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Scientists Name Spider After Harry Potter Sorting Hat

No matter how scared you are of spiders, you’ll need this spider to tell you which house you should be in.

Scientists from India have named this uncannily hat-like spider after the Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter novels. The new specie measures only 7mm in size and has been named Eriovixia Gryffindori after House Gryffindor, one of the four houses of Hogwarts. Incidentally, the Sorting Hat is an anthropomorphic hat that tells students which of the Hogwarts houses they will be assigned to.

You all know this pivotal scene that brought Harry, Ron, and Hermione together.

Javed Ahmed, lead author of the study, shared:

“We are very excited to have found this new spider whose shape is very similar to the magical sorting hat worn by the wizard (Gryffindor) in Harry Potter.

“As a youngster, I was very fond of reading the Harry Potter books. So, when I encountered this tiny spider, I thought of the magical hat.”

The spider species was discovered in the Kans forest area of Western Ghats, Karnataka by a team that is already responsible for discovering 5 new spider species in the past two years.

Aside from its fantastical name, the Sorting Hat spider also has the camouflage ability, hence its shape. It’s abdomen makes it look like a dried leaf, which helps the spider avoid getting eaten by predators when it sleeps during daytime.

Ahmed’s exitement at the discovery also prompted him to Tweet JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, and this was her response.

Aside from the Sorting Hat spider, Ahmed is also considering naming another spider species after a famous species of spiders from the Harry Potter universe.

Can you guess which creature he has in mind?

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Cheetah Population Worldwide Nosedives, Nears Extinction

The race to extinction is something that these wonderful animals shouldn’t be part of.

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Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), the fastest animals on land, are now facing near-extinction. According to experts, only an estimated 7,100 cheetahs are currently living in the wild.

A study led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) revealed that the most affected population is that in Asia, with cheetahs in Iran estimated to be less than 50. In Zimbabwe, on the other hand, the population nosedived by 85%, from 1,200 in the year 2000 to only 170 this year.

Experts are lobbying to have the cheetah's status changed from "vulnerable" to "endangered."

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20 Ways To Protect Your Christmas Trees from Your Pets’ Destructive Tendencies

#3 is downright hilarious!

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Most pets are playful by nature. Unfortunately, such playfulness takes a negative turn during the holiday season when they decide that Christmas decors are their toys, too. And the most common victim of our pets' destructive tendencies? The poor Christmas tree.

It takes us creativity, imagination, effort, and of course, moolah, to put up a beautiful Christmas tree. But, it takes mere seconds for our pets to bring those trees down, not to mention the gifts underneath that get ripped apart.

So to avoid such pet-related Christmas tree accidents and make those trees pet-proof, we have a few suggestions that you might want to try. Though some are outright hilarious, some might be pretty effective in fending off those naughty paws....

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Touching Video Shows Dog Pushing Wheelchair-Bound Human On The Road

Dogs are indeed man’s best friend!

Dogs are considered man’s best friend for many wonderful reasons. For once, their loyalty and love for their respective humans are absolutely touching. Case in point, the viral video you will see below shows us a special bond between a pet and a wheelchair-bound woman.

Originally shared by NTD Television on their Facebook page, the short clip has captured the hearts of netizens across the world.

The video has been taken from a vehicle and it shows us the dog running and pushing a woman riding her wheelchair by the roadside....

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