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26 Mar

CUTE ALERT! Baby Leopard Sleepytime at Tampa Zoo (VIDEO)

Ready for some late afternoon, heart-melty awwws? Here you go:

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26 Mar

Get Your Morning Stretch On With Bikke The Chip! (VIDEO)

Rise and shine, everyone! It’s the morning in Japan, and Bikke the Chip is awake and ready to take on the day!

We can’t help but look at this sweet chipmunk and feel warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe we should lay off the snooze button and stretch a little more. What do you guys think?

26 Mar

Ten Things You Need to Know About Quokkas

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Photo: Thinkstock

We already know they are super cute, but here are 10 more things you need to know about quokkas.

1. When Dutchman, Willem de Vlamingh, visited the island near Australia they inhabit, he thought Quokkas were large rats, so he named their island, "Rattennest," which later became Rottnest.

2. Quokkas are 16-21 inches in length. 

3. These little guys eat at night, since they're nocturnal. They really like to eat swamp peppermint.

4. Quokkas kick back and chill around watering holes with up to 150 other Quokka buddies.

5. These marsupials don't chew their food. They swallow it immediately and later regurgitate the "cud" and chew that. 

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26 Mar

Wolf and Bear Go Fishing

On the Alaska Peninsula, salmon constitute a significant portion of a wolf’s summer diet. This video, taken at Brooks...

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

This video posted to Katmai National Park and Reserve's Facebook page is pretty amazing. Most people are aware that grizzly bears in Alaska gather every year to take advantage of the salmon spawning runs. Most don't know that bears aren't the only mammalian carnivores to get in on the action.

The wolf in the video is quite the expert at catching salmon. Just goes to show you how adaptable wildlife needs to be to survive. 

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Photo by Robbin D. Knapp via Flicker Creative Commons.

 Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.

25 Mar

Punxsutawney Phil's March Mayhem Bracket Might be Better Than Yours

 

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Photo: Allstate

Chances are, even if you aren't a huge college basketball fan, you still filled out a March Madness bracket. And chances are somewhere down the road one of your "for sure" picks was busted due to a Cinderella upset.

So, what if we told you that famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might be better at picking who will make it to the "big dance" than you? Because when Phil filled out his Allstate March Mayhem Challenge bracket, he definitely went for the upsets and correctly picked UAB's win over Iowa State. He's also one of the few 7.7 percent predicting a West Virginia win over Kentucky. Will he be correct?

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Photo: Allstate

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25 Mar

Drone Records Dolphin Stampede


You've probably heard of horses stampeding, but what about dolphins?  

This video captures the behavior using a remote control drone. Not only is Dolphin Safari (the California-based ecotourism company who created this video) using this new technology to locate whales and dolphins for whale-watching opportunities, but they are hoping to use it to help located and rescue animals entangled in stray fishing gear. That sounds like a win-win to me.

Dolphin stampede

H/T to takepart.com.  

Protect dolphins and other wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

20 Mar

Baby Elephant Taking a Bath Can't Even...

 

We came across this video of a baby elephant having a blast during bath time at an elephant conservation village in Thailand. To truly understand how much fun this young elephant is having, let's walk you through the video.

  1. Baby elephant tests the water, with encouragement from mom.

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  2. Time to dive in, head first!

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  3. I've fallen and I can't get up!

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  4. HALP.

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  5. Gimme that hose.

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  6. Bellyflop!

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  7. This bathtub just became a toilet. Whoops, too much fun!

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  8. Hey, who else wants a bath?

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And if you need more adorable baby elephants, check this out!

 

18 Mar

Squirrel Uses Tiny Fork to Eat Almond Butter (VIDEO)

Wally the squirrel is hungry, and the only solution: almond butter and a tiny fork for his tiny squirrelish hands. 

Choosy squirrels choose JIF.

 Learn more about squirrel eating habits:

17 Mar

Animal Basketball Players

 

With March Madness upon us the folks at HooplaHa have created this great compilation video of basketball-playing animals. I confess that I'm not much of a sports fan, but being a Nature Geek I could watch these cute critters shooting hoops all day long!

I only have one question: do only mammals have a propensity for basketball? I'd love to see some birds or reptiles get in on the action too!  

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Photo by Just Jefa via Flickr Creative Commons.

 

17 Mar

Family Rescues Magpie, Treated to a Forever Friend

 

A photo posted by Penguin Bloom (@penguinthemagpie) on Sep 12, 2014 at 5:47pm PDT

While most families might have a dog or cat for a pet, the Bloom family of Sydney, Australia, has a different sort of animal friend: a magpie.

 

A photo posted by Penguin Bloom (@penguinthemagpie) on Jan 16, 2015 at 2:23am PST

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