Box full of abandoned guinea pigs found


If you're in central Missouri and have been thinking about fostering a guinea pig, now's your time.

From KQFX, Missouri:

A Good Samaritan rescued the animals after discovering them next to a dry creek bed near Andrew Sapp Road outside Ashland.

They were very malnourished, dehydrated and showed signs of hair loss. Staff provided them with clean water and fresh food, including kale and carrots. One died on Sunday.

Seven young adults and five one-week old pups remain. After they recover, the agency will put them up for adoption.

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Endangered and beloved Sumatran elephant Yongki killed in apparent ivory poaching

Yongki the Sumatran elephant was found dead in his enclosure. Photo: Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

There may be as few as 2400 Sumatran elephants still alive on the planet. One of their tame brethren, who worked with humans to protect wild ones from being killed, was killed on Friday--apparently for his tusks. Indonesian authorities today described the incident as a “murder and a theft,” and called for a criminal investigation. Read the rest

Scientists discover that giraffes "hum" at night


Giraffes aren't known for their vocalizations, a limitation thought to be caused by their long necks, but biologists have know determined that they do "hum" at night. According to cognitive biologist Angela Stöger at the University of Vienna, the animals produce a low frequency hum with "a complex acoustic structure." Hear it below!

"It could be passively produced – like snoring – or produced during a dream-like state – like humans talking or dogs barking in their sleep,” Stöger told New Scientist.

Stöger adds that the hum could also be how giraffes communicate with each other when it's too dark to see.

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What mentally ill animals can teach humans

An increasing amount of scientific evidence suggests that animals, from chimpanzees to coyotes to parrots, can suffer from the same mental illnesses as humans. Understanding the biology behind animal depression, OCD, and PTSD could provide insight into why people suffer from mental illness and how these conditions evolved. From BBC Earth:

In a 2011 study, scientists found signs of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in chimpanzees that had been used in laboratory research, orphaned, trapped by snares, or been part of illegal trade.

Stressful events can even leave marks on animals' genes. In 2014, researchers found that African grey parrots that were housed alone suffered more genetic damage than parrots that were housed in pairs...

"All you can do with animals is to observe them," says (University of Mississippi neurogenetics researcher Eric) Vallender. "Imagine if you could study mental disorders in humans only by observing them. It would be really hard to tell what's going on in their brain."

Faced with these obstacles, scientists have begun looking at animals' genes.

"A lot of mental disorders can be quite different. But what we do know is that they have a very, very strong genetic component to them," says Jess Nithianantharajah of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia.

All mental disorders, from depression to schizophrenia, involve abnormal behaviours. Those behaviours are influenced by genes just like other behaviours.

So the idea is to identify genes that can cause abnormal behaviours in humans and other animals. By tracing the origins of these genes, we can trace the origins of mental disorders.

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Puppy caught eating paper decides killing witness is only way out

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Small but fierce.

[Chest-Bump, Vine]

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Seal surfs on whale's back

Robyn Malcolm captured this wonderful photo of a fur seal surfing on a humpback whale off Eden, Australia.

"We'd seen some amazing whales coming out of the water, everything was happening so quickly," Malcolm told the Sydney Morning Herald. "And it was when I went back through the photos that I realised I had actually captured the seal on top of the whale."

Geoff Ross, a whale expert at New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service said the only other time he'd heard of this happening is when a seal was attempting to escape an orca. Read the rest

Watch a breaching whale almost land right on kayakers


Humpback whales doing what they do, off Moss Landing, California. They kayakers were fine. From the YouTube post:

On our 08:00 am Sanctuary Cruises whale tour, just outside the harbor in Moss Landing, two kayakers on a tandam kayak were almost crushed to death by a massive, near full-size humpback whale. We stopped to see a large aggregation of humpbacks feeding and carrying on with random acts of hijinks. There were also a lot of kayakers right in the middle of it all. Humpbacks were coming up next to and in the middle of many kayakers. It was amusing. It's all fun and games until someone gets jumped on. The next thing we knew, this thing launched right on top of these two kayakers. That was heavy. The video was shot by Sanctuary Cruises passenger Larry Plants.

More: "Humpback whale breaches on top of kayakers in Moss Landing" (KSBW)

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10 photos of dogs that sure do look funny floating mid-air

Pups of various breeds lurch, flop, and float through the air in German photographer Julia Christe's wonderful “Freestyle Series.”

Why snoozing puppies twitch cutely and other facts about animal sleep


Walruses sleep in a big pile. Hippos bob to the surface to take a breath and then sink back underwater. Read the rest

This cat is adorably psycho

Cats have a million different ways of being pissed off. This is one we hadn't seen before.

Coyote/Golden Retriever mix dog adopts 10 baby chicks

“They showed up in our yard one morning and it was love at first sight,” the YouTube uploader says of this sweet video.

Adorable tiny baby ducklings love taking a bath with patient capybara


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World's fastest tortoise


Bertie the tortoise broke the world record for the fastest animal in his species, moving at .28 meters/second, beating a tortoise named Charlie's 1977 record of .125 meters/second. Meet Bertie in the video below, celebrating his entry into the new Guinness World Records book.

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Hungry deer caught munching marijuana plants at Oregon farm

Oh, deer.
Oh, deer. Someone has a bad case of the munchies.

Tiny fluffball dog teaches working ranch dog pups how to herd sheep

Watch this Pekingese show not only this sheep but two other dogs who's boss.

Possibly drunk or high bear tries to scratch back on tree, misses repeatedly, is hilarious

We'll have what he's having.

Bulldog likes going on the boat, but absolutely hates his life-vest


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