Bobby Brown, a former student from Northwest Missouri State University, recently captured a gigantic wolf spider on camera, which he says measures around four inches (10cm) in diameter when its legs were fully extended. Unlike other spiders, female wolf spiders carry their eggs by attaching a spherical silk egg sac to their spinnerets at the end of their abdomens, to allow them to carry their unborn young with them. They are great mothers because immediately after the spiderlings emerge from the egg sac, a mother will allow them to clamber up her legs and live on her abdomen where they are safely camouflaged from predators for the best chance of survival. Continue reading for the video - not safe for work language.
Earlier this week, the top awards for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year were announced at a ceremony held in London's Natural History Museum. This wasn't any ordinary contest, as the winners received their awards from the Museum Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin and renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. Michael Nichols' photograph came out on top amongst 42,000 entries from 96 countries to take home the grand title award. To capture the shot you're about to see, he followed lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Parkpride for nearly 6-months and then photographed them in infrared, which "transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost." Continue reading to see more.
While capturing puppies underwater sounds cooler, Toronto-based photographer Pete Thorn decided to go the intimate route for his latest series, titled "Old Faithful". As you might've already guessed, this gallery features lots of dogs at the end of their lifespan, with each face telling "the story of a life filled with ups and downs." There is currently a line of owners wanting portraits of their old dog to be taken, believe it or not. Continue reading for more images.
While small dogs and cats can survive comfortably with three legs, larger dogs, horses, and farm animals require the limb to support their weight. Surgery has also been done on birds that are used for breeding purposes. Each prosthetic limb is custom-made to fit the individual needs of the specific animal. Dudley (above) lost a leg as a wee duckling when attacked by aggressive chickens. While he could still swim, Dudley had trouble getting around on land. So, mechanical engineer Terence Loring partnered with 3-D printing company Proto3000 to help fabricate an artificial leg. Continue reading for more.
Most dog beds are designed purely for function rather than form, but this one aims to combine it with some luxury. This particular creation was modeled after a bed you'd find in IKEA, complete with miniature pillow, blanket, night stands, and cups. However, when dogs aren't sleeping, they tend to keep their owner(s) very busy, and that's why we've rounded up some creative gadgets, along with accessories, that every geek should have for their pets. Continue reading for more.
No, you're not looking at an extraterrestrial being, just a bigfin squid, which are a group of rarely seen cephalopods with a distinctive morphology. Although the family is known only from larval, paralarval, and juvenile specimens, some authorities believe the adult creature has also been seen; several videos have been taken of animals nicknamed the "long-arm squid", which appear to have a similar morphology. Since none of the adult specimens have ever been captured or sampled, it remains uncertain if they are the same genus, or only distant relatives. The Shell Oil Company released the video above from 2007 captured by one of its unmanned underwater rovers in the Gulf of Mexico. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy bike race through the streets of Portugal.
Many living things respond to the light changes that come with autumn, including trees shedding their leaves and animals preparing for hibernation. When autumn hits, the black-capped chickadee goes crazy collecting seeds and hiding them in hundreds of different spots in trees and on the ground. The tiny bird's hippocampus balloons by 30 percent simultaneously as new nerve cells pop up in this part of the brain, which is responsible for spatial organization and memory. Continue reading for more.
Animal photos are nothing new, but Bailey the Golden Retriever gained internet fame for her "I have no idea what I'm doing" meme. Recently, her owner posted a new batch of photos that show the dog dressed in human clothes while performing people things, such as using the computer, drinking wine, and even play a game of poker with friends. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to draw a perfect circle freehand.
The Bluebottle, also known as the Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis), is a marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting, but despite its outward appearance, the Portuguese man o' war is not a common jellyfish but a siphonophore. This basically means that it's not actually a single multicellular organism, but a colony of specialized minute individuals called zooids. These zooids are attached to one another and physiologically integrated to the extent that they are incapable of independent survival. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to deliver sand with style.
If you're afraid of even the thought of sharks, then this video probably isn't for you. From afar, it appears to be just a swarm of birds, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's a shark feeding frenzy. Donnie Griggs, who captured the footage at a North Carolina beach, was out fishing with friends at Cape Lookout last Thursday when they witnessed the unusual scene. There was estimated to be more than 100 sharks in the frenzy, feeding off a school of bluefish. These fish apparently ran out of ocean to avoid the feeding frenzy, as both the sharks and dozens of seagulls as well as pelicans were also after them. Continue reading for the video and more information.