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Online users eagerly waiting for ‘April the giraffe’ to go into labor

Animal lovers eagerly waiting for ‘April the giraffe’ to go into labor

Thousands of animal lovers continue to watch live giraffe cam from the Animal Adventure Park as they are eagerly waiting for “April the giraffe” to go into labor.

In a recently-held question & answer session, park owner Jordan Patch said that when the giraffe will be seen stretching out and raising her tail, it will be a sign of pressure, indicating a contraction.

Thus, viewers around the world watch with bated breath every time the female giraffe lift’s her tail.

Researchers discover tardigrades’ superpowers identified in their DNA

Researchers discover tardigrades’ superpowers identified in their DNA

Microscopic tardigrades, which are also known as “water bears,” have intrigued scientists for centuries due to their ability to survive in really extreme conditions. Now, a team of researchers claimed to have the discovered the special proteins in their DNA that give the microscopic creatures their superpowers.

Tardigrades are merely 0.002 to 0.05 inches or 0.05 to 1.2 millimeters in length. Thus, these creatures can’t be seen with the naked eye. But, they have rotund heads and four pairs of chubby legs tipped with grasping claws.

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Researchers discover never-seen-before patterns in humpbacks’ behavior

Researchers discover never-seen-before patterns in humpbacks’ behavior

After observing the behavior of humpback whales for years, a team of marine biologists has discovered some never-seen-before patterns in their activities.

The research team studied humpback whales in a creek system on B.C.’s North Coast from 2005 to 2014, and found a “wave” pattern in their behavior. They discovered that humpback whales in the Kitimat creek system move in the wave pattern from the outer channels into the creeks in the fall.

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Researchers discover mysterious ‘wave pattern’ among humpback whales

Researchers discover mysterious ‘wave pattern’ among humpback whales

A years-long study on humpback whales in a creek on B.C.'s North Coast has revealed previously unknown pattern of movement among massive marine creatures.

A team of researchers surveyed the whales in the Kitimat creek system from 2005 to 2014 and found that the marine creatures move in a “wave pattern” from the outer channels in the spring inward into the creeks in the fall.

Lead researcher Janie Wray, of the North Coast Cetacean Society, said that the wave pattern was never recorded in other humpback whales in similar habitats.

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Researchers reveal the reason behind Panda’s Interesting Color Pattern

Researchers reveal the reason behind Panda’s Interesting Color Pattern

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and California State University, Long Beach have published a research paper detailing the reason behind distinct black and white color pattern of giant pandas. The research team revealed that Pandas have black and white markings for camouflage and communication purposes. Pandas are very sweet and seem playful. They have been popular on social networks for their funny videos and images while they eat bamboo.

‘April The Giraffe’ Becomes Popular Online with Live Video from Animal Adventure Park

‘April The Giraffe’ Becomes Popular Online with Live Video from Animal Adventure Park

‘April the Giraffe’ has become popular online as Animal Adventure Park, the home of giraffe since September 2015, shared her live video on social media. April is 15 years old and with proper care, she can live for many years to come. Animal experts and staff taking care of April informed that she can give birth to healthy calves in coming years as she is fit and healthy. Animal Adventure Park officials informed that once April is done with nursing her calf, they will be separated.

Thorny skate won’t get protection under ESA

Thorny skate won’t get protection under ESA

The thorny skate, a species of fish that mainly lives near the bottom of the coastline of North Atlantic Ocean, will not get protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the federal government agency has declared.

Various environmental groups and wildlife advocates had urged the federal authorities to add the thorny skate species to the endangered species list because the species’ population has declined significantly in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

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Poachers killed 25,000 elephants in Africa’s Minkebe National Park: survey

Poachers killed 25,000 elephants in Africa’s Minkébé National Park: survey

Poachers have killed as many as 25,000 forest elephants in Africa’s Minkebe National Park within a decade, according to a fresh survey by Duke University researchers.

Lead researcher John Poulson, an assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke University, wrote in the newly published study that population of elephants in the national park, which has been a key sanctuary for the species, slipped 78 per cent from 2004 to 2014.

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Woolly Mammoth could be back from Extinction within Two years: Harvard Researchers

Woolly Mammoth could be back from Extinction within Two years: Harvard Researchers

Wooly Mammoths could be back from extinction within two years as per Harvard University research team working on a major resurrection project. Genetic research experts have been working for the past two year on the project at Harvard University research labs. The team has been working on recreating DNA blueprint of Wooly Mammoths. While many geneticist are excited about this groundbreaking project, some have raised ethical issues about recreating Wooly Mammoths.

New Zealand beach turns into a whale grave

New Zealand beach turns into a whale grave

Around a week ago, a New Zealand beach became a distressing grave site when hundreds of pilot whales became stranded on it and many of them died.

The New Zealand the Department of Conservation (DOC) confirmed that more than 600 pilot whales became stranded on the Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island. Hundreds of volunteers worked with DOC workers to save the whales, but they could save only half of them. More than 300 whales died at the beach.

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