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In the video above, The National Geographic explains chromatophors, the pigment-changing cells in certain species of octopus.
The blue-ringed octopus is venomous and entirely willing to let you know before you get too close. Karel Mestdagh shot this video on a Samsung Galaxy S4 in a waterproof case:
Octopuses' camouflage is a behavioral as well as colorful performance, mimicking other sea creatures from lionfish to cuttles: Read the rest
Jennifer Boylan reflects on the death and life of companions in Inside of a Dog
This summer, I took Indigo for one last walk. She was slow and unsteady on her paws. She looked up at me mournfully. “You did say you’d take care of me, when the time came,” her eyes said. “You promised.”
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Stormy the cow was recaptured after again escaping the Philadelphia nativity scene in which she is imprisoned. The bovine's second bid for freedom ended after she was found about a block away from the Old City historical neighborhood. Her first saw her reach the I-95 highway, where police surrounded her with cars and summoned a "cow expert" -- do they mean a farmer? -- to help return her to the festive corrall.
I have no idea what the fellow is saying about this tribe of capybaras invading a warehouse in Brazil, I'm just glad that they did so and that he was there to record it for posterity. Read the rest
If you're a fan of emus, or a fan of swearing in a northern English accent, this is the video for you. Read the rest
From a nature show on BBC 2, here's the story of a Honey Badger who cannot be confined! He’s smarter than Houdini. Read the rest
Look at them. Look at these weird flat cows. Look at these rectangular sheep. Tell me these aren't perfect.— Iron Spike (@Iron_Spike) November 6, 2017
Turn up your speakers! The music really makes it.
It's from 2012, but National Geographic's article about a Beluga whale imitating human speech is not to be missed. Embedded above is a recording of Noc, who pretty much sounds like he's taking the mickey out of us.
Researchers first noticed something peculiar back in 1984, when they heard people talking around NOC's enclosure when no one else was nearby.
"You could hear there was a conversation, but you couldn't make out what they were saying," said study co-author Sam Ridgway of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. The source of the chattering was later confirmed when a human diver thought someone had told him to get out of the whale's tank—it turned out to be NOC, repeating a sound like the word "out."
Doo doo do doooo (*muttering*) stupid humans DO DAAA DOD DOOOO! Read the rest
"Petting your dog," writes Blake Boege, "is the most relaxing thing you can possibly do." Read the rest
Mama was 59 years old, the oldest among the Royal Burgers Zoo chimpanzee colony in Arnhem.
Jan van Hooff (emeritus professor behavioural biology at Utrecht University and co-founder of the Burgers colony) who has known Mama since 1972, visited her in the week before she died of old age in april 2016. It took a while before she became aware of Jan's presence. Her reaction was extremely emotional and heart-breaking. Mama played an important social role in the colony. This has been described in "Chimpanzee Politics" by Frans de Waal, who studied the colony since 1974.
Visit before the end comes, and stay close enough to know when it's coming. Read the rest
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The story varies depending on the source—momma being killed by a trap, run over by a car, lawnmowered, etc—but in all cases the result is this video of a pile of baby hedgehogs suckling on a cat.
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Musya the cat has become unexpected wet-nurse to 8 orphaned hedgehogs after their mother was killed in a lawnmower accident. 🦔🐱 pic.twitter.com/AbOoXP3rjA— RT UK (@RTUKnews) July 30, 2017