Who’s a pretty boy then? A dog with animal designs at a creative grooming competition in Seacaucus, New Jersey. From picture desk live: the best news images of the day
Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media
Poodle birds? This is a lot to absorb. Make sure to click through the slideshow. — heidi
This animal’s closest living relative is a wolf. Just… let that sink in for a moment.
When wolves decided to become our companions they had no idea this was in store for their offspring. If they had seen these pictures, I think they’d have rather stayed wild.
Mobstr - The Story (2012)
The first installation of The Story was a simple “Once upon a time…” The artist expected maintenance crews to paint over his graffiti. As soon as the wall was cleaned, Mobstr proceeded with the second installation, which was then also painted over, and so on until the narrative was completed. His intention was to create an indirect “teamwork” between two opposing societal forces exemplified by street artist and street maintenance crew.
CHIROPTERAN MYSTERY! - The Females of the Madagascar Sucker Footed Bats Are Missing…
by Ed Yong
For the last six years, Paul Racey has been trying to find a female eastern sucker-footed bat. He has failed. The bats only live in Madagascar and since 2007, Racey’s team have tramped through the country’s eastern forests with nets, bags, and devices that detect the bats’ sonar. They’ve captured 298 individuals, some many times over. But every single one of them was male.
Where are the females? Why are they so ridiculously hard to find? And why do they segregate themselves from the males? No one knows. After so much fruitless searching, Racey doesn’t even have a good hypothesis.
All he knows is that the females must exist. For a start, a Smithsonian team once collected a female sucker-footed bat around 30 years ago, and it’s still housed in their collection. Also, Racey keeps on finding young males every year. “You can hold their wings up to the light and see bits of cartilage round their joints, which haven’t ossified fully,” he says. So, the bats must be reproducing. “There have to be females. It’s just that we can’t find them, and it’s very embarrassing.”…
(read more: Not Exactly Rocket Science)
photos by Paul Racey
Gay bats don’t give a fuck about your binaries, they are allll buttbabies.