New owl species found in Indonesia
The Rinjani scops owl was discovered by its unique birdsong.
It was the unique call of the Rinjani scops owl that gave it away. It was heard by two members of a research team during a 2003 trip to the Indonesian island of Lombok, while they were on separate ends of the island.
"I did not expect to find a new species, and certainly not one that is this common," said George Sangster, study co-author and a researcher with the Swedish Museum of Natural History.According to Live Science, this kind of owl had escaped scientific detection for so long in part because it looks very similar to a related species.
The new species, with the scientific name Otus jolandae, is described in the journal PLOS One.
— Read it at Live Science
Photo: Philippe Verbelen / The Rinjani scops owl was discovered on the Indonesian island of Lombok.
pics, advice, info and stories for pet lovers
Cutest animal alive?
Loki is fourth dog firefighter has saved by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
World Wildlife Foundation reports 441 new species discovered in Amazon rainforest
When a dog gets out of the water, one of the first things he does is shake. In just a second or two, water sprays everywhere, and then the moment ends. Now imagine if you could watch your dog shaking in slow motion. Think of your pup’s floppy ears, loose jowls and bulging eyes. What would it look like? Well, photographer Carli Davidson set out to capture just that in her new book, Shake. In 2010, Davidson started using a high-speed-shutter camera to photograph rescue dogs in mid-shake. When she posted the photos on Facebook, they quickly went viral. The project’s popularity led her to this book, in which two photos of 61 canine models, including French Bulldogs, Springer Spaniels and Boxers, are presented side by side in mid-shake. Check out our photo gallery featuring some of our favorite shakes from the book, and don’t be afraid to post photos on our Facebook wall of your dog shaking. We know it will be a challenge, but it will be worth it!
Just when we thought we'd heard of all 180 recognized breeds, the American Kennel Club brings a new crop of great dogs into the pack. An Italian working dog and a cuddly cotton-ball canine are among the five newest members of the AKC's Miscellaneous Class, which is the level a breed and its parent club reaches just before it becomes fully recognized. You may not have heard of these dogs yet, but their adoring admirers hope you'll soon fall in love with these rising canine stars.
A veterinarian explains how dog and cat whiskers really work, and why you should never cut or trim them