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
The 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.
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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A 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
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.
Watch a grizzly bear chew (but not swallow) wildlife photographer Chris Weston's GoPro!
This is Peanut, winner of the 26th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest held in Petaluma, California. (KTVU)
Maggie Koerth-Baker on how protecting endangered species has taught us something about eradicating invasive ones.
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This scene always makes me cry. [via d0gbl0g.tumblr.com]
"Julieta," a photo by Boing Boing reader Marcello Horta, shared in our Flickr Pool.
[Video Link] This is an old internet gem, but it's still fabulous. More possum care tips: mepearl.com. Below, a delightful classic we've shared before, well worth watching: Possum Eating Strawberries.
A deer that seemingly fell from the sky smashed a woman's minivan as she drove along a Chicago highway; turns out, it actually leapt from an overpass, according to the Associated Press.
Derek Powazek has a lovely photo-essay on his blog about meeting baby goats in Lompoc, California. "The Kids are Alright." [Photo: Derek Powazek]