Boars are more dangerous than people realize -- and they're multiplying, possibly because of global warming. Will grave-robbing, pet-eating hogs take over the American South?
By Christopher MimsPosted 05.11.2009 at 3:47 pm 2 Comments
Normally, the worst thing one of Germany's wild boars will do is ruin a field of corn, which is one of their favorite foods. Lately, however, as their population has exploded -- scientists estimate that it increased by 320 percent in Germany in the last year alone -- the pigs have been having more and more encounters with humans.
By Matt RansfordPosted 05.14.2008 at 4:05 pm 1 Comment
The Plagues of Egypt in the book of Exodus are horrible, fantastical events we have yet to witness on Earth: rivers running with blood, hail mixed with fire, the deaths of firstborns. Some plagues, however, we do see from time to time. For modern-day farmers, locusts are very much a real, destructive force. Swarming in groups by the billions, locusts can travel hundreds of miles, stripping vegetation bare as they go. Scientists have never entirely understood the phenomenon, although one study has suggested swarming results from a lot of banging around as a consequence of overcrowding.