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Rare Photos: The Unicorn Of The Sea

(OCEANS/NARWHALS) Commonly referred to as "unicorns of the sea," narwhals are rare and elusive, coldwater porpoises.  Photojournalist Daniel Botelho spotted the unique animal on his North Pole expedition, and quickly started snapping away with his camera. "I always knew it would be very tough to get close to a narwhal whale,” he said. “It is notoriously hard to get close to one. But while all the staff could only stand a half-hour in the water, I took advantage of my cold resistance and stayed for three hours.” Read on to learn more about these majestic animals and take a look at the incredible photos. — Global Animal
Manatee, Conservation, Wildlife, Oceans

15 Amazing Manatee Facts For Manatee Appreciation Day

(INTERESTING ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Manatees--sometimes referred to as the cows of the sea--are now considered to be a vulnerable species given there are less than 10,000 mature manatees left in the wild. They are a loving, adorable species who need our help. Check out these fun facts and see how you can help keep this species alive and well. — Global Animal

Springtime Means Amazing Butterflies! (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/BUTTERFLIES) Springtime is here, and along with the beautiful weather it brings...butterflies! Feast your eyes on this photo gallery of amazing winged beauties--from the most common to the rarest of butterfly species. These wonderful photos are sure to make you float like a butterfly, or at least stop and smell the roses! — Global Animal
The International Whaling Commission banned the hunting of blue whales in 1966. Photo credit: Wall Street OTC

A Whale Of A Day: 6 Fun Facts For World Whale Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) Every year on February 16, conservationists and animal lovers alike come together to celebrate World Whale Day. Founded in 1980, this international day of observance serves to raise awareness about the ongoing need to protect our world's whale populations. Whales are so incredibly important to our Earth's ecosystems as they play an integral role in balancing the food chain and ensuring certain species do not overpopulate the world's oceans. However, these animals are threatened by a number of human-related activities like pollution, ship collisions, and even hunting. Despite a ban on commercial whaling in 1986, whales still face slaughter--most notably off the coasts of Japan. Celebrate World Whale Day and learn more about the oceans' most iconic mammals with these important facts below, and see how you can take action to help marine life. -- Global Animal

How Does Wildlife Cope With Cold Winter Weather?

(WILDLIFE/ABOUT ANIMALS) Winter weather can be brutal for humans and pets alike, but what about for wildlife? How do our wild animal friends fair in colder weather? We may never be able to gauge each animals' subjective experience, but it's clear different species have a variety of ways of withstanding the cold. While some warm-blooded animals hibernate or exhibit torpor (a state of decreased activity), other animals--like the arctic fox--have physically evolved to adapt to colder climates. Read on for more of the interesting ways that various animals deal with harsh winter conditions. -- 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

Save The Eagles Day: Best Places To See The World’s Most Iconic Birds

(BIRDS/SPECIES CONSERVATION) Observed every year on January 10th, today is National Save The Eagles Day. The national 'holiday' serves to promote efforts to save America’s national symbol, the bald eagle. Fortunately, these conservation efforts have proven effective as the bald eagle was officially removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007. But did you know there are upwards of 70 different species of eagles worldwide? Several of them remain critically endangered, threatened by poaching, pesticides, and other factors. Read on to learn more about the world's eagles and where you can see them in the wild. -- Global Animal

Find The Odd Animal Out: Which Of These Is Not Like The Other?

(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES/PETS/WILDLIFE) Sometimes we just want to blend in, even if we don't completely belong. Can you figure out which of these animals is not like the others? — Global Animal

18 Quotes To Celebrate National Bird Day

(BIRDS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Did you know today, January 5 is National Bird Day? Though mostly celebrated in the U.S., the special occasion--founded in 1894--attracts bird lovers from all over the world. While an estimated 10,000 bird species--both pets and wild birds--are currently at risk of extinction, the 'holiday' intends to advance bird conservation and emphasize critical issues surrounding the protection and survival of bird species. You can celebrate National Bird Day just by bird-watching outside in your backyard, observing online wildcams in the comfort of your own home, or simply by checking out these quotes below. -- Global Animal

Birdsongs Cure Winter Blues

(BIRDS/SKIES) December 21 is Winter Solstice—the darkest and shortest day of the year. But instead of getting bummed out, listen to some birdsongs instead! – 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

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

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

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