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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

Swimming With Sharks: Thrill-Seeking Lives Of Freedivers

(SHARK PICTURES/OCEANS) Brazilian photographer Raul Boesel Jr. released a fascinating look into the ocean world with his enigmatic photographs of freedivers swimming with sharks. "You feel all kinds of emotions when diving with these beautiful animals. They range from happiness, euphoria, anxiety and fear," Boesel said. Although Boesel is right to have a healthy amount of fear toward the wild animals, he clearly also displays a healthy dose of respect and admiration for the ocean dwellers. The photographs are a beautiful display of the delicate bond between humans and wildlife. Read on to learn more about this fascinating experience and see more pictures below. — Global Animal

Animals Ready For Their Close-Up (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE PHOTO GALLERY) Need a little pick-me-up? Check out these animals getting up close and personal with the camera! — Global Animal
A monkey and bird make unlikely, but fast friends. Photo Credit: Reddit

Everybody Loves A Hug (GALLERY)

(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) We all need somebody to lean on, and that includes our fellow animal friends. From big to small, tame to wild, animals of all shapes and sizes can’t turn down an honest-to-goodness hug. Check out these photos capturing some adorable embraces. — Global Animal
Birds flying in the sky, fly in a V to save energy.

Why A ‘V’ Formation Is For The Birds

(BIRDS/ANIMAL NEWS) Everyone's familiar with the V formation that birds fly in when they travel, but do you know why they choose to fly in a V? Scientists from the Royal Veterinary College in London conducted a study published in the international journal, Nature, and concluded that the V formation is an energy saving way for birds to travel. Continue reading below to find out how birds save energy by flying in a V. — Global Animal

World’s Most Eligible Bachelor: One Swipe & You’ll Fall In Love

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/RHINOS) What if you could swipe left or right on Tinder and still pick a winner? Sudan is the last male northern white rhino in existence, and Tinder has decided to help him find a mate by bringing awareness about the plight of his species. Sudan even has body guards to help protect him against poachers so his species isn't completely annihilated. No doubt, he's one very special rhino. Read on to find out how you can help the most eligible rhino bachelor around! -- Global Animal

Something’s Fishy: The Great Lakes & Great Antidepressants

(FISH/POLLUTION) The use of antidepressants is not unusual in this day and age. But what about for fish who aren't aware they are ingesting it? This is actually happening in the Great Lakes region because of wastewater treatment plants. The problem is that the fish behavior will now change and so will the ecosystems. Will the fish feel like eating? Will they eat too much? Read on to find out exactly what’s happening in the Great Lakes and the potential damage that could occur. -- Global Animal

How Natural Disasters Can Devastate Animals

(ANIMAL WELFARE) Whether there's a flood or a fire, pets and wildlife can be incredibly vulnerable during a natural disaster. But regardless of what Mother Nature may throw at us, there's no doubting humans offer animals the best chance of survival. Read the full article below for more on how natural disasters impact the lives of pets and wildlife, and learn how you can help animals in need. — Global Animal

Meet The Most Trafficked Mammal In The World

(WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING) The little-known pangolin is a tiny, nocturnal, Armadillo-like creature who is very shy. Their large Keratin scales that cover their skin help protect them from predators. But unfortunately, these scales do not protect them from humans. In certain parts of Asia, the Keratin scales are used for medicinal purposes. Just last week, Ivory Coast officials confiscated over 3 tons of pangolin scales in transit to China. This massacre of an estimated 4,000 pangolins has devastated their population. Read on to learn more about the pangolin and see how you can help save these innocent animals from traffickers. -- Global Animal
Worldwide, there are only about 60 shark attacks on people each year. Photo credit: Pakistantoday.com

Shark Attacks Vs. Shark Finning: Facts Behind The Fear

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SHARKS) Sunday, July 23 kicks off Discovery Channel's most anticipated summer staple, Shark Week. Referred to as "the Super Bowl of the sea," Shark Week is the longest-running cable TV programming event in history and a feeding frenzy in terms of ratings. But while Shark Week is good for the Discovery Channel, many are asking: Is it good for sharks? -- Global Animal

New Hope For Gray Wolves? Trail Cam Captures Cause For Celebration

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/WOLVES) California has been without an established wolf pack for 87 years, but now things have changed. In Lassen County, a U.S. Forest Service camera captured footage of three little gray wolf pups romping around and trailing behind their mother. This pup discovery is groundbreaking as it marks the start to restoring their population and possibly taking the wolves off the endangered species list. Read on to find out how these three furry babies will help scientists bring back the gray wolf. -- Global Animal

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