In the 1930s, daredevils would drive up walls with lions for passengers

Last week, we met a lion tamer who used his powers of persuasion to transform his cats into a stately throne. Today, we will examine the defunct practice of corralling large, semi-unpredictable cats into motordromes, training them to sit in sidecars, and tearing ass up perilous inclines with these apex predators in… » 8/27/12 8:15am 8/27/12 8:15am

In 1929, the most important article in the history of zoology was…

This honor goes to the above blurb from Modern Mechanics magazine (click to enlarge), wherein naturalist Harry C. Ostrander foisted blatant pro-Babar propaganda upon an unsuspecting audience. Duplicitous trunked pretender! For more old-school taxonomic comedy, see J.W. Buel's biological tableaus of humans being… » 5/22/12 1:10pm 5/22/12 1:10pm

This plucky "Beetlecam" photography droid gets in hungry lions' faces

To capture the lions of Masai Mara on camera, British wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas devised with an ingenious solution — his wheeled, shielded, and camouflaged Beetlecam. After teasing out the kinks of his first model, he set this new version to roam around the Kenyan savannah. As you can see above,… » 3/08/12 12:10pm 3/08/12 12:10pm