of a virus that is carried by dogs known as canine distemper virus (CDV). CDV is a close relative of the measles and as evolved to not only infect dogs, but many other animals, including the tiger. The last time CDV has caused much damage was before the end of the thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger. The tigers are in danger from a virus that is very hard to stop. The fate of the tiger cannot be the same as the thylacine.
Bees are pollinators. They're needed everywhere. But, because of CCD, bees have been dying off in large numbers. But this year in England, CCD hasn't done the damage, but the weather. Beekeepers noticed hundreds of their bees dying. The winter was bad for the bees, but the summer has been worse. A third of all the bees didn't survive the harsh weather (the worst since 2007). To make it worse, the first of many to die were usually the queen. Without the queen, there's chaos in the hive, which leads to death. The bees are in trouble and must be saved.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The African clawed frog had started the spread of the Chytrid fungus. The fungus was devastating to the world's amphibians. It is threatening many frogs worldwide. The fungus is responsible for destroying many species in Central America and North America. The fungus causes a thickening of skin, which prevents breathing and electrolyte balance. It can lead to cardiac arrest. But luckily, some frogs are starting to grow a natural defense system against the fungus. This fungus has caused catastrophic die-offs in little time.
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Swine flu, also known as H1N1, first caused a fright in 2009, but now, research shows that it was found in Elephant seals living on the coast of central California. This is the first report of the Swine Flu virus being carried by a marine mammal. No one is certain where it came from, but people are advised that it is unsafe to go looking for animals at the coast without precaution.
Near Antarctica in the freezing deep sea water, a new fish species was discovered. The hopbeard plunderfish, also known as Pogonophryne neyelovi, can live up to a mile under Antarctica's Ross Sea. A group of Ukranians tried to catch an Antarctic toothfish by baiting it with Peruvian squid. They flung it out into the sea and accidentaly caught the hopbeard plunderfish. It is a very unique fish qith barbs on the chin, and spiny fins.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
CCD, also known as Colony Collapse Disorder has been the cause for mass bee deaths around the world. Many people may despise bees, but those tiny pollinators play a key role in nature. No one is sure what is the cause for CCD, but scientists have many theory. One theory is cell phone signals, which interfere in a bees locating system. But scientists have found a new theory. Pesticides might be the main cause for CCD. Pesticides kill many bugs. Seems likely that this might be the key reason of CCD. A special chemical in pesticides called Neonicotinoid is the main culprit. We must be careful to protect nature's key pollinator, or the Earth may face consequences.
Champa, an Asiatic black bear has become the first bear to go through brain surgery. Champa had it done to cure her of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a brain disorder when fluids swell your brain from birth. The disorder, since it's in your brain which controls many movements, can ruin many organs. Champa is still recovering from the surgery, but vets have gotten rid of hydrocephalus. This shows that we have the power to help animals. We just have to use that power.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Can Jurassic Park come to life? Well, the answer to that is no. But can Ice Age Park come to life? The answer to that is maybe. Dinosaurs died hundreds of millions of years ago, so their DNA is very hard to get from fossils. But Ice Age creatures like the Wooly Mammoth can be resurrected. Also, many modern animal extinctions will be brought back to life, such as the Passenger Pigeon. The steps to bring back these animals are:
1) Find fossils of those animals and then find DNA.
2) Incubate and multiply the DNA with a host animal nucleus (ex: woolly mammoth and elephant).
3) Cells would start to form and multiply.
4) It will hopefully develop into an animal.
The top animals on the list are:
Woolly Mammoth (Extinct around 10,000 BC)
Gastric Brooding Frog (Extinct in the 1980's)
Passenger Pigeon (Extinct in 1914)
Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger (Extinct in 1930's)
Pyrenean Ibex (Extinct in 2000)
Saber-Toothed Cat (Extinct around 10,000 BC)
Dodo Bird (Extinct around late 1700's)
Ground Sloth (Extinct around 10,000 BC)
Irish Elk (Extinct around 10,000 BC)