- Beavers are returning to Britain.
Having been hunted to extinction around 400 years ago, because of their valuable fur, beavers are being reintroduced in specific regions across England. Some people may think why do we need beavers? Well, a group of British researchers have suggested that the rodents habit of constructing dams could help prevent the flooding of rivers. A beaver damming the river causes the flow of water to be drastically slowed down as well as purifying the water at the same time. So, where are the beavers coming from? A matter of fact the beavers are being sourced from their wild population in Scotland. Beavers have been hailed as “ecosystem engineers” because of their ability to turn dead and struggling environments into abundant ones that wildlife can recolonize. Yay for Beavers!
2. Sniff sniff bones? Sniff sniff
Dogs are widely known for their super smelling capabilities, but did you know that their skill of scent tracking can help archaeologists? Recently in Croatia dogs were able to pick up a scent leading an archaeologist to discover 3000 year old Iron Age tombs. The exact dogs used are Belgian Malinois’ and German Shepard’s that were previously trained to sniff out graves during criminal investigations. Archaeologists even say “dogs noses don’t make mistakes, I think they can solve our problems.”
3. Real fur is so last year!
Her Majesty the Queen is removing all real fur from her wardrobe at the ripe old age of 94. If the Queen is to attend an event in cold weather, she will be sporting fake fur instead to keep her warm. However, she will be keeping all her historic outfits with fur intact for the sake of historical preservation. Queen Elizabeth II of Britain is hoping that her new fashion statement will send a powerful message to the public that “fur is firmly out of fashion.”
4. The bears are back in town
Bears are making a return to the mountains of Northwest Spain. The Cantabrian brown bear was faced with deforestation, manmade infrastructure, trapping, and hunting forcing them to a point close to extinction. At the lowest point there were around only 65 bears left in the wild, however, following a campaign lead by a conservation group the population has been able to grow steadily with numbers reaching 350. The recovery is being linked to a mix of environmental protection and education. On top of this, bear watching is now one of the region’s top tourist attractions.
5. What kind of animal is that?
A new type of feline species has been found wandering the forests of Northern Corsica. It is a striped coated animal that at first glance looks like a regular house cat. It is known by the locals as a “cat-fox”. Officials believe this new found creature is a “wild natural species – an extremely inconspicuous animal with nocturnal habits.” Upon further research it was found that the cat-fox has actually been part of Corsican Shepard’s mythology for a long time. Hmm maybe these creatures aren’t a mystery after all!