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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!”

24 Feb

Dog Risks Life to Save Animal Friend

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A dog is battling for his life after trying to save the life of another dog. Patrick, a 2-year-old dog, was found in Santa Fe hovering over his litter mate, covered in punctures and wounds all over his face, head and upper body and legs.

Santa Fe Animal Control found Patrick along a country road Saturday morning in terrible shape. Now, it's a challenge for Patrick to make his way out of his kennel.

Santa Fe Animal Control believes Patrick got his wounds from a number of animals, possibly coyotes, who were trying to attack Patrick's animal friend.

"It was pretty clear he was determined to not leave the side of his friend," said Santa Fe Animal Shelter Director of Growth Evelyn Viechec.

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24 Feb

Missing Dog Endures Abuse but is Finally Reunited With Family

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Credit: BC SPCA

When the Westaway's three-year-old son, Ethan, accidentally let their dog Ryder out the front door of their Surrey, B.C., home on Valentine's Day morning, they weren't expecting the lab to come back a victim of animal abuse.

Ryder still hadn't returned by afternoon and the only clue the Westaways received was a call from a private number saying the dog had been roaming Chimney Hill Elementary School. The woman didn't say anything else and did not leave any contact information, as reported by The National Post.

Things only get stranger. 

Hours went by without any leads on the missing pup, until midnight, when police responded to a call. A landlord from a near by complex phoned help for its tenant: a 24-year-old Surrey woman covered in blood. She claimed that a dog attacked her.

But that was far from the case.

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23 Feb

And the Academy Award for Best Ewok Performance Goes To ... (VIDEO)

In case you missed the Oscars last night, here's all the warm and fuzzy from the entire evening wrapped up into one ADORABLE clip:

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23 Feb

SNOW DAY! Cincinnati Zoo Red Pandas Show Off in the Winter (VIDEO)

It’s been a tough winter so far for most of the United States. In fact, it has been the cause for pandemonium in some parts.

Or should we say Red Panda-monium?

Most of us are over the snow and cold weather, but two red pandas at the Cincinnati Zoo can’t get enough. Watch and see:

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23 Feb

Meet the Bobbit Worm and Get Ready for Nightmares

Bobbit Worm - Dinner time from liquidguru on Vimeo.

There are some creatures that are hard to believe aren't CGI creations from a sci-fi horror film. The bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) is one of them.

Bobbit worms are giant invertebrates that lie in wait under the sand on the sea floor for an unsuspecting victim to swim or crawl too close. When that happens, they launch themselves upwards at speeds almost too fast for the human eye to see, grab their victim, and drag it to its death under the sand.

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Photo by Rickard Zerpe via Flickr Creative Commons.

Bobbit worms' terrifying mouth parts look like an unholy cross between the mouth of a Predator from the Schwarzeneggar movie and a sarlaac from Star Wars (although fortunately, they don't hunt humans for sport or take thousands of years to digest their prey).

They can grow to lengths of over 9 feet. They are venomous. They got their common name from the fact that because they attack their prey with such speed and force they often cut the fish in half, similar to a what abused wife Lorena Bobbitt did to her husband's man-parts. 

Here's another video showing the full body of a bobbit worm that was discovered lurking in an aquarium tank to add to the nightmare-fuel.

 

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22 Feb

Marine Animals are 150 Times Bigger Today Than They Were 544 Million Years Ago

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Photo: Jeff Foott

By studying the Cambrian period (500-544 million years ago) paleontologists have been able to gather enough information from fossils to prove that the average size of marine animals has gotten bigger. 

And bigger is an understatement. 

Marine animals, on average, have increased 150-fold according to an article in Value Walk. The big blue whale, for example, is 100,000 times larger than the largest animal of the Cambrian period. 

Noel Heim, lead author of the study, and other paleontologists at Stanford University followed a theory called "Cope's Rule" to help them research animal size differences. 

"Cope's Rule" was named after 19th century American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope, who observed that the ancient ancestors of horses were much smaller than they are today.

Evidence even shows that dinosaurs grew bigger over the years - until they died, of course. 

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21 Feb

Who Knew? Crocodiles Like to Play - and Give Each Other Piggy Back Rides

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Photo: Jeff Foott

Leisure and happiness? This is far from usual crocodile demeanor, isn't it? 

Contrary to popular belief, crocodilians are quite the playful bunch: crocodiles, alligators and caimans. The three species piggyback their mates frequently from place to place like the two above. 

According to an article in National Geographic, they also blow bubbles, play with flowers and snap up stream, which are only a few of the 15 playful behaviors zoologist Vladimir Dinet observed over his 3,000 plus hours of research. 

The zoologist is the forerunner on crocodilian play research, observing how crocodiles engage for enjoyment. Not that any other scientist hasn't ever noticed that crocodiles play, but Dinet is the first person to actually write about it. His published piece is titled, quite rightly, "Play Behavior in Crocodilians."

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20 Feb

Ahoy Matey! A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Pirate-Themed Treehouse

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Sky High Pirate Hideaway inside this blog post!

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Land Ahoy!

The gang returned to the Seattle area to create a pirate-worthy treasure tree house for clients Kelly and Stephanie Fahey.  They had purchased property in Edmonds, Wash., that they hoped to build their dream house on, but the first dream to check off the list was a tree house by Pete Nelson.

As Seattle locals they love the outdoors and spend much time outdoors with their kids hiking and exploring and had created a treasure map on the one first hike on the property and buried hidden treasure on the site where the tree house now stands.

The design called for the interior to be fort-like and slightly unfinished looking so the floors were heated from underneath and the insulation was placed on the outside under the wood sheathing, so we brought in Tracy Wade and her team to paint the plywood interior a silvery gray.  Tracy is a decorative painter and came up with the perfect formula.

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20 Feb

Behind the Scenes: Design Details from the First Episode of Insane Pools

Contributed by Celeste Gruenstein of Décor Direct-Sarasota, FL

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The homeowners David and Cathy McCabe have been customers of Decor Direct for more than 15 years and wanted to add to their existing collection of rustic reclaimed teakwood outdoor furniture.  So, this was an easy build to design!

For their idyllic bayside backyard on Siesta Key, we chose a reclaimed teak swing constructed from old carts, with a reclaimed teak shake roof.  We perched this right by the seawall so the McCabe's can have a spot to sit and wind down at sunset, and enjoy watching the osprey and pelicans dive into Sarasota Bay. 

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Since Cathy & David have backgrounds in marine biology, and the build was inspired by their desire for a koi pond, we used a fish motif in the accents.  The McCabe's can enjoy a sitting area by the pool and waterfall, in a unique stylized bench we have fashioned from old reclaimed wagon wheels.  The  backrest even features a fanciful fish!  A wall hanging of swimming koi carved out of a reclaimed wooden panel adds more marine mania. 

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