Tag: Animals

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  • Fun with Mum

    Fun with Mum

    December 4, 2016
  • Fun with Mum

    Fun with Mum

    December 4, 2016
  • A leopardess at dusk

    A leopardess at dusk

    We had an unobstructed view of her but still could hardly make out her murky, warm grey shape in that mellow half-light.

    November 20, 2016
  • In the forest of the night

    In the forest of the night

    Happily, for the hare, it most often wins! In this case the headlamps of my vehicle had confused and frightened the hare into making such a clumsy getaway.

    November 16, 2016
  • The predatory squirrel

    The predatory squirrel

    Mrs Barua’s letter in The Statesman about a squirrel that caught and ate a sparrow surprised me. The common striped squirrel, like others of its tribe, is much more varied and cosmopolitan in its diet than is generally supposed. I have already described its feeding habits in this column more than once — to summarise, …

    November 13, 2016
  • Building Harmony

    Building Harmony

    Our ancestors began to think about the discovery of scientific procedure.

    November 10, 2016
  • Brown Flying Squirrel

    Brown Flying Squirrel

    Long ago, when I was a student of botany, I saw a flying squirrel hunt. I was in a Southern hill-forest hunting around for plant specimens, and stumbled on some tribesmen out on a different kind of hunt. I had never seen a flying squirrel alive or dead, and was permitted, on certain terms, to …

    September 24, 2016
  • Serious commitment to the future

    Serious commitment to the future

    There is only one purpose to all life — to reproduce itself. This cosmic order has been given to every cell in every being. It shapes the way we look, think and behave. In order to follow this order, the universe has designed a variety of ways: reproduction, using a male and female sperm and …

    September 10, 2016
  • The land of the Ramayana

    The land of the Ramayana

    My first close look at a bonnet monkey was an experience that I still remember. I was five then and was at Courtallam, at the main falls, and my mother had given me an athirasam to eat — a flat, circular, fried cake made of boiled jaggery and finely-sifted, pounded rice flour. My mother’s culinary …

    September 3, 2016
  • Much smarter than you think

    Much smarter than you think

    Birds in tropical climates face predators — larger birds, mammals and snakes — that rob their nests, steal eggs or kill chicks. In a study published in The American Naturalist, scientists report a novel nesting strategy adopted by a tropical lowland bird that inhabits an area with very high losses to nest predators. The newly …

    September 3, 2016
  • World’s ‘largest’ rhino horn found

    World’s ‘largest’ rhino horn found

    A rhino horn, regarded as the world’s largest horn of one-horned rhinoceros, was today found in Nagaon treasury during verification process. The weight of the horn is 3.051 kg and has a height of 36 cm. The length of its outer curvature is 45 cm while that of inner curvature is 38 cm and base …

    August 30, 2016
  • All creatures are the same

    All creatures are the same

    All Hindu mythology is intertwined with animals. Thousands of stories abound in all the texts, and the largest of wars is often due to a small insect being killed. Devdutt Pattanaik has put some of these stories into a book called Pashu. Of these myriad stories that exist in all the 300 versions of the …

    August 21, 2016
  • Respect the ban on ‘Jallikattu’ by SC: Maneka

    Respect the ban on ‘Jallikattu’ by SC: Maneka

    Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who has always opposed allowing the popular bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’, on Tuesday said people should respect the ban on the sport by the Supreme Court. "Most of them are against the sport (Jallikattu). The question is, it is not for me to say, it is not for BJP to say, it …

    August 16, 2016
  • Humans used stone tools to butcher animals 250,000 years ago

    Humans used stone tools to butcher animals 250,000 years ago

    Humans used stone tools to butcher animals 250,000 years ago

    August 9, 2016