November 26, 2012

In Focus: The 2012 Pushkar Camel Fair

Every year in the Indian state of Rajasthan, thousands of people and camels make a trip to the small town of Pushkar for the annual Pushkar Mela, or Pushkar Camel Fair. One of the oldest and largest camel fairs in the world, Pushkar has grown to become an important attraction for foreign tourists in recent years. Aside from the trading of livestock, the fair includes music, sports, and other events such as the “longest mustache” and “Indian bride dress-up” competitions. Collected here are a few scenes from this year’s fair in India’s northern desert.

See more. [Images: Reuters, Getty, AP]

August 27, 2012
Can You Judge a Lion By His Roar? Sadly, No.

A lifetime of Disney movies has trained me to have certain expectations about animal sounds, most especially with regard to the King of the Jungle, the lion. The best lion has the best roar. Them’s just the rules.
But now, courtesy of Ed Yong’s eagle eye, we have scientific evidence that a lion’s roar says very little about an animal’s role in the jungle’s hierarchy. A team analyzed the roars of 24 lions collected over decades in an effort to discern whether there were meaningful correlations between the features of the roar and the animal’s sexual fitness. 

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Can You Judge a Lion By His Roar? Sadly, No.

A lifetime of Disney movies has trained me to have certain expectations about animal sounds, most especially with regard to the King of the Jungle, the lion. The best lion has the best roar. Them’s just the rules.

But now, courtesy of Ed Yong’s eagle eye, we have scientific evidence that a lion’s roar says very little about an animal’s role in the jungle’s hierarchy. A team analyzed the roars of 24 lions collected over decades in an effort to discern whether there were meaningful correlations between the features of the roar and the animal’s sexual fitness. 

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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Filed under: Animal Sound Humor Science 
August 24, 2012
motherjones:

Because Friday.
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motherjones:

Because Friday.

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Filed under: Animal Friday Humor 
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