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Giant Panda Freaks During 7.0 Chinese Earthquake!

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Awww!! Poor guy must've been so scared and confused!

There was a large earthquake in China's Sichuan province on Saturday.

Video from the Bifengxia Giant Panda Reserve shows a panda running for cover once the ground begins shaking.

He tries to climb a tree but is shaken to the ground.

Poor panda!!

No pandas were injured in the quake and now they're receiving extra food and attention from their handlers to help calm them.

Check out the video (above) to see how a panda reacts to a serious earthquake.

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Japan's Nuclear Fallout Leaves Mutated Butterflies

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Sad…even insects are feeling the repercussions of this horrendous accident.

Since March 2011, Japan has been recovering from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Now, researchers are finding that butterflies from the heavily radiated areas are displaying mutations.

The mutations include

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Cat Strums While The Earth(quake) Hums!

Filed under: Science!PetsCuteness!CatCrazzzzy

So there's an earthquake shaking Melbourne, Australia to its core?

This cat will ease your worry with his guitar!

A kitty who is almost completely unfazed by the earth shaking around him decides to play a tune for his master.

Is there an Australia's Got Talent? Cuz this cat got skillz!!!!!

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How Animals Predict Earthquakes

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Scientists believe animals may be able to sense when an earthquake is coming by sensing changes in ground water.

A researcher was studying toads in a lake in Italy when all of the toads suddenly evacuated the lake.

Days just before a major quake.

The researcher said:

"It was very dramatic. It went from 96 toads to almost zero over three days."

Animals that live in or near groundwater are very sensitive to any changes in its chemistry, so they might detect the changes in rocks before the "slip" and cause a quake.

When rocks are under impossibly high levels of stress, they release charged particles.

These particles can flow into surrounding rocks and eventually reach earths surface, converting air molecules into positive ions.

A doctor said:

"Positive airborne ions are known in the medical community to cause headaches and nausea in humans and to increase the level of serotonin, a stress hormone, in the blood of animals."

It's all very sciencey.

Scientists are trying to find a way to incorporate animal behavior into early warning systems.

Basically, if you see a hundred toads leave a pond all at once, you should go stand in a doorway, or get under a sturdy table or one of those other quake survival methods.

[Image via AP Images.]

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Wyclef Jean Wants School Buses For Haiti

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Wyclef Jean is asking for unused school buses to be donated to his charity for Haiti.

Haiti is still recovering from that horrible earthquake in 2010.

Wyclef is an ambassador of his homeland of Haiti and he's been raising money to fund his recovery mission Yele Haiti.

And now he's hoping his fans will help him find buses.

He tweeted:

"Good morn I am looking for school buses in Fair conditions to be donate to Ship to Haiti for students in desperate needs of transportation."

Anybody know of any unused buses??

[Image via WENN.]

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