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8 Heartwarming Animal Retirement Homes

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Among the many animals who need homes are those that are considered “unadoptable” due to old age, illness, or disability. While many would-be pet parents looking for a long-term companion may pass them by, other folks relish the opportunity to care for these animals in need. Those are the founders, volunteers, and donors of specialized shelters that offer a home for the rest of these pets’ lives. We highlighted a few of them in an earlier post; here are eight more animal retirement homes you should know about.

In 1999, upon learning that his beloved 15-year-old cat Tabby had terminal cancer, Jonathan Rosenberg decided to quit his day job and create Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in honor of his beloved pet. Currently, the Ringoes, New Jersey-based organization operates out of a single building with room for up to 95 cats. Rosenberg’s long-term goal is to erect two more buildings on the sanctuary’s eight-acre property—creating enough space to provide forever homes for up to 400 cats that are elderly, disabled, chronically or terminally ill, or in danger of being euthanized at another shelter. A staff of volunteers cares for the cats, some of which are available for adoption.

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, cares for aged, abused, and injured horses. Some are rescued from abusive situations, while others are given over after they reach age 20. However, there is a waiting list for horses that are not in emergency situations. The farm is open for public tours, and also offers internships, volunteer opportunities, and lessons in horse care and horsemanship. To learn more, you can watch this video about Ryerss Farm.

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Identity of ‘Tully monster’ still a mystery

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MONSTER MYSTERY The Tully monster (illustrated) was an aquatic creature that lived about 300 million years ago. Its strange features have made it difficult to classify, but new research suggests that it wasn’t a vertebrate.

The true nature of the “Tully monster” may once again be a mystery.

Just last year, some researchers declared that the extinct aquatic animal was a vertebrate, possibly a relative of today’s lampreys. Not so fast, says vertebrate paleontologist Lauren Sallan. Like a mismatched puzzle, the Tully monster lacks some vertebrate pieces and has others that are the wrong shape, Sallan and colleagues report in the March issue of Palaeontology.

Tullimonstrum gregarium didn’t get its monstrous name because of its size. Only about a foot long, the oddball creature, which lived about 300 million years ago, sported wide-set eyes like a hammerhead shark and a pincerlike mouth at the end of a long trunk. In the past, it’s been lumped in with everything from sea slugs to arthropods.

Most recently, in a paper published in Nature in 2016, paleontologist Victoria McCoy, who was then at Yale University, argued that the Tully monster was a vertebrate (SN: 4/30/16, p. 5). Analysis of more than 1,200 Tully monster specimens dug up from…

Animal Facts: 72 Adorable Facts About Animals

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Animal facts: Interesting facts about animals. Bеfоrе you think аbоut bесоmіng a chinchilla оwnеr уоu ѕhоuld carry out some rеѕеаrсh into this wоndеrful сrеаturе fіrѕt. Wіth a ԛuісk ѕеаrсh online уоu wіll find numеrоuѕ chinchilla fасtѕ аvаіlаblе thаt саn nоt оnlу tell you аbоut thе creature but also hоw tо саrе fоr them.

Bеlоw wе tаkе a lооk аt just ѕоmе оf thе more interesting facts regarding thіѕ beautiful but quite strange looking аnіmаl.

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A chameleon’s tongue can bе аѕ lоng as its bоdу.

Grеаt white sharks саn detect a drop of blood іn 25 gаllоnѕ оf wаtеr аnd саn еvеn ѕеnѕе tіnу amounts of blооd from thrее miles аwау.

Thе blue whаlе’ѕ tоnguе wеіghѕ аѕ muсh аѕ аn adult еlерhаnt.

Hоuѕеflіеѕ hum in thе kеу оf F.

Flеаѕ can jumр dіѕtаnсеѕ 100 tіmеѕ thеіr bоdу length.

A beaver’s tееth nеvеr ѕtор growing. It nееdѕ to сhеw оn tree trunks and branches to kеер them frоm gеttіng too long.

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Horses Kill More People Than Venomous Creatures Do In Australia

In Australia, the dangers of snakes, spiders, and other venomous creatures may be far overblown in the popular imagination, as the BBC recently highlighted. The most dangerous animal in the country, in fact, is a more unassuming creature: the horse.

Research published in the Internal Medicine Journal examined 42,000 hospital admissions for venomous stings and bites over the course of 13 years (2000–2013). Bees were the most dangerous, comprising 31 percent of hospital visits, while spider bites made up 30 percent and snake bites made up 15 percent.

And yet, as the BBC reports, none of the animals the researchers specifically studied was as deadly as the unassuming horse. Study author Ronelle Welton found during…