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First fluorescent frog found: A rare find in land animals reveals a new way to glow.

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 15, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Under normal light, the South American polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) sports a muted palette of greens, yellows and reds. But dim the lights and switch on ultraviolet illumination, and this little amphibian gives off a bright blue and green glow.

The ability to absorb light at short wavelengths and re-emit it at longer wavelengths is called fluorescence, and is rare in terrestrial animals. Until now, it was unheard of in amphibians. Researchers also report that the polka dot tree frog uses fluorescent molecules totally unlike those found in other animals. The team published the find on 13 March in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1.

Because fluorescence requires the absorption of light, it doesn’t happen in total darkness. That makes it distinct from bioluminescence, in which organisms give off their own light generated through chemical reactions. Many ocean creatures fluoresce, including corals, fish, sharks and one species of sea turtle (the hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata). On land, fluorescence was previously known only in parrots and some scorpions. It is unclear why animals have this ability, although explanations include communication, camouflage and mate attraction.

ARTICLE TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://www.nature.com/news/first-fluorescent-frog-found-1.21616

UK: 60 swans rescued after dumped oil deluges three miles of town river

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , on March 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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60 swans were rescued after hundreds of gallons of oil deluged more than three miles of a town centre river.

 

The Environment Agency (EA) is now using “absorbent booms” to soak up the oil streak in the River Kennet, in Reading, while they try to track down the culprit.

“Every effort is being made to find the source of this pollution which we believe to have originated in the industrial areas in south Reading,” said an EA spokesman

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/11/sixty-swans-rescued-dumped-oil-deluges-three-miles-town-river/

An Ivory Gull, rarely found away from pack ice, flew over to Flint, Michigan

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , on March 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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FLINT (WJRT) – (03/11/17) – It’s a bird watchers dream.

A rare bird made a special appearance in Flint.

Bird watchers spotted the Ivory Gull near the University of Michigan-Flint and called ABC12.

The bird is a long way from its natural habitat.

The Ivory Gull rarely comes south of the Bering Sea.

“It’s just luck that a local person had the presence of mind to get photos of the bird and birders identified it. And of course now, people are coming in from all over.

People drove up from Columbus, Chicago who have been birding for 30 years and saw their first Ivory Gull, that’s a major celebration,” said Kenn Kaufmann, field editor of the Audubon Magazine.

The Ivory Gull is rarely is found away from pack ice, spending the winter on the ice north of Newfoundland.

This is believed to be only the second Ivory Gull ever found in Michigan.

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http://www.abc12.com/content/news/Rare-bird-found-in-Flint-415958713.html

East Texas: Wait, What? Hunter Find A “1 Headed, 2 Bodied, 8 Legged Pig”

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , on March 11, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Hunters in East Texas made an interesting discovery Tuesday night when they came across an eight-legged pig.

That’s right, a “1 headed, 2 bodied, 8 legged pig!” as hunter Jesse Garcia put it in a Facebook post, which included a picture of the rare swine.

Garcia, 21, was hunting about midnight with friends Toby Taylor, Cody Cooper and Bret Taylor near Garrison, northeast of Nacogdoches, when their hog dog got a hold of a sow, a grown female pig.

After cutting her open, Garcia and his buddies started finding babies. That’s when they noticed something they’d never seen before.

One of the little pigs “had two legs coming out of the chest and two legs coming out of its back,” Garcia said

Mass extinction: Vatican embraces science to fight biggest threats to humanity — RT Viral

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 1, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame
One in five species already face extinction on our planet, population growth projections are bewildering and climate change shows few, if any, signs of abating. Now, a group of experts are meeting to tackle the problem in the unlikeliest of venues.

Leading biologists, ecologists and economists from around the world have been invited to a conference in the Vatican this week, where the impending mass extinction event facing our planet will be addressed and possible solutions formulated.

“By the beginning of the next century we face the prospect of losing half our wildlife… The extinctions we face pose an even greater threat to civilisation than climate change – for the simple reason they are irreversible,” biology Professor Peter Raven, of the Missouri Botanical Garden told the Observer.

“That the symposia are being held at the Papal Academy is also symbolic. It shows that the ancient hostility between science and the church, at least on the issue of preserving Earth’s services, has been quelled,” said economist Sir Partha Dasgupta, of Cambridge University.

READ MORE: ‘Great world war for water’ may be looming, Pope Francis says

As a reference point, at present, approximately 60 percent of all primate species are now threatened with extinction with 75 percent witnessing a decline in population thanks largely to anthropogenic factors ranging from industrial agriculture encroaching on habitats to pollution and the spread and mutation of diseases.

“We have triggered a major extinction event. The question is: how do we stop it?” said biologist Paul Ehrlich, of Stanford University in California, one of the more controversial figures scheduled to speak at the event.

Given that the event is organized in part by both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, it seems rather unusual that such a major advocate of birth control as Ehrlich would be afforded a platform to speak.

Indeed, a petition with almost 11,000 signatures has already been submitted to prevent him from speaking at the event.

“The pope has not changed his mind, however,” Ehrlich told the Observer. He argues that the sweet spot for a sustainable human population in the long term is about 1 billion people in total.

READ MORE: Serious bees-ness: Pollinator drones could replace endangered insects

“However, if everyone consumed resources at the US level – which is what the world aspires to – you will need another four or five Earths,” he added.

However, new research by paleontologists suggests that our planet may recover from mass extinction events quicker than previously thought.

In a handful of locations around the world, scientists have discovered signs of complex ecosystems developing after the last great mass extinction event in approximately 1.5 million years.

Sadly, this doesn’t provide much hope for us humans but at least we know that the planet can thrive without us, regardless of how bad things get in the coming decades.

Source: Mass extinction: Vatican embraces science to fight biggest threats to humanity — RT Viral

Sickening! STOP the Horrible Torture of Letting a Dog Turn on a Rope in Bulgaria!

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 27, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Address to Brodilovo Mayor Dimitar Dimitrov

It is easy to confuse tradition with torture, in Spain we know very well. But our particular “bullfighting party” is not, unfortunately, the only one in the world that mistreats animals. In the small town of Brodilovo in Strandja Mountains (Bulgaria) the ritual of the dog attached to a rope or “trichane na Küche” in Bulgarian is celebrated. This ritual is supposed to prevent rabies and keep evil spirits out of the spring. This ritual is linked to others used in other villages, in which the dogs are whipped or beaten.

In this ritual, a dog is suspended over the Veleka River on a rope and then repeatedly stopped in one direction to wind the rope, the dog is let loose so that it turns rapidly in the opposite direction while The rope unfolds. The frightened dogs reach such high speeds that when they land in the river they are unable to swim and die under water.

This “tradition” was banned by law in 2006, but a few years ago the villagers and the mayor of Brodilovo renewed it because they were frightened by the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) throughout the region , Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia and Northern Greece. The mayor said, “No one kills or hurts dogs. They are brought by their owners who love them, in order to take part in this ritual folklore, which is intended to purify the local community from evil and generate fertility. The dogs are rotated for about 15-20 seconds, and then they fall into the water, which amounts to giving them their bath. “

Animal rights Sofia has mounted a campaign to denounce the cruelty of this ritual, but it seems that nobody in the Bulgarian government does anything to stop this cruel and absurd ritual. That is why we must do something to stop this crazy ritual and tell this people that hurting animals is wrong, that this ritual is medieval and useless. Please sign this petition to tell the mayor of Brodilovo to stop this madness!

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO HELP US STOP THIS HORRIBLE CRUEL WAY OF TREATING DOG

http://www.sosvox.org/fr/petition/arreter-le-chien-tourner-en-bulgarie.html

As Bee Population Continues Decline Scientists Introduce Robobee!!!! (?)

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , on February 22, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

As the bee population in the United States continues to decline, some scientists are working on a backup option which many people are calling the Robobee.

A recent announcement coming out of the journal Chem, in an article by Eijiro Miyako, a chemist that the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, involves the combination of a drone and a gel to create a robot version of the endangered pollinators.

Miyako and his team used a four-propeller drone to which they attached horse hairs in order to mimic the fuzzy body of a bee. They coated the horse hairs with the gel so that pollen would stick to the horse hairs which would then be carried from one plant to another.

Miyako said he doesn’t believe that the drones would replace bees but that it could help bees with their pollinating duties. He said that the drones will need to become smarter, more energy efficient and have better maneuverability as well as better GPS and artificial intelligence before they can be realistically used.

While working on a project designed to pick up the slack of a declining bee population is obviously not a bad thing, it would be much more prudent for the U.S. Government to immediately investigate and act on what exactly is causing the population to decline to begin with.

Of course, this would involve cracking down on Big Ag and toxic pesticides that are overwhelmingly responsible for such a steep decline. Unfortunately, the U.S. Government seems to be moving in the opposite direction with the Trump Administration having halted the addition of the rusty patched bumble bee to the endangered species list.

While it is of course a good idea to prepare for the worst, a world that depends on vulnerable technology to do the work of what once was simply done as an act of nature is a frightening one indeed. Most people would not want to see a world of tiny drones buzzing about fields and gardens instead of bees, but it seems that is the direction in which the world is heading.

Source: As Bee Population Continues Decline Scientists Introduce Robobee

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