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Old December 7th, 2016, 04:43 PM   #601

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Humans are occasionally useful to wild animals, in this case pregnant moose.

Moose Elude Predators with Help from Humans

"In a strange new twist of nature and adaptability, moose now apparently can take advantage of human development and use it as a shield against predators."
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critters of Sulawesi (Celebes) in Wallacea:

BBC - Earth - The strange Asian island where monkeys and marsupials meet
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Old January 7th, 2017, 05:28 PM   #603

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Scientists discover bees prefer warm violets in cool forests The birds foot violet (Viola pedata) has two, common, color forms when it blooms during the cool, Missouri, April. The concolor form makes flowers with five light violet-mauve petals. The flower of a bicolor plant has three mauve petals plus two top petals that are a deep, dark, funereal purple.
Co-researcher Retha Edens-Meier, Ph.D., a professor and research scientist in SLU's School of Education, using thermocouples, and a hypodermic tissue probe, learned that these dark petals are up to 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the surrounding atmosphere when they stand in a pool of Spring sunlight. Bees, especially fuzzy females of Carlin's bee (Andrena carlinii), prefer to forage upside down on these flowers so their hind legs and bee butts are warmed by the dark petals as they drink nectar and collect pollen.
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A new Gibbon species has been described in SW China:

'Star Wars gibbon' is new primate species - BBC News
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Vampire bats turn to feeding on humans in Brazil:

https://www.newscientist.com/article...r-human-blood/
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