Wildlife trivia

Articles in ‘Wildlife trivia’

Thousands of tortoises stolen from the Galapagos Islands

August 6th, 2011

Can you survive being swallowed by a whale?

July 17th, 2011

Magpie mourning

October 21st, 2009 Dr Bekoff of the University of Colorado, an animal behaviour researcher, claims that magpies feel grief and even hold funeral-type gatherings for their dead and lay grass “wreaths” beside their bodies. “One magpie approached the corpse, gently pecked at it, just as an elephant would nose the carcase of another elephant, and stepped back. Another magpie did the same thing. Next, one of the magpies flew off, brought back some grass and laid it by the corpse. Another magpie did the same. Then all four stood vigil for a few seconds and one by one flew off”. It seems that similar behaviour has been observed among other magpies and crows. More here

World Press nature photos

October 1st, 2009

Alien sloth?

September 20th, 2009 Mongabay makes an interesting comment vis-a-vis the story of a deformed sloth found in Panama on the coincidence between the lack of important news at the the end of summer, and the peak months for sightings of “strange” and “unidentified” creatures including unusual marine life, malformed animals and the mythological beasts like the Chupacabra, the Mongolian Death Worm, Big Foot, and the Loch Ness Monster. Read

What is the smell of death?

September 10th, 2009 Scientists have discovered that when animals die, their corpses exude a particular “stench of death” which repels their living relatives. This ‘death recognition system’ probably evolved more than 400 million years ago as a way of avoiding predators and viruses. BBC (lots of fascinating examples)

Venomous snakes of Europe

September 4th, 2009

Gerald Durrell video

August 30th, 2009 Here’s a short video about the exploits of Gerald Durrell.

Richard Dawkins on a post-human rodent world

August 26th, 2009

Giraffes in Imperial China

August 24th, 2009