Lions and Tigers Bear Vocal Cords for Roars
Most animal vocal cords are triangular, but the uniquely stretchable square cords of the big cats let them produce their amazingly loud roars. Rose Eveleth reports
For many potential entrée animals this [sound of lion roar] is one of the scariest sounds around. Scientists long thought the lion’s distinctive roar was due to thick layers of fat inside the vocal cords. But new research suggests that it's not the fat that makes the roar, it's the shape of the vocal cords themselves.
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Big-Top Ban: New Bill Seeks to Put End to Animal Circuses
By ERIN SKARDA | November 3, 2011 |
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Three elephants chained behind the rope at Ringling Bros. Circus
On Wednesday, former Price Is Right host and animal activist Bob Barker appeared on Capitol Hill alongside Virginia Representative James P. Moran, CSI actress Jorja Fox and animal rights groups to show support for new legislation that would ban exotic animals from traveling circuses.
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World Bank Robert Zoellick Supports Project Predator
Today, on November 2, 2011, Mr. Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, addressed by video the delegates of the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam.
He specifically urged leaders "to give their criminal justice systems the power and resources to protect wildlife, forests, and fisheries from those who are plundering the planet's natural capital and countries' living heritage."
The full text of his remarks is attached. (See Read More
Americas Most Dangerous Pet Owners
Louse Theroux: America's Most Dangerous Pets (BBC2, SUN), Tintin's Adventure with Frank Gardner (BBC2, SUN), Misfits (E4, SUN)
Nervousness and naivety are Louis Theroux's trademarks as a TV presenter, and they've served him well. The naivety is usually a put-on but in America's Most Dangerous Pets, Louis' nervousness was so real you could smell it.
"We're thinking we may have what we need," he told a woman called Jill, who'd just released one of the two chimpanzees she shares Read More
Zookeeper playing God was called Joe Exotic
Another visit to the human zoo, this time also containing animals, and a new probationer in orange overalls
by Jasper ReesMonday, 31 October 2011
Big pussy diary: Louis Theroux meets captive tigers in the Midwest
He’s been in the presence of murderers, rapists and paedophiles. He’s auditioned naked for a porn movie and submitted his tender midriff to liposuction. He’s spent more time than can be good for anyone in the company of Mr and Mrs Christina Hamilton. Yet Read More
Taronga's tale of tigress and her triplets
October 25, 2011
Triplet Sumatran tigers at Taronga
With only 300 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, the two month-old triplet cubs are a special addition to Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
Enter competition to name cubs
The baby big cats have finally been let out of the bag.
Three Sumatran tiger cubs earned their stripes today when they made their long-awaited public debut at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
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Icons of the wild — lions, tigers and other big cats — are fading from the world's wild places, warn conservation experts worldwide.
By Chris Johns, National Geographic Stock
The world's population of big cats, like this juvenile African cheetah, has been decimated, say conservation scientists. They could face extinction within two decades.
By Chris Johns, National Geographic Stock
The world's population of big cats, like this juvenile African cheetah, has been decimated, say conservation Read More
Zanesville Massacre 18 tigers 17 lions 3 cougars gunned down
Ohio case renews old questions about exotic pets
Yadah used to be an adorable baby. Now he's a cranky 5-year-old with a willful streak and a $250-per-month food bill, and Shannon Pandarvis is desperate to get rid of him.
Pandarvis' brown capuchin monkey has become too expensive for the out-of-work utility worker and his wife, but the couple can't find a sanctuary to take him in.
Days after dozens of lions, tigers and bears were slain by police after an Ohio Read More
Cat Meets Catamount
Zeus, an 11-year-old Maine Coon cat, had a curious encounter with a young mountain lion in Boulder, with the pair safely separated by a sliding glass door.
The cats checked each other out at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pine Brook Hills area of Boulder. Gail Loveman, Zeus’s owner, said she was busy in the office of her home when she heard a noise and turned to see a young mountain lion on the porch.
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This young lion performed a backflip as it escaped the claws of a vicious lioness who slashed it across the face.
British photographer Elliott Neep watched as the lioness approached a zebra carcass to feast with her two cubs in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
But juveniles from a different pride dared to come too close and the protective mother lashed out in anger.
Flipping amazing: The lion cub acrobatically spins out of a grip the lioness had on him
Mr Neep , from near Wantage, Oxon, said: 'A lioness approached the scene Read More