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Until [livejournal.com profile] talitha78 makes me a Sterek vid, I believe this one is going to be my favorite vid for the show.

I've been trying to convince those of you who are not down with the Teen Wolf crack, yet, that it is the best thing ever.

Maybe this look at the angst ridden lives of our wolf pack members will inspire you to make your way through the first few episodes of S1 to the good stuff. You have to watch it all though, because, more than any other show, this one really does throwback to every single episode. Jeff Davis writes convoluted in ways that should make Moff hang his head in shame.

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I have brought you a video showing the birth of a baby seal (though I've been told it is a sea lion...or maybe this is). Now, here is one showing mom giving the baby a lesson in swimming. I particularly like the taking of baby by his fin (or seat) and putting him on shore. Moms of every sort are bossy like that.

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It also underscores one of my main concerns for all people on this planet...the need for free, clean water.

And the end made me cry. Not only because I'm the sappiest person alive, either. It is quite a well done commercial.
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Not many people have seen this video, yet, despite it being on Yahoo's news feed. I wonder if that is because some people are alarmed about the idea of watching an animal give birth. If you are sensitive to that sort of thing, you might want to skip this vid.

I will put it under a cut, but, it isn't very graphic at all...and the moment when the lone Mom makes sure her baby is breathing...is so touching. It reminds me of how far our human species has come...that we have created this obnoxious venue...for something so amazingly pure and natural.

Read more... )

Both mother and child are doing well, according to the people who filmed this clip.
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One of the things that holds me back from wanting wealth, is this tendency which I was in a position to observe in others in my youth. It made me very angry. But I suppose, the real take-away here is that the people themselves are not to blame, rather it is a set of circumstances that we all contribute to that makes economic inequality such a problem in our modern world.

The important thing to remember is that it does nobody any favors to have all of the money concentrated in the hands of a few elites.

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...can I interest you in Kauai? I never had much interest in Hawaii, because I have had my fill of beaches, but I do rather like the volcanic majesty, so, perhaps I should go here, too...

My favorite moment, the one with the girl running along the road. Oh, to be 25 and fit again! SIGH! I, also, liked the waterfalls.
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At the risk of losing more ground on LJ popularity polls, I am sticking with the animal behavior theme. I have discussed prairie dog communication before on this blog, mentioning how they have distinct calls for particular predators and can explain direction, speed and particulars to mark one person from another by clothing and size.

And here we see some prarie dog ingenuity, as a particularly brave female practices snake charming. Someone in the comments for this vid, quite correctly, points out that there are two different rattlesnakes used in this documentary. Probably that is because the footage is cut and pasted for maximum drama and these events were not the focus of the daily shoot. Stand-in snakes and prairie dogs were probably used for close ups. Still, the overall validity of the video could still be accurate. I have seen a gerbil kick the bejeebers out of a snake that was many times larger than said gerbil. The snake became so flustered it ran away. So, snakes can be outwitted by rodents.

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My cat Solomon came up in a sad way in the last set of comments. But, I shall tell you that he often tried valiently to protect me from newspapers and homework. He actually spent one long night maiming a report I had written for a college class. I took the tatters in with me because I didn't think my professor would believe that my cat ate my homework. It would be easier for this guy, of course, as he has video.

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Someone sent me a video with 20 kitten hugs in it. And I almost linked you to that one. Then, I found this one, which is far more instructive. Like...when hunting a mouse on a slippery surface, stay low. When hunting a mouse, do not get distracted by your tail in the middle of things. When hunting a mouse, try for a nonchalant attitude from time to time. And remember, you may have to defend your kill from other predators.

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This is interesting. Not the adoption part, because maternal instincts have kicked in many times for cats and dogs and the most interesting example of that I ever saw was a lioness adopting a baby eland after killing the deer's mother.

No, what interests me here is that the squirrel learned to purr. Purring is a mystery to science. But, it could be a sign of satisfaction that mother cats might accept in order to stop their fussing. So, this baby squirrel has learned to adapt. Or, perhaps, purring is a learned communication for kittens, too. Something the mother cat teaches them, just as she will teach them to use a litter box if she is litter trained. Now, that would be interesting. But surely orphan cats purr, too. So this says something about squirrels, I think.

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Have some relaxing music and beautiful scenery on me....the first 3 minutes are lovely, the second half, is more inspiring...so whatever you need...

You are welcome. 


Though, I must say, it makes me a little dizzy. I don't like that sense of motion so much.
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WARNING: This video includes death of characters and may be a little disturbing, especially for those of you who love birds.

I remember when I first heard about evolution, like many fundamentalists, I thought it sounded preposterous. Fish just decided to get out of the water and walk around? Didn't they just, you know--die as soon as they decided to do that? They sure did. By the gazillions. But, some of them managed to make it. And those ones were the ones who survived to breed. They had just a little more gumption or lung capacity, I suppose. 

All it takes, is a new idea. And here, we see some fresh water catfish, discovering that there are tasty things to eat outside the water.

These catfish, as the eons progress and the birds who walk too close to the shore die out, will have to go further and further afield to eat pigeon. It won't seem like much of a leap each time. Just a little bit further for the taste they love (I hear pigeon tastes like chicken), but those who make the leap, might well develop the ability to process air in some fashion. 

And the next thing you know...

If you have a very strong stomach and don't mind having your fuzzy ideas about how sweet animals are put to rest forever, I can recommend National Geographic's "Last Feast of the Crocodiles." It is a great video, in my opinion, because it has enough deception, suspense, tragedy and irony to rival anything by Shakespeare. But it is full of gore and horror and not for those with sensitive constitutions.

It illustrates, graphically, how life and death go hand in hand in this world. And, I think, to enjoy it, you have to move beyond judgment of predators and survivors. I've always had a certain sympathy for predators, because they don't win many of their battles. They may not be the best people (or critters) to have over for dinner, I grant you. But those with marked survival instincts are fascinating from a behavior standpoint, in my opinion.

Here's a link for the program on YouTube. Just the first little bit, the 2 minutes pre-credit, will give you a good sense of what I'm talking about...re: graphic entertainment.

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No, not really. This is a life affirming cat/emu love fest that is sure to warm your turkey cooking hearts.

And here we see Bob and the greenhouse cat playing the "chase game" which every cat loves to play. Look at those excited hops that Bob gives, just like a rambunctious kitten would hop. I have hopped myself, in just this fashion, during the lull in the chase game. It is the kitten equivalent of "Nah, na-nah, na, na-nah. You can't catch me." Generally, it is followed, as it is here, with a whoop and scramble.

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When my family came to comfort and support me, just after my mother died in 1987, they brought a 11 month old child with them. I was young enough, myself, to be appalled by this idea, but it turned out to be just the right tonic for my sense of loss. I clearly recall the day my little niece and my cat Stan decided to play a game of door stop tennis. Stan took door stops very seriously. But the baby did not. Still, the took turns. First, the baby would twang the door stop and then the cat would take a swipe. They delighted each other, and me, for a good 30 minutes on two separate nights.

Here we see a cat, using a door stop to express the opinion that doors should never be closed to cats.

And for you dog lovers...a puppy also expressing a marked interest in a door stop...

I will say that this puppy takes a very early interest in door stops, for those of you who want to claim dogs are smarter than cats. Cats generally are older when they develop this fascination. On the other hand, the puppy apparently removed the door stops from the house. So, cat lovers could contend that the puppy was not aware of the door stop as a toy, but rather, viewed it as some type of alien invader. Of course, maybe he just secreted the fun toys away.

Finally, under the cut, you can share in my experience of childish laughter over door stop tennis. Read more... )
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Apparently, this has been around for awhile, but this is the first I've seen it. Flyboards? It is like a jet-ski mated with a fire hose and then that offspring mated with the Kraken. Crazy people in the Zapata family invented it or use it or something.

ARGGHHH! BLUGH! PFOO! Talk about an interesting way to drowned.

You can fly, my friends. Check out the Zapata family site here: http://www.zapata-racing.com/en/

And, also, just because it made me LOL...a cat video link, where karma gets the cat.

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One of the signs of higher intelligence, according to the humans who came up with the criteria, is tool use. Of course, primates create tools, because primates have hands, so this is a very selective sign of higher intelligence. Real life problem solving is a better sign of intellect, in my opinion, and that is also on display in this video. But, I am always happy to see obviously intelligent species get some due in the scientific community.

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This was on the front page of my YAHOO feed, so probably lots of you have seen it there.

But it does speak to the fact that prey animals are quite resourceful when it comes to evading predators. Here, killer whales, adorably cute when interested in a boat, are shown to be considerably less cute in their pursuit of an otter family.

Don't worry you don't see any of the kill, just the can-do spirit of the prey. The hunt starts at 1:44. First, there is just some cute whale interaction. Of course, that is worth watching, too, even if it isn't as exciting.

I think it is quite interesting how the otter seems to understand English. I feel she definitely understood the intent of her human helpers. And then, at the end, how she gives the guy a dismissive look when he tries to take some liberties. She is obviously calling for her family, searching for them. She knows that, while she has been technically saved, she is now miles from home, too.
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I am one of those people who can't understand much that parrots say. But I love mynah birds and can understand them very well. Here is a very smart one named Kaleo, chatting away about his bath and some papaya.

And again, about his love for his canine companion, Jack. Jack is, apparently, a good dog.

Many years ago, when I used to regularly visit pet stores, I made several visits to a mynah bird. One day he was hanging upside down from the top of the cage and I said, "Are you a bat bird?" And he said, "Bat bird. Batty Bird" back at me. It was amazing.


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