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Animal Oddities

DC's Lifeless Menagerie: The Legacy of a Displaced Museum

Alex Doll | Posted 06.18.2014 | Weird News
Alex Doll

The solitary figure of Joseph Merrick (known to most as the "Elephant Man") sits unattended in the empty hallway of a storage facility in East Baltimore. Though once proudly perched overlooking the rest of DC's iconic Red Palace oddities museum, now, moth eaten and ravaged by circumstance, he is all but forgotten.

Pit Bull Survives Horrible Fire

David Mizejewski | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
David Mizejewski

Everyone assumed Spooky perished in the fire along with Mike's three cats. But when clean up workers began going through the burned out rubble, Spooky rose from the ashes relatively unscathed.

Gender-Bending Deer With Crazy Antlers Shot

David Mizejewski | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
David Mizejewski

The deer shot near West Salem was odd not only because it was a female with antlers, but because the antlers had 30 points. That's a ridiculously high number of points. A healthy male deer in his prime might have ten or twelve points.

Odd Animal Removal Service

David Mizejewski | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Check out the photo below. Something is not quite right about it.

Wild Cougar Confirmed in Connecticut

David Mizejewski | Posted 09.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Each year, dozens of reports come in from people who believe they have seen large, tawny colored cats in states where no such animals are officially documented. What are the animals that so many people claim to be seeing?

Can You Identify This Giant Insect With No Mouth?

David Mizejewski | Posted 09.13.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

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Should Scientists Recreate Extinct Species?

David Mizejewski | Posted 07.31.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

In light of the current global mass extinction crisis, should we try to bring back extinct species such as the quagga or the woolly mammoth?

Corvids Are Oddly Intelligent

David Mizejewski | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Anyone who's ever watched crows or jays in their backyard has undoubtedly seen evidence of these birds' intelligence, whether stashing food for a later date or teaming up to mob and drive away hawks.

Pandora Boxx Doesn't Molest Butterflies

David Mizejewski | Posted 07.09.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

This week's Animal Oddity is all about butterflies and drag queens.

The Good Side of Bad Breath

David Mizejewski | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Before you reach for pesticides at the first sight of an insect pest in your garden, you might try breathing on it first and see what happens.

Hellbender Foot Reveals Power of Photography

David Mizejewski | Posted 06.02.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

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Three Animals That Have Inspired Technology

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

We typically think of the technological world as something completely different from the natural world, even diametrically opposed. But sometimes, technology can become better by following nature's lead.

Newt Kills Frog With Chemical Warfare

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

2011-03-22-Screenshot20110322at6.55.21PM.jpgTurns out that rough-skinned newts have toxins in their skin to which the bullfrogs have no natural defense against.

Two Legged Chihuahua Pups Abandoned

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

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Salamander Eating Habits

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

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Hormone Crazed Deer Goes Shopping

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

The deer first wandered into Diesel, but apparently it wasn't into urban fashion and decided to smash up a mirror.

Tiny Chameleons Use a Different Kind of Camouflage

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

This week's Animal Oddity comes from the island nation of Madagascar in Africa. The diminutive chameleons of the genus Brookesia are some of the smallest lizards, and indeed vertebrates, in existence.

Fat Eyes Make Opossum a Star

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

2011-01-21-heidi.jpgAs a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, here is what I think is the reason for Heidi's fame-inducing crossed eyes.

Vulture Accused of Being a Spy

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Today's Animal Oddity is the griffon vulture that was detained by officials in Saudi Arabia as an Israeli spy. I know this sounds like something out of the Onion or SNL, but it seems to be true.

Top 20 Animal Oddities of 2010

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

It's been a big year for odd animals. And I've spent a good part of the last twelve months combing the news for odd animals stories, sightings and discoveries. Here are twenty favorites.

Animal Eyes are Odd

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

This week's Animal Oddities post is all about animal eyes. Recently, Treehugger did a story on the subject and it made me realize how strange-looking...

Animal Oddities: Birds That Eat People

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

For Westerners, the idea of being eaten by an animal is considered the stuff of fantasy and horror films. However, for modern humans of the not-so-distant past, the prospect of being killed and eaten by wild predators was reality.

How to Properly Dispose of an Opossum

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Pink Mama, the lady who channels the spirit of a dead squirrel and offers tips on how to give an opossum a pedicure, is at it again. It's sad new this time.

Turkeys Are True Animal Oddities

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Wild turkeys sometimes show up in odd places. They show up at backyard bird feeders and in some cases the territorial male turkeys have been known to chase people across their front lawns.

Oddest Animal Companions

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Sometimes animals that wouldn't normally socially interact break the mold and become friends, transcending or ignoring instinct and how science says t...