One Of Britain Largest Spiders, The Great Fox-Spider, Thought To Have Gone Extinct, Was Spotted In The Ministry of Defence Training Ground In Surrey. The Spider, A 5cm Wide Arachnid, Was Last Spotted 27 Years Ago On Hankley Common In Surrey. The Great Fox-Spider Is A Night Time Hunter And Is Known For Its Speed, Agility, And 8 Black Eyes.
The Beetle, Phloeodes Diabolicus, Aka The Diabolical Ironclad Beetle Is Said To Have An Uncrushable Exoskeleton That Stretches To Withstand Extreme Forces, The Equivalent Of A 150-Pound Person Surviving The Weight Of About 25 Blue Whales. The Beetle, Found Primarily On The West Coast Of North America, Could Be A Source Of Animal Inspired Innovation.
Diabolical Ironclad Beetle: Unlocking the secrets of its super-tough design
A Rare Puppy Dog With Green Fur Was Born, In A Five-Dog Litter, At A Farm On The Mediterranean Island Of Sardinia. The Puppy, Named Pistachio Because Of The Green Fur, Is Believed To Be Green Because It Probably Made Contact With A Green Pigment Called Biliverdin While In The Womb. Unfortunately, The Green Fur Has Began To Fade.
Shark Allies Are Worried That ~500,000 Sharks Could Be Killed For Their Liver Extracted Squalene, For Use In COVID-19 Vaccine. Squalene Is A Common Ingredient Used In Cosmetics, Malaria And Flu Vaccines. Olive Oil And Sugar Cane, E.G., Are Sustainable Squalene Alternatives, But Shark Is Preferred Because It Cost Less And Yields More.
The First Adult-Sized Albino White Shark, A Tope Shark, Was Captured Off Britain, Near The Isle Of Wight. The Tope Shark, An Endangered Species, Was Released Back To The Sea After Being Photographed. Tope Sharks, Hunted For Different Reasons, Including For Their Oil, Meat, Fins, And Liver, Are Harmless To Humans And Can Live Up To 55 Years.
Magawa, A 7-Year-Old African Rodent, And One Of The HeroRATs Trained To Detect Landmines Since The 1990s, Has Been Award A Gold Medal, By The UK Veterinary Charity, PDSA, For Its Gallantry In Sniffing Out Landmines And Unexploded Munitions In Cambodia. Magawa Has Sniffed Out 39 Landmines And 28 Unexploded Munitions In His Career.
Though Not Unheard Of, The Viral Video That Many Have Labeled “Scary And Frightening,” Shows A Spider (Suspectedly A Pink Toe Tarantula ) From A Beam, Eating And Holding An Entire Bird In Its Front Legs. Pink Toe Tarantulas, Found In S. America, Are Active Predators That Live On Trees And Feed On Rodents And Small Mammals.
Scientists May Have Found The Oldest Animal Sperm Inside A New Species Of An Ostracod, Called Myanmarcypris Hui. The Sperm, Said To Be 100 Myrs Old, Was Found In An Ostracod Frozen Inside The Blob Of Tree Resin In Myanmar. The Sperm Age Dwarfs The Oldest Known Sample Of A Fossilized Animal (Ostracod) Sperm, Said To Be 17 Myrs Old.
This May Be Another Case Of Parthenogenesis In A Snake. This Time, A Ball Python, Identified By The Number 361003, And Said To Be The Oldest Snake (62 Years Old) At The Saint Louis Zoo, Has Laid 7 Eggs, On July 23, 2020, Without Being With A Male In More Than 15 Years. Egg Testing Is On The Way To Confirm Parthenogenesis.
This Video Is Very Creepy, Showing Russian Doctors Pulling A 4-Feet-Long Snake From A Woman’s Mouth. The Snake Is Said To Have Slithered Into The Woman’s Mouth While She Slept In Her Yard, Located In Levashi Village In Dagestan, Russia. But How Could One Not Wake Up If Something This Big Is Crawling Into One’s Mouth?
Russian doctors pull 1.2-metre snake from woman’s mouth
Researchers, For The First Time, May Have Revealed The True Size Of Megalodons. They Did This Via Mathematically Comparing The Fossilized Teeth Of A Megalodon To Those Of Modern Day Sharks, And Determined That Megalodons Could Have Grown To 18m In Length, Weighed ~48 Tons, Have Fins As Tall As A Human Adult, And With Hand-Size Teeth.
The World’s Most Expensive Sheep Was Sold In Scotland For The Price Of Over $490,000. The Pricey Animal, Named “Double Diamond,” Is A Texel Sheep--A Highly Sought-After Sheep In The Uk Because Of Their Lean And Very High-Quality Meat. Average Sheep In the UK Sells For $133. Texel Is Named After The Island Of Texel In The Netherlands.
A Furry Puppy Dog Or Wolf, Discovered In Siberia In 2011, May Have Eaten One Of The Last Woolly Rhinos For Its Last Meal. This Find Is Based On A Hairy Piece Of Tissue Found Preserved In The Canine’s Stomach, Which DNA Test and Dating Determined Belongs To A Woolly Rhinos That Went Extinct ~14,000 Yrs Ago, About The Time The Canine Died.
Germany, A Country With ~9.4 Million Dogs, Where ~1 In 5 Homes Own A Dog, Is Enforcing A New Law Beginning In 2021. The Dog Act Law, Meant To Give Dogs Enough Exercise, States That Dog Owners Must Walk Their Dogs at Least Twice A Day For An Hour, Or Let It Run Around The Garden. This Law Is Being Received With Mixed Feelings:=)
A New Study Is Indicating That An Enormous Ancient Animal, Ancestor To The American Alligators, With Banana-Size Teeth And As Long As Buses And Limos, Existed About 75 To 82 Myrs Ago. The Creature, Called “Terror Crocodile” Or Deinosuchus, And The Largest Carnivore In Its Ecosystem, Preyed On Dinosaurs That Fed Near Its Water Ways.
Scientists Have Been Puzzled By How This Stubby 242-Myr-Old Creature Moved Around. The Reptile, First discovered In 1852 In The Border Btw Switzerland And Italy, Has Very Long Neck 3 Times Its Torso. Scientists Unraveled The Mystery, Via The Reptile’s Skull Reconstruction, Discovering That The Tanystropheus Creature Lived In The Ocean.
Scientists Solve Fossil Mystery of Ancient Reptile with Weirdly Long, Giraffe-Like Neck
Social Distancing During An Infection Is Not Unnatural, As Certain Animals Social Distance From Sick Members Of The Same Species To Prevent Infection. Some Of These Animals Are American Bullfrog Tadpole, Lobsters, And Garden Ants. This Discovery Could Imply That Social Distancing Works, Even As Nature’s Remedy For Disease Prevention.
A Pet Cat Became The First Animal To Test Positive For COVID-19 In The Uk, Suspectedly From Its Owner. Experts Recommend Hand Wash Before/After Contact With Pets, Owners With Coronavirus Should Avoid Close Contact With Pets, And keep Pets Indoors To Avoid Virus Spread. However, There’re No Evidence Pets Can Transmit Coronavirus To Humans.
Scientists Estimate A Timeline, From The Energy Use Model Of Polar Bears, Which Indicates That If Climate Change Isn’t Curbed Soonest, The Arctic Polar Bears Could Go Extinct By 2100. This’s Because Climate Change Will Reduce Sea Ice, Making It Difficult For Polar Bears To Find Food, Like Seals, For Themselves And Their Cubs.
Scientists, For The First Time, Successfully But Unintentionally Created “The Sturddlefish” From 2 Living But Endangered Fossil Fishes, American Paddlefish And The Russian Sturgeon, That Have Not Evolved Over A Long Time. More Sturddlefish Offsprings Won’t Be Seen In The Wild As They May Be Infertile Due To The Effect Of Crossbreeding.