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Pete the Hilarious Flatulent Wombat

In a preview for Natural World (TV series) 2016: Episode 5 on BBC Two, we meet a keeper, who feeds a Hairy nosed wombat named Pete his favorite snack, sweetcorn, but not before Pete lets off a little steam first…


Thank-you YouTube Channel BBC for this laugh riot of a video!


Orangutan Photographed Fishing with Spear

Gerd Schuster, co-author of Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report, took this photograph of, “a male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish… The extraordinary image, a world exclusive, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja… This individual had seen locals fishing with spears on the Gohong River. Although the method required too much skill for him to master, he was later able to improvise by using the pole to catch fish already trapped in the locals’ fishing lines.”


Tool use among orangutans was first documented by Carel van Schaik. In 1994, Schaik observed orangutans developing tools to help themselves eat, while conducting field work in Gunung Leuser National Park, in the northwest Sumatra.

Specifically the orangutans were using sticks to pry open pulpy fruits that have “Plexiglas needles” capable of delivering a painful jab covering them. Using the tools, the orangutans were getting past handling the prickly husk and into the nutritious fruit.


From an anthropological viewpoint, tool use represents an aspect of culture, since the entire group participates in a behavior that has developed over time. One unique thing to clarify is that only Sumatran orangutans have been observed to use tools, not orangutans from Borneo.


If this image doesn’t fill you with intrigue, I don’t know what will.



Happy Monkday :_)


Baby White Lions for Zoo in Germany

The Magdeburg Zoo in Germany is celebrating a new birth: a pair of super- adorable white lion cubs. They were presented to the public for the first time today.


The floof twins, who at present are smaller than ordinary house-cats and each weigh about 4.5 pounds, were born 10 days ago.

Magdeburg Zoo said the pair represented the first real success it has had in breeding white lions. The arrival of the cubs, who have yet to be named, came as something of a surprise, as keepers didn’t realize Kiara was pregnant. After some concern that the twins’ 3-year-old mother Kiara might be too inexperienced to care for them, the zoo said it was increasingly optimistic.

“There are only some 70 white lions in Europe,” said Magdeburg Zoo Director Kai Perret. “In that respect, these two new arrivals are, of course, something special.”


The youngsters, who at present sleep for 22 hours each day, won’t be on display in the zoo’s outdoor enclosure for some five weeks, Perret told German public broadcaster MDR. However, visitors were invited to see them for the first time at daily weigh-ins, today, on May 7th.

“We want to give a lot of animal lovers the chance to have a look at them,” Perret said. “It just made sense to do their health checks in public.”


White lions are a color variant of the tawny African Lion and are thought to be indigenous to the Timbavati region of South Africa, where locals traditionally regarded them as holy. A large proportion of the animals now live in zoos, with the animal hard-pressed to preserve its genetic distinctness in the wild.


Happy Caturday =^_^=


The Paddle-Boarding Duck

Beep Beep the Duck took to paddle-boarding with his owner’s friend, MicBergsma, and it is amazing that this duck doesn’t wander off the board! The video was taken in the Summer of 2011,  but was uploaded more recently for our viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Thank-you YouTube Channel MicBergsma for this entertaining video.


Happy Flyday ~^v^~


Baby Otter Alert!

Meet the Bronx Zoo’s newest resident: an adorable new Asian small-clawed otter pup. This Spring birth is especially noteworthy as Asian small clawed otters occupy a shrinking range in Southeast Asia, specifically in India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and parts of southern China. The species is currently classified as “vulnerable” by IUCN. This bebeh otter is currently classified as “squeetastic” by me. ^_^

Thank-you YouTube Channel Wildlife Conservation Society for this adorable video!


Happy Ottersday :#)



The Orphaned Monkey & His Band of Misfits


In Zimbabwe, Africa, an orphaned monkey named Horace has learned to make friends with any animal he meets.


Horace lost his birth mother when he was very young, and so was sent to the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary.

“He came to us when he was very young,” Sarah Carter, founder of the Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary in Zimbabwe, said. “His mom had been hit by a car on a very busy highway. He was found sitting on her body, on the side of the road. He’s lucky that he got picked up by the right person, who then brought him here.”


Upon his arrival, the sanctuary was unfortunately short-staffed. Without enough personnel to devote individual rehabilitation to each rescued species, the team decided to raise all of its newly rescued orphans together. In the process, these orphaned animals grew to completely love one another: cats, dogs, deer, monkeys, and so on.


The bonds this particular group of mismatched animals formed early on at the sanctuary have carried on unshaken, even as new animals of each of their particular species have since arrived at the facility.


Horace and his friends love to cuddle and explore and live their lives together.



Happy Monkday :_)