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written by Brett M. Christensen October 25, 2017


Another animal crime: dog attacks beer-drinking, bowtie-wearing duck in a pub

A duck walks into a bar. 🤣

Why Evolution Is True

This just in from reader Krod, and the story, from The Poke, seems to be real (also verified in The Somerset News). You couldn’t make this headline up:

A duck known for drinking beer from a glass and wearing a bow tie got into a fight with a dog in a pub in Devon, reports the Cheddar Valley Gazette.

The duck, called Star, is apparently well known for accompanying his owner to various pubs, some of which give the duck his own stool.

 As sometimes happens when alcohol is involved, Star had a disagreement with a dog called Meggie – which also belongs to Star’s owner Barrie.

Barrie, of Chulmleigh, Devon, said: “Star pushed his luck too far and Meggie snapped – splitting Star’s bottom beak right down the middle. Star reportedly came out the worst for wear with a split beak, but after a visit to…

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The amazing bird-murdering praying mantis

Fascinating nature. 🦂

Why Evolution Is True

First, a note. Over the years, lots of readers have spelled the animal at issue this way “preying mantis.” That’s an easy mistake to make, for they are fierce predators. But the true term is praying mantis, clearly taken from the position of its forelegs. So next time you write it, just remember how it looks.

Natalie Angier’s science articles in the New York Times are always good reads, as she has an eye not only for a good story, but also for lively prose. You can see both of these on display in the week-old article below—click on screenshot to get to it—largely about the increasing documentation of praying mantises eating birds. You may have heard about their hanging around hummingbird feeders, where they capture the little buzzers and eat them, but it’s not just hummingbirds:

James V. Remsen of the Museum of Natural Science at Louisiana State…

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