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Shelter dogs are helping scientists sniff out world's rarest gorillas

I think we can all agree that dogs are great at everything. Except being bad friends, they're terrible at that. They're especially great at having jobs, and increasingly, researchers are realising their potential as wildlife scouts to help them track down the struggling species that (understandably) are doing their best to stay hidden...

February 24, 2015 — Bec Crew

First Footage Captured of Rare "Type D" Orcas

As they were tracking a Nigerian poaching vessel through the South Indian Ocean on Boxing Day last year, Australian conservationists aboard the SSS Bob Barker saw something pretty incredible – a pod of 13 Type D orcas...

January 9, 2015 — Bec Crew
Running Ponies’ Top Ten Most Popular Posts for 2014

Running Ponies’ Top Ten Most Popular Posts for 2014

With 2014 almost at an end, I've compiled the year’s top 10 most popular Running Ponies posts. Read on for coordinated projectile vomit,  headless tragedy in a Phoenix motel room, inflatable birds, monstrous swimming insects, and so much more animal insanity...

December 29, 2014 — Bec Crew
The Great Kentucky Meat Shower mystery unwound by projectile vulture vomit

The Great Kentucky Meat Shower mystery unwound by projectile vulture vomit

On 3 March 1876, large hunks of flesh fell from the sky over Olympia Springs in Bath County, Kentucky. According to a New York Times article published the following week, the phenomenon occurred right nearby the house of one Allen Crouch, whose wife was outside making soap when it happened...

December 1, 2014 — Bec Crew

"Blackwater" Diving Produces Amazing Photos of Rare Marine Life

Joshua Lambus is an award winning photographer and videographer based on the Big Island of Hawaii. He specialises in ‘blackwater’ diving, which involves travelling up to 8 kilometres off the shore of Hawaii, and diving into the ocean in the black of night, when thousands upon thousands of deep-sea species head to the surface to [...]..

September 30, 2014 — Bec Crew

Giant African Rats Detect Land Mines and TB for a Living

So yesterday, I adopted an unborn land-mine-detecting African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus) from Tanzania. Did I spend 20 minutes figuring out what I was going to call it, as one of my many privileges as an adoptive parent?...

September 19, 2014 — Bec Crew

The Plan to Save the Rarest Fish in the World

The Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) is the rarest fish in the world. Found only in a single, tiny limestone cavern in the Devils Hole geothermal pool about 100 km east of Nevada’s Death Valley National Park, these fish have the smallest known geographic range of any vertebrate in the wild...

September 10, 2014 — Bec Crew

How Book Scorpions Tend to Your Dusty Tomes

Book scorpions are the best/worst thing to happen to books, because book scorpions! But also book scorpions... Properly known as pseudoscorpions, these tiny, tiny creatures have a fondness for old books, because old books also happen to contain delicious booklice and dust mites...

August 25, 2014 — Bec Crew

Shy Snake Packs a Deadly Bite

Hey so snakes that inject venom into the bloodstream are pretty bad, how about a snake that injects venom into your bloodstream AND makes you bleed out from every orifice?

August 10, 2014 — Bec Crew
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