Animals, Anthromorphizing and Social Media Loneliness

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Recently in the news, there was a young boy, a toddler really, who was dragged off by an alligator(s) while visiting the Happiest Place on Earth in Florida. The results were people vilifying the parents (not watching son and ignoring no swimming signs), Disneyworld(not putting up signs stating there were alligators in that there lake) and the alligator for being…

Animal Myths

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Chameleons can change to a color by touching it. Perhaps you have seen the commercial for Valspar Paint where the Chameleons are touching paint chips and turning into the colors they touch. It is a cute commercial, but that is not what Chameleons do.  It is a myth. They do not change  color to match their environment. Rather, Chameleons change color in response…

Honey Bee

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In  2013 the USDA in partnership with the Epa put out a report on the decline of  Honeybees. The report list  parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure as reasons for honeybee decline in recent years.  As we all know, honeybee health is linked to our health. There is anlink between the health of  agriculture and the health of our honeybees for our…

The California Academy of Sciences

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The California Academy of Sciences is not only among the world’s  largest  natural history museum, it is a pretty awesome place to visit.  The Academy has a long and varied history that includes helping out during World War 11 (they repaired and fixed the US Navy’ optics). It houses a rainforest dome, Steinhart Aquarium, Africa hall, Planetarium. There is Foulcault…

SnakeBite

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  Snakebite season is here. In North America, there are over 7,000 snakebites a year, many of them non-fatal and non- venomous. In fact ,of the 20 species of venomous snakes (which include 16 species of rattlesnakes, 2 species of coral snakes, one species of cottonmouth (or water moccasin), and one species of copperhead ) most of the bites are …

Baby Animals In The Womb

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Do you remember the image of the elephant fetus in the womb pictured above? I  do.  I love baby animals and I though it was pretty cool. The picture comes from a documentary by National Geographic called ‘Extraordinary Animals in the Womb’ from 2006. I am unable to find the original footage but you can certainly watch other footage of “In the Womb” at http://natgeotv.com/uk/in-the-womb-animals/videos/animals I really remember…

Happy Animals

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When us humans are happy we smile, we laugh, we clap our hands, sometimes we jump for joy. We as a species can be very expressive in our happiness. Can other species express happiness? Some scientists say yes, where many others say that we are anthropomorphising the animals, that is giving them human qualities they do not have. I believe, however, that…