oparnoshoshoi: gray-firearms: sympathetic-d…

oparnoshoshoi:

gray-firearms:

sympathetic-deceit-trash:

thewinterotter:

animalsandtrees:

A new species is evolving before scientists’ eyes in the eastern United States.

Wolves faced with a diminishing number of potential mates are lowering their standards and mating with other, similar species, reported The Economist.

The interbreeding began up to 200 years ago, as European settlers
pushed into southern Ontario and cleared the animal’s habitat for
farming and killed a large number of the wolves that lived there.

That also allowed coyotes to spread from the prairies, and the white farmers brought dogs into the region.

Over time, wolves began mating with their new, genetically similar neighbors.

The resulting offspring — which has been called the eastern coyote
or, to some, the “coywolf” — now number in the millions, according to
researchers at North Carolina State University.

Interspecies-bred animals are typically less vigorous than their parents, The Economist reported — if the offspring survive at all.

That’s not the case at all with the wolf-coyote-dog hybrid, which has developed into a sum greater than the whole of its parts.

At about 55 pounds, the hybrid animal is about twice as heavy as a
standard coyote, and her large jaws, faster legs and muscular body allow her to take down small deer and even hunt moose in packs, and the animal
is skilled at hunting in both open terrain and dense woodland.

An analysis of 437 hybrid animals found that coyote DNA dominates her
genetic makeup, with about one-tenth of its DNA from dogs, usually
larger dogs such as Doberman pinschers and German shepherds, and a
quarter from wolves.

The animal’s cry starts out as a deep-pitched wolf howl that morphs into higher-pitched yipping — like a coyote.

Her dog DNA may carry an additional advantage.

Some scientists think the hybrid animal is able to adapt to city life
— which neither coyotes or wolves have managed to do on their own —
because her dog ancestry allows her  to tolerate people and noise.

The coywolves have spread into some of the nation’s largest cities —
including New York, Boston and Washington — using railway corridors.

The interbreeding allows the animal to diversify her diet and eat
discarded food, along with rodents and smaller mammals — including cats,
which coywolves eat skull and all — and they have evolved to become
nocturnal to avoid humans.

The animals are also smart enough to learn to look both ways before crossing roads.

Not all researchers agree the animal is a distinct species, arguing
that one species does not interbreed with another — although the
hybrid’s existence raises the question of whether wolves and coyotes are
distinct species in the first place.

But scientists who have studied the animal say the mixing of genes
has been much faster, extensive and transformational than anyone had
noticed until fairly recently
.

“(This) amazing contemporary evolution story (is) happening right
underneath our nose,” said Roland Kays, a researcher at North Carolina
State.

Watch this report on coywolves.

Raw Story

THIS SHIT IS SO WILD AND IT’S ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING. If you’d like to watch the entire Nature documentary referenced in that “watch this report” link, you can find the whole thing on Youtube. It’s a terrific documentary and a really interesting look at an animal most people don’t even seem to realize exists. The extent to which coywolves have adapted to urban life and the ways in which they’re very distinct from the species they’ve sprung from is pretty incredible.

Ultimate Doggo

HOT DAMN I WANT COYWOLF DOGGL

See, I first heard about this a few years back, but I thought it was a mislabelling of the Carolina Pariah Dog. So it is actually a distinct breed?

What I had first heard is that they hunt like wolves, scavenge like coyotes, but will totally beg and butter you up for your fries like a dog. Like they’d much rather become your friend for food if they can, since it’s easier than eating your kids.

Unlovely Words

cleverwordsandotherstuffilike:

ganch
v. to impale upon hooks

glunch
v. a sullen look

thrunch
adj. much displeased

dretch
v. to trouble in sleep

Futility Closet

Regular

plantoverlords:

probably my favorite thing about witchcraft is how diy it is. like, I used to be catholic and it was like “this has power because it was anointed by a priest” and witchcraft is like “fuck that. anoint it yourself. you have all the power of the universe in your little hands” and I love it.

Celebrate Mabon

recreationalwitchcraft:

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Outside:

  • Notice the changing colors of the season
  • Collect colorful leaves, pinecones, and acorns
  • Harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables

In the Home:

In the Kitchen:

In the Bath:

On your Altar:

  • Decorate with Cinnamon Sticks, seeds, and baskets
  • Represent seasonal harvest vegetables like squash, corn, and apples
  • Use colors of red, yellow, orange, gold, and brown
  • Incorporate quartz, gold, amber, citrine, or aventurine

bookofoctober: Pipers Chapel, Portland, Tenne…

bookofoctober:

Pipers Chapel, Portland, Tennessee. Photo by Jonathan Ross

Faces on Turned Off Television ScreensOf the m…

Faces on Turned Off Television Screens

Of the many forms of paranormal photography, faces
sometimes found in photographs of turned off television screens seems to be the
most unusual. In spirit photography, the presence of an “extra” or apparition
in the photographic frame is consistent with the concept that we who are still
in the flesh are providing sufficient energy (perhaps ectoplasm) with which the
entity can become visible to the sensitive film or digital circuitry. In
Photographic ITC, faces and other features that can sometimes be found in the
optical noise of photographs is consistent with principles thought to be
involved in Video ITC and EVP. But the presence of a face on a television
screen, as if it were a photograph cut out and glued to the screen to be
photographed, does not agree with any of the hypotheses presented thus far.

Click here to continue
reading this article by the Association TransCommunication.

tattoonicorn: Kraken is a legendary sea monst…

tattoonicorn:

Kraken is a legendary sea monster of large proportions that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid that are estimated to grow to 12–15 m (40–50 ft) in length, including the tentacles. The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the kraken have made it a common ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works.

Since the late 18th century, kraken have been depicted in a number of ways, primarily as large octopus-like creatures, and it has often been alleged that Pontoppidan’s kraken might have been based on sailors’ observations of the giant squid. The Kraken is also depicted to have spikes on its suckers. In the earliest descriptions, however, the creatures were more crab-like than octopus-like, and generally possessed traits that are associated with large whales rather than with giant squid. Some traits of kraken resemble undersea volcanic activity occurring in the Iceland region, including bubbles of water; sudden, dangerous currents; and appearance of new islets.

Although fictional and the subject of myth, the legend of the kraken continues to the present day, with numerous references existing in popular culture, including film, literature, television, video games and other miscellaneous examples (e.g. postage stamps, a roller-coaster ride, and a rum product).

danskjavlarna: nemfrog: Birds as metaphors fo…

danskjavlarna:

nemfrog:

Birds as metaphors for mood. Advertising and selling. January 6, 1932.

I’ve collected some weird vintage bird imagery, from bird hats to bird people, ghost birds to giant birds.

ayellowbirds:

ayellowbirds:

wolf gently howling, rain pouring, thunder crashing. This is so dang soothing….

earth-visitors: Linda Moulton Howe Linda…

earth-visitors:

Linda Moulton Howe

Linda Moulton Howe  is an American investigative journalist and Regional Emmy award-winning documentary film maker best known for her work as a ufologist and advocate of a variety of conspiracy theories, including her investigation of cattle mutilations and conclusion that they are performed by extraterrestrials. She is also noted for her speculations that the U.S. government is working with aliens. She is currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Website: Earthfiles.com

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