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New Study Estimates That 9 out of Every 10 Seabirds Have Plastic In Their Gut

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Every year, roughly 9 million tons of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans. It would be bad enough if that plastic was just polluting the water, but unfortunately, a lot of it ends up getting eaten by unsuspecting wildlife who mistake it for food. This problem has become an epidemic for birds. A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences earlier this week estimates that up to 90 percent of the world’s seabirds have pieces of

This Unique Viper Uses A Spider On Its Tail to Lure In Prey (Video)

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Meet the Persian horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides). The snake, which lives in the western portions of Iran, is commonly referred to as the spider-tailed viper because of the strange spider-like structure attached to its rear end. By shifting its tail back and forth, the snake is able to create an incredibly realistic illusion of a spider moving around. The viper uses this unique adaptation to lure in creatures like birds that see a spider as a tasty snack. When the unsuspecting victim moves in to

Germany Is Turning 62 Former Military Bases Into Sanctuaries for Rare Birds and Threatened Species

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On Thursday (6/18), German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks announced that the country would be turning 62 former military bases into protected nature preserves that will provide sanctuaries for some of the country’s rarest birds. According to Germany’s Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, the protected areas will also provide critical habitat for a number of threatened species, including beetles, bats, woodpeckers and eagles. In total, the newly protected area will cover 76,000 acres of land, from forests and meadows to moors and marshes. The new additions represent

There Are More Tigers Living As Pets In the U.S. Than There Are In the Wild

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The worldwide population of tigers has been devastated over the past century, dropping by a staggering 97%. Today, only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild. There is one place where tigers are thriving though: the United States. With roughly 5,000 tigers living in captivity, the U.S. has the single largest population of captive tigers in the world. You might assume that most of these tigers are living in zoos or nature preserves, but that is simply not the case.

3-D Printed Jawbone Helps Injured Sea Turtle Feed Again

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A sea turtle who injured his beak in a boat propeller accident has just been fitted with a metal replacement jawbone that was crafted using a 3-D printer. According to Fox News… “Staff at the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey, nursed the injured 99-pound sea turtle back to health, but they realized the reptile would need a new beak if it was ever going to be self-sufficient at sea, as its jaws had been

Fossil Discovered In China Belongs to Oldest Known Ancestor of Modern Birds

Researchers have discovered fossilized remains of a new species of bird that’s challenging much of what we know about the origin of modern birds. From Time… “The Archaeornithura meemannae lived roughly 130.7 million years ago in northeastern China, about 6 million years before the previously thought origin of modern birds, according to the researchers who published their findings in Nature Communications.”   The fossil has more in common with modern birds than any other found from this era. The new species belongs to the evolutionary branch Ornithuromorpha, which

Bobcat Vs. Shark – Florida Man Captures Incredible Encounter On His iPhone

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On Monday, Florida resident John Bailey photographed an intense moment at the Sebastian Inlet State Park in Florida. According to ABC News… “A photographer in South Florida snapped a shot Monday night of a bobcat walking along the beach at Sebastian Inlet State Park with a shark in its mouth, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV in Miami.” Although many have questioned if the photo is fake, experts have said they have no reason to believe it is fake because

The Mysterious Greenland Shark: Massive, Absurdly Slow, and Probably Blind (Video)

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For many years, scientists believed that Greenland shark dwelled exclusively in deep, cold waters near the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. Recently, however, the mysterious sharks are starting to make frequent appearances near more hospitable regions like Northern Europe, giving researchers more insight into this hidden species of shark. Though they were officially added to the list of known species in 1801, it wasn’t until recently that researchers really started to gain an understanding of the species. In fact, the first photos of the sharks in

Russia Plans to Build A Genetic Noah’s Ark By Collecting DNA of All Living Things

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Researchers from Moscow State University just announced plans for a bold new project: creating a databank on all of Earth’s living organisms. The plans were announced by the university’s president Dr. Viktor Sadovnichy at a press conference this past Thursday (December 25). “I call the project ‘Noah’s Ark.’ It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we

Heroic Monkey Saves A Friend’s Life By Resuscitating It After Electrocution (Video)

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Commuters at a railway station in India’s northern city of Kanpur witnessed an inspiring act of animal heroism recently. A monkey was electrocuted while walking on high tension wires, falling unconscious onto a small platform in between the two sets of railway tracks. But the electrocuted monkey had one thing going in its favor that day: an intelligent and loyal friend that new a thing or two about first aid! The heroic companion tried a number of tactics to bring its friend

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