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  Cougar Predation
Posted by: smedz - 04-27-2019, 07:42 PM - Forum: Wild Cats - Replies (16)
Post anything you can find on cougar predation on this thread.  Both new and old accounts.   

Here, one cougar kills 18 moose in less than a year, pretty impressive for them.
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  Endangered Species Act Under Attack!!
Posted by: smedz - 04-26-2019, 05:14 AM - Forum: Petitions, Pleas & Donations - Replies (5)
My friends, I have some bad news, once again, the Endangered Species Act is being attacked by government officials who are seeking to block, weaken, or remove protections for animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. Not the first time this has happened, but it's now happening like never before. These attackers have attacked this act quite often, all this pressure from states, industry, and congressional republicans has made the U. S Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw or weaken protections for endangered species. I will provide the link to the Center of Biological Diversity where you can view the pdf, and a whole list of attacks on the act (they link it in the article) these guys have been defending this act with all they've got. Email them, ask them what you can do to help, @sanjay, @Rishi, @peter, and all you other moderators and administrators, perhaps a partnership can be made with them with this forum. I suggest this because like peter says in his quote above, animals are to be heard and respected. Therefore, we must give these animals a voice, we educate people on here, and make them aware of ALL threats to wildlife. So tell me this everyone, are you going to stand by on this? or are you going to do what you can do to defend the Endangered Species Act?
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  Sperm whales and orcas - "clash of titans"
Posted by: Shadow - 04-22-2019, 09:46 PM - Forum: Aquatic Animals and Amphibians - Replies (22)
Even though sharks seem to get more attention, they have nothing to do when biggest predators of seas have disputes. Since many people enjoy to look closer conflicts between animals, in this thread could be gathered information about situations when biggest of the big have conflicts. Not even orcas can do every time what they want.
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  The simbakubwa, a giant Miocene lion.
Posted by: Spalea - 04-19-2019, 02:19 AM - Forum: Prehistoric animals - Replies (30)
Big discovery in Kenya: remains of a very big and old lion "The simbakubwa" dated of 23 millions years and weighing 1500 kilos :

I reproduce here the text, from "Le Monde" newspaper, in french:

Des dents et des fragments d’os vieux de 23 millions d’années ont permis d’identifier le Simbakubwa, sept fois plus gros qu’un lion adulte.

Des dents et des fragments d’os vieux de vingt-trois millions d’années découverts au Kenya ont permis d’identifier l’un des plus grands mammifères carnivores ayant foulé la Terre. Sept fois plus gros qu’un lion, pesant environ 1 500 kg et capable de s’attaquer à des animaux de la taille des éléphants et des hippopotames, l’inquiétant animal a été baptisé Simbakubwa kutokaafrika (pour « grand lion d’Afrique »). « Au vu de ses dents massives, Simbakubwa était un hypercarnivore », explique Matthew Borths de l’université Duke, auteur principal de l’étude publiée jeudi 18 avril dans le Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Les restes de l’animal – un morceau de mâchoire inférieure comportant une canine, une prémolaire et une molaire ainsi que d’autres dents et quelques os – avaient été découverts il y a des dizaines années, mais avaient été attribués à une espèce plus petite, Hyainailouros napakensis. Ils attendaient depuis au musée national de Nairobi.

Selon les chercheurs, l’animal est mort relativement jeune. Pourtant, sa mâchoire est beaucoup plus grosse que celle d’un lion de taille adulte. « Avec ses canines, il pouvait cisailler la chair, tandis que ses molaires lui permettaient de casser les os », précise un communiqué. Simbakubwa vivait au début du Miocène. Mais les conditions permettant l’existence de tels gabarits semblent avoir persisté pendant des millions d’années, précisent les chercheurs.

And I translate my best:

Teeth and remains of bones from 23 millions years allowed to identify the Simbakubwa, 7 times bigger than an adult lion.

Some teeth and fragments of bones from 23 millions years, discovered in Kenya, allowed to identify one of the biggest carnivore mammals having walked on the Earth. Seven times bigger than a lion, weighing around 1500 kilos and able to attack some hippo or elephant-sized-animals, the disturbing animal has been called Simbakubwa kutokaafrika ("big African lion"). According to its masive teeth, Simbakubwa was an hypercarnivore, explained Matthews Borths from the Duke university, main author of the study published Tuesday 18th April in the Vertebrate Paleontology newspaper.

The animal's remains - a piece of the lower jaw including a fang, a premolar and a molar as well as other teeth and a few bones discovered a few decades ago, but were attributed to a smaller specy, Hyainailouros napakensis. They were waiting since then at the national museum of Nairobi.

According to the searchers, the animal is dead relatively young. Yet its jaw is much bigger than an adult lion's one. "With its fangs, it could cut through the flesh, whereas its molars allowed it to break the bones", a press release stated. Simbakubwa lived during the beginning of the Miocene. But the conditions allowing such sized animals existence seem to have lasted during millions years, the searchers stated.
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  Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi)
Posted by: smedz - 04-16-2019, 11:02 PM - Forum: Wild Cats - Replies (1)
While the cougar in general is listed as Least Concern, this subspecies of cougar on the other hand is a different story, as it's estimated that fewer than 100 wild Florida Panthers exist in the wild.    Back in the day, they could be found across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, even parts of Tennessee and South Carolina. The reason for their endangerment is due to the fact that people thought they were a threat to them, livestock, and game animals (because goodness forbid the predators hunt game animals). Now, they face loss of habitat, inbreeding, fights with each other, and vehicle collisions. Post any other data, films, or photos on these rare cats.   check this out
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  Largest cat in history?
Posted by: Arctotherium - 04-16-2019, 04:33 PM - Forum: Pleistocene Big Cats - No Replies
American Lion's size is really 523 kg?
Or smaller than 400 kg?
Other Prehistoric big cats is larger than American Lion?
Who is the largest cat?
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  American Lion:Largest cat in history?
Posted by: Arctotherium - 04-16-2019, 04:31 PM - Forum: Pleistocene Big Cats - No Replies
American Lion's size is really 523 kg?
Or smaller than 400 kg?
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  Post pictures of your favourite animals (air, land, sea).
Posted by: GreenGrolar - 04-14-2019, 04:12 PM - Forum: Wildlife Pictures and Videos Gallery - No Replies

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Mountain blue bird (male and female)


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Polar bear


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  Study finds dogs can accurately sniff out cancer in blood samples
Posted by: Kingtheropod - 04-14-2019, 07:00 AM - Forum: Research, Discoveries & Articles - Replies (1)
Study finds dogs can accurately sniff out cancer in blood samples

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"Scientists believe they have found a new way to detect cancer and it involves man's best friend.
Researchers at BioScentDX conducted a study where dogs were able to pick out blood samples from patients who had been diagnosed with malignant lung cancer.
Researchers trained four beagles to smell the difference between the normal blood samples and those with lung cancer cells.
Three of the dogs were able to accurately detect the lung cancer samples almost 97% of the time.
However, one of the beagles named Snuggles seemed unmotivated to participate in the study.
Researchers hope this will eventually lead to new non-invasive ways to screen for cancer and other deadly disease.
The team has plans too continue their research in November, but this time they will use breast caner samples."
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  Dragonflies interaction with other invertebrates
Posted by: GreenGrolar - 04-12-2019, 12:20 PM - Forum: Invertebrate and Insects - Replies (1)
In this thread anyone is welcomed to post accounts or even videos of dragonfly interactions with other invertebrates (e.g. dragonflies hunting or becoming prey themselves).

It is rare to actually spot a dragonfly (golden ringed dragonfly in the videos) kill a hornet as the letter is a dangerous opponent capable of killing the former as below:

An european hornet killing a southern hawker.
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