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Really Buff Kangaroo Moves Into Brisbane Suburb, Flaunts Bulging Muscles 25.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An unusually buff kangaroo has made a suburb of Brisbane, Australia, his new home, and he's reportedly been intimidating and astounding his human neighbors with his massive muscles. Seven News Brisbane says the muscly marsupial has been spotted hanging out at the golf course in North Lakes, Queensland, among other areas. A resident named Linda Hellyer said she recently bumped into the brawny animal while walking her dogs. " He's very intimidating, he's a big boy ," Hellyer told the news outlet. "We turned the corner and old mate jumped out. He's very big and I don't want to take him on. He's got massive, massive muscles, big pecs and everything." The burly 'roo is said to be 6-foot-5 and is estimated to weigh almost 210 pounds . He also has a distinctive tear in his left ear. It's unclear, however, just how he got this tear. (We have some ideas though.) According to Reuters, smaller kangaroos are "a regular sight" in the Brisbane suburb, but " such a large animal ... is unusual ." Kangaroos are generally ...
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Celebrate Today - International Day for Biological Diversity! 22.5.2015 Environmental News Network
International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 is 22 May. The theme for the Day this year is “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”. More than 4,500 mammal, bird and amphibian species are currently deemed at risk of extinction. Not all species have been catalogued, so we do not know exactly how many we are losing each year, but a report recently published in the journal Natuesuggests that approximately 41 per cent of amphibian species, 26 per cent of mammal species and 13 per cent of bird species are likely to be lost in the near future. 
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Making Nice: A Battle Cry for Biological Diversity 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A few times a week for several months, I crossed paths with The Man Who Now Avoids Me. We first became acquainted through municipal government, then encountered each other on the trail in a local nature preserve. Whenever we chatted about native plants, I mentioned tidbits of information such as "native plants are the foundation of the food web" or "native habitat is essential for supporting ecosystem services." The Man - highly educated and monetarily successful - seemed to listen carefully. He usually asked a few questions before continuing on his way. I thought I was getting through. Then came our encounter not long after the World Wildlife Fund's 10th Living Planet Report . The Report's news wasn't good: Since 1970, 52% of the Earth's fish, mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles have been lost. As I walked in the nature preserve that day, I found it difficult to focus on anything else. With population pressure, drought, fragmented habitat, lack of wildlife corridors, and ever-more-frequent wild ...
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Walmart Asks Meat Producers To Treat Their Animals Better 22.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The world's biggest retailer is calling for more humane standards of animal welfare -- a moo-ve that advocates say could represent a major step toward the end of some farming practices thought of as especially cruel. In a statement released Friday , Walmart acknowledged the growing public concern for the humane treatment of farm animals, and outlined its new farm-animal welfare guidelines. Among them: that suppliers to Walmart and Sam’s Club should ensure their animals are free from hunger, thirst, discomfort, pain, injury, disease, fear and distress, and that they're able to " express normal behavior " and have access to "sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind." (These guidelines encompass what are known as the "five freedoms" of animal welfare .) The company said it's asking its deli, dairy and egg suppliers, as well as its suppliers of fresh and frozen meat, to get rid of pig gestation crates and other housing systems that keep animals confined to small enclosures, ...
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Aussie Sheep Station Under Fire For Cursing At Animals 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Get the flock out of here! The Boorungie Station sheep ranch in New South Wales, Australia, is facing accusations of animal abuse from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), not because of any physical abuse, but because employees used foul language around the animals. The allegations first came up last September when PETA filed a complaint with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' chapter in New South Wales. A PETA volunteer had been working undercover at Boorungie Station and provided footage of the alleged incidents, the Australian Broadcasting Company reports. Ken Turner, who operates Boorungie Station, told the network the complaint seems to suggest that his sheep had the ability to understand English -- even the bad words. "The allegation was that bad language was used by an employee on the property in front of the sheep, and that they could have been offended by the use of bad language," he said. The idea that animals can be offended by swearing may sound crazy, ...
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With Friends Like the Obama Administration, Endangered Species Don't Need Enemies 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From gray wolves to Cheat Mountain salamanders, the more than 1,500 endangered species in the U.S. face threats like never before. In addition to the ever-present threat of habitat loss caused by our growing footprint on the planet, species now face growing threats from climate change, invasive species, over-exploitation and pollution. Given the growing magnitude of threat to endangered species, one would think the Obama administration would pull out all the stops to save our precious wildlife heritage. Instead, the administration and its U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have quietly been rolling out a series of regulatory changes that threaten to cripple the Endangered Species Act, dramatic changes that would never have flown under the Bush administration. Here's a breakdown of those policies and why they matter: In July 2014, the administration finalized a policy first conceived under the Bush administration that severely limits when species qualify for endangered species protection. Under the Act, a ...
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Extremely Rare Hawaiian Monk Seal Dies In 'Perplexing' Propeller Accident 20.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A young Hawaiian monk seal, one of the world's most endangered species, was killed by a boat's propeller -- the first such accident in at least 20 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The year-old male was found dead last week on a beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, local news station KHON2 reported . A necropsy of the 150-pound seal , identified as RF22, revealed head trauma and evenly spaced slashes across the right side of its face . “There were slices across the front of the muzzle headed toward the eye," Schofield told local news station KITV4. There was a "lot of blood," he said, "which is indicative of a propeller wound." Although this wasn't the first time a monk seal has been seen with wounds from a boat propeller, it's the first time in NOAA's 20 years of tracking marine mammals that one has been killed by such wounds , according to Schofield. Rachel Sprague, NOAA's Hawaiian monk seal recovery coordinator, told KHON2 that the death appears to be purely ...
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Emu Slows Traffic On Atlanta Highway 19.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1HeNBdU ) that authorities in Douglas County received calls about a big bird running around Interstate 20 early Tuesday morning. Douglas County sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel says the emu had gotten loose from a private owner who lived nearby. Several deputies corralled and captured the flightless bird. Daniel says it appeared to be scared but was not injured and was returned to its owner. This is not the first instance of an unexpected animal wandering across I-20. In 2010, DeKalb police say a bison either fell or jumped out of a truck on the highway. The animal suffered broken legs and was euthanized. ___ Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal ...
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Second Chance For Dog Found In Her Dead Owner's Arms After Texas Tornado 19.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the wake of a deadly tornado that destroyed parts of Van, Texas , a week ago, a dog was found curled up with her dead owner David Tapley, a retired police officer, and his wife, Brenda. The Great Pyrenees, thought to be about 8 years old (no one has solid information about her previous life, including her name), is banged up, emotionally and physically. She's showing signs of shock; her skin is raw and bruised. She has some head trauma, and is now deaf in one ear from a burst eardrum. But, rather miraculously, she's alive. She has a new name -- Emma -- given to her by a new family, who themselves have one new goal: to help this dog heal. "My mom and I agreed that we would set her birthday at her survival date. That is the day her life changed. It helps us honor the lives of her owners that perished in the tornado," says Michelle Shockley, who, along with her parents, has adopted Emma. "Trust me, I cry a lot." Emma with Michelle Shockley, on the way to her new home. Photo: Michelle Shockley Emma wasn't ...
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Poachers Are On Track To Kill More Rhinos This Year Than Ever 16.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
They may look like tanks, but sadly, they're far from bulletproof. Poachers in South Africa, home to some 20,700 rhinos, are on track to top last year's record slaughter of the creatures as the country struggles to halt the growing scourge. In the first four months of the year, 393 animals were killed across the country, an 18 percent increase over the same time period in 2014. A majority of those rhinos, 290, were gunned down in Kruger National Park, according to South Africa's national parks service. The battle between park rangers and poachers has grown deadly over the past year. Rangers killed several armed poachers in the country's flagship national park in both December and January as a spokesman for the national parks service warned criminals were “redirecting their attentions” to rhinos, The New York Times reported. At least 62 poachers have been arrested in Kruger this year, many coming from neighboring Mozambique. Yet the animals are still being killed by poachers looking to make a quick ...
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13 amazing and critically endangered frogs 15.5.2015 TreeHugger
All of the frogs featured here are listed as “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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Petition Seeks Emergency Moratorium on Imports of Salamanders for Pet Trade 14.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Sea Lion Startles Sailor With Snoring, Sneezing 13.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A surprising stowaway startled a man out on his boat in San Diego: A sea lion pup who decided to crash in a bunk, waking the owner with his snoring. Michael Duffy, 48, said he was on his 41-foot Kettenburg boat "Elixir" at the San Diego Yacht Club when he awoke at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to sneezing and snoring. He thought it might be a friend, crashing from a night out, but couldn't find anyone. Once it got light a few hours later, however, he heard it again. That's when Duffy saw a 35-pound sea lion pup on another bunk, curled up like a dog on top of his board shorts. "It was a tiny little guy, and I was kind of shocked, but he was basically asleep," Duffy said, guessing it was a male. "Then he heard me coming, so he kind of looked up a little bit like when a dog is sleeping and you want to wake it up and it doesn't want to wake up." Duffy said the pup was probably looking for his mom but found him instead. Duffy grabbed his cellphone and took a photo of the pup, who had already jumped down ...
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For orchestra musicians, thrill of Cuba trip tempered by fear over instruments 12.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
An international treaty worries Minnesota Orchestra musicians with instruments that contain ivory and tortoise shell. The orchestra is documenting when instruments were made to ensure musicians can bring them home.
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Sea lion selfies and other crummy human misconduct 8.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
They’re two-time victims: first of the climate change that’s damaging their food supplies, and  now of cruel humans.
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Rejected Baby Chimpanzee Keeva Travels Hundreds Of Miles To Meet Surrogate Mom 7.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A zoo in Baltimore and another in Florida are working together to unite a rejected baby chimpanzee with a surrogate mom . Keeva was born at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in March, a few days before St. Patrick's Day. According to ABC News, her name means " gentle, beautiful and precious " in Gaelic. Although she was born healthy, Keeva's mother rejected her soon after the birth. “The birth seemed to be without complication ,” said Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo, per a news release. “However, it soon became apparent that [mom] Carole was not adapting to motherhood appropriately and we made the difficult decision to remove and hand-rear the baby.” For several weeks, zoo employees looked after Keeva, showering her with 24/7 care and affection. Staffers said in a YouTube video produced by the zoo that though they loved caring for the adorable animal, they knew hand-rearing wasn’t the best solution for her. The zoo was determined to find little Keeva a chimp troop to call her own. That’s ...
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Zoo In Japan Apologizes For Naming Baby Monkey After Princess Charlotte 7.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A zoo in Japan has apologized for naming a baby monkey after Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge . The zoo says that it’s now rethinking the monkey’s moniker after being flooded with hundreds of complaints. Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden , located on the island of Kyushu, announced on Wednesday that it had named a baby macaque monkey “Charlotte” following a public vote. According to the BBC, the zoo conducts a vote every year to determine t he name of their first newborn macaque monkey . “The name was publicly solicited and Charlotte suddenly became the most popular choice -- with 59 votes out of the total 853 -- after the British baby princess’s name was announced,” a zoo official told Agence France-Presse. “There was no vote for Charlotte before the Monday night announcement.” On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the name of their second child, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana . The announcement came just two days after the baby girl was born at St. Mary’s ...
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Forests Housing Rare and Endangered Species Lost 1.2 Million Hectares of Trees Since 2001 6.5.2015 WRI Stories
The jury is still out on whether a tree falling in the forest makes a sound, but it certainly makes an impact. That’s especially true for endangered and endemic species, which only have one remaining area of viable habitat left on Earth, like Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur in Madagascar, the sky blue poison dart frog in Peru and Canada’s whooping crane. New analysis reveals troubling evidence of forest loss within Alliance for Zero Extinction sites (AZE sites), areas that house species that are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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10 Animals Whose Fates Rest In Our Hands 6.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our beautiful planet is a diverse and resilient place, filled with countless creatures who stir our hearts and imaginations. But sadly, human activities and the global climate change we're precipitating threaten that diversity and resiliency. In honor of The Huffington Post's 10th anniversary, here are 10 animals you should care about (if you don't already). Bluefin Tuna Bluefin tuna, which have been described as the " Ferrari of the ocean ," are remarkable creatures. They are fast and efficient swimmers, and the Atlantic species can grow to be 10 feet in length and weigh more than a horse. They are also a very popular seafood, especially in sushi, and are very valuable commercially. But stocks of all three bluefin species have declined from overfishing. All are now listed as vulnerable , endangered or critically endangered . In December 2014, Pacific fishing nations reached a consensus agreement on limiting takes of Pacific bluefin to aid conservation efforts. Scientists advising the session of the ...
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This Worm Is Freaking Us Out 5.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Finish your meal or whatever it is you have to do today and then watch this worm. It's a ribbon worm, and it is truly wild. It's like Spider-Man. But more nightmarish. OK. Gifs are over. Now it's time to learn. The white substance that is shooting out of the ribbon worm in the video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday is its proboscis. As Science Alert explains, it's used for catching prey: When the worm is hunting, however, that highly efficient, stretchy feeding tube will unfurl and emerge just above its mouth, to cover its prey in a thick, sticky, and slightly pungent mucus. The mucus contains a neurotoxin that can paralyze the worm's prey so it can more easily kill it. There are more than 1,000 species of ribbon worms, according to Smithsonian, but it's unclear which species the one in the video is. Now you know more about the substance that ruined your ...
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