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Why Do People Look Like Their Pets?

(DOGS/PETS) Ever wonder why your best friend resembles her pet poodle? Or why people keep saying you and your cat look alike? Whether you want to admit it or not, there’s a good chance you and your pet resemble each other. In the article below, Sadahiko Nakajima, a psychologist from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, discusses what exactly makes people and their pets look alike. Read on to learn about Nakajima’s study, and find out which facial feature causes people to look like their pets. — Global Animal

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Bayer Pesticide Proves Bee-Killing Culprit?

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Don’t be fooled by their sting! Honeybees are a lot sweeter than you think—they play a vital role in pollinating crops that provide the food we eat. Researchers have isolated the chemical found in certain pesticides that destroy the honeybee population, and beekeepers around the country are taking a stand against big-name retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s. Read on to find out more about the conclusive research, and see how you can help save the honeybees from extinction. — Global Animal

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“Harry Potter” Wasps: Real Life Dementors?

(INSECTS/NEW SPECIES) The newest species of wasp discovered in Thailand received it’s official name after the Natural History Museum in Berlin hosted a public vote. The name Ampulex dementor, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s “dementor” characters in the Harry Potter series was chosen to reflect the wasps’ practice of sucking the life out of cockroaches, much like the dementors in the famous series who suck the souls out of their victims. Read the full article below for more details on the fascinating new creature. — Global Animal

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Oh Deer! Wildlife Stuck In The Past, Separated By Cold War

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) It seems Vladimir Putin isn’t the only one still stuck in the past. Red deer living on the outskirts of the Czech Republic and former West Germany refuse to cross the border, despite the lack of a physical barrier. During the Cold War, an electrified fence divided old West Germany and then-Czechoslovakia, keeping the deer on their respective sides. But why do the deer still refuse to cross the border? Read on for the answer. — Global Animal

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Squirrel Scientists Go Nuts For Rare Master Photobomber

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/WILDLIFE) IRELAND — Scientists in Northern Ireland are pleasantly surprised to find that country’s rarest mammal has been photobombing their research. While the survey was intended for the Fermanagh red squirrel—who, like the pine marten, is also an endangered and protected species in the UK—the pine marten’s persistent photobombing influenced the scientists to now include the pine martens in their survey. Read on and watch the video below for more on the pine marten’s photobombing exploits. — Global Animal

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Some Monkeys Don’t Monkey Around

(FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) When it comes to fidelity, most mammals don’t fit the bill of the model mate. But then again, most mammals aren’t the Azara’s owl monkey. In a world where 90 percent of mammals have multiple partners and cheating is common among all species, the Azara’s owl monkey bucks the trend by indulging in monogamy. Read on to find out what drives their monogamy. The reason may surprise you. — Global Animal

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Odds Stacked Against Animals In Research Facilities

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL RESEARCH) With help from the University of California, San Diego, PETA recently found that the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees’ (IACUC) board is dominated by animal researchers. To make matters worse, the board is more inclined to mercilessly use animals for experiments rather than resort to more efficient, humane alternatives to animal testing. The shocking IACUC roster currently shows that over 60 percent of the 25 largest institutional recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds are using animals for research experiments. Continue reading below to learn more about PETA’s discovery and take the cruelty-free pledge. — Global Animal

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Research Lab In The Doghouse For Brutal Beagle Testing

(ANIMAL TESTING/DOGS) An undercover investigation conducted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) found UK lab MSD Animal Health using beagle puppies for cruel animal testing. Thanks to their investigation, a BUAV worker was able to convince the inhumane research lab to release two of its breeding beagles and one of their puppies. However, this was just a small victory, as the investigation also showed that almost 100 dogs were killed in the facility, and the ones remaining were taken from their mothers and will face “certain death.” Read on to find out more about the BUAV’s findings at MSD Animal Health, and sign the petition to help put an end to their cruelty. — Global Animal

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