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Valentines Day with Hamsters

Valentine’s Day is here, a day to celebrate love with flowers, kisses, and cute things. This year, the Interweb’s favorite tiny hamsters are back with a tiny Valentines Day date that is as squeetastic as it is comical, considering the very unceremonious manner in which hamsters eat.

 

First they take a tiny gondola ride around a tiny canal in a tiny town, then take their tiny seats at a tiny table where they are served tiny courses. There are flowers (of course, they eat them) and a pasta with red quinoa meatball entree that puts that “Lady and the Tramp” scene to shame. Enjoy!

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/10/tiny-hamsters-valentines-day-video_n_6653072.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Beavers Born to Britain

Beavers being born in Britain may not sound like news, but beavers haven’t been found in England- let alone this bank on the Otter River in East Devon, in hundreds of years, and no one knows exactly where these blokes have come from.

 

Wildlife experts there are taking extra precautions that the beavers are healthy, with the beavers’ welfare in mind.  The return of the beaver to England would be a welcome boom to their riparian (river)  ecosystems.

 

 

Also, the accents in this are wonderful, especially the farmer!

 

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The Squirrels of New York City

Most longtime New Yorkers have adopted habits to cope with life in a city of more than eight million people.  A new stud finds that even the city’s squirrels have made adjustments in order to better co-exist with people- in fact, they barely seem to notice them at all. Compared to rural squirrels, city squirrels allow pedestrians to come relatively close, and only move away when they feel people’s eyes intently watching them. This suggests that they can clearly discriminate between threatening and nonthreatening behavior.

“Some animal species never behaviorally adapt to humans- they always run when they see them,” Bill Bateman, a biologist at Curtin University in Australia, who led the study, said this in an email: “if an animal runs when it sees a human, it is because it sees the human as a and is prepared to stop doing what it is doing to escape. It pays a cost of stopping eating, or courting, but that is better than possibly being caught.”

 

In rural areas, most country squirrels view humans as potential predators. They become cautious and alert around people, keeping their distance, whether or not the human is looking directly at them. Bateman observed Eastern gray squirrels in a residential area in Manhattan’s highly populated and extremely busy Lower East Side. He dropped colored pins on the ground to measure the squirrels’ “alert distance,” or the distance between a squirrel and an observer once the squirrel was aware it was being watched. Bateman also measured the “distance fled,” or how far the squirrel distanced itself from the observer.

 

Ninety percent of the squirrels moved out of the way when they noticed humans walking on a footpath, while only 5 percent stopped, froze and showed signs of being alert and vigilant, like a deer in headlights. Bateman said city squirrels are aware that humans are everywhere and that they can’t run away all the time as a country squirrel would.

 

“In the city, the squirrels have honed this reaction down to tiny cues: Are the humans looking at me? That indicates higher risk than them ignoring me,” Bateman said.

 

Animals should still be sensitive to the potential threat of humans, but to be able to live freely in the presence of humans is one of the key behavioral traits of a successful urban adapter. Bateman and his co-author wrote in their study, published June 12 in the Journal of Zoology, that these animals don’t see humans quite as predators. In fact, humans might become “predation-free predators,” the researchers said, and so the animals ignore people, rather than react fearfully. Armed with this lack of fear, the animals are in a better position to thrive and persist in the urban environment.

 

As urban areas continue to grow around the world, more wildlife may need to adapt to city life. In the future, Bateman would like to explore the behavior of birds, mammals and reptiles in Australia that thrive in urban areas full of human activity.

Follow Jillian Rose Lim @jillroselim Google+. Follow us@livescienceFacebook Google+. Original article on Live Science.

 

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http://www.livescience.com/47009-nyc-squirrels-adapt-to-urban-environment.html?cmpid=514627_20140726_28462886

Delighted Bathing Capybara Parents

Here’s a nice, relaxing Bunday video for you from Japan: Capybara parents and their brood, relaxing in a stream, while a guitar plays a soothing soundtrack… they’re so cute and so peaceful, they make me smile. :-)

 

 

“Delighted Bathing Capybara Parents” is the English translation of the youtube video’s Japanese title. 

 

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