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Massive colony of honeybees in attic stuns elderly Florida woman

Massive colony of honeybees in attic stuns elderly Florida woman

An elderly Florida woman was quite stunned when exterminators called to remove a rodents found a huge honeybee hive hiding in the attic of her home.

Sevia Moore, 98, had called exterminator remove what she thought was rats in the attic of her single-level home, but they found the attic was full of bees.

Leo Cross, founder of Florida Wildlife Trappers, found bees everywhere in hallows of her home. He estimated that there were 20,000 to 30,000 bees in the elderly woman's home. The bees were there for around one year.

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Moose are Devouring Vegetation in Canada's Gros Morne National Park

Moose are Devouring Vegetation in Canada's Gros Morne National Park

Moose are consuming vegetation in Gros Morne National Park in Canada to an extent that entire species of songbirds is vanishing. Research is now showing the impact of moose on the park.

Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland is known for its natural scenic beauty along variety of wildlife that is living there. It was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1987.

However, recent changes in vegetation as well as increase in deforestation in many regions of the park were brought to the notice of Darroch Whitaker, with Parks Canada in Gros Morne.

Iran Calls Off Its Plan of Sending Cat to Space

Iran Calls Off Its Plan of Sending Cat to Space

Plans to send a cat to space by March next year have, apparently, been callously thrashed by the advocates from PETA. It is, therefore, that the country of Iran has now decided to send a second monkey to outer space by the end of November 2013.

"The second live animal will be ready within a month to be sent into space", said Iran's space organization's deputy head, Hamid Fazeli.

It has been found that Fazeli has already fulfilled all possible requirements for the monkey launch.

African Elephants Capable of Understanding Human Gestures

African Elephants Capable of Understanding Human Gestures

A number of experiments were performed on elephants of Africa. These experiments demonstrated that elephants were able to understand the gestures made by humans.

Elephants were given a test in which they were provided with two identical buckets. The elephants were successful in choosing the one with a hidden treat. This was told by researcher Ann Smet from the University of St Andrews.

Elephants were locked up at a lodge in Zimbabwe. The main motive for such an action was to conduct study on them.

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Pesticides Likely Causing Stress amongst Bees

Pesticides Likely Causing Stress amongst Bees

A latest study conducted by the Royal Holloway University of London's researchers has suggested how bees tended to face physiological stress due to pesticides.

The team of researchers suspected that the population of bees was probably being indirectly affected by the pesticide levels. The normal bee behaviour, according to Dr. Nigel Raine's belief, was impacted hugely by pesticides.

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Britain's First Honeybee Reserve to be set up for Protecting Species

Britain's First Honeybee Reserve to be set up for Protecting Species

The first honeybee reserve in Britain is to be set up on the Hebridean islands of Colonsay and Oronsay.

To keep any other species on the islands other than the British black honeybee, Apis mellifera mellifera will be treated as offence by the reserve. There are about 250 native species of bee in Britain but only one of these is farmed for honey.

Campaigners have been calling for the islands to be named as official reserves for years, after two locations were selected for a pilot breeding station in 1941.

Turkeys are Running Wild after Nearly Wiped out of Existence Once

Turkeys are Running Wild after Nearly Wiped out of Existence Once

Wild turkeys are eating crops, ruining gardens, crashing into cars and motorcycles and even destroying through suburban windows. Previously almost wiped out of existence here, turkeys are running wild.

Missing in Maine 26 years ago, the population of turkey has increased to an estimated 60,000 birds. The growth in Maine mirrors across North America, with the number increasing from about 1 million to 7 million birds in the past 30 years.

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Gilgo Beach Reports Humpback Whale in Fishing Net

Gilgo Beach Reports Humpback Whale in Fishing Net

A humpback whale's demise is being investigated by a group of Long Island's marine fisheries experts. On Tuesday morning, the whale was found ashore east of Gilgo Beach in fishing net.

Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation's Kimberly Durham said that the examination into the matter is being backed by state environmental officials.

A surfer discovered the whale, which weighed in at around 20 tons, almost a mile to the east of Gilgo. According to Durham, wounds and suffering was there in the whale after being in the net.

Bad Weather Causes Insects to Stop Carnal Desire

Bad Weather Causes Insects to Stop Carnal Desire

An interesting joint research conducted by researchers from the University of Sao Paulo and the University of Western Ontarios has suggested that bugs put a stop to their carnal desire, when they sense change in the weather like a storm or rain.

In their study, the researchers observed the impact of atmosphere change on the sexual behaviour of three types of insects, i. e. the potato aphid, the true armyworm moth and the curcurbit beetle.

Meet the Scary Insect that took 19 Lives in China

Meet the Scary Insect that took 19 Lives in China

There are large numbers of scary creatures in nature that make us scream with only a sight of them. However, this one is the scariest of all.

And the creatures that scare the heck out of us are called as Asian Giant Hornet, or Vespa Mandarinia. They are honored as the world's largest hornets. An average wasp grows up to a length of 2.2 inches. The queen hornets are slightly bigger in the size than the male "drones" or workers.

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