VANCOUVER – They are the stuff of Halloween horror stories, the alter-ego of vampires, the frightful beasts that foreshadow the macabre. Bats strike fear in many hearts, but it is these nocturnal mammals that are in danger, decimated by a … Continue Reading
You will want to dive into your computer when you see these coral reef panoramas, some of which have been rendered as 360-degree interactive images.
Pancho the sea lion is smart enough to know that the easiest prey isn’t always in the water. He takes advantage of an unwitting fisherman who holds his catch within the sea lion’s reach.Read more…
VANCOUVER – An American woman who was attempting to relocate an Italian greyhound to a family in British Columbia, only to learn the dog was missing after it bolted from Air Canada employees at San Francisco’s airport, says she’s confirmed … Continue Reading
When two rare, deep sea-dwelling oarfish washed up last week in California, they captivated millions. They were, clearly and magically, from another world. Here are more of that deep, dark world’s extraordinary creatures.
To help drum up donations, Toronto’s only wildlife centre is releasing x-ray images of its patients.
If an animal is injured in the wild, it dies. But if an animal is injured in Toronto, it stands a pretty decent chance of being brought to the Toronto Wildlife Centre, fitted with an adorable miniature anesthesia mask, and given whatever treatment is necessary to get it back on its feet. The TWC is [...]
OCEANSIDE, Calif. – For the second time in less than a week, a ‘sea serpent’ has attracted gawkers on a Southern California beach. This time the rare, snakelike oarfish washed up Friday afternoon in Oceanside. The newspaper U-T San Diego … Continue Reading
Starting today, you can go to Toronto’s new aquarium if you want to. (As long as you’ve got 30 bucks.)
The most exciting parts of any aquarium visit are the close encounters with giant, dimension-x-looking sea creatures with weird faces, and Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium, which had its grand opening this morning, provides plenty of those. A wall-sized tank near the entrance contains a dizzying array of great lakes fish, including weird ones like the longnose [...]
At a lean 100 pounds, with strikingly shiny hair and the legs of an athlete, Constable Derek Donn’s partner is the full package. “When we come down here (to central headquarters), the girls at the records counter have treats for … Continue Reading
LONDON – A rare Sumatran tiger cub has died at the London Zoo three weeks after its birth was recorded by a hidden camera. Zoo officials said Tuesday that the cub drowned at the edge of a pool inside the … Continue Reading
If you’re a young mountain lion, a fresh deer carcass is probably among the better things you could find in a forest. But eating it could mean you end up spending some time in a cage, getting teased by your …
Six-year-old Luna, a Saw-Whet spokes-owl for the Hinterland Who’s Who (HWW), will be one of the wild animals on hand to celebrate the vignettes’ 50th Anniversary on Oct. 14 at Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. It’s all to help the Canadian … Continue Reading
One of the most feared spiders in North America might soon be known for something other than its notoriously nasty venom: really strange silk.
The killing of a white moose in Cape Breton has sparked outrage in Mi’kmaq communities across Nova Scotia. Clifford Paul, moose management co-ordinator with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, said he learned through social media that a white bull … Continue Reading
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Pest, charming oddity or just background noise, the Hadeda ibis is a feathered phenomenon in suburban South Africa. Sometimes it swipes dog food meant for pets, splatters parked cars and driveways with droppings and yanks residents … Continue Reading
Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be?(CAN, JP, US, INT)Written by: Janet HalfmannIllustrated by: Betsy ThompsonPublished by: Blue Apple BooksPublished on: April 10, 2012Ages: 2+It’s that wonderful time of the year: Cybils nomination period! The Cybils …
Just So Stories (CAN, JP, US)Written by: Rudyard KiplingIllustrated by: Ian WallacePublished by: Groundwood BooksPublished on: October 1, 2013Ages: 8+Provided by the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.Just So Stories are some of Rudyard Kipl…
Platybelodon was an ancestor of the modern elephant that looked like it got hit in the face with a shovel, then absorbed that shovel into its mouth.
Sometimes, a pat on the head just isn’t enough.
If you walked through the north end of St. James Park on Sunday between the hours of 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. and didn’t at least crack a smile, you’re a monster. To be fair, it really was a ridiculously adorable scene. Sunday’s Blessing of the Dogs, a presentation of the St. John Ambulance therapy dog [...]
The Assiniboine Park Conservancy is accepting a new polar bear who earlier in September chased and bit a man in Churchill, Man., the zoo announced this week. This will be the first polar bear to join the Winnipeg zoo from […]
Saskatchewan’s two major cities have topped the chart for people pampering their pets. Regina has taken the top spot with Saskatoon coming in third on Amazon.ca’s new list of Top 20 Most Pampered Pet Cities in Canada. The online shopping … Continue Reading
Gorillas are, after bonobos and chimpanzees, humanity’s closest living relative — yet little is known about them, and especially about how they communicate with one another. What do they say? Might gorillas have the rudiments of language, a life of …..
Venom can turn a seemingly weak and tiny creature into a feared killer. But what, exactly, does it mean for an animal to be “venomous”? And which venomous species are the most deadly to humans? Here’s what we know.
The Internet market for cute animal videos is getting increasingly crowded. The latest entrant: the noble otter. Apparently, when otters aren’t holding hands they like to refresh themselves from the vending machine. It’s not even clear in the video up […]
Every now and then, Mother Nature does something so lovely and improbable as to make you wonder, “Did that really just happen? And how?” Such is the case with the courtship rituals of male Paradisaeidae, the bird-of-paradise family. Found only … …
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – An investigation is underway today after thousands of birds were killed or injured when they flew towards a large flare at the Canaport liquefied natural gas terminal in Saint John. Fraser Forsythe, a manager at the … Continue Reading
HALIFAX – A parrot that was stolen from his perch at a Halifax pet store has been recovered by police. Police say that Schooner, a three-year-old blue front Amazon, was located on Wednesday. The bird, which is estimated to be … Continue Reading
The B.C. SPCA is calling for a ban on leg-hold traps after two raccoons caught in the devices on Vancouver Island had to be euthanized. According to the SPCA, one raccoon was discovered Aug. 28 in Cadboro Bay, while the … Continue Reading
CALGARY – Spike the elephant is on his way from the Calgary Zoo to his new home in Florida. Animal handlers carefully loaded the 31-year-old Asian pachyderm into a special transport crate Tuesday for the trip by truck to Busch … Continue Reading
OAKLAND, Maine – Roosters in the small central Maine town of Oakland are free to crow as loud as they like. The Town Council has tabled a proposal that would have levied fines as high as $100 on the owners … Continue Reading