Lion’s Gate Sanctuary

(Photo : Lion’s Gate Sanctuary via SkyKel/YouTube)
Lion’s Gate Sanctuary in Colorado is in hot water after euthanizing all of its exotic animals — three tigers, three lions and five bears.
In a statement obtained by CBD Denver, co-owner Dr. Joan Laub said the decision came after they were denied permission to move to another site, a 45-acre empty land they owned.
Laub claimed that their present site has experienced regular flooding, prompting them to ask for relocation permission from the Elbert County Board of Commissioners. He asserted that they did not receive a fair hearing from the County and that due process was not achieved.
Laub explained that they did not get the nod of the County because the proposed new site is a populated and developed area, adding that they  had no choice but to humanely put an end to the lives of the animals, instead of risking their safety.
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orcas

Monterey Bay is a hunting ground for killer whales, especially during this season when grey whales migrate from Mexico to California. This year’s migration was later than usual, so the hungry killer whales were waiting ravenously.
(Photo : Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)
Killer whales are truly living up to their name. Last week marked an unusual string of killer whale killings that shocked even experienced marine biologists.
According to a report from SFGate, there have been four kills in seven days by a pod of nine killer whales in Monterey Bay — roughly one every other day. This strange killing spree baffles scientists, particularly Monteray Bay Whale Watch«s Nancy Black, who described the frequency of the pod»s attacks «unprecedented.»
«This has never happened in my thirty years,» Black said. “Just to witness that out in nature when you usually see that kind… Read more

Funnel Web Spider

Most researchers estimate that there are two to five million insect and spider species in the planet, only about 1.1 million species have been named.
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A hairy eight-eyed arachnid was discovered inside a cave in Baja California, Mexico.
The spider, which is the size of a soft ball, was named Califorctenus cacachilensis , which is a new species.
Fox News reported that the Califorctenus spider is nearly four inches long. Its head and legs are of an intense brown color, while its abdomen is yellow. To top it all, it was two visible fangs.

According to the San Diego National Museum, the species was found in 2013 when a team of researchers went to the isolated regions of Baja to catalog its existing flora and fauna. However, the findings were only documented and published this year in the journal Zootaxa as the specimen needed to be examined comprehensively.

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Rare Mexican Wolf Pup

The success of the project isn’t just an achievement for Mexican wolves, a species with a dwindling population of only 130 in the wild. The same operation could be used to save other endangered animals.
(Photo : Endangered Wolf Center St.Louis/YouTube Screenshot)
There’s a newborn Mexican wolf pup that shines as new hope for all species who are nearly extinct.
According to a report from Fox 2 Now, the three-week-old pup is the product of artificial insemination, the very first of its kind — and hopefully the first of many. The procedure was made possible with genetic samples from wolves who walked the forest two decades ago.
«That’s the first time in history this has ever been done,» Endangered Wolf Center (EWC) director of animal care and conservation Regina Mossotti said. “The Endangered Wolf Center has been working with the St. Louis Zoo and the Fish and Wildlife Service for over 20 ye… Read more

beautiful hummingbird

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, the man arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on March 24. As his bags were being scanned, they discovered 50 birds that were dying and 43 more that were already dead. Only eight birds survived the ordeal.
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An Orange County man was arrested in Tuesday after 93 exotic birds, most of them endangered, were discovered in his luggage on March.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, the man arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on March 24. As his bags were being scanned, they discovered 50 birds that were dying and 43 more that were already dead. Only eight birds survived the ordeal.
“Importing certain illegal wildlife, such as these avian species, can not only introduce communicable animal diseases into t… Read more

Demonstrators Protest Against WA Shark Culling Policy

The Australian government is willing to accept proposals of measures to prevent fatal sharks attacks to happen again. Culling has its own supporters and detractors as well.
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Australia may have to deal with sharks in a different way after a shark attack survivor calls for culls.  The Federal Environment Minister is willing to open the long-standing debate on shark culling after Laeticia Brouwer , 17, was fatally killed by a shark in Western Australia last Monday, April 17.
The shark attack is already the third to occur in a span of 12 months. Because of this, the residents call for stricter measures, and the government appears to be open to changes.
«In light of the recent shark attack the Commonwealth would welcome any proposal to put human life first,» Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said in an interview with BBC. “This could include the newe… Read more

Cuttlefish

Screenshot of the Dramatic video of two male cuttlefish fighting over a female consort (Aegean Sea, 2011).
(Photo : Derya Akkaynak and Justine Allen/ YouTube)
For the first time, marine researchers were able to capture the cinematic battle between two male cuttlefish fighting over a female cuttlefish.
Analysis of the cuttlefish fight footage, published in the journal American Naturalist, showed that a fight between two male cuttlefish includes complex interactions and signals.
«They have a whole repertoire of behaviors that they use to signal to each other, and we«re just barely starting to understand some of them,» said Justine Allen, an adjunct instructor at Brown University and one of the authors of the study, in a press release. «Most of these battles are actually these beautiful, stunning skin displays. It»s a vicious war of colors.»
The cuttlefish video was taken in 2011 by… Read more

Dolphin

Dolphins are intelligent and playful animals. They are generally friendly and live in social groups that could span to hundreds.
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France announced that they are going to ban the breeding of dolphins and orcas in captivity.
In addition, they are also prohibiting the keeping of all whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity, with the exemption for all those animals that are already held captive.
For establishments that already have animals in captivity, the new rule states that they must expand the pools holding the animals to up to 150% of its current size. Under the regulation, direct contact between the animal and the public is also considered illegal.
BBC noted that the establishments have three years to comply with the expansion of the pool and six months to comply with the other rules specified on the newly introduced statute.

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Porbeagle Shark

Porbeagle Shark (Lamna nasus), a relative of the great white, is known for its large, round eyes and stout body. It is usually bluish on its top and has a white belly.
(Photo : Logie1973/YouTube Screenshot)
A massive female porbeagle shark, believed to be the biggest ever caught was reeled in at Hartland Point in Devon.
The shark, which is estimated to be nine feet long and 500 pounds heavy was reeled in for two hours by Shaun Collins-Lyndsay on a fishing boat chartered by Dan Hawkins, an experienced angler.
«It was huge — you could see from the size of its belly how big it was,» Hawkins said, according to The Sun.
«It could have been 500 lbs — she was big. It took nearly two hours to reel her in. It«s the biggest I»ve seen. Each crew member had a ten minute turn reeling her in — it was some fight,» he continued.

Because of its strength and massive size, it took a lot of effort to measure the girth of the sha… Read more

animal toilet seats

Mammals, despite their size, take an average of 12 seconds to poop. This is according to a new study conducted with 23 different species.
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Apparently, there’s more to mammals and their pooping behavior than what people already know about. Experts say it takes an average of 12 seconds for mammals to poop because it saves them from predators.
According to studies, mammals take 12 seconds to poop regardless of size. Defecating is a natural thing, and animals have learned to be vigilant and alert while doing so.
Researchers discovered that mice and elephants require the same amount of time to poop despite their humongous difference in physique and the size of their excrement. Humans arguably need the same allotted time, based on the research.
«If it«s taking far longer than 12 seconds, I»d say you should go see someone about it,» Patricia Yang, a mechanical e… Read more

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