Say Hello To Patrick, The World’s Oldest Wombat

August 26, 2014

Oldest Wombat Close

World, meet Patrick. He’s 29 years old and single, and today is his birthday. This means that not only is he the world’s oldest living wombat, he’s also–as our sources at Imgur say, the oldest living wombat who is also a virgin. Typically, these nocturnal creatures live for about 15 years in the wild, which means that Pat is essentially the wombat version of Methuselah.

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5 Animals With Superpowers Way Cooler Than X-Men

August 3, 2014
Animals With Superpowers

Source: Dive

The natural world is capable of producing some really weird (and powerful) creatures. It’s no wonder that so many of our fictional superheroes are based on animals. A lot of them possess powers that would make even the most daring of us think twice before taking them on.

Mantis Shrimp

Animals With Superpowers Mantis

The peacock mantis shrimp is both beautiful and deadly Source: Dive

Don’t be fooled by this little guy’s diminutive size or colorful appearance – he packs quite a punch. In fact, the mantis shrimp has, pound for pound, one of the most powerful (and fastest) punches in the animal world. The various species of mantis shrimp are usually categorized based on how they hunt. Spearers have sharp claws with barbed tips which are usually used to stab prey. Smashers have club-like front claws and mostly rely on brute strength.

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Inside A Baby Sloth Rescue Center

July 25, 2014

You can thank us later. From National Geographic: “When orphaned baby sloths are hungry or adults lose their habitat, Yiscel Yángüez and Néstor Correa are on the case. They run an animal rescue center in Gamboa, Panama, and specialize in sloth rehabilitation and relocation. For the two of them, releasing healthy sloths back into the wild can be a bittersweet experience.”

The 8 Ugliest Animals You’ll Ever Lay Eyes On

July 8, 2014
Pangolin Desert

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Ugliest Animals: Pangolin

Pangolin Walking

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The pangolin is named after the Malay word, pengguling, which literally translates as “something that rolls up” – an apt title for this prickly creature. The pangolin’s aesthetically challenged “shell” is actually an amalgam of large, hardened, overlapping plate-like scales, which are made of keratin. The scales might not look so appealing, but they allow the pangolin to curl up into a ball when threatened, acting as armor.

Ugliest Animals Pangolin

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May’s Top 5 Most Adorable Animal Videos

May 30, 2014
Adorable Animal Video Baby Owl

Source: Minus

YouTube would be nothing without its endless supply of adorable animal videos. With an array of sleepy puppies, fuzzy cats and unlikely friendships, there are enough videos to keep any animal enthusiast occupied for hours. To save you the trouble, we’ve rounded up May’s most adorable animal videos.

Mother Elephant Keeps Baby From Floating Away

Adorable Animal Video Baby Elephant

Source: David Lazar

While most adult elephants are superb swimmers, this elephant calf was almost swept away when crossing Kenya’s Ewaso Nyiro. Being the community-driven animals that they are, members of the herd quickly stepped in to rescue the calf from floating downstream. Despite weighing more than the average human being, treacherous waters can be a dangerous obstacle for young elephants. Check out the incredibly adorable animal video below:

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25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’ve Never Heard

May 29, 2014

Despite numerous rainforest facts that fill science textbooks and warn about the dangers of deforestation, these sacred spaces continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Learn more about how these forests are protecting Earth and sustaining thousands of year old ecosystems by reading the 25 rainforest facts featured below.

1. Rainforests keep the world’s weather in check—they regulate both temperatures and weather patterns.

2. Forest loss can contribute as much to greenhouse gas emissions (12-15 percent) as all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles (13.5 percent).

3. Many bird species migrate to rainforests each winter, some travelling more than 3,000 miles to get there.

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