The black bear that was apparently shot by city of Savage police more than a week ago probably won't escape his predicament alive, but at least he's taking time to travel. (Read our original post about him here.)On Sunday, the roughly 200-pound bear was spotted in Burnsville near 134th Street and Pa ... More >>
Daniella Martin's life revolves around bugs. She eats bugs, raises bugs, writes about bugs for the Huffington Post, and just released Edible -- a book dedicated to the benefits of bug consumption -- in February. She also inspired an episode of The Simpsons, regularly blogs about bug-eating adventure ... More >>
:::: UPDATE II :::: Today, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance -- meaning licensed feral colonies are indeed coming to Minneapolis soon.:::: UPDATE :::: (September 12) The feral cat colony ordinance was unanimously recommended for approval by the public safety committee ... More >>
There are 30,000 air-purifying live plants, including 400 trees, in the Mall of America. And there are also thousands of aphids trying to eat them.SEE ALSO: Sarah and Bristol Palin receive a lukewarm welcome at Mall of America So officials have decided to one-up the aphids by releasing a whole shit ... More >>
A potato-chip-chomping trucker carrying a load of beehives to California from Minnesota crashed around 10 p.m. last night in Montana, spilling hives all over the highway. The trucker, an Iowan, told Montana police that while driving he reached down to grab a bag of chips. When he looked up, a dee ... More >>
African penguins now residing at the Minnesota Zoo.A group of displaced penguins can stop worrying about where they're going to live. They belong to all of us, now that they've found a home at the Minnesota Zoo. African blackfooted penguins are endangered in the wild due to overfishing and oil ... More >>
Hope, who was born live on web cam, has been missing for 12 days.Hope the black bear cub was born live via webcam, making her an instant internet sensation with thousands of fans. But now, evidence suggests that something may have happened to the juvenile, who rarely leaves her mother's side. "L ... More >>
This sick little bastard is now on the state's payroll.Emerald ash borers are real punk insects. They have no respect for Minnesota's trees, and at about an inch long as adults, they're pretty hard to round up by human hand.As recently leaked documents show, the Minnesota Department of Agricultur ... More >>
Did you see this viral video (below) of the "undead" squid, seemingly coming to life in front of a diner's eyes and nearly wriggling his way out of the bowl? Check it out:
Minnesota ZooSemo and Taijah appear to be getting along swimmingly.It's early days yet, so maybe down the road we'll see some adolescent rebellion from young Taijah, the Minnesota Zoo's baby dolphin. But for the time being, she appears to be happy swimming under the wings of her dad. The two ... More >>
How are Minnesota's bees doing?A recent New York Times article suggests that a virus and fungus have paired up to cause the demise of many hives across the country. Since the Upper Midwest is home to many large and small beekeeping operations, we asked a couple of local experts about what this me ... More >>
It's summer's dog days, and the city's a zoo
Photo: ATKRSmarter than an elk?You want gangster government? Let's talk about the $37,000 hit job ordered up by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on a herd of big but maybe-not-so-dumb elk roaming the countryside Up North in Kittson County. DNR hired its hit men -- sharpshooters ... More >>
Yech: "Widespread and active rodent infestation, numerous gnawed packages of human and animal food, rodent excreta pellets on, in, and around food packages..."
A record number of people visited the zoo in the past year. What's attracting them?
We're not quite sure how St. Paul's pigeon population managed to get this deal, but downtown officials hope the free birdie birth control will cut back the number of these obese ugly creatures pooping on everything in site.
Among the many detractors of modern architecture, the party with the most legitimate beef may be the migrating songbird. Researchers have noted that lit skyscrapers disorient birds at night in roughly the same manner that bus stations waylay runaways: They both have a bad habit of ending up on the s ... More >>
The Department of Natural Resources' Nongame Wildlife Program in cooperation with other conservation groups, launched the Lights Out Twin Cities Project, an effort to reduce building collisions from birds that migrate during the night in the spring and fall.
The Minnesota association of rogue taxidermists unearths an exquisite corpse
From the great outdoors to your oven
Are efforts to allay concerns over mad deer disease driven by good science or vested interests?
It's high time you took your bunny seriously
A downtown cockroach and a nihilistic alley cat light up the gutters in the Theater Gallery's Archy and Mehitabel
For the planet's most voracious insects, Minnesota is just one more pit stop
Wings sprinkled with fairy dust. Free-falling sex. A bite that can kill. Meet Minnesota's favorite insect -- and the men who adore it.
Flight Maps, by Jennifer Price, takes the scenic route--over the mountains and through the mall
A Revisionist View
Or just a hedgehog you're trying to hide from Minneapolis Animal Control?
Elephants loom large at the Imation MAX theater at the Minnesota Zoo.
Under the big top with the elephants and their keepers
A real-life fairy tale in which the wild beasts are hunted, the jungle is a plantation, and the knight in shining armor hails from Apple Valley.
Terri Sutton scours the concrete for something wild.
Cocaine, Tuna, and Free Trade