Tagged: animal

Performance for pets

Krõõt Jurak and Alex Bailey are on a mission to introduce the animal world to performance art. The pair stages unique shows across Europe for any pet owner who’s willing to have them, where...

Crabs shell exchange

Most hermit crab species have long, spirally curved abdomens, which are soft, unlike the hard, calcified abdomens seen in related crustaceans. The vulnerable abdomen is protected from predators by a salvaged empty seashell carried...

Blue-ringed octopus

Blue-ringed octopuses are among the deadliest animals in the sea. Throughout their range in Australia and the eastern Indo-Pacific, several humans suffer bites each year. Unfortunately, some of these are fatal. In Australia where...

The 3 different ways mammals give birth

All mammals share certain characteristics, like warm blood and backbones. But despite their similarities, these creatures also have many biological differences — and one of the most remarkable differences is how they give birth....

9 weird ingredients in your food

In late April 2017 the FDA announced a recall of frozen hash browns that may have been contaminated with “extraneous golf ball materials.” Mere days before that, a dead bat was found in a...

Horse shoeing

Most horses need shoeing, which protects the walls of their hooves and their toes. Depending on the work the horse does, the shoes can protect the muscles, bones and tendons of the legs from...

Hercules beetle metamorphosis

The Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules, Dynastinae) is a rhinoceros beetle native to the rainforests of Central America, South America, Lesser Antilles, and the Andes. They are large beetles, with some males reaching 17.5 cm...

Little cats

CAT CLOSE-UP Little cats get curious behind Joel Sartore’s camera lens. Watch five species of felines in motion. [Via: nationalgeographic.com]

The evolution of animal genitalia

Genitals are the fastest-evolving organs in the animal kingdom. But why is this so? And what’s the point of having decorative private parts? Menno Schilthuizen explains how the evolutionary biology of nature’s nether regions...