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October 23 2020

Penn Vet Dogs Find Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

They’re pretty but they are also an introduced species, called spotted lanternflies. The insects are native to China, India and Vietnam were accidentally introduced into the U.S. about six years ago, and today they’re thriving in Pennsylvania, wreaking havoc on the environment. Dr. Cynthia Otto at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, University of Pennsylvania…

February 9 2019

Valentine’s for Your Ex: A Roach

The Bronx Zoo is re-launching its “Name-A-Roach” program, which allows you to name one of over 50,000 giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches. For only $15, you can not only name a roach, but you can also send a certificate to the honoree. What a better way to honor your Ex for Valentine’s Day. Or I suppose if your significant…

August 19 2017

Animals' Responses to Toal Eclipse of the Sun

In case it’s news to you, there’s going to a be a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Of course, you have to be living in the wilderness somewhere to not know this. But, wild animals, even our pets, don’t receive either an advance warning or an explanation about the eclipse. Research on this topic…

February 8 2015

Planet of the Roaches

Cockroaches may be among the most ubiquitous creatures on the planet. There are 30 species that associate humans (and hundreds that do not), and in all there are far more roaches than people on earth. Might roaches one day reign supreme? If there’s a nuclear war, they have a shot. Roaches can withstand radiation far…

July 15 2014

Gay Animals

Maybe it’s proof that you are born gay….or maybe not. For example, new research demonstrates that zebra finch raised by their fathers aren’t as likely to pair for life with female birds as they are with a dude finch. It seems, the gay blades just ‘hang’ together and don’t usually truly have a gay sexual…

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