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AWW-lert: Where to See Baby (and Not-So Baby) Penguins in Baltimore

Where: Baltimore, MD
May 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's no denying it: Penguins are cute. Really cute. And the fact that Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has recently opened up a cool new penguin exhibit really has us giddy with excitement. Each one of the winged inhabitants in this African penguin habitat has donned their Sunday best to receive visitors to their new home. (We suppose that's easy, when you're always wearing a tux.)

Named Penguin Coast and resembling a seaside ice shack, the exhibit's main viewing area offers a way to watch all 60 birds. Since the exhibit's unveiling in November, these feathered friends have been frolicking in 185,000 gallons of water — when they're not showing off on one of the rocks made for sunning, that is. While the majority of the critters are not young, there are a few baby penguins that swim back and forth, as intrigued by the human visitors as we are by them.

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Delta Now Monitoring Furry Friends Complete With GPS Technology

April 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pet travel is often a challenge, but now there’s one airline stepping in to make things a little bit easier. We’ve reviewed the rules and regulations before; however, there’s still a little bit of an unknown when checking your furry friend underneath the belly of the plane.

Thankfully Delta is taking steps to improve the whole process, as they’re now tracking your kitty or puppy with a little help from GPS technology.

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Taking Orca Awareness to the Friendly Skies

March 10, 2015 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every day, thousands of people in Washington State look toward the skies and see Kenmore Air’s soaring seaplanes. Like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, these planes are an essential part of Seattle’s landscape.

Equally iconic, yet endangered, is our local population of Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW).

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This Montreal Airport is The Bee's Knees, Literally

Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
February 27, 2015 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen all kinds of neat stuff in and around the airports from goats and critters to solar farms and other green initiatives—and now there’s bees!

Not a lot of flying for passengers in and out of Montréal–Mirabel Airport, but there are plenty of small flying friends that now call the airport grounds home. The folks that run things in Montreal gave a call over to Miel Montreal—think of them as all things bees—about setting up some hives on airport grounds.

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Four Destinations Famous for Their Llamas (Other Than Sun City, Arizona)

February 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's true. The internet is going bananas over this evening's llama chase, which saw two pet llamas loose and running amok through neighborhoods in Sun City, Arizona.

The chase lasted long enough for news helicopters to swarm overhead and for Twitter to become utterly enthralled with livestreams of the pursuit until both llamas were eventually lassoed and re-captured.

Naturally all this attention has sparked a sudden interest in llamas. Luckily there are several places in the world where anyone may visit llamas (and other camelids) way more famous than the Arizona duo.

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What Does Christmas Island Get for Christmas? Crabs. Millions of Crabs.

December 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's draw attention to Christmas Island, a tiny little speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean which, while named for a festive holiday, is expecting a little more than Santa. In December of every year, tens of millions of freshly hatched red crabs cover the landscape on their annual crab migration and, if the weather and lunar cycles go to plan, this weekend will have been the peak of season.

The crabs call the island home year-round, but it's at this time that their life cycles causes them to spawn in the ocean. The female crustaceans make a trek from the wooded areas down to the water where the egg immediately hatches, thus multiplying the island's crab population. The forests, roads and beaches of the island are utterly inundated by the crabs (and the tourists who travel here to watch them), closing roads and parts of the national park.

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Lufthansa is the Latest Airline to Welcome Falcons Onboard

December 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we covered the fact that Emirates allows passengers in all cabins the ability to bring their pet falcon on the plane with them. Now, Lufthansa is responding to the uptick in popularity of falconry by also opening their arms to the birds of prey, even creating a nifty little stand for both bird and owner to be comfortable on a plane.

Starting later in 2015, falcons will be allowed to fly in Lufthansa cabins so long as they wear hoods and are tethered. In First Class, the birds can enjoy the Falcon Master, a perch-seat with safety and hygienic protection specifically for the bird, which secures in the tracks of Lufthansa's aircraft.

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One Connecticut Town Holds the Secret to Colorful Turkeys

November 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

So we’re roughly a week away from Thanksgiving, and it’s pretty much crunch time if you’re looking to squeeze in one last seasonal happening before the big day. Sure there are festivals and parades, but for the most part Turkey Day is all about friends, family, and food—oh and shopping too.

The food is the main attraction at one farm along the shoreline in Connecticut, as they have been raising turkeys for years and years. What sets Gozzi’s Turkey Farm apart from the competition is that there’s some fun to be had before Thanksgiving as well, as they do something a little bit different with their feathered friends—they show them off in neon shades of green, yellow, and pink.

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JetBlue's Cutest Passenger Ever is an Orphaned Cougar Kitten

November 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

The darling of the internet both this week and last week was, without a doubt, little Pup 681. The Southern Sea Otter was found orphaned and crying on a California beach and, after rehabilitation at Monterey Bay, she now is learning to swim and gaining in health at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.

In the midst of Otter hyper, media has totally missed the equally adorable story of another orphaned baby animal on his way to a new life. "Blue," a 4-week-old cougar kitten was found in Idaho and, as wildlife officials were unable to reunite him with his mother, he was in need of a new home and transportation to it.

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Airports from Edmonton to Miami Start 'Therapy Dogs' Programs

November 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling can be a little bit stressful, and that’s even with the reward of a new destination at the end of the journey. That’s why we’re happy to see that some airports are doing their part to make the process a little more fun with some furry friends.

We’ve seen stuff like this before, but since then there’s been a bit of expansion. The most recent appearance of therapy dogs in and around the airport has been in Canada, as Edmonton International Airport Is the first to be doing something like this in Canada.

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You Won't Believe What Denmark Once Allowed Tourists to Do

Where: Denmark
October 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone knows of the red-light districts of De Wallen in Amsterdam and Reeperbahn in Hamburg, but what about the shadier side of Denmark's tourism?

Well, up until recently, bestiality was a legal practice in the Scandinavian country, and, as if that’s not odd enough, it seems certain sects invited tourists to horse around with, well, the horses. According to Danish animal rights groups, Denmark sort of became a center for bestiality-based tourism, and a 2007 report by two journalists from 24timer claim to have obtained access to an animal brothel, which existed so tourists could enjoy the company of a terrier or even a German shepherd.

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The Whales on the Plane Go Splish Splash

October 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever packed heavy for a trip, only to have the airline check-in agent weigh your bag with a scowl on her face? Overweight/oversize luggage is nothing compared to what FedEx has to deal with.

As you may know, Reddit hosts Q & A sessions called an "AMA" (Ask Me Anything), to essentially allow anyone to ask questions of celebrities, politicians, and those with incredibly unique careers.

We can't believe we missed it but, back in 2012, an AMA was conducted with Dave Lange, Managing Director of the Aircraft Charters Department at FedEx Express. That vague title hides what is perhaps one of the most intriguing job descriptions in the aviation industry. Lange is in charge of shipments which require the use of an entire plane, be it exotic sports cars or satellites and top secret containers or live whales. Yes, whales can fly.

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