The Muslims Who Want to Save Octopuses

  Hamissi Usi swims with an octopus on Pemba Island, Tanzania, in 2010.Per-Anders Pettersson / Reuters In Zanzibar, cephalopods are getting a leg up from the Quran. by LISA DE BODE ZANZIBAR—Ivory pirates, slave traders, and naturalists alike have long sought out the Zanzibar archipelago, a biodiverse group of islands lying off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. One of these islands, Misali, is surrounded by a six-mile coral reef. It teems with rare life: hawksbill turtles, flying foxes, coconuts crabs—and lots of octopuses. This island is special to Muslims, who form the vast majority of Zanzibar’s population. According … Continue reading The Muslims Who Want to Save Octopuses

What animals do

image edited by Fernando Kaskais, Wild horses in Iceland. Photo by Gallery Stock Can they shape their own lives? Or the course of history? It’s time to reconsider the significance of animal agency by Amanda Rees is a senior lecturer in the department of sociology at the University of York. Her work has been published in the British Journal for the History of Science and Social Studies of Science, among others. Her latest book is The Infanticide Controversy: Primatology and the Art of Field Science (2009). Edited by Marina Benjami Plato’s attempt 2,500 years ago to define the human as ‘a featherless biped’ had to be swiftly qualified … Continue reading What animals do

People Are Installing Beehives In Their Living Rooms — Here’s How it Works

  The future is looking bleak for honeybees — that is, unless activists step in and help the bumbling insects. An innovative way to do just that has been unveiled by creators Dustin Betz and Mike Zaengle, and it is called the BEEcosystem. The BEEcosystem was first introduced in 2015. After receiving positive feedback, Betz and Zaengle improved the concept. Now, the latest version has been unveiled. Credit: BEEcosystem A key feature of the BEEcosystem is a literal window into the bee colony it houses. Cedar frames the hexagon-shaped module, and it is covered with a panel of glass. reading People Are Installing Beehives In Their Living Rooms — Here’s How it Works

South African Poacher Mauled to Death by the Lions He Was Hunting

  Karma has come full circle for a big cat poacher in South Africa. While hunting a pride of lions at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve (likely as part of a group), the unidentified man was attacked and eaten by the big cats he sought to kill. The Daily Mail reports that the hunter was heard screaming for help as he was mauled, but his body had been mostly devoured by the time police arrived. Credit: Charlie Lynham “The head was still there but the lions had eaten most of the rest,” said a local worker from a nearby nature reserve. “A scream was heard … Continue reading South African Poacher Mauled to Death by the Lions He Was Hunting

Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community

Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community by Lacy Cooke VIEW SLIDESHOW If you ever happen to visit Chernobyl, you might run across one of the roughly 300 stray dogs that reside there. After the 1986 disaster, residents weren’t allowed to bring their pets away with them, and many dogs were left behind. Today, their descendants still roam the area, and while their life isn’t easy, The Guardian reports they are “a playful example of global kindness and cooperation.” Around 300 stray dogs reside in the 2,600 square kilometer – or around 1,004 square mile – exclusion zone at Chernobyl in Ukraine. The Chernobyl Prayer, an oral history of … Continue reading Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community

Consider the rooster

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Photo by Michelle Bowers/EyeEm/Getty The thugs of the barnyard, roosters were bred to fight and strut. Does our highly tamed world have room for them any more? Amanda Giracca lives and writes in western Massachusetts. She is a lecturer in SUNY Albany’s Writing and Critical Inquiry programme and a contributing editor to Vela. Edited by Pam Weintraub My neighbour James brings us his rooster, carrying him across the street in his arms. I watch from the dining room window where I sit working, watch the rooster’s succulent comb tremoring lightly, his long yellow legs dangling below the crook … Continue reading Consider the rooster

Your Dog Feels No Shame

Esther Aarts by WILLIAM BRENNAN The myth of canine guilt In 2011, a Maryland dog owner named Mali Vujanic uploaded a video to YouTube confidently titled “Guilty!” He’d come home to find his two retrievers near an empty bag of cat treats. The first dog, a golden retriever, lounged calmly, her conscience seemingly clean. But the second dog, a yellow Labrador named Denver, sat quaking in a corner, her eyes downcast, making what Vujanic called “her signature ‘I done it’ face.” Vujanic gasped at the apparent admission of guilt: “You did this!” Denver beat her tail nervously and grimaced. “You know the routine. … Continue reading Your Dog Feels No Shame