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Baltimore Orioles Smiling on Niagara Region

Animal News Flash, Ontario (CANADA): Maybe you have seen a Baltimore Oriole in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada… …It is more likely you have not seen one, as they are a more rare species of bird to see nowadays, unlike when I was a youngster growing up here, for many probable reasons. However, this bird is not considered to be endangered or threatened. A talented photography friend of mine, Bonnie Harris, captured this marvelously vivid shot of a Baltimore Oriole right here in Southern Ontario, and I wanted to share this beautiful picture with you. Of course, you may have gathered that the [ ... ]

What Bat Species are in Texas, USA?

A few years ago, I posted an article about Bats in Dallas. Recently, I’ve received a ton of comments on this post from amazing people out there noticing what I wrote about… …Those erratic “birds” flying at night, which aren’t really birds at all. They are bats! Now, one of the comments asked me what types of species of bats are found in Dallas. Now, although I couldn’t find an exact list of those specific to Dallas, I’ve found a list of bat species that exist in Texas, and more than likely, in Dallas too! In Texas, there are 32 species of bats that [ ... ]

What is the Velvet on Animal Antlers For?

If you’ve ever seen a deer, moose or caribou with antlers in person, then you know that they have this fuzzy hair on them when they are growing that looks like velvet. In fact, that’s what “they” call it…velvet. Photo right: Bonnie Harris It’s highly vascular skin that provides the antlers, because of the blood supply, oxygen and essential nutrients they need to grow large and strong. Antlers are used as weapons in the animal world, as well as attracting a mate by showing off their impressive rack of antlers to the ladies. Almost all of these types of animals grows a brand new rack [ ... ]

Robins Protecting Dead Bird

It is unfortunate that a bird died hitting one of our windows of our home the other day, and fell beneath a tree. Every time I walked outside, there were 3 or 4 robins surrounding this particular bird under the tree that had died. We are in Ontario, Canada. They were literally protecting it from squirrels, cats and other birds that were trying to check it out. I thought it might just be my imagination, but throughout the remainder of the day, they continued to do the exact same thing, as though they were protecting its lifeless corpse. Maybe this was an especially important [ ... ]

Cougar in Niagara Falls, Canada

A few months ago, I was coming home on a country road that leads to the suburbs in Niagara Falls. It was about 3:00am, pretty cold, and what do I see? A mountain lion (also called cougars or pumas) that had just crossed the road in front of me. It was on the left side of the road on the shoulder going into the brush. I happened to be on the phone with a friend and told them what was going on. The big cat just looked over it’s shoulder at me as I drove past it slowly. It was definitely a [ ... ]

A Personal Look at Global Warming in Ontario, Canada

Today is January 12th, 2012. I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and was thinking about how mild and more pleasant our weather is than usual in Januaries of the past. Yes, it is only a few degrees above freezing, and many of you scoff at that idea because it’s unthinkable to you being from more Southern states or tropical countries, but a few degrees above freezing is mild for this time of year. I was reminiscing with my mother today about how much snow we used to have when I was a child, especially on Christmas vacation. There were truckloads of [ ... ]

Congress Lifts Protection of Gray Wolf, Seen as Precedent?

USA (EXOTIC ANIMAL NEWS) – Sad news comes to the animal lovers out there, who are concerned about the world’s populations of endangered animals. 66 wolves were initially re-introduced to the Northern Rocky Mountains from Canada back in the middle of the 1990s. Today, there are approximately 1650 in the population. The issue is that the White House is ready to accept a budgetary bill including an unprecedented lifting of the Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in five US Western states, which has been a law in effect for 37 years, and it being the 1st time Congress has approached [ ... ]

Polar Bears Have Black Skin

I was watching a show on Animal Planet the other day and they had to do a hysterectomy on a polar bear. The intriguing thing about the surgery was that when they shaved her fur to prepare her, her skin was completely black. This makes complete sense and is an amazing adaptation for these bears. Why? Because their black skin absorbs heat from the sun. Their fur isn’t actually white…it’s clear – this allows the sunlight to penetrate their thick coats and allow their black skin to absorb this heat! Huh! Who knew? Nature is such a marvelously designed thing! There is a reason for every [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Cockroaches 5 Inches Long in Texas

They’re called water bugs or Palmetto bugs, but they’re actually American cockroaches and they’re huge. They can fly, they run fast and will even come back to life on you after they’ve been smashed. When we lived in Louisiana, they were a real problem especially when it rained or got cold as they’d find any tiny hole to get into your home. We actually set mouse traps for them and they worked! They’re so large, you can hear them shuffling around in cupboards and on tile floors, even though we keep everything really spic and span. Tonight, we just got rid of our 4th [ ... ]