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20 May

Beautiful Crane Fights Off Hungry Tigers (VIDEO)

When a crane was blown into a tiger enclosure by strong winds at a zoo in China, the crowds yelped in horror as they watched the battle that unfolded.

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Photo: The Telegraph CCTV video image

The tigers immediately chased after the crane -- but the bird beauty impressively managed to fend off her attackers with a few graceful wing swoops and looking larger than life! The crowds of zoo visitors cheered and watched the drama at the Fuyang Wildlife Park in Zhejiang Province:

The crane was eventually rescued by zoo staff and removed from the tigers' territory.

 

It's MONSTER WEEK! Watch videos about a killer tiger on the loose in India from our program SERIAL KILLER TIGER AT LARGE:

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14 May

#TBT: Bald Eagle Shot in the Face, Gets New 3-D Printed Beak (VIDEO)

In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, here's a touching conservation story from a few years ago -- an eagle gets a second chance after a tragic accident:

Beauty the bald eagle was shot in the face by a hunter, shattering her upper beak.  Left disfigured but even more importantly, she was left unable to preen or feed herself.  An amazing team of compassionate conservationists came together and with technology, created a 3-D printed beak for her.

Watch the video of the story and see the transplant:

Beauty and the Beak from Keith Bubach - Trooper Media on Vimeo.

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Photo: Vimeo video image

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12 May

This Owl Doesn't Need Enemies With a Friend Like This (VIDEO)

 

With a friend who projectile poops on him, this owl doesn't need enemies!

As funny as this video is, it's actually a normal part of being a young bird. The only job baby birds have is to eat and grow and, yes, poop. Getting pooped on by your sibling is just part of growing up for most birds.

These two owls are no doubt siblings who have recently fledged and left the nest. Their parents are nearby still feeding them and watching out for them while they learn to fly and eventually to hunt on their own.

It's a dangerous time for young birds, but also a totally normal part of growing up. Never try to "rescue" fledgling birds like this that have left the nest on their own. They have a greater chance of survival under the care of their parents compared to a human trying to finish raising them. Here's a good guide for what to do if you find a baby bird out of the nest.

Even if their siblings sometimes poop and them and then flee the scene.

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Photo by Andrew C via Flickr Creative Commons.

 Adopt an Owl with the National Wildlife Federation.

24 Apr

Bullied Barn Owl Prevails Against Hawk Pirate

Video by Jerry Liguori from HawkWatch International.

It's a tough world out there for barn owls. We think of owls and other birds of prey as the ultimate predator of the skies. But many species are not above scavenging or even flat-out stealing the hard-earned prey of other hunters.

This barn owl hunting during the day took a big risk and was indeed attacked by a northern harrier hawk trying to pirate its meal. Watch the video to the end to see what happens.

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Barn owl by Edd's Images via Flickr Creative Commons.

Symbolically Adopt a Barn Owl with the National Wildlife Federation. 

 

23 Apr

Dive Bombing Boobies and Pelicans

 

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Posted by Coral Vivo on Monday, January 12, 2015

This huge flock of what appears to be brown boobies and brown or Peruvian pelicans made quite a show for beachgoers as they dive bombed a school of fish in the surf.

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Brown booby by Ivy Dawned via Flickr Creative Commons.

Brown boobies fly over the water looking for fish just below the surface, often in areas where larger predator fish drive smaller fish to the surface. When they spot prey, they dive bomb from as high as 50 feet and can plunge below the surface to depths of six feet. They execute their dives by folding their wings next to their body at beginning of dive, then thrust their wings straight out over their backs, touching in the middle, just before breaking the surface. 

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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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17 Mar

Squirrel Takes Leap of Faith

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Not every day do you see a flying squirrel. Not every day do you see a grey squirrel do a flying squirrel impression. It just goes to show, when you really want something, you get it. Take this squirrel for instance...

 Watch Animal Planet LIVE's Wild Birds Cam (where squirrels often make cameo appearances)!

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12 Mar

A Bird with a Mustache: The Inca Tern

 

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 I mustache you if you've ever seen a bird this regal? 

This is the Inca Tern, sporting a mix between Hulk Hogan's handlebar and Yosemite Sam's droopy 'stache, that grows out from the fleshy yellow gape at the corners of its beak.   

"The length of an Inca tern's moustache is a reliable signal of its body condition," reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Inca Tern can be found from Northern Peru to central Chile, part of the same habitat ruled by the ancient Inca Empire, which is how it acquired its name.

There are only 150,000 of these awesomely stached ladies and gents left, due to the rapid decrease of suitable nesting areas, declining fish stocks, human over-fishing and mercury pollution.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has listed them as "near threatened." 

And if you were wondering if both males and females had mustaches, the answer is yes.

Where's Ripley's Believe It or Not for these thousands of bearded ladies? 

The Inca Tern isn't the only animal with a mustache. Check out this cat's mustache!

3 Mar

Weasel Hitches Ride on the Back of a Woodpecker

You may have seen this amazing photo of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker making it rounds on the web.  Although this may seem like a scene out of adorable fairy tale fiction, the reality is, this weasel is apparently trying to KILL this woodpecker, according to multiple reports. Click through to the full ITV News report for the full report and more photos:

 

For more epic animal battles, check out our collection of incredible videos:

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20 Feb

The World's First Falcon Cataract Surgery

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Photo: iStockphoto

Banner, a female lanner falcon, had been suffering from cataracts in both eyes for about two years, ending her dreams of ever being able to fly or hunt again. 

But in late September of 2014, Banner went into surgery for an hour, where the veterinary team at Caves Animal Hospital in Deering, N.H., removed her cataracts and put artificial lenses in her corneas, as reported by Discovery News

Canadian opthalmology equipment manufacturer I-Med donated the six millimeter wide lenses to the troubled falcon. 

After post-surgical eye drops, she can now fly, hunt and live! Let that Banner fly. 

Want to learn more about falcons? Read up on these fascinating birds!

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