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Video of the Day: No More Shark Blood!

Posted in Video of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by Bush Warriors

What is the Shark-Free Marina Initiative?

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Video of the Day: The Revenge- Lion and Hyena Battle to Death

Posted in Video of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2010 by Dori G

 

 

Excerpts from National Geographic’s “Misjudged Hyenas“:

“Behind the snarl lies a cagey opportunist, proficient hunter, and dutiful parent.”

“Hyenas have an undeserved reputation as thieves and scavengers that subsist on the leavings of the larger predator. ‘But it is far more frequent that the lion will steal a kill from the hyenas,’ says Kay Holekamp of Michigan State University. Biologists have known this for decades, she laments, yet hyenas are still viewed as ‘slobbering, mangy, stupid poachers’ (not to mention goose-stepping fascists) in The Lion King, the movie that for many has defined the species.”

“Why do people grimace at the sight of them? With their patchy fur and odd proportions, maybe they flout our shallow standards for beauty in animals. ‘Our obsession with looks doesn’t take into account how well their bodies and brains are adapted to an ecosystem,’ says Anup Shah, who, with his brother, Manoj, photographed hyenas in Kenya, their homeland, and Tanzania.”

“Snarling in the face of certain death, a hyena cornered by lions in a Masai Mara bog has nowhere to run. Male lions seem to relish harassing and killing their smaller competitors.”

To read this wonderful article in full, click here.

 

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Video of the Day: Don’t You Just Hate it When Someone Else’s Rubbish Ruins Your Lunch Break!?

Posted in Video of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2010 by Caroline Thompson

 

 

 A few facts about litter and pollution:

  • Litter that is dumped in certain areas can stunt plant growth.
  •  Every year, millions of fish, birds and animals are killed from consuming or getting tangled up in litter with the biggest culprits being plastic bags and plastic six pack rings.
  • Litter carries germs that are quickly and easily spread to humans through rodents.
  • Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down.
  • Cigarette butts account for over 50 percent of littered items.
  • Broken glass cuts the feet of a multitude of animals such as foxes, raccoons, coyotes, badgers, squirrels, cats and dogs.
  • Deer love sweets and bread and will often feed on littered leftovers however, much of this food can become contaminated and cause food poisoning.
  • Chewing gum is a dangerous piece of litter that can kill animals that attempt to eat it
  • Nearly nine billion tons of debris end up in the oceans around the world every year.
  • Every cigarette butt takes at least 12 years to finally break down while it pollutes waterways and soil with lead, arsenic and cadmium.
  • More than two million cigarettes are littered in the United States every day.
  • Over 28 percent of ocean debris is cigarette butts.
  • Littered cigarette butts in America could build a seven feet wide highway of butts across the country.
  • 81 percent of litterers admit that higher fines and stricter laws would stop them from littering.

 

Yamuna River, India (photo via Mother Nature Network)

 

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