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Osprey struggling to get off the water

This is beautiful slow-motion footage from the BBC of an osprey trying to lift off with a heavy fish. ¬†Unfortunately, the narration repeats an old myth that an osprey’s talons lock and can’t be released and therefore a strong and heavy fish can pull an osprey underwater and drown it. Osprey can definitely release fish […]

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Why did these coyotes attack?

The Question: Why did coyotes attack me and my dogs? Submitted by: Jessie, Arizona, USA (click on photos and graphics to expand) The Longer Question from Jessie: “I live in central Arizona, and was out walking my three dogs on a rarely used trail at approximately 8:30 a.m. Part of the trail passed by a […]

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Can animals evolve to be shape-shifters?

The Question: Hello, I can’t believe I’m even asking you this, but can an animal evolve shape-shifting abilities or is it completely fantasy? Submitted by: Alexander, England (click on photos and graphics to expand) The Short Answer: Interesting question, Alexander, and thinking about this question just a couple days after Halloween seems appropriate. My first […]

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What is this strange object floating in our lake?

The Question: On two different occasions we have retrieved similar strange objects floating in the lake we stay at in New Hampshire. I know it looks like it could be latex or some other man-made material-but it had a fleshy feel and no openings that could be seen. We did not cut it open. It […]

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How fast do the tiny toads grow?

The Question: I work at a farm in northeast Pennsylvania. I read your article about toadlets. I have been enjoying seeing hundreds of these mini toads as I garden. Mine are still only about an inch long. How long does it take for them to reach full size? Submitted by: Victoria, Pennsylvania, USA (click on […]

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