Usually when we see wild animals traipsing about in the city, it's in a post-apocalyptic movie or book where the animal is taking over or enjoying an area that it would otherwise never be exposed to. And sometimes we'll see funny videos or photos of, say, an alligator or a moose on someone's lawn, but usully they're not waltzing around the city.
I'm all about celebrating culture and maintaining beloved traditions, but only when those traditions don't harm anyone. I'm against bull fighting, and now that I've read about it, I'm also against camel lifting.
If you've never seen a set of foal hooves right after a baby horse has been born, do yourself a favor and click here, but be warned: it's VERY weird. Seasoned farmers and ranch hands are all, "Well, duh," but the rest of us are just stunned to see what the hooves look like before their protective covering, called the deciduous hoof capsule, is worn down from the animals' first steps.
Deer are cute. Fangs... well, they can be cute, but they're not often associated with cute mammals. The Tufted Deer, however, exhibits these protrusions, which are not used for blood sucking but for scuffles during mating season! Found in China and India, the Tufted Deer is actually a vegetarian, so the fangs have no value when it comes to eating at all.
You might think that humans are the only creatures who know how to lie, but there you would be completely wrong. Many animals are well practiced at the art of deception, using lies to increase their own chances of survival. National Geographic just published a great list of such creatures and you might be surprised at who the lying liars are!
A "cyclops goat" was recently born in a small village in Assam, India, where villagers believe that it is sacred. People have been traveling from the miles around to see the baby goat, who was born with a rare condition called cyclopia.
When it comes to weird animals, we normally talk about some pretty strange looking critters. Most weird animals have faces that only a mother could love and let's face it, some mothers eat their young. So it's always fun to run across an unusual animal that's so cute you'd want it for a pet if it weren't wild.
Once upon a time, I heard that a certain kind of snake has a weird smell. I can't remember either the snake or the smell, but now every time I smell something odd, my first thought is that there is a snake in my house. These seven animals, however, are known to smell like actual jelly beans! The binterong, also known as the bearcat, smells like buttered popcorn, which is ironically due to its anal glands.
James "Mac" McIntyre is a trained zoologist with a lifelong career of working with animals, from zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo to a vet tech on a cattle ranch. But his passion has always been field research.