Dog days in Roman’s empire (Daily Telegraph)

The blurb would have us believe that as Benedict Allen and his team of huskies plunge over a precipice, the author asks himself: 'why do explorers put themselves in such dangerous situations? And – once the worst possible situation occurs – how do they find the resources to survive?’

By | 2018-03-07T14:28:50+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Books, Nature, Travel|0 Comments

Knut: a polar bear story (BBC news online)

Shortly after his birth, the German media reported that an animal rights campaigner was calling for him to be put down rather than brought up by humans. It prompted a huge groundswell of sympathy for the bear, which never went away.

By | 2017-09-04T15:06:30+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Environment & climate, Nature|Comments Off on Knut: a polar bear story (BBC news online)

Bolt from above (BBC news online)

The death this week of a giraffe struck by lightning raises an obvious question: are these lankiest of creatures especially vulnerable to bolts from the sky?

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