Animals

You Can Actually Improve Your Health by Letting Your Dog Sleep With You!

As humans, we have many ways of improving our health and one of those ways involves your pet!  Recent studies from the Mayo Clinic have shown people who sleep with their dogs will let them sleep more soundly and improve their overall good health. Let’s look at the reasoning behind this study:

The Mayo Clinic:

Their study was a joint effort by researchers in two different branches of the clinic in Arizona. The experiment involved 40 people and their dogs. Every night, the participants slept in their usual way but with their dog either in the bed or in the bedroom.

The people and the dogs wore sensors to track how well they slept and whether they moved while sleeping. They were tracked and recorded each night for 5 months.

All the participants were adults who had absolutely no health issues relating to sleep and most of them were women.  The dogs were all adult dogs as puppies are too unpredictable in their sleeping habits which could disrupt the study.

The Difference Between Sleeping On The Bed Or On the Floor:

Many past studies have shown that distractions or sounds outside the bedroom, including that of dogs, can interfere with sleep.  This study showed that dogs in the bedroom did not disturb their owners’ ability to sleep.  The study also found that dogs who slept in the bedroom allowed their owners a better sleep than dogs that actually slept on the bed, causing less sleep.

People who love their dogs want them nearby which is a leading source of comfort. Studies have also shown that if a dog is calm and sleeps restfully, the dog’s breathing sounds are actually very soothing to help the owner sleep even better.

Overall, the study showed that people who sleep with one dog in their bedroom at night will allow them to sleep better than people who do not have a pet in the bedroom.

The study did show promise but there are other factors that could have changed the outcome. This study was very casual because there were only 40 participants and their dogs. It did not take into consideration other factors for getting a good night’s sleep or not.

All the participants had only one pet and all the pets were dogs. Having more than one dog in the bedroom could cause disturbances if the dogs wake up in the night.

It’s also believed the outcome of the study could have differed if they had more participants.  Also, the study could have been a washout if an owner had a very active dog and they were a light sleeper.  If you feel having your dog sleep in your bedroom would be a disturbance, then by all means, have them sleep in another room.

All said and done, pets are an important part of our family and having a study that shows you might actually experience a much better night’s sleep if your four-legged friend is sleeping close by.

There are other studies in the works to see if sleeping with your cat has the same effects as sleeping with your dog.  Pretty much, if you ask animal lovers how they feel about their pets you will find having them curl up on your bed or sleeping next to the best is welcoming to both the owner and their pet.  We will let you know if other researches are performed and what the findings will be.

As humans, we have many ways of improving our health and one of those ways involves your pet!  Recent studies from the Mayo Clinic have shown people...

Animals Nature & Tech Science

Armour Plated – The Fish With the Toughest Scales on Earth

The Arapaima fish lives in Amazonian lakes have evolved armor-like scales to protect itself. The fish is huge – growing up to 4 meters in length and weighing in at around 200kg and is likely to be the largest freshwater fish on the planet. Scientists are hoping that the scales can help them build more efficient armor to protect human beings.

The hardened scales are heavily mineralized and act to protect the fish from predators including the piranhas that infest the waters in which it lives. The scales remain flexible because of the existence of protrusions and ridges and there is a collagen layer underneath which binds the scales to the body without losing flexibility.

The layer appears as a series of twisting layers known as a Bouligand structure which is also seen in beetle, lobster and crab shells.

Test of Strength

A series of tests were conducted on the scales designed to see exactly how much stress they could resist.

Having soaked crushed scales in water for 48 hours the scientists exerted central pressure and pulled the edges apart. This causes the outer layer to increase in size, eventually cracking and peeling away. However, the fractures did not spread and this has been attributed to the way they are structured: The inner and outer layers of the scales work in unison to provide a light and tough barrier.

When looking to engineer armor there needs to be a combination of strength and flexibility and this is what the structure of the fish’s scales seems to achieve. If scientists can develop similarly lightweight but tough materials it could have wide-reaching impacts on industry, including aerospace engineering.

The Arapaima fish lives in Amazonian lakes have evolved armor-like scales to protect itself. The fish is huge – growing up to 4 meters in length...

Animals Funny Stories

Lazy Cat Sleeps on Busy Thai Restaurant Floor, Refuses to Move for Waitresses

This lazy cat was in no mood to move – and she simply sprawled out on the floor of a restaurant. The tabby named Thongdang was filmed sleeping coåmfortably on her back on the wooden floor in Chachoengsao, central Thailand on July 27.

When waitresses had to pass by carrying plates, Thongdang would not move and the staff had to step over the cat.

The restaurant boss said: ”She’s the kind of cat that does what she wants and everybody else has to accommodate her.

”But we still love her, even when she lays on the ground and won’t move.”

This lazy cat was in no mood to move – and she simply sprawled out on the floor of a restaurant. The tabby named Thongdang was filmed sleeping...

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Animals

Thorny Devil Lizard Walks Using Hypnotic Movements

We feel like we don’t show you enough videos of lizards and sometimes they can be fascinating animals, and they also have a lot of skills. Just check out this thorny devil lizard and his smart way crossing the road.

A thorny devil crosses a quiet road in the Tanami Desert, NT. Like chameleons, these unique lizards walk with a rocking motion to simulate spiky debris blowing in the wind. Amazing, isn’t it?

Lizards are little reptiles that have a long tail, eyelids, and for the most part, have four legs with five toes on each foot. They can vary in color and also in size. Most lizards love to eat creepy little crawlies like this guy, and that is the reason they are called insectivores.

Lizards are also very significant because they help to control the bug populace. The lizards that eat little creatures and also birds are called carnivores. A couple of lizards eat plants, and they are called herbivores.

Lizards are a group of animals which we haven’t share a common ancestor of millions of years which is really fascinating for some people.

They are brilliant creatures, and the level of interaction with them is different from the interaction with dogs and cats, and that is why a lot of people consider having a lizard as a pet.

Why did the lizard cross the road?

The thorny devil, or also knows as the mountain devil, they are covered in spikes and can puff themselves to appear more prominent, and yes they are known for their funny walk.

The thorny lizard’s unique gait involves strolling, stopping often, and rocking back and forth. This characteristic delayed, unsteady movement appears very slow.

Probably, their jerky movements and constant freezing in place help conceal them if a predator spots them out in the open.

Crossing the road can be really dangerous for them, because of their camouflage they get run over really often. The thorny devil is a lizard that has to stay still for a long period in order to camouflage itself, which results in some of these creatures getting run over.

They are also very vulnerable due to natural loss and disturbance. That’s why there is an organization who help these animals because even though they are called devils, they are actually harmless and they say that they are lovely animals.

People did no justice for this animal by giving such a harsh name to such a non-dangerous animal!

We feel like we don’t show you enough videos of lizards and sometimes they can be fascinating animals, and they also have a lot of skills. Just check out this thorny devil lizard and his smart way crossing the road.

A thorny devil crosses a quiet road in...

Animals Funny Stories

Great Dane Extremely Jealous of New Puppy

Talk about a drama queen! Bagira the Great Dane is super jealous of the new puppy in the family, that he just can’t stand to see his owner holding and petting the puppy, instead of him!

Sure, we all get jealous sometimes, it is only a natural instinct. We were jealous of our siblings, of the toys our friends had – basically, of anything that we thought we were lacking and thought we had to have!

Adjustment can be difficult for people, can you imagine how difficult it must be for a dog, one that can’t really understand what you are saying to it?

Drama Queen

When the owner, Lindsey Heinz, picks up the new puppy and turns the camera on, we can immediately hear Bagira growling below. “I can pet him too…It’s not all about you” says Lindsey, but Bagira is not having it.


As huge as he is, Bagira gets up on his hind legs and puts his front paws on Lindsey, begging to be petted too! “You are so dramatic!” continues Lindsey.

She keeps on criticizing him, but the bog old pup is determined to stand his ground. We can only imagine what he must feel like, already having one brother and now another? It seems like only just yesterday that he was Mommy’s favorite lap puppy!

Talk about a drama queen! Bagira the Great Dane is super jealous of the new puppy in the family, that he just can’t stand to see his owner holding and petting the puppy, instead of him!

Sure, we all get jealous sometimes, it is only a natural instinct...

Animals Cool Stories

Cat Enjoys Spectacular Transformation Due to Unique Condition

When we own pets, it’s hard for us to know just what might be ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ with them. The diagnosis of our pets can be a hard thing to do at the best of times. When we come across unique and rarely seen issues, though, it can become even more confusing as to what might be the problem.

However, cat owner Nicole Bohm managed to find a rather amazing condition that her cat was ‘suffering’ from. She found that she has the ability to change her fur coat!

Having rescued the feline alongside some other cats, she picked them up from a farm in Germany. Happy to have them around and to care for them, she enjoyed having the cats around. They seemed entirely normal, with nothing too unique or challenging taking place. However, over time she began to notice that there was something quite strange about the cats.

For example, Elli – unlike her sisters – started to show some significant changes in her fur coloring.

Black Turns to White

Small patches of black fur would be substituted for a bright white look instead. It was enough of an adjustment, though, for Bohm to want to find out what was going on. A trip to the vet was booked up, and what she found out about her cat was nothing to worry about.

What it was, though, was a truly remarkable discovery. Her cat suffers from vitiligo-like symptoms, which causes pigmentation in skin or fur to be lost. Despite often coming with a host of other problems, young Elli had no other health issues.

Over time, then, Elli began to go through a transformative change. She changed from a black cat with a small sprinkling of white fur to the total contrast. Now, she was a speckled cat with a totally white coat.

Despite the total change in her look, though, she never changed her personality. Or her relationship with her beloved sisters. Retaining her same playful elegance and eloquence as before, Elli merely had started to transform into a new look, not a new cat altogether. If you are interested, you can watch for regular updates on her official Instagram page.

It’s quite the story. If you see your cat beginning to go through gradual changes in fur, then you should probably get them checked out for vitiligo. While it can be a mesmeric change, it can be accompanied with some health issues so be sure to retain vigilance about what this could mean for your feline.

When we own pets, it’s hard for us to know just what might be ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ with them. The diagnosis of our pets can be a hard thing to do at the best of times. When we come across unique and rarely seen issues, though, it can become even more...

Animals Inspiring Stories

Stranded for 28 Days, EMT Keeps Hope Alive for Missing Dog

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can be utterly mind-numbing. However, for some of us, being stranded is so challenging due to the isolation from those that we love.

Take the story of one man who adopted a ‘therapy dog’ which pulled him out of a deep, lasting depression. On a camping trip, though, an incident took place that separated man from his best friend – 28 days later, the dog was still missing.

Justin Scott had a pretty impressive job, working as an EMT. Through that job, he became used to stepping up to the plate and save others. Such a job, though, takes an obvious toll on our well-being and our happiness. Sadly, Justin lost a very close friend when he was called in to try to save him.

Unable to snap out of the depression, he was introduced to a new friend: Shelby. He was brought in to help Justin try and find a bit of emotional peace.

Camping Trip Fright

On a camping trip together, everything was going good: lots of fun to be had. However, just as can happen when going on a camping trip, something went wrong that separated the inseparable duo.

Alongside his wife and his two children on a trip to the Sierra Mountains, a noise from the forest spooked poor Shelby. Freaked out, she made for the forest and vanished. As the hours turned into days, things looked bleak: but not for Justin.

Justin, after all, is an expert in surviving and getting through tough and challenging moments in life. He wasn’t about to give up on someone so important to him. Reaching out to A Way Home For Animals, a non-profit that helps with finding lost dogs, they began to work together to try and find poor Shelby.

Posters, interviews with locals and looking around the woods led to little information. However, they did find something interesting: camera footage that showed Shelby at camp!

By setting up a series of humane traps to capture Shelby safely, Shelby soon walked into one of the cages set up by AWHFA expert Babs Fry. 28 days later, the dog was finally home, reunited with her family and her beloved Justin. The shots of Justin emotionally hugging away with his dog, with his family visibly emotional alongside him, is one that will live us for a long time.

An expert in saving others, now our brave EMT can enjoy being saved by someone else for a change. Welcome back home, Shelby!

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can...

Animals City Life

A Spring-Cleaning Guide for Cat Parents

Spring is here, and we all know what that means – spring cleaning!

It’s time to move the couches, see what’s growing behind the dresser, and get into every nook and cranny of your house. It’s also a great time to get into all your cat’s toys, beds, carriers, and more, and here are some tips to help you start!

Deep Clean Everything

First off, you definitely need to get in the habit of washing your cat’s bedding regularly – every week, even, if you can. Just as we should be washing our sheets weekly, cats need a clean place to lay as well!

You’ll want to make sure that the cat bed you have is easy to remove and wash. It’s even better if you use blankets and pads and such so that you have somewhere for your cat to sleep while its bed is being washed. Be sure you use unscented detergent as cats are averse to scented laundry soap.

We also often never think to wash our cat’s toys, but these also could use a deep cleaning this spring. You can place plastic ones on the top rack of your dishwasher or hand wash them with mild soap. If they’re catnip toys, it’s probably time to throw them out anyway, so you’d be wise to replace them with refillable catnip toys that last much longer – you’ll be able to wash and refill them!

And then there are the carriers. I know we usually don’t pull these out very often – maybe just to take a trip once a year and then those visits to the vet. So, it’s not very dirty, right? But think – when is the last time that you washed it? Have you ever washed it?

This spring, it’s probably about time you took it outside and scrubbed it down with warm, soapy water. If you want to really disinfect it with bleach, dilute one ounce of bleach in a quart of water, and be sure to wash it off thoroughly.

Of course, if you have carriers with fabric or cushions, it’s a bit more complicated, but usually, you can place those in the washing machine or wash them by hand. Remember, only unscented detergent!

Get Organized

Now you’re ready to enter spring with all of your cat belongings fresh and clean. It’s time to get organized:

  • If you live in a warm climate, this should already be taken care of, but if not, spring is the time to get your cat ready for flea and tick season with some prevention.
  • When is the last time your cat had a check-up? Make sure you are up-to-date on your vet visits and vaccines.
  • Maybe you’ve never thought to check the expiration dates on your cat food, but their food expires too. Look through your pantry, and toss any expired items.
  • Does your cat have a microchip implant? Is the ID up-to-date? Or is the number and address on its collar correct?

Spring Saftey

Last but not least, if you love your cat, you won’t want it to be able to get itself into any dangerous situations.

This means checking your windows and screens and repairing any holes or damage, paring your cleaning products down to just what is safe for cats, and perusing your yard to make sure that all of the plants you have are safe for cats. And be sure you don’t track any of the insecticides inside. Safety first, and happy spring!

Spring is here, and we all know what that means – spring cleaning!

It’s time to move the couches, see what’s growing behind the dresser, and get into every nook and cranny of your house. It’s also a great time to get into all your cat’s toys, beds...

Animals Humans Are Awesome

Man Brings Truckloads Of Water To Animals In Drought

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – As we know, the earth has been getting warmer due to the lack of care humans take living on this Earth. The constant exploitation, the cutting down of forest, the pollution of water and many “creative” ways we have found to additionally destroy our Earth.

Having said this, the case is that our actions have also affected nature and the regular chain of life outside of ours.

This video takes place in Kenya. Where global changes have made an impact on animals lives living in the wild. The scarcity of water has become an issue since the Earth is getting warmer. Droughts are more common than ever, leaving animals at an even bigger challenge of finding for water. As if their lives weren’t simple before this.

Here we have quite the video of these members of the Mwalua Wildlife Trust, a Kenyan founded and run organization that works towards sustainable water solutions for human and wildlife communities in Tsavo East National Park, deliver truckloads of water to all the animals suffering through a drought.

This is one of many examples of how we can help to prevent the further cleansing of wildlife animals. There is something we can all bring to the table and make this planet just a pinch better. This is only an encouragement as every difference begins with a tiny step forward toward the goal.

This video doesn’t really show them in action, however, it does simply show the hopeless animals gathered around the pond in the hopes of drying their thirst. It is a big eye opener to which extent we have come and how much we can actually go wrong by getting our will on this planet. However, we will again state that there is always something that we can do, just like the gentleman in this video.

These guys prove to show that the simplest of doings like bringing water to their front door is something small yet it can have a tremendous impact on their lives. If not anything else, wouldn’t you want to see more of such caring human beings?

What do you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy!

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – As we know, the earth has been getting warmer due to the lack of care humans take living on this Earth. The constant exploitation, the cutting down of forest, the pollution of water and many “creative” ways we have...

Animals

Plastic Waste In Our Oceans is Killing Baby Sea Turtles

Our planet has become a human dumping ground of discarded items and has been going on for some time now.  Our oceans and waterways are major threats to other animal life and it’s getting worse.  One photographer decided to capture the effect of litter that is threatening baby sea turtles in Honduras. The footage is shocking and totally non-acceptable.

A photographer from Honduras, Caroline Power, has been documenting the plight of endangered baby hawksbill sea turtles threatened by plastic pollution.  She is hoping her photographs will have an impact on humans discarding their trash wherever they please and will hopefully save the endangered animals.

Trash accumulation in Roatan might not be as large as the enormous Great Pacific Garbage Patch but is still endangering and killing vulnerable species like the hawksbill sea turtle.

These animals are not able to speak for themselves but Caroline’s photos have clearly shown the plight of these helpless turtles struggling to just stay alive in an environment that is loaded with plastic trash.  These young sea turtles have mistaken plastic garbage as food which will cut their lives in half.  In many cases, while filming, this photographer has freed many sea turtles caught up in plastic rings or empty snack containers.

Not Edible

The bottom line, one piece of plastic ingested by these turtles is fatal.  Really young sea turtles run a very high risk of dying after eating plastic with 50% dying after eating 14 pieces.  It’s shocking that the threats to the survival rate of endangered sea turtles’ are very low because they are unable to regurgitate this plastic.

Sandra Hochscheid, a marine biologist. said there must be a reduction in using plastic and significant changes are needed.  Caroline believes the problem in Roatan is caused by various plastic traveling from the Motagua River and other waterways in Honduras and Guatemala.

People need to understand the impact this lifestyle is having on wildlife and make the choice to use less single-use plastics. In 2018, NowThis News showed Caroline’s exclusive video “Baby Turtles Struggle to Swim Through Plastic Pollution in Honduras”. This video has received well over six million views as of March 2019.

Hopefully, this film and many others will force the human being to wake up and realize the destruction they are causing our planet and the lives of other living creatures.  Plastic items must be discarded in proper receptacles and safely destroyed or re-processed properly.

Our planet has become a human dumping ground of discarded items and has been going on for some time now.  Our oceans and waterways are major threats to other animal life and it’s getting worse.  One photographer decided to capture the effect of litter...

Animals Tech News

Lobster Inspired Body Armor

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a side of melted butter.

Ming Guo, from the mechanical engineering department of MIT, had a breakthrough when he was enjoying a lobster at dinner. He noticed that lobsters have membranes between their joints that is as strong as tire rubber.

He realized that this naturally growing material was nearly impossible to chew but was also flexible and soft. His thought was that this material would be perfect in the joints of body armor.

A study released in Acta Materialia states: “The knowledge learned from the soft membrane of natural lobsters sheds light on designing synthetic soft, yet strong and tough materials for reliable usage under extreme mechanical conditions, including a flexible armor that can provide full-body protection without sacrificing limb mobility.”

Ming explains, “We think this work could motivate flexible armor design. If you could make armor out of these types of materials, you could freely move your joints, and it would make you feel more comfortable.”

The Flawed Effectiveness of Kevlar

While bulletproof vests are a valuable tool for law enforcement officers and military, they do have a few drawbacks. Kevlar’s effectiveness only spans around five years, at which time they should be replaced. Kevlar is also bulky and unforgiving, not suitable for all body types.

In particular, women frequently need to have Kevlar vests altered.  Because Kevlar is bulky, it interferes with concentration and marksmanship abilities. Making the vests more mobile decreases their effectiveness.

To be truly effective, body armor needs to be flexible and light to allow the wearer to move freely.  It also needs to be tough and made from materials that are abundant for ease and affordability of manufacturing.

As hard as it is to imagine a lobster-inspired bulletproof vest, the body armor of the crustacean fulfills all of these qualities. Researchers from MIT and Harvard are currently exploring how best to harness the benefits of lobster armor for human use.

Learning from Lobsters

Even though lobster armor brings to mind a cartoon character with claws and a bright red suit, it’s not so far-fetched.  As body armor evolves to be stronger and more flexible, chances are that bulky armor, made from cloth and Kevlar, will become a distant memory.

Science fiction films hint at ways that body armor will improve.  In fact, the Robert Rodriguez film, Alita: Battle Angel, hints that in the distant future, humans will sport robotic body parts.

For now, MIT scientists are taking their cues from a million-year-old lobster who has evolved to fit their habitat perfectly.  Their armor protects them from temperature extremes and other intense under-water conditions, and one day, it may protect our LEO’s and military from equally intense conditions on duty and in the battlefield.

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a...

Animals Funny Stories

Watch (and laugh): Offended Kangaroo Attacks Paraglider

We feel that this guy should consider himself lucky taking into consideration that this situation could have gone much worse due to the possessive nature of the kangaroo. However this time they felt mercy and chose to leave the human be.

Humans have this funny characteristic of associating certain human qualities with animals in the wilderness. One explanation of why we do this is an attempt to make these highly unpredictable wild animals familiar to us.

So the lion becomes heroic and brave, the donkey is stubborn, the wolf is a loner, the fox is tricky and the cat is extremely curious. Sure, they exhibit some of these behaviors and traits, but it is more likely than not their natural survival instinct kicking in, rather than any human-like behavior on their part.

This means that a cat can be stubborn, a wolf can be curious and a fox can be brave, no matter how we stereotype them.

We have long lived with the saying “curiosity killed the cat” but it appears that cats aren’t the only ones who enjoy curious enough to chase red laser dots. In fact watch as these playful fish go right into action!

Their owner is extremely entertained by their antics as they mindlessly follow the fluorescent red dot appearing in their makeshift habitat. They often hit a dead end or the rocks in their pursuit, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to catch it.

Lets take for instance someone coming into your home without your permission? Now that you have that question sorted out we bet this kangaroo feels the same.

Lets hear a couple of words from the paraglider. “I had been Paragliding cross country for two hours near Canberra and had reached a position where I had to land. I was concentrating on the landing and didn’t notice the Kangaroo until after I landed. As it ran towards me I thought it was being friendly so I said ‘What’s Up, Skip?’ It then attacked me twice before hopping away.”

What do you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy!

We feel that this guy should consider himself lucky taking into consideration that this situation could have gone much worse due to the possessive nature of the kangaroo. However this time they felt mercy and chose to leave the human be.

Humans have this...

Animals

Watch: Swan Icebreaker Plows The Way For Ducks

A heartwarming video has emerged of a swan using its body to break the ice and swim through a frozen lake. A group of ducks is seen following swan’s lead, as he struggles to break the ice by paddling through the frozen lake, making a swimming path!

These ducks receive some unexpected help from a generous swan as it helps break up the ice for them to swim. Teamwork makes the dream work! Footage shows a group of ducks following swan’s lead as he breaks the ice in front of him, while paddling through a frozen lake. Amazing!

The filmmaker noticed a brave swan paddling through a slight break in the ice of a frozen lake, struggling to make a path for ducks to swim. He watched as the swan and ducks moved mesmerizingly through the unfrozen water! Incredible!

Follow Me!

This ice-cool swan was captured on camera smashing his way through a frozen lake. The graceful bird moves so tenaciously through the cold water and breaks the ice like he is a cutting knife trying to slice a piece of cake!

This is a short video of a tenacious swan doing his best to break the ice in front of him and lead a group of ducks through an icy lake. Apparently, ducks used this swan to be their personal icebreaker and he didn’t mind lending a helping hand! He is their hero, and he is our hero too!

A heartwarming video has emerged of a swan using its body to break the ice and swim through a frozen lake. A group of ducks is seen following swan’s lead, as he struggles to break the ice by paddling through the frozen lake, making a swimming path!

These...

Animals

Watch: Scuba Divers Amazed By Smart Fish

Our oceans are full of mystery and magnificent creatures. They continually amaze us with their intelligence and understanding.

We have long thought of ourselves as being the only species with the capacity for complex thought, but if we truly pay attention to the animals around us, we can see that they are smarter than we give them credit for.

These scuba divers have descended to 70 feet below the waves and perched on a ledge near Darwin’s Arch, one of the most famous dive sites in the Galapagos Islands.

They have come to see hammerhead sharks and whale sharks that cruise past these islands on the ocean currents. They will watch as if they are in front of the world’s biggest IMAX screen.

Fishy Behaviour

As the divers sat and watched, a Mexican hogfish decided to hang around with them too. It swam around and looked at them curiously. It even swam under one of the divers when hammerhead sharks were close.

It seemed to fully understand that humans were nothing to be frightened of. But then it did something very surprising. One of the divers noticed that the fish was staring at a small rock and then staring at her.

The fish moved back and forth to her and then to the rock in front of her hands. The fish was acting so oddly that the diver beside her began to film the fish instead of looking for whale sharks and hammerheads.

It first appeared that the fish liked the diver. Eventually realizing that the fish was returning to the same rock repeatedly, she wondered if something under the rock was making the fish excited.

As she reached out to lift the rock, the fish darted in front of it and stared intently. To her surprise, as she lifted the rock, she found a baby octopus underneath.

This was a thrilling sight for the divers and it was obvious that the fish had seen or smelled the creature hiding beneath the rock. It was also possible that the octopus had been eating something that smelled interesting to the Mexican hogfish.

The octopus was far too big for the hogfish to eat, so it merely watched as the divers filmed it out in the open.

Fish become used to divers very quickly and they often understand that humans will not try to harm them, but to try to communicate with a diver and signal to a diver that something is under a rock would require more complex thought and understanding than we once believed they were capable of.

If the fish was truly hoping that the diver would lift the rock, that’s even more surprising. Yet, we see this sort of behavior constantly between groupers and scuba divers who spear hunt for lionfish.

The groupers will actually locate the lionfish and stare into the hiding spots until the diver responds. The more we pay attention to the animals around us, the more we see that we have a lot to learn about them.

Our oceans are full of mystery and magnificent creatures. They continually amaze us with their intelligence and understanding.
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Animals Cool Stories TooCool

Must See: Viral Dramatic Dog Photos

Known for their ability to see things outside of the box, photographers tend to be among the most creative people around. They often see an opportunity to create a very cool picture and take it with both hands. One photographer who has found herself going viral recently, though, is that of Jess Bell.

The Canadian has been around for three years and often gets rave reviews for her work, with her specialty being artistic imagery involving animals.

Desiring to make a big impact with her next shoot, though, Bell decided to get some dogs together that belonged to her friends. The idea was to get the dogs in natural, normal poses – such as catching a Frisbee.

Before they would go for the big jump, though, she would cover the dog with colorful powder and watch as art became nature. The results are pretty incredible, which you can see for yourself below.

The images are pretty incredible, showing just how easy it is to blend together nature with some added color and zest. By picking colors which would immediately create a positive contrast with the dog itself, each shot would show the dogs standing out amid the chromatic explosion of dust all around them.

Jess, a loving dog owner and trainer, decided to go for this approach as it would offer something totally different. It also helped to show just how unique dogs can be: when we see a couple of dogs jumping, we just see two dogs. With the help of this photo shoot, we can see far more than that: we get to see the unique shape and form of each of the dogs come to life in stunning fashion.

An Explosion Of Color

Given her love of dogs and her ability to train them so well, you can rest assured that these creative displays would never hurt or risk the health of the dogs in any way, shape or form.

By using non-toxic color sets, and with ample ventilation, each shot would only produce a stunning image, with no health risk or challenge put to the dogs – and also ensuring that the dogs would never inhale the powder by ensuring it stayed clear of their airwaves.

Part of the inspiration for this shot came from Andrea Zachrau, a specialist in horse photography who used a similar approach to make horses stand out in stunning style. After taking a look at her photos, it’s easy to see where the inspiration would have come from for Jess.

However, she made her shot well and truly her own, with some pretty spectacular results coming along the way. Take a look yourself; if you are a photographer, you might get some pretty outstanding inspiration!

Known for their ability to see things outside of the box, photographers tend to be among the most creative people around. They often see an opportunity to create a very cool picture and take it with both hands. One photographer who has found herself going...