Hyenas are one of my favorite animals. They are unfairly saddled with a bad reputation, mostly due to the assumption that they scavenge and “steal” other predator’s kills. Hyenas are actually skilled hunters that live in complex social groups. They are intelligent, beautiful animals. Check out the above video of a hyena playing at a lion park in South Africa. Hopefully watching this hyena do somersaults, chase her tail, and cavort in a puddle joyfully will encourage people to see these animals in a new light.
The Ozark Hellbender, also known as the snot otter, is the largest amphibian in North America. It is also perilously endangered. Read about the first successful captive breeding of these amazing amphibians on my blog post at AAAS Member Central, ‘Conservation Success for Ozark Hellbender Salamanders’ ( pdf or link ).
Carin Bondar’s Psi Vid blog at Scientific American lists the Top 5 Astounding Animal Videos of the Year . Take ten minutes and watch them – astounding is the right word. Bondar’s picks included a close encounter between humans and wild gorillas near Bwindi National Park in Uganda, the mating dance of the Australian peacock spider, an Octopus pulling its tentacled self across land, boas preying on bats as they emerge from a cave, and a breathtaking murmuration of starlings. Has she left one of your favorites off the list? Happy New Year, to creatures great and small!
Right before the holidays, I received a very nice present – a message notifying me that the blogger at Ink Chromatography had nominated this blog for a Liebster Blog Award. Ink Chromatography is a lovely blog written by Steph in Providence, RI. The title refers to a technique used to separate different colored dyes in an ink mixture, resulting in a band of colors that resembles tie-dye. Steph has a knack for picking interesting science stories and writing about them in a way that is engaging and illuminating. I thank her very much for the honor of this nomination and recommend that you visit her blog now! Liebster is a German word that means “dearest.” The Liebster Award celebrates up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The aim is to spread the word about exceptional blogs that deserve more readership, by having each recipient of the Liebster Award highlight five blogs that he or she feels stands. . . Read More