Molly D.

46 Flips | 1 Magazine | 2 Followers | @moloops | Hi, I love animals as you can probably tell by my magazine. I have an animal blog on tumblr called radioactivegiraffe, and thats about it. Oh yeah my name is Molly by the way but most people call me Christy.

Lynx and Kitten by rarecollection.ch on Flickr

Termites 'engineer fairy circles'

<b>Termites are shown to be responsible for the enigmatic grass "fairy circles" that dot the Namibian desert.</b><p>The soil-living termites kill all grass within the fairy circle by feeding on the roots<p>Science correspondent, BBC News<p>A German scientist thinks he can now explain the strange rings of grass …

Cash shortage stretches to sea bed

<b>The government has admitted moving slowly to protect wildlife in the seas because of the cost.</b><p>Environment Minister Richard Benyon said that in the current financial squeeze he could not designate as many areas for protection as he would like.<p>He said he was hoping to confirm the designation of the …

Stranded Sea Lion Pups Arrive in Northern California

Malnourished sea lion pups have started arriving in Northern California – by the vanload.<p>It’s a three-day, two-night trip for the weary mammalian …

Polar bears: An uncertain future

The great white bears of the frozen north may face a difficult future. Each summer, the sea ice on which they rely to hunt seals is getting thinner and smaller in extent - threatening to upset their way of life.<p>Here, American photographer and conservationist Jenny E Ross - and Andrew Derocher, …

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Blue Emperor Scorpion

Amur Leopard by nano.maus on Flickr

So cute…..so at peace by MyAngel 27 on Flickr

So cute…..so at peace by MyAngel 27 on Flickr.

National Zoo’s Three-Month-Old Sloth Bear Cub is Male by Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Flickr

National Zoo’s Three-Month-Old Sloth Bear Cub is Male by Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Flickr.

Dhole playing 2 (1) by AJ Wildlife Photography on Flickr

Dhole playing 2 (1) by AJ Wildlife Photography on Flickr.

Lion cub by nano.maus on Flickr

So Sleepy by tikicat90 on Flickr

Perfectly Timed Photos Make Us Appreciate Common Animals

<b>2nd Place Winner: Licking Fox</b><p>Winners of The Mammal Society's Photographer of the Year competition were just announced and they include photographers who took some incredibly amazing shots of ordinary animals captured at perfectly timed moments. There were 370 total submissions and out of those a …

Mesmerizing GIFs of Beautiful Frolicking Animals

There's something inexplicably beautiful about seeing scenes from nature in an endless loop, which is why the blog <i>Head Like an Orange</i> focuses solely on featuring nature-themed gifs. The Tumblr blog's animated images of animals are especially mesmerizing, revealing the intriguing habits of creatures …

Awesome Portraits of Westminster's Best of Breed

<b>Sunny Bear the Pyrenean Shepherd</b><p>On Tuesday, a small black affenpinscher with the most awesome name, Banana Joe, won the prestigious Best in Show award at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He beat out more than 2,700 for the coveted title. The annual show brought out dogs from 187 …

The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus

• <b>Author:</b> Susan Schiefelbein & Jacques Cousteau<p>The beloved explorer Jacques Cousteau witnessed firsthand the complexity and beauty of life on earth and undersea-and watched the toll taken by human activity in the twentieth century. In this magnificent last book, now available for the first time in …

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Falcons 'rapidly evolved' hunting skills

Reporter, BBC Nature<p>Falcons rapidly evolved their renowned hunting skills, a study has found.<p>Scientists from Cardiff University have sequenced the genome of peregrine and saker falcons for the first time.<p>Research revealed that compared with other species, these birds of prey have been subjected to …

The life of extremophiles: Surviving in hostile habitats

BBC Scotland<p>Beetles with antifreeze blood, ants that sprint on scorching sand and spiders that live high up Mount Everest.<p>These incredible creatures are the extremophiles: animals that survive some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth, and sometimes even further.<p>Scientists are amazed by the …

Butterflies suffered in cold and wet 2012, says charity

<b>Butterflies suffered in last year's wet and cold weather, having their worst year since 1976, a charity says.</b><p>Only four of the 56 species studied in the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme saw an increase in population size.<p>The relentless rain and cold of 2012 meant that in particular summer species …

In pictures: Pratchett revisits endangered orangutans

Related Internet links<p>Bornean orangutan videos, news and facts<br>• BBC Two: Terry Pratchett Facing Extinction<br>• Orangutan Foundation