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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2018, 08:48:06 AM »
I guess this animal was more of a landl *pause expectantly for gales of laughter*

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #46 on: August 15, 2018, 07:30:10 PM »
Ooh, the thing with the flies is really interesting in a grim sort of way.
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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #47 on: March 12, 2020, 09:05:41 PM »
All the aminals that crossed a log on a guy's trail cam in Pennsylvania.

Fascinating - many thanks. Quite a surprise that things like the bears, which could just wade the river, nevertheless choose the log to cross instead.

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #48 on: April 21, 2020, 04:20:17 PM »
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things like the bears, which could just wade the river, nevertheless choose the log to cross instead.
This incidentally means I got the behaviour of the owlbear in my book unexpectedly accurate :)



In nice news, my native county has a new piece of wildlife back in town, with two female beavers being reintroduced to a site near snettisham (males hopefully to follow in the autumn):


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https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/beavers-released-at-a-west-norfolk-site-is-a-major-step-for-largest-rewilding-project-of-its-kind-in-east-anglia-9107074/



Also I recently learned why wrynecks are so named and it's unutterably weird and fascinating. Have a watch:


This behaviour combines with their greek name of iunx and association with witchcraft (the Greek mythic Iunx was a nymph who cast a love spell on Zeus and was turned into a magic bird as punishment) to give us the modern word jinx for a curse/spell.
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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #49 on: August 18, 2020, 05:35:32 PM »
This is nice - rediscovery of a rare elephant shrew species after half a century :)



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A little-known mammal related to an elephant but as small as a mouse has been rediscovered in Africa after 50 years of obscurity.

The last scientific record of the "lost species" of elephant shrew was in the 1970s, despite local sightings. The creature was found alive and well in Djibouti, a country in the Horn of Africa, during a scientific expedition.

Elephant shrews, or sengis, are neither elephants nor shrews, but related to aardvarks, elephants and manatees. They have distinctive trunk-like noses, which they use to feast on insects.

There are 20 species of sengis in the world, and the Somali sengi (Elephantulus revoilii) is one of the most mysterious, known to science only from 39 individuals collected decades ago and stored in museums. The species was previously known only from Somalia, hence its name.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53820395

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