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I was having a perfectly innocent time at the Central Park Zoo the other day, marveling at all the sunbathing turtles, shy red pandas, unselfconscious scarlet ibises, and precious little cotton top tamarins. And I came upon a snow leopard--imperious, regal, and willingly posing for tourists' photos ... More >>
Last week, the Voice brought you news of bees(!), which have been swarming New York with the onset of warm weather. If the thought of thousands of stinging insects flying around the city en masse sounds scary, fear not! We had the chance to catch up with Andrew Coté, often billed as the city's "bu ... More >>
The Sixth Street Community Center generated buzz yesterday, when it received a shipment of 15,000 bees to potentially make honey for its new cafe. (Bees, buzz, GET IT? GET IT? Oh man. We really do hate ourselves sometimes, and with such good reason.) Anyway, this wasn't the first apiary announce ... More >>
Have you heard? There are coyotes in New York! Coyotes! They have been seen in our fair city's green spaces, such as Central Park, prowling -- all coyote-like -- around Harlem and near Columbia University with their hungry, coyote eyes and bared, coyote fangs. Now, scientists say that these carniv ... More >>
Shit just got real in the world of genetics. Like Jurassic Park -bringing-monsters-back-from-extinction real, just without Jeff Goldblum. Scientists have determined that a sub-species of Galapagos Islands tortoise -- long thought to be dead and gone -- might actually still kinda exist.
The making of a monkey activist in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Bees in Little Italy in MayIt's been a season of bees, so to speak, with swarms making news in Little Italy and across our fevered nation. And now the otherwise humdrum Flatiron District, DNA Info reports, has been hit with not one but two giant swarms of honeybees -- one at the Perfume Wareh ... More >>
Panda Bear w/ Ducktails Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday, July 3 Better than: Blasting Person Pitch at home while watching your computer's iTunes visualizer. That "Better than" section above is not just a joke. On Sunday night, Panda Bear, a/k/a Noah Lennox a/k/a the poppier dude from Animal Col ... More >>
The above viral video of a panda sneezing is going to be turned into a feature mockumentary. Lesley Hammond and Jenny Walsh, two nature photographers who captured the 16 second clip back in 1999, have secured $1.3 million to make The Life and Times of Sneezing Baby Panda. The Hollywood Reporter say ... More >>
The Queens Zoo has announced that they have four new pronghorn antelope fawns, born to two different mothers a week apart. This is the second-fastest animal in the world, after the cheetah, and the baby versions are not only speedy but pretty freaking adorable. Crowds of screaming children seem to a ... More >>
Following last year's mass slaughter of Prospect Park geese, the Department of Environmental Protection is trying to appease its numerous critics. Not by emphasizing its concern for animal welfare, mind you, but by touting its dedication to recycling. This summer, instead of being left to rot ... More >>
Just a mountain lion.A cat "much larger than a German Shepherd" has been sighted in the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, just roaming around and, apparently, doing whatever it wants, including hanging out near neighborhood schools and, perhaps, shopping at Lilly Pulitzer. Connecticut officials ... More >>
Researchers have discovered that Armadillos in the country's southern states carry the bacteria that cause leprosy. The Independent reports that "the nine-banded armadillo is one of the few indigenous mammals that harbour the bacteria that cause the often-disfiguring disease." This news breaking ... More >>
In this day and age, it is common that many of the key mysteries of life are solved via YouTube videos. "What does a baby penguin sounds like when being tickled?" is clearly one. "What is bumblefoot?" remains unsolved by this video, however, which is why we will tell you that Cookie's ailment is "a ... More >>
Strife in the Middle East got you down? Union-busting bills taking the shine off your afternoon? Are you Lindsay Lohan? Time to cheer up, because a group of dolphins in Florida helped save a dog stranded in a canal. South Florida's NBC 2 reports that Turbo, an 11-year-old Doberman, was strand ... More >>
The trailer for Mel Gibson's comeback film The Beaver, in which he's a disturbed man who lets a beaver hand puppet speak for him, is a masterpiece of unintentional guffaws for those with really cheap and obvious minds. So here goes: As Mel's son pulls out a biological representation of a ce ... More >>
You may have put it out of your mind temporarily, in an effort to heal, but you should never forget. We're talking about those hundreds of geese (and baby geese!) brutally murdered over the summer because they might "accidentally" fly into planes. According to the Brooklyn Paper, they "were o ... More >>
via New York PostWe all wonder, now and again: When faced with a crisis, how would we act? Would we do the brave, dangerous thing, regardless of our own safety, or would we scream like a little girl and flee? In the case of Eric Mandel, a 14-year-old Westchester boy, the brave thing involved ... More >>
A one-act program at 59E59 Theaters offers short plays by Deb Margolin, Timothy Mason, Roger Heddin, and Neil LaBute
Had you lost all hope for New York State's beleaguered, massacred geese? Fear not! The Brooklyn Paper reports today that our avian friends are making a comeback. At least 37 geese have been seen in the lake in Prospect Park since the recent mass euthanasia, and the rebel birds are being aided and ... More >>
Via Metro UK/Bob Couey.When he's not besting Chuck Norris by smoking weed, rapper/actor/father/husband/philanthropist/botanist Snoop Dogg is now besting everyone by pimping out not a "ride," not a goblet, not even a small child, but a sea lion. Yes: A Sea Lion. While other rappers are busy doing ... More >>
It seems only yesterday that 400 Canada geese were tragically euthanized in Prospect Park. We thought that the park's goose population was done, finito, kaput. But today, just when we had given up hope, good news! As many as four survivors of the mass slaughter have been spotted near the lake ... More >>
There's a recurring theme that keeps popping up on our radar, and we're going to have to go ahead and mention it for all sorts of reasons, but mostly because, after thinking about it long and hard and engaging in a vigorous session of Rock-Paper-Scissors with Foster to finally settle the issu ... More >>
Julie Larsen Maher / WCS's Bronx ZooToday the Bronx Zoo welcomes baby lemur Ares, who is finally ready to come out and meet his adoring public following his birth in December.
Not an April Fool's joke: The bunnies are officially gone from Central Park. The native rabbit population, the Eastern cottontail, had died out. Or maybe they just got tired of sleeping with so many jerks and moved to the Midwest to meet a decent buck, settle down, and start a family.
Sei whale is no longer on the menu at the Hump.What a difference a federal misdemeanor charge makes: three days after the U.S. Attorney's Office charged the owners of the Santa Monica, Ca., sushi restaurant the Hump and its sister restaurant, Typhoon, with violating the Marine Mammal Protecti ... More >>
They're cute and fuzzy, and now you can eat off them!
Actress Kyra Sedgwick wants Mayor Mike Bloomberg to help some visiting circus elephants she thinks are being tormented. The celeb has faxed Mayor Bloomberg a letter (which PETA provides a via its blog.) in which she asks him to assure he'll never again let allegedly elephant-torturing Ringli ... More >>
When we reported yesterday on those fighting, speed-singing finches that were being smuggled into New York, we tried hard not to make the obvious connection to the ongoing war between our city and the animal kingdom. But that was just whistling in the graveyard. The finches were a message. We have b ... More >>
Tickets for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' "Coney Island Boom a Ring," scheduled for Coney Island this summer, go on sale today. (Warning: link plays horrible music.) A Ringling exec tells the New York Times, "this opening night in June will be a celebration of Coney Island." "J ... More >>
You can take your kids. It's OK.
Toys aren't us. . . unless you like preachy dolls who lecture you on soy ink about global warming
Vigilantes set up sting operation to catch pigeon poachers
Kirsten Childs's dolphins play dangerous human games. But referee Tina Landau's asleep.
Brazilian Girls in heat; Canada's Junior Boys in ecstasy
Scientists Plan First Ever Release of Genetically Modified Bugs