No, Lincoln Park Zoo animals were not set loose in Sunday's looting in Chicago
CHICAGO — The animals are all right.“All animals at Lincoln Park Zoo are accounted for and safe,” the North Side Chicago zoo found it necessary to announce Monday.“There were no break-ins, thefts, or incidents last night. Images circulating, claiming to be of Lincoln Park Zoo animals out of their habitats, are false.”Jillian Braun, the zoo’s director of public relations and communications, said there was also reportedly “some chat on the (police) scanner about animals roaming the streets that were attributed to being from the Lincoln Park Zoo.”“We take all claims of animals being loose very se...
Family travel five: Where the horses roam free
If wide open spaces are on your radar, when the time is right, consider these destinations where horses run wild and free.Here are five ideas that may appeal to your family.———1. Wind River Horse Sanctuary, Lander, Wyo.Located on the Oldham family’s 900-acre Double D Ranch, the sanctuary is one of three BLM eco-sanctuaries that has historically been open for public tours (children under 12 are free) and the only one on a Native American reservation. The family cares for approximately 130 wild horses or mustangs in Wind River country east of Yellowstone National Park. Stop in to the free Visito...
Commentary: The death of George Floyd, and the frustration that nothing ever changes
Don’t know what it is about warm weather that seems, more so than other seasons, to pull always-present racial tensions to the fore — probably nothing, probably just a perception — but recent high-profile events are conglomerating in such a way as to portend a long, hot summer. “Hot” being a metaphor. And not just in Minneapolis, but across the nation.Start with the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Arbery, 25, was jogging in a suburban neighborhood near his home and was shot dead after being pursued, for the purpose of interrogation, by two white men who told police they thought he was a bur...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Spiny lobsters raise an undersea racket that can be heard miles away
European spiny lobsters create quite the rumble. By rubbing an antenna across its face, a spiny lobster can create a sound that might, under the right underwater conditions, be detectable up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) away.The sound, known as an antennal rasp, occurs when an extension of a lobster’s antennae moves across a rough patch under its eye. Lobsters likely make this sound for communication or to scare away predators.In a recently published study in Scientific Reports, researchers asked, how far does the sound of a rasp travel? And can these sounds be used in a non-invasive way to mon...
Don't hug or kiss birds in your backyard. A 28-state salmonella outbreak is sickening kids
MIAMI — An unusual salmonella outbreak has hit 28 states, running coast-to-coast with no true center, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The outbreak doesn’t involve food, but backyard birds such as chicks and ducklings. Of the 44 sickened people interviewed so far, the CDC said, 38 have had contact with such feathery animals.That’s not as unusual or perhaps as concerning as the unusually high percentage of the ill people, 30%, being under the age of 5. Children under 5 and senior citizens tend to get the worst of salmonella infections, which hospitalizes 26,500 with b...
Michigan man accused of killing animals because 'he likes' it hit with 125 wildlife charges
A Michigan man accused of killing wolves, bald eagles and other animals “because he likes to do it” has been hit with more than 100 wildlife charges.Kurt Duncan pleaded not guilty to all 125 misdemeanor counts during an arraignment in Chippewa County district court on Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.The 56-year-old from Pickford is accused of illegally harvesting 18 wolves — which are protected under state law — over the past 18 months and killing and disposing of three bald eagles.Bald eagles are also protected under state law as well as the fede...
New York Daily News
Sea turtle nesting in Florida: Loggerheads, leatherbacks off to strong start
ORLANDO, Fla. — Some wonders of nature continue happening despite the global pandemic, and sea turtle nesting season is no exception. In Florida, those turtles are off to a strong start.Along 13 miles of Brevard County’s Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, UCF’s Marine Turtle Research Group has logged 1,752 loggerhead nests, 29 leatherback nests and three green turtle nests. That represents a leatherback count higher than a full typical year — and the season continues until July — and the second earliest date a green turtle nest has been spotted by the UCF researchers.While it’s tempting to ...
Bee species rediscovered after scientists thought it may no longer exist
A species of bee from Florida that scientists thought might no longer exist was rediscovered earlier this spring, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.Before then, the blue calamintha bee had not been observed since 2016.“I was open to the possibility that we may not find the bee at all so that first moment when we spotted it in the field was really exciting,” researcher Chase Kimmel said in a release published by the museum.The “metallic navy” insects are known as solitary bees, according to the museum. They fashion their own nests rather than congregating in hives.Before this y...
New York Daily News
Gator aid: 'Most exciting thing since quarantine'
MIAMI — Talk about an exciting day in coronavirus lockdown.Professional wranglers Gabby Scampone and Chris Gillette received a call about an alligator in a pool at a Fort Lauderdale home Thursday.The animal experts, who work at Everglades Holiday Park, documented how they got the little guy out of the skimmer on social media.“We got a call for an E-gator in a swimming pool this morning, so @gabbynikolle and I rushed out the door in a hurry,” wrote Gillette on Facebook. “E-Gator stands for ‘emergency alligator,’ which means that it is an immediate threat to people, and basically means drop what...
Commentary: A grim COVID-19 lesson. We're paying a steep price for not investing in science
My laboratory staff and I work to find solutions for metastatic breast cancer and chronic inflammatory disease. But science is not linear; solutions designed to resolve one problem end up helping with others. That’s what happened with our research.As we investigated what causes the immune system to trigger inflammatory chronic diseases, we found a potentially promising new treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. This is the condition that ultimately kills patients suffering from the gravest form of COVID-19.But that promising research is now in the deep freeze. Literally. V...