Cutest Critters Ever: Tarsier

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Tarsier

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Jeroba (Combination of a Rodent and a Kangeroo).

This week we’ve been revisiting our favorite critters from the deeply unsettling to the funny-looking. But today we’re getting cute, with critters that include a snake that can curl up on a quarter and a mammal that may have been the inspiration for Yoda. So enough with all the maiming and parasitizing (for now): These are the animal kingdom’s most bizarre yet endearing creatures.

As per the usual, you can browse the full Absurd Creature of the Week archive here. You can also watch the companion show, available here. And if you have an animal you want me to cover, email me at matthew_simon@wired.com or ping me on Twitter (@mrMattSimon).

Now—onward to the unrelenting cuteness. smoking (1)

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Canadians kidnapped in the Philippines: Here’s what you need to know

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Why two Canadians were kidnapped from a resort area in the southern Philippines Monday, and by whom, is still unknown. But the area of the Philippines where the abduction took place has a long history of armed violence.

Source: Canadians kidnapped in the Philippines: Here’s what you need to know

Baby fox completely tangled in football net set free

This poor fox cub was almost strangled in a football net. He struggled a lot and ended up with the net tightly wrapped all around his body. All of this could have been avoided by, simply, rolling up the net or putting it away. Image result for fox pics

Thanks to the gentleman who spotted him so quickly, the cub was safely freed and released.

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Acoustic survey tracks whale population trends along the coast of Southern California

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Staff Report: FRISCO — A new acoustic survey in Southern California coastal waters is helping researchers track whale populations.The data analyzed by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests that blue whale numbers are holding steady, while the number of fin whales is increasing.Both species are often seen in the Southern California Bight, the curved region of California coastline with offshore waters extending from San Diego to Point Conception (near Santa Barbara, Calif.), but little is known about their use of the area, where ever-increasing ship traffic has raised concerns about collisions between whales and boats.To learn more, researchers with the Scripps Marine Bioacoustics Lab and Scripps Whale Acoustic Lab  set out specialized recording devices on the seafloor, tracking whale vocalizations  from 2006-2012.The findings were described in the journal Endangered Species Research. The study was supported by the Office of Naval Research, and provides the first detailed view into the spatial use of Southern California waters by blue and fin whales, the two largest cetacean species in the world. Both are classified as endangered species.

Scripps marine acoustician Ana Širović found that blue whale calls were more commonly detected at coastal sites and near the northern Channel Islands, while fin whale calls were detected further off shore, in central and southern areas.

“I think it’s an interesting difference in trends because both of the species were subject to whaling earlier in the twentieth century, and now they’re clearly responding differently,” said Širović.

The acoustic data and overall trends outlined in this study are consistent with visual observations from another Scripps-led study. Širović said the parallel findings between the two studies as evidence that passive acoustics can be used as a powerful tool to monitor population trends for these large marine mammals.

“I think it’s very exciting that we see the same trends in the visual and acoustic data, because it indicates the possibility of using acoustics to monitor long-term trends and changes,” she said, adding that the new study suggests there is a resident fin whale population in the area.

The seasonal recordings of blue whale calls reinforces what’s already known about their migration from the waters off the coast of Mexico and Costa Rica, arriving in Southern California in late spring to forage through the fall.

The leave in early winter, but researchers aren’t certain where they go next. Although researchers have studied blue and fin whales for years, Širović said both species are particularly mysterious, and scientists still don’t know some basic information about them, such as their mating system or breeding grounds.

The Southern California Bight is a highly productive ecological territory for many marine animals due to strong upwelling of cold water, but researchers have not found any evidence that blue or fin whales are breeding there.

The productivity of the coastal region also makes it a hotbed for human activity, with large cities onshore and ships, commercial fishing vessels, and other human impacts ever-present in the water. Since fin whales generally live further offshore, Širović posits that they might have a slight advantage over blue whales, which tend to inhabit areas where there is more ship traffic–increasing their chances for ship strikes.

“It seems that for fin whales, things are probably improving,” she said Širović.

“For blue whales, it’s a little bit harder to tell. There is a question right now as to whether their population has grown to its maximum capacity, because there are many lines of evidence showing that their population is not growing currently,” she said. “So the question remains, is it because that’s just what their population size can be maximally, or are there factors that are keeping them from growing further?”

Širović hopes that future studies can help identify why there is this difference in population trends of blue and fin whales. Now that she and her colleagues have taken a first look at the broad trends of the two species, they want to dig deeper and look into environmental drivers and other factors and features that may be causing some of the spatial distribution patterns and long-term changes of the whales.4074036

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Blue whale numbers holding steady; fin whales increasing

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FRISCO — A new acoustic survey in Southern California coastal waters is helping researchers track whale populations.

The data analyzed by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests that blue whale numbers are holding steady, while the number of fin whales is increasing.

Both species are often seen in the Southern California Bight, the curved region of California coastline with offshore waters extending from San Diego to Point Conception (near Santa Barbara, Calif.), but little is known about their use of the area, where ever-increasing ship traffic has raised concerns about collisions between whales and boats.

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Baby sloth advocates for a new park via Conservation International (CI)

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This baby sloth is advocating for the creation of a park in the Paramaribo, Suriname! The park would be a safe haven for sloths and other animals, and would also provide ecotourism opportunities.POSTER-Z-PINK-OUTLINE

Monique Pool, founder of Green Heritage Fun Suriname, rescued many sloths after an area of forest within Paramaribo was cut down. Learn more about her sanctuary and advocacy efforts in our full video:

Small Dog Left In Hot Car Lands Owner In Jail

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 27-year-old woman who police say left her small dog inside her hot car while she feasted with family members at a nearby buffet restaurant, now faces one criminal count of animal cruelty.

Natalia Nieto’s brown chihuahua was seen panting and in distress inside a champagne-colored Nissan Altima parked at the Sky Lake Mall on the 1700 block of NE Miami Gardens Drive Wednesday afternoon, according to the arrest report. The witness who called police said he saw the dog inside the car for at least 25 minutes.

Miami-Dade police arrived and determined the dog was in imminent distress. The officer wrote, “I observed the small dog was sitting on the front passenger seat of the vehicle panting, followed by a disoriented and fast noisy breathing.”

The small dog fell on the front passenger floor board, according to the report. That’s when…

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The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

  We may shake our heads at the TSA’s antics from time to time, but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of the craziest things people have tried to sneak past airport security in 2014.

Because the TSA details some of the more absurd confiscated contraband on its blog on a weekly basis, we get a first hand look into the boldest (and often dumbest) attempts at sneaking strictly forbidden items into airports. And after a whole year of swiping banned goods, it was quite a haul.


The Weird

WWII Blasting Machine, Atlanta, GA:

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Spear gun, Las Vegas, NV:

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Inert warhead, Tucson, AZ:

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Cannon barrel, Kahului, HI:

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Hairbrush dagger, Fairbanks, AK:

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F bomb, Milwaukee, WI:

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Bear attack deterrent, Anchorage, AK:

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Stun cane, Tampa, FL:

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A mallet, Burlington, VT:

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The Concealed Knives

Knife in a hard drive caddy, Dayton, OH:

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Scooby Doo razor blades, Newport News, VA:

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Knife taped to carry-on bag, Phoenix, AZ:

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From top: Belt buckle knife, Rapid City, SD; Bladed survival tool in shoe, Philadelphia, PA:

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Lipstick knife, Detroit, MI:

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Knife in phone case, Tampa, FL:

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Saw in bible, Orlando, FL:

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Knife in enchilada, Santa Rosa, CA:

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The Drugs

3 pounds of cocaine inside meat, San Jose, CA:

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Marijuana and marijuana paraphernelia in various types of peanut butter jars, Denver, CO (left) and Sacramento, CA (right):

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A plastic bag containing 67 pills hidden inside of a hollowed out textbook:

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81 pounds of marijuana, Oakland, CA:

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92 pounds of marijuana, Phoenix, AZ:

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The Sword Canes

Douglas County, NE:

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Dayton, OH:

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Charlotte, NC:

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Memphis TN:

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We may shake our heads at the TSA’s antics from time to time , but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of
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