Category: animals

Fossil from Brazil sheds light on how snakes lost their legs

How did the snake get its slither? Ever since the crafty serpent in Genesis tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, we’ve been fascinated by snakes. And, despite our interest in this animal, we have a poor understanding of how it actually evolved. But scientists have now released a new study on the fossil of […]

Wildlife Populations Down By Half, Global Study Finds

Wildlife populations around the world have plummeted by more than half in less than a half-century, according to a major study by one of the world’s biggest environmental groups. The Swiss-based WWF’s “Living Planet Report 2014” notes the sharp decline in biodiversity comes with human “demands on nature…unsustainable and increasing.” The flagship study “measures more […]

Rabbits as pets

Rabbits are cuddly pets to have around. They are known for the quick bonding they develop with their owners. So if you are looking to bring home a rabbit, here are some quick facts about rabbits as pets. Keep them indoors Rabbits are known to lead a higher quality of life if kept indoors. Indoor living reduces […]

Medals for animals

The Dickin Medal is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross medal for bravery during war. It was instituted by Maria Dickin, founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals in England. The only cat to receive the Dickin Medal was Simon, a small black and white cat that served on the HMS Amethyst. He received the medal […]

Selecting an Appropriate Bed Space for Unusually Sized Dogs

Just as eating, drinking, and breathing are essential to a dog’s livelihood, so is something else that gets far less overall attention: sleeping. Most pet caretakers spend hours expending energy to ensure their dogs get walked every day, that they have time to use the bathroom, that they are given plenty of love and affection, […]

Crocodile bite

The Saltwater crocodile and the Nile crocodile are the largest of the 23 crocodilian species. The males grow up to 20 ft (6 metres) long and weigh about a ton. A crocodile’s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth and it cannot move it, meaning a crocodile cannot chew. It breaks up its […]

Tunis fat-tailed sheep

The Tunis sheep from Tunisia is one of the oldest breeds of sheep and is mentioned in the Bible and other ancient scripts. Also known as the Tunisian Barbary, it is noted for the great quantity of fat that accumulates in the tail. As one of the so-called fat-tailed sheep breeds, the tail in some […]

Bats – man’s other best friend

There are some 950 species of bats. And they are quite amazing. Bats can fly to altitudes of 10,000 ft (3,000 metres) and travel up to 60 mph (100 km/h). They live up to ten years, with one documented as living to 32 years of age. Bats are the world’s only true flying mammals – […]

The fleece of sheep is covered with yolk

The quality of wool depends on the age and condition of the animal from which the wool is taken and on the climate in which it lives. The fleece of a healthy sheep is covered by an oily substance called yolk, which consists of wool grease and dried perspiration. It protects the sheep from rain […]

The eyes of a snail

A snail has something called a radula in its mouth. It is like a file with rows made up of about 25,000 tiny teeth. A snail has 4 noses and 1 pair or 2 pairs of tentacles on its head. The longer pair houses the eyes on the tip (or at the base of the […]