Whooping cranes are some of the world’s most endangered animals, so they’re often raised in captivity and then released to help ensure their survival. Crane caretakers must wear shapeless, poncho-like costumes to prevent the baby birds from mistaking humans for their parents, and a crane “parent” puppet is used to teach young cranes how to eat.
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The Rainbow Toad (Ansonia latidisca) — a species not seen since 1924 — was photographed for the very first time after being recently spotted by researchers “scouring remote forests in Borneo.”
Up until the amphibian’s rediscovery, its existence was only confirmed through illustrations etched by European explorers who came across it in the 20s.
“When I saw an email with the subject ‘Ansonia latidisca found’ pop into my inbox I could barely believe my eyes,” Conservation International’s Robin Moore, who launched the Global Search for Lost Amphibians campaign, is quoted as saying. “The species was transformed in my mind from a black and white illustration to a living, colorful creature.”