Hundreds of elephants are dying in Botswana. The beginnings of another viral pandemic?

The elephant in Botswana stricken by an unknown pathogen possibly one which is zoonotic. Tests are being carried out. There are fears that it could be the beginnings of another pandemic

Northern Botswana has been a good home for elephants. However, an aerial survey on May 25 of this year told wildlife researchers that a mysterious illness had stricken them. They counted 196 carcasses of elephants across the landscape. There was no clue as to their death. Poaching and drought have been ruled out as causes …

Grizzly bears avoid humans by becoming nocturnal

Grizzly bears

In British Columbia, Western Canada, grizzly bears have learned to improve their chances of survival by gradually, over their lifetime, becoming far more nocturnal in their activities. A study monitored the activities of 2,700 grizzlies over 40 years in British Columbia. The researchers concluded that the grizzly bears appear to have appreciated the risk that …

The awesome and tragically sad loyalty of a dog

Hachi poster

The video says it all. No need to add words. It’ll make you shed a tear. There is a film out (Amazon Prime) on this staring ‎Richard Gere‎: Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. The dog is the real star. What a dog. My God. It is just staggering. I find it terribly sad. Really emotionally tragic. …

“Dishonest signalling” may be humankind’s first attempt to speak

Early human skull

“Dishonest signalling” describes an animal making a sound which portrays itself as bigger than it really is. Often the purpose is to attract mates. It sounds like human behaviour doesn’t it? Humans often exaggerate to impress. In this instance, however, researchers say that their preliminary findings published in the journal Biology Letters may shed some …