When you think about a deadly animal, you may think shark, lion, or even a rhino. However, according to several studies, the deadliest animal in the world is much smaller and way more irritating. There are more than 100 varieties of this thing, and it feeds on human blood, transporting a vast array of diseases from one person to next. Figure it out, yet? That’s right—that buzzing, easy-to-squish mosquito is the deadliest creature, period.
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CUMBERLAND, OH (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced that a male Masai giraffe calf was born at The Wilds on July 10.
The birth was visible to guests who were on an open air safari tour at The Wilds.
The calf is reportedly strong and staying close to his mother.
The zoo says the calf’s mother, Lulu, is a first-time mother. She was born at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in 2012.
The calf’s father, Raha, was born at the Los Angeles Zoo in April 2006.
The calf may be visible to guests on both Wildside and Open-Air Safari Tours.
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Traditionally, the Samburu women of northern Kenya are married off at a young age without an education, let alone a chance to work. But as the first female head keeper of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in the remote Mathews mountain range, Sasha Dorothy Lowuekuduk is breaking new ground. Though she and the women who work for her encounter resistance, the team at Reteti is united in its mission to rescue abandoned elephant calves, nurse them back to health, and reintroduce them to the wild. It requires vigilance and round-the-clock care, but Lowuekuduk’s passion for saving these 200-plus-pound babies knows no bounds.
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Koko the gorilla, who is said to have been able to communicate by using more than 1,000 hand signs, has died in California at the age of 46.
Instructors taught her a version of American Sign Language and say she used it to convey thoughts and feelings.
The abilities of the gorilla, who also apparently understood some spoken English, were documented by animal psychologist Francine Patterson.
She adopted and named pets, including a kitten she called All Ball.
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Growing up in Britain during the second world war, Jane Goodall was often told her dreams were just that – fantasy, unrealistic, unachievable: “I had read Tarzan and fallen in love, although he married the wrong Jane, the wretched man,” she jokes. “I wanted to live with wild animals and write books about them. But people would say: ‘How can you do that? Africa is far away, we don’t know much about it. You don’t have any money in your family. You’re just a girl.’”
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At the beginning of Jane, a film about pioneering British chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall, documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen asks his subject about her dreams as a child.
“I was typically a man and went on adventures,” recalls Goodall. “Probably because at the time I wanted to do things which men did and women didn’t — you know, like going to Africa, living with animals.”
Later, reading from her 1999 book Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey, Goodall expands on that theme. “I wanted to come as close to talking to animals as I could, to be like Dr. Doolittle,” she says. “I wanted to move among them without fear, like Tarzan.”
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The cow elephant’s active baby boy had been running around the zoo compound like normal all day – but not anymore. Her calf had been lying on the ground for a nap, but now he wouldn’t wake up. Her baby wasn’t responding to her trunk’s touch and her concern was growing. Suddenly though, a familiar face appeared to offer assistance.
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