Wombats Whales Giraffe Bees Octopuses Lizards and a Really Big Steer

Hurst: Hey Carol, can you believe it is December already?

Carol: No, I can’t!  I’ve been looking forward to International Cheetah Day on the fourth all year long!

Hurst: I meant that I am surprised the year is almost already over, but that too. I guess I need to start planning holiday gifts. Any ideas?

Carol: I’m a big fan of donating to charities in honor of people as gifts, especially animal related charities!  I also think quirky socks are a good option.

Why is wombat poop cube-shaped? from National Geographic

Yoga Teachers’ Views About Farmed Animals And Plant-Based Diets from Faunalytics

Knickers isn’t a cow, but he’s real, and enormous from NYT

Earwax reveals how humans have changed whales’ lives from National Geographic

IUCN Red List Update relative to Giraffe from Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Bees help indigenous Yiaku defend and monitor their ancestral forest from Mongabay

The Bangladeshi tribe that’s guarding turtles, co-authoring research papers from Mongabay

A Vegetarian Reporter Explores a Hunting Dilemma from NYT

New research quantifies ecosystem services provided by Amazon rainforest from Mongabay

Lizards adapt to invasive fire ants, reversing geographical patterns of lizard traits from Science Daily

Scientists discover spider species that feeds its young milk from The Guardian

Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? from The New York Times

George Monbiot: Ending Meat & Dairy Consumption Is Needed to Prevent Worst Impacts of Climate Change from Democracy Now

Trump OKs Seismic Tests for Oil in Atlantic from US News

Credit photo: Rex Pickar from Unsplash

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