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Natural trap in Wyoming yields important ancient animal remains

Excavations taking place in Natural Trap Cave Photo: Bureau of Land Management

This is so exciting! Animal misfortune 20,000 years ago is a scientific bonanza today. Treasure trove of prehistoric animal remains discovered – CNN.com. Scientists descended into a deep cave, hoping to find Ice Age mammals’ remains. What they found stunned them: the remains of hundreds of big prehistoric mammals. The treasure trove was discovered in…

Did officials cover up an anaconda on the loose in NJ? (UPDATE: No evidence of snake)

Green anaconda - suspected to be the type on the loose in New Jersey

It looks like they did. Not helpful. But see update below. Reptile Expert: Snake On Loose In NJ Actually An Anaconda « CBS New York. A reptile specialist leading the search for a snake on the loose in Lake Hopatcong now says it is a green anaconda, not a boa constrictor, as officials had maintained.…

Cryptozoogical mystery in NYC solved!

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Well, this is interesting. A fisher is spotted in the Bronx. That was unexpected! Mystery Solved For Strange Animal Found Scurrying Around The Bronx. For months, a weird unidentified animal has been spotted roaming the streets of one neighborhood in the Bronx. The animal has been scurrying at night, and spooking people during the day…

Dolphins signaled researchers to aid in unexpected rescue

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A very interesting story about dolphin behavior from researchers. One day, a research team was following a school of bottlenose dolphins in the waters off Los Angeles, California. Then, something unexpected happened. Dolphins Guide Scientists to Rescue Suicidal Girl – News Watch. The dolphins were still feeding in circle near shore, when suddenly, one individual…

Chupacabra (mangey raccoon) killed in North Carolina

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Don’t tell the finder that it’s not the legendary monster chupacabra. Because he KNOWS it is. It exists, he says. Did elusive chupacabra attack farmer’s cows? Wildlife experts suspect sickly raccoon – Your Daily Journal – yourdailyjournal.com. After the disappearance of two goats, evidence of attacks on his cows and some mysterious late-night howls, James…

They aren’t flying monkeys but getting pretty close

Photo credit: Chinese Air Force Network/Ministry of National Defense

Many animals have been recruited to use in military applications. China now has a crew of monkeys. It’s just a small step from dispatching birds… They’re fierce, furry and ready to protect China. The People’s Liberation Army revealed Monday that it has trained a small unit of macaque monkeys to protect a northern air force…

A helping fin

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What should we think about this? A swimmer says that upon seeing a shark around him, a pod of dolphins appeared to “protect” him. Dolphins Protect Long-Distance Swimmer From Great White Shark. Walker found himself swimming New Zealand’s Cook Strait as a part of the Oceans Seven mission. The British open-water swimmer hopes to be…

UK police get calls for cats

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17 reports in three counties in 3 years in an area that does not have [officially] large non-native cats. Calls to police reveal North East big cat epidemic…if you believe them – Chronicle Live. Freedom of Information requests showed officers have looked into 17 reports of big cats in Cleveland, Northumbria and County Durham since…

Use of acupunture appeared to work on injured owl

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Another case of animal acupuncture that shows no proof that it actually worked. Animal rescue center tries ‘OWLcupuncture’ to heal wounded bird – KATV. A Central Arkansas rescue organization is using an unconventional treatment to get an injured owl back on her feet. “We take these animals that have human-caused injuries, and when there is…

Stop eating and using pangolins

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We’ve posted before on Doubtful News how the pangolin – scaly anteater – is killed and used for Traditional Chinese Medicine preparations and for consumption. A single animal may bring $7000 on the black market. It is facing extinction thanks to its unusual characteristics. BBC Nature – ‘Shocking’ scale of pangolin smuggling revealed. Official records show…

Animals see far more than we do regarding power lines

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Why did the herd not cross under the power lines? They may look pretty scary. Animals see power lines as glowing, flashing bands, research reveals. Power lines are seen as glowing and flashing bands across the sky by many animals, research has revealed. The work suggests that the pylons and wires that stretch across many…