Saturday, October 24, 2020


Science stories about animal research, including wildlife conservation and endangered animals studies.

It is not uncommon for pet guardians to resemble their pet dog. Photo credit:

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

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

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

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

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

Modern-Day Dr. Dolittle: Scientist Claims He Can ‘Talk’ To Animals?

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Scottish scientist Dr. Ian Duncan claims he is actually able to talk to animals by using a "strictly scientific method" which he plans to reveal in a Washington conference on animal welfare and sentience in the coming week. Dr. Duncan, whose work led to changes in in the regulations of battery farms for pigs and hens, believes by being able to communicate with animals about their care, we may be able to improve their lives. Read on to learn more about this modern-day Dr. Dolittle. — Global Animal
3,000 different species of animals have plummeted in numbers. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Elephants Are All Ears: Measure Danger Through Voice

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/ELEPHANTS) The Maasai people in Kenya have a long history of violence towards their elephant neighbors, but elephants have learned a way to avoid conflict to the best of their ability. According to a recent study, elephants in the Amboseli region have learned to distinguish voices and dialects from one another. They can even tell male, female, and young boy voices apart. Further results from the study were even more surprising. The two-year study revealed the African elephants often retreat after hearing a Maasai male's voice, but Kamba, a neighboring community, receives less of a reaction. Read the full article below for more details on the study. — Global Animal
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Polar Explorer Breaks The Ice: Uncovers New Penguin Colony

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/PENGUINS) Polar explorer Alain Hubert has been taking trips to the South and North Poles since 1983. He is a trained civil engineer, a certified mountain guide (UIAGM), a carpenter, an entrepreneur, and a public speaker—but one of his favorite hobbies? Counting penguins. Hubert recently returned to Antarctica to count a newly discovered emperor penguin colony, despite estimates already calculated by a computer. The new colony, named after the coast on which they were found, Ragnhild, is one of 44 colonies of emperor penguins found on the continent, where an estimated 595,000 emperor penguins reside in total. Read about Hubert's incredible Antarctic journey, and the science behind it all, in the article below. — Global Animal

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Is A Worldwide Ban On Animal Testing Possible?

(ANIMAL TESTING/ACTIVISM) Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop are working on a worldwide petition to end animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. The two companies received over one million signatures from over 65 different countries, and they are hoping the U.S. will follow the European Union's lead and ban animal testing for good. Being the largest campaign of its kind, Cruelty Free International does not plan to stop with just the U.S., but is also hoping to one-day bring about a worldwide ban on animal testing. Continue reading below to learn more about Cruelty Free International and the Body Shop's petition, and take the Clean Up Cruelty Pledge today. — Global Animal

Shame On UCLA’s Monkey Business

(ANIMAL CRUELTY/ANIMAL TESTING) The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is world-renowned for its groundbreaking scientific studies as well as its innovative approach to contemporary health issues. The SoCal gem, however, recently earned the spotlight for very different reasons. The university's revolutionary scientific breakthroughs come at a hefty price due to laboratories' use of live animals to conduct experiments. Several scandals have recently come to light, and UCLA faces retribution from a myriad of animal rights groups. — Global Animal

Can Radiation Keep Animals Warm?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) It's amazing how much we learn from animals. One of the most recent discoveries centers around the insulating powers of feathers and fur. Recent studies discovered many Arctic animals use a form of radioactive heat to stay warm, contrary to the beams' harmful effects on marine life. The findings suggest the hairs reflect infrared light, contributing to their insulating powers. Such knowledge may lead to new types of ultra-thin insulation for both home-development and clothing. Read the article below for details concerning the breakthrough discovery.—Global Animal

Spiders Twerk For Their Lives

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/WEIRD ANIMAL FACTS) If you want to stay alive, you have to "twerk" for it—at least if you're a male black widow spider. Scientists discovered that upon entering a female's web, a male spider will pause and vibrate his abdomen up and down, while keeping the rest of his body relatively still—much like Miley Cyrus' notorious dance move. Read on to learn more about this amusing phenomenon. — Global Animal