Photo credit: Virunga National Park
Two gorillas in Congo were ready to strike a pose for a selfie with a ranger from The Elite AntiPoaching Units and Combat Trackers at Virunga National Park. The female gorillas, named Ndakazi and Ndeze, have resided at an enclosed sanctuary for orphans since they were infants. “Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!” said the park. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Homeowner Stephen Mckears, 72, was puzzled as to who was tidying up his tools in the garden shed late at night and discovered something bizarre to say the least. He asked his neighbor Rodney Holbrook, 70, to help him solve the mystery. The retired electrician first began noticing plastic clips appearing in an old ice cream tub filled with peanuts which he keeps to feed the birds before more objects began to accumulate. To make sure he wasn’t going crazy, Stephen emptied the tub each night, only to discover the mess had been cleaned by the morning. After weeks of this going on, the duo set up a trail camera to uncover the mystery guest. Read more to see what they discovered.
These days, you can find just about anything on eBay, including this fossil of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex, which as a “buy it now” price of $2.95-million. It’s estimated to be 68-million years old, and was first discovered in 2013, on private land in Montana. It became the property of Alan Detrich, a professional fossil hunter who found it. In 2017, the fossil was lent to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, where it was still on display when Detrich decided to put it up for auction. “Most Likely the Only BABY T-Rex in the World! It has a 15 FOOT long Body and a 21” SKULL with Serrated Teeth! This Rex was very a very dangerous meat eater. It’s a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX,” according to the listing. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Giant isopods are typically found in the cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They have uniramous thoracic legs arranged in seven pairs, the first of which is modified into maxillipeds to manipulate and bring food to the four sets of jaws. A newly released video shows these creatures feasting on the corpse of an alligator, without having any issues breaking through its scaly skin. “They have this amazing ability to gorge themselves, store that energy and then basically not have another meal for months to years afterwards,” said Craig McClain of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Long before internet memes, there was Morris the Cat, the mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, who has appeared on its packaging and in many of its television commercials. This particular appearance was on a 1986 calendar titled “Morris, A Cat For Our Times” that featured several pieces of technology. Did you know that three different cats have played Morris the Cat? That’s right, the original was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a Chicago-area animal shelter. Read more for additional pictures.
Most spiders prey on other smaller invertebrates like crickets and moths, but once in a while, they like to hunt larger creatures, such as opossums.
“Invertebrates preying on vertebrates is common, but it’s generally not assumed to be an important source of mortality for amphibians and reptiles,” said von May, a biologist at the University of Michigan. His research team captured a giant tarantula preying upon a small opossum in the Peruvian jungle. Read more to see what happened.
Tesla officially revealed a new feature, called “Dog Mode”, that aims to keep pet owners comfortable while they’re left unattended in the vehicle. How does it work? Simply put, it keeps climate control on while the car is parked and also includes a display screen with the temperature so passerby by can see that the pets are safe. To enable this mode, owners simply tap on a fan icon at the bottom of the touch screen, and if the car’s battery reaches less than 20 percent charge, owners will receive a notification on their mobile app. Read more for a video of the new feature and additional information.
SeaWorld San Diego has just posted a fascinating time-lapse video of a Japanese spider crab shedding its old shell, and despite the clip being just 25-seconds long, the actual process took over six hours and enables the animal to eat more as well as grow larger. “It’s a perfectly natural occurrence for a spider crab. But for us as marine scientists to be able to witness Mother Nature in action in such an impressive way, that’s a great day at SeaWorld,” said aquarium curator Mike Price. Read more to watch.
Photographer Victor Huang wanted to test out his new Panasonic Lumix camera while swimming in the waters o Wahine Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand, but little did he know that the large wild octopus he encountered would lead him on a different kind of journey. This octopus snagged the camera from his hands and swam away with it while still recording the movie-worthy chase. Read more to see what happened next.
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Stefan Forster, a landscape photographer from Switzerland, was shooting in Greenland during September 2018 when he spotted a wild white Arctic Fox. As many already know, most animals shy away from humans, but after hiding and crawling for about 3,300 feet, this majestic animal encounter happened, and it was all captured in a 50-second video. Read more for another video and additional pictures.