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30 Aug

Kitten Plays Game of 'Duck, Duck, Goose' with Actual Geese

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Cats are infamous for their love of chasing birds, but this little guy has a way to go before he becomes an expert.

He starts out strong, closing in on these three ducks as fast as his little body will carry him.

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29 Aug

Bird Gets Stuffed Bunny For Birthday, Can't Stop Talking About it

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

This little bird has a whole lot of love to give — and most of it is for his stuffed bunny. Marnie was celebrating his birthday, and his family got him EXACTLY what he wanted: a bunch of stuffed bunnies.

Lots of animals have unusual best friends, but this is definitely a first.

Why this cute little guy loves bunnies so much is a mystery, but he has the SWEETEST way of talking to them, that's for sure.

 

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28 Aug

Swan Couple Separated by Sickness has Sweetest Reunion

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

They're the kind of couple that would finish each other's sentences — if they spoke in sentences.

But when one swan got sick, he was separated from his love.

Saddled with a severe infection, the swan had to leave the Netherlands canal the pair calls home to be treated. For probably the first time since they chose each other 10 years ago, the perfectly matched couple was torn apart.

A beautiful video making the internet rounds among animal lovers everywhere shows the moment when the recovered swan returns to his love. 

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20 Aug

Rare Eagle Shot Months After Release Back Into the Wild

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

She was a majestic bird, with a giant wingspan that allowed her to soar above her native Philippine forests, but Pamana the eagle will fly no more — she was found shot dead on the forest floor last week, only two months after being released into the wild.

Pamana was one of only a handful of Philippine eagles left in the world. There are only 400 pairs remaining in the wild, according to the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

The organization, which is dedicated to preserving and protecting the critically endangered birds, explained that despite laws protecting them, "Philippine eagles are still being shot or captured … mostly out of fear and ignorance, or worse, just for sport."

Pamana was a beloved bird, not only for her rarity and beauty but also for her story of perseverance: Only months ago, Pamana was in the foundation's care recovering from a different shooting. She recovered and was released back into the wild, where foundation biologists worked to track her movements.

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19 Aug

Swearing Parrot Arrested in India

Today in news that makes you say "Wut," a parrot was apparently detained by Indian police for "hurling obscenities" at its owner's stepmother, according to The Independent.

According to reports, Suresh Sakharka, the parrot's owner, trained the bird for two years to yell obscene things at his stepmother, Janabai, whenever she walked by his home.

“I am being harassed for the last two years,” Janabai told Zee News. “On seeing me, the parrot uses bad language and foul words."

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11 Aug

Baby Hummingbirds Fed in Their Teeny Tiny Nest

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

Oftentimes it's the teeny, tiniest of creatures who elicit the biggest of "AWW"s. That about sums up the reaction to an adorable video from the Raptor Education Group that recently resurfaced online. In the clip below, a wildlife rehabilitator demonstrates what feeding time is like for two impossibly small hummingbird chicks all tucked in and cozy in their little nest.

"A nest, complete with tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird chicks arrived yesterday after it came down in a storm," the group wrote on Facebook. "We were not able to replace it, but will continue to try when weather clears. Few people have the honor of witnessing baby hummingbirds as they are fed."

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We are delighted to share a video featuring two of our tiniest patients. A nest, complete with tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbird chicks arrived yesterday after it came down in a storm. We were not able to replace it, but will continue to try when weather clears. Few people have the honor of witnessing baby hummingbirds as they are fed. Their parent are not doing the feeding, we think they are still pretty amazing. Hummingbirds eat aphids and other tiny insects as well as nectar. Protein is vital to hummingbirds all of their life, but especially so as babies when they are growing quickly. There is a small syringe at the other end of the feeding tube that is not visible on the video. Their formula is a complicated mixture of crushed and powdered insects and a homemade nectar base along with digestive enzymes, which they get from their parents naturally during feeding.

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Fortunately, we no longer have to wait for an update. After the scene above was recorded, back in 2013, the hummingbirds thankfully grew up to be biggish and strong.

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"The babies thrived and developed well," their rescuers wrote this week. "They were released at a site that is well known for feeding hummingbirds and has food always available for them to provide a support system as they incorporated into the wild world. [...] They zoomed into their wild world with great enthusiasm as they exchanged our world for the one that is naturally theirs and we wouldn't have it any other way."

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Did you know hummingbirds eat 60 meals a day, and never gain a pound? Learn more about the fascinating birds below.

5 Aug

Blackbird Catches Breathtaking Ride On Hawk

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Why fly when you can, um, sit on someone else? A photographer spotted a smart red-winged blackbird hitching a ride on a much bigger bird, a red-tailed hawk, at the DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska and Iowa.

"We see territorial blackbirds (among others) dive-bombing raptors, but this is definitely something you don't see every day," wrote the U.S. Department of the Interior, which posted the photo to its Instagram account.

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It's hard to know what the blackbird is really up to, but it's possible that he's trying to chase the hawk, a possible predator, away from his nest. This actually isn't the first time a red-winged blackbird has been spotted on the back of a bigger bird.

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3 Aug

Mama Goose Defends Flock Against Animals They'd Never Encounter in the Wild

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Never mess with a mama goose protecting her babies. Three giraffes learned that the hard way when they got a little too close for comfort to a family of these beautiful birds.

It started out simply enough, with a lone giraffe stuck behind bars just wanting to pay a visit to some animals he had never seen before.

 

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When the second giraffe moved in, things got a little heated and the mama goose was forced to give him a warning.

 

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By the time the third giraffe strolled up, the mama goose had had enough and let the curious giraffes know it.

 

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3 Aug

This Incredible Hummingbird Changes Colors With Every Turn

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Can you count how many times this bird changes colors in less than 4 seconds?

He's an Anna's hummingbird, and technically, the bird's feathers never change color. It's the angle, not the feathers, that determine what color we see.

"A good comparison would be a thin layer of oil on water," Kenn Kaufman, the National Audubon Society's field director, told The Dodo.

Microscopic platelet structures on the hummingbird's feathers reflect light the same way that oil does on water. As the angle between the source of light, these microscopic platelets and our eyes changes, the color of the feathers appears to change too, according to Kaufman.

As for this particular Anna's hummingbird, let's slow the footage down, so we can catch every mesmerizing costume change.

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2 Aug

Birds are Total Jerks to Dogs

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

We're not sure what birds have against man's best friend, but there's no doubt they can be giant jerks when they get around dogs. Don't believe us? Just watch these birds bullying these poor pups. Sometimes they even dive bomb from above. Poor guy can't catch a break in a public park.

It turns out birds can get very protective of their territories and their nests, which might explain why they try to keep dogs away.

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