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San Francisco Man Singlehandedly Revives A Rare butterfly Species In His Backyard - Now That's An Idea That Took Flight!
Via: Inhabitat
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Aquatic biologist Tim Wong single handedly revived the rare California Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies in his backyard - Now that's an idea that took off!

Via: CCTV News
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The Chinese salamander is a very rare nocturnal salamander that lives in lakes and streams in the mountains of China. This one is believed to be at least 200-years-old. It measures 4 feet 7 inches long and weighs 104 pounds. These animals are becoming increasingly endangered due to habitat loss. 

Maybe that's why this giant was found in a cave in Chongqing Municipality in China. He's since been transferred to a research facility. You can really tell how big he is here with a scientist for scale: 

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The Associated Press reports of this amazing occurrence captured on video in North Dakota by retired engineer, George Loegering. According to the AP, experts say the phenomenon developed from a rare combination of "cold, dense air, and an eddy in the river."

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