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Pet dogs could serve as social support for children, lessening the kids’ stress.
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A new study by the researchers from the University of Florida revealed that pet dogs could serve as social support for children, lessening the kids’ stress.
The study, published in the journal Social Development, showed that the presence of a pet dog when a child is undergoing stressful experience could how much the child feel stressed out.
«Many people think pet dogs are great for kids but scientists aren«t sure if that»s true or how it happens,» said Darlene Kertes, an assistant professor in the psychology department of UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in a press release. «Our research shows that having a pet dog present when a child is undergoing a stressful experience lower how much children feel stressed out,»
For the study, the researchers recruited 1… Read more

An Albino Orangutan Has Been Rescued In Indonesia

A rare albino orangutan was captured in Indonesia and was held by locals for two days. The animal was then rescued by the BOS foundation and is now under observation.
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There are very few rare albino orangutans in the world and a blue-eyed and white-haired one is more sporadic and difficult to find. A sighting was reported in Indonesia but the animal was captured and held by villagers for two days. Luckily it was rescued by a survival foundation in the area.
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS Foundation) announced that a 5-year-old female albino orangutan was rescued in Tanggirang village, Central Kalimantan. The white-haired orangutan became famous not only because of its condition, but the albinism was emphasized with her rare blue eyes.
The female orangutan was rescued last April 29, according to a… Read more

Researchers Create Artificial Womb

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Scientists at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have successfully grown lambs inside an artificial womb.
Eight lambs born at equivalent of 23 weeks human gestation were kept alive by placing them inside a «biobag, » which looks like a huge ziplock that is attached with tubes of blood and fluids. Details about the breakthrough experiment have been published in the journal Nature Communications.
According to The Atlantic, the lamb fetuses were able to survive for four weeks and are still surviving at present, which is longer than previous attempts. Their brains and organs developed without complication. They even started to grow wool and began opening their eyes.
The biobag is filled with synthetic amniotic fluid while a tube that provides nutrition and oxygen and removes carbon dioxide is attached on the umbilical cord of the f… Read more

Humpback Whales

A total of 41 dead humpback whales washed ashore since January 1, 2016. As of April 24, 2017, 15 dead whales were spotted along the Atlantic Coast. This is higher than the 16-year average for the region from 2000 to 2015, which is 14 whales per year.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has initiated a federal probe to investigate the unusually high number of dead humpback whales washing along the Atlantic coast, from Maine through North Carolina.
Due to these deaths, NOAA has declared an unusual mortality event (UME). The Marine Mammal Protection Act defines UME as «a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal population, and demands immediate response.»
«This begins the process of an investigation … that could take months to years to complete,» NOAA Stranding Coordinator Mendy Garro… Read more

Snakes

Snake sightings are on the rise because the temperature is heating up. What Christine has captured seems like several snakes mating.
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A woman from Charlotte has stumbled upon a «ball of snakes» while walking along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.
The woman, identified as Christine Proffitt based on her social media page, managed to snap a photo of the swirling serpents and shared it on twitter with a caption: «Watch out on the greenway today guys.»
Speaking with CBS North Carolina, Christine said she sprinted away from the ball of snakes as soon as she finished taking photos.
«I would have taken more but I wanted to get out of there as fast as I could,» she kidded. «As terrified as I was, my first instinct was ‘pics or it didn«t happen.»»

Snake sightings are on the rise because the temperature is heating up. What Christine has captured seems like se… Read more

rare North Atlantic right whale

A rare North Atlantic right whale surfaces June 27, 2001 off the coast of Massachusetts. Scientists launched a second rescue attempt July 10, 2001 to remove fishing line embedded in the infected jaw of the endangered 45-foot whale.
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At least 112 North Atlantic right whales were spotted in Cape Cod bay. The number is the largest on any day, followed by 107 of them in 2011, Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) noted.
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), North Atlantic right whales remain critically endangered, with at least 465 left of them, as of 2011.
Although North Atlantic right whales can survive waters with temperate to subpolar latitudes, their population has declined over the years because of the previous rise in commercial whaling. At present, since right whale nursery areas are in shallow, coastal waters, they are prone to en… Read more

Naked Mole Rats

A naked mole rat, which lives in tiny burrows usually with hundreds of others of them, can go on healthily with only six percent of oxygen around it. What’s more incredible about these weird-looking mammals is that they are able to survive 18 minutes with zero oxygen.
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For many species, oxygen is everything. Three minutes without it would make a normal person faint. According to The Atlantic, a person needs at least 20 percent of oxygen around him to survive, however, a naked mole rat, which lives in tiny burrows usually with hundreds of others of them, can go on healthily with only six percent of oxygen around it. What’s more incredible about these weird-looking mammals is that they are able to survive 18 minutes with zero oxygen.
Thomas Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and Gary Lewin, a physiologist at the Ma… Read more

Python

The python was more aggressive than normal and it appeared jittery.
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A six-foot python which has shown signs of methamphetamine addiction after living in a drug lab is taken to a prison rehab in Australia. After months of treatment at the Corrective Services-managed wildlife center in Windsor, the python is finally clean and is ready to get back to the «real» world.
The six-foot-long python was seized during a raid of a methamphetamine lab. As reported by International Business Times, the python had absorbed drug fumes through its skin and has developed addiction to it. The report added that the python was more aggressive than normal and it appeared jittery.
«Normally these pythons can be a little bit snappy, they are constrictors and not poisonous, and they just lie around,» Ian Mitchell, senior overseer of the wildlife center based at the John Morony… Read more

Frogs

Certain components in frogs’ skin mucus have the ability to kill the H1 variety of the dreaded influenza virus.
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A team of researchers from the Emory Vaccine Center and the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology in India found that certain components in frogs’ skin mucus have the ability to kill the H1 variety of the dreaded influenza virus.
Their discovery, described in a paper published in the journal Immunity, showed that the skin of the frogs are capable of secreting a so-called «host defense peptides» that defend them against bacteria.
«Anti-flu peptides could become handy when vaccines are unavailable, in the case of a new pandemic strain, or when circulating strains become resistant to current drugs,» said Joshy Jacob, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Emory Vaccine Center and Emory University School of Medicine an… Read more

Giraffe

The baby watch for April the giraffe has ended today, April 15, at 10 a.m. ET. Animal Adventure Park giraffe cam captured the much-awaited moment when the 15-year-old pregnant giraffe gave birth in an enclosed pen in Harpursville, New York.
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The long wait is over. After about two months of waiting for April the giraffe at Animal Adventure Park to go into labor, the pregnant giraffe has finally given birth!
The baby watch for April has ended today, April 15, at 10 am ET. Animal Adventure Park giraffe cam captured the much-awaited moment, and at least 1.2 million were online to watch the live stream. The 15-year-old pregnant giraffe gave birth in an enclosed pen in Harpursville, New York, The Guardian reports.
According to Daily Mail, a staff at Animal Adventure Park described the whole process as a «perfect delivery.» The hooves of the baby giraffe first po… Read more

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