The Water Bowl: World's Ugliest Animals! Plus, How Bad Is China's Animal Cruelty?
If it isn't cute and furry, is it worth studying? What do our feelings about truly "ugly" animals say about our own visual judgments? Check out our gallery of bizarre (and amazing) creatures for more! –New York Times
A British animal welfare activist organization has released pictures from China (which doesn't have an animal rights law) that show many instances of cruelty in parks and zoos. Examples include photos of a bear riding on a motorcycle on top of a high wire, and pigs being pushed off a diving board. –Telegraph
Blue crabs from the Gulf coast are showing signs of the BP oil spill's effects. Scientists have found oil in crab larvae, and it is "an ominous sign that crude had already infiltrated the Gulf's vast food web." –AP
How can you tell if your dog is an optimist or a pessimist? Look at the way he makes a decision. One that thinks of a rustle in the forest as something to prey on is probably an optimist, while one that sees that same rustle as danger is a pessimist. –New York Times
Mars Petcare US has donated 15,000 lbs. of cat food to Southeast Louisiana in an effort to help pet owners whose lives have been affected by the recent oil spill. The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will help distribute the food. –CatChannel.com