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Alien Squid Footage Surfaces

(ANIMAL NEWS/OCEANS DISCOVERY) Rare video footage of an unusual squid has the Internet in a frenzy over alien conspiracy theories. The squid in question is a 26-foot-long Magnapinna squid, one of the most curious looking ocean dwellers. The squid was recorded by a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) in the Gulf of Mexico. The footage shows the rarely seen mysterious squid displaying its floor-length tentacles.  Read on to find out more about this fascinating alien-like creature and watch the footage in the video clip below. — Global Animal

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Asian Unicorn Spotted For First Time In 21st Century

(ENDANGERED SPECIES) VIETNAM — The saola, dubbed the “Asian Unicorn” because the species is rarely seen by humans, was recently spotted in Vietnam’s Central Annamite mountains. This marks the first time a saola has been seen, yet alone photographed in over 14 years. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the last reported saola sighting was in 1999 in Laos, and the last time the species was spotted in Vietnam was in 1998. Read the following Los Angeles Times article and watch the You Tube video below for more information about the discovery and what it means for scientists and conservationists around the world. — Global Animal

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Man’s Best Friend Or Man’s Best Man?

(ANIMAL WELFARE/SCIENCE) Gregory Berns and his research team has successfully trained dogs to sit still for long enough in an MRI Scanner to receive a clear image of their brains. Images have proven dogs are more like people than we think, especially when considering brain activity in the specific brain region called the caudate nucleus. Since we have been limited for so long to just observing animal behavior, the ability to learn about dogs’ brains is a huge breakthrough for these animals. Read on to learn more about Berns’ research and what this new discovery could mean for the rights of dogs everywhere. — Global Animal

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Whales still get hit despite ship speed regulations and observation systems. Photo Credit: Discovery

Ear Wax Tells Whale’s Tale

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) The endangered blue whale’s ear wax could be the key to saving the beloved species. Scientists from Texas have analyzed a 10-foot-long earplug retrieved from a blue whale who passed away due to a collision with a ship off the coast of Santa Barbara, California in 2007. Like a tree’s rings, the ear wax documents the changing levels of hormones within the creature as well as exterior pollutants. It provides researchers with a window into the chemical content of the ocean, hopefully revealing the cause behind the the vast decline of several marine species. With more research, ear wax investigation has the potential to offer substantial hope for whales by unearthing the effects humans have on marine life. Issues like heavy ship traffic and human noise has potentially caused an increase in whale stress levels. Read on to learn the details behind this groundbreaking discovery. — Global Animal

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Busy Beavers Battle Climate Change

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) We all know beavers have heavy workloads. But scientists have found that beavers also play a prominent role in cutting carbon emissions. Approximately eight percent of carbon is reduced by the carefully crafted beaver dam, which is 18 percent less than the potential reduction rate if it were not for human disturbance to beaver environments. The recent study suggests these animals sufficiently help keep the environment resilient against climate change, drought, and wildfires. Read on for more on North American beaver populations and their significant impact on the ecosystem. — Global Animal

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Sea Serpents in Spain?

(OCEANS/ANIMAL DISCOVERY) Recent pictures of unknown marine animal remains have sparked interest around the globe. Scientists speculate the animal found on a beach in Spain is likely a shark, but could possibly be an oarfish. However, because of the similarity of the remains to legendary sea monsters, such as the Loch Ness Monster, the remains are attracting attention. Read on for more details in the full article.  — Global Animal

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Meet the World’s Latest Animal Discovery

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) The animal kingdom got a lot cuter this week, thanks to researchers at the Smithsonian. The Museum of Natural History announced a new species of mammal on Thursday called the olinguito. A member of the raccoon family, the olinguito was discovered in the treetops of South America’s Andes mountain range. Dr. Kristofer Helgen, the curator of mammals at the Smithsonian, just participated in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the social news website, Reddit. Read on for more on the informative Q&A about the olinguito... – Global Animal

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New Animal Found: How’d We Miss This Cutie?!

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) The Animal Kingdom welcomes a new member to it’s family. For the first time in thirty-five years, scientists from the Smithsonian Institute discovered a new species of carnivore mammal called the olinguito. Weighing only two pounds, the smallest member of the raccoon family lives in the treetops of the Andes Mountains. For decades, the rust-colored animal had been mistakenly identified as it’s larger cousin the olingo. The animal had been spotted in the wild, with it’s bones and pelts stashed away in museum drawers, and even exhibited at zoos where zookeepers were reportedly confused when the mammal refused to breed with the other olingos. It wasn’t until some curious scientists and DNA testing that the olinguito finally got its due. Read on to find out more about this rare discovery and how experts hope this tiny new creature will help open our eyes to the significance of wildlife conservation. — Global Animal

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