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Husband won't pick up shovel to help wife in the garden. Here's why.1m43s

Husband won't pick up shovel to help wife in the garden. Here's why.

It's a hot day in Millbrook, Ontario. In fact it's a heat wave and the temperature today is the hottest on record this year. That doesn't stop Kristy from going out to her garden to weed, plant, and mulch though. Her husband Dave really appreciates her effort and her dedication. He also appreciates the piles of fresh vegetables that she gets from her garden every day. Most of all, Dave appreciates that Kristy has planted more than 20 hot pepper plants. There are ghost peppers, trinidad scorpions, and even Carolina reapers. Kristy even filmed Dave and made a video of him trying to eat a whole Trinidad scorpion right off the vine. Dave knows how good he's got it and he decides that he better do something to help Kristy on such a hot day. You'd think he would get out there with a shovel and join her in her war on the weeds. Or maybe he should pick up the pitch fork and help her spread some mulch around. But Dave is convinced that there is something that will put a smile on Kristy's face more than any amount of typical garden work. Dave gets his drone, a length of string, and a Haagen-Dazs ice cream bar. With the thermometer at its highest, Kristy deserves a cool treat. She also likes to laugh and Dave thinks that flying in a frozen snack will make her chuckle. To record her reaction, Dave first clamps a hidden camera on the low hanging branch of a little crabapple tree right beside her pepper patch. The drone lifts off and the camera shows the ice cream bar dangling twenty feet below. With a little effort, Dave gets the drone above Kristy and she looks up to see what's coming. She knows right away that it's something good and she waves at it to come closer. Dave isn't impressing her with his flying ability though and his drone drifts all over before he finally gets it right. He almost lowers it into a wheelbarrow full of cow manure. Kristy unclips the treat and waves appreciatively. The camera in the tree captures the loud buzzing of the drone as it approaches but you can still hear Kristy laughing at Dave's unique idea of how to help her with her work. Dave and Kristy refuse to grow up. She has put him up to such things as eating the hot pepper, eating spaghetti on a wake board, and even shaving while riding a wake board. She's likely not really surprised to see something like this. After putting away the drone, Dave actually did get to work and he helped her finish the weeding and the mulching.

Drone captures majestic Clydesdales running with herd1m28s

Drone captures majestic Clydesdales running with herd

On a warm summer day near Peterborough, Ontario, a lush, green meadow lies waiting. The wind bends the wildflowers and long grass gently. Shadows of the few small clouds play across the field slowly. The scenery is a mix of gorgeous green hues and blue and white blossoms. Only one thing would make this spectacular landscape any more beautiful. A magnificent herd of horses strolls in the paddock next to meadow until they see that the gate is open, inviting them to stretch their legs and run free in the sun. They pick up their pace excitedly and each one falls into line as they trot through the gate and into the pasture. Here, they break into a run and make their way to middle before stopping to graze briefly and catch their breath. Suddenly, out of the blue, one of the horses will raise its head, sniff the breeze and burst into a a gallop. The others follow as they make their way up the slope to the upper meadow where they all meet again to stand and graze. Samson, a magnificent and powerful chocolate brown Clydesdale, always takes up the rear. His giant hooves create a thunderous sound as he moves. Harry, the only one wearing a halter, runs more quickly to catch his friend, Sebastian. The two are never far apart. Harry is wearing a fly shield as he is being treated for an eye condition. This magical place is the Mane Intent in Indian River, near Peterborough, Ontario. As gorgeous as this farm is, and as breath taking as the herd is in a gallop, the most wonderful thing about it is actually impossible to see here. The Mane Intent conducts a very unique program that pairs people up with horse for life coaching, experiential learning, and self discovery. The horses also work with first responders and victims of trauma for healing and therapy that has to be seen to be believed. Each horse has a unique gift for connecting with people and a personality that provides beautiful and unexpected results. The herd truly works magic. This farm provides a gorgeous setting for their incredible work, and a beautiful home for a very deserving herd. Some of them have worked hard and now need a more relaxed life. When they are not interacting with and helping people, they spend their days grazing and running in the sunshine, or just relaxing in the shade under a tree.

Rescued ducklings' beautiful response to being released on a pond1m30s

Rescued ducklings' beautiful response to being released on a pond

These five adorable little ducklings are only a few days old. They were orphaned and found running around in a parking lot of a motel in Peterborough, Ontario. A kindhearted man named Mike had traveled from British Columbia and was staying at the motel because his company, Mercroft Construction, had been contracted for a big job in Ontario. As he finished work and reached the motel, he saw the ducklings without their mother. He watched them for several hours and there was no sign of the mother. She may have been hit by a car or caught by a predator, but either way, Mike knew the ducklings were in trouble and needed help. He scooped up the five little orphans and put them in his bathtub for the night. He gave them some water and some food but he didn’t know what he was going to do with them. Luckily, he had a friend named Kirk who lived in the area. Kirk introduced Mike to a woman named Lucy Davidson, a kind hearted soul who is well known for her love for animals. She runs the Wagging Tails Pet Retreat but her farm is truly an animal sanctuary for creatures who need more love and care than some people can give. Almost all of her animals are rescues. Lucy has a friend who is a veterinarian. She called Dr. Kristy for help with the ducklings. Birds need to be raised with other wild birds so they learn social and survival skills as well as a healthy fear of humans. Dr. Kristy put the ducklings in her pond while she arranged for them to be taken to the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee, Ontario. The ducklings were thrilled to be set free in the pond for the morning. They splashed and played in the water, diving below, and running across the surface. It was heart warming to see their reaction as they realized that they were being set free on the pond. They had spent the last day in a parking lot, a bathtub, and a box before finally reaching the freedom of the pond. The ducklings also gorged themselves on duckweed and algae. With full bellies, they were placed back in the box for the last time, so that they could be driven to Sandy Pines. Here they will experience even more freedom and top notch care until they are big enough and strong enough to be released into the wild. Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre will ensure that they have the skills that they need to thrive on their own. Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre relies on donations from the public. Please visit their site “sandypineswildlife.org” to seek advice and assistance or to make a donation.

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Published: June 14, 20181,422 plays$2.82 earned
Loving moment between cow and newborn calf will melt your heart1m15s

Loving moment between cow and newborn calf will melt your heart

Cows are among the most gentle animals in the world. Despite their immense size, they are peaceful and sweet in their disposition. They have a soulful face and big, endearing eyes that tug at your heartstrings. Calves are even more beautiful and endearing. Clumsy and playful, they are a joy to watch. Their inquisitiveness is irresistible. This calf is less than one day old. He was born on a sunny spring day on a beautiful farm near Millbrook, Ontario. The cows on this farm roam free on a lush green meadow with rolling hills, a pond for drinking from and trees all around. They have acres of fresh grass and more pasture than they can possibly eat. The farmers are attentive and caring, making sure the cows are as healthy and happy as can be. Iris is an extremely proud and loving mother. Her calf is resting in the long grass, taking a break from nursing and learning to walk and run on his brand new legs. Iris stands over her baby protectively and licks his head and face in the most loving way imaginable. She stops for a moment and her calf looks up at her as if in awe and wonder, waiting for the bath to continue. He's clearly in heaven with all the attention from his mom. Iris goes back to licking her baby and showering him with love. It's heart warming to see a mother so proud and so attentive with a newborn. Cows lick their young to promote bonding, to show affection, and also for grooming. Cleanliness is important for this calf in order to discourage harmful insects and also to remove the smells that would attract the attention of predators. In the first hour after being born, a calf will already be able to walk and even run, but it will take a few weeks for them to gain enough balance and strength to run away from predators. During this time, the mother will not venture farm from her baby. She will always be ready to defend the calf if needed. Even the other cows in the herd will protect the offspring of another cow. They will show affection and provide protection very readily. Watching an interaction like this is not only enough to melt your heart; it is a demonstration of the cow's capacity for emotion and love. We often underestimate this ability in animals, yet it is undeniable if we only open our eyes to see it.

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Published: June 14, 2018555 plays$0.93 earned
Curious calves can't resist investigating camera58s

Curious calves can't resist investigating camera

Few things are as cute as newborn calves, but a field full of them is simply adorable! When these calves were romping around in the field and grazing, it was too much to resist and the camera came out. The calves were immediately curious and they walked closer, stopped, bumped into each other as they stared, and paused hesitantly. But eventually they ventured closer and stuck their noses right up to it. Some of the calves even licked the camera. Soon, the calves were all wiggling and pushing, trying to get a chance to investigate. The calves have all been born this spring and they are approximately one to two weeks old. Their mothers grazed contentedly nearby while the little ones played and explored. The new moms were mildly curious, but happy enough to chew on the grass and watch the youngsters from afar. These calves will eat constantly as they grow quickly. They will also explore everything new that they find, usually with their noses and mouths. They live on a beautiful farm with very large, lush pastures for grazing, a big pond for water to drink and play in, and lots of other cows and calves. They are free to roam all day.

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Published: June 13, 201819 plays$0.02 earned
Tiny baby phoebe birds eat shockingly enormous meals45s

Tiny baby phoebe birds eat shockingly enormous meals

Phoebes are small birds of the flycatcher family. They feed on insects of all sorts, perching on a branch until they spot a meal to chase down. They are also known to be very devoted parents, with both the male and the female sharing in the responsibilities. Both will catch food for the young and the male will also bring the female food while she sits on the nest. These two phoebes have found a sheltered spot on a beam under an overhanging deck of a log cabin on a remote lake in Parry Sound, Ontario. They typically seek sheltered areas such as this to build their nest. In this video, our parents have five very hungry babies who sleep until they hear the wingbeats of their parents returning to the nest. They open their mouths hungrily and chirp their demands for food. The parents fly back and forth repeatedly, bringing a meal every few minutes. Surprisingly, the babies are fed enormous dragonflies that seem much larger than they should be able to swallow. Their beak opens and the parent pops the large insect in, occasionally stuffing the meal deep into the baby's mouth. It seems to be a struggle to get the whole thing in and the babies work at swallowing them for several seconds before they actually disappear. Considering the size of the bugs, and the frequency with which each one gets fed, these babies eat a tremendous amount of food. The parents have a full time job, working almost all day to meet their needs. Another surprising thing is what happens when the food is digested. The babies start to wiggle until their bums are hanging over the edge of the nest. The parent sees immediately what is happening and gets in position as the feces appears. The mother or father quickly grabs these packages in their beak to fly off with it. Instinctively, they know to keep the nest clean by removing the waste right away. Phoebes are among the most dedicated birds and these ones are no exception. They will continue this hectic pace for several more weeks until the babies are ready to fly.

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Published: June 13, 20184,044 plays$5.42 earned
Human skull falls from back of truck on highway41s

Human skull falls from back of truck on highway

Motorists making their way to the cottage on a Saturday morning were shocked to see a very unusual object bounce out of the back of a truck as it merged onto the highway. A round, white ball hit the road and bounced along beside the truck and then down the middle of the highway. As the motorists caught up to the bouncing object, Kristy realized that it was what appeared to be a human skull. Surely, it had to be a plastic skull and not a real human skull, but it was completely unexpected and worthy of an exclamation of surprise. Dave, who was driving, didn't believe what he had seen until Kristy remarked that the truck driver had just lost a skull out of the back. Dave then commented that the driver had lost his head. Kristy and Dave laughed in surprise at the humor and ridiculousness of what had just happened. The dash cam in the vehicle picked up the odd event and zooming in on the footage later confirmed what they had seen. You can make out the jaw and the eyes as it bounces closer. The footage is slowed down in the second part of the video to make it more clear what it is. Normally, seeing a skull bounce out of a truck would be a good reason to call police and have them investigate the matter to make sure that it wasn't actual human remains. In this case though, it seems very obvious that a skull made of bone would not stay in one piece as it bounced on the hard asphalt road. The lower jaw of a human skull is weakly attached in the absence of tendons and muscle. It would have been flapping open and certainly would have broken off on the first bounce. This couple didn't believe for more than a moment that they were seeing something that should be taken seriously and reported. It's more likely that the truck driver had been cleaning out his garage and was making his way to the landfill, or else it was a bargain hunter coming from a yard sale with an unusual purchase for Halloween decorating. Either way, this event provided Dave and Kristy with a good chuckle and some interesting conversation on their long drive to the family cottage.

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Published: June 11, 20185,402 plays$4.87 earned
Rescued ducklings overjoyed to play and feast in pond1m52s

Rescued ducklings overjoyed to play and feast in pond

These five newborn ducklings play and splash with complete joy as they are released onto a pond during one of the most adorable rescues ever. Just hours before this, they were orphaned and alone, at risk of being eaten by predators or killed in traffic. Now they have been given a second chance and they are thrilled. Their reaction to hitting the water and finding food is heart warming. It started with a man named Mike, who traveled all the way from British Columbia for work. He owns Mercroft Construction, the company that was hired for a job in Peterborough, Ontario. When he reached his hotel, he saw five of the tiniest, fluffy ducklings wandering scared in the parking lot. He knew that not to interfere so he watched from a distance for a few hours, hoping the mother would find them. It soon became clear that their mother was not coming and the ducks wouldn't make it through the night without his help. Mike managed to scoop them all up and he put them in his room for the night while he made some calls for help. His friend Kirk, from Millbrook knew of a kind-hearted woman named Lucy who runs Wagging Tails Pet Retreat in Millbrook. No stranger to animal rescue, Lucy happens to be connected with a veterinarian who will help any creature in need. She reached out and set a plan in motion. Mike brought her the ducks and she gave them food and water until they could be delivered to Dr. Kristy. The ducks were released on Kristy's pond while she contacted Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre to see if they could help. While this was being set up, the ducklings quickly discovered how exciting it was to be on the water. They splashed, dove, and darted across the surface overjoyed at this freedom. They feasted on duckweed and algae, squeaking with delight as they did so. To see these ducks having such fun while they fill their tiny bellies warms the heart. After a few hours, they were scooped up and taken on a long journey to the rehab centre. Here, they will be cared for by the wonderful staff who will raise them along with other wild ducks. They will socialize with wild birds and will be handled as little as possible so that they can more easily be released successfully back into the wild when they are grown. Nobody knows what happened to the ducklings' mother, but these kind people have all teamed up to give them a second chance at life. At Sandy Pines, they will have the best possible chance. Rehab centres like these are only possible through hard working volunteers and staff who rely on donations. They can be reached at sandypineswildlife.org for information or for assistance.

Gopher baby emerges from burrow to nurse from mother1m15s

Gopher baby emerges from burrow to nurse from mother

Groundhogs are large rodents that are frequently referred to as gophers, which is actually a smaller cousin. They are all part of a group called ground squirrels. They burrow long tunnels and dens underground, which they will take refuge in at the slightest sign of a threat. They spend most of their day grazing and foraging for food around the entrances to their burrow. They are adorable creatures with their round bellies and furry faces. When they stand on their hind legs to hold food while they nibble it, they are just too cute for words. This mother gopher was sitting beside her hole after enjoying an apple slice that had been left there, along with a piece of watermelon. After filling her belly with the fruit, she stood and looked around. One of her five babies emerged from the den and decided it was time for a drink of milk. It's obvious that this gopher is a lactating mother. The baby is the cutest little furball, hardly bigger than a kitten, and he starts trying to latch on to mom for a little milk. She allows this for a moment of two and he seems to get enough before she turns away. He soon decides that if he can't have more milk, he will have some apple. The baby gopher is old enough now to eat solid food as well as mother's milk. He munches happily on an apple slice while his brother moves in for a peek at the camera. After having a few bites, he clumsily drops the apple in his burrow. He will have to hop down into the hole if he needs any more food. Baby groundhogs (or gophers) are called pups, kits, or cubs. A mother will have between two and nine young in a litter, born in April. These pups are approximately 7 weeks old at this point and have grown a full coat of thick fur. They are born without any hair and they are completely helpless for several weeks. These pups will eat constantly and will grow quickly so that they will soon be able to fend for themselves. Gophers are a nuisance to farmers as they bore large holes in pastures that can cause injury to grazing cattle, but in most areas they are harmless. Their furry little faces are completely adorable, especially when they are babies.

Worried Mama Cow Asks This Man To Rescue Her Newborn Calf3m03s

Worried Mama Cow Asks This Man To Rescue Her Newborn Calf

Flo is a cow who lives on a beautiful farm near Millbrook, Ontario. She spends her days in a lush, green pasture that borders on a country road. The cows have access to a nice pond for drinking and for cooling off in. She shares this pasture with a herd of cows and some newborn calves. Flo delivered a calf herself but it was born on a slope between the pond and the fence. It slid down and under the fence, becoming trapped outside the field. It's not clear how long the calf was lying there, but the fresh umbilical cord showed that it had been born that day. The calf was also dry, which suggested that it had been lying in the sun for a little while. The calf may have tried to get back to its mother but the electric fence made this impossible. Dave was passing by on the road when he saw the cows enjoying a dip in the pond to get out of the heat. He stopped to film the cows as they did so. He noticed a cow to his left that was acting agitated. Dave doesn't know a lot about cows but he knew it was unusual for a female to scrape the dirt and make so much noise. He set his camera on the fence post and watched, confused by what was going on. He could see that her ear tag said "Flo". He eventually noticed that she was looking through the fence and then back at him. She repeatedly mooed at him and at the fence. She seemed a little frantic as she cried and he walked closer with his camera to see what she was doing. It became obvious that she had been asking for help. Dave saw her newborn calf in the long grass but he wasn't sure if her behavior had been a cry for help or a warning to stay away from her baby. The calf needed to get milk from the mother and he could also wander out on the road if something wasn't done. There was no gate nearby and Dave didn't want to try carrying and moving the calf far away from Flo. Dave decided that the best way to help was to lift the wires and push the calf under the fence. The calf seemed to be helping a little in the effort, but there was no way to avoid contact with the fence. Flo seemed to understand that her calf was being moved toward her, but Dave was very aware that only a flimsy fence would be between them if she became upset with what was happening. Dave was getting shocked and the calf was too. He hoped it would not cry out in pain before he could get the job done. Eventually, the calf was on the other side of the fence and reunited with his mom. The two immediately sniffed each other and began walking out into the pasture together. Dave spoke with the farmer and his wife, who did not realize that she had calved. They invited Dave to join them as they tagged the calf's ear and treated the umbilical cord with iodine. They checked the calf and found that it was healthy and unharmed. Dave took his camera along and filmed the two as they mingled with the herd. The calf wandered up to Dave for a curious sniff, as did Flo, seemingly recognizing him. They both wandered off and Flo's little calf was soon happily nursing as if nothing had happened. Although Dave was slow to catch on, Flo was obviously distressed and was aware that Dave could help her. She looked at him expectantly as she paced between him and her baby in a very clear attempt to communicate. We often underestimate an animal's intelligence and capacity for emotion. Flo showed a healthy amount of both in this case. You can't deny the love she felt for her newborn calf.

Rescued pigs are ecstatic when treated to watermelon57s

Rescued pigs are ecstatic when treated to watermelon

These adorable pigs, Hilton and Meeka, were both rescued when they had to be given up by their previous owners. Sold to them under the claim that they were dwarf pigs and that they would never grow beyond the size of a small dog, their owners believed they would make excellent indoor pets. But Hilton and Meeka grew beyond their expectations. They soon became well over 100lbs and they became more of a handful than the owners could manage. They were people pigs now though and could not be placed on an ordinary farm. And they could not be kept indoors. The pigs faced a serious dilemma with no place to go. But there was one place where these beautiful and intelligent creatures would be welcomed with open arms. A woman named Lucy Davidson runs a pet boarding haven called Wagging Tails Pet Retreat in Millbrook, Ontario. The facility is part of a huge expanse of land and a farm where many different animals have found a home. Lucy is known far and wide for her huge heart and her history of caring for animals that had no place to go. She took one look at these pigs and knew that they would love life at her farm. Meek and Hilton love their food, as all pigs do, and having been pets, they are used to people hand feeding them. They are gentle and careful and they wag their tails like happy dogs when they are given treats or shown love. The pigs were given a whole watermelon which was broken open for them. They were not used to such a treat and they looked at the melon, then at Dave who was visiting with the snacks for them. Their inquisitive look seemed to question Dave about what they were supposed to do with this strange new food. Their noses soon led them to the obvious and they began munching happily. Hilton stuck his face right in and came out with what appeared to be an enormous smile, his face dripping with juice. Dave broke open the melon and Meeka joined him. Soon, both were wagging their tails and feasting on the juicy melon. Hilton and Meeka love something else as much as snacks, and that's belly rubs. After the melon was devoured, Meeka happily dropped onto her side for a great big belly rub. This wonderful farm is home to a donkey, horses, dogs, cats, pigs, and many other animals. Each of these animals is here because they have faced a struggle or challenge, but each one has found the best home an animal could ever want!

Smart deer learns how to get treats from pockets1m18s

Smart deer learns how to get treats from pockets

Faline is a very friendly deer. She was orphaned when she was only a few days old. Her mother was struck by a car and killed and she was found helplessly huddled in the grass, completely unable to fend for herself. She was taken to a rescue center that was able to provide her with the care that she needed to grow healthy and strong. Faline was eventually allowed to run free and she can now care for herself, but she is very accustomed to humans. Fortunately, she lives on such a large expanse of land in a protected area that her trust for humans will not be a problem for her. Faline frequently comes back to the sanctuary and recognizes the humans who cared for her and the people who frequent the sanctuary. Once she has learned trust, she eagerly comes close and seeks out affection and treats. Faline quickly learned where humans store their food, such as corn in a pocket and she discovered immediately that she did not have to wait for the corn to be brought out. She figured out that she could stick her nose right in and gobble up the corn. Faline enjoys the best of both worlds with her freedom and her ability to come back to the people that she is familiar with. Ideally, deer and other animals are raised with minimal human interaction so that they can be truly wild upon release. Faline was so young when she was orphaned that this was not possible. Attempts were made to have her fully independent but she has never let go of the connection with the rescue center. Occasionally, other deer that are completely wild will visit the rescue center. They seem to be curious about Faline's trust in the humans, but they will not approach closely. Faline is a beautiful example of how compassion and caring can make all the difference for the survival of a helpless animal.

Curious gopher steals GoPro, carries it into her den46s

Curious gopher steals GoPro, carries it into her den

A very large mother gopher and her five adorable babies were seen grazing and enjoying some fresh air on a warm spring day. Who could resist putting a camera near their den to try to catch these furry creatures on camera? But moments after the camera is left unattended to record them, the mother becomes curious. She struts over and looks right at the camera and has a good sniff. She nibbles at it and rolls it over in the grass a few times. She then picks it up and turns it over and over in her paws, closely examining it. After a few moments of looking the strange object over, she picks it up in her teeth and carries it to her hole. Fortunately, she decides to grab the housing in such a way that the camera provides a view of the journey across the grass to the opening of her den. The camera drops into the hole and sits for a few moments facing the opening. She returns and drags it further in, at which point it is too dark to see. This gopher has found a grassy field at the side of an industrial area in Peterborough, Ontario. She is raising a little family of five baby gophers. Looking closely at her underside in later footage, she is clearly a nursing female. The people who work beside and pass by this field have been feeding her fruit and vegetables and an occasional cookie every day. She has become comfortable enough with people that she will often venture from her hole, looking expectantly at people to see if they are willing to toss her some treats. The babies are extremely adorable. They also eat grass, fruit, and vegetables, but they are still young enough that they can be seen nursing on their mother occasionally. This devoted momma is raising a beautiful little family.

Rooster thinks he's a dog, speaks on command1m13s

Rooster thinks he's a dog, speaks on command

Larry is a Brahma rooster who is living the good life at a bird sanctuary in southern Ontario. He was rescued from a less than ideal home and now he wanders freely, along with many different species of birds that are being cared for by a very dedicated bunch of staff and volunteers. Most of the birds brought here are being rehabilitated with the hope that they can be released back into the wild in the same area that they came from. Larry has become a permanent resident at the wildlife sanctuary and he prefers to strut around at the entrance, greeting newcomers like the head of their public relations department. Larry is extremely friendly and very comfortable with people. He does not mind people approaching him to get a close look or to take pictures. Larry will even crow on command, much like a dog that has been trained to "speak". Larry doesn't seem to understand how funny this is. As soon as he lets out a "cock-a-doodle-do", he goes back to foraging for things to eat on the ground. How Larry learned this unusual behavior is a mystery but he seems to enjoy performing it whenever asked. He also likes to stand up and show his impressive height as he crows. Brahma roosters are a very large breed that can grow to 18 pounds (although the average is closer to 12 pounds) and can measure almost three feet tall. They were once bred and raised for meat. They are among the largest chickens in the world. These birds have enormous claws on their feet and are capable of inflicting injury if they feel the need to defend themselves. This may explain why Larry is so confident as he walks around without any concern. Larry has also responded very well to the care and gentle treatment by his human family at the rehab centre. To see such personality in a chicken is a great reminder that they are actually more intelligent than we give them credit for.

Rescued pig gets belly rubs, enjoys the good life57s

Rescued pig gets belly rubs, enjoys the good life

Meeka is one of two beautiful rescued pigs who found their way to a wonderful place called Wagging Tails Pet Retreat in Millbrook, Ontario. The farm is actually a dog and cat boarding facility where Lucy will house animals for vacationing owners. Known for having a soft heart, she has clients from far and wide. But Lucy is just as well known for her soft side for wildlife and farm animals too. Many abandoned, injured, or special needs animals find their way to Lucy for the kind of love and care that most people cannot provide. Hilton and Meeka are two pigs that were bought as pets by people who believed that they were a tiny breed of pig, suitable for indoor living. But they both grew at an incredible rate and didn't stop. They became full grown at well over 100 pounds with an appetite that was also enormous. The animals needed rehomed but not to a farm where they would become food. They also weren't suitable for household pets either, despite having become accustomed to life alongside humans. Lucy agreed to take the pigs and she now treats them like pets who live outside. Lucy adores all her animals and they feel the same about her. They follow her when she enters the barnyard and they love her attention. Meeka leaned on Lucy until she began to scratch her back and belly. She knew that if she rolled over onto her side she would get a full belly rub. Of course, Lucy can't resist and Meeka soaks it all up, grunting and snorting to show that this is pure ecstasy for her. Lucy has several dogs of her own, cats, horses, donkeys, the two pigs and a few other animals, all of them coming from a home that was no longer suitable for one reason or another. Recently, a family of newborn ducks who had lost their mother was brought to Lucy for her help. She cared for the ducks until she could arrange a ride for them to a bird rehab facility a few hours away. Lucy's love for all animals, especially the needy ones, is obvious and she is adored by many for her generous nature and warm heart. And of course, she is adored by her farm family too!

Worried Mama Cow Asks Man To Rescue Her Newborn Calf3m05s

Worried Mama Cow Asks Man To Rescue Her Newborn Calf

Flo is a cow who lives on a beautiful farm near Millbrook, Ontario. She spends her days in a lush, green pasture that borders on a country road. The cows have access to a nice pond for drinking and for cooling off in. She shares this pasture with a herd of cows and some newborn calves. Flo delivered a calf herself but it was born on a slope between the pond and the fence. It slid down and under the fence, becoming trapped outside the field. It's not clear how long the calf was lying there, but the fresh umbilical cord showed that it had been born that day. It was also dry, which suggested that it had been lying in the sun for a little while. The calf may have tried to get back to its mother but the electric fence made this impossible. Dave was passing by on the road when he saw the cows enjoying a dip in the pond to get out of the heat. He stopped to film the cows as they did so. He noticed a cow to his left that was acting agitated. Dave doesn't know a lot about cows but he knew it was unusual for a female to scrape the dirt and make so much noise. He set his camera on the fence post and watched, confused by what was going on. He could see that her ear tag said "Flo". He eventually noticed that she was looking through the fence and then back at him. She seemed a little frantic as she cried and he walked closer with his camera to see what she was doing. It became obvious that she had been asking for help. Dave saw her newborn calf in the long grass but he wasn't sure if her behavior had been a cry for help or a warning to stay away from her baby. The calf needed to get milk from the mother and he could also wander out on the road if something wasn't done. There was no gate nearby and Dave didn't want to try moving the calf far away from Flo. Dave decided that the best way to help was to lift the wires and push the calf under the fence. The calf seemed to be helping the man, but there was no way to avoid contact with the fence. Flo seemed to understand that her calf was being moved toward her, but Dave was very aware that only a flimsy fence would be between them if she became upset with what was happening. Dave was getting shocked and the calf was too. He hoped it would not cry out in pain before he could get the job done. Eventually, the calf was on the other side of the fence and reunited with his mom. The two immediately sniffed each other and began walking out into the pasture together. Dave spoke with the farmer and his wife, who did not realize that she had calved. They invited Dave to join them as they tagged the calf's ear and treated the umbilical cord with iodine. They checked the calf and found that it was healthy and unharmed. Dave took his camera along and filmed the two as they mingled with the herd. The calf wandered up to Dave for a curious sniff, as did Flo, seemingly recognizing him. They both wandered off and Flo's little calf was soon happily nursing as if nothing had happened. Although Dave was slow to catch on, Flo was obviously distressed and was aware that Dave could help her. She looked at him expectantly as she paced between him and her baby in a very clear attempt to communicate. We often underestimate an animal's intelligence and capacity for emotion. Flo showed a healthy amount of both in this case. You can't deny the love she felt for her newborn calf.

Horse Makes Hilarious Faces After Sharing Cyclist's Unusual Snack57s

Horse Makes Hilarious Faces After Sharing Cyclist's Unusual Snack

I'm sure you will agree that horses are one of the most majestic and beautiful animals on the planet. Despite the fact that they can easily crush us with their sized and immensely powerful hooves and therefore inspire fear, horses are very tender and beautiful creatures. And they show their tenderness in a wonderful way. Many people love their horses, take care of them and provide them with a natural life of the highest quality. But they cannot understand how horses communicate their gratitude, affection or even convey their reaction back to people who handle them. Just like a cat that folds on its lap, or a puppy that licks its nose, the horse has ways of saying that they love you. Blaze is a horse who lives on a beautiful farm near Millbrook, Ontario. His paddock runs along a quiet country road and he spends a lot of his time grazing near the fence and making friends with anyone who goes by. Dave has gotten to know Blaze quite well and he will always stop by with a treat when he is out for a walk or a bike ride. Blaze loves grass, especially the tender young shoots that grow on the other side of the fence, just out of reach. Dave pulls it out by the handful to feed to his horse buddy, but it's even more fun to bring treats such as apples and carrots. Dave has even tried Blaze with strawberries, lettuce, watermelon, bananas, and spinach. Blaze is very clear on what he prefers and he makes it obvious if he likes something. If he doesn't, he will spit it right out. Blaze is also very curious about the things that he sees Dave eating or drinking. When Dave was nibbling on some sugar horses that he had brought along on his bike ride as an energy food, Blaze was insistent on trying a few. Figuring they were sweet and nutritious, Dave had no reason to refuse. Blaze gobbled one up and then curled up his lip and showed his teeth. But he didn't spit the date out and he seemed to be asking for another. After four or five dates with the same reaction, Dave wasn't sure if they were a hit or not. Blaze has a mind of his own though and he can definitely decide if he likes the treats or not. On a recent ride, Dave stood and petted Blaze while he drank apple juice from his water bottle. Of course, Blaze also wanted some of this and he showed that even a horse can drink from a water bottle. Blaze is an adorable and hilarious horse.

Horses share incredible friendship, can't bear to be separated1m31s

Horses share incredible friendship, can't bear to be separated

Horses are highly social animals. They form deep and complicated attachments to other horses, people, and occasionally to other animals such as dogs and cats. They display emotions and often have very sensitive personalities. Able to pick up on and take meaning from even the smallest non verbal behavior, their responses to their companions' actions and moods are surprisingly complex. These two horses have a very deep and heart warming friendship. They are completely inseparable and hardly leave the other horse's side, even for a moment. Stardust is a white filly and Dreamer is a brown gelding. They were both born on this beautiful farm in southern Ontario on the same day. They spent their first year and a half in the same meadows and in stalls beside each other. It's no surprise that they became best friends right from the start. Their mothers had also grown up together and the four horses did everything together in the early days. Running, playing, and eating all involved the entire group. But each of the mothers were sent to different riding schools last summer and they were both accompanied by their young. The effect was heart breaking, with all of the horses showing obvious signs of missing the others, but the two young horses were particularly affected. They called repeatedly each night in the barn, as if trying to find their friend. They both acted broken-hearted and lost for weeks. Eventually, both returned to their home and resumed life on their own farm. Dreamer arrived first and he ran through the meadow and stood in the barn, calling loudly, obviously looking for his pal. Stardust came the next day and the reunion brought a tear to everybody's eyes. The two began calling out as soon as Stardust got out of the horse trailer. They became very excited when it was obvious that Stardust was also back home. The two were turned out it their usual meadow, along with their mothers. The young horses sniffed each other, rubbed heads and necks and then both rolled on the ground together. As if acting on the exact same thought, they both sprang to their feet and ran full speed around the meadow, side by side for almost an hour. They stopped occasionally to rub their heads on each other and whimper excitedly, then they were off again. From that point on, Dreamer and Stardust will not wander more than a few feet away from each other. They graze side by side, or sometimes with their heads almost touching. They stand face to face and groom each other constantly. They can be seen here performing mutual massage and grooming with their lips and teeth. Amazingly, neither of them ever flinches as they bite and nibble the other's shoulder. neck and back. This behavior is a sign of deep affection between horses and can be used to convey respect, trust and caring. Horses have very sensitive lips that can act almost like a hand to grasp and move things. They use this same behavior to greet humans, often taking a person's hand or fingers gently in their lips. They may even stand like this for a few moments, as if holding your hand. It will also give the horse a sense of your own trust and comfort level and they will be aware of your every movement, as well as your breathing and your posture. A lot can be learned from horses and how they interact with us and with each other. Taking a few moments to really watch how they respond can be a beautiful experience.

Newborn puppies whimper adorably for nap time1m17s

Newborn puppies whimper adorably for nap time

These puppies are only a few weeks old and they are soft and cuddly as they look! They have been fed and cuddled and now they are ready for a little sleep. Before they get comfortable, they climb on each other and whimper adorably. These puppies are actually part of a litter of eight puppies that were rescued from a northern community where their mother was a stray. She was a very friendly dog, but also very fearful of humans. It took a lot of kindness and some food to gain her trust so that she could lead her rescuers to her hiding spot. The kind souls who were looking after her could see that she was nursing puppies. When they found her, they were delighted to find eat healthy puppies that she had obviously been caring well for. The mother, the puppies, and more than 50 other dogs were rounded up and airlifted to communities in southern Ontario where their forever homes waited for them. Each one of them received veterinary care, vaccinations, food, grooming and a few of them even required surgeries. This massive air lift operation was executed by a huge team of volunteers and members of the veterinary community in Peterborough Ontario. Supplies and time were all donated. When you look at these beautiful little faces, you can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened without the generosity and kindness of all who were involved. It is a heartwarming indeed to see such an enormous display of compassion and teamwork.

Lamborghini on the highway displays awesome power 27s

Lamborghini on the highway displays awesome power

The Lamborghini Huracan is a sight to behold with its sleek lines and aerodynamic shape. It screams elegance and power that it is waiting to be unleashed. With 610 horsepower available at full throttle, this car will throw you back in your seat and pin you there for a wild ride that could take you to more than 200mph. The acceleration alone will spike your adrenaline almost as much as the beauty of the car. The name is Spanish for hurricane, a very suitable name. Out for a ride in some less than ideal weather, this Lamborghini owner caught the admiring glances from the motorists beside him. Sensing approval at the look of his machine, he decided to put on a little show of what was under the hood. The engine roared, the nose lifted and the Lamborghini was off like a shot. These cars are all wheel drive, which is the only reason that they are able to maintain their lane while the car is accelerating so quickly. The Lamborghini quickly disappears and then slows again. When the supercar fans caught up close enough to admire the view from the back, they were delighted to hear another round of the engine revving and see the car launch forward again. For a muscle car enthusiast, seeing the power of this beast unleashed is like watching a horse at full gallop through an open field. This car is sporting the decals of The North Face Rally, one of Ontario's most famous super car clubs. Known for their powerful cars, they make a spectacular entrance at car shows such as Strada when they roll in together and line their cars up for display. The North Face Rally is also widely known for their generosity and charitable nature. They hold toy drives for Sick Kids Hospital, help numerous fundraisers, and make dreams come true for deserving young people who admire flashy cars. This Huracan happens to be owned by Ghostrider (#ghostriderto), a mysterious philanthropist who keeps his identity hidden behind a mask whenever he moves among the car scene. He also remains anonymous whenever he uses his car to accomplish some very incredible feats of generosity.

Horse Strongly Favors Head Of Lettuce Over Watermelon2m15s

Horse Strongly Favors Head Of Lettuce Over Watermelon

Blaze is a very friendly horse who lives on a beautiful farm near Millbrook, Ontario. His pasture runs alongside a quiet country road where people often walk or cycle past. Blaze comes out to greet people as they pass and he enjoys a scratch behind the ear and an occasional treat. Dave and Chris have visited with Blaze many times and they can't resist those big brown eyes and gorgeous face. They always bring him something delicious, like carrots or apples. But Chris and Dave decided that they should offer Blaze some different foods to sample so they could see what appeals to his palate. On this walk, they came prepared lettuce, strawberries and watermelon. Knowing that watermelon and strawberries are sweet and delicious, it only made sense that Blaze should be allowed to discover if these were his new favorites. Blaze turned up his nose indignantly at the watermelon, even though it had a tempting chunk of carrot on top. He tried the strawberry, but promptly spit it out. Knowing that horses are like children and that they often refuse something new even if it is tasty, Chris and Dave kept trying. They went to Chestnut, the horse in the neighboring paddock, but Blaze merely watched curiously. Chestnut couldn't be tempted and it didn't convince Blaze to eat either on the second try. Blaze did have a hankering for the head of Romaine lettuce though, and he gobbled up the whole thing greedily. It was gone in a few seconds. With the obvious verdict that the new treats were not his new favorites, Blaze was given one of his regular treats, fresh grass and clover from the patch just out of reach on the other side of the fence. With the treats all gone and the visit at an end, Blaze gave Chris a great, big horse smooth on the side of the head. Who can resist a horse like Blaze?

Motorist Films Newborn Calf's Wobbly First Moments1m29s

Motorist Films Newborn Calf's Wobbly First Moments

We've all seen newborn calves prancing around in meadows at the side of the road. Few things are as heart warming as a new baby exploring the world and drinking milk from its mother as she grazes. We've come to associate these sights with spring, new life, hope, and joy. A passing motorist was looking at the cows in the field as he drove by and he could see a dozen or more new baby calves enjoying the sunshine with their mothers. What caught his eye next was the sight of a calf that had just been born a few minutes before, lying on the grass at the edge of the meadow. The mother was licking the calf and it was obvious with its glistening, wet coat that it was only a few minutes old. The mother began nudging the calf, insisting that it get to its feet. The birth is so recent that the umbilical cord is still visible on the calf and the afterbirth is still attached to the cow. Cows and horses are among the few animals that are so mobile within the first few minutes of life. Their legs are almost full grown in length when they are born, allowing them to use the only defense that they have; to flee from danger. These skinny legs have yet to fill out and grow thick muscles and the calf is adorably clumsy as it struggles to stand and stay upright. This calf was filmed getting to its feet for the first time. The only understanding it has is that its mother is telling it to get up, like her. It struggles first to balance on its knees, then eventually gets its feet under it. But it has not yet learned to balance and to coordinate the movement of its four legs to keep it upright. It wobbles as if drunk while the protective mother stands guard beside it. She will not leave this baby alone for even a moment until it is fully able to run back to her for protection. Within moments of the calf being on its feet, another mother wanders over to inspect the baby with a long sniff and an approving look. As she wanders off, she lets out a moo that seems to be a congratulatory message for the new mom. As the calf gains its balance, it faces another challenge. It is already hungry and nature has provided it with the instinct to seek food and to suckle. Somehow it knows to look to mom for a meal and it makes its way around her in search of the right end. Mom even helps by moving into position and offering an occasional nudge toward her udder. It's almost worth cheering as the calf finally finds the udder and begins to nurse. Mom stands happily as the calf gets that first, crucial dose of milk and colostrum for antibodies. As if remembering that she has a cheering section still watching, this proud mother turns to her audience and lets out a contented moo.

Extremely rare and intelligent animal communication: Eel and grouper hunt together1m18s

Extremely rare and intelligent animal communication: Eel and grouper hunt together

Nassau Groupers are plentiful in the Caribbean and they are one of the biggest and most successful hunters on the reef. Highly intelligent, agile and powerful, they seek out and capture their prey by inhaling rapidly, sucking the smaller fish into their mouth. But smaller fish know that their best chance to avoid being eaten is to seek shelter among the crevices in the coral and sponges on the reef. Groupers know they can't fit their large heads into small holes, so they have learned to enlist the help of a creature who can. The Moray Eel is a long, slender fish that is also a top predator. It hunts mainly at night when its poor vision is less of a disadvantage. It has a keen sense of smell and a body that is designed for stealth. It glides along the coral, slithering in and out of hiding places with ease. Any fish that it encounters will have only a brief chance for escape by fleeing out into the open before it is grabbed by the eel's powerful jaws. Both of these creatures are formidable on their own, but they have learned to team up for a greatly improved hunting technique. Cooperation between two species is rare, and communication between different species is even more rare. There are many mutually beneficial relationships in the wild, but only a few examples of when it is intentional and when it is based on an understanding and communication. The grouper begins this process by finding an eel and facing it head on while it shakes its head rapidly and performs an obvious movement or "dance". The eel has long ago learned what this means and it will venture from its lair in the daytime to join the grouper. The grouper understands that it has superior eyesight and will signal the eel where the food is hiding. It uses a similar, but much slower head shaking, along with posture and an intent stare at the location where the eel needs to go. The eel will enter the crevice after the prey, which is now forced to face the eel or to venture out in the open and take its chances with the hungry grouper. The grouper may also simply follow the eel and remain ready to ambush unwary prey. This technique is at least five times as effective as either of them hunting on their own. One of the most interesting parts of this arrangement is that it is not complicated by competition for food. Both the eel and the grouper swallow their food whole, so one of them quickly gets the meal and there are no scraps left to fight for. It works out roughly equally for both so there is enough positive reward in the method to make it worth repeating. This is another demonstration of the fact that we are only starting to learn how complicated the animal kingdom really is and how intelligent animals can be. Groupers will also use this technique to signal scuba divers with spears to the fact that a lion fish is hiding in the coral. They can understand which divers are hunting and even which species they need to find. Incredibly, Nassau Groupers can even recognize a particular scuba diver who has fed them on past dives and they will greet and follow people they know.

Adorable Newborn Foal Nurses From Its Mother58s

Adorable Newborn Foal Nurses From Its Mother

Few things are as beautiful and heartwarming as watching newborn foals with their mothers. This youngster was born less than one week ago and he can be seen enjoying a drink of milk from mom. The two live on a beautiful farm near Millbrook, Ontario. The farm is home to dozens of horses who enjoy the huge meadows that surround their barn and paddock. Foals are born each spring and they spend their first few weeks glued to their mothers. They nurse frequently and grow very quickly. Foals are born with legs that are already 90% of the length of adult horse legs. This makes them look and act adorably clumsy as they try to graze but it also allows them to run at high speed right from day one. It is a necessary survival characteristic as the foal's primary defense from predators is to flee. A foal is able to stand and run within an hour of birth. Foals actually lie down to sleep, unlike their parents, who can sleep standing up. Horses do lie down to sleep, but it is not necessary, as they can lock their joints in order to stay on their feet with minimal muscular effort. Foals need more sleep as they grow and it takes them several months to learn to sleep on their feet. The foals will stretch out flat on their sides while their mother grazes close by. A mare will almost never venture far from its sleeping foal. In a herd, mares will even share the responsibility of babysitting sleeping foals. The mares will make noise to wake the foals if danger presents itself. Foals are beautiful creatures that are always full of energy. They run in circles around their mothers, prance about and play-fight with other foals. They are a perfect example of sheer, simple joy!

Horse's face massage turns into adorable interaction1m15s

Horse's face massage turns into adorable interaction

Blaze lives on a farm near Millbrook, along with many other horses. His paddock meets the road at a spot where Dave often cycles or walks past. The two have become good friends in the past year or two, with Dave regularly bringing Balze a treat. Often, it's an apple or a carrot and once, Blaze even decided that he wanted a drink of Dave's apple juice right out of the bottle when Dave stopped by on his bike. Today, Dave stopped at the paddock and gave Blaze his treat and then got out hiss camera to take a selfie. Blaze stuck his head over the fence obligingly and posed happily. But what Blaze was really interested in was the face rub that started at thee same time as the photos. Most animals have an itchy spot or a spot that they want rubbed or scratched. To find it will guarantee you an instant friend. Dave must have found just the right spot because Blaze's eyes became droopy and he stood still, leaning on Dave, taking it all in. His head was getting heavier on Dave's shoulder as the face massage continued and even his lower lip became very droopy and quivery as this was going on. Whenever Dave stopped rubbing, Blaze would nudge him or move his head over to the other shoulder as if demanding attention on both sides of his face. Horses are remarkably intelligent and also very curious. It's very possible that Blaze was aware that Dave was laughing with delight at what was going on. They also have a sense of humor and respond when people are happy or amused. It's possible that his wobbly lip and playful nudging were the equivalent of a horse laugh. Either way, this perceptive horse seemed to be as happy with the interaction as Dave was.