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10 Reasons To Gobble For Turkeys

(THANKSGIVING/ANIMAL FACTS) Thanksgiving is finally here, and people around the country are stuffing their bellies with turkey. These birds certainly get the short end of the stick on this national holiday, but they actually aren't the dumb birds people believe them to be. For instance, did you know turkeys flirt in order to gain the attention of the opposite sex? And they are sensitive birds who, like us, have mood swings. Continue reading for more turkey traits and learn how they communicate, or talk turkey, and many other reasons to give these birds a break this Thanksgiving Day. — Global Animal

Humpback Whale Gives Thanks To Divers

(OCEANS/WHALE RESCUE) PACIFIC OCEAN — When a humpback whale became entangled in hundreds of yards of nets and fishing line, she was lucky to be spotted by a caring fisherman. Rescuers arrived and spent hours cutting her free. Read below to see how the whale thanked each diver individually! And from all of us here at Global Animal, we hope you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who help you get untangled from anything that binds you. And may you always know the joy of receiving and giving love to animals around the globe. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! — Global Animal

The Saga Of Stanley: Malibu Giraffe Left Behind In California Wildfire

(ANIMAL RESCUE) As the Woolsey Fire raged throughout Southern California on Friday, concern grew over the welfare of the menagerie of animals at Malibu Wines, a popular vineyard in the fire's path. As information began to emerge regarding the animals left on the winery's ground--including horses, pigs, cows, zebras, camels, alpacas, and most famously, Stanley the Giraffe, which all serve as attractions along the winery's Safari Tour--it was unclear if and how the animals were being kept safe. Activists were quick to condemn the winery, claiming the animals shouldn't have been left behind, while experts say evacuating poses extreme risk to some of the exotic animals. Thankfully all but two animals--a llama with foot pad issues and a horse with wounds from a wire fence--were completely unharmed. But some say the dire situation still begs the question: should a winery be caring for exotic animals? Read on to learn more about the saga of Stanley and share your thoughts in the comments below. -- Global Animal

13 Ghost Sharks To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

(OCEANS/SHARKS) What's scarier than ghosts and sharks? Try a combination of both--ghost sharks! Also called "ratfish," "rabbitfish," "elephant fish," or "spookfish," believe it or not, ghost sharks aren't sharks at all. These mysterious animals actually belong to three families even though they are often grouped into one. Just in time for Halloween, check out these 13 ghost sharks to get in the spooky spirit! -- Global Animal

Why We Need Wildlife Crossings: Safer Roads For Animals & Motorists

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SAFETY) Wildlife crossings in Colorado are proving to reduce collisions and aid with species interbreeding. There are currently 30 such overpasses and underpasses throughout the state, and the CDOT and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are collaborating to identify other spaces along highways that could benefit from them. Similar wildlife crossings have proven effective in other states, including Florida, which has seen a reduction in road-related deaths of the state's panther population. Although such crossings can be expensive to construct--ranging between $300,000 and upwards of $1 million, not having them can also prove to be expensive. Regardless of the cost, there's no denying that safer roads for animals means safer roads for us, too. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of wildlife pass-throughs. -- Global Animal

Is China’s Ivory Ban A Game Changer?

(IVORY TRADE/POACHING) Since China’s ivory ban went into effect at the end of last year, it seems fewer people are interested in buying it. However, a new survey suggests less than 10 percent of Chinese people actually know about the ban. So the big question for conservationists is how much of this shift in public opinion can be attributed to the ban. Read on to learn more about the positive effects of China's ivory ban as well as it's impact on the illegal ivory market. -- Global Animal

How 0.01% Of Life On Earth Is Causing The Sixth Mass Extinction

(ANIMAL EXTINCTION/WILDLIFE) Did you know the world's population of 7.6 billion people is equal to just 0.01 percent of all living things? While humankind is largely insignificant in the grand scheme of life on Earth, humanity is responsible for the loss of 83 percent of all wild mammals--half of which have been lost in the last 50 years alone--and around half of all plants. Meanwhile livestock kept by humans abounds, consisting of 96 percent of all mammals on Earth. The destruction of wild habitat for agriculture, logging, and development has resulted in the beginning of what scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction. Read on to learn more about the rise of civilization and it's disproportionate impact on all life on Earth. -- Global Animal

From Dog-Tired To In A Fox’s Sleep: Animal Sleeping Habits Explored

(ABOUT ANIMALS/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR) Just like humans, all animals have their own unique sleep schedule. Some animals can sleep for most of the day, while others only need a couple of hours. From dolphins and whales to zebras and elephants, take a look at some of the most unique sleeping patterns in the animal kingdom in the infographic below. You'll be amazed by what you find out! -- Global Animal
Endangered Baby Sea Turtles

6 Tips To Keep Sea Turtles Safe During Nesting Season

(SEA TURTLES/OCEAN CONSERVATION) FLORIDA -- With sea turtle nesting season in full effect, it's important to take caution as we share the beaches with these endangered animals. From March through October, sea turtles emerge from the surf at night to lay their eggs in the sand, then return to sea. Two months later, about a hundred baby turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests and crawl to the ocean. These hatchlings are particularly vulnerable so it's crucial that residents and visitors alike do their part to ensure sea turtles have a safe and successful nesting season. Check out the tips below, courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center, on how to protect sea turtles during nesting season. -- Global Animal

Ocean Alliances: Male Dolphins & Their Name Calling

(OCEANS) The ocean is a mysterious place and there is still a lot to learn about it. New research shows that male bottlenose dolphins create alliances with other male dolphins. But how can these sea creatures tell eachother apart? Believe it or not, these dolphins have names for one another! Read on to find out how these aquatic mammals actually call out to their buddies and share connections similar to us land-lovers. -- Global Animal

Unsuspected Victims Of The Opioid Epidemic

(OCEANS) In the rugged waters of the Puget Sound, lay mussels who filter water in search of nutrients. However, no one expected to find traces of Oxycodone in the Seattle shellfish. If Opioids are reaching these filter feeders, how many other aquatic animals are being affected? Read on to find out how these dangerous drugs are permeating through Puget Sound and the impact this could have on all of us. -- Global Animal

Who Is The Best Father? 10 Notable Animal Dads (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/ANIMAL DADS) Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the world—human and otherwise. As an ode to dads, here's a list of the top 10 most notable animal dads. Weigh in on the poll and tell us which animal you think is the best father. Or better yet, send this list to the dad in your life and find out which animal dad he most resembles! — Global Animal

Colors Only Nature Could Create (GALLERY)

(BIRDS/ANIMAL PICTURES) Looking to brighten up your day? From dazzling ducks to flashy flamingos—check out these beautiful birds as they boast every color of the rainbow. — Global Animal

Raccoon Rescued After Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper, Capturing Fans Worldwide

(ANIMAL RESCUE) A raccoon boldly went where no raccoon has gone before when she found herself stuck on the UBS building in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday. The reckless raccoon made it all the way to the 23rd floor before eventually arriving safely on the roof. The courageous critter was first spotted resting in a lower-level nook outside the Town Square building downtown, and after a failed rescue attempt, the animal scrambled onto a skyscraper nearby and continued her dangerous ascent. She was stuck for two days, without food or water, before her eventual rescue on Tuesday afternoon, which prompted a collective sigh of relief from the Internet world. On Wednesday morning, she was picked up by Wildlife Management Services, the company that set the traps, and later released on private residential property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities with permission from the owner. A number of office windows were graced by the animal's presence, and many witnesses were able to capture photos and videos of the daredevil's 20-story climb to the top. It didn't take long for local media to take notice, with some live-streaming the dramatic "RACCOON WATCH." Not before long, the animal dubbed the #mprraccoon even had her own Twitter account. Celebrate the fact that she's finally safe and sound, and relive Raccoon Watch 2018 in the photos and video clips below. -- Global Animal