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Mr. Stubbs Gets A New Tail

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We often hear stories of dolphins, eagles, bunnies, sea turtles and other cute animals getting prosthetics. But what about the animals that might gladly bite your hand off if given a chance? The folks running the Phoenix Herpetological Society think even those creatures deserve the restorative technology, which is why they have worked hard to find a way to fit their short-tailed resident, Mr. Stubbs, with a prosthetic that will allow him to move and swim like others of his kind.

Mr. Stubbs lost his tail back in 2005, when another alligator chomped it off. Since then, Stubbs has gotten along just fine by learning to doggy paddle in the water, but after being inspired by the movie Dolphin Tale, his keepers thought they could improve his life by making him the first ever alligator-tail prosthetic. After a few failed attempts, their current design seems to be comfortable for the patient.

While the gator is still learning to use his new appendage to swim (the floaty will only be there until he learns to use the tail to help him glide through the water), he already looks quite comfortable dragging it behind him while on land.

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Why Male Hyenas Have It Worse Than Females
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A life of hunting zebras and raising young on the savanna isn’t half bad for a female hyena. Sadly, the same can’t be said for their male counterparts. As MinuteEarth explains, things take a downturn for the males of the species once they hit adolescence. No female in their pack will mate with them, a behavior scientists believe evolved to avoid inbreeding, so they head off in search of a different group to join. After dealing with vicious hazing from their new clan, they file in at the bottom of the rank and wait for other males above them to die so that they can slowly gain status.

Even after rising through the hierarchy, the most a male hyena can aspire to is being second place to the lowest-ranking female. Thanks to their bulky build and aggressive behavior, female hyenas enjoy a dominant position that’s rare in the animal kingdom.

After watching the video below, head over here for more facts about hyenas.

[h/t MinuteEarth]

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Watch as Hummingbirds Fly, Drink, and Flap Their Tiny Wings in Slow Motion
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Hummingbirds have more feathers per inch than nearly any other bird, but it’s hard to fully appreciate their luminescent colors when they beat their wings between 70 to 200 times per second.

For the enjoyment of birders everywhere, National Geographic photographer Anand Varma teamed up with bird biologists and used a high-speed, high-resolution camera to capture the tiny creatures in slow motion as they flew through wind tunnels, drank artificial nectar from a glass vessel, and shook water from their magnificent plumage.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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