Animal science, welfare, and companionship.

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Ecology | Animal Science & Evolution | Ethology & Behavioral Ecology | Wildlife Conservation | Habitat Preservation | Animal Cognition & Emotion | Endangered Species | Animal Rights & Welfare | Animal Agriculture | Companion Animals | Humane Living & Activism

As you can guess, this group is all about animals—both wild and domesticated—and the complicated relationship we have with them. It is about exploring and understanding their lives, and how they touch ours and we theirs in return.

As listed above, posts can consist of anything related to animals: science, evolution, behavior, food production, humane living, and pets.

Whether you work with animals or if you’re just a nature lover and pet owner, this group will hopefully have something for you. I look forward to your contributions.

To post discussions that are solely about environmentalism and sustainability, please join Green Atheists.

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Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature – pics you can’t resist sharing
Blurbs & Tidbits – post short, interesting links here
Books & Documentaries - to post basic source info here
Favorite Quotes – post your favorite animal quotes here
Funny Pictures, Videos, and Jokes – funny animal things to share
Petition Thread - post links to online petitions here
Video Thread - post your informative videos here
Website Links - share websites here
Your Pets – post pics of you and your animals here

Discussion Forum

The dark side of elephants???

Started by Deborah Moreno. Last reply by T A A Apr 29, 2012. 2 Replies

Interspecies Love

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Feb 5, 2011. 3 Replies

Do Chimpanzees Mourn Their Dead Infants?

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Feb 5, 2011. 2 Replies

Cute But Dangerous Animals (PHOTOS)

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Dec 11, 2010. 1 Reply

The Beakiest Bird

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 28, 2010. 0 Replies

The surreal treehoppers

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Nov 26, 2010. 1 Reply

Rare Photographs of Extinct Animals

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by No name Nov 18, 2010. 3 Replies

Companies that (still) Test on Animals

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 9, 2010. 0 Replies

New Carnivorous Mammal Discovered in Madagascar

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by No name Oct 19, 2010. 2 Replies

Rap Artist 50 Cent Pressured to Adopt Rhino

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by T A A Oct 19, 2010. 5 Replies

Orangutan Charades: How Orangutans Communicate

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Oct 2, 2010. 4 Replies

Ancient giant penguin unearthed in Peru

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by A Former Member Oct 2, 2010. 2 Replies

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Comment by T A A on February 19, 2013 at 8:32pm

frogs are the most adorable creatures! To think I gave up my MSc on frogs, :(

Comment by T A A on February 19, 2013 at 8:16pm

Watch this rare video of a Namaqua rain frog and its mating call. The frog is found in subtropical and tropical climates in areas that are very sandy as well as covered with scrub vegetation. The frogs are a burrowing species and spend most of their time underground, emerging mainly to eat insects after a rainfall.

Comment by Kyle Bates on May 23, 2012 at 1:18pm

Or the ways we convince ourselves the cancerous nature of our behaviour is justified. That's fairly "evil" too.

Supernaturalizing the human experience makes it impossible to understand and value humanity's place in the natural environment.

Comment by Ashley Bryant on May 23, 2012 at 12:56pm
I completely agree with you, T A A. I was just sharing a quote I love. It will come back on us. All of our destructive ways will end up destroying us. Maybe not our species, but definitely our numbers and life as we know it. Unfortunately the rest of the species that inhabit this beautiful planet have and will continue to suffer, some more than others.
Comment by T A A on May 23, 2012 at 12:18pm

For my free mind the greatest "evil" imposed onto animals is not their butchering, for the pain of death is short and fast. For me the greatest "evil" (as if that word makes any sense?) the greatest harm we do to all the ecosystem, is the mere fact of our cancerous nature, our obsession with destroying everything in our path, and through this making the world inhabitable by all other life forms. Humans-Growth-Cancer, one and the same. As a species, we are so overdue for some humility!

Comment by Ashley Bryant on May 22, 2012 at 1:32am
One of my favorite quotes:
"To the man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the suffering of animals than in the suffering of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime." -Romain Rolland
Comment by T A A on December 14, 2011 at 7:23am

Be patient... the build-up is lengthy, but the pay-off is worth it.

DVD liner notes (read Q&A here):
Scientific discovery of Brad Seibel, Steven Haddock, and Bruce Robison Edited by Encyclopedia Pictura Music: “I’ll Read You a Story,” by Colleen, courtesy of the Leaf Label Ltd. BRAD SEIBEL: In 1995, I captured a squid in a trawl net from 1700 meters depth that I could not identify. Many of the characters used to identify squids are located on the two longer feeding tentacles. This squid had only the eight arms and no feeding tentacles. In the same trawl bucket was an egg mass that also could not be identified. The eggs had not developed sufficiently to tell even what phyla they belonged to. They were not like other squid eggs I had seen. I preserved the squid and eggs in separate jars and forgot about them for about a year. In 1996, I caught a second squid from about 1400 meters depth. In the same trawl bucket were about 2000 hatchling squids. At that point I remembered the first capture and inferred that the squid must be brooding its eggs. I did some moredetailed dissections of the adult female squids and determined they were in the family Gonatidae but couldn’t identify species. I recruited the help of a molecular biologists who compared gene sequences and determined they were Gonatus onyx. I published that in Marine Biology in 2000. As juveniles, Gonatus onyx are abundant in shallow water, but the mature females and eggs had never been seen. I figured there must be a lot of them brooding eggs in the deep sea but I had relatively few opportunities to drag nets or use submersibles. In 2001, I started a fellowship with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. On my first expedition with MBARI and their submersible, Ventana, the chief scientist (coauthor Bruce Robison) asked what species I was interested in finding and at what depths we’d find them. I said I wanted to look for Gonatus onyx brooding squids below about 1400 meters. Robison and others thought I was a bit crazy. But on the first dive, at 2500 meters depth we came across a squid carrying an egg mass. As we pursued the squid the eggs started hatching. We observed several others over the next three years and have seen five with the sub to date.

Comment by T A A on March 4, 2011 at 7:49pm

Eastern Cougar Is Extinct, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Concludes

ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2011) — Although the eastern cougar has been on the endangered species list since 1973, its existence has long been questioned. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) conducted a formal review of the available information and, in a report issued March 2, 2011, concludes the eastern cougar is extinct and recommends the subspecies be removed from the endangered species list.

[...] According to Dr. Mark McCollough, the Service's lead scientist for the eastern cougar, the subspecies of eastern cougar has likely been extinct since the 1930s.

Comment by Chris on February 19, 2011 at 7:54am
NOAA requests radar data for migration patterns.
Comment by T A A on February 6, 2011 at 1:48am

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