There are many reasons people seem to fear bats. The fear of having your blood sucked, or turning into a vampire, rabies, the list can go on forever. But are they really that dangerous? What exactly are they, a bird or mammal? Well, I’ll be answering these questions and more, get ready to get batty! … More Lets Get Batty!
It seems as elephants become more elusive, they become even more popular. It’s true, these giant mammals are being hunted almost to extinction. Although there are thousands of individuals that are working to preserve elephants, it doesn’t quite seem to be enough. Poachers are determined to get every lick of ivory they can get, and unfortunately … More African Elephants and Their Decline
Mohamed Larbi Bahou asked “What’s the top ranking of the longest living animal?” This simple question has sparked interest across the globe. For us humans, we are living pretty long lives. A study done shows that the life expectancy for someone born in 2015 is 71.4 years. It’s not to shabby, especially compared to the mayfly. Living … More Could You Live For 11,000 Years?
Looking back to 11,000 years ago, a particular dog became immortal. A cell in this dog began growing and dividing at an alarmingly uncontrollable rate. The cells behavior created a tumor in this ancient canine. After the development of this tumor it became contagious, jumping from one dog, to another, and to another; creating a … More Immortal Dogs And Canine Cancer
It’s a long and hard 1,150 mile journey for our four legged friends who run the Iditarod. When they’re finished with this journey they will be well deserving of some belly rubs and treats. But sled dogs have a much larger role in human history than you might think. Ancient dog bones that are being … More Sled Dogs and Where They Began
Have you ever heard of a rat sniffing out landmines? The Gambian pouched rat can grow up to 15 pounds and is similar in appearance to the Norway rat. In Africa the Gambian pouched rat is used to detect landmines due to its flexible and very intelligent nature. It can move gracefully over landmines without … More Rats
We have all heard of opossums, and quite a few of us have seen them. But these animals are unlike any other mammal in North America. Which leads to the question, where did they come from? Why do they play ‘possum? What makes the varmints so special? Well, the answers to your questions are here. … More Opossums, What Exactly Are They?
White-nose syndrome has hit the American and Canadian bat population hard. This disease is caused by a fungus called pseudogymnoascus destructans ( it’s a mouth full ). Five of Michigan’s bat species can contract the disease, and the bats that hibernate underground are the ones at the highest risk. The Northern long eared bat is … More Cute Little White Nose? No, A Deadly Disease.
When you think of a butterfly you think of something peaceful, full of grace, vibrant and beautiful in color, the only bug you actually like… right? Wrong, butterflies have had us fooled for years. Those vibrant colors are often a warning, whether its because they’re poisonous, cannibalistic, or another type of unexpected deadly trait. If … More Are Butterflies As Innocent As They Seem?
Weird animal question of the week has sex on peoples minds thanks to Humphrey Mulenga’s question ” How can a layman distinguish a female hyena from a male?” Hyenas tend to be tricksters when it comes to their behavior, but are also tricksters when it comes to their sex organs because they look the same. … More How Can You Tell a Female Animal From a Male?