Animals http://wunc.org en New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://wunc.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 33923 at http://wunc.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved VIDEO: Baby Otter Swims For the First Time, Story Behind This Long-Awaited Pup http://wunc.org/post/video-baby-otter-swims-first-time-story-behind-long-awaited-pup <p>It doesn't get much cuter than this. A baby otter at the North Carolina Zoo swims for the very first time:</p><p>http://youtu.be/y5jg0SXVbuw</p><p>The story behind this first swim involves 5 years of infertility, an anxious ten months, and a joyous birth day.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:47:36 +0000 Carol Jackson 32579 at http://wunc.org VIDEO: Baby Otter Swims For the First Time, Story Behind This Long-Awaited Pup VIDEO: Cougar Kittens Arrive At NC Zoo http://wunc.org/post/video-cougar-kittens-arrive-nc-zoo <p>Too cute for words. Kind of hard to imagine them growing into cougars:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="575" scrolling="no" src=" http://152.2.63.71/dfd/fbembed/fb_zoo_embed.html" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:55:08 +0000 Carol Jackson 31603 at http://wunc.org VIDEO: Cougar Kittens Arrive At NC Zoo “Kitten Season” Is Coming, And Animal Services Says That’s A Problem http://wunc.org/post/kitten-season-coming-and-animal-services-says-s-problem <p></p><p><a href="http://www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices/" target="_blank">Orange County Animal Services</a> is looking for ideas from the public to handle the pet-overpopulation problem.</p><p></p><p>Director Bob Morotto said many cats are "unaffiliated" with a specific owner and haven't been spayed. They have high mortality rates and can spread disease to domesticated cats.</p><p></p><p>Morotto said the coming warm weather means "kitten season" is around the corner.&nbsp; That's when cats begin having litters on litters, causing the population to spike.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:39:47 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31541 at http://wunc.org “Kitten Season” Is Coming, And Animal Services Says That’s A Problem Bomb-Sniffing African Rats? - SOT Is Live At Museum http://wunc.org/post/bomb-sniffing-african-rats-sot-live-museum <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="340" scrolling="no" src="http://cdn.livestream.com/embed/naturalsciences?layout=4&amp;height=340&amp;width=560&amp;autoplay=false" style="border:0;outline:0" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:33:40 +0000 Frank Stasio, Nicole Campbell & Carol Jackson 31258 at http://wunc.org Bomb-Sniffing African Rats? - SOT Is Live At Museum [PHOTOS] Love Is In The Air With Lemurs, Duke Study Finds http://wunc.org/post/photos-love-air-lemurs-duke-study-finds <p>Lemur couples with infants start to smell alike. Oh sure, they smelled differently before they had offspring. But pretty soon, the lemur lovers start mirroring each other's scents. Even their "scent-marking" odor begins to change. Researchers think the change in scent could be a way to mark territory, or it could be a way to advertise their relationship to all the other would-be mates.</p><p>The study findings are in the&nbsp; February issue of&nbsp; Animal Behavior.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:29:49 +0000 Carol Jackson 30594 at http://wunc.org [PHOTOS] Love Is In The Air With Lemurs, Duke Study Finds Behind The Big Top: A Conversation With An Elephant Handler http://wunc.org/post/behind-big-top-conversation-elephant-handler <p></p><p>The 'Greatest Show On Earth' arrived in Greensboro this week. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum &amp; Bailey circus has been performing for nearly a century. That longevity has led to some circus family traditions that cover multiple generations.&nbsp;</p><p>Young children in strollers and on shoulders are trying to contain their excitement as they wait on the side of the road across from the train tracks in Greensboro. And then, at dusk, from over a hill come a few elephants and several horses.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 12:27:54 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 30197 at http://wunc.org Behind The Big Top: A Conversation With An Elephant Handler The Nifty Noses Of Forensic Canines http://wunc.org/post/nifty-noses-forensic-canines <p></p><p><a href="http://catwarren.com/">Cat Warren</a> is a North Carolina State University professor by day and a superhero by night. Well, sort of. Her dog Solo is a cadaver dog. Warren takes him out to suspected crime scenes to help police find the bodies of the missing and presumed deceased.</p><p>The hobby started innocently enough as a way to keep Solo&rsquo;s energy in check. He wasn&#39;t very well behaved, and he flunked out of obedience school a number of times.</p><p>&ldquo;He was a singleton, so he didn&rsquo;t relate well with dogs,&quot; Warren said on The State of Things.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:42:40 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 23858 at http://wunc.org The Nifty Noses Of Forensic Canines Ram Named 'Bubba' Still On The Loose In Durham http://wunc.org/post/ram-named-bubba-still-loose-durham <p>There’s a ram on the loose in Durham County whose escape tactics have outsmarted capture attempts by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, a man with a tranquilizer gun and a local veterinarian with a lasso. The animal was first spotted near Odyssey Drive in Durham on Monday afternoon, August 25, and is thought to be a either a Barbados/Mouflon sheep or a Toggenburg goat. Deputy Paul Sherwin with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office was one of the officers who responded to Monday's call.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:06:40 +0000 Laura Candler 21841 at http://wunc.org Ram Named 'Bubba' Still On The Loose In Durham Connecting The Dots On the News Roundtable http://wunc.org/post/connecting-dots-news-roundtable <p>A new carnivore was discovered in Latin America. &nbsp;Bradley Manning was sentenced for leaking government secrets while Edward Snowden was on the run for a similar crime. &nbsp;And a look back at the March on Washington sparked a conversation about civil rights in the Middle East. &nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">Host Frank&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stasio</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">&nbsp;discussed a wide range of issues and their common threads with the news roundtable.</span></p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:29:31 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 21282 at http://wunc.org Connecting The Dots On the News Roundtable