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Playing Opossum in Dallas: Saving Our Wildlife

It’s 12:45 am in Dallas, Texas right now… I just took our kitchen garbage out to the trash can and noticed one of our neighborhood stray dogs laying in the middle of the street. As I focused in and started approaching, I noticed that it was sitting next to another animal, also in the middle of the street…I thought it could have been a run over cat or something like that… …As I came upon the dog, I took a look at what kind of animal was laying there and lo and behold, it was the opossum I’ve been noticing walking through the [ ... ]

Extinct Animal Becomes Alive Once More in a Mouse

Researchers in Australia have actually extracted DNA from the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, otherwise known as the Thylacine, and brought them back to life in a mouse’s genetic code. The Result: The DNA actually showed biological function in the mouse and sparks hopes that the Tasmanian tiger could one day be successfully cloned. One of the Tasmanian tiger’s genes is similar to that of the mouse’s genes for developing bones and cartilage. This study shows that an extinct animal’s genetic biodiversity may not be completely lost. Although they are not close to a total clone of the Tazzy tiger, it is a giant step towards [ ... ]

A New Endangered Species Listing for Yet Another Australian Animal

Exotic Animal Newsflash: For those of you that have not yet heard, the Tasmanian Devil was put on the endangered species list last week due to an outbreak of cancer that is both deadly and disfiguring to the animals. This particular cancer starts as a brain tumor and grows so large, encompassing the Tasmanian Devil’s face and mouth until it can no longer eat. These animals seem to only last a few months, and the wild population has decreased by 60%. The Tasmanian Devil only lives in the southern island state of Tasmania in Australia. By listing this creature as endangered, the Australian government [ ... ]

Great Apartment Pets

Live in an apartment? Are you an animal lover? That was our predicament too, when we were in college… Well, even if you live in an apartment and are restricted with space, you too can have a pet! You need to find a pet that is easy to care for, requires little space, and makes minimal mess… Check out these great choices for apartment pets… *** 6 Unique Apartment Pets By Jeff Swett Nothing makes apartment living fun like a playful pet. Fido and Felix bring a number of new elements to an apartment other than the additional smell. On any given day pets [ ... ]

Sugar Gliders 101

Sugar Gliders are Australian marsupials that also inhabit New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago. Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Infraclass: Marsupialia Order: Diprotodontia Family: Petauridae Genus: Petaurus Species: P. breviceps Conservation Status: The Sugar Glider is considered to be a species of least concern. That’s awesome! *** Sugar Gliders: Tiny Acrobats By Miles Fowler In the last decade or so, the popularity of sugar gliders as pets has grown considerably. The small size of these furry acrobats, their personalities, their plush fur, their large eyes, their agility and their ability to bond closely with humans have attracted legions of new sugar glider devotees. What is a sugar glider and [ ... ]