While filming the series Spy in the Wild, nature photographer John Downer came across a wild orangutan who figured out how to use a handsaw all on her own. Before you get any funny ideas about cheap construction labor, just remember how Planet of the Apes turned out.
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(PG-13: Language) YouTuber Sam O’Nella Academy woke up just in time for a New Year’s episode. It’s about how chickens evolved to be seasonal egg factories, and how ancient humans tricked the bird into laying eggs all the time. It involves bamboo, egg puns, and Croatia.
WIRED looks one of nature’s stranger creations – the mudskipper, an odd little dude who’s somewhere between fish and reptile, able to crawl out of the water and walk on land, while still breathing through water it stores in its cheeks. Also, they remind us of Ren & Stimpy.
Shot in Galapagos, this excerpt from Planet Earth II sees a newly hatched marine iguana surrounded by racer snakes, which had already devoured most of the hatchling’s kin. Apparently, this is the first time that snakes have been seen hunting en masse. More here.
“So the next problem we have is how to get a dragon out of the toilet.” BBC’s Planet Earth II shares an unnerving moment in Indonesia, in which cameraman Mark MacEwen came back to his hotel room to find an unwanted visitor in the loo. By the end we find out why it was in there.
While most of the dogs we know either splash around like madmen in the water or make a hasty retreat, Picha Puri Zo’s Siberian husky dog is about as chill as they get, and enjoys floating around the pool at doggy daycare like a sun-worn vacationer on an inflatable pool raft.
The beautiful purple and orange hues of dawn breaking over England’s Poole Harbor are usually enough motivation for Dave Mott to walk his dog along the shore. But one day, he came across something extra special. A solitary Japanese Sika deer bounding along the beach.
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