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8 Feb

Abandoned Egg Was Holding the Most Determined Little Duckling

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Chloe Bryan from thedodo.com)

Even after she was left behind, the duckling inside an abandoned egg wasn't ready to give up.

Daisy, a mallard duck, laid nine eggs on a hot June day — but time wasn't on her side. In 106-degree heat, Daisy was forced to leave two unhatched eggs behind so she could transport her seven hatchlings to a nearby lake.

There was little hope for the two abandoned eggs — how could they survive without their mother? But, the next morning, one egg started moving ...

... and with a little coaxing, something amazing happened.

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8 Feb

Abandoned Egg Was Holding the Most Determined Little Duckling

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Chloe Bryan from thedodo.com)

Even after she was left behind, the duckling inside an abandoned egg wasn't ready to give up.

Daisy, a mallard duck, laid nine eggs on a hot June day — but time wasn't on her side. In 106-degree heat, Daisy was forced to leave two unhatched eggs behind so she could transport her seven hatchlings to a nearby lake.

There was little hope for the two abandoned eggs — how could they survive without their mother? But, the next morning, one egg started moving ...

... and with a little coaxing, something amazing happened.

Continue reading >

1 Feb

Eagles Trained to Take Out Drones

 

Drone technology has hit the mass market, and the flying devices seem to be everywhere. While commercially available drones are legal and regulated, not everyone is a fan of them. There are concerns that drones could interfere with commercial aircraft, be used for illegal spying and surveillance, or even used in terror attacks.

Dutch police are exploring a new solution for responding to problematic use of drones: training eagles to take down the flying machines. The video above highlights this unique lo-tech solution to a high-tech problem.

Even if you don't speak Dutch it's pretty obvious that a small to medium-sized drone wouldn't stand much of a chance against a trained eagle. 

You can read more about this unique program on IEEE Spectrum website. 

Golden Eagle Tony Hisgett Flickr
Photo by Tony Hisgett via Flickr Creative Commons.

Adopt and Eagle with the National Wildlife Federation.

22 Jan

Loving Duck Won't Let ANYTHING Hurt His Favorite Little Boy

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Arin Greenwood from thedodo.com)

This lucky little boy bathes with a rubber ducky, and a real ducky, too.

Tyler, the mini-human, is about a year and a half old now.

Beaker the duck — otherwise known as Bee — has been Tyler's best friend since he joined the Texas household as a wee duckling, around nine months ago.

Tyler's first word, in fact, was "duck," says Tyler's mom, Jennifer Young.

"They did everything together, play, eat, nap, etc.," says Young. "Luckily he" — meaning Bee — "was easy to train with a harness." (Both Bee and Tyler are willing to wear diapers, though Bee sometimes yanks his off.)

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21 Jan

Tiny Owl Uses Tiny Mushroom as an Umbrella

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Zainab Akande from thedodo.com)

This sweet little bird is destined for greatness — in addition to cuteness. And apparently, he doesn't shy away from the camera.

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Tanja Brandt, a photographer in Germany, has owned Poldi ever since he was a baby. "I got him when he was five months old," Brandt told Bored Panda. "He didn't want to come out of his egg and he was very small, the smallest. His six sisters were all hatched, and as he was the last to be born, days after the others, he was very small."

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Poldi isn't the only pet of Brandt's who doesn't shy away from the limelight. He has other partners in crime, one of them a Belgian shepherd named Ingo.

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13 Jan

Turkey Photographed Flying Coach with Airline Passengers

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Whoever said turkeys were flightless birds was sorely mistaken.

A flight attendant recently snapped this photo of a turkey on a plane, sitting in his very own seat.

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Although the surrounding passengers may have been concerned about sharing such close quarters with the bird, he made one traveler feel safe and secure.

You see, this is no ordinary turkey. Delta airlines allowed him on the plane free of charge because his fellow passenger registered him as an emotional support animal.

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11 Jan

Cincinnati Zoo Names Baby Penguin After Rockstar David Bowie

Meet Bowie, the first Zoo Baby of 2016! Elvis and Bowie were popular suggestions because today is the birth date of...

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Friday, January 8, 2016

It's Cincinnati's Zoo first birth of the year: a blue, or fairy, penguin! Born on the same day as Elvis Presley and David Bowie, the zoo went to Facebook and Twitter to choose a name. Ultimately they settled on Bowie, because they already have one penguin named King.

The timing of this chick's name is sadly appropriate. While the zoo named the penguin before Bowie's passing, the newborn now serves as a tribute to the late music icon.

The Cincinnati Zoo has the country's largest colony of little penguins. “We now have 33 little penguins. Four chicks have hatched in the current breeding season, and there are still seven eggs in the exhibit,” said the zoo's bird keeper, Jennifer Gainer in a recent press release.

There have been several penguin hatchings on the Animal Planet L!VE Penguin Cam! Watch one of them here:

7 Jan

Duck Couldn't Be Happier to Have Adopted a Little Girl

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by zainabakande from thedodo.com)

Snowflake is no dog, but he's just as loyal as any canine out there.

The all-white duck was named by his best friend and "Frozen" fan, 5-year-old Kylie Brown when he was "zero years old," she told local news outlet WGME. While Kylie has owned dogs and gerbils, her relationship with Snowflake is one that's withstood the test of time. The Brown family brought Snowflake to their home in Maine on a whim one day.

"This little, yellow fur ball is squawking in a box and Kylie walked over to the box and leaned in and it was quiet," Kylie's mother told WGME. "Everywhere she went, he was quiet. And if she went missing, he would squawk and panic."

Ever since, he's stuck to doing what he does best — following little Kylie around like the feathered version of a loving pup.

He's been by her side since he was a small, yellow duckling, during story time:

And in warm weather:

Eventually growing up to waddle behind her even in the snow. Click below to watch the full video of the two best friends!

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Kylie isn't the only who loves ducks! Learn more about the Peabody Hotel ducks and their royal treatment here!

6 Jan

Birds Decide Man's Shoe is the Perfect Place to Start a Family

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

Being a friend to animals sometimes means lending them a helping hand — or in this case, a boot.

A sweet little video has been making the rounds on social media in recent days showing a family of canaries in Brazil who decided their home shouldn't just be where the heart is, but the sole too. So, naturally, they took the liberty to establish their nest inside a man's temporarily unused shoe.

Thankfully, as YouTube user Daniel Scalabrini explains, the person evicted from their footwear was more than gracious enough to let the birds borrow his boot:

"This home is on a farm. On the farm people have the habit of putting the shoe which is used to working under the roof that is not wet by rain. The Canary took advantage of one of them to make their nest. The shoe's owner saw that the canary had built the nest and left the shoe there until the chicks [could] fly."

Watch more birds on the Animal Plant L!VE Bird Cam!


Live video by Animal Planet L!ve
Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

31 Dec

Birds Would Like Their Sister to Wake Up Now, Please

Dodo Circular

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

We've all had those times where we really, really want to sleep in ... but our pets just don't care. These two little birds woke up one morning, ready to start their day — and ready for their sister to start their day with them.

So, they decided to wake her up.

And when just saying good morning didn't work, they took drastic measures ...

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