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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*

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-45084802
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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.

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

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #50 on: February 27, 2021, 04:07:59 PM »
An even longer run rediscovery, the Black-browed babbler:

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Black-browed babbler found in Borneo 180 years after last sighting

Exclusive: Stuffed specimen was only proof of bird’s existence until discovery in rainforest last year



In the 1840s, a mystery bird was caught on an expedition to the East Indies. Charles Lucien Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon, described it to science and named it the black-browed babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata).

The species was never seen in the wild again, and a stuffed specimen featuring a bright yellow glass eye was the only proof of its existence. But now the black-browed babbler has been rediscovered in the rainforests of Borneo.

Two local men, Muhammad Suranto and Muhammad Rizky Fauzan, chanced upon a bird they did not recognise in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province in October last year and managed to catch it. They photographed the bird, released it, and reported their find to birdwatching groups.

Experts from the region confirmed the bird’s identity, noting its strong bill, chocolate colouring and distinctive black eye-stripe. Unlike the taxidermied specimen, the live bird’s iris was a striking maroon colour.

Article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/25/black-browed-babbler-found-in-borneo-180-years-after-last-sighting

There have also been renewed rumours of Thylacine sightings on camera traps recently, though apparently one such sighting has been reviewed and assessed to be a pademelon. Finding thylacines would be amazing if true but I'm remaining very sceptical from what I've read so far.
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