Iguana with five tails

January 27th, 2014

Zoologists first saw a copy. One of the residents of Argentina found in his yard with five huge lizard tails. Frightened young man immediately called experts.
According to the Argentine, he stepped out of the house and saw an iguana : attention was attracted by its unusual tail. The man decided to ask zoologists .

The animal was taken to the zoo of Cordoba , where all employees fairly surprised such an unusual creature. According to zoologist Daniel Villareal local agencies met his lifetime dvuhvostnye lizards, but a similar instance he sees for the first time .

Zoo representative also noted that “the iguana can lose a tail, which is then regenerated , but such changes should not happen .”

After lizard undergo a number of studies , experts will decide whether to keep it in a zoo or release

 

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27 years ago , April 26, 1986 , was the largest in the history of the nuclear accident – an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Then subjected to radioactive contamination of about 160,000 square kilometers of land in Ukraine , Belarus and Russia , and 30 kilometers of Ukraine was established Chernobyl exclusion zone .
Yes , this area is radioactive , but there are no more pesticide industry and traffic. And most importantly – there is almost no people. As soon as the man to get away from the Chernobyl exclusion zone , it was worth it to stop cutting down forests, plowing of land , construction and earthworks, as after 23 years in the Chernobyl zone began to live and breed of animals out there who have not met for centuries . Here you ever seen a wild boar running on empty and deserted , but the city? A moose on background of the house ? A wolf running across the street ?
In the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone created a unique ecosystem where everything that could not live without a man – died . And here is what people live interfere – on the contrary , it was reborn and protsvetaet.Gnezdyatsya gray cranes , white-tailed eagle , black storks , swans, grouse , eagles , ducks . Several species of owls (including the owl ) is a unique fauna of bats. And many kinds of flying last met in Ukraine 50 years ago , and where did they come again – neponyatno.Zaytsy , foxes , otters , beavers , muskrats , deer , moose , a herd of Przewalski’s horses and a herd of bison and a few dozen red- animals. For the first time in a hundred years there have appeared a bear and lynx .
Enough food to all as divorced enormous number of insects , amphibians and reptiles , and Pripyat just teeming with fish. Out of nowhere appeared a rare species of plants , orchids dazhe.V by animals reached an extremely high population : as many as you can feed this territory . When hunters shoot wolves , all individuals are very large and well-fed , and their stomachs are always full of (mostly the remains of wild boar and roe deer ) .
The remains of the cats in the stomachs of wolves is not observed , and the cats in the Chernobyl zone is not so much. 27 years ago there once SEALs found that all the people have gone somewhere . They waited , waited , but no one showed up, and then the seals are living alone. At first , fearing an outbreak of rabies , stray cats were shot , but when the year following the year of the accident fields and settlements zakisheli mice and rats , then came around and prekratili.V resulting in the Chernobyl zone survive only the most resilient cat specimens. Like their wild ancestors , Chernobyl ( not seals and tomcat ) usually lead a solitary lifestyle , eating is not at the expense of human waste and handouts , and by hunting rodents , small mammals and birds. They live in abandoned houses , people storonyatsya.Volki these cats do not eat – well it;
  “I clawed front and rear gomnisty cat mutant . Do not eat me ! ” Speaking of mutants . In contrast to the well-established beliefs , the Chernobyl exclusion zone – it’s not a crowd of mutants of various kinds. There is the reproduction of animals , the most resistant to the adverse effects of radiation exposure . A mutant individuals themselves ” washed out ” from the populations under natural otbora.Tak that the flora and fauna of the Chernobyl exclusion zone confirms what would be a terrible catastrophe was not – all relatively quickly falls into place . Nature licking his wounds , and vosstanavlivaetsya.Esli , of course, there is no one nearby , the crown of that nature …

Genus Nepenthes (Nepenthes L.) includes more than 70 species of pitcher plants of the family of plants that grow mainly in tropical Asia , and about 20 – on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra , and several species on the Indochina Peninsula , the Philippines , New Guinea , in tropical Australia .
Most Nepenthes is the vines that reach several meters in length , although there are low shrubs. Liana bushy shape, as a rule, are epiphytic way of life , brought forth mainly in warm and humid jungle archipelagoes of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Nepenthes can grow in the mountains – at an altitude of 2,000 m, and on the edge of the forest , and even in the surf zone . Lianovidnye Nepenthes often settles on the trunks of trees, wrapping her their tens of meters high , so bringing its narrow inflorescence to light.
In tropical Asia, the Seychelles , Madagascar and northern Australia home to the most powerful of all the ” predators ” – members of the genus Nepenthes (Nepenthes). They can grow in the mountains – at an altitude of 2,000 m, and on the edge of the forest , and even in the surf zone . This vine is most often settles on the trunks of trees, wrapping her their tens of meters high and enduring narrow inflorescence to light.
The leaves are alternate, lanceolate . Besides the usual urceolate developed leaves, which collects rainwater. They tip is extended into a long, thin mustache , which encircles the branch of a tree host , and ends with a jug with a lid. At the base – wide plate supporting photosynthesis . The middle part is endowed with sensitivity, making it possible to twist the leaves of the plant trees. And finally, the top stratum – a jug with a lid – for catching insects. On the outer side jug downwards tested two toothed wings which serve as a support for the jug and to direct crawling insects.
The inner edge of a jar there are cells that secrete a sweet nectar. Under them – a lot of stiff hairs facing downwards – bristling palisade , not giving the victim to get out of a jar . Wax is secreted by cells of the smooth surface of the leaves in the majority of Nepenthes , makes this a slippery surface so that the victim can not help no claws , hooks or suction cups . Once in a pitcher trap , the insect is doomed , it sinks deeper into the water – and drowns. Inside the pitcher stands proteolytic ( digestive ) enzyme nepentesin .
Above the mouth of the jug is a fixed cap that protects the contents of the jug of rainwater and serves as a landing pad for insects. Insects crawling inside a jar , slide on its walls and are at the bottom, where they are exposed to the enzyme. Once in the liquid containing the enzymes and acid for 5-8 hours extraction completely digested. We can only chitin cover. However, nepenthes can release an enzyme capable of dissolving even chitin .
Sometimes they gets large prey : rodents, frogs and even birds . Jugs painted in bright colors: red , milky- white and colored in spotty pattern, to 15-20 and sometimes 50 cm in length , the number of accumulating the enzyme can be up to 2.1 liters.
Nepenthes – dioecious plant . Male and female flowers grow on different plants . They are small, with 4 sepals , no petals , gathered in clusters . Distinguish the flowers of one sex from another is virtually impossible.
On the banks of freshwater bodies in the moist soil are erect Nepenthes with prostrate on the ground side shoots. Pitchers such plants hidden in the grass. They can hold up to 1 – 2 liters of liquid in which is adjudged to several hundred insects and sometimes – rats, and small birds .
Interestingly, the Nepenthes sometimes referred to as ” hunting cups ” because they contain a liquid to drink : on top in pure water jug . Of course, somewhere below are undigested solids ” lunch ” plants . But at a certain caution them not to get to, and almost every pitcher has a sip or two, or even a lot more water.
Depending on the hybrid trapping Nepenthes pitchers have strange shapes, a variety of colors – reddish -brown , green and red , light purple , yellow , bright red , variegated .
Nepenthes Leaves are alternate, lanceolate . Along with leaves obychnyoy forms developed urceolate leaves, which collects rainwater. They tip is extended into a long, thin mustache , which encircles the branch of a tree host and ends with a leaf pitcher with lid . The base sheet is a wide plate , which is active photosynthesis . The middle part is endowed with a sensitivity that allows the plant to twist the leaves and shoots of the nearby trees .
Depending on the hybrid trapping Nepenthes pitchers have strange shapes, a variety of colors – reddish -brown , green and red , light purple , yellow , bright red , variegated .
Winged Nepenthes (Nepenthes alata Blanco). Homeland – the Philippines . This is one of the most common types of Nepenthes .
Nepentus Madagascar (N. madagascariensis Poir.). Distributed in Madagascar. Perennial insectivorous plant 60-90 cm tall. The leaves are oblong- lanceolate . Pitchers are large, up to 25 cm long , winged , crimson . The cover has a large glands.
Raflezi N. (N. rafflesiana Jack ex Hook. F.). Motherland – Kalimantan , Sumatra . Epiphyte . The leaves are oval, lanceolate , up to 50 cm long and 10 wide. Pitcher 10-20 cm long , 7-10 cm wide, light green, with red spots and stripes on a long tendrils inside bluish in red spots.
N. truncated (N. truncata Macfarl.) Is a species endemic to the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Grows on open mountain slopes at an altitude of 230 to 600 m; has variety, grown in the highlands . N. truncata has a very large jars that can reach up to 50 cm in length.
N. bottle (N. ampullaria Jack). Relatively small, compact form .
Do hairy Nepenthes (N. villosa Hook. F.) Pitchers 5-12 cm in diameter and 20 cm in length have a very meaty red okolouste .
Nepenthes dvuhshporny (N. bicalcarata Hook. F.). Homeland – Borneo, growing in bogs at an altitude of 1000 m above sea level. Its leaves are up to 60 cm, and the pitcher – 5-13 cm in height.
Nepenthes are divided into species growing in the mountains and in low-lying areas. In species growing in low-lying areas larger and more colorful than the pitchers in the species growing in the mountains, and they require more care . Species growing in the mountains prefer cooler temperatures (above 10 ° C) , and species growing in low-lying areas prefer not lower than 15 ° C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What makes LACCO Ameno inimitable because it is a rich palette of shades of green. As you know , the fate of the islanders – to be landowners and grow crops . Productivity of land and local climate , mainly due to the warm underground thermal springs , which lets you perfectly develop vegetable and fruit industry, and the most pleasing to the eye pristine unique variety of wildlife delicate salad groves , fleshy , cast emerald cacti, unusual for the Mediterranean plants – orchids , anemones , violets .

Fauna areas adjacent to the city – a lot of birds , rabbits, lizards. From March to May – is the most favorable time of observation of the transit of the many species of birds (Africa -Northern Europe) . And since the end of August to the second week of October with North Europe to Africa . Do not be indifferent to the singing of different species of birds , will delight even the most low-key people. During a walk through the garden Negombo is not hard to see the hawk , wild rabbits in the bushes. When spring comes to nature explodes riot of colors , filling the air with wonderful aromas of flowers .

They awaken from their slumber of snakes and lizards , bees and covers desire to work in a top pair with butterflies and other insects . The concepts of ” winter” here is very relative – the average annual temperature is 17 . At the time, many aristocratic families built their villas here , each – a smaller version Parfeona . Eager for the sweet idleness patricians took inspiration in nature, thermal waters and wine. Driven by the popularity of the island brought a thirst for adventure on the bridge of provincial LACCO Ameno publisher , philanthropist and producer Angelo Rizzoli. The main property is that there fully feel the meaning of the phrase ” the sweet life “.

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Four Tips For Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy

If you are a dog owner, then you already know that your dog is more than a simple pet. They become part of the family, and just like every other member of the family, you want to be able to give your dogs the best so that they can live a long and happy life. Giving your dog the best is pretty simple with these tips.

Identify Your Dog

You know your dog, but others do not. That is where dog tags come into play. Attaching some custom dog tags to your dog’s collar is a great way for other people to know exactly who your dog belongs to. If your dog gets lost, the tag will help ID them.

The Right Food

Dogs are eating machines. It may even seem like your dog will eat anything. Giving your dog a healthy diet will ensure that they are healthy for their entire life. There are several over the counter dog foods that you can feed your four legged friend, or you could even prepare a fresh meal for them. Just like us, dogs should avoid the junk food.

Play and Exercise

Dogs will also need plenty of playtime and exercise. They are a lot like children. If they don’t get the proper amount of play and exercise, they may end up destroying things in your home. They could also develop very unhealthy habits that will be hard to break when they get older. Give your dog the attention that it needs and it will reward you with a life full of fun and devotion.

Routine Checkups

Your pooch will need regular routine checkups too and possible medications. Things like heart worms and flea control are issues that your vet will be able to help you with as long you make routine appointments.

Keeping your dog happy and healthy is a pretty simple job. It just requires a little bit of your time. A good dog will change your view of the world and become a great friend.

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Toothy animals

October 24th, 2012


1. Did you know that your teeth are not only updated the shark? For example, an alligator, they are usually about 80 and as old worn down or broken, it sprout new – sharp. By the way, if you do not know what vizulno alligator from a crocodile can be distinguished when they are closed jaws. We then see the ability to make some crocodile teeth of the lower jaw, and not an alligator.

2. Did you know that the longest teeth belong to an elephant – is its tusks.

3. Did you know that dolphins nekotoroyh number of teeth than 200. This makes it the most sharp-toothed mammal in the world.
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Animal relatives

October 24th, 2012


1. Did you know that all the artiodactyls are close (as possible), relatives of whales and dolphins. There is even a group kitoparnokopytnyh combining these animals. According to one theory, kitooobraznye evolved from the order Artiodactyla. According to this theory, for a long time it was thought that the closest to cetaceans is a family begemotovyh. The latest findings suggest a close relationship with whales oleneobraznymi ancestors.

2. Did you know that of the approximately 4860 species of mammals, almost half – rodents, and fifth bats?

3. Did you know that hyenas in structure closest to the cats? Despite this, the habits and principles borrowed from hyenas hunting dogs and wolves and not resemble a cat.
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Excellent vision

October 24th, 2012


Did you know that the eyes of owls only look forward, however, significantly increases their binocular vision – the ability to see in three dimensions. This function is vital for night hunting. Owl’s eyes are also extremely high – to capture maximum light. If only we had the eyes of the same scale, they would be the size of a grapefruit.

The shape of owl eyes tube rather than spherical, which increases the size of the retina. Owl Eyes common, for example, a hundred times more sensitive to light than the human eye. They can see the mouse, even if the level of coverage is limited to a single candle, flickering in the distance of 500 meters.
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Such amazing egg shell

October 24th, 2012


Did you know that the chicken can hatch eggs for so long, without damaging them, thanks to the special structure of the egg shell. It is made of triangular crystals of mineral salts. Pointy end of the crystal towards the center eggs. Therefore, when the external action crystals jam each other, compressed, and appear to be very thin-shelled eggs increases its stability. Like the arch in the ancient temples: the greater the impact on them, so they become stronger. On the other hand, if the pressure comes from within, the triangles are easily separated from each other, the structure disintegrates. Thus, the egg shell is strong enough outside to support the weight of the mother-hen, but fragile on the inside, at the right time to help fledgling break it and get out of the egg.
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A bit of an adult

October 24th, 2012


1. Did you know that the longest in comparison with their own penis size have barnacles. Penis length of the cancer may exceed seven times the length of the host body.

2. Did you know that penis size blue whale is the largest organ in nature – its length from 1.8 m to 3 m and girth of about 450 mm.

3. Did you know that the vast majority of mammals member supported the so-called penis bone (baculum, or os penis). The only primates who have a bone is not provided, – a man and spider monkey.
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mass murderers

October 24th, 2012


Did you know that half the people who died in the history of mankind – something around 45 billion had been “killed” female mosquito (males only bite plants). Komar (or mosquito) is a carrier over a hundred potentially fatal diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, filariasis and elephantiasis (elephantiasis). Even today, every twelve seconds of this insect “kill” one of us.
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Did you know that the cat is best to drop from floor to be above the seventh. In 1987, in the “Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association” published an article which analyzed 132 cases of cat falls from windows of New York’s skyscrapers. The results showed that the number and severity of injuries sustained when falling cats, increases in proportion to the number of floors – until the seventh. Above the seventh floor of the average amount of damage is significantly reduced. Thus, the longer the cat falls, the greater her chances.

The explanation of this phenomenon is the following: as with most small animals, cats have a speed at which the weight of the body is equal to the resistance of the air and the body stops accelerating) – in the case of the cat is about 100 km / h Therefore the height of itself is not so important, what is important is actually the time approaching the Earth. The more time – the more chance that the cat will understand what is going on, orient, relax, spread-eagle in the air (and pancakes) and properly land.

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Do all animal blood is red?

October 24th, 2012


The color of blood depends on the components that transport oxygen. In all vertebrates and some invertebrates, the blood contains hemoglobin, the substance has a red color due to its composition of iron. In annelids (segmented worms) in the blood or green pigment contained hlorokruorin or red pigment hemerythrin. Some crustaceans (the arthropods have segmented body and gills) present in the blood blue pigment hemocyanin.

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Such useful geranium

October 24th, 2012


Each of us are familiar with this unpretentious and beautiful plants.
Geranium (in science – pelargonium) “arrived” in our homes from South Afriki.Tam she is used to tough conditions on the composition of the poor soils, rocks, sand, drought. Getting to us geranium can be undue attention. Actually care she needs is not so keen.

Here are a few basic rules. Follow them and your “pets” please you profuse and beautiful appearance:

* Take out the summer geraniums to fresh air (balcony, street). Earth will cool down in the pot at the right speed.
* Geranium makes a high temperature, but it is better to put it in a bright place, where not exposed to direct sunlight, otherwise you may get burned leaves.
* Watering geraniums in summer to as drying of the soil, not more. In the cold season will be sufficient watering every 10 days.
* Geranium transplanted to a new land every two goda.Eto bloom and provide a good, proper plant growth.
* From March to August every two weeks, you can water the geraniums phosphate fertilizers, they help the plants to bloom, but the addition of nitrogen will increase the growth of “green”, turn it into something ugly and lianopodobnoe.
* In autumn and winter pot of geraniums to keep in a cool place (10-12 degrees).
* The leaves of water can not spray.
* If geranium expanded greatly, cut the leaves with no regrets, because you will provoke blossom in the future.

Besides the beauty of unpretentious and geranium has a really powerful properties.
First of all, the smell of geranium promotes good sleep, calms the nervous system, helps to cope with depression. Pleasant smell of geranium essential oil repels insects: mosquitoes, moths. Clears the air of germs, bacteria, and radionuclides.
Second, energy plants useful to each house. Geranium scare away evil spirits, cleanses negativity in the apartment, takes away unwanted guests. Removes the nightmares of the bedroom and helps prepare tasty, wholesome energy rich food in the kitchen.

Sign a such a plant and feel the improvement in your house general atmosphere.
Beautiful bloom you!

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Interview about budgies

October 24th, 2012


When you come to a large pet store, though you get a mini-jungle. Then there just is not! And the colorful fish, and warm rabbits, hamsters and funny, and of course the birds, of which there will always be parrots of different breeds. I saw a young woman who chose to stand food for budgies. It was evident that she knows a good judge, and I asked her to answer some questions, to which she kindly agreed.

Like a parrot appeared in your house?

One day I came across an article about parrots. I decided, why not make the feathered friend? Just then there was a period when I was at home a few months. Began to look for a variety of information about parrots, and when decided on the breed, and went to a local store and bought a green budgie.

The shops mainly sell wild budgies. Have you managed to tame it?

It was possible, it would take several weeks. To begin, I began to feed out of the hand, not letting go of the cage. In the store, I asked him something to cut the wings. When he is not afraid to hand in the cage, I started to produce. The wings were cut off, fly away, he could not, and it was possible to pick up. Over time, the wings and the industry he was able to fully fly, but people are no longer afraid.

Parrots do not scream too loud?

Large breeds of parrots make loud noises. A budgies mostly quietly tweeting. It’s nice when a home bird sings songs. Sometimes, of course is that it suddenly starts to scream nasty. Usually it’s something so requires, for example, that it would be released to fly or added food.

How often are to fly and how much?

Each day, he usually flies from half an hour to an hour, and then he returns to the cage. It is important to close all the windows and doors in the apartment. Sometimes parrots fly by accident, and did not find the way back.

Tell us about the features of the content of the parrot – the food, the cell, the location, any additions.

Besides the usual food, almost every day to give some fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit, as it is the bread, lean meat and fish. The location of the cells was light, but not direct sun and draft-free. If you put on a draft, a cold and sick the next day. Parrots love to society in general, so it is best if the cell is in the most crowded and bright room. In the cell to hang small toys and mirror, parrots “talk” to these “friends.” And sometimes he does not mind, and water treatment. Put it deep dish with warm water and he wets it wings.

Is there a difference between male and female?

The male blue nose above the beak, and the females have a reddish-brown. They say that males are more able to play sound. True despite the fact that I have a male, he can only speak his name and repeat some sounds.

What can you advise someone who hesitates start parrot or not?

It is necessary to decide whether the desire and opportunity every day to care for a parrot and give him attention. Should be given a variety of food, produce fly, watch out for his health. If you do not, parakeets may soon not be. Before you bring a parrot in the house, you should consider whether the apartment is a good place for the cell, because it is an integral part of the dwelling birds. Most of the time in a small house and can not always tell what he lacks.
Each breed has its own characteristics. It is necessary to study in detail the necessary conditions of detention.
It is not necessary to give someone a parrot, if not known 100%, which is such a gift will be pleased.
Another disadvantage of the content of parrots – is the need to get out of the house more often. True, these disadvantages exist in the presence of any house pet.
But not so pessimistic. Caring for a parrot requires less time and effort than for example a cat or a dog. With the right approach, it is not difficult and the parrot will delight you for years.

Suppose the man decided to have a parrot and decided on the breed. Are there any additional selection criteria?

Need to buy a young parrot. He tamed the better, and less likely to buy a sick bird. Need to watch the store before you stop your choice. Do not take a parrot sitting on a perch or ruffled at the bottom of the cell, while others eat or tweeting.

That he gives to you, and what his character?

Budgies often raises a smile and pleasing others. Interesting and fun, this is probably characteristic of all volnistikov. They play, fly and communicate. So nice when you sit, for example, the computer, and to your shoulder and something flies bird chirps says. They are so funny and relentlessly ready to share joy and sunny mood.

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Did you know that according to one version, proposed by a professor of the University of London Imperial College of Thomas Dering, autumn red leaves of trees – a kind of protection from insects. Prior to the onset of winter should catch the insects lay their eggs – to produce offspring. In autumn these same insects frantically rushing around in search of a safe place for the production of offspring. And for some reason they do not like just red – apparently they consider it dangerous. Not every tree hunting on its leaves to bred the insects, so the trees and protected as they can. I wonder whether you can use red clothes as a defense, such as from mosquitoes?

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Aristocrats of wildlife

June 30th, 2012


Did you know that badgers can be rightly called “the aristocrats of forests”: first, it being scary, conservative – all done in accordance with established habits, and secondly, as the true aristocrats, they prefer to live in the ancestral estates – some badger burrows, as well as passages that lead to these burrows, for several centuries. Furthermore, badgers transmit these burrows down from generation to generation – well, just like old castles.

These badger holes can be huge – the number of inputs and outputs they can reach 50, and the largest ever found badger burrows has 130 outlets. In these burrows badgers live in clans, and sometimes in their lives even a few clans. In this case, organized separate entrances for each clan and shared rooms for meetings. Some burrows were seen rooms that badgers used only in case of danger.

Incidentally, the Badgers are very clean – they regularly change the “bedding”, which consists of grass, straw, leaves: throw out the old and dragged into a hole new, clean.

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Scary poisonous plants

June 30th, 2012


Did you know that many of us familiar edible plants contain poisonous substances, sometimes quite strong. For instance, many know that the drain and its immediate “relatives”: apricot, almond, peach and cherry contain (and not only in the bones, but also in the leaves), the so-called cyanogenic glycosides or tsianofornye. Incidentally, the same substance found in apples. Of course, if you accidentally eat one seed nothing bad should happen, but the ingestion of 50-60 g of nucleoli of the above plants can lead to severe and even fatal poisoning of an adult (but for young children, under certain conditions, the risk may be even a single nucleolus bitter almonds).

Among other potentially toxic plants include tomatoes and potatoes (probably all know about the deadly tread these plants under Peter I, when not everyone knew how to use them properly) – the plants of the nightshade family contain other glycosides, which may be contained in any part of plants – the leaves, fruits, stems, roots, etc. This is the natural defense mechanisms of plants. For example, a glycoside of solanine is toxic to humans even in small doses, so the plants to use are usually subjected to processing.

And finally, an interesting fact – the chocolate (or rather its constituent theobromine), is also toxic – though not for the people, but mainly for horses, dogs, cats and parrots, and, unfortunately, with the possibility of death.

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Did you know that the kiwi fruit owes its name to the bird kiwi fruit, and not vice versa. In general, kiwi is from China, so it is sometimes called the Chinese gooseberry. Cultural same type of kiwifruit was first launched in New Zealand in the 1940s. From the original Chinese version of the New Zealand kiwi fruit differs greatly increase weight: about 100 grams and more than 30 grams of Chinese wild kiwifruit. It is in the New Zealand Kiwifruit were first grown commercially. It is in this country have come up with the well-known now all title: promotional “new” product gave the same name as the kiwi bird – a national symbol of New Zealand. This is due to the similarity of some kiwi fruit with a rounded body with brown birds.

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Women covered with wool

June 30th, 2012


Did you know that the word “gorilla” – the name of the largest representatives of the order of primates, generally translated as “fur-covered women.” The name is traced back as far as 480 BC, and his authorship of (or rather first recorded use) belongs to the Carthaginian navigator Hanno, who met a tribe of “women” during his trip to Africa. When an American missionary, Thomas Savage took the description of this species in 1847, he decided to use just the word “gorilla” to describe the “ape-like beast of outstanding size and ferocity.”

But back to Hanno. Here is what he wrote about his first meeting with “women’s wool”: “In the depths of the bay is an island, similar to the first, having the bay, there is another island, inhabited by wild people. There were many women whose bodies are overgrown with hair, interpreters called them gorillas. In pursuit, we were not able to capture the men, they all ran away, climbing the steep rocks, and defensively, as the three women we captured, they bite and scratched those who led them, and do not want to go after them. However, the killing, we skinned them and the skins were taken to Carthage “(History of Africa. Reader. – Moscow: Nauka, 1979). Quite an interesting way to get acquainted with the newly discovered tribe chose the Carthaginians!

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Giant grass

June 30th, 2012


Did you know that the plant “puya” casually mentioned in the movie “Election Day”, in fact, exist. Moreover, it is very remarkable, even among the Bolivian Andes, Nature, where it grows at altitudes of about 4000 meters. The fact that this giant grass (puya raimondii) grows to a height of 10 meters and has thousands of millions of flowers and seeds. However, to flourish, Buyeo be neither more nor less than 150 years, making it the most slowly blossoming flowers. Moreover, after flowering, the plant dies.

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The fastest bird

June 30th, 2012


Do you know which one of the fastest bird? Guinness Book will provide an answer to this question (after all, for this purpose it was created) – in 2011 there are records of:

A. In flight: gray-headed albatross can maintain an average speed of about 130 km / h for more than 8 hours.

Two. At the peak, favored railroad peregrine falcon, the bird is really fast – at 30 degree angle it reaches a speed of 270 km / h and at 45 degrees centigrade – and all of 350 km / h

Three. On the ground: well, runs faster than all, of course, the ostrich. Champion can reach speeds of about 70 km / h!

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Serenade the dawn

June 30th, 2012


Did you know that, according to scientists monitoring the larger bird’s eye than in the early hours she began to sing in the morning? This is explained by the fact that his singing male birds are attracted not only the second half, but the owls and other predators. Due to the fact that the rumor of the male while he trill, very blunt, it basically keeps track of the approaching danger with the eyes. Accordingly, birds with small eyes are forced to wait will be lighter, to sing in relative safety.

Incidentally, the males of most birds are singing is the most zealously in the morning – as they prove their masculine worth. Feed the birds during the day, night time to get hungry, there is a lack of energy, which should lie precisely in the morning. Singing serenades in the dawn, males thus show the ladies of his heart, that the energy in them more than enough, even on an empty stomach, but because they can rely on.

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Did you know that cats are lost, becoming a partner of a person? Acquisitions are clear: protection and care, a guaranteed food. But nothing comes for free! All domesticated animals are different from wild ancestors. In science this is called domestication. What a fluffy paid for the right to live in human housing, and to catch mice? Indeed, the history of the domestication of cats totals, according to some reports, almost 9000 years.

Except for the selection, which deprived the breed Sphynx coat and tails of Manx cats, all cats have a home and shared differences from their wild ancestors. The mass of the brain during domestication has decreased by about a factor of 1.25. Probably a quiet life with the person does not require a large load on the brain. Because of the concern shifted to the owners. Although the intelligence of cats, researchers say, is not affected. Payment for the rejection of the existence of the wild was the deterioration of color vision. Domestic cat distinguishes the color, but almost like a person suffering from color blindness. Different breeds are developed to varying degrees, but it is common to all. Even during the domestication of cats shortened jaw, change of ears, length and shape of the tail.

Interesting fact: living with people, cats have learned to meow. Between themselves, they do not pronounce the sound. “Meow” in the dictionary only for human cat!

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Nanny-snake

June 30th, 2012


Did you know that the services of nurses are not only people but also, for example, an owl? As most of these nurses are using the North American Moth … uzkorotyh snakes. This is a very small snakes, which live underground, but the owl fished them out of the ground and carefully shift in their nests. There’s an owl snakes fed larvae of beetles and other insects that they eat, probably a snake in gratitude to guard the nest and chicks of all hunters to profit by them. Indeed, despite the fact that uzkorotaya snake is very small, it is still a snake!

Scientists have found these nannies almost one in five North American nest scoop. And, as we found out the chicks in the nest few that are much more likely to survive than their peers without a nanny, so they also develop much more quickly. Here’s a nanny-snake!

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June 30th, 2012

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