22 More Zimbabwean Elephants Poisoned to Death by Poachers

Chris Thompson · 10/26/15 06:15PM

Rangers in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park have reportedly found the bodies of 22 more African elephants who were poisoned by cyanide, reports The Guardian. It is believed the elephants were killed by poachers for their ivory tusks.

Dozens of African Elephants Found Poisoned to Death on Game Reserve

Chris Thompson · 10/14/15 06:42PM

Well, this is horrible. Yesterday rangers at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park discovered 26 dead elephants who’d been intentionally poisoned with cyanide for the purposes of ivory harvesting, reports The Guardian. And this is in addition to another 14 found last week.

Escaped Circus Elephant Kills German Man

Brendan O'Connor · 06/13/15 02:15PM

An escaped circus elephant killed a German man early Saturday morning in the woods near Buchen, the Associated Press reports. The man was 65 years old; the elephant is 34 years old: her name is Baby, and she is an African elephant. She was captured and returned to the circus.

Here's More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Elephant Dick

Rich Juzwiak · 07/15/14 12:20PM

"The team needs to act fast to gain access to the bull's penis before it retracts back into its sheath" is the first thing you hear in the preview above for the new PBS series Sex in the Wild, which premieres Wednesday. And that's all you need to know about whether or not this clip is for you, because really it is all about gaining access to a four-ton elephant's penis. And extracting sperm from it, while the elephant dozes gently. And measuring it (1 meter, 40 centimeters). And its "natural searching response," which causes it to jump like a fire hose being turned on. And stimulating the elephant's prostate.

Ringling Bros. Elephant Shot in Mississippi Drive-By

Caity Weaver · 04/09/13 10:48AM

We may never know if the person who fired his gun into the BancorpSouth Arena parking lot in Tupelo, Mississippi at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning intended to hit the circus elephant traveling there while on tour with a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show. We may never know if the shooter, in the heat of the moment, mistook the elephant (Carol) for a much smaller human-sized human with whom he was having a personal conflict. We may never know what the elephant—an honor student, active in her church choir, well-liked and respected by her peers—was doing in the shadowy parking lot so late at night. (Probably just resting.)

Snowflakes Should Just Get Over Themselves

Hamilton Nolan · 12/29/11 03:03PM

Kid hormones! Chemical knot! Fish legs! Pigeon counting! Fluid dynamics! Elephant toes! Space station! Snowflake pictures! And a calendar reform motion, debated and denied! It's your Thursday Science Watch, where we watch science—unsuccessfully!

Collapsing for 10 Minutes Perfectly Normal Elephant Behavior, Says Circus

Seth Abramovitch · 08/10/11 09:49PM

Sarah — a 54-year-old Asian elephant performer in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus with a known history of poor health — was filmed by animal rights activists collapsing onto her side as she boarded her boxcar after a performance in Anaheim, Ca.

Elephants Have Social Networks

Seth Abramovitch · 07/27/11 02:47AM

A new study by the University of Pennsylvania suggests elephants are even smarter and more socially complex than previously thought. The conventional wisdom was that elephants lived in small herds that centered around females, while the males wandered independently. The new study shows that the herds are actually interconnected social groups who "track one another over large distances by calling to each other and using their sense of smell," according to Dr. Shermin de Silva.

Happy Birthday, Neptune!

Hamilton Nolan · 07/12/11 04:01PM

Neptune day! Lyme disease! Solar dearth! Towel robots! Leg transplants! Runaway elephants! Owl vision! Ocean heat! And the utter failure of the US space program continues! It's your Tuesday Science Watch, where we watch science—extra-terrifically!

Meet GoDaddy's Ridiculous Elephant-Killing CEO

Adrian Chen · 03/31/11 01:55PM

What kind of a guy goes on a safari in Zimbabwe to shoot "problem elephants," then makes a graphic video about it, set to a dramatic Animal Planet-style soundtrack? Bob Parsons: former Marine, self-made millionaire, GoDaddy CEO.