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Bat lovers, you can now volunteer at a bat hospital in Australia

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 8 October 2014

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You’ve got to love the Aussies for their love of all animals big and small, right down to bats! At Tolga Bat Hospital — which is not actually in Tolga, though it is also in Atherton — you can sign up to pledge your allegiance to the bats as a volunteer and care for bats in permanent care that are too injured (mostly from getting snared in barbed wire) to return to the wild.

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This 22-inch horse is the smallest in Britain and is no bigger than a dog

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 3 October 2014

This little horse is Acer, he’s believed to be the smallest steed in all of Britain at 22 inches tall. He’s so small he gets to wander around his owners’ house like a dog and is even best friends with one! Acer’s owner, Maureen O’Sullivan says she takes him on daily walks on a leash […]

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For the first time ever, a giant red leech was filmed swallowing a worm whole

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 1 October 2014

In the rainforests of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, a rarely-seen breed of leech was filmed for the first time, revealing its disgusting and repulsive dining habit. Although still unidentified which genus it belongs to, the locals call it the ‘Giant Red Leech’. We like to call it the ‘Leech From Our Worst Nightmares’.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: We are in awe of the opposum’s magic poison-neutralizing protein

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 26 September 2014

Known in some circles as the most terrifying possum to have ever walked the face of this earth, the opossum has a secret power that beats ‘em all. Opossums have a particular protein which makes them immune to nearly all poisons. The protein is known as Lethal Toxin-Neutralizing Factor (LTNF) and has been known to neutralize the poison of snakes on other continents that the opossum hasn’t been previously exposed to.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: the cyanide-secreting millipede that kills its enemies in seconds

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Next time you take a whiff of that lovely almond smell in the air, beware, a cyanide millipede might be lurking. This arthropod might look like any ordinary millipede, but it hides a very secret power-it emits cyanide when it’s being attacked. This type of millipede is found in the Pacific coast of North America, from Southeast Alaska all the way down to California.

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You can sit on these giant lotuses but be sure to check your weight first

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 23 September 2014

We have heard of sitting in the lotus position while meditating, even if our rigid thighs wouldn’t co-operate in our search for a little zen. But sitting on a lotus? Yes, you can if you visit one park in Taipei, Taiwan which has successfully cultivated 85 King Lotuses.

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Ever seen inside the mouth of a leatherback turtle? You’ll wish you hadn’t after this

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 18 September 2014

You’ve probably seen Leatherback turtles on documentaries before. They’re the largest of all living turtles, with their front flippers growing up to 2.7 metres and the mean size being anywhere from 250 to 700kg. These turtles feed mostly on jellyfish, but if you look inside their mouths, you might think they’re more suited to dine on humans.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: The insect-attracting parachute flower is kinda awesome

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 17 September 2014

The parachute flower can be found in many different regions of the world, from northern Australia to southern China, Indonesia and Madagascar. While this might seem like just another houseplant, the parachute flower has a very special power that actually helps with flower pollination. The flower has ‘fused petals and a hairy lollipop like thing coming out of it’ that’s lined with tiny hairs that point downwards.

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This cute and furry caterpillar delivers a sting worse than a scorpion’s

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Do be a pussyfoot when you come across the puss caterpillar cos if you’re not careful about it, you may just yowl out loud. It looks so furry and nice to touch but beneath that cute exterior of pure innocence lies a potentially intense sting. It is a venomous variety of caterpillar that is especially common in Florida at this time of year. Under all that fur on the puss caterpillar are venomous bristles that break off into the skin when touched by humans and they cause serious pain.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: the freeze-and-thaw frogs of Alaska

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 15 September 2014

Didn’t think frogs had secret powers, did you? But prepare for some interesting insight. Some frog species, such as the Alaskan wood frog, can actually ‘create an antifreeze-like solution in their blood that lets them literally freeze and thaw in winter with no ill effect’. Yeah, you read that correctly. Frogs have hidden this from us for decades-little did we know that those little critters were outsmarting us with their secret powers.

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This is what ice looks like when it peels perfectly off a leaf

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 15 September 2014

Ah nature, you never cease to amaze! Reddit user ‘SearonTrejorek’ recently posted this photo of a leaf-shaped ice sheet, which he peeled off from a Magnolia tree in the Hardin Gardens of Winthrop University.

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Turn your junk mail into beautiful paper artwork using a very simple invention

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art, New Design, New Eco on Friday 12 September 2014

Hate junk mail as much as the rest of us? Then you probably need this junk mail press by Vert Aussie designer Andrew Simpson and global designer collective Supercyclers. The junk mail press is made from aluminium and has interchangeable parts that allow you to create differently shaped objects, such as bowls, plates, cups, and coasters.

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Damselflies look almost human-like when photographed up close

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 5 September 2014

Remus Tiplea has a special talent for capturing the beauty in almost everything. This amateur photographer from Romania only started shooting back in 2009, and since then, has taken on some extraordinary subjects, one being the majestic damselflies.

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Meet the most honourable fowl in Japan (but don’t expect to take its eggs out of the country)

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Thursday 4 September 2014

The Onagadori, also known as the ‘most honourable fowl’ in Japan, has been a bird protected by the Japanese government for many years. To breed the Onagadori properly, one must keep a number of roosters in tranquil, non-stressful, temperate conditions in order to select the birds with the best and longest tail growth. Indeed, their feathers must not be ruffled as more aggressive birds will destroy their own tail feathers if they are in distraught!

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This immortal jellyfish can live forever, so long as it keeps mating!

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Amazing news, The secret to eternal life has been cracked and it turns out it’s been under our noses this whole time! There is one small hitch though… if you’re keen on living forever it looks like you may also have to become a tentacley mass of jelly.

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