The Water Bowl: Could the Butterfly and Caterpillar be 2 Different Animals?
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Biologist Bernd Heinric has a new theory for what is occurring when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly – death and resurrection. The scientist believes that the caterpillar and butterfly are actually two separate animals, not one animal changing shape, and that they are the result of two species mating and learning to coexist. –NPR
A six-week-old British kitten is on the mend after being shot twice in the head. Veterinarians at the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare were able to remove the two bullets from her skull, and despite having a hole in her head, the kitten is expected to make a full recovery. –BBC News
In a response to stiff competition for mating, scientists have learned that female wood spiders can form plugs to cover their genitals in an effort to keep males from mating with them. Prior to the study, scientists were unsure if the plugs were created by the male of the species, the female or both during mating. –ScienceDaily.com
Bowhead whales are now thought to possess a song repertoire that rivals that of birds after scientists placed microphones underwater and ended up recording over 60 unique songs. Whales traveling through the Fram Strait, a sea region between Greenland and the northern islands of Norway, were also recorded singing constantly for five months. –Discovery News
Much in the way that seeing-eye dogs help the blind, therapy dogs are also now being utilized as a way to help patients with mental health needs, such as PTSD. According to psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman, caring for a pet helps people become less frightened, more self-sufficient and secure by helping take attention off their own fears. –CNN