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November was the second straight month where regular multi-day suspensions of Mongabay’s Facebook accounts significantly reduced traffic to the site. Facebook banned Mongabay’s account for stories on sea turtle poaching, an interview with the CEO of The GEF, a mining disaster in Brazil, research into links between industrial pig farming and virus outbreaks, and a controversial road project in Indonesia’s Papua, among others. Despite these repeated suspensions, which were consistently reversed on appeal for human review, Mongabay’s traffic in November was 3% higher than a year ago. The most popular story of the month was a write up on rare camera trap footage of a the Amazon’s short-eared dog (Atelocynus microtis). The story, which was accompanied by a video, had more than 105,000 pageviews during the month. Below are the 20 articles with the most traffic during the month of November. The Amazon’s short-eared dog was thought to be a scavenger. Now there’s video (11/17/20) Written by Elizabeth Claire Alberts – 105,156 pageviews After installing a camera trap near a dead armadillo, a biologist unexpectedly recorded video of the elusive short-eared dog (Atelocynus microtis) scavenging on the carcass, and subsequently published a field report about the incident. While there was previous anecdotal evidence that short-eared dogs scavenge, this field report provides the first published documentation of this behavior, according to its author. In general, very little is known about the short-eared dog, including information about the species’ biology and ecology, although researchers are working to fill these gaps. The short-eared…This article was originally published on Mongabay

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