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30 Nov

Bald Eagle Owes His Life to These Heroic Brothers

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

Caught in a trap in the middle of the woods, a bald eagle would've surely died if nobody saw or did anything, but two brothers wouldn't let that happen.

While out on a hunting trip off Windy Lake in Ontario, two brothers, Michael and Neil Fletcher, spotted the eagle, chained to the ground.

Even tied up, the eagle's sharp beak and talons posed threats to the men and their dog. They placed a sweatshirt over the bird to calm him down.

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24 Nov

Magpie Laughs Like a Human Child and It's Terrifying

Black-billed magpies have quite a naughty reputation. They're known for being aggressive thieves and ruthless hunters in the wild, killing songbirds and munching on their eggs. Their devious actions are only highlighted by their harsh, raspy calls. Unfortunately for magpies of the world, their reputation isn't getting much help from the internet. 

A recently circulated video shows a magpie that possesses a horrifying talent: it can mimic a child's giggle perfectly. It is easily the most creepy bird vocalization ever recorded.

Source: Magpie bird laughs just like a child! by shura84 on Rumble

According to the video's description, this particular Magpie was rescued and raised by Rumble user "shura84". After spending some time being nursed back to health, he was released back outside. Surprisingly, he returns to his old home when called. Where exactly he learned this crazy cackle is still unknown. 

He's not the only talking Magpie on the internet, though. Give a listen to Pica, the chatty bird from Fancy's Family Farm in the UK!

Perfer birds with less aggressive calls and chips? Check out the birds on APL!Ve.

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

24 Nov

Woman Finds Chicken Riding Around Her House on a Roomba

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

When it comes to keeping things neat and tidy, it's always nice to have a helping hen.

Catherine Bremner, a hobby farmer from Australia, was in the middle of doing some chores around the house last week when, much to her surprise, she discovered one of her family's four chickens had snuck inside to offer some assistance.

"I was in the laundry when I heard the robo vacuum going, which I thought was odd as I was home alone," Bremner told The Dodo. Naturally, she went to investigate — only to find a hen had triggered the device and was in the middle of riding it through the living room.

Fortunately, Bremner was able to maintain her composure long enough tocapture a video of the chicken's comical little joyride.

"I laughed and grabbed my phone to tape it as I've never seen it before and I was certain no one would believe me!" she said. "She happily cruised around my house for a round five minutes before she hopped off."

Check out another amazing chicken here!

20 Nov

Owl Rescued From A Brewery

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(Guest post by Emily Watson from

So an owl walks into a bar...

Owls are magnificent creatures. Watch this epic video one sniping some food.

14 Nov

Anxious Bird Who Destroyed All Her Feathers Tells Rescuers 'I Love You'

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

Life is looking up for a bird once called Hobby, the anxious exotic pet who destroyed all her feathers while living in conditions of deprivation and neglect.


Not long ago, she arrived at a sanctuary for birds just like her in Kansas. She smelled like garbage and old cigarettes and had nervously plucked out every single feather she could reach. 


Since her rescue, though, she's got a new name and a whole new attitude.

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9 Nov

Man Rescues a Lost Pelican, Teaches Him How to Fish

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

It's not easy being a bird left to face the big wide world alone — but fortunately for one pelican who lost his flock, he wasn't long without a friend.

Bigbird, as he's come to be known, was rescued a few years back by Jeff Condon, who runs a safari camp on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. After a storm swept through the area, the white pelican had somehow gotten separated from the rest of his family and was found stumbling ashore unable to fly. Condon, to borrow a phrase, took Bigbird under his wing.


Over the months that followed, Bigbird's new friend helped him rehabilitated — going as far as teaching him fly, demonstrating the process by running down the beach with arms outstretched. Eventually, under Condon's tender care, Bigbird learned how to soar, though it soon became clear that he had no interest in leaving.

That being the case, Condon realized he needed to start a new kind of training so that Bigbird could learn to find food on his own.


"He's adopted our camp as his flock now," said Condon, in a video from GoPro. "We've been teaching him pretty much everything he needs to know. We want to try to get him fishing for himself. We're spending a bit of time with him in the water, swimming and diving under the water."

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7 Nov

Chickens Realize There's Something Off About This Baby Lamb

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

Someone put a baby in a lamb costume, and these chickens are very confused.

A video shows two chicken friends trotting up to the little bundle, clucking gently as they try to figure out what this fuzzy new creature is 

YouTube/Kyoot Animals

Of course, it's also possible they're just attracted to the costume's eyes — which happen to look like two very delicious beetles.

Chickens are notoriously curious — and surprisingly intelligent. They also can bond quite closely with their humans. Here's a video of a hen who doesn't know what to do when her boy gets a new haircut.

Get more adorable chicks on the Animal Planet L!VE Chick Cam!

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

3 Nov

Anxious Bird Destroys Her Feathers Before Rescuers Come Along

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

Her former owners named her as they thought of her: Hobby.

In late September, she arrived at Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in Kansas smelling like stale cigarettes and rotting garbage. And she had completely plucked out all the feathers she could reach.

Rescuers renamed her Javi. "We have decided to change Hobby's name to Javi, (pronounced "Ha vee") since no living being should be someone's hobby," the sanctuary wrote on Facebook.

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Birds like Javi respond to stressful situations and neglect by over-preening. When they aren't given enough sunlight, fresh air and love, they start to self-destruct.

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3 Nov

Little Girl's Chicken Crushes Obstacle Course

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

Michael Jordan. Muhammed Ali. Stripe the chicken. That last one might not be a household name yet, but thanks to the efforts of one young girl, it soon could be.

Last week, Facebook user Sarah Koski shared a video of her kid sister leading the clever chicken through an obstacle course that would have surely defeated a lesser bird, but barely registered as a challenge to Spike.

"Just in case you need to smile tonight! The ending made me laugh so hard," wrote Koski, tagging the video "#agilitychicken."

Facebook/Sarah Koski 

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Posted by Sarah Koski on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hopefully, this isn't the last we see of Spike, the bird hero who might be the greatest chicken athlete of his generation.

Remember when the Daniels Wood Land team built Holly Madison an amazing chicken coop? Relive the moment here:

31 Oct

Bird Wakes Up His Sleeping Cat With Little Kisses

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

You know when you're soo comfy and sleepy and someone is trying really hard to wake you up? Yeah. That's pretty much what's going on here.

"Hey. Hey. Wake up. Hey."


This bird is super persistent, but his cat friend reeeally doesn't want to get up so he's all like, "Blergh ... let me sleep." 


Sometimes you just need a buddy to wake you up, you know? 

Watch the whole video below:

This bird loves her cat so much, that she feeds her! Watch here:

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