Posts Tagged ‘Baby Animals’

Baby crocs start chatting even before they hatch

June 23, 2008

Baby crocodiles start chatting to one another and to their mothers just before they hatch, perhaps signaling that it is time to be born, French researchers reported on Monday.

The little crocs make an “umph! umph! umph!” sound right before they hatch, Amelie Vergne and Nicolas Mathevon of Universite Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne, France reported.

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Puppy born without front legs now uses model airplane wheels to get around

June 23, 2008

This tiny puppy may have been born without front legs but there’s no way that is holding her back.

Hope, the appropriately named two-legged Maltese puppy gets around by using a specially-designed device which features wheels from a model aeroplane.

The energetic pup uses her hind legs to boost her body forward onto her chest and operate the wheeled prosthetic limbs.

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Puppy-throwing Marine is removed from Corps

June 16, 2008

A U.S. Marine videotaped throwing a puppy over a cliff while on patrol in Iraq has been kicked out of the Corps, and a second Marine involved has been disciplined, according to a statement released by the Marines.

Lance Cpl. David Motari, based in Hawaii with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, is being “processed for separation” and received non-judicial punishment, officials said in the statement Wednesday night. The Marine Corps would not specify what that punishment was because of privacy regulations.

The statement said Motari received the punishment for his role in the “episode which generated international attention.”

The incident appeared on the Internet web site YouTube in March, sparking outrage from animal rights groups around the world.

In the video, Motari is seen throwing the dog off a cliff as it yelps.

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Siegfried and Roy welcome new tiger cubs to Vegas habitat

June 13, 2008

Siegfried and Roy might want to move the good furniture into storage for a while.

The famed illusionists welcomed five new tiger cubs to their exotic habitat on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, a move Siegfried Fischbacher said would be therapeutic for Roy Horn, who was critically injured when he was mauled by a 380-pound white Bengal tiger onstage in 2003.

“That gives him a reason to get up in the morning,” Fischbacher said.

Horn did not answer questions from reporters but played with the small tigers, holding them for the cameras, kissing them and nibbling on one’s small ear. The playful, 15-pound, 6-week old cubs were brought to Las Vegas three weeks ago to be part of the longtime duo’s animal breeding program.

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Genome Of 150 Different Avian Influenza Viruses Released

June 11, 2008

The complete genetic coding sequences of 150 different avian influenza viruses were recently released by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and government, industry and university collaborators. The information improves scientific understanding of avian influenza, a virus that mainly infects birds but that can also infect humans.

“This is a major milestone in avian influenza research,” said David Suarez, research leader of the Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research Unit at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) operated at Athens, Ga., by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). ARS is the chief intramural scientific research agency of USDA. Suarez oversees the ARS avian influenza virus repository at SEPRL.

“This sequence information, deciphered by our large team, will help researchers better understand virus biology and improve diagnostic tests for avian influenza viruses,” Suarez added.

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Eight calves born in Britain from cloned cow

June 11, 2008

Eight calves have been born in Britain to a single cloned cow, it has been disclosed.

The cattle – four cows and four bulls – were produced in the Midlands using embryos flown in from America and placed in surrogate mothers.

Four of the calves were born at Smiddiehill Holsteins in Albrighton, Shropshire but the herd has since been broken up.

Two of these, Dundee Paradise and Dundee Paratrooper, were put up for auction in Bristol earlier this year, prompting claims from critics that dairy products could end up in the food chain. They were later withdrawn from sale.

Although none of the eight calves is a clone, the process was used to produce their mother in America from cells taken from the ear of a milking cow.

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Baby gorilla good news for Calgary zoo

May 23, 2008

Zuri the gorilla delivered some much-needed good publicity for the Calgary Zoo yesterday: a new baby.

After a week during which the zoo has made headlines across the country over the mysterious deaths of 40 rays, Zuri’s little bundle of joy was welcome news.

The birth was especially good news for Zuri, a Western Lowland gorilla who suffered the loss of a previous baby in August 2006. That infant gorilla lived only 12 days because Zuri’s half-sister took the baby from her, but had no milk to nurse it.

Back then, Zuri was the lowest-ranking gorilla in the troop and lacked the confidence to grab her child back.

Now, it’s an entirely different story.

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May 19, 2008

This is the time of year when baby animals are being born across the wilderness – and is also the season when the Idaho Department of Fish and Game receives dozens of animals from people who believe they have rescued them. Fish and Game officials say it’s essential the public realizes the best place for baby animals is with their mothers in the great outdoors.

[…] Fish and Game officials say if you see baby animal alone you should leave them where they are because most of the time their mother is nearby and is probably out in search of food.

Jennifer Jackson, Department of Fish and Game: “Most often times baby animals have not been abandoned or orphaned or lost. Mom knows exactly where they are and she’ll come back and check on them periodically.”

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Sealers accused of skinning animals before ensuring death

May 14, 2008

Four sealers are facing charges in Newfoundland courts for failing to properly check if the seals they shot were actually dead before they were skinned.

Federal Fisheries Department spokesman Jerry Walsh says 17 charges have been laid against the four men for allegedly violating seal hunt rules in April 2007.

The sealers have yet to appear before the courts, and their names and hometowns weren’t released.

The sealers are being charged under a section of the marine mammal regulation dealing with the type of weapons used to kill the seal, and a so-called blink test that sealers are required to carry out before skinning the mammal.

The rule requires the sealers to touch the seal’s eyes after it is shot to ensure that it is dead.

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PHOTOS: Panda Bear Cub’s Growth

May 12, 2008

An amazing series of photographs documenting the first three months of a cute panda bear’s growth.

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“Virtual Nature” Raises Concerns For Conservation

May 8, 2008

Biologists have found that in addition to promoting an unhealthy lifestyle, the rising use of video games correlates with a reduction in outdoor nature experiences, and experiencing only “virtual nature” has negative implications for conservation efforts.

Intrepid nature photographers now use high-definition photography to bring unparalleled images of wildlife and a “you-are-there” experience approaching virtual reality to the viewer. It can be at once informative, thrilling and terrifying — and all from the comfort of your easy-chair or sofa.

While such video gives the public a view of nature never before seen, two biologists warn this technological wonder represents a proverbial double-edge sword.

“Virtual nature, defined as nature experienced vicariously through electronic means, has potential benefits particularly for children dependent on adults for access to many natural areas … yet virtual nature appears to directly compete with time previously allocated to more beneficial, direct contact with the outdoors,” write biologists Oliver Pergams and Patricia Zaradic in the Spring 2007 issue of the Journal of Developmental Processes.

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In accordance with the data presented in this article, I, Kitty Mowmow, am hereby advising you to supplement your Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo viewing time (oooooh, look at all the pretty animal pictures and nifty articles!) with genuine contact with nature and non-human members of the animal kingdom.

So go for a walk, play in the mud, climb a tree, sit in a field, and pat a cow on the head.  And after you’re breathless with the thrill of a tactile experience with nature, you can thank me for my magnanimous suggestion. ;D

-Kitty Mowmow

The baby monkey that thinks its mommy is a teddy bear

May 7, 2008

This little monkey is missing her mummy so to make sure she’s not losing out zoo keepers have given her a teddy bear to cuddle.

Conchita is a three-week-old white-naped mangabey monkey who is being hand-reared at London Zoo.

The tiny primate keeps hold of her teddy bear companion while her mother recovers from a caesarean.

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Birds Babble Like Babies

May 5, 2008

Baby birds are like baby humans on at least one score: they both babble. But as songbirds grow up, they make the switch from babbling to singing by flipping to a different brain circuit, new research finds, suggesting a new view of human infant behavior.

We should toss out the idea that babbling is an undeveloped adult behavior, said study leader Dmitriy Aronov of MIT. “Maybe we should think of these behaviors as being the presence of exploration … of creativity,” he told LiveScience.

Some scientists have thought that a single brain pathway matures to produce song in birds. In the study detailed in the May 2 issue of the journal Science, however, male zebra finches were found to use one circuit for babbling as juveniles and another for singing as adults.

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Thailand puppy rescue!

May 5, 2008

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Don’t Dare Call Them Pets; These ‘Monkids’ Are Raised As Children

May 5, 2008

Lori Johnson was lonely and depressed after her youngest son left home in 1992. She yearned for another child to love. So Johnson bought a baby monkey.

“She was a little, bitty, teeny thing staring up at me,” says Johnson, 58, who lives in Deltona, Fla., with her husband and Jessica Marie, a 5-pound capuchin she calls her daughter. “She was enough to steal anyone’s heart, she was.”

Like Johnson, there is a growing group of monkey lovers who pay big bucks to diaper and dote on their primates. Some even raise them as surrogate children.

Many self-described “monkey people” don’t dare call them pets. They are playfully referred to as “monkids” and reared in a world of pierced ears, monogrammed clothes, a seat at the dinner table and their own bedrooms.

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Captured on camera: The moment a baby antelope should have run… as hungry cheetah cubs learn to kill

May 2, 2008

This is the moment two cheetah cubs finally catch and kill an impala fawn as it desperately tried to run for its life.

These amazing photographs, taken in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, show the female cheetah demonstrating to her young the vital skill of how to hunt and kill.

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First baby camel born at Helsinki Zoo in 37 years

April 30, 2008

Seeing the baby camel at the Helsinki Zoo is a bewildering experience. Its eyes are beautiful, as if designed by Disney, but other than that it is all legs. The four-day-old camel foal is hairy, long-limbed, and clumsy.
When it squeaks, its mother, Selma, rises on her legs and walks over to the youngster. Staggering and occasionally falling, the foal seeks its way to its mother’s teats.

The father, 13-year-old Voodoo, looks at his family from behind a fence. “When the baby was born, the father stamped its feet. It was nervous”, explains the Helsinki Zoo veterinarian Eeva Rudbäck.
The family will be reunited in a couple of weeks’ time. The young has to learn to be quick to be able to flee in case its father loses his temper.

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World’s first cloned horse has foal

April 29, 2008

The world’s first cloned horse, Prometea, has had a foal

Pegaso, her son, is the first offspring of an equine clone confirms, once again, that cloned animals can grow and reproduce normally, giving rise to healthy offspring.

The name Prometea, a Haflinger mare, is a reference to Prometeo (Prometheus), who was punished for stealing fire from Olympus for the benefit of mankind.

She entered the history books in 2003 when she was unveiled as the world’s first horse clone, one that offered a way to preserve the genetic heritage of many exceptional horses whose genes are presently lost because champion geldings are castrated.

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VIDEO: Extremely Rare Lion Baby Born

April 9, 2008

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Spring keeps coming earlier for birds, bees, trees

March 19, 2008

Pollen is bursting. Critters are stirring. Buds are swelling. Biologists are worrying.

“The alarm clock that all the plants and animals are listening to is running too fast,” Stanford University biologist Terry Root said.

Blame global warming.

The fingerprints of man-made climate change are evident in seasonal timing changes for thousands of species on Earth, according to dozens of studies and last year’s authoritative report by the Nobel Prize-winning international climate scientists. More than 30 scientists told The Associated Press how global warming is affecting plants and animals at springtime across the country, in nearly every state.

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