You Wont Believe How Many Different Animals Pass this Single Beech Tree in Italy

A hidden camera installed near a beech tree in Italy’s Abruzzo National Park captures the incredible amount of diverse wildlife that calls this forest home.

The remote camera was installed by the ‘ForestBeat‘ team of Bruno D’Amicis and Umberto Esposito. The video above is just a short compilation of the myriad animals seen over the course of a year and changing seasons.

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Meet The Tardigrade aka The Water Bear aka The Toughest Animal on Earth

Without water, a human can only survive for about 100 hours. But there’s a creature so resilient that it can go without it for decades. This 1-millimeter animal can survive both the hottest and coldest environments on earth, and can even withstand high levels of radiation.

Thomas Boothby introduces us to the tardigrade, one of the toughest creatures on Earth. Learn more at TED Ed

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Dolphin Body Slams Boarder for Captive SeaWorld Brethren

Last week a stand-up paddleboarder was slammed off his board by a dolphin off the coast of Gracetown, Western Australia. Andrew Hill told Seven News he was paddling out when a pod of dolphins caught an incoming wave. The video was captured by onlooker Lucas Englert.

In regards to the headline, the Sifter clarifies that while the intention is not clear, it would be amazing if true :P

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If Youve Never Seen How Fast Bears Can Climb Trees You Need to See This

In this incredible footage we see a black bear sow (the species comes in a variety of colours) fiercely protecting her cub as she chases a jet black boar up a tall pine tree.

The action begins when the sow gets a scent of the nearby boar and immediately sprints down a steep hill to chase the threat away. The speed at which both bears scale the tree is astonishing.

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Murmurations: The Mesmerizing Beauty of Birds in Flight

“The art of flying” is a short film by Jan van IJken about ‘murmurations’, the mysterious and mesmerizing flights of the Common Starling.

In this 2 minute preview we see the constantly evolving patterns the dense swarm of thousands and thousands of birds make while in flight. The sound of so many birds is also overwhelming to the senses.

For those interested, you can pay a small fee to see the full-length, 7 minute film at janvanijken.com

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This Nursing Home Uses Unusual Animals to Engage Residents

The first thing you see when driving up to the Life Center of Nashoba Valley, a nursing home in Massachusetts, is a pair of llamas. Around the country, homes like this are using animals—chickens and llamas as well as dogs and fish—in their therapy programs, brightening up their residents’ days.

Travis the llama is the star at Nashoba Valley, ambling through the hallways every few weeks and “giving kisses.” The rest of his time is spent with the other llama, VJ, in a large pasture, where residents can return the animals’ visits with their families or on their own.

Animal-therapy programs are said to decrease agitation in many nursing home residents and to increase participation. The animals are sometimes able to bring the residents out of their shells in ways that previously seemed impossible.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Dolphin Steals Womans iPad; Is Sick of Your Selfies

A dolphin at Seaworld Orlando was filmed stealing an iPad right out a woman’s hand. “That’s what you get for keeping me in captivity,” the iPad stealing dolphin said in an interview with the Sifter.

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Just Waking Up to Two Lions Licking Water Drops Off Your Tent

Campers at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park recently woke up to quite a surprise— two lions outside of their tent, licking the water drops. The safari-goers remained incredibly calm and were able to capture the intense moment on film.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation area in southern Africa. The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and comprises two adjoining national parks: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. [source]

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You Wont Believe How Many Different Animals Pass this Single Beech Tree in Italy

A hidden camera installed near a beech tree in Italy’s Abruzzo National Park captures the incredible amount of diverse wildlife that calls this forest home.

The remote camera was installed by the ‘ForestBeat‘ team of Bruno D’Amicis and Umberto Esposito. The video above is just a short compilation of the myriad animals seen over the course of a year and changing seasons.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Dolphin Body Slams Boarder for Captive SeaWorld Brethren

Last week a stand-up paddleboarder was slammed off his board by a dolphin off the coast of Gracetown, Western Australia. Andrew Hill told Seven News he was paddling out when a pod of dolphins caught an incoming wave. The video was captured by onlooker Lucas Englert.

In regards to the headline, the Sifter clarifies that while the intention is not clear, it would be amazing if true :P

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Meet The Tardigrade aka The Water Bear aka The Toughest Animal on Earth

Without water, a human can only survive for about 100 hours. But there’s a creature so resilient that it can go without it for decades. This 1-millimeter animal can survive both the hottest and coldest environments on earth, and can even withstand high levels of radiation.

Thomas Boothby introduces us to the tardigrade, one of the toughest creatures on Earth. Learn more at TED Ed

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Dog Walks 4 Miles Into Town Each Day to Say Hi to Everyone

For most of the past 12 years, Bruno has been making a daily, 4-mile commute into the town of Longville, Minnesota to say hello to all of his human friends.

He has become so beloved by the town that a statue was dedicated in his honour on Longville’s main street. “Longville’s town dog and ambassador,” the engraving on the accompanying plaque reads.

You can see more photos and learn more about this heartwarming story on Kare11.com

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5 Clever Birds that Can Open Doors by Triggering the Motion Sensorss

We’ve previously highlighted the incredible intelligence of Corvids (a family of birds that includes: crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers). You can see those posts here and here.

Now we’re marvelling at sparrows and other small birds in urban environments that have learned to trigger motions sensors that open doors. In the four videos below you can see this fascinating behaviour in action.

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This Nursing Home Uses Unusual Animals to Engage Residents

The first thing you see when driving up to the Life Center of Nashoba Valley, a nursing home in Massachusetts, is a pair of llamas. Around the country, homes like this are using animals—chickens and llamas as well as dogs and fish—in their therapy programs, brightening up their residents’ days.

Travis the llama is the star at Nashoba Valley, ambling through the hallways every few weeks and “giving kisses.” The rest of his time is spent with the other llama, VJ, in a large pasture, where residents can return the animals’ visits with their families or on their own.

Animal-therapy programs are said to decrease agitation in many nursing home residents and to increase participation. The animals are sometimes able to bring the residents out of their shells in ways that previously seemed impossible.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Bird Appears to Float Across Security Cam as Flapping Wings Sync with Frame Rate

In this short but interesting video a bird appears to float across this guy’s security cam because the bird’s flapping wings happened to perfectly sync with the camera’s frame rate. In his video description on YouTube he also added a brief FAQ:

– Camera: HIKVISION’s DS-2CD2342WD-I. 2688×1520 @ 20fps
– Yes it is a real bird. No I did not use strings
– No the footage is not edited. Yes I have YouTube slowing it down to make it easier to see
– Yes it is happening due to the capture frame rate matching the flap speed of the bird. No I did not adjust the camera for the bird

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Dolphin Steals Womans iPad; Is Sick of Your Selfies

A dolphin at Seaworld Orlando was filmed stealing an iPad right out a woman’s hand. “That’s what you get for keeping me in captivity,” the iPad stealing dolphin said in an interview with the Sifter.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

You Wont Believe How Many Different Animals Pass this Single Beech Tree in Italy

A hidden camera installed near a beech tree in Italy’s Abruzzo National Park captures the incredible amount of diverse wildlife that calls this forest home.

The remote camera was installed by the ‘ForestBeat‘ team of Bruno D’Amicis and Umberto Esposito. The video above is just a short compilation of the myriad animals seen over the course of a year and changing seasons.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

The Worlds Smallest Cat is Ridiculously Adorable and there are Photos to Prove It

Meet the rusty spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus), the world’s smallest feline and a strong contender for the cutest wild creature you could ever encounter in the forest.

Although the solitary feline is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and only weighs 2-3.5 pounds; it is armed with agility, athleticism, a curious spirit and eyes six times more powerful than humans.

Check out the embedded video below to see this little beauty in action as he explores his forest home in Sri Lanka. The clip is from the BBC programme, Big Cats.

Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC
Photograph via Big Cats on BBC

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