Eleanor Bartsch is a talented musician, to say the least. Besides being a member of both the Madison (WI) Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Eleanor is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly with other small groups and ensembles in the state. But recently, Eleanor decided to try out her musical skills on a very different audience. While performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Circus World Museum, she noticed two elephants outside of a tent that seemed to be moving
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If you ever visit Southeast Asia, you might come across the whitest thing you’ve ever seen. And it’s not this guy: It’s the Cyphochilus beetle, a beetle whose shell is whiter than even the whitest paper, the whitest snow, even the whitest paint. In fact, it’s brighter than anything that human technology could create using a material as thin as the beetle does. So what is this material? Well, it’s called chitin. Chitin is similar to the cellulose, the main material in a plant’s cell
In 2001, Robin Williams traveled to the headquarters of the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California after taking a personal interest in ape conservation. While there, he met the famous gorilla Koko, who was taught American sign-language at a young age. The two were made for each other. Koko quickly took a liking to Williams’ kind heart, and almost immediately he was one of the ape’s closest friends. When she met Williams, Koko had been going through a bout of depression following the
Today we celebrate the third annual World Elephant Day. The holiday was created in 2012 by Canadian filmmaker and elephant advocate Patricia Sims, along with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand. The holiday was started to draw awareness to the plight of elephants around the world. Asian elephants are an endangered species, with only about 40,000 left in the wild. In their traditional home of Thailand, only about 4,000 Asian elephants remain today, down from over 100,000 at the beginning of the 1900s.
New Jersey resident Ian Bohman was heading out for a Monday morning workout when he noticed a local bear walking upright. The spectacle was too perfect to not capture a viral worthy video. Check out the video below to see just how human-like bears can be… At first it’s not totally clear if this video is a hoax or just a man dressed up as a bear or something, but I can assure you that the video is actually of a
Matthew and his friend Andrew like to shred a couple waves every now and then. Recently, they were enjoying the waves off the coast of England when they had an unsuspected visitor. Matt describes the event: “Me and my friend Andrew were out enjoying some summer waves when this little guy came along and scared the hell out of Andy because we didn’t know what it was! It nudged his foot from underneath.” The next hour was filled with fun
As a boy, Bart Weetjens loved to play with his pet rats. One thing that always stuck in his memory was the rat’s strong sense of smell and the ease at which they could be trained. Bart recalled these skills years later as a student at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, where he was working on an analysis of the global land-mine detection problem (ie. how to find all of the unexploded mines left over from countless wars around the world).
Seth Casteel is a photographer based out of Chicago and Los Angeles who specializes in taking pictures of animals. Though he photographs all types of animals, dogs are one of his favorite subjects. A few years back, he shot a series of photos of dogs playing underwater. Check out the pictures below (click an image to enlarge): The success of the photos landed him a book deal, and the photo-book “Underwater Dogs” was released in October of 2012. Casteel’s photography company, Little
The two chimps above, Vali and Sugriva, attended the premier of the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film along with a thousand other movie-goers in the BigD Auditorium at Carmike Cinema, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The two chimps are highly intelligent, and often watch other movies, like Lord of the Rings, on televisions at Myrtle Beach Safari, where they live. They even paid for their own food and drinks! Check out the video below to learn more about their
As far back as the 1960s, scientists were aware that a number of whiptail lizards in Mexico and the southwestern United States were made up entirely of females. The most notable of these species, the New Mexico whiptail lizard, is able to reproduce healthy, well-bred offspring without the aid of male fertilization. Whiptails aren’t the only species that reproduce asexually. In fact, there are 70 other vertebrate species that can do it. But the New Mexico whiptail may have unlocked the secret as