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Animal Facts you didn't know about

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

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Animal Magic

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10 Little-Known Animal Facts

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Woolly creature named new species

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Johnny Morris

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Dog's Purpose: from a 6-year-old---

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Baby Elephant Navann's Outing

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5 Incredible Things Dogs Sense About You

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Perfectly Timed Animal Shots

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What Animal Matches Your Personality?

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Wild Dolphin "Asks" Divers to Help Free Itself from Hook

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Comment by Melodie Munro on February 23, 2014 at 1:14pm

How Wolves Change Rivers

Published on 13 Feb 2014
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For more from George Monbiot, visit and for more on "rewilding" visit

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

Narration from TED: "For more wonder, rewild the world" by George Monbiot. Watch the full talk, here:

B-Roll Credits:
"Greater Yellowstone Coalition - Wolves" (
"Wolf Mountain" (
"Primodial - Yellowstone" (
"Timelapse: Yellowstone National Park" (
"Yellowstone" (
"Howling Wolves - Heulende Wölfe" (
"Fooled by Nature: Beaver Dams" (

Music Credits:
"Unfoldment, Revealment, Evolution, Exposition, Integration, Arson" by Chris Zabriskie (

FAIR USE NOTICE: This video may contain copyrighted material. Such material is made available for educational purposes only. This constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 106A-117 of the US Copyright Law.

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Comment by Melodie Munro on February 18, 2014 at 1:48pm

Robin Williams has a tickle fight with Gorilla

Comment by Melodie Munro on February 18, 2014 at 1:48pm

Leopard saves baby baboon

Comment by Melodie Munro on February 18, 2014 at 1:47pm

Whales Rescue Diver in China

Uploaded on 31 Jul 2009
Two beluga whales saved the life of a diver at an aquarium in northeast China on Tuesday.

Diver Yang Yun was taking part in a free-diving competition to apply for a whale training job at Polar Land Aquarium in the city of Harbin.

But when she was 15 feet down in the icy water, her right leg cramped up.

These two beluga whales, a couple named Nicola and Mila who were swimming in the aquarium with Yang, sensed her distress.

They moved towards her and helped her to the surface.

Yang was one of seven final candidates competing for the job and had been required to dive as deep as possible without any breathing equipment.

Comment by Melodie Munro on February 18, 2014 at 1:47pm

Wild Dolphin "Asks" Divers to Help Free Itself from Hook

Comment by Melodie Munro on February 18, 2014 at 1:47pm

LISTEN: NOC, the Whale Who Could Mimic Humans

Published on 23 Oct 2012

For the first time, researchers have shown that a whale can mimic human speech, with a kazoo-like, slightly unhinged call that you can listen to above.

The special whale in question, NOC, was a beluga who lived at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in California. In 1984, workers noticed bizarre, human-like sounds coming from an enclosure. Eventually, they traced them back to the NOC when a startled man working in his tank leapt out and asked, "Who told me to get out?"

NOC did, researchers concluded. Acoustic analysis later showed sounds much different than the ones whales typically make, with low frequencies closer to human speech. NOC apparently used elaborate nasal and muscle movements to mimic his captors.

Dolphins have previously been shown to have a similar ability, but NOC, who died five years ago, is the first whale. Though given their reputation as "canaries of the sea" and their fondness for Mariachi bands, perhaps it isn't surprising that a beluga would also one day try to speak.

Comment by Melodie Munro on January 21, 2014 at 10:03am

First documented video evidence of apes swimming is released
By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow – Thu, Aug 15, 2013

Because of their history of traveling through the trees, researchers say that apes do not have the instinct to swim in the water. But a series of new videos show that what they lack in instinct, the primates more than make up for in learned ability.

Researchers in South Africa and Switzerland documented the swimming efforts of a chimpanzee named Cooper, who not only swims but dives into the deep end of a swimming pool and swims 6.6 feet to the bottom.

“We were extremely surprised when the chimp Cooper dived repeatedly into a swimming pool in Missouri and seemed to feel very comfortable," said School of Anatomical Sciences at Wits University researcher Renato Bender.

“This issue is becoming more and more the focus of research. There is still much to explore,” Bender said.

Even more interesting, the researchers discovered that Cooper employs a breaststroke style, as opposed to the dog paddle technique used by other mammals who are not accustomed to maneuvering in the water.

A second video was filmed at a private zoo in South Carolina, where an orangutan named Suryia can be seen using its long arms and legs to paddle across a pool.

Nicole Bender, a researcher with the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, said that like humans, the apes in the videos actually learned to use the breaststroke, moving beyond their evolutionary instinct to simply dog paddle.

“We did find other well-documented cases of swimming and diving apes, but Cooper and Suryia are the only ones we were able to film,” she said. “We still do not know when the ancestors of humans began to swim and dive regularly.”

A largely unaccepted theory known as the aquatic ape hypothesis, posits that early prehumans actually evolved from an existence where they mixed their time spent in and out of water.

Comment by Melodie Munro on November 2, 2013 at 1:31pm


Dog Goldberg Machine by Beneful®

Published on 2 Jul 2013

Beneful takes play to new places with this inventive Dog Goldberg machine powered by dogs and their favorite toys.

Play. It's good for you.

Comment by Melodie Munro on October 2, 2013 at 11:39am


What Bears Do When No One’s Looking (Video)

Published on 25 Jul 2013
Ever wonder what bears do when we're not looking?

These images were captured with a remote wildlife camera as various species visited a "communications" or "rub" tree in Kananaskis Country, leaving a scent as a form of communication to other bears and animals.

The image data is being collected as part of a collaborative study looking at multi-species habitat use within our mountainous landscape. In addition to various wildlife species, millions of people visit Kananaskis Country each year.

Alberta Parks dedicates significant efforts to maintaining a positive coexistence of wildlife and park visitors through tools such as our bear shepherding program, wildlife proof garbage bins and superior visitor education.

Learn more about human/wildlife conflict prevention at For more information about our research, visit
Many thanks to Ewan Dobson for letting us use his incredible music!

Comment by Melodie Munro on August 24, 2013 at 1:02pm


Dolphin Leaps Out Of River In Rare Sighting
Sky News

A dolphin has been photographed leaping out of the water 20 miles from the sea in the River Dee in North Wales.

The stunning picture was taken by a member of the Environment Agency's flood defence maintenance team and the mammal is now being monitored by the charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the coastguard.

The dolphin, nicknamed Dave, was originally spotted by members of the public at Connah's Quay docks but then swam up river to Saltney, near Chester.

The coastguard said the dolphin was happily swimming up and down and doesn't seem to be in a rush to go back out to sea.

But they have said they are worried about the size of crowds gathering on the banks of the river and are warning people that harassing a dolphin is a criminal offence.

They said they are aware of reports of someone trying to go into the water earlier to swim with the dolphin.

An Environment Agency spokesman told Sky News the sighting was extremely rare but that it was a good sign of the water quality in the area.

He said the mammal probably started swimming up the river at high tide to chase and feed on fish.


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