This tarantula is as big as a puppy and its legs are a foot long!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 21 October 2014

Harvard University entomologist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki was taking a leisurely nighttime stroll in the jungles of Guyana when he stumbled upon what seem to be a puppy-sized mammal. Curious, he investigated, only to realize that the furry creature was actually the stuff of nightmares: the South American Goliath Birdeater tarantula, reputedly the world’s largest species of arachnid.

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Check out this pop-up vegetable garden right in the heart of Melbourne

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 8 October 2014

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If you go to the roof of the Federation Square car park, you won’t find any vehicles up there, rather, you’ll find veggie plots housed in apple crates! Pop Up Patch is a project that encourages Melburnians to grow their own food in patches they lease each month. A collaboration by the Little Veggie Co. and Federation Square, the pop-up patch contains 140 do-it-yourself plots that can be planted with anything your tummy desires, from herbs to zucchinis to lettuces. Heck, you can even plant flowers!

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

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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

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

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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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This adorable video of a beluga playing with kids has sad implications

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 28 August 2014

You might have already seen this adorable video of a beluga whale in the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut ‘playing’ peek-a-boo with two kids. It’s understandable if you had a good laugh and some ‘awwww’ moments. We did too. But according to experts, the animal was definitely not playing, but rather, being aggressive. ‘The open mouth and posturing are typical of the way cetaceans express aggression and I’ve seen a lot in captivity in the very same circumstances. This poor animal is telling the kids: ‘Get away’. It’s a threat’, Dr. Marino, a beluga behavior specialist at the Kimmela Center, told The Dodo.

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This chicken’s body is all black, even the organs, meat, and bones!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Prepare to meet the so-called Lamborghini of Poultry. This is the Ayam Cemani Chicken of Indonesia. It’s a rare breed of chicken, and you can probably see why. Everything about it is black: plumage, beak, tongue, legs, toe nails, even its meat, bones, and organs! The only thing that is not black is it’s blood – though it comes in a very dark shade.

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In Russia, a family made a pack of wolves their pets

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Back in 2009 in the Russian town of Zacherevye, local gamekeeper Oleg Selekh adopted a pack of wolves and made them his family’s pets. Since then, the wolves and his family have been inseparable, with their ten-year-old daughter, Alisa, often seen riding her pet’s back and frolicking in the grass. In one of the photos […]

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Elephant uses car to scratch its belly and scares the heck out of the people inside

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 21 August 2014

If you have an itch you can’t reach, sometimes you got to use anything nearby to help relieve the torture – including a car. In Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa, an elephant used a passing VW Polo to scratch its back and belly, giving the vehicle’s occupants the scare of their lives.

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From El Mar to el marvellous! Fantastic bags made from recycled sail fabric

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By Milo Sumner in New Products on Thursday 24 July 2014

We think this is worth your while, so bend your knee and lend your ear. Introducing MAFIA Bags, a new business out of South America started by Argentinian siblings Marcos and Paz Mafia.

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Meet Peanut, the 2014 winner of the world’s ugliest dog competition

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 26 June 2014

And we can see why. The 26th World’s Ugliest Dog contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California just wrapped up and 2-year-old rescue dog, Peanut, bagged the esteemed honor with his dashing grin, eye-popping peepers, and beautiful fur.

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Baby rhino can’t sleep alone at night after witnessing poachers kill its mum

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 13 June 2014

It’s heartbreaking to hear and read about majestic rhinos being slaughtered left and right by poachers who want their horns. It’s more heartbreaking to know a baby rhino orphan was found grieving next to its dead mother. ‘It was a devastating sight, as the tiny animal would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably […]

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Female-named hurricanes are more deadly because people don’t fear them as much as male hurricanes, says study

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 7 June 2014

According to a recent study by the University of Illinois and Arizona State University, hurricanes with female names have a higher death rate compared to those with male names. Why is this so? Because sexism! Examining the death rates from 1950 to 2012, it turns out that of the 47 most deadly hurricanes, female-named hurricanes averaged around 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths in male-named ones.  ‘[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll’, the study says.

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Is that a nebula trapped inside a gemstone?

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 28 May 2014

Look at all that galactic beauty in the palm of your hands! Thing is, that’s not an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma, trapped inside a stone. It’s really just a stone. Ok maybe not JUST a stone, it’s a $20,000 opal, to be exact.

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Frostie the sweater-wearing snow goat uses a custom cart to help him walk

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 26 May 2014

Careful now, you might either explode from an overload of cuteness, or shed buckets of tears over this baby goat’s success story. Frostie the snow goat was born with joint-navel ill, a disease common among kid goats and young calves resulting from an infection in the mother’s umbilical cord. The disease spread to Frostie’s hind […]

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