Shy tigers hate cameras

The Sumatran tiger -- one of the rarest big cats in the world -- is also perhaps the world's most camera-shy. The protected national parks on the island of Sumatra where they live are lousy with heat-sensitive surveillance cameras, which have become necessary thanks to the efforts of criminal loggers and poachers. (They operate with relative impugnity despite the parks' "protected" status, and between 1998-2000, as many as 66 tigers were poached -- that's about 20% of the total population.)

The tigers, however, don't take kindly to being spied on. At first, representatives from the World Wildlife Foundation thought that poachers and loggers were responsible for the cameras' destruction; only recently have they discovered that the flashbulbs tend to frighten and anger the tigers. (Maybe its all that pent-up rage at being endangered?)

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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