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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

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. 

19 Mar

Luna the Otter is Ready for March Madness

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Luna, Shedd’s rescued sea otter pup is in the March Madness spirit playing with one of her new favorite toys – a basketball! Courtesy: Shedd Aquarium

Now that March Madness has officially kicked off, those 64 basketball teams aren't the only ones hoping for some magic this championship season. The Shedd Aquarium's otter, Luna, has been showing off her own basketball skills with a newly acquired favorite toy: a basketball!

We don't know about you, but we wish we had put Luna in our March madness brackets!

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Shedd Aquarium’s rescued sea otter, Luna loves March Madness! Think she’s dreaming about her Final Four picks? Courtesy: Shedd Aquarium

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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

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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16 Mar

Wolf Spotted in the Netherlands for First Time in Over a Century

For the first since they were eradicated over a century ago, what appears to be a wild wolf was recorded wandering through a town in the Netherlands. This could signal the return of the species to its former range in that country.

Young wolves often disperse from their birth pack in search of their own territory and a mate with which to form their own pack. It's thought that this animal might have been born in Germany and wandered its way into the Netherlands.

If the animal spotted in the Netherlands is indeed a wild wolf (and not a wolf escaped from captivity, or wolf-dog) then it could be part of a recent trend in predator population recovery all over Europe. Wolves, along with bears, lynx and wolverines, are making a comeback, which is excellent news. 

In North America, such dispersing wolves have recently been spotted in California and Arizona.

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European wolf. Photo by Torak via Flickr Creative Commons.

 Protect Red Wolves from Poachers with the National Wildlife Federation. 

4 Mar

Baby Elephant Summits Epic Log Climb, Wins Hearts (VIDEO)

Ever see a baby elephant learn how to climb a log? Well, this little guy figures it out pretty quickly in this video posted by the Save Elephant Foundation of Thailand:

Pretty adorable, right?

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Sadly, this precious pug did not have as much luck:

 

Watch more amazing and adorable baby elephant videos from our archives:

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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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25 Feb

Life After Death for a Whale

Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale) from Sweet Fern Productions on Vimeo.

 

It's easy to feel sad after a death. It's permanent, after all, right? Maybe not.

Death might be permanent on the individual level, but if you step back and look at things in the big picture, it's not so black and white. The beautiful animated short from Sweet Fern Productions above shows exactly how a dead whale "lives on" by feeding the other species that share its ecosystem.

The food web connects all of us to all of the other life surrounding us. And Earth is teeming with life. When any organism dies, its individuality might go away but its body and its energy simply shift into other life forms, and that's a pretty cool thought. 

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Protect Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

24 Feb

Octopus Takes Out Crab On Land (VIDEO)

We’re going to cut to the chase and let the woman recording this video introduce it:

“THERE’S AN OCTOPUS EATING A CRAB!!”

The footage, captured in western Australia by YouTube user Porsche Indrisie, shows a crab walking across rocks, minding its own business, when BOOM! An octopus comes out of nowhere, lands on the crab, and then drags it down into the depths of the unknown.

And with that, we’ll end things with Porsche’s words: “HOLY SH*T!”

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