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Is it illegal to own a rabbit in Queensland unless you're a magician?

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 ...
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Is bread bad for ducks?

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 ...
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Are spiders unable to hurt humans, especially very small spiders?

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 ...
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Is bread bad for ducks?

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 ...
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Has a mole stored over a thousand earthworms in its underground larder?

You're asking two questions. First, do moles store earthworms for later consumption, and second, can these "larders" contain 1000 or more earthworms? There's little reason to doubt that ...
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Is bread bad for ducks?

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 ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

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. ...
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Are raptors in Australia intentionally spreading brush fires to smoke out prey?

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 ...
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Have we wiped out 60% of vertebrate populations since 1970?

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 ...
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Did Louis Pasteur keep a gun in the laboratory while developing the rabies vaccine?

The story appears to be mostly true. It was told by the niece of one of the men who participated in the early experiments. Note that these experiments were before there was even an experimental ...
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Is moderated livestock grazing an effective countermeasure for desertification?

In the wild, herds of buffalo, elk, etc. cluster together to protect themselves from predators. As the densely populated group moves around, it clears out vegetation and leaves manure, which their ...
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Did a cheetah refuse to race against dogs?

No. Snopes explains it is from an advert from Audi: Snopes references a broken link for its source. Here is an equivalent. It names the photographer, Simon Mooney.
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Have we wiped out 60% of vertebrate populations since 1970?

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)? ...
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Are spiders unable to hurt humans, especially very small spiders?

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 ...
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Do apes/monkeys open bananas from the floral end?

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 ...
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Are spiders unable to hurt humans, especially very small spiders?

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. ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

... 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 ...
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Do wombats share their burrows during fires?

Yes, they do share... but not specifically because of the fires or out of a sense of altruism. According to AFP Fact Check: University of Adelaide ecologist Dr. Michael Swinbourne told AFP via ...
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Do cheetahs die after sprinting for 30 seconds?

Not quite. This idea comes from a 1973 study that appears to have had some experimental issues with the setup. I am trying to find a more reliable source to debunk this than Io9, but everything so ...
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Is bread bad for ducks?

The problem of undigested bread Bread may be bad for ducks, but not necessarily for the reasons stated The claim in the question concerns whether bread directly causes diseases for ducks and swans. ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

That is a diagram for identifying pit vipers. There are many, many venomous snakes in the world, including I believe all of the most deadly ones, that are not pit vipers. The advice is particularly ...
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Were beavers once classified as fish for religious reasons?

Yes, according to the 1760 book The natural and civil history of the French dominions in North and South America, vol.1 , page 27 In respect of his [the beaver's] tail, he is a perfect fish, and ...
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Are the British to blame for Israel's stray cat problem?

No, cats have been in Israel from at least 6000 BCE, and the land of Israel has had considerable connections with Egypt, where cats were worshiped. From Cats in Ancient Jewish Society by Joshua ...
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Do Japanese crows use traffic to crack nutshells?

This behavior has been well documented in Japanese crows, but Cristol et al (the contradicting paper in the question) did not observe it in American crows. This Ph.D. dissertation discusses the ...
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Did "hundreds of birds" fall out of the sky in the Netherlands due to a 5G test?

No, while 337 starlings (<5% of the population) and 2 common wood pigeons were found dead in a Netherlands park, this was not due to a 5G test. The birds died 4 months after the only conducted 5G ...
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Is moderated livestock grazing an effective countermeasure for desertification?

This paper claims This commentary summarizes the evidence supporting holistic management (HM) and intensive rotational grazing (IRG) to demonstrate the extent to which Sherren and coauthors (2012) ...
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Does the gorilla, Koko, have an IQ in the range 70-95?

Evidence: The tests given to Koko the gorilla were Cattell Infant Intelligence Scale, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Ravens Progressive Matrices and Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of ...
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If cows were a country, would they rank 3rd in greenhouse gas emissions?

Yes ClimateWatchData provide collated estimates of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Region. From the 2014 figures, we can see China is the highest, USA second. In third place they have the European ...
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Have we wiped out 60% of vertebrate populations since 1970?

The guardian article seems to more or less include the data that's in the WWF report. Similar data is reported in the literature. For instance, this article [1] from Science says Our analyses ...
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Can lions sense menstruating women?

According to The Lady and Her Tiger, the autobiography of animal trainer and animal rights advocate Pat Derby, at page 75: I remember one occasion when a television commercial was being filmed with ...
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