Wow, Spain Sure Has a Lot of Pigs

There are now enough pigs in Spain that technically everyone could have one, and there’d be pigs to spare. Per the Guardian, Spanish environmental ministry figures reveal that the country now has 50 million oinking piggies, which is about 3.5 million more than the number of humans. That’s the first recorded time the nation has had more pigs than people.

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A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer | Quanta Magazine

Elephants did not evolve to become huge animals until after they turned a bit of genetic junk into a unique defense against inevitable tumors.

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Parrotfish Have Been Caught ‘Farming’ Coral Reefs – Atlas Obscura

Octopus gardens get all the attention from songwriters, but maybe it’s time someone wrote a ditty about parrotfish algae farms. According to new research, the fascinating fish—also responsible for pooping out Hawaii’s white-sand beaches—actually “farms” its food in coral reefs.

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Business Travel Got You Down? Rent a Goldfish to Keep You Company – Atlas Obscura

A number of hotels have begun offering in-room fish-for-rent service. The latest to join the admittedly modest trend is the Van der Valk Hotel Charleroi Airport in Brussels, where a photo of one of the room companions—just €3.50 per night—recently took off on social media.

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How the demand for sand is killing rivers – BBC News

Demand for sand in Kenya is driving the illegal sand harvesting industry, causing loss of ecosystems and even deaths.

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Ancient whales were predators not gentle giants

Ancient whales had extremely sharp predator teeth similar to lions, Australian scientists said Wednesday in a discovery they believe debunks theories the mammals used their teeth to filter feed like today’s gentle giants.

There are two major groups of whales—toothed creatures such as killer whales, and baleen, which filter plankton and small fish from the ocean for food with special bristle-like structures in their mouths.

Using 3D scanners, Museums Victoria and Monash University palaeontologists made digital teeth models of fossil baleen whales and today’s mammals from specimen collections around the world.

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Britain’s seabird colonies face catastrophe as warming waters disrupt their food supply | Environment | The Guardian

Populations of gannets, puffins and other marine birds are in freefall, but a crucial scientific study to pinpoint the causes is being blocked, say experts

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A woman visits the zoo — Twitter

A woman adopted 2 lion cubs but had to give them up to the local zoo. Watch what happens when she visited them 7yrs later.

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The incredible moment a judge set a dog loose in court room to find its real owner | indy100

Almost everyone has a weak spot when it comes to dogs. Their loving and trusting natures naturally endear them to anyone, they’re man’s best friend for a reason. But what happens when two parties are convinced a dog belongs to them? How do you deprive one home of a loyal pet and disappoint a family? In a dispute recently aired on the popular day-time television series Judge Judy, two groups were arguing just that; that they were the rightful owner of a little white dog.

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