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The Saga of a Man, Two Lions, and a Freak Accident That Got Freakier

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The sounds of fireworks and revelry echoed through the warm Oregon night as people throughout Portland celebrated Independence Day. It was July 4th, 1970. And among the crowds were three young men enjoying the triple pleasure of a holiday, a summer evening, and the vigor of youth.
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Watch As A Lone Porcupine Fends Off 17 Lions

Lucien Beaumont, a guide at the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, was observing a pride of lions on the move, when they surrounded something. "My imagination started to race, trying to figure out what they had found," he writes on his blog. He never imagined it would be a porcupine—or what would happen next. » 11/05/14 11:00am 11/05/14 11:00am

Harrowing Photos Capture Tense Encounter Between Baby Baboon And Lion

While on a game drive in northern Botswana, a married couple witnessed a dramatic scene involving a troop of baboons fleeing from a pack of lions. What they saw next was completely unexpected — and showed the surprising tenderness that can be exhibited by even the most ferocious of animals. » 4/07/14 12:25pm 4/07/14 12:25pm

New species of lion discovered at Ethiopian zoo

Naturalists in Africa have long noted that some lions in Ethiopia look a bit different than regular lions, mostly on account of a dark mane that extends from the head, neck, and chest to the belly. They're also smaller and more compact. It wasn't known, however, if they represented a distinct species. But now, a… » 11/27/12 6:30am 11/27/12 6:30am

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