this week in science

This week in science by I F*cking Love Science:

 

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unlikely mothers

Yesterday was mothers day and so in honor of all the mothers out there, on two legs and on four I am going to tell you a little bit about some very different animal mothers. Dogs adopting lions, whales adopting dolphins, and even a lion adopting an antelope.

Photo from Life with Dogs
Photo from Life with Dogs

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odd animal profile: narwhal

Yippee! My favorite cetacean! When I was in high school I went on a dolphin studies program in Belize, and for the final project we had to chose any cetacean and give a presentation on them. I chose the narwhal and have been smitten ever since.

Photo from WWF
Photo from WWF

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dolphins and rape

Once again, the middle of the week has rolled around and I find my self having an abysmally low level of motivation as my finals inch ever closer. So what better way to distract myself than with dolphin sex! Dolphins are known for getting frisky quite often, because everyone knows that darlin’ it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me!

Dolphin sex

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lion burgers ban

So Illinois is finally taking the big leap and making the decision that maybe, just maybe, lion meat shouldn’t be sold for consumption. That’s right, Illinois officials have decided its high time to stop selling their citizens lion burgers, for the good of the lions of course.

Photo from The Guardian
Photo from The Guardian

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primatologist bio: galdikas

Biruté M. F. Galdikas was born to parents leaving Lithuania at the end of WWII for greener pastures in Canada. She was raised in Toronto in an ever-growing Baltic community. She states, “because of my mother’s tales and my parent’s fondness for nature, I became that unlikely combination of bookworm and nature lover”(39, Reflections of Eden). While growing up in Canada she often explored in the woods behind her home, envisioning herself becoming a great adventurer like the Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George a favorite book form her childhood.

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