Category Archives: animals

What were the first animals?

by Matthew Cobb I’ve just finished making a BBC World Service radio programme about the first animals. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can listen to it (it’s only 28 minutes long!) – you just have to register with the BBC (free, rapid and cost- and spam-free). Click on the pic to go to the BBC […]

Friday duck report and wildlife humor

Duck update: Honey was gone this morning, though she was here with James all day yesterday. At 7:30 a.m., James was again swimming disconsolately around the pond, and even attempting to quack, though not much of a noise came out. (Previously he’d just uttered low quack-y noises, but now he opened his bill wide and […]

Snoop Dogg narrates Plizzanet Earth

What would happen if Snoop Dogg* replaced David Attenborough? We’d get something like this: (Be sure to watch the last bit about 9 minutes in.) *Real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.

A crustacean whodunit: which sea creature attacked an Aussie teen?

by Greg Mayer Appropriately following upon Jerry’s monstrous, triffid-like seed pod,  an attack by tiny monsters on an Australian teenager has been splashed across world media, including the BBC and the New York Times. The victim, Sam Kanizay was cooling off after a football match by wading in the sea near Melbourne. After a half […]

Don’t be cruel, says cockatoo, but his gal won’t listen

by Matthew Cobb Yes, this has been around for a couple of years (nearly 6 million views), but it’s still fun. What’s not resolved is why cockatoos dance.

Name the animal

Here’s a tweet that Grania found. I’m pretty sure I know what this thing is (hint, it may not be an adult animal. . . ), but I’ll leave it to the readers to guess. But seriously please share this picture so some knowledgeable marine biologist can tell me what the hell it is bc I […]

Unusual stripes

by Greg Mayer Matthew sent me the following tw**t from Bryan D. Hughes, the rattlesnakeguy: Here's a cool picture sent to us by Susan Harnage. It's a longnosed snake with a partial stripe – an error in the pattern. Pretty cool! — Bryan D. Hughes (@rattlesnakeguy) March 15, 2017 The tw**t doesn’t say where […]

Name that animal track!

Matthew, who loves quizzes, insisted that I post this tw**t. He says “n.b. the scale is in centimeters, so it’s very big!” I’ll let him post the answer in a few hours. He adds, “Don’t go looking! Guess!” Here we go! Who made this track, found in ne British Columbia along a river? Tweet me […]

Pet rocks

Because about 40% of my Facebook feed consists of complaints about Donald Trump, and because I can’t brain today, I’m proffering cats as a palliative. Italian artist Roberto Rizzo Pittore specializes in painting animals on rocks; what’s amazing is the lifelike job he does. Here’s a video, along with a picture of the animal he’s painting. […]

Toad rescue

by Greg Mayer I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I periodically engage in turtle or frog and toad “rescues”, taking animals that had fallen into human made traps, such as window wells and stairwells, and releasing them, sometimes after feeding them for a while in captivity to fatten them up prior to release. A couple […]