Odd and Amusing Environmental News Roundup
Sandy Church, Rimrock Humane Society president, told the AP that they probably wandered onto the ledge at night then froze in fear after the sun rose and they discovered where they were.
Church and Freeman are now searching for the owner of the goats, which have collars around their necks. Church is sure the animals will find good homes, even if their owner is located, as she's already had people offer to adopt them. "Everybody loves an animal with a story," Church said. Yes indeed.
|Zoo biologists said the large presence of the pigment melanin in the cub was probably the reason for 80% of its skin being black. The skin colour of tigers is determined by the presence of black and yellow pigments. In most tigers, the colour yellow dominates over black to give them their characteristic colouring.
"In this cub, the reverse has happened — black is the dominant colour," said senior zoo biologist Dr Manimozhi. "We are monitoring the cub. The skin colour that he grows into when he reaches adulthood will be the permanent one," he said. It is the dominance of yellow pigment that enables tigers to survive in the wild for long, he added. "In fact, this is the reason why most white tigers are found only in zoos and not in the wild," Manimozhi said.
|Professor Todd Palmer, from the University of Florida, US, who took part in the research, said: ''It really is a David and Goliath story, where these little ants are up against these huge herbivores, protecting trees and having a major impact on the ecosystems in which they live.
''Swarming groups of ants that weigh about five milligrams each can and do protect trees from animals that are about a billion times more massive.''
|Although externally tough, an elephant's trunk is highly sensitive inside and loaded with nerve endings. ''It seems that elephants simply do not like ants swarming up the insides of their trunks, and I can't say I blame them,'' said Prof Palmer.|
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