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Help identifying this small animal skull.

This skull was found in a wooded area of central Pennsylvania. It is about the size of a fist. [more inside]
posted by Mikey51 on Jul 14, 2014 - 9 answers

What animals are making these vocalizations?

I live in Deerfield, MA, USA. These sounds are coming from a tree across the street. Both the whimpering-pup sounds and the louder squeals/screeches are coming from the same place. Any idea who is making these sounds?
posted by Camofrog on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Do we need animal materials to extract or refine petroleum?

The reliance of industrial agriculture on petroleum products is fairly well-documented. Is the reverse also true? Would we be able to produce oil without industrial farming? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Jun 6, 2014 - 3 answers

What to do about these cats?

A family of cats -- a mother, two kittens, and a father -- has moved into my backyard in Bayside, Queens. Now what? [more inside]
posted by thursdaystoo on May 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Humane eggs/dairy/meat near Fall River, Mass?

What are the some places to buy lovingly and humanely raised eggs, dairy and meat near Fall River, Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Apr 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Are there any animals which procrastinate?

Putting off onerous tasks is a well-known human trait, but are any non-human animals guilty of it? I can only think of the grasshopper in the fable by Aesop, but that is fictional, of course.
posted by dontjumplarry on Jan 29, 2014 - 17 answers

Recommend songs that reference furry animals.

Recommend songs that reference furry animals! [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jan 1, 2014 - 52 answers

Black and White and Protected By Multilateral Treaty All Over

The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

I want to estimate the cost of an animal shelter

I want to estimate the cost of building and running a state of the art animal shelter for dogs and cats. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Nov 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Can you identify this animal or insect sound?

The sound of this animal or insect was captured a few nights ago. I live in the Northeast, this was at night and the noisemaker in question was clearly high up in a tree. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

How does gene selection work in honeybees?

This question has several parts, so please bear with me while I suss it all out. I have a specific question about inbreeding, and an open ended one about selecting traits in animals in general and honeybees in specific, though anyone familiar with genetics and animal husbandry can help me here. [more inside]
posted by TheTingTangTong on Sep 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Getting to know shrews...

Gray wolves mate for life, honeybees know the world is round and ducks have corkscrew penises. Tell me more! I'm looking for thoughtful and fascinating introductions to the features, behaviors and "character" of particular species of animal. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Aug 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Are you a Vet Tech?

I have some questions around being a Vet Tech/the day to day work. [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Aug 22, 2013 - 15 answers

How does the mother bird know which baby bird to feed next?

Little daughter and I were watching a birds' nest this morning where four little sparrows were getting fed by their mom (or maybe dad?) Each time the mother bird came back, all four sparrows would screech and open their mouths wide and the mother would give one of them some food. My question is: how does the mother ensure that each chick gets enough food? I can think of at least two theories: 1. The adult bird has enough working memory to know who got the last bit of food, or even who's gone the longest without food; or 2. Hungrier chicks screech louder and the adult bird gives food to the loudest screecher. Do we know which of these is right, or whether the real answer is something else entirely?
posted by escabeche on Aug 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Squirrels... eating RATS?!

Is it normal for a squirrel to eat a rat? [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Aug 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Animal lover and digital marketing job

An animal lover with deep experience in digital marketing needs help turning passion into proffession. [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Jul 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Can't we all just get along?

Please help me to help my cat and new dog get along. [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Jun 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Help a bald dog out?

7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jun 12, 2013 - 22 answers

What is this animal organ/fetus/embryo my cat brought in?

What is this thing my cat brought to my porch? http://i.imgur.com/cejZcGe.jpg It appears to be something between an animal fetus and organ. When I turned it over it looked the same on the other side. There were no visible eyes/mouth/features. It was larger than a quarter and there was no blood present. A possum visits regularly, and the area has many moles, birds, and raccoons.
posted by Locative on Mar 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Dvds and Books on factory-farming to encourage me to give up dairy

Philosophically, I believe in eating a plant-based vegan diet. In practice, it has proven difficult, as we are so disconnected from the animals that we are consuming. The most difficult for me is giving up dairy. So HiveMind, please help me by recommending books and DVDs on modern -day factory farming , which will reconnect me with the animals I am consuming. I am hoping that by seeing their suffering I will be no longer be able to be complicate in their exploitation. I have Our Daily Bread on DVD, and have Earthlings on hold from the library. I see there is a series on Peta.org, called Meet Your Meat. But, I really want a DVD, I'm not trying to watch stuff on my computer. I have also seen the Got the Facts on Milk documentary, but I really what to have a visual connection between dairy cows and the production of milk, so that when I think of consuming dairy I have an image that would deter me from doing so.
posted by TRUELOTUS on Dec 21, 2012 - 20 answers

How to keep animal's water from freezing in winter without electricity?

I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda on Nov 29, 2012 - 36 answers

More animal novels

Where can I find more "animal fiction" like this? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Nov 11, 2012 - 39 answers

What items add enjoyment to a hedgehog's life?

Hedgehog owners of MeFi: what are some awesome toys or treats that your spiny kiddo really goes nuts for? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Nov 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Cat peeing on our couch, what could be the problem? See details.

How can I stop my cat from peeing on my couch? [more inside]
posted by AbsolutelyHonest on Sep 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Games to play indoors with a Husky-cross puppy

I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too much from our work? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Aug 29, 2012 - 13 answers

What sort of technologies can help / support the animal health pharmaceuticals business? I am not talking about general enterprise technologies such as ERP or SharePoint.

What sort of technologies can help / support the Animal Health pharmaceuticals business? I am not talking about general enterprise technologies such as ERP or SharePoint. I am looking for technologies that can specifically help the Animal health business. For example a technology platform that helps vets gain information about diseases. Any suggestions or thoughts? Any tech that can maybe assist with solving a problem currently faced by Animal Health pharmaceutical business.
posted by r2d2 on Aug 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Dog hair everywhere! Except on my dog :-(

Yesterday, I picked up my 18-month-old pit bull-type mix Chance after three weeks of boarding. His coat is in bad shape in he is shedding unimaginable amounts of hair. What's the best approach to get him healthy again? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Aug 10, 2012 - 14 answers

What is this animal?

What is this animal? - the rest of the site is NSFW [more inside]
posted by Elminster of Labor on Jun 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Mystery bones in the woods

What animal are these bones from? Found in a state forest near Hudson, MA on May 29. [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Jun 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Why can't you give a pet a space burial?

Why is it apparently not possible to give animal remains (cremated)? [more inside]
posted by pemdasi on Jun 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Attacked by dog, how to get owner to take responsibility?

Help me think straight. I was attacked by a loose German Shepherd while out on a walk with my husband and our two small leashed dogs. What should I do next? The owner is in denial and I am concerned for the safety of myself and others. I think that if I threaten a lawsuit I could scare her into building a fence and reinforcing her door. I'm interested in getting her to take action to keep her dog enclosed or to take it to a behaviorist, not trying to win money in a settlement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2012 - 36 answers

Raccoon in the ceiling!

There is a raccoon nesting in the attic crawlspace above my apartment. It is loud. What is the usual process for removing it, and how can I convince my landlord to be responsible for that process? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Apr 15, 2012 - 17 answers

Magic?

I'm being forced to visit Disney in September, for two and a half days. The rest of my family will be staying longer, so I get to pick what we do those two and a half days. My son is 5 and this is his first Disney "experience". What the heck do I select? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Help name an animal adoption van

Help come up with a clever name for a mobile animal adoption van [more inside]
posted by Graygorey on Apr 7, 2012 - 33 answers

Muddling through bureaucratic bullshit.

[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Did I just get worms?

After eating lunch at a friends house today I was shocked to see that his dog was chewing on a fleshy dear head found in the woods. Now I'm worried that I could have contracted worms from the dog if it had been chewing on the head before it licked my hand when I arrived. Is there anything I can do early on to prevent infection? I don't want worms in my stomach, brain, or anywhere else!
posted by davidriley on Apr 4, 2012 - 13 answers

How is everything related to politics?

How is everything related to politics? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Apr 4, 2012 - 18 answers

Cat-focused animal assisted therapy?

Are there animal assisted therapy programs tailored to cats? [more inside]
posted by moammargaret on Jan 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Am I making my dog depressed?

Am I harming my dog by not walking it every day? And why won't she play with her ball anymore? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 7, 2011 - 53 answers

Box of bones

Human or what? Kids found a box of bones (photo). Here's a photo (http://i40.tinypic.com/dy40fp.jpg) Sure you advise us to go to the police, but really .. any chance these are human ? Thanks
posted by Xhris on Nov 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Must be careful. Must not break.

Trying to lightly clean a stuffed toy, how do I ensure I cause no damage? [more inside]
posted by Saydur on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Animals working together?

Please help me find examples of animals or creatures of different types that work together toward a shared goal. I'm trying to use it to illustrate the principle that a group working together can succeed more quickly or get farther than individuals working alone. [more inside]
posted by slo on Oct 12, 2011 - 17 answers

Great animal sanctuary destination?

Any great animal-sanctuary-destinations out there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Do other species carry things in their bodily orifices?

Are we the only species that transports items in our body cavities? [more inside]
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! on Aug 22, 2011 - 27 answers

Birman Cat or Ragdoll?

What are the main differences between a Birman and a Ragdoll cat? We are looking for a nice family cat and we have a seven year old. We are looking for a breed that has blue eyes, and is warm and affectioniate like a dog. I have heard that Ragdoll's tend to get really big, that is one thing I'm not sure we want. Any experiences you guys have would be appreciated.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 12, 2011 - 19 answers

How to care for a wild tortoise that's on the mend after being hit by a car?

A friend of mine came across this wild tortoise on the road, outside Querétaro, México. She took it to the vet, who patched her up, sowed up the bits that needed sowing and put most of the shell back together, sans a couple of pieces. It's about 10 inches long. She's going to have to take care of it until it's well enough to go back to the wild and has no clue how to go about it. Off the top of her head, she'd like to know: ¿What should it eat? ¿Should she place it outside in the garden or in the house? ¿Sun or shade? ¿Water, earth, or both? ¿Will the Labrador retriever be a problem? ¿Should her trio of rambunctious kids be kept away? Any other interesting fact or recommendation you can share will be most welcome, and will surely net you a beer on your next visit.
posted by Cobalt on Jul 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Draw me up an imaginary animal!

Where can I find someone that I can pay to do a custom drawing of an imaginary animal for me? [more inside]
posted by althanis on Jun 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me outsource my lawn mowing.

I've got about two acres of grass in the country, and I'm considering getting a critter or two to eat the grass so that I don't have to mow it. Does anybody have any recommendations for animals that make good lawn mowers? Bonus points if I can eat the animals in the fall and replace them in the spring, and even more points if they're low maintenance. I don't mind supplementing their diet.
posted by Stagger Lee on Jun 27, 2011 - 14 answers

Sources for Understanding Animal Rights Debate in Australia

I want to learn more about the animal rights issue in Australia in the context of animals being raised for slaughter. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jun 14, 2011 - 16 answers

There's my clicky...

A loud call like castanets clacking in a cattail marsh: who makes that sound? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on May 4, 2011 - 16 answers

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