23 Dec '11, 3pm

Here's a way to use those old socks! Donate them to a rare weasel:.

Here's a way to use those old socks! Donate them to a rare weasel:.

If you celebrate a gift-giving holiday this season, you're probably going to get socks from a well-meaning relative. (I'm looking forward to it! I really need socks.) And now you can do some good with your old ones, or the ones whose mates got lost in the wash and which you've been wearing as odd pairs: Donate them to help a rare weasel . A team of researchers from UC Davis' Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Program, adorably acronymed SNAMP , are trying to get good data on the rare Pacific fisher weasel. These guys are super-elusive, so to get good images, researchers need a motion-sensing camera and bait that will keep the weasels busy while they're being photographed. A sock full of chicken is basically a Kong for weasels -- they have to chew through the sock to get their snack, so it takes them a while. And meanwhile the automatic paparazzi are snapping away . (Also, s...

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