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These are the first publicly available photographs of newborn giant panda triplets born to giant panda Juxiao inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. According to local media, this is the fourth set of giant panda triplets born with the help of artificial insemination procedures in China, and the birth is seen as a miracle due to the low reproduction rate of giant pandas.
Animal rights is a polarizing subject, with the immediate power to cause reactionary arguments, even if one is simply noisily declaring one’s position. Sanctuary is Minneapolis-based photographer Selena Salfen‘s project on VINE Sanctuary, a group in Vermont that provides “a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy, and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfights or pigeon-shoots.”
Shark Week used to be educational. Now it’s filled with fake documentaries about “Megalodon” and “Submarine”. Vox explains what you need to know before you watch The Discovery Channel series. You can read the entire article on Vox, which includes interesting links to other pieces about the now maligned series. (Via.)
In her photo series, ‘Flower Power’, Brooklyn-based French photographer Sophie Gamand captured stunning portraits of a group of pit bulls by adorning their heads with flower crowns
We’re only mid-way through Shark Week. So, to honor these seven days dedicated to the immaculate creature we all love – and some fear – we have for you an incredible image captured by Seattle-based photographer Todd Bretl.
Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators.
This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother’s ability to survive for years with little or no food. Although long-term observations of deep-sea animals are rare, the researchers propose that extended brooding periods may be common in the deep sea.
Such extended life stages would need to be taken into account in assessing the effects of human activities on deep-sea animals. In any case, this strategy has apparently worked for Graneledone boreopacifica—it is one of the most common deep-sea octopuses in the Northeastern Pacific.
You can read a full press release of this fascinating research here.
Once hunting season is finished in Spain, many Iberian greyhounds are abandoned, or killed (often hanged) if the dogs have either underperformed or are too expensive to keep until the following hunting season.
A few years ago, Mathias de Lattre learned from his gallerist Alain Bisotti about the dogs and the subsequent fight to rescue them. Deeply moved by the story, de Lattre spent nearly two years creating portraits of some of the rescued and adopted Galgos and Podencos breeds of greyhounds. This past spring, de Lattre’s work was exhibited in a gallery in Paris; he also created a book,¡Salvados! published by HPRG editions.
You might not know it (or believe it) by looking at him, but Jonathan the giant tortoise is between 160 and 180 years old. Yes, you read that right. He was probably born in the early 1830’s, and remarkable photographs show him at his adult size in 1902. This suggests that Jonathan was at least 50 when the images were captured.
Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s very own opiate for the masses that seems to be about as addictive to people as crack, is only a couple of days away. And during that week, renowned celebrity photographer and gutsy #cagefree shark photographer Michael Muller will be running Discovery’s Instagram from Mexico, snapping and uploading the kinds of toothy photos shark week addicts can never get enough of.