Written by PETA
How far will a mother go
to save her child? Straight into the heart of danger, such as in the case of a
deer whose fawn had fallen in a crack in a rock wall. The mother deer kept returning throughout the night and
morning. Then, while firefighters tried to rescue the fawn, the deer stuck
close to the potentially dangerous humans and loud machinery to watch out for
While many of us would be
doomed without our GPS systems, loggerhead turtles
are born with the ability to navigate by reading the Earth's magnetic field.
There is also evidence that many species, including pigeons, chickens, naked
mole rats, and cattle, also detect the Earth's geomagnetic field.
rivals any advanced vision equipment our military has created. Bees navigate using
only polarized light in the sky and the 5,000 individual dots that make up a
single image in their compound eyes.
Since they don't make
their own poison, African
crested rats bathe themselves in
tree poison to protect themselves from predators.
Few would question dogs' superior sense of smell.
While we might think that all roses smell the same, dogs can detect different
smells on each petal of a single flower, such as traces of other flowers'
pollen left by insects and humans who have touched it. Another good reason to let
your dog stop and smell the roses!
Written by Michelle Sherrow
The swirling black cloud that Island Park, Idaho, residents saw earlier this week wasn't a storm, but a swarm—of bees. A semitruck hauling bees and honey swerved off the road, tipping 400 hive boxes and sending 14 million bees and a river of honey onto the roadway. Crews brought in to clean up the highway sprayed the bees with firefighter's foam, killing many of them.
Trucking hives across the country stems from the increasing difficulty of finding healthy honeybees. Beekeepers spread disease by moving infected combs and equipment from hive to hive and failing to treat illnesses. When diseases are detected, the treatment is normally to destroy the colony, which can mean burning or gassing the bees to death.
Since division of the hive upon the birth of a new queen can mean a decrease in honey production, beekeepers prevent it by clipping the wings of a new queen or killing and replacing a queen after a couple of years.
The best way to be a honey for bees is to choose vegan lip balms and candles and to use agave nectar, molasses, and maple syrup instead of honey. Find more tips on giving bee (and other animal) products the boot, see PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book Making Kind Choices.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Although consumers don’t necessarily see “Made in China” on honey labels, a new exposé published in the UK’s Globe and Mail tells of the almost spy-thriller-like process in which honey produced in China travels through southeast Asia and onto millions of tables—and into millions of stomachs—around the world.
In China, where the overwhelming majority of the honey ingested globally originates, beekeepers attempt to keep bees alive by feeding them antibiotics that are banned in North America because the drugs can seep into and contaminate the honey. The honey is often intentionally mislabeled as originating elsewhere, and is also diluted with sugar and corn syrup.
In a companion article, the National Academy of Sciences reports that the U.S. bee population has seen a dramatic decline in recent years due to inbreeding and habitat loss, and that changes must be made to end the bees’ spiral toward extinction. Agave nectar, anyone?
Need to figure out the quickest route to a destination? Skip the GPS and ask a bee. Turns out bees are really good at math, especially when it comes to solving the "traveling salesman problem," which involves computing the shortest distance between two locations. These are calculations that can take a computer days to complete. So if you're worried that your math skills aren't sufficient to make you an "A" student, maybe you'll succeed as a bee student!
Impressed with these apian academics' calculating nature? A great way to show it is by letting our little black-and-yellow buddies keep their honey—here's why.
Written by Jeff Mackey
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