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10 Animal Myths Debunked

(ANIMAL FACTS) Have you ever wondered where some animal sayings come from? Do elephants ever forget? Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Read on to find out which animal myths are fact or fiction. — Global Animal
Squirrel Appreciate Day is a time to be thankful for all types of squirrels. (WILDLIFE)

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

(SQUIRRELS/WILDLIFE) January 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day and a good time to celebrate our furry friends. The holiday was founded in 2001 by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in Asheville, North Carolina. Celebrated in mid-winter when food sources are scarce, you can show your appreciation by giving your local squirrel buddies some treats of nuts, seeds, or fruit. We have compiled a list of fun facts to honor the squirrel on his special day! -- Global Animal

Cuckoo Birds: Con Men Of The Sky

(WILDLIFE/BIRDS) Many animals mimic predators for self defense: the mimic octopus imitates several species of dangerous fish, the harmless milk snake looks very similar to the deadly coral snake, and butterflies have wings that look like owl eyes. Cuckoos mimic the predatory sparrow hawk, but for a slightly different reason. Read on to discover the effect the cuckoo's deceptive plumage has on other birds. — Global Animal

Cold-blooded Crocodilians’ Amazing Survival Tactics

(ALLIGATORS/WILDLIFE) Do you ever wonder how a cold-blooded animal could survive in freezing weather? A few alligators in North Carolina revealed their secret. During this month’s cold snap in the Eastern U.S., these bitter-cold crocodilians nestled into the warmer mud and lifted their snouts just above the water. Though this isn't the ideal situation for these reptiles, you have to admit, it’s genius. Read on to find out how their bodies sustain subfreezing temperatures. -- Global Animal

Don’t Just Wing It: How To Choose The Best Pet Bird For You

(PETS/BIRDS) Not all birds would make good pets, so when looking for a feathery addition to your family make sure you read up on this helpful information from the Humane Society. Read on to learn which birds make good pets, and which birds should be left in the wild. — Global Animal

This Is Wild: 19 Exotic Animals Doing Yoga

(FUNNY ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE PHOTOS) Animals are naturally master yogis. Take a look at all these animals in a full array of yoga poses--or animal asanas--and take inspiration from their being-ness. – Global Animal
A Calcified Flamingo. Photo Credit: Nick Brandt (ANIMAL PICTURES)

World’s Deadliest Lake Turns Animals Into Stone

(WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY/BIRDS) Photographer Nick Brandt recently traveled to the world's deadliest lake, Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania, and discovered a shocking collection of perfectly mummified animal remains. Upon full submersion into the lake, the animals are instantly calcified and perfectly preserved. Take a look at the following photos and read the article below to learn more about Lake Natron's unique properties, the animals who have fallen victim to it's depths, and the few that can actually survive it's deadly waters. — Global Animal

It’s A Small World: Miniature Animals From Across The Globe (GALLERY)

(MINIATURE ANIMALS/ANIMAL PICTURES) Scientists have found a correlation between climate change and animal size - as resources become more scarce with warmer weather, animals are getting smaller. While miniature animal lovers rejoice, this could mean something more serious for the world's biodiversity. Read on to see these mini animal friends from around the world. — Global Animal

Shell No! Why Tourists & Turtles Don’t Mix

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SEA TURTLES) Remember going to the pond and feeding the ducks as a kid? Or what about going to the beach and giving the seagulls crackers? It may seem like harmless fun, but a research group at the University of Barcelona recently discovered that feeding wild animals like green sea turtles is actually hurting their population. It changes their diet, the chemicals in their body, as well as their behavior toward humans. Read on to find out how we can save these turtles one step at a time. -- Global Animal

Molting Mammals Use Rocks To Whale Away At Dead Skin

(OCEANS/WHALES) When you think about the act of molting, you’d typically imagine a hermit crab casting off its exoskeleton, or maybe a snake shedding its skin. But would you believe that a whale does the same thing? Recently in the Canadian Arctic, a couple of Bowhead whales were seen rubbing against boulders to exfoliate their skin. Read on to find out why these large sea mammals are in dire need of a spa day. -- Global Animal

Don’t Try This At Home! Man Risks Life To Save Rabbit From California Wildfire

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL RESCUE) As destructive wildfires continue to tear across Southern California, destroying homes, forcing evacuations, and displacing thousands of residents, one unnamed man risked his life to save a wild rabbit from the blaze. The viral video of the daring rescue shows a Ventura County highway engulfed in smoke and flames from the Thomas fire, which is so far the most massive of the Southern California wildfires, consuming nearly 100,000 acres. The unidentified good Samaritan--who has since become a social media hero--pulled over along Highway 1 near La Conchita, California, and braved the flames to save the small creature from the hellish inferno. It goes without saying that getting this close to a wildfire is extremely dangerous and not recommended, but in these trying times, we need more examples of compassion toward animals. Read on to learn more about the daring rescue and view the footage in the video clip below. -- Global Animal

The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Sleep In The Animal Kingdom

(ABOUT ANIMALS/PETS/WILDLIFE) We all know the average human requires about eight hours of sleep a day. But what about our animal friends? Animals have a wide range of daily sleep times that can vary considerably depending on multiple factors including age, environment, and diet. For instance, did you know that giraffes only sleep about 1.9 hours a night? Whereas koalas require a whopping 22 hours of sleep per day on average. Find out how our animal friends catch their z’s in the infographic below and see which animal's sleeping pattern compares closest to your own. Are you a 7-hour guppy fish? A 10-hour baboon? Or what about a 5-hour goat? -- 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

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