The Regal Ring-Tailed Mongoose

March 17, 2013

ring-tailed-mongoose

Sadly, the characteristically charming red-and-black tails of the Madagascar denizen are becoming fewer and fewer. Due to habitat loss, the ring-tailed mongoose’s population has decreased by 20% over the past ten years.

The Dazzling And Dangerous Bush Viper

February 27, 2013

Bush Viper Snake

Don’t be fooled by its cheerful coloring. Found exclusively in rainforest regions of Subsaharan Africa, the bush viper’s venom is very hemotoxic, can lead to severe hemorrhaging and in one instance has proved fatal. At the moment, no bush viper-specific antivenin exists.

Meet The Bizarre Indian Bullfrog

February 24, 2013

Found in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and–you guessed it–India, the Indian Bullfrog is renowned for its large size (some can be up to 15 centimeters in length!) and dramatic coloring:

Indian Bullfrog

If you enjoy this photograph of the Indian Bullfrog, be sure to check out the world’s weirdest animals!

Amazing Animals With Sixth Sense

February 21, 2013

While animals are often considered simplistic in many respects, history has proven that while lacking in certain cognitive aspects, animals often exhibit a connection with their environment that surpasses human instincts.

So far, animals have been credited with predicting earthquakes, creating complex languages, and anticipating diseases. Some stories are backed by science; others by the ordinary people who swear them to be true. Either way, these animals demonstrate a knack for the inexplicable — a look at amazing animals with sixth sense:

Animals With Sixth Sense: Oscar the Cat

Sixth Sense Animals Oscar The Cat

Source: Toledo Blaze

While most cats spend their time snoozing on the couch or chasing inanimate objects, Oscar, a plump, white and tortoiseshell cat, spends his time predicting death. A permanent fixture at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, this cat has accurately predicted the deaths of more than 50 residents. When a patient nears death, Oscar goes to his/her room and lies on the bed, only leaving to use the litter or to eat.

Oscar’s impressive predictions originally gained credibility in the New England Journal of Medicine, and these days, they are so accurate that hospital staff contacts family members once the cat takes up vigil in a patient’s room. Doctors and scientists suggest that Oscar is able to recognize death by detecting ketones, the distinctly-odoured biochemicals given off by dying cells.

Oscar The Cat Sixth Sense

Source: MSN

In 2010, Oscar’s story gained further attention when David Dosa wrote a New York Times bestselling book that detailed the cat’s amazing story. While some feel that Oscar is the ultimate bearer of bad news, family, staff members, and doctors say otherwise. Oscar has inspired patients to make last minute amends with their loved ones and provides hope for those who have longer to live.

The Extermination Of American Bison

February 12, 2013

Extermination American Bison Map

While many consider the American bison to be one of North America’s most salient natural symbols, its presence is certainly dwindling. Once found all the way from modern-day Idaho to the hills of North Carolina, today’s American bison is confined to regions a fraction of the size as those in the early 19th century

When Dogs Snowboard

February 2, 2013

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