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Being A Mother In The Animal Kingdom

(ANIMAL MOMS/ANIMAL KINGDOM) Carrying 22 babies, gaining 400 pounds, letting your youngsters eat your skin—and you thought being a mother was easy. Read on to learn about the many sacrifices that mothers make in the animal kingdom. — Global Animal

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<p>Dolphins VS Chimps: Dolphins are more intelligent by far. Chimps long held the highest position at the top of animal intelligence, but there have been a few studies knocking that notion down. Chimps are generally perceived to be as smart as 3-year-old humans, but their descent from the top began with a 2007 study that ranked orangutans as smartest of the animals. Dolphins are beginning to get their due from researchers. A 2010 study placed dolphins as the second-most intelligent animal, second only to humans. Dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror and inspect various parts of their bodies, and they can solve difficult problems while living in the wild and round up schools of fish with almost military-like precision. They’re so intelligent, in fact, that one researcher, Thomas White, an ethics professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, says they deserve the same moral standing as humans. “The scientific research… suggests that dolphins are ‘non-human persons’ who qualify for moral standing as individuals,” he said. </p>

Animal IQs: Who Is The Smartest?

(ABOUT ANIMALS) This photo gallery places one animal aside another to compare wits. Though every species has innumerable strengths and skills (and many we human animals can only aspire to), some animals are standout brainiacs. See who on the next two pages! The who’s who of animal intelligence may surprise you. — Global Animal

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Whale Lifts Kayak In Argentina

(WILDLIFE/WHALES/AMAZING ANIMAL VIDEO) In the incredible video above, watch as two kayakers–a father and daughter–are lifted out of the water by a massive whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. — Global Animal

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Actress Isla Fisher gets a kiss from Nanuq. Photo Credit: Rigo Diaz/SeaWorld San Diego/Getty

SeaWorld Loses Another Cetacean Casualty

(SEAWORLD/WHALES IN CAPTIVITY) Last week, SeaWorld lost another one of its marine mammals, reigniting the debate over whether cetaceans belong in captivity. On Thursday, Nanuq the beluga whale died at SeaWorld Orlando after fracturing his jaw during an interaction with two other whales and later contracting an infection. According to SeaWorld, the cause of Nanuq’s […]

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When not performing, SeaWorld whales are confined to even smaller tanks. Photo Credit: Slavetoentertainment.com

Good News For The World’s Loneliest Whale

(KILLER WHALES/ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY) Good news is finally on the way for Lolita, the world’s loneliest orca. Lolita was given this name because for the past 40 years or so, she has been living in solitude at the Miami Seaquarium in what is regarded as one of the smallest orca enclosures in the world. For […]

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The International Whaling Commission banned the hunting of blue whales in 1966. Photo credit: Wall Street OTC

California Blue Whales Make A Splash

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) CALIFORNIA — California’s blue whale numbers are as high as they were before whale hunting became more common throughout the 20th Century, according to a recent study. The region’s blue whale population may have faced extinction if precautions were not taken to protect the endangered species. But thanks to strict monitoring, blue whales […]

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Steve-o, an animal rights activist, poses in front of the SeaWorld freeway sign Photo credit: Discoversd.com

Steve-O Says, “SeaWorld Sucks”

(CELEBRITIES/SEAWORLD) The SeaWorld culprit is out! Steve-O, best known for his appearance on the MTV show and film series, Jackass, released a video on Wednesday of himself changing the SeaWorld exit sign on the San Diego Freeway. Steve-O changed the lettering of the sign from “SeaWorld Next Exit,” to “SeaWorld Sucks.” Although he completed the […]

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