Tigers, Lions & Bears (Pandas that is)

I finally got down to the Toronto Zoo this past Tuesday, at long last visiting the zoo’s ‘youngsters’ – white lion cubs, giant panda cubs, Juno (the cutest polar bear cub ever!), and Nandu the Indian rhinoceros calf.  They were all adorable and active!  The Sumatran Tigers are my favourite large cat species, and thankfully one of these beautiful cats was ‘on the move’ when I visited her enclosure.  The white lions were also gorgeous, and being able to take a ‘family photo’ of all 6 atop their enclosure’s large rock was a perfect photo moment if ever there was one!   The red pandas are just too darn cute, with their luxurious auburn/red coat, ringed tail and masked bandit face. Lastly, the majestic snow leopard was sleepily lying against the viewing window of her enclosure, so another perfect photo moment presented itself.  A truly glorious day, filled with beauty and revelry for the diverse wildlife of which we share this planet.

The world’s saddest polar bear is just one of thousands of “wild” animals living in malls in China — Quartz

GUANGZHOU The Grandview, a glitzy shopping mall in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is home to the “world’s saddest polar bear,” three-year-old Pizza. Pizza was brought to the world’s attention in March by NGO Animals Asia, which published a video of her lying on the ground, blinking morosely as visitors banged on the glass,…

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Oxford Tops Ranking of Best Universities in the World — TIME

Oxford became the U.K.’s first university to top the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings this year, ending the California Institute of Technology’s five-year streak. Oxford’s rise can be attributed to its growing international reach: Research funding rose 10% and total income rose to 1.4 billion pounds ($1.83 billion), the Guardian reports. According to its…

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman Prove the Bromance Continues With New Sherlock Photo — TIME

Sherlock released a new picture featuring Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) on Wednesday to tease its fourth season returning to PBS some time in 2017. In the shot, Holmes looks like he’s about to make an important discovery that Watson doesn’t quite follow. Watson’s hair seems to look extra silvery, presumably…

via Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman Prove the Bromance Continues With New Sherlock Photo — TIME

The Fight to Save the World’s Seas From China’s Bloated Fishing Industry — TIME

The frigid waters off Japan’s eastern coast teem with sardines, mackerel, anchovy and scallop. They are some of Asia’s most fertile fishing grounds, inspiring an exquisite seafood-rich national cuisine, and supporting a domestic fishing industry worth some $9 billion each year. Today, though, this natural bounty is under threat from a stealthy interloper: an armada…

via The Fight to Save the World’s Seas From China’s Bloated Fishing Industry — TIME