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Riley got a haircut! Whatcha think of the new hawk?

The sweater wearing penguins have been released into the wild!

An oil spill in New Zealand meant that these little guys were going to have a tough time unless they had some protection. A call was sent out for knitters who could knit them tiny sweaters to help them out and protect them from the spill. The response was overwhelming, and finally, some of them got to take off their sweaters and head on out back to the wild.

See the updated clip here.

Honestly. What’s cuter than penguins wearing sweaters? NOTHING.

I think we all know what it’s like to feel like an outsider, to feel like no one accepts us for who we are. So in a weird way, this is probably a more human story than not.

Confession: I cried reading it. Really happy he’s got people who love him and want to him around. He’ll be well taken care of.

Awwwwww, right? I mean, look at his face. Schmoops.


Sitting all alone on a beach, this little seal is an outcast from the colony.

Its crime? Having reddish-brown fur and the palest of blue eyes. The rest of its sleek black family took an instant dislike to the ginger pup, leaving it to fend for itself.

The pictures were taken by Anatoly Strakhov, who spotted the seal on Tyuleniy Island, Russia.

The photographer, 61, said: ‘He was hiding and waiting for his mother to come and feed him.

‘He had a very strange colour fur and looked different from his two black brothers.

I was pleased to be able to capture such an unusual animal, but the poor seal is almost blind and so was unlikely to survive in the wild.’ 

Luckily, Mr Strakhov was with staff from a dolphinarium who took it into their care.

The pup – whose colour is the result of an accumulation of iron in its fur – might have had more luck in the U.S. One of the biggest concentrations of red-haired seals is in San Francisco.

(Shunned: The pup sits on is own up the beach while other seals group by the water’s edge)
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London Riots/Planet Earth

I don’t want to make light of the current situation in London: it’s despicable. Innocent people are getting hurt, livelihoods ruined, property damaged & reputations destroyed. It’s insane.

Everyone’s acting like a bunch of animals… which makes this video surprisingly appropriate.

I enjoyed this, it made me laugh (felt a wee bit guilty, but still). Watch scenes from the London riot narrated with audio from Planet Earth.

And to those still rioting… this is exactly how you look to the world.

Even shrimp need to get in their cardio!

You may have seen this infamous crustacean ‘sweat’ it out via viral video, but as cute as he is, his situation is not without some controversy.

The study, conducted by researchers at Pacific University and College of Charleston, was heavily criticized during debates focused on the federal deficit and wasteful spending in 2011. The $500,000 in funds allocated to this study (and others) has been called into question, especially at this sensitive economic time. 

While politicians & lawmakers blasted the money spent on the study, they neglected to consider what it was for. This study (and others like it) do have their place and are useful.

The treadmill study is essentially a stress test for shrimp & other marine life, to see how they react to pollution, lack of oxygen & other contaminants (hello BP oil!). The sicker and more exposed they are to these factors, the less chance they have at survival; something that will affect the fishing industry, the food chain & all ocean life. The findings may help seafood to survive in different conditions and save a lot of marine life. It could also have implications for humans who are exposed to the same pollutants.

As is the case with many studies we don’t fully understand, there’s more to science than just a bottom line. The benefits of scientific research are often unexpected, and while it might seem weird to spend so much on shrimp, the payoff could be massive for all walks of life.

So….what are your thoughts on ‘Shrimp on a Treadmill’?

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