Hundreds of migratory birds take over interior of California home|interesting news|

Hundreds of migratory birds take over interior of California home|interesting news|

 Hundreds of migratory birds take over interior of California home|interesting news|

Hundreds of migratory birds take over interior of California home|interesting news|
Hundreds of migratory birds take over interior of California home|interesting news|

A California family said they are dealing with an unusual infestation after hundreds of migratory birds swooped down their chimney and took up residence inside the house.


A woman who asked to be identified only as Kerri said she returned to her Torrance home with her husband and their child April 21 to discover birds flying around inside the house.


Kerri captured video showing dozens of birds swooping down into the home through her chimney.


"It's so hard to explain. If you don't see it with your own eyes, you'd never believe it," Kerri told KTLA-TV.


Kerri said the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office referred her to county animal control, but officials told her to just leave her doors open and allow the birds to leave on their own.


She said the birds don't appear to want to leave, and have been making a mess of the home.


"You couldn't walk in any spot in the living room, the kitchen and the hallway without stepping on bird droppings," Kerri said.


The birds are believed to be Vaux's swift, a species known for roosting in chimneys in large groups.


Firefighters in Montecito, Calif., responded to a similar problem Sunday evening when a homeowner reported about 1,000 birds that swooped into their chimney and became stuck behind the fireplace cover.


The Montecito Fire Department said the birds were left overnight to see if they would fly back up the chimney on their own, but returned Monday to find that the birds hadn't moved.


Firefighters and animal control officers ended up designing a chute system to allow the birds to make their way from the fireplace to the back door.


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Colombian farmers break Guinness record with 9.36-pound mango|interesting news|

Colombian farmers break Guinness record with 9.36-pound mango|interesting news|

 Colombian farmers break Guinness record with 9.36-pound mango|interesting news|

Colombian farmers break Guinness record with 9.36-pound mango|interesting news|
Colombian farmers break Guinness record with 9.36-pound mango|interesting news|


A pair of Colombian farmers are now Guinness World Record holders after they grew a massive mango weighing 9.36 pounds.


German Orlando Novoa Barrera and Reina Maria Marroquin grew the mango at San Martin farm in the Boyaca area of Guayata.


The pair said they could tell early on that the mango was growing much larger than the other fruits on their tree. Barrera said his daughter, Dabegy, suggested the mango could be a new world record after it was harvested and weighed.


The 9.36-pound mango took the title of the world's heaviest from a 7.57-pound mango grown in 2009 in the Philippines.


"Our goal with this Guinness World Records title is to show to the world that in Colombia we are humble, hardworking people who love the countryside and that the land that is cultivated with love produces great fruits. In addition, this represents in times of pandemic a message of hope and joy for our people," Barrera told Guinness World Records.


Barrera and Marroquin said they ended up serving the mango to their family.


"It was very delicious and healthy inside, but before that, we made a mold out of it to make a replica and donate it to the municipality to be recorded in history," Barrera said.


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North Carolina 12-year-old graduating high school, college in same week|interesting news|

North Carolina 12-year-old graduating high school, college in same week|interesting news|

 North Carolina 12-year-old graduating high school, college in same week|interesting news|

North Carolina 12-year-old graduating high school, college in same week|interesting news|
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A 12-year-old North Carolina boy who took a few extra classes in his spare time during the COVID-19 pandemic is now preparing to graduate high school and college in the same week.


Mike Wimmer, 12, of Salisbury, will graduate Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with an associate's degree May 21 and will graduate Concord Academy High School just seven days later May 28.


Wimmer has a 4.0 GPA at the college and a 5.45 GPA in high school, earning him the role of his class valedictorian.


"I went through all of the grades in school at a faster pace," Wimmer told WCNC-TV. "I'm like a sponge, I take in knowledge very fast."


Wimmer said he had some extra time during the COVID-19 pandemic and discovered that if he added just a couple of extra classes he could graduate from both schools at the same time. He ended up completing the equivalent of two years of high school and two years of community college classes in a single year.


The 12-year-old said his lifelong interest in technology and robots led him to create his own start-up, Reflect Social, which aims to simplify how smart home technology works.


"My entrepreneurial goal is to build technology that enables people to live better lives," Wimmer told CNN.


The boy said he is now considering his next options, which could include continuing with school, accepting various job offers or pursuing a fellowship to grow his start-up.


Wimmer said that amid his academic and entrepreneurial pursuits, he still makes time for activities like basketball and building Lego sets.


"A lot of people think I've given up my childhood or somehow lost it," Wimmer said, "and I say to them that I'm having the time of my life."


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 Crew installing pool at Las Vegas home finds ice age animal bones|interesting news|

Crew installing pool at Las Vegas home finds ice age animal bones|interesting news|

 Crew installing pool at Las Vegas home finds ice age animal bones|interesting news|

Crew installing pool at Las Vegas home finds ice age animal bones|interesting news|
Crew installing pool at Las Vegas home finds ice age animal bones|interesting news|

 A Las Vegas couple said workers digging behind their home for a pool installation made a surprising discovery: a set of bones that could be up to 14,000 years old.



Matt Perkins, who recently moved to Las Vegas with his husband, said they woke up Monday morning to find Las Vegas police officers were speaking with the workers digging out the hole for their backyard pool.


"It kind of freaked us out," Perkins told the Las Vegas Review-Journal of learning the workers had found buried bones.


Perkins said his mind was eased when the police determined the bones, found about 4-5 feet under the surface, were not from a human -- and were likely thousands of years old.


"We had joked on Friday that while they started digging, 'Oh great maybe they will find a dinosaur for us and it will pay for our pool,'" Perkins told KTNV-TV.


Perkins and his husband contacted Joshua Bonde, director of research at the Nevada Science Center, and he visited the site Tuesday.


Bonde said the bones likely came from a horse or other large animal. He said the bones could be up to 14,000 years old -- dating from the earth's most recent ice age.


"What we found was when they were excavating the backyard pool, they were cutting through ice age layers of sediment and sure enough they had a skeleton of an animal," Perkins said.


Perkins said he is now working on a plan to have the bones removed and turned over to Bonde before the concrete is poured for the pool.


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Toronto soccer team's Florida practice interrupted by 'massive alligator|interesting news|

Toronto soccer team's Florida practice interrupted by 'massive alligator|interesting news|

 Toronto soccer team's Florida practice interrupted by 'massive alligator|interesting news|

Toronto soccer team's Florida practice interrupted by 'massive alligator|interesting news|
Toronto soccer team's Florida practice interrupted by 'massive alligator|interesting news|


 A professional soccer team from Toronto had their practice in Florida interrupted by "a massive alligator" that invaded the field.



Toronto FC was holding a closed practice Monday on a field in Orlando when the alligator wandered out onto the grass.


The team posted a video to YouTube showing players giving the unusual visitor a wide berth.


"All I can tell you is this -- there was an alligator, a massive alligator," Toronto coach Chris Armas told Sky Sports. "And my players are running towards the alligator as I went the other way. Listen we talk about fearless and aggressive round here, but I thought we would not think about that at that moment."


The team was preparing to face Mexico's Cruz Azul in Tuesday's Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match.


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Ikea shopper finds exotic lizard hiding in houseplant|interesting news|

Ikea shopper finds exotic lizard hiding in houseplant|interesting news|

 Ikea shopper finds exotic lizard hiding in houseplant|interesting news|

Ikea shopper finds exotic lizard hiding in houseplant|interesting news|
Ikea shopper finds exotic lizard hiding in houseplant|interesting news|

Animal rescuers in Britain said an Ikea shopper returned to their home and discovered a potted plant they purchased at the furniture store had a stowaway -- a gecko lizard.



The RSPCA said the shopper bought the plant from the Ikea store in Exeter and returned home to find a gecko was hiding among the leaves.


RSPCA Animal Rescue Officer Clara Scully responded to the home to safely capture the lizard.


"A member of the public got more than they bargained for with this plant. This little fella was hidden in the leaves! He is now safe awaiting transfer for his new home by one of our exotic officers," Scully said.


The RSPCA said the gecko is native to warmer climates and would likely not survive in the wild in Britain.


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Gronkowski catches football dropped from helicopter for world record|interesting news|

Gronkowski catches football dropped from helicopter for world record|interesting news|

 Gronkowski catches football dropped from helicopter for world record|interesting news|

Gronkowski catches football dropped from helicopter for world record|interesting news|
Gronkowski catches football dropped from helicopter for world record|interesting news|


NFL star Rob Gronkowski returned to his alma mater, the University of Arizona, to break a world record by catching a football dropped from a helicopter 600 feet above the ground.



Gronkowski, who was serving as an honorary coach alongside former New England Patriots teammate Tedy Bruschi for the ASU Wildcats' game Saturday, donned a jersey bearing his old university No. 48 to make the Guinness World Record-breaking catch.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneer made the catch on his third attempt, celebrating with his trademark "Gronk Spike."


"Every time you step on the field, you've got to raise that bar to another level, baby," CNN quoted Gronkowski as saying after the catch. "And I just raised that bar to this level."


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Florida police capture loose lemur, another still on the run|interesting news|

Florida police capture loose lemur, another still on the run|interesting news|

 Florida police capture loose lemur, another still on the run|interesting news|

Florida police capture loose lemur, another still on the run|interesting news|
Florida police capture loose lemur, another still on the run|interesting news|


Police in Florida said they captured a lemur spotted wandering loose in a neighborhood -- but another of the primates is still at large.



The Davie Police Department said Friday a lemur had been captured in a Southwest Ranches neighborhood and a second lemur was believed to still be on the loose in the area.


The lemurs were first spotted Thursday in Cooper City, police said.


Police said they have not yet determined the origin of the animals and are asking the owner of the African primates to come forward.


The captured lemur was taken to a licensed facility for care while the investigation is ongoing.


Lemurs are legal to keep as pets in Florida with a permit from the state. Officials said the owner of the escaped lemur could face a citation if they are found to have been keeping the exotic pets without a permit.




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Police chase loose cow through Connecticut town|interesting news|

Police chase loose cow through Connecticut town|interesting news|

 Police chase loose cow through Connecticut town|interesting news|

Police chase loose cow through Connecticut town|interesting news|
Police chase loose cow through Connecticut town|interesting news|

Police in Connecticut said an escaped cow led its owner and officers on an hours-long chase through several neighborhoods.


The Fairfield Police Department said a call came in about midnight related to a loose cow in an intersection. Officers pursued the bovine alongside the animal's owner.


The cow led its pursuers on an hours-long chase, and was photographed walking past the Country Cow Deli.


The animal was corralled about 2 miles from where it initially was spotted. It sat down, refusing to move for more than an hour. Police said the bovine eventually was returned to its owner's home.



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Giant water monitor lizard surprises beach visitors in Thailand|interesting news|

Giant water monitor lizard surprises beach visitors in Thailand|interesting news|

 Giant water monitor lizard surprises beach visitors in Thailand|interesting news|

Giant water monitor lizard surprises beach visitors in Thailand|interesting news|
Giant water monitor lizard surprises beach visitors in Thailand|interesting news|

Swimmers at a Thailand beach were shocked when a 5-foot water monitor lizard emerged from the woods and took a swim alongside some humans.



Nam Sudarat, a visitor to the beach on the island of Ko Hong, captured video as the monitor lizard swam just feet away from human swimmers.


Sudarat said the lizard appeared to ignore the humans as it swam through the water.


Local wildlife officials said they are familiar with the lizard, which they said is a male known to visit the beach sometimes to collect food scraps. They said the lizard is known to be friendly and does not post a danger to beachgoers.


The lizard encounter took place just weeks after a water monitor wandered into a 7-Eleven store in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, and climbed the shelves before being removed by authorities.


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Iowa's oldest female muskie caught after dodging nearly 2,000 nets|interesting news|

Iowa's oldest female muskie caught after dodging nearly 2,000 nets|interesting news|

 Iowa's oldest female muskie caught after dodging nearly 2,000 nets|interesting news|

Iowa's oldest female muskie caught after dodging nearly 2,000 nets|interesting news|
Iowa's oldest female muskie caught after dodging nearly 2,000 nets|interesting news|


Wildlife officials in Iowa said the oldest known female muskie in the state was caught after 20 years -- apparently dodging capture nearly 2,000 times in that time.


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the 46-inch female muskellunge -- better known as a muskie -- was caught in a Fisheries Bureau net 20 years to the day after the last time it was encountered by officials.


The 25-year-old fish is the oldest known muskie living in Iowa waters, officials said.


The fish, which was 33.4 inches long when it was first netted, managed to evade nearly 2,000 capture attempts during those 20 years, officials said.


"A total of 1,996 net sets were conducted from 2002-2020 within the Okoboji lake chain, and that fish was never recaptured. This year, as part of our broodstock collection, we recaptured her for the first time since 2001," fisheries research biologist Jonathan Meerbeek told McClatchy News.


Meerbeek said it's highly unusual for a muskie to be so elusive.


"The lack of capture is also intriguing to us. Fish that are 15 years old or older often have been in the hatchery several times," he said.


The elusive muskie is now back in the water, officials said.



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world's smallest frog cuba

world's smallest frog cuba

 world's smallest frog cuba

world's smallest frog cuba
world's smallest frog cuba


At an average of 7.7 millimeters long, the newfound Paedophryne amauensis is a hair smaller than the previous record holder, the Southeast Asian fish species Paedocypris progenetica, whose females measure about 7.9 millimeters. 

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During recent field surveys in southern Papua New Guinea, scientists found P. amauensis and another new species of tiny frog, Paedophryne swiftorum, which measures about 8.6 millimeters.



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Lost lamb spends the night in Irish jail celle|interesting news of the day|

Lost lamb spends the night in Irish jail celle|interesting news of the day|

 Lost lamb spends the night in Irish jail celle|interesting news of the day|

Lost lamb spends the night in Irish jail cell
Lost lamb spends the night in Irish jail cell

Police in Ireland said a lost lamb found wandering loose in a roadway spent the night in a jail cell before being reunited with its owners.


 

The Garda, Ireland's national police force, said officers were called to a street in Clonmel, Tipperary, where drivers reported seeing a lamb wandering solo in the road.


The lamb was rounded up and the Garda tweeted photos of the animal spending the night in a jail cell while officers worked to identify its owners. 

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Police said the lamb was returned to its owner the next morning.


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"This little fella was found over the weekend by Gardai in Clonmel after he became separated from his flock," the Garda tweeted. "Many thanks to the person who phoned this in after locating him on the road. He was cared for overnight and returned to his grateful owner yesterday morning."


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Spaceship-inspired New Mexico house for sale|interesting news of the day|

Spaceship-inspired New Mexico house for sale|interesting news of the day|

 Spaceship-inspired New Mexico house for sale|interesting news of the day|

Spaceship-inspired New Mexico house for sale|interesting news of the day|
Spaceship-inspired New Mexico house for sale|interesting news of the day|

 A home for sale in New Mexico is gaining attention online after the current owner spent 21 years filling the interior with spaceship-inspired decor.

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Marten Griego said he wasn't satisfied with the paint job he was doing on the Albuquerque home when he first moved in two decades ago, so he redesigned a wall and fireplace after an imagined spaceship.


"It's kind of like the edge of a cave. I thought of myself in the universe some place on another asteroid or something," he told KOB-TV.


Griego said he then spent the ensuing years filling the home with 3D murals and other space-inspired decorations, including a high-tech kitchen.


"I would think that people are fascinated with something new. Something created by somebody that they've never seen before -- and once again, when I was building it I didn't even know what I was creating," Griego said.


The house is being listed by Jonathan Ortiz and Alexandria Oberbeck of Southwest Elite Realty.


Ortiz said entering the house is akin to "walking into a museum."


The real estate agents said there already has been interest in the home.


"So we actually have someone right now who wants to buy it as it. Furniture and all. They just love everything about it," Oberbeck said.

Philippine Coast Guard seizes 200 tons of giant fossilized clam shells|interesting news of the day|

Philippine Coast Guard seizes 200 tons of giant fossilized clam shells|interesting news of the day|

 Philippine Coast Guard seizes 200 tons of giant fossilized clam shells|interesting news of the day|

Philippine Coast Guard seizes 200 tons of giant fossilized clam shells
Philippine Coast Guard seizes 200 tons of giant fossilized clam shells|interesting news of the day|


The Philippine Coast Guard seized more than 200 tons of fossilized clam shells worth nearly $25 million this week in a joint law enforcement operation.


A Facebook post from the agency said four suspects were arrested Friday in the Palawan province and accused of violating the Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.


The act prohibits exploiting wildlife resources and their habitats, including trading the wildlife for the purposes of collection, CNN reported.


The PCG said this was the biggest illegal giant clam shell haul in the region's history to date.

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The suspects are Rey Cuyos, 54; Rodolfo Rabesa, 48; Julius Molejoa, 47; and Erwin Miagao, 40. According to the PCG, they have been brought before the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for inquest proceedings.

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The Coast Guard Intelligence Group Palawan, Coast Guard District Palawan, PCSD, PNP - Maritime Group Palawan, AFP Intelligence Operatives, and Bantay Dagat Roxas all participated in the operation to arrest the suspects.


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Firefighters rescue kitten with head stuck through wheel lug hole|interesting news of the day|

Firefighters rescue kitten with head stuck through wheel lug hole|interesting news of the day|

Firefighters rescue kitten with head stuck through wheel lug hole|interesting news of the day|
Firefighters rescue kitten with head stuck through wheel lug hole|interesting news of the day|
Firefighters rescue kitten with head stuck through wheel lug hole|interesting news of the day|

 Firefighters in Texas rescued a kitten found with its head stuck through a lug hole in a discarded vehicle wheel.


The San Antonio Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team said a family brought the kitten, wedged in the metal part of the wheel, into a station and said the feline had been stuck for two days.

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The team said they attempted to use soap to lubricate the kitten's head so it could be squeezed back out through the hole, but they ended up having to cut through the metal to free the feline.

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The department said the kitten then was adopted by the family that found it.

Dog rescues smaller dog from owner's backyard pool|interesting news of the day|

Dog rescues smaller dog from owner's backyard pool|interesting news of the day|

 Dog rescues smaller dog from owner's backyard pool|interesting news of the day|


Dog rescues smaller dog from owner's backyard pool|interesting news of the day|
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Byron and Melissa Thanarayen said they returned to their home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, to find Chucky, their toy pomeranian, was mysteriously wet.


The couple said they checked their security camera footage for clues and discovered 13-year-old Chucky had fallen into their backyard pool while walking next to it.


The video shows Jessie, the couple's 7-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, circle the pool, watching Chucky struggle in the water.

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Jessie was eventually able to lift Chucky out of the water with her mouth.


The couple said Jessie was a rescue from the SPCA and had been surrendered to the organization by two previous owners.


The couple said they will be installing a cover for the pool to keep the dogs safe while they are not home.

World's highest infinity pool is nearly 1,000 feet off the ground|interesting news of the day|

World's highest infinity pool is nearly 1,000 feet off the ground|interesting news of the day|

 World's highest infinity pool is nearly 1,000 feet off the ground|interesting news of the day|


A resort skyscraper in Dubai broke a Guinness World Record for the highest outdoor infinity pool at 964 feet, 2 inches above ground level.


Guinness said the Address Beach Resort, a recently completed skyscraper in Dubai, now is a world record holder after an infinity pool was installed on the 77th-floor rooftop.

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The pool has a surface area of more than 6,000 square feet and is about 4 feet deep at its deepest point.


The building was also awarded a record for the highest occupiable skybridge floor, which is 965 feet, 8.4 inches over the ground.

venezuelan poodle moth facts|are they dangerous|

venezuelan poodle moth facts|are they dangerous|

 venezuelan poodle moth facts

venezuelan poodle moth facts
venezuelan poodle moth facts

How can a moth, which is a type of insect, be related to a poodle, which is a type of dog? That is a good question, indeed. Can you guess the answer?

To help you out, here’s the short answer – the Venezuelan Poodle Moth is a moth that looks like a poodle.

As a newly discovered type of insect, it’s only natural that a lot of people don’t know about this moth. In fact, a lot of people still can’t believe that it’s true – that there is really such a thing as a Venezuelan Poodle Moth.

This type of moth was only discovered in 2009, and as its name suggests, it was discovered in Venezuela.

When you look at the Venezuelan Poodle Moth, you won’t immediately know what it really is (especially if it’s the first time you see it). If you are familiar with Pokemon, you might even think that it’s a Pokemon.

Actually, people first thought that this insect was fake – that’s how strange this little creature is. It looks like a stuffed toy, too, but a very little stuffed toy, if there ever was one.

What about you? Do you believe that there’s such a thing as the Venezuelan Poodle Moth? You better believe it exists – because you are about to meet it.

Origins

It was in 2009 when Dr. Arthur Anker of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, discovered the Venezuelan Poodle Moth. He took a lot of pictures of the strange looking animal as proof that there really is such an insect. Back then, it didn’t have a name yet.

Needless to say, the cute but weird looking moth confused everyone that saw its picture. It was amazing, but quite unbelievable.

It was in 2012 when images of the Venezuelan Poodle Moth started spreading over the Internet. While some people believed that it was a real animal and that it really did exist, there are also those that doubted its authenticity. A lot people thought it was fake, and a lot of rumors went around that said the pictures had been “photoshopped.”

Then, another researcher by the name of Dr. Karl Shuker showed up and confirmed the insect’s existence. Since Dr. Shuker is a reputable scientist, more people believed that the Venezuelan Poodle Moth really did exist. He even talked about the Venezuelan Poodle Moth in his own blog.

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth has big eyes.

Getting to Know the Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Just like typical moths, the Venezuelan Poodle Moth is a small insect. It seems “furry” because it’s covered with thick hairs.

A really close look at it will lead you to believe that it’s an animal that has the combined characteristics of a poodle and a moth. It is white and fluffy, just like a poodle – but it’s overall structure takes the form of a moth.

It has noticeable, bulging black eyes – again, just like a poodle – but it has wings, of course, just like all moths have wings. Because this is just a small insect, its wing span is only about an inch.

Moths have a set of antennae – and this species of moth has them, too. However, its antennae are unique looking and strange. They’re like feathers hanging on the insect’s head.

The Hairy Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Being hairy or furry is one of the main characteristics of the Venezuelan Poodle Moth, and it’s also the main reason why it’s being compared to a poodle.

Does the Venezuelan Poodle Moth really have hairs? Why does it need to have hairs in the first place?

It’s important to know that hair selves their purposes for animals. There’s a reason why some animals have hair while some animals don’t.

Some mammals have hair, for example, like humans. People are warm blooded and hair strands are used to keep the body temperature well regulated. People need to maintain their body heat at all times, and the hair on a person’s body help in this regard (whether the temperature is hot or cold).

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth is a furry insect.

Well, insects are not mammals – and the Venezuelan Poodle Moth is an insect. Insects are cold blooded – and the Venezuelan Poodle Moth, doesn’t use its hair to maintain its body temperature. In fact, this particular species lives in Venezuela, which is a tropical country. Since it’s a tropical country, it has a warm climate.

So, why does the Venezuelan Poodle Moth have hairs? What’s the purpose of its furry coat?

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Hair on insects serve a lot of purposes – these are sensitive to their surroundings so that the insect’s senses are improved. This is really important for these tiny creatures because being aware of their surroundings helps them escape their predators.

Moth hairs are known to serve as defense mechanisms, too. In order to protect the small insect from much bigger predators, their hair or fur can contain chemical substances that can irritate the skin. This even works against humans – as big as people are, they can suffer from rashes and other forms of skin irritation when they come into contact with hairy moths such as the Venezuelan Poodle Moth.

Habitat

Right now, this type of insect is only found in Venezuela. They can be found in the tropical rainforests there.

Diet

Like other species of moths, Venezuelan Poodle Moths eat plant materials.

Status

As a newly discovered insect, there are no sufficient studies yet on the Venezuelan Poodle Moth. Its population still needs to be evaluated to find out if it’s stable.

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth has a set of antennae that looks like feathers.

Threats

Insects such as moths are always threatened by insect-eating animals like frogs, lizards, birds, etc. These types of animals are usually present in the forest, which is the natural habitat of Venezuelan Poodle Moths.

A beautiful Venezuelan Poodle Moth.

Venezuelan Poodle Moths as Pets

Poodles (dogs) are popular as pets, but are Venezuelan Poodle Moths just as suitable as pets?

Not too many people like keeping moths as pets, but since this is a special looking moth and it’s really cute, some people want to have one as a pet.

Realistically, however, Venezuelan Poodle Moths don’t make practical pets. Remember, they are insects, and petting them can squish them and kill them. Also, their furry coats can cause irritation on people’s skin.

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth’s fur can cause skin imitation.

Venezuelan Poodle Moths are cute creatures, but the best thing to do with them is to keep them free in the wild.

secretary bird cool facts

secretary bird cool facts

 secretary bird cool facts

secretary bird cool facts
secretary bird cool facts

Secretary Bird is a huge bird compared to other normal birds we witness in daily lives and it has some very unique characteristics and appearance. Also it is globally known as the bird of prey. Usually found in open grasslands this bird has two major colors in whole body, the grey color which runs from the head down to the belly and the other black which covers the tail, wings and legs.

Other than that it has beautiful and attractive red circles or outlines around the black iris eyes and a crown shaped feather set on the head that is followed down until the outer neck. The overall appearance of Secretary bird is highly appealing. As it is a grassland bird that too in the prey category so it has long legs that keeps itself a little higher from the ground in order to look around for any new prey and also to save its life at the same time by being aware from prospective danger.

Size

The general height of Secretary birds is 1.3 meters that is almost 4.3 feet; they are large enough to be recognized easily. The Secretary bird can look like an eagle for once although the long legs cast a distinct image of it. It has an eagle like head with a hooked bill and well rounded wings that are strong enough to take higher flights. The wingspan of Secretary Bird is about 191cm to 220 cm and the average weight could range in between 2.3 kg to 5 kg and till date the highest body mass is recorded as 4.02 kg somewhere in Southern Africa.

The average tarsus of the Secretary Bird is 31 cm and the tail is around 57 to 85 cm, these both factors collectively make it look longer and taller than the other species of raptors (birds of prey like eagles and hawks). The neck of the bird is not very long; it can only be lowered down to a particular level, because after that the birds have to stoop down to the ground to drink water.

Habitat and Breeding

Most commonly the birds are found in the open grasslands and savannas instead of forests and dense shrubbery areas. Commonly the Secretary Bird can be found in the Sub Saharan Africa and its range is extended from Mauritania to Somalia and to the south of the Cape of Good Hope. This is a non migratory bird and likes to be stagnant to one habitat generally but in the case of searching the prey and favorable living conditions the species has shown some migration patterns. Otherwise there is not a specified pattern for the migration of Secretary Bird in winters or summers.

For breeding the Secretary Bird use the nests that are build at a height of a minimum 16 to 23 feet on Acacia tree, and almost around half a year before the laying of eggs male and female Secretary birds visit the nest. The incubation period of eggs is around 45 days, after getting hatched for about 40 to 60 days both male and female feed the young ones. Generally, in Secretary birds, there is no concept of sibling aggression but the youngest one out of three does die due to starvation. Almost at the age of 80 days the young ones are able to fledge and jump out of the nest in the controlled environment. After fledging the parent pair teaches the younger ones tricks to attack and get the prey and soon the younger ones become independent.


Social Behavior

Secretary Bird is not that much of a friendly or socially active bird species as it belongs to a hunting family. Most of the time the pairs could be witnessed helping each in bringing up the younger ones and also incorporating others in the flock in order to maintain a stable equation among them. On the other hand, it is also perceived to be an aggressive bird when it comes to fighting. Secretary birds have shown to give a brutal time to the opponent and also adopt some of the amazing body transformation that simply showcase all the anger and rage through its actions.

Diet

Secretary Birds hunt down their diets from the environment and surroundings, and the common food intake is of insects or mammals ranging from mice to hares. In addition to that mongoose, snakes, lizards, tortoise, young birds, bird eggs, crabs and sometimes the dead grass animals too are the part of the diet. The bird is not really very selective in food trends, generally it depends and eats based on the availability of the things at that time and it likes to grab everything in the moment. The hunting strategy that the Secretary bird uses in case of dangerous and poisonous reptiles like snakes is very effective and prompt as the bird attacks upon the animal in a sudden moment and snap the neck or back by the help of its feet that makes the prey lose the fight.

Suitability as Pets

Having the Secretary Bird as pet is really not a suitable idea; as it is a free bird that chooses to live in a free and open environment. Having it at a limited place with controlled conditions could be a little difficult for the person as well. In the natural conditions the bird lives through a natural cycle of hunting and survival and some things in nature cannot be replaced.

It will be really not a good idea to have a hunter at one’s place as pet that could also threat the life of the other pets or animals around you in the general environment. Mostly, you can witness the Secretary Bird at the grass lands in an open environment with the unlimited land where it can roam and air dive to any extent. Due to the resemblance with the eagle family it does have some of their traits, and thus to have it as a pet you are required some of the skills and expertise in handling it.


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Are sloth bears dangerous|Fun facts about sloth bears|

 Are sloth bears dangerous|Fun facts about sloth bears|

Are sloth bears dangerous|Fun facts about sloth bears|
Are sloth bears dangerous|Fun facts about sloth bears|

The sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) is a mammal and carnivore belonging to the family Ursidae. This species of bear is the sole representative of the genus Melursus. The Sloth Bear Sloth Bear is also called lazy Bear, Honey Bear or long lips Bear.

Characteristics or Habits

The sloth is a crepuscular and nocturnal (rarely diurnal) loner that lives in a fixed area. The grounds of the animals have a size from 9.4 to 14.4 km2. The territories of males are much larger. The sexes find each other only during the mating season, however, the areas of males and females overlap. Hibernation is not held, however, the activity decreases during the rainy season. Mothers carry their children while foraging often on the back.

Appearance

The sloth is blackish colored, rarely dark brown. In the area of the chest shows a white-colored v- or u-shaped band. In rare cases, this band is also missing. The long and pale muzzle is sparsely covered with hairs. The coat may comprise in the region of the shoulders of a length up to 30 cm. The coat is generally rather crude. Nostrils closed, which is an adaptation to the eating habits. The tongue and the lips are highly portable and extendable. The rear part of the palate is wide and long. The molars are relatively small. The front claws of sloth bears are up to 70 mm very long and curved. The tail jaws only reach a length of up to 30 mm. The soles of the feet are bare. Each foot has 5 toes.

Life Stages

The mating season for sloth bear is substantially between May and July, and birth occurs from November to January. After a diapause and a net gestation period of about 180 days, the female gives birth to 1 to 3 (2) cubs. The birth takes place in a cave, in which the family is staying, in the first 6 to 10 weeks. The male does not participate in the rearing and has left the female directly after mating.

The juveniles have a birth weight of 400 to 500 grams and are initially blind. After about 3 weeks, they open their eyes for the 1st time. They only leave the cave at roughly two to three months of age and begin to eat solid food. Cubs are weaned in second to third year, at 1.5 or 2.5 years old. They are presumed to be sexually matured at three or four years of age, with first births at four or five years.

Life Span

This animal has a life expectancy of about 30 years, and may live for more than 30 years in captivity, perhaps even to 40 years.

Size

The sloth reaches a body length of 150 to 190 cm, a shoulder height of 60 to 90 cm, Head-tail length of about 1.4 – 1.9 m, and a weight of 55 140 kg. Males are up to 40% heavier than females. The females are more delicate, small and therefore weigh much less.

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Habitat

Sloth bears are endemic to the Indian subcontinent. Their habitat extends over India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Sloth bears inhabit a variety of habitats. So in addition to humid rain forests and alluvial and dry deciduous forests and forest edges are populated. However, the population density varies in different habitats depending on resource availability. Moisture rainforests have the highest density of sloth bears. The animals prefer habitats with dense undergrowth. Open areas are shunned.

Diet

The food the sloth bears like consists mainly of socially organized insects such as ants, (Formic idea) and termites (Isopteran), as well as sugar-rich fruits. But honey is highly regarded. With their powerful claws, the animals can easily climb trees to get to the honey nests. Ripe fruits are eaten usually from the ground. Termite mounds are broken with the powerful front claws or ant colonies are dug out of the ground. Popular fruits are the Bengal quince, the Cassia fistula, figs, and Stern bushes. The availability of fruit varies seasonally.

Friends and Enemies

The sloth bear is one of the endangered species. It has very few predators natural to share; the tiger and leopard. Man, as usual, is the most ferocious enemy for that animal.

The greatest danger comes from the destruction of natural habitats. This is especially in India and Bangladesh; begin to observe also in Sri Lanka and Nepal. Only in designated protected areas, the animals are more or less safe. In Bhutan, the habitats are still considered saved. The deforestation and the loss of forests, mainly outside protected areas, pose a major threat. The fragmentation of the habitats can lead to a genetic poverty. The total area of protected areas is approximately 200,000 km2. The total population of the animals is estimated at 10,000 to 25,000 animals. Another big problem is poaching. In many parts of its range, the hatchlings of nature are taken and killed the mothers. The trade in body parts, especially the gall bladder is flourishing.

Suitability as Pets

To many people, owning a pet sloth bear seems interesting, as they are “adorable” animals that are usually good with small children. Owing to the fact they are also naturally slow moving, easy to keep track of and don’t tend to try to run away. They are not noisy and are very unlikely to be destructive. The fact that they are generally very clean animals that are comfortable living in the house once they got used to it also makes sloths pretty as pet.

The downsides of owning a pet sloth, however, are often large enough to discourage most people from buying one. They are often difficult to buy legally, so the cost is likely to be very high. There are chances that the pet may fell sick and require highly specialized veterinary care, which could be extremely costly. This makes exotic pet insurance very necessary; it may be a legal requirement in some places.


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agama lizard florida| angama lizard facts|

Agama lizard florida| angama lizard facts| 

agama lizard florida| angama lizard facts|
agama lizard florida| agama lizard facts| 

 Are you familiar with lizards? Do you see lizards in your home? While house lizards and Agama Lizards are from the family of Reptiles (yes, they are related to snakes), they are not entirely the same. There are many different species of lizards and they all have different characteristics. Let’s get to know the Agama Lizard a little better, shall we?


What Does the Agama Lizard Look Like?

There are over 30 variations of Agama Lizards found in different parts of the world. Most of these lizards can be found in Europe, Asia, and Africa, where they live in abundance.


This type of lizard is bigger than the typical house lizard. Their size can be anywhere from 5 inches to about 1 foot – which can make them a bit scary (especially if you’re already scared of the little lizards found in your home). If you compare the males and the females, you will notice that the males are typically bigger than the females.


While these reptiles can look creepy, there are those who appreciate their good looks. Good looks? Yes! They can be very colorful, which makes them quite attractive.


Where Do Agama Lizards Live?

Agama Lizards basically live in the forest or anywhere with lots of trees – this is their natural habitat. However, when forests are cleared to make room for communities or business, trees are lost and these lizards lose their homes, too.


Luckily, Agama Lizards are not that sensitive to their environment and can readily adjust to change. So, even when they lose their homes in the forests, they simply move to other places – sometimes into villages. In fact, they can even decide to move into your backyard or garden.


In order to protect themselves, they will build their homes in small spaces such as holes and cracks of walls and rocks. When they are no longer in their natural habitat, they will mostly stay inside their hiding places and only go out when hungry and hunting for food.


When you find an Agama Lizard in your backyard, you can try catching it – if you can, that is. These creatures are really fast and they can escape scary situations easily. Unlike typical house lizards that are used to people, this type of lizard originated in the wild, so they are not used to people and would rather avoid human contact


What are Their Activities?

Agama Lizards are usually active in the morning when they are looking for food. When the temperature starts to get hot in the afternoon, they prefer cooling off in the shade or going back to their homes.


Agama Lizards can be found in Europe.


The Fighting Agama Lizard

Fighting is very common in Agama Lizards’ camps. Mostly, the fights will be among the males in the group because they are very territorial (their home is their territory). They also compete for the females for breeding purposes.


Since the fights are very common, these are usually harmless fights and are only meant to scare each other off. The more dominant males will hold themselves in a fighting position by raising their tails and opening their mouths to make it seem that they are going to attack. And if the other lizard gets scared, it will simply go away.


Agama Lizards can also be found in Africa.


But hey – the fights can be real, too. And when there’s a real fight, lizards will whip their tails to hurt their enemies and use their mouths to bite. It’s not uncommon for these lizards to have injured bodies and broken tails after a fight. It’s a good thing that their tails can grow back and that they can easily heal from their wounds!


The fighting scenes between lizards also work as training ground for the baby lizards. As they see their parents fight other lizards, they learn to imitate this when they become adults.


Agama Lizards can be mostly found in forests.


What Do Agama Lizards Eat?

Agama Lizards eat fruits like berries.


Agama Lizards are omnivores – that means that they eat both animals and plants. Since they have really sharp teeth, they can eat insects such as beetles and ants. They catch these insects by sticking out their tongues and trapping their food in their mouths. They can basically eat any food that’s smaller than them. In fact, they may even decide to eat lizard eggs.


Agama Lizards can also eat nuts and seeds.


As plant eaters, they eat leaves, grass, and fruits like berries. They also eat nuts and seeds.



Breeding and Courtship

Lizards are polygamous – meaning, they have more than 1 partner throughout their lives. One male lizard can partner up with around 6 lizards during mating season.


Like most animals, the males will try to impress the females first in order to get noticed. They will move their heads up and down like nodding until the females notice them.


Sometimes, the female lizards will try to attract the male. During mating season, the females will lift up their hind legs and wait for the males to go after them. They will then run until the males catch up with them to mate with them.


In a typical set-up in rainforests, the mating season usually happens from March to May. This is the time when the rains have just stopped and there is an abundance of insects that these lizards can eat. The lizards will then lay their eggs from June to September.


Like snakes, lizards belong to the reptile family.


Agama Lizards can lay 2 to 20 eggs per breeding season. They will lay their eggs in sandy ground and simply leave their eggs there. It will then take about 1.5 to 4.5 months for these eggs to hatch. With a lot of female lizards laying their eggs in the hot months, you can just imagine the number of baby lizards being hatched every year.


How Long Do Agama Lizards Live?

An Agama Lizard can live anywhere from 25 to 28 years. During all these years, they will just keep on mating and breeding to increase their numbers.


Rainforests are the natural habitat of Agama Lizards.


The Most Common Agama

An Agama Lizard crawling on the pavement.


The most common Agama Lizard is also called an Agama – so it’s an Agama Agama. Don’t get confused, though, because it also comes with other names. In some places, it’s called the Red Headed Rock Agama because that’s where it’s mostly found – between rocks. And since it changes its colors, it’s also called the Rainbow Agama.


This type of Agama Lizard can measure anywhere from 5 inches to 1-foot-long, from the head to the tip of its tail. When the day is really hot, it cools itself by hiding along walls and rocks.


The color changing characteristics of Agama Lizards are exciting. Normally, the males are colored brown. However, when it’s mating season, their colorful markings will appear and will last until the mating season is over. The males are really colorful because their heads and tails become red-orange in color to attract females. Their bodies will then turn into the color blue.


Fighting Agama Lizards on a hot day.


You will be able to tell the difference between the male and female Agamas by their colors, too. Females are colored grey and they have permanent markings on their bodies. When you find Agama Lizards with red marks on their backs, these are females.


The Dominant Male Agama Lizards

Competition among males can’t be avoided, especially when it’s mating season. If more than 1 male is living in a group, only 1 male will stand out as the leader. They will establish this role by winning fights among the other lizards and scaring the weaker males. And once their authority is recognized by every lizard in the group, these dominant males are given special privileges. For one, the dominant male will position itself on top of the rocks when all the other lizards are positioned below.


A beautiful Agama Lizard on a rock.


Are Agama Lizards Endangered Species?

Fortunately, Agama Lizards are not in danger of disappearing from the planet any time soon. Remember, they can easily adapt to new environments and can breed really fast. That’s the reason why it’s also very easy to breed them as pets.


Agama Lizards can live in gardens and backyards.


Threats to Agama Lizards

Survival of the fittest is always the rule in the wild. In the case of Agama Lizards, they are mostly in danger of being eaten by snakes and other creatures that are bigger than they are. They are also putting their lives in danger when they fight with other lizards, either for food or for females. Since these lizards are also very territorial, they will fight with other lizards (and other animals, for that matter) for their land.


Special Vision

Agama Lizards have really strong eyesight and they can see very widely into their surroundings. This is really useful to them because they can easily hunt for food, especially insects. Having good vision also allows them to spot their enemies so that they can avoid them.


An Agama Lizard sunbathing.


Agama Lizards as Pets

If you love reptiles as pets, you will be happy to own a pet Agama Lizard. But as with all pets, you should make sure that they are happy and healthy so that you can have them for a very long time.


It’s recommended that you keep a group of Agama Lizards as pets instead of just 1. You don’t want it to be lonely, right? So, if you just want to keep a few, you can start with 3-1 male and 2 females. And if you intend to breed them so you’ll have a lot of pet lizards, you can add more females into the group. No, don’t add anymore males into the group because they will only fight over the females. And if they are kept in a small environment such as a cage, there’s no escaping from a fight and the males will end up killing one another.


Keep in mind that Agama Lizards are very active creatures, so they need a lot of space when caged. As for the flooring, you can use soil or sand and rocks – these lizards love to position themselves on top of rocks, and sometimes they hide between the spaces when they want privacy. But you have to make sure that the rocks are positioned properly so that they won’t get trapped in between the spaces. So, once the rocks are positioned, observe how the lizards behave and see if they are moving comfortably in their new environment.


Another important thing to keep in mind when keeping Agama Lizards as pets is that they need a certain kind of temperature to live in good health. In the morning, the ideal temperature in their cage should be around 35 degrees Celsius. In the evening, the temperature should be around 23 to 25 degrees Celsius. Pet owners really need a thermostat device to monitor the temperatures in their cages.


An Agama Lizard on grassy ground.


Keep in mind, too, that Agama Lizards love stretching out on rocks. Therefore, designing their cages with rocky areas where they can lie down is recommended. They usually do this in the morning, like they are sunbathing – and that’s why a certain temperature is needed to imitate the environment in their natural habitat. You can use heaters and heat pads to produce this type of environment for your pet lizards.


You already know what Agama Lizards eat, so make sure that these foods are readily available. If you want, you can feed them live insects like crickets and worms. You can also feed them fruits and vegetables. Just make sure that the food pieces are cut in small parts so that they won’t have a hard time chewing them.


As lizards can hold food in their stomachs for a long time, you can feed adult lizards every other day. Baby lizards can be fed once a day because they have small stomachs.


And of course, don’t forget to give them water to drink. Hygiene is important, too, so always make sure that their food and water are placed on clean containers. Their cages must be regularly cleaned, too.


Up close and personal with an Agama Lizard.


If you want to keep your Agama Lizards really happy and healthy, you can also give them vitamins. Powder vitamins can be bought in pet stores and put on their food and water.


What makes Agama Lizards great pets is that they are entertaining and attractive. You can watch them change their colors throughout the year, and especially when they go through the mating season. You can watch how they interact with one another and how they live in their own little world – right in your own home.

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