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  • Australian Rodent Is First Mammal Made Extinct by Human-Driven Climate Change, Scientists Say

    06/15/2016 5:57:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | By MICHELLE INNIS
    SYDNEY, Australia - Australian researchers say rising sea levels have wiped out a rodent that lived on a tiny outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef, in what they say is the first documented extinction of a mammal species due to human-caused climate change. The rodent was known to have lived only on Bramble Cay, a minuscule atoll in the northeast Torres Strait, between the Cape York Peninsula in the Australian state of Queensland and the southern shores of Papua New Guinea. The long-tailed, whiskered creature, called the Bramble Cay melomys, was considered the only mammal endemic to the Great Barrier...
  • Researcher Finds Rare Vietnamese Rabbit

    06/08/2015 1:52:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | Published On: Mon, Jun 8th, 2015 | University of East Anglia
    A rare and elusive rabbit has been found, held and photographed by a researcher from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The Annamite Striped rabbit, found in the forests of Laos and Vietnam, was first documented by rabbit expert Dr Diana Bell and colleagues from UEA’s School of Biological Sciences in the journal Nature in 1999. It has rarely been seen since. Researcher Sarah Woodfin, who is studying for a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation at UEA, set out on a three-month expedition to track the recently-discovered rabbit and study its habitat. But she didn’t expect to see one...
  • Rodent romance: male mice use 'love songs' to woo their women

    04/03/2015 5:10:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/3/15 | Will Dunham - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs. And what's wrong with that? I'd like to know," Paul McCartney sings in his 1976 song "Silly Love Songs." Mice might agree. It turns out male mice actually use ultrasonic "love songs" to woo females, using different tunes when they smell but do not see a female and when they lay eyes on their potential lady love, scientists said on Wednesday. "I do think there is more going on with animal communication than we humans have been attuned to," Duke University neurobiology professor Erich Jarvis said....
  • Texas Couple Share Their Home With Gary, a Giant 112-Pound Rodent

    06/30/2013 12:23:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Boring old dogs or cats won't cut it for this Texas couple. Melanie Typaldos and her husband, Richard Loveman, of Buda, Texas, share their home with a gigantic 112-pound rodent: Gary the capybara. The couple got Gary from a breeder in Arkansas after falling in love with his kind (the biggest rodent in the world!)
  • Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study finds (other Democratics moved in)

    11/30/2012 2:28:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/26/12 | Michelle Warwicker
    Ice Age warmth wiped out lemmings, study findsBy Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature 26 November 2012 Last updated at 22:07 Lemmings became "regionally extinct" five times due to rapid climate change during the last Ice Age, scientists have found. **SNIP** Instead the tests revealed that genetically distinct populations of lemmings were "present at different points in time" during the Late Pleistocene, 11,700 to around 126,000 years ago, meaning that the lemming population had been wiped out multiple times and then re-colonised some time after, possibly from populations in eastern Europe or Russia. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the...
  • The New Livestock: Rodents of Unusual Size

    11/22/2012 4:00:04 AM PST · by Cronos · 46 replies ^ | 2012 | Jane Hahn
    As Heifer Ghana got its start in 1999, staff swiftly tackled the challenge of affordably domesticating grasscutters, a wild rodent prized in West Africa for its sweet and lean meat. Since then, Heifer developed an accessible and hugely successful method to raise the rodents to improve nutrition and income among its project participants. Today, demand in West Africa and beyond drives exponential growth in the production and sale of the animals.ANANG CHARLES, Ghana—She was clearly nervous. Strange people were milling about in front of her house asking questions about her. When she saw the camera, she froze. Her mouth full,...
  • Remains of Earth's largest rat discovered in cave

    07/26/2010 7:56:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 6+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/26/10 | Bonnie Malkin
    Remains of Earth's largest rat discovered in cave The remains of the largest rat to ever roam the Earth have been discovered in a remote cave in East Timor. Bonnie Malkin in Sydney Published: 12:35PM BST 26 Jul 2010 The huge rodent, which died out about 2,000 years ago, was three times as big as its modern cousins and weighed more than 13lbs, about the same as a small dog. Australian archaeologists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found the bones of the giant rat alongside 11 new species of rat, eight of which weighed more than...
  • Varmint crashes Obama's speech

    05/21/2010 11:40:18 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 31 replies · 926+ views ^ | May 21, 2010 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- A rodent -- type and origin unknown -- eluded capture after invading U.S. President Barack Obama's speaking space in the Rose Garden. Obama was commenting on the Senate's passage of financial reform legislation Thursday when the varmint burst through the shrubbery, scurried in front of the presidential podium, then disappeared in some bushes, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Witnesses said the rodent began its run from the right and exited on the left. The critter's political views were not known.
  • Rodent Scurries By as Obama Lauds Wall Street Vote

    05/20/2010 6:31:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 84 replies · 2,135+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 20th 2010
    Rodent Scurries By as Obama Lauds Wall Street Vote May 20, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the midst of his battle with the titans of Wall Street, President Barack Obama was nearly upstaged by a rodent. Obama had just begun a Rose Garden statement lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul when some kind of rodent dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside the Oval Office. As photographers snapped away in the sun-drenched garden, the critter scurried straight past the gray podium with the presidential seal and made a bee-line for another set...
  • Rodent scurries by as Obama lauds Wall Street vote [Caption Obama/Rodent]

    05/20/2010 3:25:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 108 replies · 2,831+ views
    AP ^ | May. 20, 2010 | MARK S. SMITH
    Obama had just begun an afternoon statement to reporters lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul plan when some kind of rodent - opinions differ on which - dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside the Oval Office. As photographers snapped away, the critter trundled straight past the gray podium with the presidential seal and made a bee-line for another set of bushes to Obama's left. It's not clear if the president could even see the streaker, but he didn't show any reaction. And he concluded his statement minutes later, returning to his...
  • You dirty rat: Daring rodent shows puzzled leopard exactly who's boss by stealing its lunch (cute!)

    06/04/2009 6:38:52 AM PDT · by rawhide · 53 replies · 2,868+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 04th June 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    This mouse diced with death when it tucked into the lunch of a hungry leopard. Seemingly unaware of the beast towering over it, the mischievous rodent grabbed at scraps of meat thrown into the African Leopard's enclosure. But instead of pouncing on the the tiny intruder the 12-year-old leopard, called Sheena, appeared to be afraid of the daring mouse and kept her distance. At one stage she tried to nudge the mouse away with her nose, but the determined little chap carried on chewing away until he was full. The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at...
  • Man Dressed As Squirrel Disrupts Democrats [Don't let Obama and Acorn Steal Ohio]

    10/20/2008 12:38:51 PM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 86 replies · 2,447+ views
    WBNS 10TV ^ | 10/20/08 | Staff
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who was dressed in a squirrel costume was escorted from the Ohio Statehouse steps on Monday morning while Gov. Ted Strickland, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Mayor Michael Coleman were discussing negative campaigning by Republicans. The squirrel held up a sign that said, "Don't Let Obama + ACORN Steal Ohio." Strickland, Brown and Coleman stood on the Statehouse steps to call for an end to what they called "lying, deceitful ads" by Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, 10TV's Patrick Bell reported. McCain's campaign accuses ACORN, a community activist group that operates nationwide, of perpetrating...
  • What a Rodent Can Do With a Rake in Its Paw (tool-using rodent)

    03/26/2008 8:29:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1,254+ views
    NYT ^ | 03/26/08 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    What a Rodent Can Do With a Rake in Its Paw By SANDRA BLAKESLEE Degus are highly social, intelligent rodents native to the highlands of Chile. They adorn the openings of their burrows with piles of sticks and stones, have bubbly personalities and like to play games. But in a laboratory setting, degus can do much more than play hide-and-seek, according to a study in the online journal Plos One ( They can learn to use tools. Specifically, degus have been trained to reach through a fence, grab hold of a tiny rake and pull their favorite food, half a...
  • Giant Rodent, 5x Bigger Than Regular Rat, One of Two Newly Found Mammals (Video)

    01/10/2008 2:15:10 PM PST · by rfp1234 · 37 replies · 194+ views
    BBC via Breitbart TV ^ | 1/10/2007 | BBC
    A giant rodent five times the size of a common rat, has been found in the mountainous jungles of New Guinea.
  • NY cracks down on illegal mystery meats

    12/01/2006 2:33:53 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 176 replies · 3,843+ views
    Yahoo AP ^ | 1 December 2006 one hour 26 minutes ago | ADAM GOLDMAN, AP Business Writer
    When a food safety inspector walked into a market in Queens, he noticed the store had an interesting special posted on its front window: 12 beefy armadillos. In Brooklyn, inspectors found 15 pounds of iguana meat at a West Indian market and 200 pounds of cow lungs for sale at another market. At a West African grocery in Manhattan, the store was selling smoked rodent meat from a refrigerated display case. An inspector quickly seized a couple pounds of it. All of it was headed for the dinner table. All of it was also illegal. Authorities say the discoveries are...
  • Rabbitt takes Assembly Seat

    11/09/2006 12:02:31 PM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 10 replies · 452+ views
    Times Herald-Record ^ | November 08, 2006 | By Mike Dawson
    Warwick ? Republican Annie Rabbitt easily won her second term to the 97th Assembly District, defeating Democrat Michael Paduch. Rabbitt won by a healthy margin of 3,237 votes. While Paduch won in Rockland County with 2,097 votes to Rabbitt's 1,932, it was Orange County that carried the one-term incumbent to victory, gaining 17,118 votes in Orange versus Paduch's tally of 13,716. Paduch conceded about 11:15 last night after the final tally.
  • Capybara ‘probably happy as a clam’(Massachusetts)

    08/27/2006 12:24:20 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 13 replies · 2,124+ views
    Telegram ^ | 26 Aug 2006 | Matthew Bruun TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
    LUNENBURG— There’s still no sign of Capy. The escaped capybara, a large rodent native to South America, has been on the run since Tuesday. The animal escaped from Marshall Farm in Fitchburg, near the Lunenburg line, and was spotted Tuesday on the property of Frank and Debra McDonald of Northfield Road. The property abuts the Maplewood Golf Course. Maryann Benevento, who owns the public course with her husband, Joe, said the exotic herbivore known as Capy is probably enjoying his surroundings too much to head back home. “He’s probably happy as a clam out there with plenty of water and...
  • County clerk smells a rat in city report

    02/08/2006 9:12:54 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 428+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 8, 2006 | STEVE PATTERSON
    Some Cook County employees are treating their workspaces like a pigpen -- and that's why they've got rodent problems. That's the essence of a news release issued Tuesday by Chicago's Streets & Sanitation Department that set off a war of words with Cook County Clerk David Orr. On Monday, the Sun-Times reported complaints from clerk employees working in the basement of the City Hall/Cook County building who said they've been seeing rats in the office. But a surprise city inspection Tuesday turned up no sign of rats. Instead, city officials said, they found mice feces as well as "open food"...
  • Dangerous rodent spotted - Nutria invading Seattle

    07/06/2005 6:31:30 AM PDT · by djf · 125 replies · 3,116+ views
    KOMO | June, 2005 | April Zepeda
    SKAGIT COUNTY - A rodent that can decimate crop land has just been discovered in Skagit County -- an area with an economy that depends on agriculture. It's called nutria and it is native to South America. They look like a beaver, but they are much more dangerous. The nutria is a rodent that lives in the water and feeds on the land. It stops nothing short of eating every kind of crop, plant, marsh or forest. Bottom line: they are an enemy to the environment and a nightmare to farmers. "They eat everything. They are hungry, they breed like...
  • So when are we going to go help fight the war? (We are a dim lot of trolls, aren't we?)

    05/17/2005 6:00:20 PM PDT · by yetanothercon · 99 replies · 1,679+ views
    You know, we complain a lot about the war in Iraq yet here we are just sitting here and complaining. Why don't we do something and go enlist, or go encourage like-minded family members to do so?
  • 'Oddball rodent' in Laos takes scientists by surprise

    05/12/2005 7:57:49 PM PDT · by ZULU · 12 replies · 686+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | MAY 12, 2005 | John Noble Wilford
    'Oddball rodent' in Laos takes scientists by surprise By John Noble Wilford The New York Times THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2005 They live in the forests and limestone outcrops of Laos. With long whiskers, stubby legs and a long, furry tail, they are rodents but unlike any seen before by wildlife scientists. They are definitely not rats or squirrels, only vaguely like a guinea pig or a chinchilla. And they often show up in Laotian outdoor markets being sold for food. There, visiting scientists came upon the animals and determined that they represented a rare find: an entire new family of...
  • Rat-Like Rodent May Be Coming to S.C. (Nutria)

    01/23/2005 7:54:47 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 103 replies · 2,928+ views
    ap ^ | 1-23-05
    Rat-Like Rodent May Be Coming to S.C. 1 hour, 41 minutes ago Strange News - AP COLUMBIA, S.C. - State wildlife officials are concerned that a large, rat-like rodent called nutria may soon be showing up in the Savannah and Pee Dee river basins. The furry bucktoothed rodent looks like a mix between a beaver and a rat and weighs up to 20 pounds. They have become a nuisance in other southern states because they eat marsh plants and dig through dams. Nutria reach sexual maturity within a year and quickly reproduce. They are enough of a problem in Louisiana...
  • Chihuahua plays surrogate mom to chipmunk

    08/08/2004 8:08:15 AM PDT · by Darnright · 16 replies · 631+ views
    Statesman Journal ^ | 8-5-04 | CRYSTAL LUONG
    When Buffy the Chihuahua lost a puppy during a C-section July 29, the doctor sent her home with a replacement for consolation — a chipmunk weighing less than an ounce. Marty the chipmunk has adapted well to Buffy’s nursing, surprising even his caretaker. “He won’t know he’s a chipmunk when his eyes open,” said Imogene Wills, 70, the dog’s owner.
  • Angry Mom Flings Pizza At Chuck E. Cheese Character (Cheese!)

    06/29/2004 10:37:19 AM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 44 replies · 1,632+ views
    KCRA- TV ^ | 6/29/04
    Angry Mom Flings Pizza At Chuck E. Cheese Character POSTED: 12:48 pm EDT June 29, 2004 MACON, Ga. -- A teenager dressed as Chuck E. Cheese was pelted with pizza and threatened with a beating Sunday by an angry parent who said the restaurant mascot wasn't paying enough attention to her child. Macon police reported that a 17-year-old girl was in costume as the pizzeria chain character -- a gray cartoonlike rodent with large front teeth. That's when the 31-year-old Macon woman threw a piece of pizza at her, the report stated. The woman then allegedly threatened to "whip" the...
  • Ratzilla: Extinct rodent was big, really big

    09/20/2003 6:46:40 PM PDT · by ZeitgeistSurfer · 15 replies · 538+ views
    Science News ^ | 9/20/2003 | Sid Perkins
    Think the rodents you've seen in movies are scary? Scientists who've analyzed the fossilized remains of an extinct South American relative of guinea pigs say that the ancient bruisers were as large as bison. HIDE THE CHEESE. A bison-size rodent, Phoberomys pattersoni, grazed on aquatic grasses and roamed the riverbanks of ancient Venezuela about 8 million years ago.C.L. Cain/Science Researchers first described Phoberomys pattersoni in 1980 but until recently had only bone fragments and isolated teeth to study. Despite that limitation, scientists suspected that the animals were huge, says Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra, a paleontologist at the University of Tübingen in...
  • Giant rodent astonishes science

    09/18/2003 2:19:43 PM PDT · by demlosers · 41 replies · 501+ views
    BBC ^ | 18 September, 2003 | Jonathan Amos
    The fossil remains of a gigantic rodent that looked something like a monster guinea pig have been identified by scientists in Venezuela. The 700-kilogram beast - about the size of a buffalo - lived among the reeds and grasses of an ancient river system that threaded its way into the Caribbean Sea eight million years ago. Researchers think the creature, which was 10 times as big as today's largest rodents, could have run in huge packs. Evidence suggests it also had to dodge the constant attentions of super-sized crocodiles and carnivorous birds, which stood three metres tall. The biggest The...
  • Buffalo-sized guinea pig revealed

    09/18/2003 3:26:47 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 269+ views ^ | 18 September 03 | Shaoni Bhattacharya
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. The full magnitude of the world's largest ever rodent has been revealed- the now-extinct monster was the size of a cow. The creature weighed in at 700 kilograms and lived eight million years ago, roaming the lush banks of the ancient Orinoco delta in northwestern Venezuela. But the three-metre-long, 1.3-metre-tall behemoth was an evolutionary cousin of today's humble guinea pig. Phoberomys pattersoni would have lived a semi-aquatic life, munching sea grass and dodging other strange, gargantuan creatures such as three-metre-long crocodiles, lion-sized marsupial cats and huge, flightless carnivorous birds, according to...
  • Scientists Bring New Twist To 'Death By Chocolate' With Chocolate Flavoured Mousetrap

    07/21/2003 11:33:03 AM PDT · by vannrox · 2 replies · 325+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 7-21-2003 | University Of Warwick
    Scientists Bring New Twist To 'Death By Chocolate' With Chocolate Flavoured Mousetrap <!-- BODY BEGIN <p>A mousetrap made out of chocolate developed by scientists at the University of Warwick is set to bring a new meaning to 'Death by Chocolate'. The novel invention leads mice into temptation with the irresistible, alluring scent of chocolate essence without the use of bait. </p> <p><p>A collaboration of the University of Warwick's Innovation Direct service, a free consultancy service for SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) and Sorex Ltd, a leading manufacturer of rodent control products, from Cheshire, has developed the mousetrap made out...
  • Police Investigate Rodent in a Roadster

    09/08/2002 10:59:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 425+ views
    Yahoo News - Oddly Enough ^ | 9/8/02 | Reuters - London
    Police Investigate Rodent in a Roadster Sun Sep 8, 9:56 AM ET LONDON (Reuters) - British detectives are investigating the mystery of a hamster found driving a toy racing car along a promenade at a northern seaside resort, newspapers said on Saturday. The hamster, nicknamed Speedy, was handed in by a member of the public who found him cruising through Cleveleys, near Blackpool in the modified toy, which he powered by a treadmill. "It is a model hotrod racing car with large wheels at the back and small ones at the front," the Daily Express quoted Constable Quentin Allen...
  • Lubbock leaders debate over rodents' removal

    08/05/2002 7:21:20 AM PDT · by rw4site · 5 replies · 335+ views ^ | Aug. 5, 2002, 8:26AM | EVAN MOORE
    A PROBLEM WITH PRAIRIE DOGS Debate over rodents' removal has Lubbock leaders in a bind By EVAN MOORE Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle LUBBOCK -- The atmosphere was electric, charged with anticipation as Linda Watson knelt in the dirt and thrust a sunburned arm elbow-deep down a prairie dog hole. Sean Meyers / Special to the Chronicle Linda Watson, who runs a business specializing in trapping prairie dogs, and Daryl Hogue of Lubbock run water into a prairie dog hole to force the animals to the surface so they can be relocated. "Got him," breathed Watson. Then, with one deft movement...