Turkey researchers working hard to build a better bird

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Eastern wild turkeys have that classic turkey look, but domesticated turkeys are generally bred with breasts so big that they can’t mate naturally.

A majority of today’s domesticated turkeys may not be able to fly, but their ancestors sure got around. Meleagris gallopavo, the quintessential New World bird, was already an Old World favorite by the time colonists in North America first celebrated any Thanksgiving feasts. Today’s turkey researchers are investigating the big bird’s genetic heritage and biology as part of an effort to improve several aspects of its cultivation.

 

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Is Einstein The World’s Smallest Horse?

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Will tiny horses become the hot new craze?

Einstein is just three days old, after being born on Friday at a farm in Barnstead, New Hampshire.

It’s thought that Einstein could lay a claim to the title of the world’s lightest foal – his 6lb weight at birth being normal for a human baby, but not a horse, even a miniature breed like Einstein. (With pics and video)

Tracking Penguins From Space

Tracking Penguins From Space

This satellite image shows white Antarctic ice stained brown by Emperor penguin guano  

Satellite images have picked up giant red-brown stains on the pristine white sea ice, indicating the presence of thousands of penguins.

It meant that researchers for the British Antarctic Survey were able to locate every colony on the continent for the first time ever.

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Cow Gives Birth To Twins Of Different Breeds

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Mysterious Twin Calves

A cow has baffled experts after giving birth to twin calves of different breeds. The odd occurrence happened when farmer Vic Phillips, 27, mated his Aberdeen Angus bull Eric with a Simmental heifer, called Jemima.

The result was twin calves Ernie and Emily but Mr Phillips from Mudgley Lodge Farm, Rooksbridge in Somerset believes they are both different breeds. Ernie came out a fawn colour and is the same breed as his mother a Simmental while Emily is darker shade of black and brown is apparently an Aberdeen Angus.

Mr Phillips said: “It happens but it is quite rare. I thought there must have been a mistake and another cow had given birth as well but it turned out that they were twins. “We have only been farming for two-and-a-half years this is our first ever set of twins.”

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‘Project Wanted Horse’

‘Project Wanted Horse’ 

This year, as a humanitarian effort, the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) and the Aminal Welfare Institute (AWI) launched ‘Project Wanted Horse,” assuring that any horse rescued from slaughter or an abuse situation would be placed on one of 94,000 NBFA farms across the country. Del Camino Equestrian Enterprises Inc., which takes a very special interest in “senior” horses has honored the NFBA its 2008 Best Humane Business Innovation Award for its commitment to senior horses.

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Study: Cousins Can Breed Healthy Kids

Study: Cousins Can Breed Healthy Kids

 Still, some cousins should refrain from breeding…

The belief that babies born to first-cousins will suffer from some kind of deformities is all a myth, say researchers in Australia.

According to an earlier Australian research published in 2001, babies born to first-cousins are nearly three times more likely to have serious birth defects. But professor Alan Bittles, a director at the Center for Comparative Genomics at Murdoch University, who has spent 30 years researching the topic, says most children born to first cousins are healthy.

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