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Happy Thanksgiving: Fun Facts About Turkeys

Many holidays have animals associated with them. Christmas has its reindeer, Easter its rabbits, and Halloween lays claim to a variety of creepy critters. However, no holiday is more dependent on an animal than Thanksgiving. After all, what Thanksgiving is complete without turkey? While most of us don’t really think about turkeys much beyond eating…

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Attack of the Bird-Eating Crabs!

Crabs are not generally thought of as dangerous or frightening animals. True, many species can give a painful pinch when threatened, we usually think of them as seafood rather than anything to worry about. The majority are detrivores that spend there time scavenging whatever organic material they come across. However, the coconut crab has made…

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The Battle at Kruger

Africa is one of the last great wilderness on Earth. It is still home to vast herds of megafauna and the carnivores that prey on them. Tourists from all over the world travel here for the chance to glimpse nature’s majesty. Few places in all of Africa are as iconic as Kruger National Park, South…

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Kangaroo vs Dog

Australia is the land of bizarre animals and not creature is more iconic of the Land Down Under than the kangaroo. Images of these hopping marsupials can be found adorning everything from airplanes and company logos to sports mascots. Most Australian zoos and wildlife parks feature large open paddocks where guests can directly interact with…

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Turkeys Circle Dead Cat

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, turkeys are on everyone’s mind. When not being served with mashed potatoes and gravy, the spend their days wandering through hardwood forests foraging for nuts, seeds, berries, and insects. They are famous for their distinctive bald heads, their gobbling calls, and for sometimes getting a bit testy when humans…

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Killer Zebras

Herbivores are often portrayed as peaceful animals. When they are caught engaging in violent behavior more worthy of carnivores, it can be shocking to say the least. One group of tourists got the surprise of a lifetime while on safari in Namibia when they witnessed a brutal attack on a zebra foal by . ….

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Manatee Awareness Month

When it comes to charismatic animals, marine mammals readily come to mind. Whales enthrall us with their great size, dolphins with their astounding intelligence, and seals and sea lions with overwhelming cuteness. While these creatures often take center stage at aquariums and on nature documentaries, they are not the only awesome aquatic mammals. Manatees, while…

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Happy Ha-Owl-Oween!

No bird is more associated with Halloween than the owl. Since ancient times they have been symbols of death and ill omen, and it was believed that they acted as messengers for witches. Indeed even the name of the owl family, Strigidae, is taken from from the mythological strix, a blood-drinking ghost said to take…

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A Guide to Venomous Snakes

Venom is nature’s deadliest weapon and no group of animals is more closely associated with toxicity than snakes. While over three quarters of all snakes are nonvenomous, it is venomous snakes that are the greatest source of fear for many. Even a small venomous snake is capable of causing tremendous damage, even death, with just…

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