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Firefighters Save Baby Hamsters With Teeny 'Oxygen Masks' 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The recent rescue of a hamster family by firefighters in Lacey, Washington, just goes to show that good things sometimes come in tiny packages. Called to a local mobile home on Sept. 26 to put out a fire, which apparently began in the laundry room , the Lacey crew first beat back the flames and then set about saving the hamster family they found in the living room. (Story continues below.) Lacey firefighter Eric Bamer cradles one of the hamsters in his palm as he holds a breathing tube steady. Once safely outside, the firefighters administered oxygen to the family via breathing tubes , which pressed up against the hamsters' noses like teeny, tiny oxygen masks. All but one of the five hamsters survived. The hamsters were then returned to their human family. Firefighters snake hoses outside the still-smoking home. "As a matter of fact, the owner carried one of them inside her shirt pocket while we were finishing overhaul of the fire and caring for the babies. ... The two adults and two remaining babies ...
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Humans To Blame For Major Decline In Wildlife Populations, WWF Report Finds 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
GENEVA (AP) — About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups. The study Tuesday from the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to nature for a 52 percent decline in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2010. It says improved methods of measuring populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles explain the huge difference from the 28-percent decline between 1970 and 2008 that the group reported in 2012. Most of the new losses were found in tropical regions, particularly Latin America. WWF describes the study it has carried out every two years since 1998 as a barometer of the state of the planet. "There is no room for complacency," said WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini, calling for a greater focus on sustainable solutions to the impact people are inflicting on nature, particularly through the release of greenhouse gases. The ...
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The Bigger The Tusk, The Sexier The Narwhal 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It turns out that size does matter. For narwhals, anyway. A new study of the Arctic whale affectionately called the "unicorn of the sea" suggests that the tusk of the male narwhal plays a key role in attracting females. The study, which analyzed anatomical measurements of 144 narwhals , demonstrated a "significant relationship" between the length of a narwhal's tusk -- actually a protruding canine tooth -- and the size of its testicles. In short, the study showed that the bigger the tooth, the bigger the testicles -- and, presumably, the greater the animal's fertility. So just as peacocks with big, beautiful tails are more attractive to peahens , male narwhals with big tusks may be more attractive to female narwhals, the researchers said. But the narwhal's iconic tusk isn't just about turning on the opposite sex. Narwhals have also been known to use their tusks to fight other males. And as Science magazine noted, it's been speculated that the narwhal tusk may be an ice breaker or a tool for foraging as ...
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The Most Canadian Reason Not To Deliver A Package: 'Bear At Door' 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"And if I could just have your claw mark here, indicating receipt of the package?" So might go a conversation with a postman in Canada, who left this note at a house in British Columbia in lieu of a package to explain why the parcel couldn't be delivered: "Bear at Door." Ok, fair enough @canadapostcorp that’s a decent reason to not drop the package off at my door. pic.twitter.com/ykAldpWpEP The courier left the note at the man's postal box up the street -- far away from his door. Judging by the original tweet, the parcel's recipient didn't fault the courier for the delayed delivery. But a follow-up tweet from Canada Post indicates they're looking into the matter further: @IamFane Would you be able to provide your exact location via DM? We would like to investigate. — Canada Post (@canadapostcorp) September 24, 2014 While Canadian postal workers contend with bears, and their American couriers remain vigilant for dogs , their British counterparts have also been known to encounter odd animals of their ...
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Women Find Python In Trunk Of Rental Car 25.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Police say two women opened the trunk of their rental car to retrieve their luggage and were greeted by a snake.

The women drove the rental car from Boston to Kennebunk, Maine, where they discovered the ball python Wednesday night and called police. The snake was turned over to the Maine Warden Service on Thursday and was being transported to the Center for Wildlife in York.

Ball pythons generally grow to 3 to 5 feet long and aren't considered dangerous. The ball python is a common pet snake, but authorities say it's unclear why the snake was in the vehicle.

Kennebunk Deputy Police Chief Dan Jones tells the Portland Press Herald that the women wanted a new rental car even after the snake was removed.
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Sorry, Kids, You Might Never See These 10 American Species 24.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Ten things in nature that could vanish before your kids see them 24.9.2014 Washington Post
In their losing battle with television and digital devices, conservationists have urged parents to get the kiddies to the great outdoors . But even if parents managed to pull their children away from cellphones, what would they find in America's ...
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Coyotes Respond To Man's Coyote Call, And Everyone Is Scared 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A video showing a man practicing a coyote call (and getting a very noisy response) has gone viral this week, and it seems to be freaking everyone out.

"Blood-chilling" is how one Redditor described the clip. "Scary as hell," quipped a YouTuber.

Humans typically pose more of a threat to coyotes than they do to us. Nonetheless, this video may still give you nightmares.

You've been warned.
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Skunk With Head Stuck In Beer Can Rescued In Ohio 17.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in southwestern Ohio.

Oxford police said a resident called them about the skunk's predicament on Sunday. Police found the animal banging around trying to get the can off and running into shrubs. Skunks are known for the offensive spray they can emit when threatened. But Sgt. Jon Varley says an animal control officer was able to free the skunk without getting sprayed

The animal was then released.

Varley says police in the city about an hour's drive northwest of Cincinnati have received calls before about skunks and other wild animals. But he says this was the first one he knew of that had to be rescued from a beer can.
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Rare Victory Against Poachers In Mozambique As Country Fights To Save Species 14.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The recent arrests of six suspected poachers on a vast wildlife reserve in Mozambique are seen by conservationists as rare good news in a country where elephants and other species are under extreme threat. The poaching ring had been operating in the Niassa National Reserve, which is twice the size of South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park, where the rhino population has been hit hard by poachers, many of whom cross over from Mozambique. The Sept. 7 detentions in the southern African nation followed nearly a year of investigative work, illustrating the challenges of policing rugged areas where armed poachers hike on expeditions that often last two weeks and sometimes kill elephants with single shots targeting vital organs. Some 200 scouts supported by a spotter plane and intermittent helicopter flights work in Niassa, an area of 42,000 square kilometers (16,200 square miles) that is home to about two-thirds of Mozambique's elephants. Park managers have ruled out using aerial ...
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Agitated Woman Threatens To Poop On Property Of Lazy Dog Owners 12.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There's an old saying: You have to fight fire with fire. A woman in Los Angeles is threatening to take the same approach with lazy dog owners -- except she's using poop instead of flames. Annie Preece, a street artist and muralist, is so angry at neighbors who let their canines defecate on her yard that she's posted a public warning to anyone who doesn't clean up after their pet, according to BigNewsNetwork.com The cardboard sign she posted says that Preece will "personally follow you back to your home, wait until you get inside, pull down my pants and take a huge dump on your doorstep and on the windshield of your car." The sign posted at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue has gotten a positive reaction from her neighbors. The full text of her nasty note follows: “To the person who lets their dog poop on our lawn and doesn’t clean it up: First of all, it’s beyond rude. We live here and pay a lot of money to live here and it’s not a toilet. Secondly, if you can’t pick up your dog’s ...
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Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish Comes One Step Closer to Fracking 10.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Rare Pygmy Hippo Named Olivia Born In Swedish Zoo 10.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sweden's Parken Zoo has officially welcomed a new addition to its hippopotamus family. Olivia, a rare pygmy hippo, was born at just 13 pounds this past August as part of an international breeding program. The cute baby hippo has been befittingly dubbed the "Michelin Man" due to her striking resemblance to the Bibendum character. Pygmy hippos, which usually grow to about half the size of a common hippopotamus, are a seriously endangered species that are native to West Africa. There are likely only a few thousand pygmy hippos left in the wild. Those who are looking forward to paying Olivia a visit in Sweden must act fast. As soon as she celebrates her second birthday, she'll be shipped off to another European zoo. Check out more of baby hippo Olivia in the clip ...
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More Than Half Of North American Birds In Trouble Thanks To Climate Change 9.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the world gets warmer, the Baltimore oriole will no longer be found in Maryland. The Mississippi kite will move north, east and pretty much out of its namesake state. And the California gull will mostly be a summer stranger to the Golden State. Those are among the conclusions in a new National Audubon Society report that looks at the potential effects of global warming on birds by the year 2080. "This will spell trouble for most birds," said Gary Langham, the society's chief scientist and vice president. Over the next six decades or so, the critical ranges of more than half the 588 North American bird species will either shrink significantly or move into uncharted territory for the animal, according to Langham's analysis. While other studies have made similar pronouncements, this report gives the most comprehensive projections of what is likely to happen to America's birds. The report says that in a few decades, 126 bird species will end up with a much smaller area to live in, which ...
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California Blue Whales Recover From Whaling, Study Finds 7.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new analysis suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1lOfXru) there are about 2,200 blue whales swimming on the eastern side of the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico up into Alaska. Researchers previously assumed that the pre-whaling population was higher than that. However, researchers at the University of Washington, using historical data to estimate the number of whales caught between 1905 and 1971 — when whaling became illegal — said the current population is 97 percent as large as it was before 1905. "For us, this is a great conservation success story," said Cole Monnahan, a lead author of the paper published Friday in the journal Marine Mammal Science. "We caught way too many whales from this population. But when we left them alone, they recovered." Blue whales are found throughout the world. But for this study, the ...
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Gaze into the body of a gorgeous glass frog 6.9.2014 TreeHugger
Nature blows my mind! These frogs have transparent skin.
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An Ode To The Faithful Clownfish, Which May Soon Be Listed As Endangered 5.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Good luck finding Nemo. The National Marine Fisheries Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considering adding the orange clownfish to the endangered species list as coral reefs remain besieged by climate change. Threats including ocean acidification and warming temperatures , as well as overfishing by the aquarium industry, have ravaged populations of Pixar's favorite orange fish. The agencies are now seeking public comment as to whether these and seven other species of reef fish should be subject to the country's highest form of wildlife protection . So we wanted to send a shout out to all those, albeit few, remaining orange clownfish; different from some other species of clownfish and differentiated by their three white lines and fins tipped in black, like this: The little guys make their homes in certain types of sea anemones and work in a symbiotic relationship, living among the stinging polyps in exchange for keeping them clean and helping the anemones breathe . The ...
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Ram Attacks Drone (VIDEO) 4.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A drone pilot paid the price for getting a very close look at a ram on the countryside of New Zealand. The clip shows a black wooly ram charging at a camera that is buzzing around it. After a cut in the footage, the drone pilot is shown retrieving his downed drone and that's when the ram tries exacting some revenge on the annoying device. In a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday, user "Buddhanz1" wrote that "I was looking for the angry ram with my fpv quadcopter. I got a bit close & he managed to hit it knocking it into a bush, luckily no harm done. When I went to retrieve it he followed me, I had my hands full so he got me pretty good." As Motherboard notes, the pilot is pretty much harassing the ram, so it's easy to expect a reaction from the wild animal. "Suddenly, observation looks more like harassment," Motherboard writes. "Can you blame Angry Ram for, well, being a ram and charging YouTube user Buddhanz1's quadcopter?" At any rate, it's just another sign of the ...
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Hawaii Tropical Fish Collector Denies Attacking Scuba Diving Conservationist 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Karin Stanton KONA, Hawaii, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A Hawaii man who collects tropical fish for aquariums pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a criminal charge stemming from an unusual underwater scuffle in which he is accused of ripping the breathing apparatus from the mouth of another scuba diver. The defendant, Jay Lovell, also asked that the case against him be heard by a jury trial, which a state circuit court judge scheduled to begin next Thursday in the city of Kona on Hawaii's Big Island. His plea of not guilty was entered during an arraignment before Judge Ronald Ibarra that lasted just a few minutes. Rene Umberger, 53, director of a coral reef conservation group called For the Fishes, has accused Lovell of attacking her at a depth of 50 feet while she and others in her group were videotaping Lovell and another diver collecting fish. She said Lovell swam rapidly toward her and ripped the scuba regulator out of her mouth without provocation. She managed to reinsert the mouthpiece within ...
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'Unprecedented' Turnaround For Nearly Two Dozen Fish Species Now Deemed Sustainable 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen species of fish have been deemed sustainable seafood options once again after rampant overfishing left areas off the U.S. West Coast devastated, a marine watchdog group said on Tuesday. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program upgraded the status of 21 species of bottom-dwelling fish, including varieties of sole, rockfish and sablefish, to "best choice" or "good alternative" from the group's "avoid" classification. The designations allow consumers, restaurants and seafood retailers to be confident in the sustainability of the once over-harvested species. The change comes after fishing grounds off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington state were declared an economic disaster by the federal government in 2000. Overfishing in those areas brought some species to dangerously low levels and caused fishing income to drop sharply. "The turnaround in such a short time is unprecedented," said Jennifer Kemmerly, director of the Seafood Watch ...
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