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.
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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.
Cats and birds aren’t supposed to get along, but in the world of Aaron’s Animals, resident kitty Prince Michael has been raising a bunch of ducklings. But when one of the fuzzy little guys struggles to be accepted by his brothers, he makes a break for it, and falls in with a bad crowd. Best watched with Closed Captions on.
The nature photographers at John Downer Productions are known for building all kinds of creative rigs to get up close and personal with wild animals. But this clip from BBC’s Spy in the Wild proves that their robotic camera pig is no match for a gang of hostile komodo dragons.
YouTuber OwlKitty likes to imagine the world with more cats. In this clip, they envision a reboot of NBC’s comedy classic The Office, but with 100% more kitties working at Dunder-Mifflin. We bet that cat would use all of the paper in the warehouse as a scratching post.
In the grand scheme of the meta, birds seem like they wouldn’t rank very highly, and parrots’ flamboyant looks are anything but stealthy. TierZoo explains how the colorful birds are quite capable of holding their own, thanks to their sharp claws and beaks, agility, and superior smarts.
“He lives on the floor of the sea, not on the roof like a duck do.” If there’s one thing you can count on at the bottom of the ocean, its weird looking stuff. ZeFrank introduces us to a funky fish that scurries about with fins that resemble stubby little legs, munching on shellfish, and grumping about other fish that have the same name.
These days, we’ll take laughs any way we can get them. Take, for example, Real Big Boys‘ video of Seal’s 1994 hit Kiss from a Rose being sung by a choir of barking seals. We feel like the track could have used some penguin background singers, so here’s something to get you started.
Dee Bradley Baker has brought characters to life on everything from American Dad! to Samurai Jack. He also has the ability to imitate the sounds of all kinds of creatures, from birds to pigs to angry squirrels. Great Big Story sat down with Dee and asked him to improvise some animal noises. Those alien sounds were insane.
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.
We’ve featured of skateboarding, snowboarding, and even a few cat videos over the years. But this is the first time we can recall seeing a video that combines all three. Smagical’s kitty Taddy loves to take a ride in the snow, and he’s got just the music video to go with his extreme winter sports.
Artist Blake McFarland shows off a pair of sculptures he built for the 2019 Cotton Bowl. He created versions of Penn State’s Nittany Lion and the University of Memphis Tiger out of Goodyear tires, wrapped around a foam and fiberglass structure. The sculptures weigh about 200 lb each, and used pieces from 400 tires combined.
Musician Florent Ghys isn’t what you’d call your “average” classical musician. After all, he’s played music with a game of Pong and a weather forecast. So it’s not exactly surprising that he made a virtual choir out of cats, goats, and cows, then made them perform a rendition of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies.
Whether you’re a strict vegan, or just want to see a chicken wielding a switchblade, you’ll love the design of these enamel pins from Creator Toronto. The gold-plated enamel pins also include a pig with boxing gloves, a cow with a machine gun, and a bunny rabbit with a bomb, each designed to help raise awareness of animal cruelty.
A month into sheltering in place, and like many of you, we’re starting to feel pretty antsy. Thankfully, ZeFrank’s video of animals talking about being stuck in isolation gave us some much needed laughs. Though we can no longer tell if its the cabin fever that made us break out into laughter when the shrimp started typing.
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.
“Although the face of the giraffe can resemble a horse that’s been vacuum-sealed, it is not a horse.” ZeFrank spends a little time educating us on these goofy-looking mammals. With their stubby head bumps, prehensile tongues, and ridiculously long necks, and gangly legs, they’re a true evolutionary oddity.
Despite their name sounding like an adult movie house, the nudibranch is actually a creature that lives in the ocean. These strange and squishy gastropod molluscs start out in a shell, then bop around the sea floor without one in adulthood. The always informative Zefrank introduces us to a few of these odd little critters.
2020 is off to a hell of a vicious start, and it’s The Awesomer’s job to offer up some distractions from the madness around us. This video of a bird riding a skateboard should help distract you for the next 40 seconds or so. Meanwhile, we’ll get back to work filling your web browser with more innocuous stuff.
To date, TierZoo has focused its RPG-style analysis mostly on how animals survive in the wild. This time out, they’ve decided to look at their relative strengths and abilities should they make their way into urban areas, along with identifying which creatures are most effective in cities.
Dogs love tennis balls. To celebrate this cherished relationship, architecture firm CallisonRTKL created a very special doghouse, covered with 1,019 tennis balls – each of which can be removed to play with. The 3D-printed doghouse was auctioned off to benefit the SPCA of Texas, but we’d love to see this sold in kit form.
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