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Scuba diver stumbles upon very odd ocean creature1m09s

Scuba diver stumbles upon very odd ocean creature

What kind of a lazy bones lays motionless in the sand? No this is not pertaining to a lazy vacationer after a night of too much fun! After cruising from Miami Florida aboard the Norwegian Getaway cruise liner, Brent and his wife Elsa had plans for scuba diving on the Island of Roatan. Roatan is approximately 40 miles off the northeast coast of the country of Honduras. Being a fairly small coral reef island of 48 miles long and 5 miles wide it’s main source for income is tourism. Well known for scuba diving and snorkeling there are many locations throughout the island to take in the beautiful waters and sea life. Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), Roatán has become an important cruise ship, scuba diving and eco-tourism destination in Honduras. The diving company that Brent had booked with was located in Westbay, a short drive from the cruise ship port of Coxed Hole. Coxen Hole is also the capital of Roatán municipality. After a short meet and greet with the dive guide Vero from Roatán Divers, Brent, Elsa and Vero were off to their first dive site called Punchers Paradise aboard a very speedy panga boat. Five minutes with wind in their hair and then Vero was tying up the boat to an anchor rope. Into the crystal clear Caribbean water the three divers plunged. Descending to the bottom so they could all meet up after settling in, Brent checked his dive computer which showed his depth of 55 feet, and water temperatures of 82° F. Once together Elsa and Brent ventured along the beautiful sandy bottom looking for small creatures. Being one of the largest coral reefs in the world, this location was filled with small and large coral heads (structures) raising out of the sandy bottom. Thousands of beautiful tropical fish like we have seen in the footage of the famous Jacques Cousteau filled every crevice of these coral structures. Moving slowly along, Brent spotted a very strange fish in the distance. Brightly colored, it stood out very well. Approaching slowly, Brent noticed it had a strange looking head, or was it upside down? Descending onto the sandy floor, Brent could see this fish was staring right back at him and not moving a muscle. Identifying this little guy of about a foot long, Brent now knew it was a remora. These fish attach themselves to larger fish, turtles, rays, and sharks to scavenge food scraps from their larger “free ride”. The suction cup looking section on the top of the remora’s head is his ticket to a free ride. What a beautiful but strange looking creature when not attached to his free ride. Why was he just laying on the bottom motionless? Was he sick? Was he waiting for a new “ride” to come along? Most likely that is exactly what this beautiful remora was doing. Waiting for a new ride to show up so he could continue his duties as a “cleaner fish” and enjoy a life of just “hanging around”.

Wild deer and turkeys come together for snack time27s

Wild deer and turkeys come together for snack time

Just a bit north of Peterborough, Ontario is North Kawartha Township. It's a beautiful area nestled in nature. It's the kind of place where you can look out your back window and see Mother Nature's sweetest creatures. This one morning there was an unusual mix of characters showing up for a morning snack. A mama deer and her little one stopped by and went to their usual table only to find it overrun with a bunch of wild turkeys. She didn't care but the little one's not quite so trusting. After watching from a distance and seeing that deer and turkey can dine together, the little one makes a move only to be startled by one of these invaders. Not often are you going to see a sight like this, especially if you're not in the North Kawartha area. So sit back and watch what you're missing living in the city and hopefully you don't dine with turkeys that aren't family!

Published: November 30, 20182 plays$9.86 earned
Beautiful rainbow colored insect tries to climb onto camera58s

Beautiful rainbow colored insect tries to climb onto camera

This big, beautifully colored insect resembles a giant grasshopper but it is actually a Vestria katydid that makes its home in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. Colored with gorgeous shades of blue, yellow, and green, he has most of the colors in the rainbow. He even has bright orange feet that make him look as if he is wearing socks and mittens. These gorgeous little animals are often referred to as rainbow katydids. He makes his home high in the canopy, nearly 150 feet (50m) above the forest floor. Although they inhabit the forest at all levels, they can often be found high in the trees. This beautiful creature was found by a group of Canadian tourists who were on a guided tour of the jungle. They were taken on a canoe ride, followed by a long hike that led them to a giant kapoc tree. Kapoc trees are enormous trees that tower over all other vegetation in the rain forest. They have wide trunks with giant bases and a massive root system to hold them in place, even in fierce storms. Life in the Amazon thrives around, an on, these majestic trees. Plants such as ferns, mosses and beautifully colored flowers grow on the branches and in the crooks along the trunks. These plants are host to a very diverse collection of birds, insects and other animals as they provide food and nesting areas as well as shelter. This katydid is one of the many creatures that live on this tree. There is more than enough vegetation to provide his food and his shelter. While katydids are omnivores, they generally prefer plants for food, but the Vestria katydid is an exception. It hunts and eats other insects for the majority of its diet. He will also be able to find all of the moisture he needs in the mosses and in the cracks of the tree. The colors on this little fellow are no accident or coincidence. Nature is complex and almost everything about the animal kingdom has a purpose, even if we don’t understand it. The bright colors are a signal to predators, such as monkeys, birds, lizards, and spiders, that the katydid is foul tasting and may be toxic. One of the defenses of this katydid is that it can emit a chemical called a pyrazine. This chemical is excreted from scent glands and it is another signal to predators that the katydid cannot be eaten. Tourists are able to reach the top of the kapoc tree, where this katydid lives, by climbing a steel staircase that was constructed beside the tree and is carefully strapped onto the tree so that it will not cause any damage. The world at the top of the canopy is fascinating enough that tourists spend hours on the small platform, learning from their guides all about the wonders of the forest and the creatures that inhabit it. And if that were not interesting enough, the spectacular view of the rain forest from above certainly is.

Hunting sea lions swim through astonished divers 50 feet deep39s

Hunting sea lions swim through astonished divers 50 feet deep

Sea lions are incredibly skilled hunters, able to hold their breath and dive for long periods while on the hunt for fish, octopus, and eels. They are seen frequently on the beaches, around the rocks near shore, and even in the shallows. But it is rare to encounter them 50 feet below the waves. Imagine the surprise of these divers as they explore the walls off Kicker Rock in the Galapagos Islands when a colony of large sea lions rocketed past and through them. The first group of females actually passed beneath the divers, incredibly fast as they chased after fish. Hunting in a pack, you can easily see how these sea lions are accomplished at catching prey. They are far more agile in the water than they are on land. A large male followed close behind. Being much bolder and more confident, he swam in between the divers, having a close inspection of these curious creatures. This is an isolated area where humans are not common. It is likely that this sea lion has not seen scuba divers up close very often. Possibly recognizing them as human, he might have been equally surprised to see them at this depth. The divers were delighted with this encounter and they exchanged looks of astonishment at seeing them so far from the surface. The sea lions all continued on their way and they could be seen looking closely at the crevices along the rock wall as they swam, hoping for a chance at a meal. As the scuba divers continued along their route, they encountered a large group of Black Striped Salemas, small bait fish that congregate in giant schools. One of the sea lions had returned and was taking advantage of the distraction that the scuba divers created. She could be seen swimming around and through the bait ball, gobbling up as many as she could catch. Sea lions are delightful creatures, playful and cute, but to see them hunting with such skill was a reminder that they are also very capable predators. Nature has many sides and the opportunity to see this up close is unforgettable.

Woman coaxes young deer to trust her1m32s

Woman coaxes young deer to trust her

This video shows a modern day deer whisperer getting acquainted with the new additions to the herd she cares for. There are a total of 10 now in the herd that stop by daily, 6 of which she feeds by hand. Noni and the three young ones you see in this video will soon trust her enough to eat from her hand....

Tourists have close encounter with giant millipede in the Amazon54s

Tourists have close encounter with giant millipede in the Amazon

Millipedes are fearsome looking creatures that live in many countries around the world. They can be found in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and even the U.K. But the millipedes in the Amazon, such as this Giant Flat Backed Millipede from Ecuador are particularly large, commonly reaching a length of over one foot. They have approximately 40 pairs of legs on their segmented bodies, having two pairs on each segment. This is one of the things that distinguishes them easily from centipedes, which have one pair of legs per segment. This is an important distinction because the centipede is venomous while the millipede is not. They do produce a noxious chemical though that is foul smelling and can be a strong irritant. If the millipede is threatened, it emits a compound that contains cyanide, which will often deter any animal that tries to eat it. This millipede was spotted on a hike by a guide leading Canadian tourists through the rain forest in Ecuador. Delighted to see such an unusual creature, they allowed it to crawl on their arms for photographs and videos. Reassured by their knowledgeable guide that the beast was harmless, they carefully handled it and then returned it to its place on the forest floor. Although the millipede is a scary looking creature, it poses no threat to humans and will not bite people. They feed on decaying plant matter such as damp and rotting wood and leaves. If decaying plants are not readily available, they will feed on living plants. The similar appearing centipede is actually carnivorous and feeds primarily on insects. The millipede has no bones, and it relies on its armor plated exoskeleton, made up of keratin, for protection and its structure. They are slow moving creatures that crawl along the forest floor where most rotting vegetation lies. They can also be found in trees and clumps of plants higher in the forest canopy. This is one of the few arthropods that live so long, often reaching an age of up to seven years. They are extremely important for the health of any forest due their large numbers and important contribution to the process of breaking down and recycling plant material.

Scientists find mutated starfish with six arms in Galapagos Islands32s

Scientists find mutated starfish with six arms in Galapagos Islands

Starfish are invertebrates with a central disc and five arms. There are species that have a larger number of arms, but this is a crown-of-thorns starfish that is a five armed species. Scientists have debated that this six armed specimen is actually a sub species known as "luidia superba", having first been documented in 1888 of the Pacific coast of Colombia in a single sighting. Although these creatures have not been seen there since, they have recently been found in significant numbers in the Galapagos Islands. These snorkelers were on a tour in the area of Espanola Island in the Galapagos when their guide described the unique creature and explained that there had been some sightings of the animal nearby. Three were sighted that day among thousands of specimens with five arms. Researchers began seeing the six armed starfish in 1977 in a cove off Isabella Island. Sightings have increased in the last 40 years, prompting a debate about the reason for the extra appendage. Some researchers argue that it is a genetic mutation that has led to the development of the sixth arm. Others maintain that the species existed all along but had not been documented or observed frequently due to its rarity and isolated populations. The Galapagos Islands are a unique part of the world because they are relatively young islands, formed in the middle of the ocean through volcanic activity. Land masses that emerged out of the depths of the ocean had no animal life or vegetation. Every single species that now exists on the islands or in the waters surrounding them is cut off from the rest of the world by the vast distance to other land. Too far for most animals to swim or fly, this means that almost all species arrived on floating masses of vegetation or a similar means. They remain completely isolated from other populations and the result is that they have evolved uniquely since the time of their arrival. This adaptation and evolution has provided the world with many clues to our origins. These islands were crucial to Charles Darwin's entire theory of evolution and our understanding of life on earth.

Very unusual fish enjoys posing for the video camera35s

Very unusual fish enjoys posing for the video camera

Scuba divers encounter something unique with almost every dive. The underwater world is alive with fish of all colors and sizes and some of them are extremely unusual. Some fish flee at the sight of a human and only allow a brief glimpse, while others are curious and willing to approach a human for closer inspection. This goldspot sheepshead is a very unusually looking creature with his large, prominent forehead and protruding lower teeth. The teeth resemble a set of canines in a large dog. Approximately two feet in length, this is a bulkier fish, with a very solid jaw to go along with those big teeth. As the diver approached and stopped, the sheepshead became curious about the camera. As if wanting to pose and provide a few great shots, he stared into the camera, turned, stared again and then began swimming away. But as if changing his mind, he circled back for another look, or for a few more pictures. He’s a curious fellow and has no apparent fear of the diver with the camera. The rest of the divers in the group are slightly ahead and have just passed by this inquisitive fish. He’s fully aware that people are cruising over his reef and he makes a deliberate effort to go and check the last one out. Something unusual about this fish is that despite his size, he doesn’t use his tail to propel himself through the water. Although he might if he needed to put on a sudden burst of speed, he mainly uses his pectoral fins for positioning and propulsion. This seems to do the trick nicely and he manages to move smoothly away when he is done checking out the camera. This fish was filmed in the Galapagos Islands, an amazing dive location with an abundance of very diverse species.

Sea lion wakes and vomits up something alive!51s

Sea lion wakes and vomits up something alive!

The sea lions on San Cristobal Island are truly the kings of the beaches. They act like they own the waterfront and even the sidewalks and patios of the businesses along it. This young male sea lion had found a spot on the sidewalk outside a local pizza joint. Sleeping soundly, not far from the beach, he seemed like he was out for the night. But suddenly, he was up on his haunches and looking very uncomfortable. He started to retch and complain loudly. His stomach was obviously upset for some reason. Restaurant patrons were enjoying a pizza and the sound of the waves washing up on shore nearby. They watched the young animal and recorded as he wandered slowly around. It seemed he was OK and then suddenly he vomited up a live eel. The eel wiggled on the sidewalk in front of him for a few seconds. The sea lion quickly grabbed the eel in his jaws and began biting and shaking it. Unable to believe his eyes, one of the pizza lovers sprang to his feet and went closer for a look at what was happening. He recorded the sea lion again as it swung the eel around and made sure it was safe to eat. The eel is actually a tiger snake eel, a common sight in the waters around San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. This sea lion is young enough that he still depends on milk from his mother, but he also consumes some solid food. Either he caught the eel himself or was fed the eel by his mother, but it obviously wasn’t dead when he ate it the first time. The eel must have been struggling in his stomach, or possibly even biting him before he vomited. With other seals around, this hungry fellow wasn’t wasting time to eat it a second time. Seeing a seal vomit was completely unexpected but seeing him vomit a live animal was completely bizarre!

Bull sea lion evicted after causing a scene at beachfront restaurant1m11s

Bull sea lion evicted after causing a scene at beachfront restaurant

Adult male sea lions are referred to as bulls, and for good reason. They can easily weigh up to 300 pounds and their head is as big and as intimidating as a large dog. They have large jaws and teeth and a formidable bite if they are provoked. Generally agreeable and harmless, they can be territorial over beachfront, females or food. They have an aggressive side and people who encounter them are wise to be cautious and respectful. Fortunately, they are clumsy on land and easy to escape. They are also very unlikely to pose a threat to a human who keeps a safe distance. This bull found his way from the beach and onto the sidewalk in a small town on San Cristobal Island, Ecuador. The locals love and respect the animals and avoid interfering with them at all costs. But when the bull assertively headed for the front door and patio area of this fine establishment, the owner needed to send a firm message. Intent on finding the source of the delicious food aromas, it was clear from the beginning that he would be among the guests and their tables if he was given the opportunity. Equipped with a chair, unintentionally resembling a lion tamer at a circus, the owner tried to persuade the sea lion to keep moving past. Without the chair, the large bull would not have even taken him seriously. He circled a few times and barked at the owner, a very clear indication of displeasure in sea lion language. The owner kept the chair in front of him as a barrier and the sea lion moved further along. As if in time to the music, the animal walked comically past amused, but nervous patrons. When the sea lion began a second attempt to mount the step onto the patio, Kristy can be heard saying "He might need a hand there" to her husband, Dave who was filming the spectacle. Dave grabbed his own chair and backed up the brave owner as the sea lion barked more and made half hearted lunges at his feet in warning. With two chairs and two humans in front of him, the sea lion decided to take his business elsewhere. The owner can be heard saying "You're being shown the door sir" in the most polite tone imaginable. Dave gets in his own comment: "Sorry buddy. No shirt, no shoes, no service". It's easy to be brave when the sea lion is retreating. In an adorable fashion, he squeezes himself through the railing and onto the walkway leading to the gate at the beach. He lets out a few barks in retort as he wiggles off into the darkness, defeated. The owner closes the gate and the crisis is over. Although this was a humorous encounter, this sea lion was big enough to be a handful if he got over the step and onto the patio. Animals on San Cristobal Island live harmoniously with the small population of humans there and they thrive, but largely due to the respect and lack of interference shown by the locals and the tourists.

Freaky little fish walks on legs, appears to be wearing red lipstick!42s

Freaky little fish walks on legs, appears to be wearing red lipstick!

The Galapagos Islands and the waters around them are home to some of earth’s most amazing and interesting creatures. Some are unique due to their size, their evolution, or their beauty. And some are simply unique because of freaky adaptations like these “legs” on a marine creature known as the red-lipped batfish. It is one of the most unusual looking fish in the ocean. They have leg-like appendages that they use to perch on the sand or to “walk” across it. These appendages are actually highly adapted pectoral fins. They also use their anal fins to stand as well and the impression is that they are a fish with stubby legs and the ability to walk. The fins on the side of the batfish hang loosely as it swims, appearing to be larger legs that are dragged as the small tail propels it. They are awkward swimmers and spend more time “walking” than swimming. The strange appendage on their forehead assists with luring prey, which makes hunting far easier for the batfish since it is not capable of chasing its food. Red-lipped batfish are even more famous for their bright red, almost fluorescent lips. At first glance, it appears that the fish has put on lipstick in a sloppy way that resembles the Joker, from a batman movie. These fish are small and very cute, and encounters with them are a real treat for scuba divers. The fish will often permit a slow and careful approach, allowing for photography. If it becomes concerned, it will make a short trip over the sand and find another place to rest on its fins. The appearance as it wiggles through the water is quite ridiculous. But even if you can’t admire them for their swimming abilities, you can admire them for being such a unique marvel of evolution.

Incredibly rare encounter with North Atlantic Right Whale33s

Incredibly rare encounter with North Atlantic Right Whale

The North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) is one of the most endangered whales in the world, with an estimate of only 300-450 individuals remaining! There are two other species of Right Whale: the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis), and the North Pacific Right Whale (Eubalaena japonica). All three species received this name because whalers referred to them as the "right" whales to kill, due to their large amount of oil and baleen, which had many uses. Also, they usually travel at no more than about 10 miles per hour, making them easy to capture, and they float once they are dead, making the carcass much easier to salvage. They came close to extinction by 1750, and although they became internationally protected in the first half of the 20th century, they might still go extinct in about 20 years. The populations of Southern Right Whale have been growing since, but the North Atlantic Right Whale is still very rare. In spite of whaling no longer being a threat to them, their main causes of known mortality are entanglement in fishing gear and vessel strikes. When ships run into them, the damage is often fatal; they might die at the time of the impact, or later, from blood loss or other complications. And although Ship strikes and fishing gear entanglement are the leading causes of death for North Atlantic Right Whales, they aren't the only ones. Right Whales are very sensitive to noise, so the sound pollution from seismic airguns, etc., is another very real threat, especially when combined with the first two. This video was shot while researching the whales with the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS), for conservation purposes. The motor was turned off, to avoid any accidents. They must be admired from a safe distance, and must not be approached.

Published: October 26, 20181,686 plays$1.31 earned
Piranha in Amazon lake ferociously attacks meat dipped in water1m00s

Piranha in Amazon lake ferociously attacks meat dipped in water

Piranha are one of the most feared fish in the water, second only to sharks. Despite their small size, they are more than capable of killing a large animal, or even a human in a matter of minutes. Living in large schools and able to smell a drop of blood in the water from a distance, they attack their prey and retreat, returning to bite again. In great numbers, such an attack can inflict serious injury rapidly. Piranha have large, razor sharp teeth and powerful jaws with a bite force that is greater than most other fish. As a result, they can tear a chunk of flesh off an animal with ease. Piranha don't often attack healthy humans in the water, but they have been known to do so when food is scarce or when a person is injured or incapacitated. Thrashing and splashing in the water will attract them, making children more frequent targets than adults. Although it is believed that their attacks are coordinated, cooperative hunting, it is more of an individual attack that coincides with other piranha in their school. Schooling is actually a means of protection from predators. They are even known to attack their own species when stressed or extremely hungry. Piranha are generally no larger than 1 foot in length but some species can reach 20 inches. They live in most fresh water lakes and rivers throughout the Amazon basin. This video was taken with a GoPro camera that was dipped in the water of a lake at a small and secluded lodge, situated on a remote inland lake connected to the Napo River, one of the largest rivers in Ecuador. Meat was dangled in the water by a local fisherman and the piranha were recorded as they swarmed the bait. The fisherman caught a larger adult and displayed the teeth for a group of Canadians who attended the nearby lodge. This was part of an educational program and the fish was immediately released back into the water unharmed. Despite the fact that these piranha are capable of posing serious risk, people occasionally swim in the lake and are generally unharmed. It is not advisable to do so, especially if the swimmer is injured.

Published: October 20, 201822,125 plays$43.74 earned
Super Friendly Wild Deer Lets Kids Pat It1m16s

Super Friendly Wild Deer Lets Kids Pat It

The rustling of the leaves on this fall day ending up in an adventure for the mom and her kids. Approaching a deer can be extremely dangerous. Deer are known to be very unpredictable. They are beautiful animals but this family certainly took a risk getting this close to a wild animal. This four point deer is much older and should be a lot more nervous around people than he appears to be. What a beautiful animal he is! He seems to be a part of the family rather than a distant animal in the woods that surely fears for his life. One would wonder if he was lost or if he is just so calm in his surroundings. He prances around like he knows the place. Is he trying to be friendly or trying to get food? This deer apparently likes small children because they are able to walk right up to him. To pat a deer would be unthought of for most kids. Most kids find themselves with parents that hunt deer rather than make friends with them. The edge of this yard is perfect for the deer to visit each day as he clearly is not afraid of humans. Most deer run away from humans because of the unfamiliar scent. The scent of humans is not what they are used in the wild. Surprisingly enough, companies make money on products that smell more like the scents that deer would experience in the woods. This mom is cautious with her child running and rightfully so. Deer are known to be startled by the slightest noise and become nervous at the smallest of movements which make them up. Sometimes they run toward the noise or the movement rather than away. This deer is beautiful to see living in his own habitat rather than a zoo which is where these kids would typically see such an animal up close. The mom asked the deer if he wants to be a pet reindeer as this concept is not unheard of for people to do, it is not safe or healthy for the animal. After the mom has mentioned a pet, the little girl exclaims that he can be a pet. You can notice the possible concern in the mom’s voice about her daughter getting closer to the deer’s tail. Mom insists that her child move slower as not to startle the deer and get hurt. The little girl jumps on the bike right in front of the deer. She will surely remember her close encounter with this beautiful animal . Mom says that the little girl is rough with animals but we all know she is probably trying to hug the deer. Her little brother is a little protective of the deer and tells his sister she is scaring him. As all moms do, she insists on getting some apples for the cute little deer that has added a level of surprise to her and her children. Meanwhile the deer is prancing onto his life before meeting this wonderful family.

Published: October 10, 20184,282 plays$9.71 earned
Pleading Squirrel Fearlessly Approaches  Human For Food21s

Pleading Squirrel Fearlessly Approaches Human For Food

Squirrels are cute and notorious. As the season’s changing and it’s getting really cold outside, squirrels don’t want to stay picky about what they are going to eat. They just want something, in fact anything, to eat. Usually their favorite pick is nuts and that’s cool, but when it is freezing outside, or when you’re going to start hibernating, you can’t really be a chooser. You eat what you can find! This video is a great example of a squirrel trying to find food with full ferocity. The black squirrel featured in this clip is not shy and a single bit awkward, it is moving in swift moves around the person shooting the video, with a hope that there might be food around here. Yes, it is looking for food! Finding it hard to believe me? Well why don’t to check it for yourself! The squirrel’s tail is so furry and so cute that we can’t help but stare at it the whole time, don’t you guys think so too? The way it moves around wagging it, from left to right, left to right! Why we are so obsessed with the tail, it’s just a tail! Anyway, let’s get back to the video content. The video begins with a black little squirrel trying to look for food, of any kind, literally! And she first goes around sniffing the bicycle bottom, around the wheel area to see if it reeks of food. The person sitting on the bike couldn’t resist the squirrel’s bewilderment and decides to shoot a video of him. Then the squirrel moves around the bike for a little bit, making sure that there is no hint for human food around the play and then moves on to next check spot. This is the point in the video where the squirrel seems to disappear from the video frame, making us wonder if he got what he was looking for, you know? As if he found a big chunk of a treat, too big for his size, of course. Something like a chicken leg, or a bagel you know! Oh, bagels are just too darn delicious! Oh my, we need to focus in the squirrel at the moment! Okay so, the squirrel seems to have found something to munch on at this point but when the camera moves around, trying to spot the baby, we get a surprise. The squirrel now is trying to consider a new spot for food, and no, it still doesn’t have anything to eat, making the whole situation just too hilarious. The new spot for the squirrel is a car. It is waiting for the car door to open up so it can look inside with a hope to obviously find something to eat! We really want to know what it has found in the car, because the curious little squirrel has left us so curious! What about you guys? Let us know in the comments below if you think this squirrel has found something in the car to eat! Because we really hope the poor thing actually found what it was looking for!

Baby Monkey Bonds With A Tortoise After Its Mom Dies41s

Baby Monkey Bonds With A Tortoise After Its Mom Dies

A monkey adopting a cat or another living organism – and even a human being is a story that is not unheard of. This is what makes this baby monkey’s bond to a tortoise amazingly unique! This baby monkey lost her mother and just like any other creature, it longs for the warm care of its mother. Amazingly, this baby found a motherly touch from a compassionate turtle. Can animals speak to another animal of different kind? Certainly, they can communicate with each other through actions, gestures and show of emotions but it is intriguingly interesting to know if they can speak with each other like a pig will squeal and relay its message to a barking dog. Why is this question relevant to the video above? What came to one’s mind when watching the video is – how was this baby monkey able to make the tortoise realize that it is longing for motherly affection? If they can talk to each other, it would surely be easier for this young soul to express how it feels lonely and lost after mother monkey was killed. If they cannot talk then it would be tougher to convey the message with details. Well, who knows if it is tougher or not? As the old adage goes – action speaks louder than words. In this case, the premises mentioned above do not hold true. Monkeys are social beings and as such, they possess skills to convey their messages. On the other end of the interaction, this tortoise is sensitive to the needs of other living creatures that it instantly got what the baby monkey needs. What is more interesting about this video is on the part of the tortoise. Tortoise are not known to nurture their young. A baby tortoise is basically born independent as it is left by its mother after laying eggs. Then perhaps, the more intriguing question to ask, as compared to the question posed above, is do tortoise have maternal instincts as opposed to what some people believe that they don’t? This question will make one watch the video again and note whether love is present while the tortoise is interacting with the baby monkey. Check again and see – maybe, it is a one way traffic of affection in that only the baby monkey is caressing the tortoise and the latter have no other way of reacting than to simply allow the baby monkey to touch it. Watching it again, this time more kin about how these two creatures are interacting, it can be observed that the baby monkey embraces and touches the tortoise as if it is its mom. How about the tortoise. Well, it does not move in a way that it show love or affection to the monkey but is it not a fact that if the tortoise does not like the monkey then it can simply shrink its head into its hard shell beyond the baby’s access? Then, it must be safe to conclude that this tortoise developed a special bond with the baby monkey. Maybe, that is just how tortoises are – not showy about their love. Summing it up, this video is a video of love and compassion; a video that is worth watching over again whenever we start losing hope about the existence of love and compassion.

Published: October 3, 20183,155 views
Shockingly large parasite removed from chipmunk by veterinarian1m28s

Shockingly large parasite removed from chipmunk by veterinarian

Chipmunks are adorable little creatures that are easily tamed. They are delight to homeowners and cottagers. They are beautiful with their striped fur and tiny little faces and hands. Like a slender hamster that moves at twice the speed, they almost seem like pets once they get used to humans. Almost everyone has experienced the joy of hand feeding one of these animals. They are trusting and friendly and will climb on people for a peanut or other snack. But Chipmunks in North America have their share of problems. They need to be wary of all sorts of predators like hawks, weasels, foxes, and cats. And like any other animal, they also have to worry about parasites. One of the most disgusting parasites that they are likely to encounter is the Bot Fly, or Cuterebra Fly. These insects lay their eggs on the ground near the burrow of a rodent such as a rabbit or chipmunk. The animal picks up the egg as it brushes past and the heat from its body causes the egg to hatch. The larva will then seek a place in the nose or around the neck of the host animal. There, it will burrow into the skin and begin to feed and grow. Although it is more common for this to happen with rodents, it commonly occurs with dogs and cats too, along with other animals. The maggot will usually leave a breathing hole which oozes fluid and it appears like a round, open wound. The larvae will grow for 3 to 8 weeks in the infected host. In cats, these larvae can migrate to the brain and cause a lot of serious problems. Although rarely fatal when found under the skin, like the one on this chipmunk, they are large, effective parasites that can rob a little creature of health and energy. They are also extremely disgusting creatures. This chipmunk is one of a family that live at a cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario. The cottage is owned by a veterinarian who loves all animals, including wildlife. When her young children spotted the chipmunk with what appeared to be a lump and small wound on its side, they told her what they had seen. Being certain that it was a Cuterebra, they managed to trap the chipmunk easily with a peanut and plastic bin. The little fellow was then placed inside a pillow case so that he could be restrained gently. Cutting a small hole in the pillowcase allowed access to the chipmunk's side so that the doctor could pull the maggot out with forceps. The chipmunk did not need anesthetic since there was already a hole in its side and the maggot could be slowly out. The hole left behind is a gaping cavity that is prone to infection. The veterinarian flushed and cleaned the wound and the chipmunk was released. Although he was happy to be free again, he was annoyed enough that he refused to take the peanut that they offered. He scurried away but returned soon after, collecting free peanuts happily, as usual. The wound healed over the next few days and the chipmunk was perfectly fine. Bot Fly larva, or Cuterebras are so loathsome that even this seasoned veterinarian finds them repulsive. Because they look just like small wounds until the maggot emerges, they are often seen, but not recognized in animals, including your pets!

Bizarre rainforest insect resembles a helicopter2m19s

Bizarre rainforest insect resembles a helicopter

This is a treehopper from the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Treehoppers are insects related to cicadas and leafhoppers. Most treehoppers have a highly modified pronotum on the back, in this case forming five hairy globes and a long spine, probably serving to deter predators. Treehoppers feed on plant sap which is rich in sugar.