The 76-year-old woman was collecting chicken eggs on her rural property when an aggressive roster began pecking at her lower-left leg, according to the report, published Aug. 20 in the journal Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology. The pecking lead to a “significant hemorrhage,” which caused the woman to collapse, the report said.
Humans have long sought a connection to various species in the animal kingdom. Despite conflicting assertions, the fact remains that there are so many striking similarities between chimpanzees and humans that evolutionary biologists call them our “cousins”.
For one thing, chimpanzees demonstrate social behaviors that were once thought to be observed only in humans and their great ape cousins.
Chimps like to play.
Just as young kids like to go out on summer mornings to look for other children to play with, young chimpanzees have also been observed to behave in the same way. They engage in play activities for hours, manifesting behaviors that scientists describe as “activity that produces no clear or immediate benefits — both during their childhood and their ‘youth.’”
Once upon a time, animals were absolutely enormous. As humans and other predators began to roam the earth, animals began to decrease from their once colossal sizes. Nowadays, you can find giant animals mostly on islands, where animals live in isolation from humans and their impact. They are able to grow to their full size thanks to a lack of predators and because they have greater access to more resources, like food and water. While you would expect animals this big to eat a lot of food, many of them actually eat the same amount of food as their regular size counterparts. Dinosaurs may no longer be in existence, but there are still some modern-day monsters, say you will, that are roaming our earth.
To many, snakes are terrifying no matter what they are. Even the tiniest of garter snakes can send an otherwise-brave soul running for the hills. But not all snakes are created equal. While some are perfectly harmless, and even kind of cute, others are just plain freaky and scary, even for the biggest snake lover you know.
It kind of sounds like the name of some idiotic reality TV show (actually it kind of is; thanks, Discovery Channel), but Snake Island is a real place, and that’s what people actually call it, although locally it’s known as Ilha de Queimada Grande. It’s located about 90 miles off the coast of Sao Paulo, and from above it looks stunningly beautiful — it’s got lush green forests, a beautiful rocky shoreline, sun, and surf — what more could an intrepid traveller want in an exotic destination? Besides, you know, the absence of actual mortal peril. Because Snake Island isn’t called “Snake Island” because of the way it’s shaped or because someone once saw a rainbow boa hanging from a tree or something. It’s called that because it’s home to one of the deadliest snakes in the world and oh yeah, there are literally thousands of them. Also the island is a mere 110 acres, which by the way is less than one-fourth of a square mile. So do the horrific numbers, and then check out this list of all the other horrible things you probably really didn’t want to know about Snake Island.
These venomous deadly serpents habitate the island. BEWARE
The leg bones of Crossvalliawaiparensis suggest it was more than five feet tall and weighed up to 176 pounds
Last week, the world was introduced to “Squawkzilla,” a hulking ancient parrot that made its home in New Zealand some 19 million years ago. Now, the country’s roster of extinct bulky birds—which includes the massive moa and the huge Haast’s eagle—has grown even larger, with the discovery of a Paleocene-era penguin that stood as tall as a human.