Each week, we bring you the top 5 amazing, ridiculous or just plain awesome pet and animal stories from around the web. We call them, the Furry Five:
5. Maryland Offers Gift Card Bounty for Catching Fishzilla
If you live in Maryland and your favorite T.V. show is “River Monsters”, then grab your fishing poles and read up! According to Fox News, wildlife officials are offering $200 gift cards for Bass Pro Shops in addition to other prizes for catching and killing snakeheads, also known as “Fishzilla.”
The snakehead is an exotic fish that is considered a “top-level predator,” meaning that it does not have any enemies and can decimate populations of native fish. They are able to migrate up to a quarter mile in distance, devastating the eco-systems of lakes, ponds and streams. Snakeheads can survive on land for up to four days and can grow to more than two feet long.
4. Never Text and Walk by a Bear
This guy won’t do that again.
3. Substitute for Whale Vomit Found
For centuries, perfume makers have prized ambergris, or whale vomit, for its ability to prevent scent from dissipating (Who woulda thought?) The wax-like substance is secreted by sperm whales to protect their digestive systems from sharp objects. When the animals vomit, the ambergis reacts with salty ocean water and eventually washes ashore in chunks that can look like rocks.
Scientists have long sought alternatives for industrial uses because ambergris is extremely rare and can cost up to $10,000 a kilogram! Scientists have discovered that cis-abienol, a component of sage and fir trees, can serve the same purpose as ambergris in scented products – but until now isolating it from the rest of the sage or fir plant has been difficult.
“We’ve now discovered that a gene from balsam fir is much more efficient at producing such natural compounds, which could make production of this bio-product less expensive and more sustainable,” Joerg Bohlmann, a professor at the University of British Columbia, said in a statement.
Bohlmann said he expects consumers will prefer the plant-based product to ambergris. “If you ask people what they prefer, a component on their skin from whale vomit, or resin from a fragrantly-smelling tree, they may not say the first choice.”
2. Beyonce’ on Anderson Cooper
Anderson meets Beyonce’, a 3-week-old rescue pup who may be one of the world’s smallest dogs.
1. Mystifying Space Cats Photo-Bomb Hubble Imagery
Belated April Fools! In a response to critics who believe NASA is photoshopping their content, here’s a comical take on an Astronomical Image Enhancement Engineer whose main job is to remove the feisty felines who live in Space.