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Squirrel’s Eye View

A squirrel POV video has been very popular this week, of a squirrel stealing a GoPro camera up into a tree with him. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:

What most people haven’t seen, is this “behind the scenes” video, of how the videographer (youtube username: Viva Frei) was able to get the squirrel to take the camera in the first place, to make this awesome video. So, here’s your answer:



Happy Bunday (|^_^|)


Kitty Vending Machine

Imagine you’re walking by one of those claw vending toy machines and you see this:

First Response? Best. Toy. Ever.

That’s exactly what happened in the well-known spa town of Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. With snow and temperatures plunging to -2 degrees, the cat apparently had been looking for a way to get out of the cold when it spotted the vending machine outside a local cinema, so it snuck in and cozied up to the stuffed toys in the glass box.

Luckily, the cat was freed after movie-goers alerted police, who contacted the machine’s operator, who unlocked it and rescued the cat.

Happy Caturday =^_^=


Meet ZooBacca the Baby Camel

The Idaho Falls Zoo had a surprise birth over the holidays: an adorable female Bactrian camel, born on Nov. 16. She’s now about two-and-a-half months old, and is growing splendidly well. In honor of Star Wars, the zoo staff have named her ZooBacca. Adorbs, love it.

The zoo staff were unaware their camel was even pregnant when the baby suddenly started to come. On the day of her birth, a zookeeper noticed the adult female behaving a bit differently.

“I told the keeper that she was displaying calving behavior, but since she and the bull were so young that seemed unlikely. Needless to say, we were all pleasantly surprised a short time later,” interim Zoo Superintendent Linda Beard said.

A veterinarian was notified that same day, and a short while later Beard along with the animal doctor delivered the baby camel.


In the wild, camels are able to reproduce by the age of five, and a Bactrian camel is pregnant for 13 months. Mom, who is named Zazu, came to the Idaho Falls Zoo as a bottle-raised newborn in 2011 and was just 4 ½ at the time of the birth of the calf. Dad, who is called Gobi, is not quite 4 years old right now and came to the zoo at 2 ½ years of age, almost exactly 13 months prior to the birth of the new calf.

“Some may ask how that is possible at such an early age. In captivity, camels can reach sexual maturity earlier as they have access to a plentiful food supply and receive excellent animal care,” explains Beard.


The exhibit will officially open April 9., and zoo staff is also planning to do something for baby ZooBacca on May 4., Star Wars day.


Happy Humpday (^_^)

Cutest Sloth Ever Rescued in Ecuador, Now in Happy Habitat

The cutest sloth I’ve ever seen was rescued from the side of the road in Quevedo, Ecuador. Thank -you Transit Commission of Ecuador for saving this little guy! He is now living in a habitat in Ecuador where we is well-cared for.


Seriously, have you ever seen a sloth this adorable?!

How the sloth was found originally, looking cute as ever.

The Transit Commission of Ecuador wrote the following on their Facebook Page: “Thank you all for your concern. We inform you that the sloth rescued by our soldiers was checked by a vet, who determined that it was in optimal conditions for return to their habitat. Thanke we have all these people who were interested in the health of the animal. We continue to support this type of case with the cooperation of the citizens. Greetings to all.”

I believe this is the Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, based on pictures I’ve found online, and the wikipedia, but I don’t know for sure.

Monkey Adopts Herself a Dog

A rhesus macaque monkey is having her 15 minutes of fame, after adopting a puppy, and raising him on the busy streets of New Delhi, India. She treats him like her own child: taking him wherever she goes, feeding him, and even protecting him from stray dogs, attesting to the strong nature of a mother’s instincts. This pair is truly adorable together.

Thanks to CCTV News for their video, and ZeeNews for breaking the story to the world.


Happy Monkday :_)

Rodents Show Empathy for Loved Ones

Intelligent animals are known to show empathy for loved ones. Now, according to new research published in the journal Science, consoling behavior has been observed in a rodent as well: the prairie vole.

Meet the Prairie Vole, found in central North America.

“Consolation behavior promotes stress reduction of one by another. We know that consolation occurs in humans and apes. Burkett et al. observed that within a pair of monogamous prairie voles, an unstressed partner increased its grooming of a stressed partner. Furthermore, the unstressed partner matched the stressed partner in its stress hormone response. Thus, consolation may be more common than assumed in animals, and prairie voles may prove a useful model for understanding the physical and neural mechanisms underlying consolation behavior.” -Science, Vol 351, Issue 6271, p. 375


Prairie Voles are monogamous, and mate for life.


Researchers say the findings, published Thursday, could help scientists better understand human disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, in which a person’s ability to sense the emotions of others is disrupted.


The secret to empathetic behavior is in the hormone oxytocin, which promotes maternal bonding and feelings of love. Scientists at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, in Atlanta, Gergia, created an experiment in which they isolated prairie voles from others they knew. These rodents were an ideal candidate for the experiment, as they mate in long-term monogamous pairs and raise their offspring together.

Then they gave one prairie voles a series of mild shocks before returning it to its loved one. Once reunited, the unaffected rodents swiftly began to lick and groom the fur of the animals that were in distress after the shocks.

They “licked the stressed voles sooner and for longer duration, compared to a control scenario where individuals were separated but neither was exposed to a stressor,” said a statement from Emory University.

Consoling behavior was also not seen in prairie voles that were unfamiliar with each other before being separated.

Knowing that the receptor for oxytocin is associated with empathy, researchers decided to block this neurotransmitter in the brains of some of the animals. They found that blocking oxytocin caused the animals to stop consoling each other.

“Many complex human traits have their roots in fundamental brain processes that are shared among many other species,” said co-author Larry Young, director of the Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition at Emory University.


Love the Prairie Vole <3

Young said his research points to a potential role for oxytocin in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, though more work is needed.

“We now have the opportunity to explore in detail the neural mechanisms underlying empathetic responses in a laboratory rodent with clear implications for humans.”


May this research someday help the countless people afflicted by human disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, and may their ability to sense the emotions of others be no longer disrupted.


Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

Curious Baby Owls

I’m seeing a popular baby owl Vine video all over Facebook this week, so I decided to post the whole 4-minute unedited video. Thanks to Sebastien Barrio for the fantastic footage!


Watch as a family of three adorable owls curiously investigate a GoPro camera left running outside of their tree hole home. One of the baby owls even decides to peck the lens!



Happy Flyday ~^v^~