Armed and dangerous, murder lorises use their venom against each other
Videos and images of slow lorises being “tickled” have gone viral: their large eyes peering out, tiny arms raised overhead. But, as it turns out, the loris isn’t tickled to be there. It wants to kill.Slow lorises raise their arms overhead both as a defensive posture and to gain quick licking access to oil glands near their armpits. In these glands is a potent cocktail of chemicals that, when mixed with their saliva, creates a powerful venom.A study released Oct. 19 in the journal Current Biology reveals that Javan slow lorises (Nycticebus javanicus) use this venom not only against other specie...
Deforestation threatens to wipe out a primate melting pot in Indonesia
JAKARTA — An evolutionary crucible in Indonesia that’s given rise to a unique array of primates found nowhere else on Earth is at risk of disappearing due to rapid deforestation, a new study warns.The island of Sulawesi lies in the Wallacea biogeographical region, where the native fauna are distinct from the better-known wildlife — such as orangutans, rhinos and tigers — found in the western half of Indonesia. While the latter region was once part of the Southeast Asian landmass when sea levels were lower, thus sharing much of the same biodiversity, Sulawesi has always been isolated from the m...
Woman teaches her Sheepadoodle how to communicate using buttons
SEATTLE — If you have a pet, you’ve probably wished at some point that it could talk to you. Too bad that’s impossible … or is it? Alexis Devine would tell you that her dog can — in a way.Devine, an artist in Tacoma, Wash., has had Bunny, a female Sheepadoodle, for a year. And in that time, Devine says she’s introduced Bunny to more than 50 words by teaching her to press buttons that play words out loud.For instance, as seen in videos Devine has posted on social media, if Bunny wants to go to the park, she’ll press a button that says “park.” Or, if she wants to play, she’ll hit the button for ...
The Seattle Times
Florida boat fire erupted during music video, cameraman says
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two people remained hospitalized with serious burns Friday after a boat erupted in flames on a trip to make a music video.Twenty-one people were packed onto the 41-foot Wellcraft when it caught fire Thursday on the New River in Fort Lauderdale. Thirteen were hurt, many of them pulled from the water by passing boaters.Abraham Alejandro, 25, said he was the cameraman making the video for musical artist Jaican.“Just glad to have made it out alive,” he said on Instagram. “This is extremely traumatizing and I learned a lot today. Thank the Lord I made it out alive. I lost al...
5-year-old boy finds lemur that went missing from San Francisco Zoo
Maki made it.A 21-year-old lemur that went missing from the San Francisco Zoo earlier this week has been found safe and returned home — thanks to the attentive eyes of a 5-year-old boy.On Wednesday, San Francisco police released a statement saying that Maki, a ring-tailed male lemur, had been removed from its habitat and was missing.“Officers arrived on scene and discovered forced entry to the animal enclosure where the lemur was housed,” police said.Investigators from the SFPD Burglary Unit assumed the lead in the investigation and reached out to the public, asking for help in locating the en...
New York Daily News
Video: Captive-reared scarlet macaws get a second chance at life in the wild
Newly shared images show a cohort of 26 young scarlet macaws (Ara macao) released into the forest, part of ongoing efforts to buoy their populations in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve.“All of us were very excited the day of the release, including the macaw chicks,” Rony García-Anleu of Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) scarlet macaw monitoring and recovery program in Guatemala told Mongabay.“The flight cage was open at 10 a.m., and by 2 p.m. there were already several macaws flying high above our camp,” García-Anleu said about the release in late August. “I can’t explain the excitement ...
Dangerous network of militia members spurred by COVID has spread to 16 states, report says
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The leader of an armed standoff with federal authorities at an Oregon wildlife refuge and his allies have exploited COVID-19 fears to build a dangerous network of militia members and other far-right factions, according to a new report by two groups that track extremism.Ammon Bundy, who led the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, began building the People’s Rights network in March, says the report by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and the Montana Human Rights Network. Since then, the report says, the network has rapidly...
The Kansas City Star
Small game survey shows greater hunting success for pheasants, grouse
Minnesota small game hunters enjoyed a higher rate of success for most species last year, including pheasants, according to the annual survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.The agency published the survey’s results this week on the eve of what is expected to be a second consecutive season of increased bags for ringneck hunters. Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, tens of thousands of Minnesotans will stalk roosters in grasslands scattered throughout farm country. Based on excellent conditions, they stand to improve on 2019’s mean harvest of six roosters per successful hunter. The 10...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
2-year-old loses arm after reaching into wolf-dog's cage at grandmother's animal rehab facility
An animal rehabilitation center in Michigan is under investigation after a wolf-dog hybrid attacked the owner’s 2-year-old granddaughter and ripped off one of her arms.Conservation officers raided the facility Friday and learned the woman was “illegally breeding and housing” a variety of wild animals, including foxes, coyotes and wolf-dogs, a crossbreed between a wolf and a dog, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.The investigation at Howling Timbers Animal Sanctuary in Muskegon began in August after an informant told authorities about the child’s horrific encounter with ...
New York Daily News
Zoo scientists revive cells from 40-year deep freeze to clone endangered horse
SAN DIEGO — Kurt looks and acts like any other young horse. He scampers and strides on springy legs, testing their strength. When it’s time to recharge, he nuzzles up to his mother for some nourishing milk.But Kurt is no ordinary horse. Kurt is a clone.The 2-month-old colt is a Przewalski’s horse, a species native to central Asia that once went extinct in the wild and is still critically endangered, with only about 2,000 remaining.San Diego Zoo Global researchers have high hopes that Kurt can help turn things around for his species. He was cloned from skin cells taken from a stallion in 1980 a...
The San Diego Union-Tribune