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We just discovered 'badass snails' and an asshole bug that eats its mom from the inside out

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Wired writer Matt Simon writes about weird animals.

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Watch ibex herds use a near-vertical dam as a salt lick

Lake Cingino in the Italian Alps has a near-vertical dam that attracts ibex herds, who climb out on the dam hundred of feet up to lick minerals from the rocks. More acrophobia-inducing footage below:

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The best response is always the Flehmen response

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Many lolcats and other memes use images of animals displaying the Flehmen response. Because we tend to anthropomorphize animals, we associate this response with similar hilarious human facial expressions. But what is it?

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Falcon dive-bombs ducks

Peregrine falcons specialize in eating other birds. Sometimes they even prey on birds larger than themselves. With dive speeds of over 200 mph, it wouldn't be a pleasant experience to get hit by one of these aerial predators, and the pintail ducks in the video seem to agree. [Video Link]

Zombie-killing animal of the week: Alligators

With some beasties -- birds, bugs, bacteria -- it's easy to dismiss their zombie-killing powers simple by adjusting the zombie scenario at hand. Alligators, however, are another thing entirely.

"Once almost totally wiped out, alligators are now numerous due to protections under the Endangered Species Act," says David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation. "Any zombie that lumbered into fresh water ponds, lakes streams or swamps would likely fall prey to them, who, with their extremely powerful bite, would feast on zombie flesh. "

Animals eating the zombies is contingent upon the continued existence of animals. Support the National Wildlife Federation to make sure they're around, when the next major outbreak occurs, to make the zombie apocalypse an effortless breeze for mankind.

Check back next week to see how another type of beast would deal with The Walking Dead.

Sleepy red panda takes a nap

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A photo by Boing Boing reader John Sonderman shot at Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, NY, and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Fox falls down chimney, tears up pub

Sooty pawprints convinced bartender Tim Carter that's how the creature got in, but it was in no hurry to leave: "He seemed quite happy in the pub. It didn't want to leave but we got him out."

Missing parrot returns speaking Spanish

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When Nigel, an African grey parrot who was missing for four years, was reunited with his caretaker, the bird was chattering in Spanish, not the British accent he had when he disappeared. (The Daily Breeze)

Pakistan's scorpion hunters

In Pakistan, a black scorpion weighing 60 grams sells for around $50,000 to medical researchers. Al Jazeera's Maham Javaid investigates the country's scorpion trade and its possible harm to the country's ecosystem. From Al Jazeera:

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Shahid and Sohail, two friends who grew up together in a housing colony in Sindh province's Thatta district, have never been scared of the scorpion's venomous sting.

"As teenagers, we caught and killed scorpions as a game," Sohail told Al Jazeera. "Last year we found out that if we caught a live one, we could be instant millionaires."

On the hottest nights of the year, these hunters search for the nocturnal creatures in the 200-hectare dry forest behind their colony. Scorpions hibernate in cold weather, so Sohail says it is easier to catch them when it's hot.

Their broker, Faraz, is constantly in contact with other brokers who can sell the scorpion to foreign companies for thousands of dollars.

"I spend all my spare time connecting scorpion buyers with sellers," Faraz, who also works at Karachi Port Trust, told Al Jazeera. "When a big deal goes through, it will be like winning the lottery."

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Tangled Fox cub rescued, massaged

"I'm quite surprised how cute he is". [via Arbroath.] nma

Jane Goodall talks about viral animal videos

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"I think they’re really important in connecting heart and head. On the one hand you’ve got the science out there now that shows that animals do have personalities, minds and feelings; On the other hand you are seeing animals face-to-face in these YouTubes."

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Do animals cry?

Maria Konnikova on the appearance and the authenticity of emotion in the animal kingdom–and how we can use science to explore it.

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National Geographic's first wildlife photos

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The July 1906 issue of National Geographic featured the magazine's first wildlife photos, night shots by George Shiras III. Two of the National Geographic Society board members were infuriated, arguing that the magazine was becoming a "picture book."

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Deer on Golden Gate Bridge

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During Friday rush hour, a pair of deer trotted across the Golden Bate Bridge from San Francisco toward Marin. I hope they have FasTrak for the commute back.

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How to summon deer

Deer at Nara Park in Japan are brought to feeding time with a horn. [Arbroath]

Meet the newborn 'miracle baby' panda triplets

A newborn giant panda cub, one of the triplets which were born to giant panda Juxiao, is seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou

These are the first publicly available photographs of newborn giant panda triplets born to giant panda Juxiao inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China.

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Bright golden bat

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Named after King Midas, the Myotis midastactus golden bat that calls Bolivia's tropical savanna home was recently determined to be its own unusual species.

“Apparently it isn’t related to camouflage, because two other species of Myotis that occur in the same area are consistently darker and use similar [daytime] roosts,” Oswaldo Crus Foundation wildlife biologist Ricardo Moratelli told National Geographic.

The bat's curious coloring may be a result of its particular insect diet.

German shepherd cares for cougar cubs in Russian zoo

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These photos are a few years old, but worth re-sharing for Daily Squee Value.

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Mother and daughter humpback whale, a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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Mother and daughter humpback whale. A photo captured and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Christopher Michel.

Monkey-masked men hired by Indian officials

New Delhi government officials have hired 40 young men to wear monkey masks and jump around outside the parliament buildings in an attempt to scare off macaques wreaking havoc on the grounds. From the AFP:

imagesThe NDMC, the body tasked with providing civic services, said the men were “very talented” and had been trained to “closely copy” the noises and actions of the more aggressive langurs to scare away the smaller rhesus macaques.

“They often wear a mask on their faces, hide behind the trees and make these noises to scare away the simians,” NDMC chairman Jalaj Srivastava told AFP.

The limits of animal life on Tatooine

Maggie Koerth-Baker on why the megafauna of George Lucas’ parched desert world makes no sense. It’s not the dry heat that’s the problem; it’s the food supply.

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Cop shoots aggressive tortoise

UWEC enfudeA Ugandan police officer enjoying a cup of tea at home shot and killed a tortoise because it "became very aggressive" and "violent," according to the BBC News.

Kitty sees you

This fantastic footage of a curious Pallas's Cat was taken last year in a zoo in England (I love the shot at :21.)

There's a lot of misinformation flitting about the Internet in relation to this video, so you should really read the great write up on it by Matthew Cobb at the Why Evolution is True blog. He tracked down the fact that the video comes from a zoo and not (as has been widely reported) from camera traps in Nepal.

There are, however, images of Pallas's Cats in Nepal that were taken by a camera trap. Here's one of a Pallas's Cat, apparently attempting to use the bathroom in peace and quiet only to be rudely interrupted by a camera flash.

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Video: grizzly bear chews (but doesn't swallow) a GoPro

Watch a grizzly bear chew (but not swallow) wildlife photographer Chris Weston's GoPro!

Winner of 2014 World's Ugliest Dog Contest

This is Peanut, winner of the 26th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest held in Petaluma, California. (KTVU)

The Gypsy Moth and the threshold of extinction

Maggie Koerth-Baker on how protecting endangered species has taught us something about eradicating invasive ones.

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Heartbreaking cinematic dog monologue

This scene always makes me cry. [via d0gbl0g.tumblr.com]

Julieta's at the wheel, a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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"Julieta," a photo by Boing Boing reader Marcello Horta, shared in our Flickr Pool.

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