The mantids earn their popularity from the fearsome triangle of a head while the elegant bodies and displays they give us only add to the mystique. Now the background to that grisly mating habit can be revealed !
Any obsessions we have with our own cats, birds, dogs, pigs, horses or whatever stems from long-established traits in ourselves, but the elucidation of how the animal species were adapted is just as intriguing. Here is a great story on how the horse became what it is today - a simple hobby with negative aspects to its breeding and shapes to match human fancy. But what a story from history of deals, war-horses, ancient chariot uses and the complete history of recent agriculture and transport - and thats just a start!
When dolphins are 'rescued' in various countries, the car given seems to be ill-considered. We are simply looking at the success rate which is reported to be low, in most places. They could even end up in commercial aquarium shows, but they certainly rarely make it back to the sea.
How do you maintain your environmental credentials/ Are you sure that the easiest life style is always the choice or would you rather have a more long-term approach by society? Have a look at the questions we raise here..