Saw these swirling double water spouts today while visiting my cousin in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Both glad and disappointed that they didn’t contain any sharks.
We had to share this very unique photo and story from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Endangered Species Program on their efforts to bring back this endangered amphibian.
This Wyoming toad has been outfitted with a backpack containing a radio transmitter to help biologists track it in the wild. The Wyoming toad, now the most endangered amphibian in North America, once flourished in the wetlands and rivers of southeastern Wyoming. See what’s being done to bring this species back from the brink: http://1.usa.gov/16jQ9IL
Yes, but Google probably can’t rip my face off.
This leopard has a rare condition that gives its coat a “strawberry” hue. Okay, it’s not super obvious, but still: pink leopard. Thanks, Nat Geo!
NATIONAL PARKS ON TUMBLR!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting!!!
Arches National Park in Utah preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.
Photo: Jim Karczewski - National Park Service
Small dinos are actually just baby dinos? Sick joke!
"But T. gondii is just one of an untold number of infectious agents that prey on us. And if the rest of the animal kingdom is anything to go by, says Colorado State University’s Janice Moore, plenty of them may be capable of tinkering with our minds. For example, she and Chris Reiber, a biomedical anthropologist at Binghamton University, in New York, strongly suspected that the flu virus might boost our desire to socialize. Why? Because it spreads through close physical contact, often before symptoms emerge—meaning that it must find a new host quickly… the flu shot had the effect of nearly doubling the number of people with whom the participants came in close contact during the brief window when the live virus was maximally contagious. “People who had very limited or simple social lives were suddenly deciding that they needed to go out to bars or parties, or invite a bunch of people over,” says Reiber.”
I hate it when science is scarier than my imagination!
AYKM? This type of thing makes me not mad at, but disappointed in, humans.
A casualty of Cold War tensions, Chi Chi was a Chinese panda on her way to an American zoo in 1958 when she ran afoul of a U.S. trade embargo of communist China. Michael Rougier photographed her while she was stranded in Frankfurt, forced to get by on wheat instead of her preferred bamboo leaves while her owner tried in vain to get a waiver from the U.S. Treasury Department. Ultimately, she found a home at the London Zoo, where she was one of the most popular attractions until her death in 1972.
Fun fact: Chi Chi was also the inspiration for the panda drawing made famous as the World Wildlife Fund logo.
(see more — LIFE at 75: Best Animal Photos)