One of the most entertaining things to do with a pet hamster is to set it loose in some kind of a maze. Using LEGO Duplo bricks, The Secret Life of my Hamster built a wonderfully colorful and complex obstacle course, and then let their fluffy white pet Marshmallow take it for a spin.
THE BEST Animals
While it’s nowhere nearly as large as the world’s largest penguin, the 16″ long, 10-pound frog known as Beelzebufo was still an impressive creature. PBS Eons explains the few things we know about this giant, blobby amphibian that was native to Madagascar.
Help keep your dog visible on night walks or running around your yard with one of these bright LED collars from Illuminated Apparel. They have reflective stitching for added visibility, are water-resistant, and can run for up to a day on a charge. Available in blue, pink, or green, and S/M or M/L sizes.
If you’ve ever gotten gored by your adorable little kitty cat’s hook-like claws, you know how sharp they can be. Science educator Kyle Hill explains the biology behind cat claws, what makes them different from our fingernails, and how they manage to stay so razor-sharp.
James Blackwood is a retired RCMP constable with a love for animals. With winter bearing down on the Great White North, he sat down on his deck to greet some of the local wildlife, playing Santa Claus to more than 30 raccoons by handing out grapes, hot dogs, and other snacks to the hungry horde. (Thanks Rob!)
The PBS Nature series Spy in the Wild 2 used hidden cameras to get gets up close and personal with a polar bear. Watch in awe as the majestic white beast wanders the ice and takes a dip in the chilly waters. If it weren’t for the risk of hypothermia and being eaten by a bear, we’d love to join him for a swim.
Looking for a real challenge? Look no further than illustrator Tim Jeffs‘ coloring books, each of which includes highly-detailed greyscale animal images, with lots of tight spaces for you to embellish. Each book has 25 images, printed on high quality paper and a lay-flat binding. Jeffs also offers coloring lessons in his Etsy shop.
While they look pretty badass, iguanas are pretty innocuous creatures, feasting on crickets, and lazing around under a heat lamp. But TierZoo asks us to reconsider our opinions, as they evaluate the mid-tier lizard’s skills to see if the they’re more impressive than you might think.
We have two dogs here at The Awesomer HQ, and all they know how to do is bark and demand belly rubs. But Omar von Muller’s Belgian Malinois dog, Monkey, is a bit more of a show-off, having honed his skills on this challenging obstacle course that includes balancing between two ropes and doing paw-stands along a beam.
Most animals need a certain amount of salt and calcium in their diets to survive. Because their need for these minerals is so strong, these wild goats known as ibexes are willing to risk it all and climb the sheer face of a dam so they can get in some licks of its salt-covered rocks. From the BBC series Forces of Nature.
Autotuning vocals in music is pretty much played out. While humans have had their fill of the effect, animals haven’t used it quite as much. Cpt. Autotune has taken care of that for us, with a silly series of videos in which cats, dogs, cows, chickens, and other animals get their vocals digitally smoothed out.
Researchers in London, England used a fascinating method to view the aerodynamic properties of flight. Using helium-filled soap bubbles, they were able to visualize the vortices created by birds’ wings, and made interesting observations about the role their tail feathers play in flight. Details here.
Fish represent one of the largest and most diverse collections of species on the planet. But are you better off as a goldfish or a catfish? A flying fish or a flounder? TierZoo looks at handful of these popular underwater vertebrates, and how they’ve had to adapt to survive in the marine meta.
Fat Bear Week is an annual celebration of the thriving wildlife in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. Their website features images and stories about these roly-poly, hirsute salmon fishermen so you can learn about the candidates. From September 30 to October 6, 2020, you can vote for your favorite bulbous bear.
Artist Yoni Alter creates these awesome abstract pointillist portraits of dogs by printing colorful circles onto a wooden silhouette in the shape of a dog. They come in a variety of breeds, and limited-edition art prints are available for each dog as well. We also love his 3D-printed bearded collie miniatures.
Despite the massive number of rodents alive today, none of them have horns. But millions of years ago, some did. The so-called “horned gopher” had a pair of bony protrusions on its head, making it look pretty silly if you ask us. PBS Eons explains their purpose, and how they might still be useful if rodents had them today.
You could hang a hunter’s trophy on your wall, or perhaps choose something a little more friendly to animals with this colorful, abstract image of a powerful stag. Created by artist Koby Feldmos, this original 67″x 34″ painting has an almost sculptural feel to it thanks to its thick layers of oil paint.
Among the various residents of the San Diego Zoo are a number of delightfully pink flamingos. For fun, the zoo shared footage of the lanky birds as they poke their heads beneath the water in search of food. The flamingos have filtering plates in their mouths which sort out tasty morsels like tiny shrimp and other small critters.
We’re both baffled and intrigued by this video footage of a seal as it emerges from a pool in Hokkaido, Japan into a see-through ring that rises above the surface. It looks like the adorable marine animal has entered an anti-gravity chamber, but we think that it’s just filled with water. More floating seal goodness here.
Crocodiles and alligators have been around in some form for nearly 100 million years, proving that their survival strategies work. Between its crushing bite, muscular body, and stealthy approach, these reptiles are among the most impressive predators in the meta. TierZoo dives into murky waters for a look at these grapplers’ key stats.
Quentin Tarantino’s movies have a certain flair for the dramatic, but we can only imagine the chaos that would have ensued in Pulp Fiction if Vincent and Jules had to supervise a mischievous cat with everything else going on. OwlKitty gives us a glimpse into what that movie might have looked like.
The nature film experts at John Downer Productions show off another one of their animatronic camera spies. As an eagle drone flies overhead, a robot turtle on the ground infiltrates a bale of 20,000 olive ridley sea turtles coming ashore on a Costa Rican beach to lay their eggs. From “The Tropics” episode of Spy in the Wild 2.
Let’s face it, there’s no good way to pronounce the name of the animals featured in ZeFrank’s latest nature video. But the Japanese macaque is a unique and interesting primate nonetheless. Learn about the so-called “snow monkey,” its love for cold weather, hot springs, and why it has hair everywhere but its butt.
“Follow me, while we go inside behind the tiger.” While your average house cat might not be an expert predator, felines do have some pretty impressive skills when left in the wild. ZeFrank’s nature video explains how cats have evolved to be so good at hunting down their prey.
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