Lacoste Replaces It’s Crocodile Logo With 10 Endangered Species To Raise Awareness

French brand Lacoste has teamed up with IUCN's SOS (Save Our Species) — a nature conservation charity — for a limited-edition collection of polo tshirts.

The tees have logos of endangered animal species instead of the green crocodile, and were launched on the runway during the brand's show at last year's Paris Fashion Week.

The species are: the California condor, the saola, the Sumatran tiger, the Anegada ground iguana, the vaquita, the Burmese roofed turtle, the northern sportive lemur, the Javan rhino, the Cao-vit gibbon, and the kakapo.

"For the endangered species of this world, the crocodile abandons its ancestral place," say Lacoste, who had previously never changed their green croc since its debut 85 years ago.

The globally recognized logo was designed as an homage to the brand's founder René Lacoste, who was dubbed "The Crocodile" because of how he dealt with his opponents on the tennis court.

The new, limited edition logos were produced using the same green coloring and embroidery style as the crocodile.

Each of the 10 designs were produced in limited numbers, corresponding to the remaining population size of each species in the wild.

For example, just 350 polos were produced featuring the Sumatran Tiger, whose main threats are poaching and deforestation. The smallest batch—at just 30 pieces—features the California porpoise, who due to overfishing is one of the most threatened mammal species ever.

Other species include the Burmese turtle, the northern weasel maki, the Java rhino, the eastern black crested gibbon, the kakapo, the California condor, the saola, and the Anegada iguana.

Each Save Our Species polo was retailed at $185, and the total collection of 1,775 are already sold out, with the profits of each sale donated to the IUCN conservation.

However, If you'd still like to contribute to the worthy cause, you can still donate via the Save Our Species website.

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In an effort to raise awareness for endangered species, sports fashion brand Lacoste has replaced its iconic crocodile logo with 10 different animals, which represent species that are sadly facing extinction.

Featured on the brand's classic white polo, the limited edition collection—titled Save Our Species—marks a three-year partnership between Lacoste and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Each of the 10 designs were produced in limited numbers, corresponding to the remaining population size of each species in the wild.



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Nearly Extinct Pink Dolphin Gives Birth To Pink Calf

Rare pink dolphin mom gave birth to a cute baby dolphin. People call her Pinky, and the animal has been spotted in the Calcasiey river in Louisiana. The pink calf was there, too.

The pink mammal became popular 12 years ago when a clip was shared to Pinky's Facebook page, showing the two pink dolphins swimming in front of a massive boat in the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

Captain Erik Rue was the first to spot her.

Pinky is a Rare River Dolphin who got the pink color from a rare genetic mutation.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed river dolphins as endangered. Their population is steadily decreasing.

The birth of the calf gives us hope that calves have inherited their mother's genetic mutation which would help in the effort of increasing the population of rare species.

Pinky isn't affected by the environment or sunlight but sure likes to remain below the surface more than other animals.

Pink dolphin named “Pinky" spotted playing in Louisiana ship channel

Captain Rue said, via The Sun:

The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws. Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod. I feel very fortunate to have seen this incredible mammal and lucky to be able to work and live in the area where such a fantastic creature frequents. Our guests are always thrilled at the opportunity to spot such a unique mammal and we look forward to it being around for some time to come.

She's an incredible mammal that brings joy to locals, and guests love seeing such a wonderful mammal.

Bridget Boudreaux spotted Pinky and her calf in the river a while ago. She saw them swimming and jumping around.

Spotting the mom and her baby was a wonderful experience for her, and she even asked the captain to stop the boat so she can see it better.

Bridget told KATC:

It was amazing to see. I was astonished. My reaction, well I was in awe about it. It first came up straight out the water and I was like, 'Whoa! That was a pink dolphin! Stop the boat!!'

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This Cloud Lamp Creates A Thunderstorm Inside Your Room, And It’s The Coolest Thing Ever

Do you like when it rains? Some people say rain and thunderstorms help them sleep better. Moreover, the sound of raindrops makes getting out of bed really hard.

Driven by this fact, Richard Clarkson Studio designed a real cloud lamp that makes thunderstorms. In your bedroom. Too good to be true? Well, this is real, and you can have it in your home.

Clarkson explains that their interactive lamp and speaker system mimics thunderclouds in several aspects.

The "cloud" detects your presence via motion sensors and releases unique lighting and thunders.

Cloud lamp

The lamp is packed with full-motion sensors, microphones, and speaker system.

Users can actually control the sounds and sensitivity to movements. The item is made from hypoallergenic fiberfill, and releases a nightlight and music reactive mode.

Users have full control over their "cloud." All you need is a wireless remote! The cloud includes a Phillips LED light to make thunders.

According to the studio, users can use the high-quality speaker to stream music through every Bluetooth compatible device. You can also adjust the color and the brightness of you lighting.

So, you can get your own thunderstorm machine for $3,300. If this is too much, get yourself a few non-interactive clouds for $960. There's also a "tiny" version.

All images from Richard Clarkson


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Willie Nelson Rescued 70 Horses From The Slaughterhouse And Let Them Roam Free On His Ranch

As if you need another reason to love Willie Nelson, news has recently surfaced that the musician and activist is also a horse lover.

He's so fond of them that he rescued 70 horses from being slaughtered. They now roam on his 700-acre ranch in Texas.

The country musician spends most of his time at Luck Ranch when he's not on the road. The ranch is home to him and the name "Luck" suits in more ways than one.

Nelson told Paul Venema from KSAT 12 News, "When you're here, you're in Luck, and when you're not, you're out of Luck."

Luck Ranch: Over 70 rescue horses roam Willie Nelson's hill country ranch

The horses are undoubtedly lucky, too and Nelson agrees. He told Venema:

"My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world. They get hand-fed twice a day, and they were just ready to go to slaughter is probably the last thing they remembered, so they're happy horses."

As The Epoch Times reports, Nelson has long held a love for horses.

His song Ride Me Back Home, for instance, attests to his love for the animal. Nelson also won an award in 2015 for the video to his song The Love of Horses.

The video shows Nelson meeting members of Habitats for Horses who were trying to end the slaughter of horses by working to get new legislation passed.

A love for horses runs in the family. Nelson's son, Lukas, supports Saving America's Horses as well as Habitat for Horses. And the younger Nelson's band, Lukas Nelson & Promise, have likewise sung praise for horses.

Nelson, who is nearly 90-years-old, shows no signs of slowing down or staying silent about issues he feels passionately about.

When asked about retirement, Nelson simply stated:

"I retire after every show. I say, 'That's it, I'm not goin' no more,' but then we hang out awhile and people [the band] feel like playing, and so we go play again."

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Thanks to The Epoch Times and Habitat for Horses


Thriving Tiny Ecosystem In A Sealed Bottle Hasn't Been Watered In Over 40 Years

Plants and greenery usually require multiple things in order to survive. Soil, air, water, and sunlight for example. However, there are some unique cases when that isn't always true.

The small ecosystem you'll see in this article has not been watered for over forty years! It has been sitting all that time in a sealed bottle.

Even though it hasn't been watered in ages, it continues to thrive and grow!

How is this possible?

The story begins on Easter Sunday of the year 1960. On that fateful day, David Latimer planted a seed in a glass bottle out of pure curiosity.

What happened over the next fifty plus years has shocked not only David, but the entire world as well. He had no clue that the small seed would flourish into an entire ecosystem.

The last time Latimer watered the plant was in 1972! Nearly half a century later, the sealed bottle garden is still growing strong as ever.

How did this happen?

After initially putting some compost into the glass bottle, he used a piece of wire to carefully lower down spiderwort seedlings and then added a pint of water to get it started.

He then placed the sealed bottle in a sunny corner and let the magic of science do the work.

Other than the initial watering and the second watering in 1972, the bottle garden has been completely restricted from freshwater as well as carbon dioxide.

These are the two main requirements for successful plant growth! However, this plant has still managed to create its own self-sustaining ecosystem.

Through photosynthesis, plants acquire the energy needed to grow by absorbing sunlight. During the process, oxygen and water vapor are also created in the process.

The moisture then builds up inside the bottle and because it has nowhere to go - it's sealed in, it "rains" back down on the plant. That sorts out the water element that the plant needs to survive.

For the carbon dioxide, when leaves fall into the soil, they are broken down and all the carbon dioxide and nutrients stored in them is absorbed back into the soils which in turn is then absorbed by the plant through its roots, giving it the carbon dioxide it needs.

David Latimer is now in his 80s and hopes to pass on his wonderful experiment to his children when he dies. Hopefully they will keep it safe and ensure it lives on forever!

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