One of my first two-syllable words was “whisper;” I whispered it to my mother. Whispering is one of the most human ways of communicating; it can convey intimacy, fear, love. Until now, no species except humans have ever been caught mid-whisper.
A group of tamarin moneys were captured and their communication studied at The Central Park Zoo. The squirrel-sized tamarins are some of the most community-oriented primates around, and their ... Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Sep 13, 2013
Warning: Keep preparatory tissues at hand. This one is a tear-jerker.
On August 30th, a newborn elephant at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Nature Reserve in China was repeatedly stomped on by his mother. The zookeepers initially felt that this had to be an accident, and removed Zhuangzhuang (the baby elephant's proper name) from the area to tend to his wounds. However, upon returning Zhuanghzhuang to his habitat, the mother began her stomping again. The ... Read More
As a child, I fell in love with the Harry Potter series in large part because of its animals, its giant spiders and hissing snakes. Remember the magical Thestral, the winged horse visible only to those who have seen death? They are my personal favorite, and the image my young self conjured while reading the books still haunts me.
Here’s some good news for all you Harry-animal lovers: J.K. Rowling is writing a screenplay for Warner Bros. ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 06, 2013
Whenever I come across an article about the world’s latest wonder-child, I think back to how my ten-year-old self was incapable of accomplishing little more than consuming every episode of Sailor Moon. But the youths of today are a whole different story. Motivation? Vegetables? Science?! This time, a 13-year-old has revolutionized the way humans and pets can interact with each other at long-distances.
Brooke Martin, who just started the ninth grade, is the ... Read More
Do you gals know about the slow loris? About five minutes ago, I didn't either. Turns out, slow lorises might be the best primates to grace the internet thus far. Seriously, they have the expressiveness of a monkey, the cuddliness a sloth, and the soul of a human being (just look into those eyes)!
We’ve rounded up some of the sweetest slow lorises around for your enjoyment, starting with Sonya, the tickle fiend who enjoys her mom’s gentle ... Read More
Meet Tsunami, the cancer-fighting dog
You’ve heard stories about dogs saving lives (my own dog shielded me from a fire when I was a newborn!), but here’s a new one for you: some really amazing dogs are learning how to detect ovarian cancer before modern medicine can. That’s right: dogs can detect faint odors associated with the disease.
The dogs over at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center are being trained to ... Read More
Horse is woman’s best friend. There is something so magical about a horse; I will always remember my first horse show, the smell of de-tangler, and my pony’s perfectly stunning braids. The majestic, ethereal horse!
Since I have spent my entire life strictly following the beauty routine I learned from my horses (a hairbrush? what’s that?), I was thrilled to find out about some new horsie hairstyles. The Norwegian Fjord horse, a breed ... Read More
BY Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 29, 2013
Everyone knows fur is bad, kitten heels are good, but what’s the BEST way to show your love for our furry friends?
Easy: style your hair like your favorite woodland (or farm, or savannah, or sea) critter!
These crazy animal hairstyles will, ahem, flip your wig:
And then there's this guy, who needs some stylin' bad BAD:
"Sup, girl" - this llama
All hairstyles cruelty-free, except maybe to the ... Read More
Like so many others, my life revolves around my dog. My dog Remy’s life, however, revolves around fetch. I am woken many mornings by a joyous bouncing of her rubber orange ball, so (naturally!) I am always on the lookout for new innovations in the field of fetch.
This is a big one, ladies, so pay attention. A very special dog hailing from Kobe, Japan has figured out a way to play fetch by himself with the aid of only a few rocks and a strong water ... Read More
BY Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 01, 2013
I don’t know where you are, but here at BUST HQ, it’s a really poopy day: it’s rainy, windy and way colder than it should be for the first day of August. But even if it's sunny and 70 with a light breeze coming off the beach, these photos of quokkas will brighten up your day x 1,000:
The quokka, aka the world’s squee-inducing animal, is possibly the first Australian mammal glimpsed by Europeans. They were originally ... Read More