Is an imaginary creature a case of mistaken identity?
The first time Dave Shealy saw a skunk ape, he says, he was ten years old. It was 1974, a few years after his father came upon a set of footprints left by the creature—an Everglades version of Bigfoot named for its supposedly pungent odor.
Read more about hunting down the skunk ape at Smithsonian.com.
Really Florida? Skunk Ape? Oh. Oh my…
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The Lowland streaked tenrec, Hemicentetes semispinosus (Afrosoricida - Tenrecidae), is one of the two extant species in the genus, both are found only on Madagascar .
Tenrecs look like a cross between a shrew and a hedgehog, with long, pointed snouts and spines amongst their fur. Hemicentetes semispinosus is a medium-sized slender tenrec (16-19cm length). It is blackish-brown with yellowish stripes running the length of the body and a yellowish band running from the crown to the tip of the snout. It has detachable, barbed spines which are most numerous on the crown. The underside is chestnut-brown with soft hairs 
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Popular Science: Watch a Crow Solve a Complex Puzzle
by Collin Lecher
Crows are smarter than great apes and about on par with a 5-year-old child. We know they (and similar birds) can already complete complicated tasks, like putting a stick through a tube to finagle out food. But in this BBC video, the New Caledonian crow, after thinking it over briefly, easily completes a multi-step puzzle.
I was not sure about the solution to this puzzle until very close to the end of the video. I choose to believe this says more about the crow than about me. Bravo, crow.
[video via: BBC]
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Mass Turtle Hatching In Brazil Produces Over 200,000 Babies
by Jeremy Hance
Biologists recently documented one of nature’s least-known, big events. On the banks of the Purus River in the Brazilian Amazon, researchers witnessed the mass-hatching of an estimated 210,000 giant South American river turtles(Podocnemis expansa).
The giant South American river turtle, or Arrau, is the world’s largest side-necked turtle and can grow up to 80 centimeters long (nearly three feet). Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation marked and released 15,000 (around 7 percent) of the newly-born hatchlings in the Abufari Biological Reserve. Future surveys of the species will allow researchers to collect data on the individually-marked turtles in an effort to better protect them in the future…
photo: C. Ferrara/Wildlife Conservation Society
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