High on ‘mad honey’: intoxicated brown bear cub rescued in Turkey

High on ‘mad honey’: intoxicated brown bear cub rescued in Turkey

A disoriented brown bear cub, believed to have become intoxicated after eating an excessive amount of “mad honey”, was rescued in northwestern Turkey’s Duzce province on Thursday. Footage showed the female bear wobbling and whining as she sat belly-up in the back of a pick-up truck, after people rescued the visibly-debilitated animal from the forest. […]

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Poison used to kill lions and hyenas is indirectly killing Kenya’s vultures and other raptors

Poison used to kill lions and hyenas is indirectly killing Kenya’s vultures and other raptors

Darcy Ogada rarely spots raptors​ from her home in central Kenya any more. ​The birds were once ​a ​common​ ​​sight in the industrial town of Thika, 25 miles (40km) north of Nairobi, but the ​region’s ​forests are rapidly declining, and the few remaining raptor populations face the added threats of poison and persecution. “It is […]

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The Sonoran Desert toad’s venom can induce a psychedelic experience so vivid that some people call it the “God molecule”

The Sonoran Desert toad’s venom can induce a psychedelic experience so vivid that some people call it the “God molecule”

The Sonoran Desert toad excretes a substance that can provide a vivid psychedelic experience, dubbed the “God molecule” by some. However, the largest native toad in the United States is not immortal. Conservationists are now warning that the toad’s hallucinogenic toxin may be in high demand, putting the species at risk. “There’s a perception of […]

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POLL: Should the use of strychnine for killing wolves be banned?

POLL: Should the use of strychnine for killing wolves be banned?

Health Canada is launching a review this spring on whether strychnine should be used to kill wolves. The Government of Alberta uses the poison to keep dwindling caribou herds alive. Alberta Trappers Association president Bill Abercrombie says strychnine is a horrendous way to kill an animal. “Strychnine initiates convulsions and the animal basically goes into […]

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