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24 Apr

Bullied Barn Owl Prevails Against Hawk Pirate

It's a tough world out there for barn owls. We think of owls and other birds of prey as the ultimate predator of the skies. But many species are not above scavenging or even flat-out stealing the hard-earned prey of other hunters.

This barn owl hunting during the day took a big risk and was indeed attacked by a northern harrier hawk trying to pirate its meal. Watch the video to the end to see what happens.

 Barn owl by Edd's Images via Flickr Creative Commons.

Symbolically Adopt a Barn Owl with the National Wildlife Federation. 


23 Apr

Sloths Aren't Slow, They're Just Super CHILL (VIDEO)

Slow your roll and eaaaase into the week's end — WWSD? You know, "What Would Sloths Do?" Check out another super adorbs, super chill video from our friends at TheDodo and get your dose of slothful cuteness:

WHO wants a pet sloth now?! 


Wait. It gets even CUTER — watch baby sloths being, um, BABY SLOTHS, in our Too Cute! archive:



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23 Apr

Dive Bombing Boobies and Pelicans


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Posted by Coral Vivo on Monday, January 12, 2015

This huge flock of what appears to be brown boobies and brown or Peruvian pelicans made quite a show for beachgoers as they dive bombed a school of fish in the surf.

Brown booby by Ivy Dawned via Flickr Creative Commons.

Brown boobies fly over the water looking for fish just below the surface, often in areas where larger predator fish drive smaller fish to the surface. When they spot prey, they dive bomb from as high as 50 feet and can plunge below the surface to depths of six feet. They execute their dives by folding their wings next to their body at beginning of dive, then thrust their wings straight out over their backs, touching in the middle, just before breaking the surface. 

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23 Apr

Octopus Stalks Crab

The awesomeness of octopuses has no end. This video captures an octopus hunting a crab in open water in Australia. While it's easy to root for the crab, it's helpful to remember that octopuses need to eat too.

That they are equipped with an incredible intelligence and eight deadly effective grasping limbs isn't a count against them, but something that only adds to their awesomeness. 

Octopus Hunts Crab

Symbolically Adopt an Octopus with the National Wildlife Federation. 

22 Apr

Man Squishes Spider, Only to “Deliver” Its Babies (VIDEO)

Arachnophobes, beware!

Danny Ford’s encounter with a wolf spider turned into something out of a horror film while at home in Australia (because it’s Australia). When he goes to smash it with his broom, he discovers (much to his surprise and our ABSOLUTE TERROR) that the spider isn’t alone.

The funny thing about this is how calm the Danny is the entire time. Being Australian, he’s probably used to seeing all sorts of creepy arachnids.

Don’t be afraid of spiders and remember to THINK BEFORE YOU SQUISH!

21 Apr

Too Cute Tuesday: Dogs Failing in the Most Hilarious of Ways (VIDEO)

Dogs who fail at being dogs

Posted by Disturb Reality on Sunday, April 5, 2015

We couldn't resist sharing this video compiling a variety of dog fails. You gotta love dogs - they try so hard!

Want to find your perfect dog breed? Visit our dog breed selector!

In the meantime, check out our Doggone It! playlist and some fun Dogs 101 video below!

21 Apr

Search for the Loch Ness Monster With Google

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If you head to Google today, you might be surprised at the big find featured in their Doodle: Nessie the Loch Ness Monster!

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Google is celebrating the 81st anniversary of when the first photo of the elusive sea monster "Nessie" was taken. On April 19, 1934, Col. Robert Wilson captured a grainy, black and white photograph of what many have claimed to be a serpent-like creature rising out of the Scotland waters, according to ABC News.

Want to search for Nessie yourself? Google Maps has created an underwater streetview app that let's you comb through the Loch Ness waters in search of the elusive creature yourself.

Want to learn more about the Loch Ness Monster? Check out this River Monsters clip below:

20 Apr

Circus Performer Tumbles Her Way Into Dolphin’s Heart (VIDEO)

How much fun are dolphins? They amuse us with their array of tricks and leaps, but how often can we amuse them?

Years ago, circus performer Bonnie Anna, aka MissChief, made one dolphin’s day by tumbling to his amusement. What resulted was a video that went viral.

Look back at what made this moment so special:

Interested in learning more about dolphins? Take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Dolphins for more!

17 Apr

Bull Shark Makes Unexpected Visit in a Florida Backyard (VIDEO)

If you look in your backyard, chances are you'll see some birds, perhaps some squirrels - depending on what region you live in. But here's one thing we didn't think would show up in a backyard - and likely these residents in Bonita Springs, Fla., didn't either.

According to the Irish Examiner, bull sharks have been showing up in canals right in the backyard of several residents. According to NBC-2, the sharks keep returning to the water because people are throwing leftover bait in the water.

Check out Jeremy reeling in a bull shark in a freshwater river:

Tune in for a brand-new episode of River Monsters this Sunday at 9/8c!

16 Apr

29-Foot Whale Shark Washes Ashore in Ecuador (VIDEO)

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Dozens of volunteers did everything they could to put the whale shark back into the ocean.

Fishermen in Santa Marianita, Ecuador were in for a shock when they saw a 29-foot whale shark washed up on the beach Monday morning.

Officials and dozens of volunteers spent hours doing everything they could to move the whale shark back into the deeper waters, according to NBC News. Despite their valiant efforts—which included two police boats and a tractor—the whale shark died.

Take a look at how it all unfolded:

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