For more than 12,000 years the mummified remains of a gigantic woolly mammoth has lain trapped under Siberia’s permafrost. Now, as a result of climate change, it has been released from the frozen ground.
Honeybees sting when they perceive a threat to their hive – but they pay a high price for this act of self-defence. That’s because a honeybee’s stinger is composed of two spiked hooks. When it stings, these hooks pierce the unlucky victim’s skin.
Seen a bright green bird flying over your garden? They are almost certainly ring-necked parakeets (Psittacula krameri) – originally native to Asia – that have established a resident breeding population in south-east England.
On the vast steppes of Central Asia, something bizarre and heartbreaking occurred in the space of two weeks last May. A mass ‘die-off’ struck saiga antelopes, a species native to the continent, and more than 60,000 animals died in just four days.
The valuable fungus is revered by chefs and foodies alike for its culinary uses, though its delectable flavour is not the reason for its high asking price. Its value comes from its rarity: truffle is a wild product and cannot be cultivated, though many farmers and entrepreneurs have tried.
Without huskies the expeditions to the North and South Poles more than a century ago would not have been possible. These breeds of dog are not just miracles of endurance capable of covering up to 125 miles per day, they also have a superb sense of direction.