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25 Mar

D.C. Recruiting Border Collies to Scare Away Geese

Photo: Thinkstock

Like a scarecrow protecting its crops from crows, that's what Washington D.C. has in store for border collies and its Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool.  

The National Park Service is recruiting collies under its goose harassment service, hoping to rid the area of an exceeding amount of goose poop, from our neighboring goose: the Canada goose. 

Photo: Thinkstock

The Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool is especially in danger as the defecation "is leading to the degradation of the pool water... in and on [the] walkway near the pool," said the National Park Service in their note to Implement Environmentally Friendly Canada Goose Control.

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18 Mar

Bison Gets a Meal on the Go (VIDEO)

What is it about drive-thru safari adventures that have weirded out? First it was the carjacking lion, and now it’s the hungry bison that takes the term “meals on wheels” to another level.

Thanks in large part to some bread, Caroline Walker Evans had the encounter of a lifetime with a bison at Olympic Game Farm:

Have you ever had a unique animal encounter, like Caroline’s? Let us know in the comments below!

17 Mar

Squirrel Takes Leap of Faith


Not every day do you see a flying squirrel. Not every day do you see a grey squirrel do a flying squirrel impression. It just goes to show, when you really want something, you get it. Take this squirrel for instance...

 Watch Animal Planet LIVE's Wild Birds Cam (where squirrels often make cameo appearances)!

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13 Mar

No Birdies, Just Alligators on This Florida Golf Course

Golfers at Florida's Myakka Pines Golf Club not only have to deal with the challenges of the 27-hole golf course, but also with alligators who tend to lounge on greens.

The club shared photos snapped by a member on their Facebook account last week and the photos have since gone viral, according to a story in The Guardian. Apparently, alligator sightings on the golf course are so common, the club has instituted a rule if a gator is spotted: don't go to the green, instead take two putts.

“It’s impossible to play 18 holes and not see at least one alligator,” Mickie Zada, Myakka's general manager, told The Guardian. “When you’re in Florida, you’re going to see alligators.”

The club, located in Englewood, Fla., is housed on open land near the Everglades, thus making it a great location for the gators to trek through on the way to swamps - or on the hunt for food, new territory or a mate now that winter is ending and the temperatures are warming up.

Check out how the Gator Boys handled a gator on another Florida golf course:

12 Mar

A Bird with a Mustache: The Inca Tern


Mustache bird

 I mustache you if you've ever seen a bird this regal? 

This is the Inca Tern, sporting a mix between Hulk Hogan's handlebar and Yosemite Sam's droopy 'stache, that grows out from the fleshy yellow gape at the corners of its beak.   

"The length of an Inca tern's moustache is a reliable signal of its body condition," reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Inca Tern can be found from Northern Peru to central Chile, part of the same habitat ruled by the ancient Inca Empire, which is how it acquired its name.

There are only 150,000 of these awesomely stached ladies and gents left, due to the rapid decrease of suitable nesting areas, declining fish stocks, human over-fishing and mercury pollution.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has listed them as "near threatened." 

And if you were wondering if both males and females had mustaches, the answer is yes.

Where's Ripley's Believe It or Not for these thousands of bearded ladies? 

The Inca Tern isn't the only animal with a mustache. Check out this cat's mustache!

9 Mar

Mammal March Madness, for the Science Sports-Lover in You


Did you know that March Madness was first applied to mammals? It didn't have its humble beginnings in basketball, like most may think. 

Male-to-male competition of European hares over females in breeding season gave way to that coined title: March Madness. Hares aiming for females, athletes aiming for baskets, it seems to fit. 

Today's March Madness is an NCAA college basketball competition with its well-known bracketing system, separating teams into four divisions. So, according to Discovery News, in honor of the tournament, Harvard professor of evolutionary biology, Katie Hinde, and three of her colleagues, organized a competition of mammal proportions! 

Instead of the NCAA Tournament, Hinde and friends give you "Mammal March Madness!" And instead of regional divisions, the team separates 64 animals in these categories: "Sexy Beasts," "Mythical Mammals," "Mighty Mini Mammals" and "Critically Endangered."

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5 Mar

10 Polar Bears Who Totally Understand How Sucky This Weather is

The East Coast has been pummeled by an intense amount of snow this winter season - with more on the way today. These 10 polar bears know exactly how we're feeling.

1) Wait. HOW many inches are coming?


2) Please tell me why this is happening!


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4 Mar

Listen Up to Ramsey the Talking Husky Puppy (VIDEO)

HuskyHuskies are great. Puppies are great. Talking Husky puppies are the BEST! Listen to our furry friend, Ramsey, use his best speaking voice.

Apparently, Ramsey had just received a scolding for eating another dog's food. Maybe he just was just sticking up for himself!

Check out how adorably talkative he is in the video below!

 Is that a husky puppy or a hairy child?

Turns out Ramsey isn't the ONLY vocal Husky!


26 Feb

Two Llamas Lead Arizona Authorities on Epic Chase

Apparently, earlier today two llamas were on the run in the Phoenix suburb of Sun City, Ariz., multiple media outlets have reported.

The hilarity of the news led to a livestream of the "llamas on the lam" (thanks Digg!) and a flurry of posts across social media capturing the excitement. It was unclear where the llamas came from. Eventually, both llamas were caught, but not before becoming Internet stars.

Watch as the Turtleman attempts to bring in another runaway llama:

20 Feb

Tokyo Zoo Stages Animal Escape With a Man in a Snow Leopard Costume (VIDEO)


I don't know what's more terrifying: an actual snow leopard escape or this costume. 

The costume.

An employee at the Tokyo Zoo dressed as a snow leopard last week as part of an annual animal-escape drill, breaking out of an enclosure and wreaking havoc on zoo staff, as captured in this AFP video

He pushes an employee to the ground behind an enclosure. 


And looks back without remorse. 


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