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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Aug 20, 2019 at 04:15. 6 comments

The Monkey From Friends Will Star in Y: The Last Man, Has a Longer and More Varied Career Than Any of Us Ever Will

The Monkey From Friends Will Star in Y: The Last Man, Has a Longer and More Varied Career Than Any of Us Ever Will

Get paid, Katie the capuchin. It’s a tough industry out there, for simians or otherwise.

The Hollywood Reporter’s latest hot Hollywood casting scoop is that Katie—a female capuchin monkey best known for turns in The Loop, 30 Rock, and yes, Friends—is making a long-awaited return to acting by snapping up the role of Ampersand on FX’s adaptation of Y: The Last Man. The trade writes, “THR checked...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 18, 2019 at 05:30. 20 comments

Portugal Is Using Goats to Prepare for Wildfires, But There's Not Enough Shepherds

Portugal Is Using Goats to Prepare for Wildfires, But There's Not Enough Shepherds

Portugal, which has been ravaged by wildfires of increasing severity and duration in the era of climate change, is turning back to the goat to clear underbrush in the hopes of limiting potential fuel sources for the blazes, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

One issue? A critical shortage of goatherds and shepherds in the ongoing pilot program dedicated to the initiative. Per the...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Aug 05, 2019. 18 comments

Do Animals Work Out?

Do Animals Work Out?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Of the many downsides to being a human being—as opposed to, say, a squirrel, or some kind of fantastically plumed bird—exercise is one of the more egregious. Awareness of mortality is bad enough—do we really have to jog, on top of that? Still, animals are like us...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 30, 2019.

An Alarming Number of Arctic Reindeer Starved to Death Last Winter, Likely Due to Climate Change

An Alarming Number of Arctic Reindeer Starved to Death Last Winter, Likely Due to Climate Change

More than 200 reindeer starved to death this past winter on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. The scientists who made the grim discovery say climate change is the likely culprit.

A team of researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) have completed their annual survey of reindeer populations on Svalbard, and the results are not good. The researchers found more than 200 reindeer...

Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jul 23, 2019. 10 comments

Remote Control Dogs Are Now a Reality Thanks to This Haptic Vest

Remote Control Dogs Are Now a Reality Thanks to This Haptic Vest
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You know how you instinctively reach for your pocket every time you feel your phone vibrating with a notification? Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel have harnessed that same reflex to create what is essentially a remote control dog that receives silent commands and signals...

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Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jul 13, 2019.

Huge Communities of Crayfish Are Living Right Underneath The Prairies

Huge Communities of Crayfish Are Living Right Underneath The Prairies

If you ever spend a humid night walking around the American prairie, you might run into one of these. It’s a prairie crayfish, and it and all of its friends have been living under your feet.

We see crayfish in rivers and streams. They need to keep their gills wet to survive. But they’ve become adept at seeking out water everywhere. This is why the prairie crayfish can tunnel down into the...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 08, 2019. 12 comments

Mysterious Orange Bird Turns Out to Be a Regular Gull Covered in Curry or Something

Mysterious Orange Bird Turns Out to Be a Regular Gull Covered in Curry or Something

In an incident that an animal welfare organization in Britain described as the “strangest casualty circumstances” it’s seen in some time, a bizarre-looking orange bird that was brought to its hospital for treatment turned out to be herring gull that had somehow wound up covered in either curry or turmeric.

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, based in Buckinghamshire—I swear I’m not making these...

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Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jul 07, 2019.

This Snake Has Tentacles! It Has Tentacles!

This Snake Has Tentacles! <i>It Has Tentacles!</i>

The tentacled snake, Erpeton tentaculatum, has tentacles coming out of its nose. It lives in the water, using its tentacles to hunt fish. And it kills them by using their hard-wired survival instincts against them. With their tentacles.

That picture above is a scanning electron microscope image of the head of a tentacled snake, the closest thing to Cthulhu ever to slither around the waters...

Lauren Davis Lauren Davis Jul 07, 2019.

Adorable Comics Illustrate The Peculiar Problems Animals Have

Adorable Comics Illustrate The Peculiar Problems Animals Have

Animals have a lot of issues in Geoffrey Hewer-Candee's webcomic series Animal Problems. And while those issues may vary from animal to animal, they're often very human problems.

Hewer-Candee has been posting his Animal Problems series to Tumblr, and he has collected the first 66 entries in a print volume. Prepare for a whole lot of puns and animal-themed visual gags.

Animal Problems...

Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jul 05, 2019.

The De Brazza's Monkey: The Monkey With the Wizard Beard

The De Brazza's Monkey: The Monkey With the Wizard Beard

We’re not saying that this monkey is magic. We’re just saying that it doesn’t like people, and the guy for whom it is named promptly died of dysentery. Be advised.

The De Brazza’s monkey is common, but not easy to find. It spends as little time on the ground and in the open as it possibly can. When it does forage on the ground, it stuffs most of its food into cheek pouches (displaying...

Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jul 05, 2019.

This Bison Was Struck by Lightning and Emerged Ugly But Alive

This Bison Was Struck by Lightning and Emerged Ugly But Alive

If you’re ever in Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for the ugliest bison alive. That’s not an insult. Taking a direct hit from a lightning bolt and staying alive is something to be proud of.

Sparky first caught the eye of Fish and Wildlife officials in 2013, when Karen Viste-Sparkman saw him standing with a huge bloodied burn wound on his shoulder. Sometimes FWS will...

Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jul 03, 2019.

Did You Know That Rats Can Grow Spikes?

Did You Know That Rats Can Grow Spikes?

And now that you do know, are you ever planning to sleep again? This is the armored rat. It’s a rodent in South America that has actual spines, which presumably can be driven directly into your eyes should you even look at it funny.

For the first month of its life, the armored rat looks like just a regular South American rat. It’s one of a small litter. It has soft fur. It is fairly well able...

Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jul 03, 2019.

This Colorful Snail Is Disappearing Because of Over-Fishing and Shell Collectors

This Colorful Snail Is Disappearing Because of Over-Fishing and Shell Collectors

This is the “flamingo tongue snail,” one of the most brightly colored snails on the reefs of the South Atlantic. It used to be a common sight, but in recent years has been disappearing, either because fate has a cruel sense of humor or people are uneducated jerks. Or both.

The flamingo tongue snail spends much of its days munching on coral. If you see it on a piece of coral, you would do well...

Katharine Trendacosta Katharine Trendacosta Jul 02, 2019.

Today, We Are All a Dog Letting a Door Hit Him In the Head Repeatedly

Today, We Are All a Dog Letting a Door Hit Him In the Head Repeatedly

Forget an exhausting week, this has been an exhausting day. We all just want to collapse into a nice spot and sleep. What's that? There's an automatic door here? Whatever. I'll wait it out.

[via Tastefully Offensive]

Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jun 30, 2019.

The Scorpion Fly's Stinger Is for Mating, Not Defense

The Scorpion Fly's Stinger Is for Mating, Not Defense

It’s easy to see how the scorpion fly got its name. The giant “stinger” at the back curls up just like the tail of a scorpion. The good news is, that’s not a stinger. Still, I would avoid touching it, if I were you.

The scorpion fly is probably a common sight to Europeans, especially during summer. It’s not a particularly beneficial fly. Although it does eat pest insects, it’s a scavenger and...

Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jun 29, 2019.

This Bird Spends Over Six Straight Months in the Air

This Bird Spends Over Six Straight Months in the Air

This is an alpine swift. You can tell by the name that it’s a fast bird, but its real talent has just recently been discovered. It spends over half of the year in the air.

Then scientists from the Swiss Ornithological Institute put trackers on alpine swifts in Switzerland and observed the migrations that the birds made from western Europe to western Africa. In Europe, the birds were...

Robbie Gonzalez Robbie Gonzalez Jun 29, 2019.

Researchers Have Uncovered The Secrets Of The Velvet Worm's Slime Jets!

Researchers Have Uncovered The Secrets Of The Velvet Worm's Slime Jets!
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The velvet worm hunts by bombarding its prey with a double barreled burst of slime. Now, scientists have figured out how these ooze-cannons work.

GIF via NatGeoWild.

Researchers led by Andrés Concha, of Adolfo Ibañez University in Santiago, used high speed video to determine that the velvet worm's flailing slime...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jun 29, 2019. 20 comments

FDA Says It's Still Investigating Possible Link Between Some Dog Foods and Canine Heart Disease

FDA Says It's Still Investigating Possible Link Between Some Dog Foods and Canine Heart Disease

The Food and Drug Administration said this week that it is continuing to investigate a troubling link between some pet food types and potentially fatal heart disease in dogs. As the investigation into any connection is ongoing, no pets foods have yet been recalled.

The FDA on Thursday provided additional insight into the possible link between the diets and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)—

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Esther Inglis-Arkell Esther Inglis-Arkell Jun 29, 2019.

Scientists Announce New Discovery in Fight to Save This Unreasonably Cute Bird

Scientists Announce New Discovery in Fight to Save This Unreasonably Cute Bird

We recognize that it’s important to save all kinds of species from extinction, but come on. Doesn’t it help when they’re adorable? Scientists have found out information that might allow them to help an incredibly cute bird that you’ll actually care about.

Look at this bird. It looks like someone gave a pebble a fur coat and the ability to love. This is a recently-hatched snowy plover. Even the...

Kiona Smith-Strickland Kiona Smith-Strickland Jun 23, 2019.

If Humans Never Existed, the World Would Have More Mammals

If Humans Never Existed, the World Would Have More Mammals

There aren’t many large mammals around anymore in, most of the world. That’s mostly because one mammal species — Homo sapiens — has taken a heavy toll on its competition. Now, a team of researchers demonstrates what would have happened to the world’s megafauna if humans had never existed.

Today, sub-Saharan Africa is one of the last places in the world with many large mammal species. “It’s one...

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