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From Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries brochure Can I have a pet rabbit?, Why are pet rabbits illegal in Queensland? Rabbits are Australia's most destructive agricultural and environmental introduced animal pest, [...] Can I get a permit for a pet rabbit? A permit cannot be issued for keeping pet rabbits of any variety ...


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I can't comment specifically on ducks, but I will quote the Official Statement on Bread from the Queen's Swan Marker (who has responsibility for swans in the UK): There has been a great deal of press coverage in recent months regarding the ‘Ban the Bread’ campaign which is confusing many members of the public who like to feed swans. Supporters of the ...


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The answer is that spiders definitely can hurt you. While you may not be likely to be killed, spiders can absolutely hurt you, whether from a large one's bite (whether venomous or not) or from any venomous spider. Australia is probably the best case here, and while they have only had one death from spider bite in 40 years (from a redback bite) this is ...


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The very next line of the quote you included, from the site you linked was: More info: http://bit.ly/XLKKXb That redirects you to a 2011 news article in Discovery.com called The Other Side of Otters, which includes a witness account: A weaned harbor seal pup was resting onshore when an untagged male sea otter approached it, grasped it with its teeth ...


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I cannot speak to the viability of dying tusks, but it does appear that the photo cited in the question is a fake, as noted on the blog staintuskstostopelephantpoaching.wordpress.com. Here's the original photo for reference: This blog also houses what may be the original source of the proposal, with its first post dated Dec 29, 2012 Could we fight ...


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To address the feeding of ducks: Ducks Unlimited Canada has this to say: I’VE HEARD THAT FEEDING DUCKS BREAD IS BAD. WHAT SHOULD I FEED THEM? DUC does not recommend feeding ducks. It increases the chances of negative human/wildlife encounters and can make them dependent on people for food. The Canadian Wildlife Federation has a similar ...


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tl;dr- I haven't been able to actual evidence of the claim that consuming bread causes angel wing in ducks, and an expert claims that there isn't any. Apparently the main claim against feeding ducks bread is that it gives them angel wing. However, I'm not immediately finding any evidence for this on Google; most results appear to be unreferenced political ...


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This is a new paper published in a peer reviewed journal. It will take time before it garners the positive or negative citations that are the real peer review. In the mean time, our best option is to rely on non-expert opinion to judge the quality of this evidence. The research that you have already done about the claim seems like half of an answer already. ...


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No, this is not true. Not even for just India, as Indian cobra (Naja naja) has round pupils and subcaudal (tail) scales are divided. There is also no pit visible. It is venomous species of snake. This answer assumes, that author means venomous snakes instead of poisonous, as this is common mistake. Also, Wikipedia should have enough credibility for this ...


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To get a littler closer to the horse's mouth -- the news article is about the Living Planet Report 2018 as published by the WWF (the wildlife people, not the wrestling people.) On page 7 of that report we have: The Living Planet Index also tracks the state of global biodiversity by measuring the population abundance of thousands of vertebrate species ...


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Yes they do. In this article from 1985 by Jean-Pierre Sylvestre The same adult male, once more tried briefly to insert its erect penis into the blowhole of one of the juvenile male Orinoco dolphins swimming underneath it Also in an article at the Economist: (credit to endolith) Male Amazonian river dolphins, for example, penetrate the blowholes of ...


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There is nothing about bat evolution that is a threat to the theory of evolution. First, the part of the claim that speaks of "moth-like wings" is not what elongated digits would look like. They might look more like those of a tarsier: Source: http://tarsieruk.homestead.com/tarsier.html#anchor_113 Second, the claim that there is no incremental benefit in ...


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The Sun piece is likely to be lifted form The Financial Times article written by Susanne Sternthal1 on January 16th, 2010. The FT article is well researched and, we assume, fact checked, citing Andrei Poyarkov (note the different transliteration) and Andrei Neuronov as primary sources. Both are published writers, and Poyarkov a respected scientist. Sternthal ...


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There is at least one organisation that dyes Rhino Tusks pink, although there are also plenty of doctored photographs of that too. The Rhino Rescue Project has a dye which, while harmless to the rhino, gives a very bad reaction to humans, including nausea and vomiting. The dye renders the horn useless for "medicine" and ornamental use because of this, but ...


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Yes. As published in "Do Fish Fall from the Sky?" Science vol. 109 page 402, On October 23, 1947, biologist Alexander Dimitrivitch Bajkov, PhD was eating breakfast with his wife at a restaurant in Marksville, Louisiana when the waitress told them that fish were falling from the sky. ...J. E. Gremillion, and two merchants, E. A. Blanchard and J. M. ...


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In answer to the question if [what is depicted in linked video] was really possible in 1940? The answer is unequivocally YES - in fact quite a bit earlier. Reanimating a severed head was hypothesised in 1812, first attempted in 1857 and, for the most part, perfected in 1928-29. In 1812, French Physiologist Julian Jean Cesar Legallois hypothesised that a ...


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There are at least two documented cases where turtles were found with constricting plastic rings around their midsection. One with a six-pack ring, another with a milk bottle safety seal ring: turtle deformed from six pack plastic Turtle Mae West There is no evidence that these are hoaxes, nor that some other process caused the deformity. It is reasonable ...


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Yes, they echo. There's plenty of information about it on the Internet. The idea of a sound that doesn't echo is theoretically dubious, but more importantly, several people have shown this through experiment. Both the following links explain not only that there is a echo, but also why it is hard to perceive: The University of Salford's Acoustics ...


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What is the claim? Are you asking about total biomass, biodiversity, regional populations, ...? Are you asking about specific areas / countries, or worldwide (which will be hard to exactly quantify)? Are you asking about whether we have wiped out at least 60%, or are you asking whether a ballpark figure of about 60% is plausible? And are insects exempt ...


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This is a myth, because monkeys don't normally eat bananas in the wild. "The entire wild monkey-banana connection in fact is total fabrication," Katharine Milton, who has studied the diets of primates for decades, told Tech Insider. "The edible banana is a cultivated domesticated plant and fruit. Wild monkeys never encounter bananas at all ever unless ...


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According to this site rats: reach sexual maturity at 4 months (for females, who are the limiting factor here) can give birth seven times a year have litters of about 8 Starting with two sexually mature rats (and assuming averages of all the above throughout), the original pair will produce 7 litters of 8 rats in a year - 56 rats. The first litter in the ...


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San Diego Zoo: Not all cats hate water. The leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis, fishing cat Prionailurus viverrinus, flat-headed cat Prionailurus planiceps, and Geoffroy’s cat Oncifelis geoffroyi all swim and hunt for amphibians and fish in streams and rivers. Animal Planet: Cats' aversion to water is widely accepted as fact ...


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There is no suggestion from the original photographers that spiders place water droplets on their heads. Web pages that re-post these photos don't have any references to support the notion. There are at least two photographers who stage these photographs. Consider Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein whose gallery includes mantis with water droplet "hat" housefly ...


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Are spiders unable to hurt people? There are several species of spiders, some large, others not so large. that are quite capable of harming people. Some can cause severe injury to or kill people. Three requirements: The fangs need to be large enough to puncture the epidermis. The human epidermis is thick enough to render what otherwise would be harmful ...


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The claim First let's start with noting that the goal of the episode was to get children over their irrational fear of spiders and making those children see the bigger picture. Mummy says cobwebs mean spiders and she hates spiders but Daddy Pig doesn't because spiders eat flies and flies are horrid. Source: Synopsis of episode https://peppapig....


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There has been discussion on the Snopes forums regarding the second image. In the link, they discussed the case of Peanut the tortoise, which appears to be the same tortoise depicted in the first link. Therefore, at least the first image is authentic, and tortoises can certainly be deformed by plastic rings. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural ...


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NO, not all pure white cats with blue eyes are deaf, however: From FabCats: In cats, congenital deafness is seen almost exclusively in white coated individuals. The deafness is caused by degeneration of the auditory apparatus of the inner ear and may affect one ear (unilateral) or both (bilateral). Breeding studies have defined the ...


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Yes they do, or at least kind of do. They move after decapitation in a kind of jumping-running-flapping motion, and can be seen in the videos getting out of containers, or traveling several dozen meters away. Searching for "headless chickens run around" gives a bunch of YouTube videos. All depicting decapitated chickens running around, flapping their wings ...


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... maybe a bit more education hurts even less... but the answer is still no. So to me the description with pits and slit pupils (and also the head drawing) looks like indicating pit vipers. I don't knot about their tail scales, though (and it doesn't seem very practial to me to check...). Pit vipers are venomous. But there are lots of venomous snakes ...


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This urban legend has been debunked so often and so consistently on the Internet, it is almost redundant to repeat it. Here are just some of the sources - including many medical experts and frog experts. National Geographic "Warts are caused by a human virus, not frogs or toads," says dermatologist Jerry Litt. But the wartlike bumps behind a toad's ears ...


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