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Stories by Bec Crew

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

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

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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