Ecologists in the Azores made a bittersweet discovery recently. Although they are not normally friendly towards other species, a group of sperm whales seem to have adopted a deformed bottlenose dolphin into their pod.
Because of its scoliosis-like condition, the dolphin may have been bullied by members of its own group. Dolphin social structure is based on strong hierarchies, and because this particular dolphin may not have been the strongest swimmer, it may have been outcast from its own family.
Whatever happened to this dolphin, it seems to be much happier with its new pod. Who knew inter-species friendship could be so genuinely heartwarming?
New Zealand is home to great natural beauty and wildlife, and economist Gareth Morgan has launched a campaign to keep it thriving. One of the pillars of his campaign? Making sure that the cat you own will be your last.
"That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer," he writes. "Every year cats in New Zealand destroy our native wildlife. The fact is that cats have to go if we really care about our environment." His campaign is called Cats to Go.
Cats to Go aims to slowly phase out the cat population through effective neutering and a mandatory cat registry.