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Spot the extinction?

Giraffes are in trouble, but chances are you didn’t really know that. Giraffes are no less strange than other extinct wonders such as ground sloths, glyptodons or sauropods. We spend our childhoods (and some of us, our adult life) imagining and writing stories about these animals.

Giraffe drinking from a ditch. The front legs are splayed, and one of the back legs is just lifting off the ground.

You can take a giraffe to water…

The giraffe neck is just marvellous. 250kg of bone, muscle and gristly bits, with a head perched on top. You might think that it must take a huge amount of effort for giraffes to keep their heads up. Actually it’s the opposite…

Polar Bear (Sow), Near Kaktovik, Barter Island, Alaska

Can rats, reindeer and cats see something you can’t?

Ever walked into a room to see your cat (or dog for that matter) just staring at the wall? The internet is full of ‘my cat sees dead people’ type stories. It’s possible that they’re seeing something that you can’t, and that’s ultraviolet (UV) light. Light, as we see it, is waves of electromagnetic (EM)…

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Three amazing things about ants…

…that I couldn’t fit in the last post. Here goes: 1) Fire ants, despite their name, are waterproof. If you read my last post you might have watched a video showing fire ants using their bodies to create a living raft, allowing the whole colony to survive a flood. So it won’t be too surprising…