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Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
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One-quarter of world's mammals at risk, says new analysis of extinction rates 18.12.2014 MinnPost
Mass extinction has been a sobering theme in 2014’s flow of environmental news, starting with publication of Elizabeth Kolbert’s book “ The Sixth Extinction ”  in February, proceeding through a groundbreaking report on threatened bird species by the Audubon Society in September, and concluding now with a new survey by the journal Nature. Nature is all about sound science and respecting scientific uncertainty, but also about making complex issues intelligible to nonexperts. For this survey, it pulled together the most reliable data it could find on the current state of species endangerment worldwide, such as the latest listings by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, then mapped the grim tallies in a series of graphics , some of them interactive. For example, it represents IUCN’s list of endangered animals as a vast field of colored dots, each representing a single threatened species of mammal (1,199 of them), bird (1,373), amphibian (1,957) or insect (993). Moving your mouse pointer over ...
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One-quarter of world's mammals at risk in new analysis of extinction rates 18.12.2014 MinnPost
Mass extinction has been a sobering theme in 2014’s flow of environmental news, starting with publication of Elizabeth Kolbert’s book “ The Sixth Extinction ”  in February, proceeding through a groundbreaking report on threatened bird species by the Audubon Society in September, and concluding now with a new survey by the journal Nature. Nature is all about sound science and respecting scientific uncertainty, but also about making complex issues intelligible to nonexperts. For this survey, it pulled together the most reliable data it could find on the current state of species endangerment worldwide, such as the latest listings by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, then mapped the grim tallies in a series of graphics , some of them interactive. For example, it represents IUCN’s list of endangered animals as a vast field of colored dots, each representing a single threatened species of mammal (1,199 of them), bird (1,373), amphibian (1,957) or insect (993). Moving your mouse pointer over ...
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Quiz: Extinct or Endangered? 18.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
Do you know your extinct and endangered animals? Above is an Amur leopard, a species that is still around but critically endangered. Unfortunately, there are many examples of animals lost forever, or close to the brink of extinction. Take the quiz and see if you know whether these animals are extinct or extant (still living).  ...
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Fart Noises Startle Pitbull (VIDEO) 15.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pitbulls have a tough reputation, but this one is a pushover: he might be afraid of farts . The pitbull in question is Bullit [sic]. He's the star of a 2009 YouTube video that resurfaced recently on Reddit . Over the course of a minute, he's subjected to various fart noises that appear to emanate from off camera. If his owner is actually farting, Bullit's fear might be justified. But in any case, the dog's reaction is pretty ...
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Earth Faces Sixth 'Great Extinction' With 41 Percent Of Amphibians Set To Go The Way Of The Dodo 14.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A stark depiction of the threat hanging over the world’s mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other life forms has been published by the prestigious scientific journal, Nature. A special analysis carried out by the journal indicates that a staggering 41% of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction while 26% of mammal species and 13% of birds are similarly threatened.
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Cow Flees Idaho Butcher Shop, Gets Chased By Police 14.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it following a lengthy pursuit.

Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand tells the Idaho State Journal (http://bit.ly/1DtMaME) that his officers fired two shots at the heifer because it posed a safety risk. The cow had escaped from Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing business, on Friday afternoon.

Early in the chase, an officer shot the cow in the head but the wounded animal kept running.

The cow led police and animal control officers on a chase on foot and in vehicles through the city's north side. It rammed an animal control truck and two police cars.

The animal was eventually cornered in a residential backyard about 3 miles away, and was shot and killed by a police officer.

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Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com
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Japanese Giant Salamanders are Devoted Dads 11.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
Giant Salamanders are huge amphibians. New research suggests that when the males become dads, they take doting care of their ...
Furries React To Gas Attack 9.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the release of a gas that sickened several hotel guests and forced thousands of people — many dressed as cartoon animals — to evacuate the building. Although some participants at the Midwest FurFest convention thought the mass evacuation early Sunday was just part of the fun, investigators are treating it as a criminal matter. Nineteen people who became nauseous or dizzy were treated at local hospitals. Within hours, emergency workers decontaminated the Hyatt Regency O'Hare and allowed people back inside. The Rosemont Public Safety Department said someone apparently intentionally left chlorine powder in a ninth-floor hotel stairway, causing the gas to spread. On Monday, the department would only say that the investigation was continuing and declined further comment. Organizers tried to reassure the participants that the evacuation would not overshadow the FurFest event, in which attendees celebrate animals that are anthropomorphic — meaning they've been ...
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Fairbanks, Alaska Plagued By Pigeon Poop 9.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Twice a year, Marcus Dodge assigns a worker to don disposable coveralls and a respirator for a trip to a downtown Fairbanks parking garage to clean up deposits from a non-native species. Dodge, director of the Fairbanks Parking Authority, estimates the worker picks up 150 gallons of pigeon dung annually and hauls it to the hazardous materials area at the landfill. "Pigeon crap weighs a ton," Dodge said. "It's not a lot of fun to clean up." The downtown pigeon population appears to be growing, according to Dodge and others. Businesses are experimenting with ways to deter the bird, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1yHOlrw) reported. Roofers last summer discovered 6 inches of pigeon guano on the roof of the Courthouse Square, the former federal courthouse. Charlie Cole, Alaska's former attorney general, who has kept an office in downtown Fairbanks since 1957, has been talking with neighbors about fending off the birds. "They leave droppings around warm air outlets where ...
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Atlanta Woman Attacked By Neighbor's Pet Lynx 3.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ATLANTA (AP) — A pet Siberian lynx attacked a woman who was feeding it in an affluent Atlanta neighborhood Tuesday, landing her in the hospital with injuries to her head, police said. The owners of the animal were out of town and made arrangements with the woman to care for their exotic pet, police said. The lynx was returned to its cage and local animal control officials were notified, said Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon. Another woman called police to say her friend had been attacked by the large cat, which can weigh up to 90 pounds. When officers arrived in Buckhead, north of downtown, the woman was bleeding heavily from her head. Details of her condition weren't immediately available. The animal's owner has a Georgia Department of Natural Resources wild animal breeding license and is in compliance with state law, according to Mark McKinnon from the agency's law enforcement division. The name of cat's owner hasn't been released. The owner has two serval cats, two caracal cats, one Canadian lynx, ...
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Baby Bats Swaddled Like Little Burritos Are Way Cuter Than You Might Expect 1.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Baby bats are heart-meltingly cute when they're being swaddled. Need proof? Look no further than this video shot last week by Adam Cox, of the Wakaleo Animal Channel at the Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre in Advancetown, Australia. The flying fox bats in the clip were orphaned or separated from their mothers during a recent heat wave, and the pups require close nurturing. "Wrapping them up is to simply make them feel secure and they tend to fall asleep faster after being bottle fed," Cox told The Huffington Post. "They are similar to human babies in that they will have a lot of naps and feed times." Cox said a few hundred were currently in the clinic's care after the "heat event." According to the Northern Star newspaper, temperatures in Casino, Australia, climbed above 111 degrees in mid-November, killing thousands of bats . The bats in the facility's care will be released into the wild when they are old enough, according to the YouTube description from Wakaleo and the clinic. The clinic ...
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In New Jersey, a newly discovered species of frog 1.12.2014 Philly.com News
Zoologist Brian Zarate first heard the creature's unfamiliar calls in 2003 while he and other researchers were working in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Morris County.
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Photo: Tropical rain frog has a nubby body 30.11.2014 TreeHugger
This tropical amphibian is a blue-thighed rain frog.
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Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog Groans, Coughs (PHOTO) 30.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
— dyon_damas (@dyon_damas) November 30, 2014 Story below ... CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Scientists have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes some un-froglike sounds. The Atlantic Coast leopard frog groans and makes coughing noises rather than croaking sounds. The unfamiliar call attracted the notice of wildlife experts several years ago in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Morris County. They photographed the frog and concluded it wasn't the northern leopard frog or southern leopard frog. The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill (http://on.cpsj.com/1y3CQKH) reports a Rutgers University-led team recently identified the species in an online scientific journal. Experts say it shows that the state's marshes and swamps are valuable to wildlife, even in urban or suburban areas. The frog has been found along the Delaware River and bay, the Atlantic Ocean coastline, in the Meadowlands and New York's Staten ...
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Dog Has Cat's Back 30.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Below you will find an example of dog heroism. A cat in need of protection receives it and a further escalation is avoided. That is obviously good news. But more needs to be done to get at the root of the problem that caused the initial conflict between the two cats. That dog won't always be around to bail its friend out. Perhaps the bully cat had a rough upbringing. Maybe there was some sort of traumatic incident in its past that makes it act out violently. And, though we certainly don't mean to denigrate the character of the bullied cat without further information, it is possible that this gif doesn't tell the whole story. Perhaps there was a provocation before the actions depicted in the gif that help explain the bully cat's behavior. Let's not rush to judgement, and let's all hope for a peaceful co-existence between these three pets who, like us all, surely have good qualities and ...
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New frog species groans, coughs 30.11.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The Atlantic Coast leopard frog groans and makes coughing noises rather than croaking sounds.
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No croaking: New frog species groans, coughs 30.11.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Scientists have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes some un-froglike sounds.
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No croaking: New frog species discovered in southern New Jersey groans, makes coughing noises 30.11.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Alleged Oinking Menace Gives Flying Pigs 29.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) -- This was a pig that truly could not fly. The pig was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday after crewmembers determined the animal had become disruptive, said Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for U.S. Airways parent American Airlines said Friday. The pig had been brought aboard the flight by a passenger as an emotional support animal, Masvidal said. She said both the pig and its owner left the aircraft before it took off. She had no other details and did not immediately know where the flight was headed. Jonathan Skolnik, a University of Massachusetts professor who was on the flight, told ABC News that he initially thought the female passenger was carrying a duffel bag. "But it turns out it wasn't a duffel bag. We could smell it and it was a pig on a leash," he said. The woman sat in an empty seat next to him and tethered the pig -- which he estimated weighed 50-70 pounds -- to the arm rest, but the animal began walking back ...
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South Africa Turns To New Breed Of Anti-Poaching Crime Fighters 29.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — Venom and Killer. These are members of a furry breed of anti-poaching operatives, dogs that can detect a whiff of hidden rhino horn in a suspect's vehicle or follow the spoor of armed poachers in South Africa's besieged wildlife parks. Dogs are a small part of an increasingly desperate struggle to curb poaching in Africa, where tens of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered in recent years to meet a surging appetite for ivory in Asia, primarily China. In South Africa, poachers have killed more than 1,000 rhinos this year, surpassing the 2013 record. Countries and conservationists are trying more robust patrols and surveillance, community programs and other tactics against criminal gangs that sometimes benefit from official corruption. As the conflict rages, elite dogs and handlers are drilling at an anti-poaching academy northwest of Johannesburg. The course prepares canine units to find firearms or contraband, track suspects in the undergrowth and abseil in ...
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