Canadian Animal Services Officers Rescue Pudgy Beaver Stuck in Fence 

After a long winter filled with more food than exercise, we feel for this beaver that got stuck in a wrought iron fence in Hamilton, Ontario, because its butt was too big to wriggle through the bars

As The National Post reports, an animal services officer named Sarah Mombourquette was called to a private home on Tuesday, where she found the rodent trapped between two fence posts. Its sharp teeth—designed to fell trees and gnaw through logs—were no match for the metal: “Unfortunately for this beaver, his sharp incisors were not helpful in cutting through the iron fence," The City of Hamilton Animal Services recounted in a Facebook post. "He landed, as the Canadian-ism goes, arse over teakettle through the fence onto a lower section of ground and couldn’t pull his rear-end through with his tiny front paws."

Mombourquette used liquid soap to help the beleaguered beaver squirm its way to freedom. After the animal was liberated, officials brought it to a local shelter and treated it to “a well-deserved veggie buffet,” according to Hamilton Animal Services.

Mombourquette thinks the beaver is under three years old, meaning it's a “teenage” rodent. Due to its age, it's more adventurous and curious than older beavers. This may help explain how it ended up in a private yard, far away from the forest.

Contrary to reports, the rotund critter wasn’t pudgy from months of hibernation: Beavers are mainly nocturnal, but they do remain active during the winter. They continue to eat and build—but just like us, they spend more time inside their cozy homes once the temperature drops. They chow down on stockpiled sticks and branches, which they stack just outside their lodges during the fall months. And to stay warm, they gain weight—particularly in their tails, which are specially designed to store fat. As winter progresses, beavers use up this fat, and the tail shrinks.

The unfortunate beaver was transferred to Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge in Jarvis, Ontario. There, it will recover from injuries (and a very public fat-shaming) before being re-released into the wild.

[h/t The National Post]

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Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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A Prehistoric Great White Shark Nursery Has Been Discovered in Chile

Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
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Great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) may be one of the most formidable and frightening apex predators on the planet today, but life for them isn’t as easy as horror movies would suggest. Due to a slow growth rate and the fact that they produce few offspring, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction.

There is a way these sharks ensure survival, and that is by creating nurseries—a designated place where great white shark babies (called pups) are protected from other predators. Now, researchers at the University of Vienna and colleagues have discovered these nurseries occurred in prehistoric times.

In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Jamie A. Villafaña from the university’s Institute of Palaeontology describes a fossilized nursery found in Coquimbo, Chile. Researchers were examining a collection of fossilized great white shark teeth between 5 and 2 million years old along the Pacific coast of Chile and Peru when they noticed a disproportionate number of young shark teeth in Coquimbo. There was also a total lack of sexually mature animals' teeth, which suggests the site was used primarily by pups and juveniles as a nursery.

Though modern great whites are known to guard their young in designated areas, the researchers say this is the first example of a paleo-nursery. Because the climate was much warmer when the paleo-nursery was in use, the researchers think these protective environments can deepen our understanding of how great white sharks can survive global warming trends.