In the early 20th century, there were only about 1,000 of these guys left due to over hunting. They were given total protection in the early 1900 which helped bring the species back to around 2-million. After Russia broke up, poachers moved in and now again they are back on the critically endangered list with only about 50,000 remaining today.
When chased by predators a herd will stick close together and make it hard for the predators to pick off one member. Calves are gathered in the middle. Buffalo will try to rescue a member that has been caught. A calf’s distress call will get the attention of not only the mother but also the herd. Buffalo will engage in mobbing behavior when fighting off predators. They have been recorded treeing lions for two hours, after the lions have killed a member of their group.
These snakes are considered to be rear-fanged venomous, but are not considered to pose any danger to humans and will only bite as a feeding response, rarely in defense. The defensive bite response is usually due to the temporary blindness experienced while shedding. Because the snake cannot see while shedding, it becomes paranoid and more aggressive.
These guys inhabit various wet and dry forests, including tropical rainforest, savanna, and thorn scrub. It seems to be most common in habitats near streams and rivers, especially those thick with vines and epiphytes (presumably because its prey is common in these areas).
This powerful bird relies primarily on lemmings and other small rodents for food during the breeding season, but at times of low prey density, or during the ptarmigan nesting period, they may switch to juvenile ptarmigan. They are opportunistic hunters and prey species may vary considerably, especially in winter.
Up to two inches long with a blue-black body and bright rust-colored wings, these bugs are among the largest of of their species. The coloring on their wings warns potential predators that they are dangerous. Their long legs have hooked claws for grappling with their victims. The stinger of a female can be up to 1/3 inch long, and delivers a sting which is rated among the most painful in the insect world.
We have all been taught by the plastic industry that the symbol means the plastic can be recycled and that it is safe for use in our households. The reality is unfortunately different. Although arguably, all plastics are “Recyclable” the reality is that unless a recycler can find a buyer of the used plastic, it too will end up in our landfill.