News: Meet the ‘sabre-toothed sausage’

Now this little fella is one heck of a Crazy Creature, check out this fascinating article from the BBC website:

“They look a bit like a sabre-toothed sausage,” says Dr Chris Faulkes, as we enter the naked mole rat laboratory at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL).

Scuttling around in a maze of tubes are dozens of small rodents. They appear to be hairless, covered with wrinkly, pink skin and they have beady, black eyes. But the thing that really catches your attention is their enormous, protruding teeth.

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News: Northern White Rhino

Here is an update from the guys at Last Chance To Survive, where they are reintroducing 4 of the remaining 8 or so members of the Northern White Rhino species to the wild inKenya. The Northern White Rhino is extinct in the wild, and as they very rarely breed in captivity, 4 of the captive Rhino’s, Sudan, Suni, Najin and Fatu, are being released in to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

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News: Hyena laughs and giggles decoded

From the BBC Wildlife Website:

The giggling sounds of a hyena contain important information about the animal’s status, say scientists.

In the first study to decipher the hyena’s so-called “laugh”, they have shown that the pitch of the giggle reveals a hyena’s age.

What is more, variations in the frequency of notes used when a hyena makes a noise convey information about the animal’s social rank.

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News: 7 Terrific Toad Survival Tactics

Do you want to know why Toads have spread all across the world? They’re all over the place. For example the Cane Toad was introduced into Australia from Costa Rica about 75 years ago to combat beetles that were destroying the Queensland cane plantations. However, it didn’t work as there wasn’t enough shelter from the sun during the day, so they went elsewhere. Just over 50,000 were introduced back then, but due to the phenomenal survival skills of the Cane Toad, it has flourished in Australia, causing massive problems to local biodiversity. There are now over 200 million of the little hoppers!

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A Warm Welcome to Michaela

Weblog UpdateExciting News 29th January 2010

Every once in a while there will be some interesting articles where I have invited authors to contribute towards the weblog. These authors will be more like frequent contributors than one-off guests. I feel you should really give people who make valuable contributions the option of returning again and again should they so choose.

With this in mind it gives me great pleasure to welcome Michaela to the team, she is a keen wildlife follower and her expertise is in bush craft and animal tracking. She has taken part in many outdoor adventures including spending time in the wild South African bush staring lions straight in the eyes. Certainly not for the faint hearted! She‘s one crazy chick, so please check out her first article Probably The Cutest Animal in the World? It’s a real cracker, enjoy it and tell us what you think.

I am excited to announce we have also added two new pages to the Crazy Creatures line up. Taxonomy, which explains how we name and classify all Earth’s creatures, and at long last a Glossary which will hopefully take some of the confusion out of those strange biological expressions. Hope it clears things up! If you’re still confused or have any questions or feel you can contribute I would be happy to hear from you.

There’s lots more interesting and exciting stuff coming up in the near future, in the mean time we have enhanced our picture viewing so you can click to take a closer look at our Crazy Creatures.

’til next time

Laurens