Wildlife tourists who mistake aggression for kissy-faces in danger of monkey-bites

A University of Lincoln researcher on holiday in Morocco noticed that wildlife tourists were mistaking macaques' aggressive facial expressions for kissy faces and responding "by imitating the monkey's facial expression, which generally ended by either aggression by the monkey towards the tourists or the monkey leaving the interaction" -- which leads to monkey bites. Read the rest

Sabine Volkert's vibrant animations of delightful creatures

Musician Max Cooper collaborated with artist Sabine Volkert to create the accompanying video, which features symmetrical delightful creatures morphing and overlapping. Volkert's hand-drawn style makes it a fine complement to the music. Read the rest

Watch as orcas charge a blue whale, probably just for kicks

A pod of orcas, aka the a-holes of the ocean, got recorded by a drone as they harassed a blue whale that was minding its own business. Read the rest

Watch: Snake regurgitates large live snake

This is a great video shot by Christopher Reynolds that shows a snake regurgitating a live snake.

According to Gizmodo:

So, what the hell’s going on? I asked Sara Ruane, a snake expert and assistant professor at Rutgers University, Newark to watch the video for us.

“Snakes eat each other all the time,” she said. “When snakes are startled by something or something is attacking them, one of their first lines of defense is to throw up whatever is in their stomach.” That’s because they no longer have food weighing them down, and it might scare the predator. I, too, would run away from someone vomiting their lunch on the street.

In this case, it’s likely that the videographer, Christopher Reynolds from Newton, Texas, startled the bigger snake when he started filming. “As soon as that snake throws it up it takes off,” she said. “Now it doesn’t have this other snake weighing it down.”

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It took four years lying underwater to get a perfect shot of a Eurasian beaver

For four years, photographer Louis-Marie Preau would lie motionless underwater for hours at a time to get this perfect shot of a Eurasian beaver carrying a branch back to its lodge. Read the rest

Best Instagram account about Russians and bears

I was directed to the Instagram account of svetlanko69, and was not disappointed. It's nothing but photos and videos of bears (both cubs and full-grown giants) often interacting with humans.

Fake bear/human fight:

Вот такую необычно экстремальную фотосессии провели Ирина с #медведьстепан photo by @ipirogovacom Где Ирина была Ларой Крофт из Тома Райдера.Задача бороться с медведем и получилось грандиозно.Вот он плюшевый Степаша,изобразил что то мощно-ог арессивное,правда больше ее щекотал,обнюхивал реквизит и не мог понять почему модель уползает и не хочет целоваться.  Конечно ему лучше комедии играть. #друг #съемки #лес🌲 #фотосесия #русскиймедведь #Россия #модель  #фотодляроссиии #фотографвмосква #медведь #фотосесиясхищниками  #живоймедведь #портфолио #like #like4like  #art #oso #bear #animallover

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Bear cub gardener:

Лучший мой помощник!!!#медведьсемён #смешной #неуклюжий #мир #эмоциичерезкрай #русскиймедведь #мимимишка #чудонаша #медвежонок🐻 #друг

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Bear cub adorableness:

После трудового дня,с любимой игрушкой можно и поволяться на диванчике. #медведьсемён #мир #эмоциичерезкрай #русскиймедведь мимимишка #чудонаша #медвежонок🐻 #друг

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Everlasting bear/human friendship:

#медведьстепан photo by @ipirogovacom #добрый #нежный  #друг #лес🌲 #фотосесия #русскиймедведь #Россия #модель  #фотодляроссиии #фотографвмосква #медведь #фотосесиясхищниками  #живоймедведь #портфолио #like #like4like  #art #oso #bear #animallover

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I challenge you to find a better Instagram account that specializes in Russians and bears. Read the rest

Sea lion grabs girl from wharf and drags her into water

"Would you mind showing me evidence of any negative thing any sea lion has ever done to you?" This girl is one of the lucky few to be able to shut up a sea lion. Read the rest

Man shows the metamorphosis of his pet hercules beetle

Here's a time lapse video of the transition from sickening grub to dapper beetle. Read the rest

This is what a cat looks like if you shave everything but its face

This cat fully shaved... except for its face from pics

I would rather not find out why this happened. It's better to appreciate out of context. Read the rest

Do not be alarmed by the dog on the roof

"Huckleberry likes to sit on the roof," says Boing Boing reader Matthew. "His owners made a sign to reassure concerned passersby." Read the rest

Oh, just an apple snail laying its eggs

Wikipedia: "Pomacea canaliculata eggs. Several apple snail genera (Pomacea, Pila and Asolene/Pomella) deposit eggs above the waterline in calcareous clutches. This remarkable strategy of aquatic snails protects the eggs against predation by fish and other aquatic inhabitants." [Source (via JWZ)] Read the rest

Oregon cops issue "verbal warning" to armed cat in a tree

After receiving a report of a cat in a tree holding an assault rifle, the Newport Oregon Police Department attended the scene, and, after ascertaining that the gun was actually a stick, they issued a "verbal warning" to the offending cat. Read the rest

Can you spot the venomous snake in this photo?

@SssnakeySci would like you to find the venomous snake in this photo, taken by Jerry Davis. I thought I was being pranked, but I finally found it.

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WAKE UP! A picture book exploring new life

Life is a continuing cycle of newness, then growth, and then gone: then birth and growth again. I started thinking about that theme of new life and new beginnings several years ago, and WAKE UP!, published by Candlewick Press, is the result. Working with my collaborator, poet Helen Frost, our book is about opening eyes—our own, first—and pointing to the world that’s right here, containing us all. Helen and I are both based in the US Midwest, so we started there, with a world that we didn’t need to travel far to explore, only wake up enough to actually see.

Watch: nature documentaries are phony

Nature documentaries: the sound is fake, the scenes are concocted, some of the animals are computer animations, and the music is emotionally manipulative. But that's the only way we will sit through them, says Simon Cade, host and creator of this explainer video. Read the rest

Seal doesn't recognize property rights, tries to steal man's shark

"The men who attempt to survive, not by means of reason, but by means of force, are attempting to survive by the method of animals." -- Ayn Rand Read the rest

Blue horseshoe crab blood sells for up to $14,000 per quart

Unfortunately for horseshoe crabs, their blue blood is so good at detecting harmful bacteria that the hapless critters are being scooped up by the hundreds to be attached to industrial horseshoe crab blood milking stations. Now the International Union for Conservation of Nature has categorized the American horseshoe crab is "vulnerable" to extinction. From Popular Mechanics:

Their distinctive blue blood is used to detect dangerous Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli in injectable drugs such as insulin, implantable medical devices such as knee replacements, and hospital instruments such as scalpels and IVs. Components of this crab blood have a unique and invaluable talent for finding infection, and that has driven up an insatiable demand. Every year the medical testing industry catches a half-million horseshoe crabs to sample their blood. But that demand cannot climb forever. There's a growing concern among scientists that the biomedical industry's bleeding of these crabs may be endangering a creature that's been around since dinosaur days. There are currently no quotas on how many crabs one can bleed because biomedical laboratories drain only a third of the crab's blood, then put them back into the water, alive. But no one really knows what happens to the crabs once they're slipped back into the sea. Do they survive? Are they ever the same?
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