Animals

Animals

May 21 2020

Back in the Swim

Goody the sea turtle can swim again! Years ago, Goody got tangled in a fishing net and lost a front flipper. She couldn’t go back to the ocean. With just three flippers, she could hardly swim. She’d be an easy meal for predators. So Goody had to live in captivity with...

Animals

Apr 17 2020

A Fine Kettle of Fish

When a landslide blocked B.C.’s Fraser River, it was a disaster for spawning salmon. Biologists were worried. If adult salmon couldn’t get past the slide, they would die without spawning. Biologists found an unusual solution. They used a stash of 20-year-old sperm to...

Animals

Dec 06 2019

Busting Out of the Whale Jail

One year ago, a troubling video hit the Internet. Drone footage showed orcas and belugas – a hundred or more. They were all crammed into tiny sea pens on the Pacific coast of Russia. Winter was coming. The sea water was icing up. How would they survive? The “whale jail...

Animals

May 31 2019

The Big Pig Problem

Canada has a wild boar problem. A big one. Wild boars aren’t native to Canada. These wild pigs were imported from Europe in the 1980s and 1990s. Farmers planned to raise them for meat or as game for hunters. But the big porkers had other plans. Many of them escaped...

Animals

Apr 18 2019

The Cat Came Back

Most endangered species fight a losing battle with extinction. Many big cats, like the leopard and cheetah, may disappear within 10 years. Not the Siberian tiger. It’s fighting back. Tigers are the world’s largest cats. The Siberian (or Amur) tiger is the biggest...

Animals

Nov 23 2018

Mountain Gorilla Population Climbs

Good news for the mountain gorilla! It recently moved from “critically endangered” to “endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. When so many species are going extinct, mountain gorillas are slowly bouncing back. In 1997, just 624 lived in the wild. By...

Animals

Oct 12 2018

Bat Rescue

Scientists in Nova Scotia are on an undercover mission. They’re staking out a secret spot. Who are they spying on? Bats. But not just any bats. This colony of flying mammals has survived white nose syndrome (WNS). WNS is like the zombie apocalypse. It has killed seven...

Animals

Apr 20 2018

The Need for Milkweed

Do you know where monarch butterflies spend the winter? They don’t curl up in a den like bears. They don’t turn white like snowshoe hares. Monarchs fly south. As fall sets in, monarchs from across North America head for their winter colonies. The colonies are in Mexico...

Animals

Apr 13 2018

Panda Time at the Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo just got a very special delivery. Cute and cuddly pandas! The giant pandas are on a ten-year loan from China. Toronto had them for the first five years. Now it’s Calgary’s turn. Why all the excitement? You don’t see pandas in many zoos. The loans are...

Animals

Jan 12 2018

To the Rescue!

It was the first day of 2018, bright and early. The temperature in Nova Scotia was a chilly -20° Celsius. A man walking his dog on Rainbow Haven Beach reported a pilot whale, washed up on the sand. It was still alive! The call came in to MARS, the Marine Animal...

Animals

Dec 15 2017

Smelling Out Danger

Who’s the newest star of the animal kingdom? It’s the African giant pouched rat, better known as the HeroRAT. Giant (gulp!) rats? They’re only the size of a cat. But these rodents do big work. They save people from two major killers. Their first job is finding hidden...

Animals

The Himalayan brown bear. (Abdullah Khan/Snow Leopard Foundation)
Dec 08 2017

The Abominable Snowbear

Quick! What’s wild and shaggy and lives in the Himalayas? Did you guess the yeti? Legends say this man-beast hides out in the mountains between Tibet and Nepal. Folks claim they’ve seen one or spotted its tracks. Some have even snapped pictures. But are yetis real?

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