College Grad Honors Farmworker Parents With Photo Shoot
Jennifer Rocha celebrated her college graduation with a photo shoot that honored her parents and the sacrifices they made for her. (read the full story)
After Years Of Detecting Land Mines, A Heroic Rat Is Retiring
Magawa is a Tanzanian-born African giant pouched rat who was trained by APOPO to sniff out explosives. With careful training, he and his rat colleagues learn to identify land mines and alert their human handlers, so the mines can be safely removed.
Even among his skilled cohorts working in Cambodia, Magawa is a standout sniffer: In four years he has helped to clear more than 2.4 million square feet of land. In the process, he has found 71 land mines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance.
Last year, Magawa received one of Britain’s highest animal honors. (read the full story)
Pokémon Surprises Boy Who Sold His Pokémon Card Collection To Save His Sick Puppy
Bryson Killean, 8, of Virginia values two things in his life most—his rare Pokemon card collection and his black lab puppy.
When the dog was diagnosed with Parvo, a highly contagious canine virus, the little boy was willing to sell his extraordinary collection to save his furry best friend’s life and put his earnings towards the life-saving surgery.
So, Killean did what any self-respecting 8-year-old entrepreneur would do and he posted up shop near the side of the road, hoping to sell his prized collection. (Read the whole story here.)
1. If you adopt, you’ll save a life
Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.
Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.
By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.
In almost every species of animal — from the sky to land to sea — competition is fierce. Traditionally, males fight each other for status, mates, and territory.
One of the most iconic head-to-heads is the actual headbutting competition seen between two rams.
From seemingly docile livestock to wild bighorns, male sheep develop horns that are both visually impressive and useful. Like many bizarre habits in the animal kingdom, scientists look into why rams headbutt and if there’s a good reason for why they do it.
Every single category within the animal kingdom features species who regularly exhibit homosexual behavior: vertebrates and invertebrates; amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles; even insects!