Science, Wildlife

Urban foxes may be self-domesticating in our midst

In a famous ongoing experiment started in 1960, scientists turned foxes into tame, doglike canines by breeding only the least aggressive ones generation after generation. The creatures developed stubby snouts, floppy ears, and even began to bark. Now, it appears that some rural red foxes in the United Kingdom are doing this on their own. When the animals moved from the forest to city habitats, they began to evolve doglike traits, new research reveals, potentially setting themselves on the path to domestication — via Science

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Seven new species of Australia’s colourful ‘dancing’ peacock spider discovered

Peacock spiders are tiny invertebrates that rose to fame after people added music to online videos showing their elaborate courtship dances. A research paper describing seven new species of peacock spider has been published in the journal Zootaxa by Joseph Schubert, who works for Museums Victoria as a legacy registration officer in entomology and arachnology — via ABC News

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New Caledonian Crows Are Even Smarter and Scarier Than We Thought

In a 2018 paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of researchers showed evidence that New Caledonian crows, which have been observed making several types of tools out of sticks, may be able to build tools from memory — even if they have only seen the tool itself and haven’t ever seen the tool being constructed. This suggests that crows can form a mental template of tools based on other crows’ tools and their own past tools, which would explain why New Caledonian crows’ tools could have improved over time — via Inverse

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Cuttlefish go light on lunch when there’s shrimp for dinner

A team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge has found that when cuttlefish know they’re getting shrimp for dinner, they’ll only have a light lunch of crabs. This ability to anticipate their favourite food is an indication of the cephalopod’s complex brain and cognitive abilities — via New Atlas

Wildlife

Wolf Pup Hiccups / Wolf Conservation Center

Wolves can make a variety of vocalizations. They growl, whimper, whine, bark, huff, howl… Although the wolf’s howl is has been the inspiration for films, essays, poems, etc… we think there is another sound that evokes equal levels of emotion and excitement — a wolf pup’s hiccup. Eight-week-old grey wolf pup Nikai is the newest adorable addition to the Wolf Conservation Center‘s Ambassador Pack in South Salem, NY — via Youtube

Art, Wildlife

Tattoo + Pod / Red Wolf

Tattoo by Eduardo Tavares at Tora Sumi — originally uploaded by Red Wolf

History, Wildlife

Meet the cat that guards the Hagia Sophia

Gli is a cross-eyed adorable cat that has been living in Hagia Sophia for the past 15 years. The Hagia Sophia is more than 2,000 years old and is one of the most extraordinary structures ever built. It has been a temple, church, mosque and museum through its long history.

See the Hagia Sophia through the eyes of Gli, the cat who guides — via Youtube

Art, Wildlife

Mural + Flowers / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

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Yellow Gardenia + White Azalea / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

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Hard at sleep + Not sharing the lounge / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

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Ornamental Peach + Orange Pigface / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

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Little corellas + In Bed / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

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Eastern Black Rhino / Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to welcome its latest arrival after 15 months of gestation. On 19 May, Kapuki, an eastern black rhinoceros, gave birth to an healthy male calf at Regenstein African Journey — via YouTube

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African wild dog puppies exam / Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is excited to share that all six puppies, born 24 April 2019 are healthy and thriving. Today, May 24th, the animal care and veterinary teams performed a routine well-baby exam and learned there are five male puppies and one female puppy in the litter — via Youtube