Seal conservation efforts aided by facial recognition technology

Seal conservation efforts aided by facial recognition technology

A team of New York scientists may have sealed the deal on the conservation of one of Maine’s most recognized wild animals. The group of researchers out of Colgate University processed pictures of dozens of harbor seals in Casco Bay, on the state’s southern coast, then gathered them in a database. They used the images … Read more

Depressed Cat Fishtopher Has Been Adopted After People Lined Up To Meet Him

Depressed Cat Fishtopher Has Been Adopted After People Lined Up To Meet Him

Fishtopher, a chunky tabby cat found as a stray and estimated to be about 5 years old, became a social media star this week after his adoption listing went viral. The animal shelter described him as “very sad and depressed” but craving affection, noting that he would “only eat when he has company.” The accompanying … Read more

Deadly Bird Flu Outbreak Is The Worst In US History

Deadly Bird Flu Outbreak Is The Worst In US History

An ongoing outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu has now killed more birds than any past flare-up in US history. The virus, known as highly pathogenic avian influenza, has led to the deaths of 50.54 million domestic birds in the country this year, according to Agriculture Department data reported by Reuters on Thursday. … Read more

Menacing Wild Turkeys, Led By Kevin, Are Taking A New England City For Themselves

Menacing Wild Turkeys, Led By Kevin, Are Taking A New England City For Themselves

A flock of feathered hooligans has been intimidating residents of Woburn, Massachusetts, and their leader is one especially tough turkey: Kevin. The five wild birds spend a lot of time in particular on the lawn of a woman named Meaghan Tolson, according to a new report from The Guardian, appropriately published on Thanksgiving. Tolson, who … Read more

Feline Old: ‘Flossie’ Becomes World’s Oldest Cat

Feline Old: ‘Flossie’ Becomes World’s Oldest Cat

Guinness World Records gave one British cat owner the “purr-fect” for her furry friend just ahead of her pet’s 27th birthday. Flossie, who the record-keeping company noted is 26 years and 329 days old, has been deemed the world’s oldest living cat, according to a press release. The black and brown British feline, who is … Read more

To Ditch Pesticides, Scientists Are Hacking Insects’ Sex Signals

To Ditch Pesticides, Scientists Are Hacking Insects’ Sex Signals

Proving that this way of producing pheromones works, and that they’re effective, has taken almost a decade. “We are now looking at scaling up the process and introducing them in the market,” says Löfstedt. This research also opens the door to using sex disruption to protect other commodity crops from pests. “It should be possible … Read more

A New Explanation for How Fireflies Flash in Sync

A New Explanation for How Fireflies Flash in Sync

A similar scenario played out in the 1990s, when a Tennessee naturalist named Lynn Faust read the confidently published assertion of a scientist named Jon Copeland that there were no synchronous fireflies in North America. Faust knew then that what she had been watching for decades in the nearby woods was something remarkable. Faust invited … Read more

Texas woman arrested for smuggling spider monkeys

Texas woman arrested for smuggling spider monkeys

CNN — Talk about monkey business. A Texas woman entering the US customs border officials the wooden box in her car was filled with beer. In reality, it was an endangered spider monkey she planned to sell. The 20-year-old woman pleaded guilty to smuggling wildlife into the US without first declaring and invoicing it, and … Read more