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  1. maximus otter

    Elephant Calves Found Buried—What Does It Mean?

    The myth of elephant graveyards has pervaded popular culture, and recent observations of buried Asian elephant calves may finally give that legend some credence. In the research published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa, two scientists describe five instances where elephant calves have been...
  2. kamalktk

    Unusual Tracks In The Snow In Prince Albert, Canada

    ‘Never seen anything like this before’: P.A. resident baffled by unusual tracks in snow /pics of what they found are attached. https://panow.com/2024/03/08/never-seen-anything-like-this-before-p-a-resident-baffled-by-unusual-tracks-in-snow/ Could there be supernatural happenings going on in...
  3. Yithian

    Is The Planet Mars Ruled By A Race Of Beavers? (And A Giant Barometer To Boot)

    The Minneapolis Star (Sunday) Tribune 19 October 1930 - Page 62 Is the Planet Mars Really Ruled by a Race of Beavers? SINCE scientists, after years of earnest and competent research, have been unable to detect one clear sign of manlike life on Mars, an amazing theory is now being presented to...
  4. Yithian

    Alarm Clock Suspected Haunted By Ghost Of Vengeful Cat

    The Winfield Daily Free Press Kansas, Mon 30 Jan 1911 (Page 8) Source: https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-winfield-daily-free-press-cat-ghost/133949146/
  5. Sillyhuron

    Austrailian Birds Discovered Singing To Their Eggs

    In an Incredible Discovery, Wrens Teach Their Babies to Sing Before They're Hatched Nature08 January 2024 By Carly Cassella A little over a decade ago, researchers in Australia were placing recorders in the nests of superb fairywrens (Malurus cyaneus) when they discovered something entirely...
  6. AnonyJ

    Why Are Chickens Funny?

    A strange question - but they seem to be regarded as funny all around the world. Is it their long history of domestication - but we don't seem to imbue ducks, geese, doves or pigeons with quite the same mirth-index. Could it be their appearance or demeanour? But turkeys are far odder looking...
  7. ramonmercado

    Which Animals Will Be The First To Live On The Moon And Mars?

    Mouse on Mars or would it prefer the cheesy Moon? Which animals will be the first to live on the moon and Mars? By Donavyn Coffey ( lifes-little-mysteries ) published 1 day ago Spaceborne animals could help humans survive on the moon or Mars. But which creatures would be the best for...
  8. ramonmercado

    Horse Stuck Between Trees Rescued By Firefighters

    The horse is in a stable condition. Horse stuck between trees rescued by firefighters Millie's owner, Michelle Faul, was on hand to keep Millie clam by Alex Pope BBC News, Bedfordshire Published 2 hours ago A seven-year-old horse has been rescued by firefighters after she became stuck between...
  9. ramonmercado

    Reindeer Can Sleep While They Chew

    Sounds like Homer Simpson. Reindeer can sleep while they chew Time spent chewing cud eases the reindeer’s need for sleep, a new study finds Arctic reindeer make time for digesting by doing it in their sleep, a new study suggests. By Laura Sanders DECEMBER 22, 2023 AT 11:00 AM In this busy...
  10. AnonyJ

    Man Is Caught Smuggling Otters And A Prairie Dog In His Pants

    Poor wee creatures! It's a step up from 'budgie smugglers' to be sure. From https://metro.co.uk/2023/12/08/man-attempts-smuggle-two-otters-a-prairie-dog-trousers-19949022/?ico=mosaic_weird "A tourist tried to smuggle two otters and a dog out of Thailand by hiding them in his trousers. The...
  11. AnonyJ

    Family Find Juvenile Owl Living In Their Christmas Tree

    Luckily, no harm seems to have been caused and the young owl was released into wide blue yonder via the family's back garden! From https://news.sky.com/story/family-find-baby-owl-living-in-christmas-tree-13031464 "...Every year the White family of Lexington, Kentucky, pick their own tree and...
  12. Swifty

    Bilaterally Gynandromorphic Green Honeycreeper

    This bird is half male, half female. ' A striking and extremely rare half female, half male bird has been spotted by a University of Otago zoologist. Sesquicentennial Distinguished Professor Hamish Spencer. Sesquicentennial Distinguished Professor Hamish Spencer was holidaying in Colombia...
  13. maximus otter

    Grieving Monkey Travels 25 Miles To Funeral Of Man Who Fed Him

    A heartbreaking video has filmed a monkey mourning at the funeral of a man who fed him for months after following the body 25 miles to be there. The tear-jerking footage reportedly shows the monkey grieving the loss of the man he had formed a bond with over a few months. Local media in Amroha...
  14. maximus otter

    Couple Spooked By Dog-Cam Pictures Hooded Figure Chasing Their Pet

    A couple claim their old house could be home to a real-life Paranormal Activity - after their dog was caught on camera fleeing a tall 'floating' figure dressed in white. Victoria Hepworth was dog-sitting her sister's one-year-old black Labrador Kiwi at their home last week when she spotted a...
  15. Stormkhan

    Adorable Six-Legged Puppy Abandoned—Why?

    Discovered this story on Yahoo News today. Dog Born with Six Legs Stuns Animal Rescue After Being Found Abandoned in Parking Lot Alexis Jones Sun, 8 October 2023 at 9:19 am GMT+9 Greenacres Rescue in the United Kingdom said vets plan to remove the female spaniel's "additional limbs and explore...
  16. maximus otter

    Monkey Spotted 'Working' On Computer At Railway Office

    Travellers were left baffled after walking into a railway office to find a real-life monkey “working” behind the desk. One customer captured the langur monkey sitting behind the desk in an office chair on video. The footage also showed the beast typing away on the keyboard and flipping through...
  17. Paul_Exeter

    World's First Fox-Dog Hybrid

    "‘Unusual’ creature found in Brazil is world’s first known fox-dog hybrid, study says" https://amp.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article279365014.html
  18. Tunn11

    Spotless Giraffe

    Not sure whether this belongs here or not, but had it been seen in the wild it may have started a debate. I'd have thought it was more all spot than spotless, interesting though. https://www.npr.org/2023/08/22/1195279578/spotless-giraffe-born-tennessee-zoo
  19. maximus otter

    My Best Friend Is A 15-foot Tiger Shark Named Emma

    A diver who is best friends with a huge 15ft tiger shark that could attack at any moment says she is really just a big softie. Jim Abernethy, from Palm Beach Florida, has spent most of his life swimming with the top ten most dangerous shark species and says he’s never encountered an aggressive...
  20. Min Bannister

    Man Finds 8,000 Year Old Dolphin Bones In Garden

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-66361506 What an amazing story! He was digging a pool for his children when he struck a bone. More details at the link.
  21. SimonBurchell

    Worm Revived After 46,000 Years In Siberian Permafrost

    From CNN, mods please merge into another thread, if appropriate. A worm has been revived after 46,000 years in the Siberian permafrost Scientists have revived a worm that was frozen 46,000 years ago — at a time when woolly mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and giant elks still roamed the Earth...
  22. eziofan

    Lion Hunt In Germany

    Police search for suspected lion roaming Berlin area By Antoinette Radford BBC News German authorities are searching for what they believe is a wild lioness that was reportedly spotted in the south-western outskirts of Berlin. Authorities were first alerted to the animal's presence after...
  23. Sharon Hill

    Mystery Carcasses That Make The News: Internet Is Clueless

    A thread for decomposing animal carcasses that make the news because people think they are mysterious creatures It's a common thing for people to post their pictures of odd remains to social media. Sometimes these get picked up by news outlets because curious people love to click on stories...
  24. kamalktk

    Man Marries An Alligator

    'We love each other': Why a Mexican mayor married an alligator /and you thought your spouse was cold blooded...
  25. Yithian

    Discovery Of Human Thumb & Index Finger In Crow's Beak Sparks Police Investigation

    Crow drops mystery clue propelling murder probe in Istanbul BY DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES JUN 22, 2023 9:56 AM A bizarre and chilling incident unfolded at a local fuel station, capturing the attention of authorities and leaving the community bewildered. The discovery of a human foot's [sic]...
  26. kamalktk

    Judas Goats

    There were a couple of mentions of "Judas Goats" on the forums, but no information on what they actually were. tldr: tobacco addicted goats led lambs to the slaughter. Judas Goats: Agriculture’s Bizarre, Drug-Addicted Masters of Deceit Once Ruled the Killing Floor...
  27. ramonmercado

    Rare Rainbow Sea Slug Found In Falmouth Rock Pool

    A rare rock pool find Rare rainbow sea slug found in Falmouth rock pool Published 2 hours ago I MAGE SOURCE, VICKY BARLOW Image caption, Vicky Barlow was looking around the pools of Falmouth when she found the rainbow sea slug A rock pooler has found a rare sea slug while searching around...
  28. oldrover

    Wolves In British & Irish folklore

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of any folk tales which contain references to wolves and are likely to have been in circulation in Britain and Ireland during the 19th century. Thanks for reading.
  29. ramonmercado

    Children's Cat Cull Curtailed

    Were they trying to inspire incipient serial killers? New Zealand cat-killing competition for children axed after backlash A children's cat-hunting competition in New Zealand has been cancelled following backlash to the event. Organisers of an annual hunt were criticised after they announced...
  30. maximus otter

    US Scientists Turning Dead Birds Into Drones To Study Flight Techniques

    A research team in New Mexico is converting taxidermic birds into drones in order to study flight patterns. Mostafa Hassanalian, a mechanical engineering professor leading the project at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, said the team started looking into deceased...
  31. MrRING

    Bovine Blast Obliterates 18,000 Cows

  32. blessmycottonsocks

    The Most Alien-Looking Creatures Earth Has Produced

    I'm not counting those freakish creatures that evolved back in the Cambrian epoch, but was thinking of the most alien-looking animals around today. Here's my top 3. In 3rd place, the Devil's Flower Mantis. Thank goodness they don't grow to human size: 2nd, my favourite fish (and Predator...
  33. Tunn11


    Here's one I'd not heard of before. The idea that elephants self domesticated and a reference to the theory that early humans may have as well. https://www.sciencealert.com/wild-elephants-appear-to-have-been-domesticated-but-not-by-humans Research article at...
  34. MrRING

    Haughty Dolphin Harassers Harangued Legally

  35. MrRING

    Dysentery Distress Determination: Dung-Eating

    This entry from this weekend's Jeff Kacirk's Forgotten English was a doozy, served with a size order of night soil.
  36. maximus otter

    Spinning Gorillas

    The reason gorillas spin themselves around in circles Apes turn rapidly to achieve an altered mental state and feeling of euphoria, just as the earliest humans did millions of years ago Gorillas and other apes spin themselves around in circles to get “high” – and early humans who lived...
  37. lordmongrove

    Animal Crime

    Persian criminals who included tortoises, cats and apes in their gangs...
  38. ramonmercado

    Monkeys Missing From Dallas Zoo In Fourth Suspicious Incident

    Who is attacking Dallas Zoo? Monkeys missing from Dallas Zoo in fourth suspicious incident IMAGE SOURCE,STEVE CLANCY By Imogen James BBC News Two monkeys have allegedly been taken from Dallas Zoo - adding to a series of suspicious events including the release of a leopard and a vulture's death...
  39. lordmongrove

    From Floating Market To Boot Camp & Death: The World's Fattest Monkey

    Uncle Fatty, the simian lard arse is sent off to lose weight. A monkey who has been given the nickname ‘uncle fatty’ is finally getting help for his obesity. The 33lb long-tailed macaque will go to boot camp after gorging on food from tourists including melons, milkshakes, sweetcorn and...
  40. Yithian

    Does Nigerian Juju Exist?

    Extracted from: The Wire: Corps Magazine of the Royal Signals Vol. 6 No. 1 - January 1952
  41. uair01

    Fortean Feats Of Feline Endurance

    I could not find a good thread to post this. Mods: you may merge it if appropriate. https://www.nu.nl/opmerkelijk/6153732/kat-overleeft-52-dagen-in-leegstaande-woning-in-schiedam.html Cat survives 52 days in a vacant house in Schiedam During their first visit to the house, the brand new...
  42. EnolaGaia

    The Economic Benefits Of Wolves

    Newly published research indicates a wolf population provides a substantial net reduction in damages and expenses caused by deer. FULL STORY: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/gray-wolves-scare-deer-roads-reduce-car-collisions
  43. maximus otter

    Monkey-Human Embryos Created In Lab For First Time

    In a move that some scientists say raises serious ethical questions, researchers have for the first time embryos that are a hybrid of human and monkey cells. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in the Gene Expression Laboratories at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla...
  44. Lord Lucan

    Sea Serpent Sightings: Whale Penises?

    I am browsing Twitter when I come across renowned Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman's theory for the probable explanation of the Olaus Magnus’ Sea Serpent - a.k.a the Great Norway Serpent, or Sea Orm. The following article gives a run down on the history of the serpent. Following is Loren's...
  45. GNC

    Dogs Can't Track You Through a River (Urban Legend?)

    Maybe someone can clear this up: can a tracker dog follow your scent through a river or body of water? You see it certain films, the escapee getting away because they crossed a river (apart from in No Country for Old Men, which provides a twist on that cliche), but is it true in real life? I...
  46. Mikefule

    Orcas / Killer Whales Ramming Yachts / Sailboats

    A rare and Fortean sighting indeed: a science article from the BBC which is detailed, well written, balanced, looks at the likely causes and consequences, and doesn't trivialise or sensationalise! The story is of Orcas/killer whales following and repeatedly head butting yachts and fishing...
  47. Comfortably Numb

    Robot 'Spy' Gorilla Records Wild Gorillas Singing

    Robot 'spy' gorilla records wild gorillas singing and farting, because nature is beautiful Source: livescience.com Date: 29 April, 2020 Mountain gorillas have been caught on camera as they "sing" during their supper, a behavior that has never before been documented on video. Filmmakers...
  48. IbisNibs

    Bird-Brained Turkeys & Other Animal Urban Legends & Fallacies

    Today I recalled a "fact" related to me years ago about domestic turkeys: they are so stupid that, if they are outside when it rains, they can drown because they look up in surprise at the rain coming down, and then drown because the rain gets into their lungs. Apparently this is not true, but...
  49. Tribble

    Narwhal Tusk Used Against Terrorist

    As you likely know, there was a terror attack in London yesterday (29/11/19) in which, sadly, several people died, several more seriously injured. The terrorist was subdued by, amongst others, someone wielding a narwhal tusk (acquired by someone from Fishmonger's Hall).
  50. Ermintruder


    Something that never fails to amaze me is the vast and frequently-contradictory designs of camouflage seen woven or printed into the uniforms of the world's armed forces. Whilst the logic in a leap from red to khaki is inarguably-sound, it seems there has been from then onwards an...