There’s something incredibly adorable about animals discovering cameras. Okay, it’s a bit less adorable when PETA gets involved, but that’s another story. After polar bears and chimps, take a look what it looks like when two penguins figure out the camera that’s filming them and decide to take a closer look.
The finalists of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest include some really striking photos. But one of them illustrates how deep in trouble nature is. Justin Hofman took a sad photo which caused many reactions, and which will stick in our minds for a long time.
The photo features a tiny seahorse tightly grasping a pink, plastic cotton swab in the waters near Indonesian island Sumbawa. This poor animal, and many others, swim and drift surrounded b the enormous amount of trash and sewage.
A dog is for life, not just for likes.
It’s a variation on the nearly-40-year-old slogan that’s impressed on us every Advent by the people at the Dogs Trust. But now it is becoming ever-more pressing as research conducted by the Blue Cross–another animal charity–suggests that there’s a chunk of people who would predicate their choice of dog or cat on the number of social media likes it is expected to garner.
Just let that sink in for a minute. One-in-seven of the 1,000 people questioned in the survey (carried out on behalf of the Blue Cross by OnePoll*) said that they would choose a specific breed of dog or cat based on an assumed arbitrary approval rating casually meted out by a gaggle of people, most of whom are likely strangers.
That’s not the pet which, practically, best suits your living circumstances, activity levels, or family circumstances, or the pet that, emotionally, you are going to let into your home and your heart and will love you unconditionally in return, but the one whose photos are going to prove most popular on social media.
While he was shooting a film about rhino poaching, filmmaker Garth De Bruno Austin had the most amazing and unordinary experience. A wild rhino approached him, asking for a belly rub. I’m used to doing this with cats and dogs, but this is something really out of the ordinary. And it may be the cutest and the most unusual encounter you’ll see today.
If there’s one “triumphant underdog” story that’s been popular this week, it’s this one. The footage from BBC’s Planet Earth 2 series of the young marine iguana escaping the snakes on the beach. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry, I’ve embedded it below. Shot in the Galapagos Islands, it’s an incredible sequence of events, shot beautifully.
They say filming in the Galapagos is, in some respects easier than elsewhere in the world. This is because the animals have not had much exposure to humans so have not yet learned to be afraid of us. A concept that would probably feel pretty strange for most of us.
Octopuses are pretty wondrous animals with all those legs and insanely astute critical thinking skills. It’s actually not surprising at all an animal trainer working at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand, was able to train an octopus to take photos. In fact, it only took “Rambo” the octopus three attempts to understand how the process works.
Now, Rambo charges a cool $2 for a visitor to her tank to sit for a portrait taken by the octographer. The small donation goes directly to the aquarium to help offset expenses. But, if you’re looking to have Rambo take your photo, be sure to check her hours first, as the aquarium says she’s on a light work schedule.[Read More…]