Dec 052016
 
9 Animals with misleading names

When Stephen Kolb Gilliland asked, “What do anteaters eat when they run out of ants?” Weird Animal Question of the Week got to thinking about animal names that don’t entirely fit the animal. The four anteater species of Central and South America certainly scarf up lots of ants, but “they also love to eat termites,” […]

Oct 222016
 
It’s a bear, it’s a cat; no, it’s a binturong and it’s threatened

It has been said that the binturong is part bear, part cat, and has a monkey’s tail. Indeed, it does seem a bit like a composite animal, with parts gathered from here and there. But truly, it is in a class by itself — or at least, a genus all its very own. The binturong […]