animals http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20493/all en Hungry polar bear kills and eats a cub http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/hungry-polar-bear-left-eat-cub-photo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Polar bears normally hunt seals, but some don't have that option thanks to -- yes, you guessed it -- climate change and a loss of sea ice. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hanna Ingber </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> An environmental photographer has managed to capture an <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16081214">image</a> of a large, adult polar bear dragging the body of a bloody cub across the Arctic ice. The polar bear has used its teeth to grab the cub, which it presumably just killed, at the scruff of its neck.</p> <p> Polar bears normally eat seals, but they have had to resort to other options because climate change has left them with less sea ice and therefore less available space or platforms on which to hunt for seals, the photographer, Jenny Ross, told scientists gathered at the 2011 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, as <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16081214">reported by the BBC</a>.</p> <p> Observers have long known that adult male polar bears sometimes prey on cubs or females, however, Ross&#39;s report states that the warming temperatures may be causing this to happen more often, <a href="http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/08/9306584-polar-bear-cannibalism-more-to-come-in-a-warmer-arctic">MSNBC reported.</a></p> <p> The bears have been left with no choice but to eat human garbage and human foods, seabirds and their eggs and in some cases, young and vulnerable polar bear cubs.</p> <p> &quot;This type of intraspecific predation has always occurred to some extent,&quot; she told BBC News.</p> <p> &quot;However, there are increasing numbers of observations of it occurring, particularly on land where polar bears are trapped ashore, completely food-deprived for extended periods of time due to the loss of sea ice as a result of climate change.</p> <p> In other polar bear news, a Canadian senator campaigned last month to have the polar bear replace the beaver as the country&#39;s national emblem.</p> <p> &quot;A country&#39;s symbols are not constant and can change over time,&quot; Nicole Eaton, a Canadian senator and Conservative party member, <a href="http://www.news24.com/SciTech/News/Bear-threatens-beaver-as-symbol-20111028">told Reuters.&nbsp;</a></p> <p> &quot;The polar bear, with its strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity is perfect for the part.&quot;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/canada-beaver-national-emblem-polar-bear">Polar bear fights to be Canada&#39;s national emblem</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/hungry-polar-bear-left-eat-cub-photo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Green Wildlife News Weird Wide Web Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:40:00 +0000 Hanna Ingber 5683731 at http://www.globalpost.com Botswana Wildlife http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5683747 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-slideshow-slides"> <div class="field-label">Photo Slides:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5683738/botswana-wildlife001-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife001 2011 12 08</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5683739/botswana-wildlife002-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife002 2011 12 08</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5683740/botswana-wildlife003-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife003 2011 12 08</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5683741/botswana-wildlife004-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife004 2011 12 08</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5683742/botswana-wildlife005-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife005 2011 12 08</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5683743/botswana-wildlife006-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife006 2011 12 08</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5683744/botswana-wildlife007-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife007 2011 12 08</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5683745/botswana-wildlife008-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife008 2011 12 08</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5683746/botswana-wildlife009-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife009 2011 12 08</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-lead-image-ref"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5683738/botswana-wildlife001-2011-12-08">Botswana wildlife001 2011 12 08</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:03:22 10:09</span> </div> </div> </div> Africa animals Wildlife News Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:09:52 +0000 News Desk 5683747 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa: Rhino horns poisoned to thwart poachers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/south-africa-rhino-poaching-horns-poisoned <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The owner of an exotic game reserve near Cape Town, South Africa has injected his rhinos' horns with poison to try and prevent poaching. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; The owner of an exotic game reserve in South Africa is taking a drastic step to prevent <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-africa/100714/south-african-rhinos-under-fire">rhino poaching</a>: he has injected his rhinos&#39; horns with poison.</p> <p> Damian Vergnaud, owner of&nbsp;Inverdoorn reserve near Cape Town, said he approached scientists and a vet to work towards finding a substance that would deter poachers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/south-africa-rhino-poaching-horns-poisoned" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Wildlife News China South Africa Vietnam Weird Wide Web Fri, 23 Dec 2011 23:00:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5685091 at http://www.globalpost.com Elephant 'sixth toe' discovered to help mammal's stance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/elephant-sixth-toe-discovered-help-mammals-stance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A sixth toe was discovered on the elephant to help the world's largest mammal keep its balance. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lillian Rizzo </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> What helps the elephant, the world&rsquo;s heaviest land mammal, keep its balance and have good posture? A tiny, bony sixth toe.</p> <p> According to <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/334/6063/1699.abstract">a new study by the US journal Science</a>, the growth protruding from the back of an elephant&#39;s foot is actually a sixth toe,<a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gq82Krog5S6rvhDT7WfwVfAwV0wg?docId=CNG.e5364138df255d3cdee93c8a12ba3e77.4c1"> the AFP reported.</a> It was discovered in the 18th century by a Scottish surgeon who dissected an elephant for the first time. It has been a mystery until now.</p> <p> <strong>Read more at GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111216/top-10-animal-stories-2011">Top 10 Animal Stories of 2011</a></strong></p> <p> Over the course of 15 million years, elephants evolved a false sixth tie in the middle of the fatty pad on each foot to prop up the back of their feet and support their tiptoed stance, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/science/bony-sixth-toe-keeps-elephants-light-on-their-feet.html">The New York Times reported.</a></p> <p> &ldquo;About 55 million years ago, the earliest elephants were flat-footed,&rdquo; said John Hutchinson, a biologist at the Royal Veterinary College in London and the first author of a study in the journal Science that reports the findings, The Times reported. Early elephants were very small, just about the size of a pig, and their feet &ldquo;probably did not have space for the large fatty pad elephants have now,&rdquo; The Times reported.</p> <p> <strong>Read more at GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/woolly-mammoths-be-cloned-russian-and-japanese-scientists">Woolly mammoths to be cloned by Russian and Japanese scientists</a></strong></p> <p> In recent years, many people thought the structure was just a huge lump of cartilage.</p> <p> &quot;Anyone who has studied elephants&#39; feet has wondered about it. They&#39;ve thought: &#39;Huh, that&#39;s weird,&#39; and then moved on,&quot; Hutchinson said,<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16250725"> the BBC reported.</a></p> <p> Through a combination of CT scans, histology, dissection and electron microscopy, Hutchinson and his team of researchers concluded it was a sixth toe. It also revealed that it showed a strong similarity to an unusual bone found in the front feet of pandas, the BBC reported. The bone isn&rsquo;t exactly an extra piggy, but it serves the same purpose on pandas, helping them to grip bamboo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/elephant-sixth-toe-discovered-help-mammals-stance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Science Weird Wide Web Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:55:00 +0000 Lillian Rizzo 5685245 at http://www.globalpost.com Twin polar bear cubs to debut in China (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/twin-polar-bear-cubs-china-video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sometimes it's hard to understand why we don't all quit our jobs to play with polar bear babies. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> There is little in life that is cuter than a polar bear cub. And in this video, there isn&#39;t just one, but two polar bear cubs. Can we say perfection?</p> <p> The cubs are getting ready to make their first public debut this weekend at the Dalian Laohutan Pole Aquarium in northeast China&#39;s Liaoning Province.</p> <p> Here at GlobalPost, we are sorely disappointed that we won&#39;t be able to see them in person. Instead, we invite you to take a moment during this quiet holiday week and watch them with us from afar. Thank goodness for the Internet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/twin-polar-bear-cubs-china-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Asia-Pacific China Culture & Lifestyle Weird Wide Web Thu, 29 Dec 2011 17:52:36 +0000 News Desk 5685409 at http://www.globalpost.com New Year's Eve: Dutch giraffes soothed by pop music http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/new-years-eve-dutch-giraffes-pop-music-amersfoort <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dutch obsession with New Year's Eve fireworks rattles giraffes at Netherlands zoo; only pop music can calm the animals. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It&#39;s New Year&#39;s Eve at the zoo, your neighbors are going crazy with fireworks, and the giraffes are spooked. What do you do?</p> <p> At Amersfoort Animal Park in the Netherlands, staff tune into Radio 2, a public radio station that plays pop music, and crank up the volume.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/new-years-eve-dutch-giraffes-pop-music-amersfoort" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa animals BeNeLux Music Netherlands Wildlife News Weird Wide Web Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:10:09 +0000 News Desk 5685570 at http://www.globalpost.com Dogs and robots, the ideal search and rescue team (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/dogs-robots-search-rescue-video <p> Scientists have come up with a new search and rescue team: dogs and robots.</p> <p> And not just any robots: snakebots. Inspired by the movement of real snakes, the long, thin robots are equipped with a camera and programed to &quot;wriggle&quot; their way toward disaster victims, explained <a href="http://www.innovationnewsdaily.com/805-barking-dog-activates-snake-robot-rescue-mission.html">Innovation News Daily</a>.</p> <p> While the technology has been around for a while, what&#39;s new is that the search snakes are now being teamed with real live dogs.</p> <p> It&#39;s an ideal pairing, according to <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/search-and-rescue-dog-deploys-robot-snake-via-bark-control?utm_source=feedburner-robotics&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IeeeSpectrumRobotics+%28IEEE+Spectrum%3A+Robotics+Erico+Feed%29">IEEE Spectrum</a>: the dog, with its keen sense of smell and running ability, detects the person trapped underground or in rubble, approaches as close as it safely can, then drops off the snakebot to slither in and take a closer look &ndash; which can then be relayed to human rescuers further away.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/dogs-robots-search-rescue-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Dogs Canada Science Technology United States Weird Wide Web Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:25:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5687950 at http://www.globalpost.com Scientists discover that goats develop 'accents' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/green/wildlife-news/120216/scientists-discover-goats-develop-accents-humans Just like humans, goats can develop accents too, say scientists in a report released Thursday.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/green/wildlife-news/120216/scientists-discover-goats-develop-accents-humans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Science Wildlife News Fri, 17 Feb 2012 01:51:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5692149 at http://www.globalpost.com Scientists claim to find the deepest dwelling land animal in a cave http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/science/120222/scientists-claim-find-the-deepest-dwelling-land-animal-ca <p> A team of European researchers searching for life inside the earth, discovered what could be the world&#39;s deepest dwelling land animal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/science/120222/scientists-claim-find-the-deepest-dwelling-land-animal-ca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Science Science Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:47:46 +0000 Alexander Besant 5693031 at http://www.globalpost.com Hyenas alter their diets according to Lent http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/green/wildlife-news/120405/hyenas-alter-their-diets-according-lent <p> A new study of hyena droppings in Ethiopia show that when the animals are deprived of meat and cheese scraps from homes and butcher shops during lent, they instead hunt donkeys and other game.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/green/wildlife-news/120405/hyenas-alter-their-diets-according-lent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Science Wildlife News Science Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:45:29 +0000 Alexander Besant 5699389 at http://www.globalpost.com Rare Amur leopard photographed in northern China for the first time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/green/wildlife-news/120425/rare-amur-leopard-photographed-northern-china-the-first-tim <p> Amur leopard photos were released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) - a rare glimpse at a critically endangered cat that lives on the Russian-Chinese border.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/green/wildlife-news/120425/rare-amur-leopard-photographed-northern-china-the-first-tim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals China Wildlife News China Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:16:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5701926 at http://www.globalpost.com Tim Hortons, Canadian coffee giant, moves on animal welfare http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120505/tim-hortons-coffee-giant-moves-animal-welfare Tim Hortons, Canada's largest coffee chain, is moving to improve its animal welfare record.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120505/tim-hortons-coffee-giant-moves-animal-welfare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Business Sun, 06 May 2012 00:03:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5703257 at http://www.globalpost.com Chimps have culture, a new study suggests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/120510/chimps-have-culture-new-study-suggests Chimpanzees may differ from one another in culture and way of doing things, a new study suggests.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/120510/chimps-have-culture-new-study-suggests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Science Wildlife News Science Thu, 10 May 2012 22:06:25 +0000 Alexander Besant 5703862 at http://www.globalpost.com Fish along US coast seeing recovery in stocks, says NOAA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/120515/fish-along-us-coast-seeing-recovery-stocks-says-noaa Six fish populations in the US were rebuilt to 'healthy levels,' according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/120515/fish-along-us-coast-seeing-recovery-stocks-says-noaa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Science Wildlife News Science Tue, 15 May 2012 20:09:41 +0000 Alexander Besant 5704337 at http://www.globalpost.com IUCN Red List update: Nearly 2,000 species added http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/wildlife-news/120619/iucn-red-list-update-2012 Several of the new additions are considered to be at urgent risk of extinction, for example Colombia's "purring" Caquetá titi monkey and the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/wildlife-news/120619/iucn-red-list-update-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Green Asia-Pacific Wildlife News Brazil Science Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5708475 at http://www.globalpost.com