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Koalas have fingerprints just like humans

19 Jul 2019

In 1975 police took fingerprints from six chimpanzees and two orangutans housed at zoos in England. They weren’t just looking for a unique souvenir; they were testing to see if any unsolved crimes...

Your Pet Cat May Be a Bit More Dangerous Than You Think

17 May 2019

Cat scratch disease (CSD) is an infection resulting from a scratch or bite of a cat (or, in rarer cases, dogs or other animals). It is not the same thing as Cat Scratch Fever, an album by Ted...

Leafcutter Ants are Farmers Who Grow Fungi

2 May 2019

Leafcutter ants can strip as much as 17% of the leaf biomass from plants in their ecosystem and can clear entire trees in under a day. Next to ours, leafcutter ant society is the most complex...

Can Allerpet Solve Your Pet Allergies?

8 Feb 2019

Want to cuddle cats but can’t stand the coughing? Want to romp with Rover but avoid the red eyes? Allerpet markets itself as the product for you! Sadly, though, it doesn’t work.

You can catch salmonella from your pet lizards, frogs, turtles and hedgehogs

8 Feb 2019

Eleven people across eight states were infected with the bacteria Salmonella typhimurium. The cause? Their pet hedgehogs....

Did You Know: A border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would cause mass ecological damage?

17 Jan 2019

President Donald Trump wants to “build a wall” between the U.S. and Mexico that, depending on your political allegiances, will either keep out dangerous undocumented immigrants or will serve little...

Bugs in our Guts

11 Dec 2018

The Food and Drug Administration in the U.S.

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