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A Pocket Shark That Glows in the Dark!

A new species of the pocket shark was found in the Gulf of Mexico.  It secretes a liquid that glows in the dark,  attracting its prey.

This is a very significant find because it’s the only other member of the  Mollisquama genus that has been identified, according to a study published in the  Zootaxa journal.

Named the American Pocket Shark (Mollisquama mississippiensis) was identified as a new species based on an analysis performed on a single 5½-inch-long male that was caught in the Gulf in 2010.

In Louisiana, researchers from Tulane University applied several different techniques including X-ray imaging and high-resolution CT scans to examine the specimen.  It was determined it was a different species of the pocket shark  (Mollisquama parini)  that was ever reported.  In 1979, a pocket shark was captured in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Only two ever captured

Director of the Tulane Biodiversity Research Institute, Henry Bart, said in the history of science, these are the only two pocket sharks ever captured or reported.  He said that both sharks are separate species and from different oceans.

They are both extremely rare and the fact that only one pocket shark was reported from the Gulf of Mexico, this new species emphasizes how very little scientists know about the Gulf, especially in deeper waters. This has led scientists to question how many new species might be in the Gulf, yet to be discovered.

Both M. mississippiensis and M. parini have similar characteristics, they both have two rather large “pockets” near their front fins and gills. In a paper, the latest pocket shark has a fluid that glows and then attracts prey.

Even though both species have similarities, they also have notable differences, according to the Tulane scientists.  The M. mississippiensis has fewer vertebrae than the shark found in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  Also, the species found in the Gulf has many light-producing organs known as photophores which have been found all over the body.

A new species of the pocket shark was found in the Gulf of Mexico.  It secretes a liquid that glows in the dark,  attracting its prey.

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‘Wall of Sharks’ is a Real Phenomenon, and it Only Happens Once a Year

If you’ve ever wondered where the annual grey reef shark conference is, well, here’s your answer. Every year on the full moon of July, hundreds of sharks gather off of the island of Fakarava in French Polynesia, specifically in the south passage, a phenomenon that has been named the “Wall of Sharks.”

This area is one of the largest shark sanctuaries in the world, so it’s typical that you’d find a larger amount of this particular sea predator than you normally would in other places. However, on this single day of July, the usual number of about 250 sharks could shoot to a radical 900 all at one time.

So, what causes this astronomical change?

Well, this narrow passage where the open sea meets a lagoon is particularly full of sea life, enticing sharks to partake of plankton, fish, and more. However, it’s on the full moon of July that thousands of marbled groupers arrive to mate; in fact, it was while researching the aggregation of these groupers that biologists first discovered the gathering of grey reef sharks.

The groupers spawn over 20,000, providing the sharks a celebratory feast!

The pass is relatively quite small in comparison to this amount of sea life in it at once. In fact, “when diving inside, you can see both sides of the channel,” says shark researcher Dr. Johann Mourier. And, so, we have the nickname “Wall of Sharks.”

Brave Diving Challenge

Since it’s discovery, this site has become a favorite spot for courageous divers from all over the world. Top Dive hosts guided dives around French Polynesia year-round as well as during the short “Wall of Sharks” timeframe. The southern pass is a site to see all throughout the year – a “veritable undersea Garden of Eden,” according to Top Dive.

“Diving with 900 sharks?!” you might be thinking. And considering what sharks are rumored to be, it’s right to be alarmed. However, underwater photographer Lauren Ballesta assures divers that they are generally safe as sharks see humans as “obstacles not prey.”

Don’t base all your beliefs about sharks off of movies like Jaws. Sharks are vital to our ecosystem and are in need of our protection.

Whether or not your ready to dive in and enjoy a swim with these sharks, this phenomenon is simply incredible, one of the thrilling moments nature gives us to enjoy.

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Tourist Unwittingly Poses With Highly Poisonous Australian Octopus

Why is nature so beautiful? Why does a short walk amidst nature has such a calming influence on our mind? Why does the sight of flowers, butterflies, rainbows, and animals fill our hearts with joy unspeakable?

While evolution and science can explain many facts of our daily existence, the answer to this profound puzzle lies a little beyond the reaches of present-day science, and in the realms of the super-conscious.

Nature is beautiful because it is a manifestation of everything that is fervently pulsating with life on this planet. In the midst of nature, our minds become calm because we feel the pull of this joyful cosmic consciousness.

For the most part, people will do anything to avoid crawling creatures, especially when it comes down to disgusting, slimy, dangerous, poison octopus. Octopuses seem to tick most people’s instincts just by looking the way they look, not taking the dangerous factor in consideration.

This particular octopus might not be big however it happens to make the list in most dangerous and venomous octopus’s we’ve seen. This guy means business and that is clearly shown on this video.

Take a look at this story as a young Irish tourist was fishing with friends in Bundaberg, Queensland, on July 12 when he decided to pose for a photograph with an eye-catching mollusk that he later learned was the highly venomous blue-ring octopus, local media reported.

Johnpaul Lennon, 24, is seen in the footage laughingly asking a friend to place the octopus on his bare skin a few times, pulling his arm away in trepidation, then letting the creature briefly rest on him.

This big bhe blue-ringed octopus is one of the most venomous animals in Australia, with a bite that is capable of causing paralysis. British backpacker Ross Saunders, who recorded the interaction, said that at the time the men didn’t realize the octopus was poisonous.

More Luck Than Wits

Sauders posted to Facebook about the incident saying, “Thankfully no one was hurt and we can laugh about how close to death and stupid we were.” Saunders also said that the amateur fishermen got the hook out of the octopus and released it back into the water.

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 creepy highlight of their day! Enjoy!

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Get Your Dog A Beer. Now You Can (Can? Can!)

For many dog owners, their dog tends to be among their closest friends. The kind of loyalty often shown by a dog simply does not happen too often in life. It’s for this reason that, when we have a dog, we can enjoy social activities with it like we would a friend.

If you ever wanted to enjoy a cold one with your canine, though, you would be putting its health at active risk. Thankfully, though, you no longer need to worry about that.

While drinking has long been a part of the culture in the west, many of us do enjoy just a few quiet drinks.

This means that, as you sit with your dog, you might choose to give him a little sip of your beer. Thanks to the developers behind the wonderfully named Good Boy beer, you can now give him a full tin all to himself!

The dog can now enjoy a nice can of beer with you, making sure that both parties get to enjoy a wonderful social experience. If you want to sit with your mates and have a few beers, then you can now make sure your dog does not feel left out of the social experience.

Created in Houston, Texas, Good Boy Beer is made by the creative duo of Meg and Steve Long. The best thing about this, too, is that the beer is actually free entirely of alcohol. So, don’t worry, you won’t need to worry about your dog getting drunk and wrecking the place!

Instead, this drink works as a helpful and enjoyable digestive aid. The beverage is sold in over 20 locations now and looks set to take a pretty huge jump in popularity in the near future.

What Does This Beer Involve?

Good Boy Beer, then, is made to help ensure that your dog can enjoy a drink with you. It’s made using many of the same tools that you would work within a brewery, but there is no fermentation process that takes place.

Made from safe and natural ingredients, this tasty treat will make sure that your dog can enjoy a drink that helps its food to settle after a meal.

It’s got important ingredients in there, including turmeric as well as a happy helping of meat and vegetables. This helps to make sure that your dog can enjoy the beer – we just probably wouldn’t recommend that you try one yourself.

If you find yourself in a bar in the near future and you want to bring your dog with you, you should recommend they start selling Good Boy Beer. With it being sold in a range of dog-friendly establishments, this “beer” looks set to be a major hit.

There are some comical flavors and names out there for it already, with some very pun-tastic names used throughout the collection. If you want to help your dog enjoy the delightful act of having a beer with you, then, this might just be the perfect place to start out!

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Watch: Just Another [Shark] Day In My Backyard

This unsettling video footage shows a shark prowling in the backyard of one stunned Florida resident’s home. Dick Frey, 69, shot the frightening footage two weeks ago from his home in Bonita Springs. In the video, the nine-foot bull shark is spotted swimming close to the docks through the channel just outside his building.

It was a sunny morning when this elderly man decided to have his first coffee just outside in his backyard, when he suddenly noticed something strange in the waters. Soon, he realized in shock that it’s a giant shark, curiously wandering around.

The man was quick to shoot all of this on camera, even though we’re sure he was terrified by the sight. As much as sharks are scary, they are pretty simple creatures that do not want much to do anything with humans. They are a valuable animal that is part of the ecosystem of the ocean and without them, the balance of the ocean would be in dismay. The video is like a scene from a Hollywood horror movie and it makes our blood freeze in our veins. Imagine seeing a shark in the pool of your own backyard. Wouldn’t you be taken aback? We bet you would!

Just look how it is roaming freely in the water without even taking notice of where it is. It looks like this shark doesn’t bother that it isn’t swimming in the deep blue of the ocean as long as it has enough space to make itself happy.

If you are curious about some more bull shark sightings, then we suggest watching the following video where reef sharks brought a pair of bull sharks, one of the most aggressive and unpredictable of the shark species. What started as a quiet dive became more thrilling than these divers expected. The sharks passed close enough to give a very clear view of their cold eyes and impressive teeth. Divers know that there is a fine line between curiosity and aggression and that improper behavior will have serious consequences.

The divers in this video all surfaced without any incidents, but they were all surprised to have been greeted by the bull sharks. This dive took place on a wall near the famous Blue Hole near San Pedro, Belize. Reef sharks are a relatively common sight but it is quite rare to see bull sharks swimming so close to scuba divers.

The truth is that shark attacks are rare, even in the case of bull sharks, and if the divers remain calm, stay together and stay vertical, their chance of experiencing a serious problem is very small. Even though they know this to be true, the divers can be seen moving closer together and instinctively pulling their feet and hands in closer.

Have you ever seen one of these sharks before? What would your reaction be if you saw one of these? We would love to hear your opinion so please do not hesitate to leave a comment! Please share this video with your family and friends as it will surely shock them. This is one clip that no one should miss!

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France Fighting For Bees, Banning Pesticides

Bee population is dwindling. That, we know. Why is it happening? No one is 100% sure, but the main suspects are pesticides.
“Why should we care?” You ask. “Fewer bees, fewer stings,” you say.
Well, NO.

Beekeeping provides pollination services and honey production. Many crops are dependent on honeybees for pollination. In the United States, bees provide pollination for more than 90 different crops, including fruits and vegetables.

So, no bees = no crops = no food. And of course that there are other implications, such as what insect would rule the skies, now that bees are gone?
So, to try and keep the bees alive, France has taken a drastic step.

France is on its way to becoming the first European country to ban five varieties of pesticides which researchers believe are the neonicotinoids that are killing the bees.
French farmers are not happy as they are now afraid their cops would be harmed by insects and pests. They are angry that no solutions have been given instead of the ones banned for use.
France has stepped one step further than the European Union which bans only three neonicotinoids. This French ban is forced not only in outdoor fields but also in greenhouses.

Like nicotine

Britain at first, opposed this ban, but they are coming around after seeing real hard evidence supporting it. Britain is also suffering from whole bee colonies suddenly dying.
In the US, researches have also found that bees have been getting addicted to these harmful pesticides. These neonicotinoids are like nicotine to the brain. It’s been proven that these chemicals have been attacking insects’ central nervous systems and male bees’ sperm count, memory and navigation abilities.

Some angry French farmers don’t see any substantial evidence to connect pesticides with bee population decline. Even FNSEA, the biggest farming union in France, said that in places where no alternative can be found, the ban must be lifted. They also said that this ban will lead to unfair competition between French farmers and other European or worldwide farmers.
On the other hand, the French public health agency, ANSES, say that there are quite a few sustainable and efficient alternatives which are already operational throughout France.
We all hope this will be the beginning of a fight for better pest control.

Bee population is dwindling. That, we know. Why is it happening? No one is 100% sure, but the main suspects are pesticides.
“Why should we care?” You ask. “Fewer bees, fewer stings,” you say.
Well, NO.

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Yuk! Bugs You’ll Want To Keep A Distance From

For anyone who enjoys watching I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, part of the enjoyment is watching your (least) favorite celebs take on horrifying acts of self-destruction. While there is lots to ‘enjoy’ about the show, one of the less enjoyable parts is seeing the uniquely horrifying collection of critters they share their time with.

Let’s take a look at some of the haunting critters that you might run into in this world. We’ve combed the Guinness World Book of Records to find some creatures that will probably make you take a good few looks around at night.

South American Super Spiders

While a trip to the Latin paradise of South America is very fun indeed, many of us who hate spiders should think twice. You see, the continent is home to the goliath bird-eating tarantula. Huge in nature and in size, it’s a terrifying beast who has legs alone which can span as much as 11cm.

They are fat fellas, too. the heaviest ever found, Rosi, was found by the GWBOR to weigh as much as 6.1oz. That’s seven times the weight of your average mouse!

Size Counts

When it comes to length, then the outrageously horrifying stick insect found at the Museum of West China in Chengdu. It was a whopping 25.1” in length, verified in 2017. It’s absolutely massive, and it makes it very easy indeed to see why the stick insect is so easy to forget about when it comes to their style.

Despite being so long, they blend in with the rest of the world with consummate ease: so much so you could easily look beyond it!

Knockout Blows

One of the most terrifying prospects of finding an insect you do not know about is that you might fear it stinging you. well, one of the most powerful stings ever was recorded by Justin O’Schmidt. Throughout this career, he’s had more than this fair share of bites and stings, which he records in his Schmidt Insect Pain Index.

Within that index, he noted that being bitten by a bullet ant might just be the sorest bite that you could ever feel – it’s almost akin to the pain of being shot by a gun, apparently.

Beauty To Finish It Up

Butterflies are among the most stunning animals in the world, but did you know that they are prolific travelers, too?

Indeed, the monarch butterfly of North America often flies as much as 100 miles in a single day. they often fly around the place without much work at all, and in a year could cover the equivalent distance of a flight from London to Vancouver!

Indeed, they are among the most commonly and vociferously travelled insects on the planet: not bad for a piece of natural eye candy, right?

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Australia’s Deadliest Animal Revealed, And It’s Not What You Think

What comes to your mind when you think of the world’s deadliest animals? It’s not surprising to mention some popularly known dangerous animals like Sharks, fearful snakes, giant spiders, bees, or even crocodile.

However, in Australia, it’s a totally different scenario that would shock you!

Famous with monstrous-looking crocodiles and poisonous reptiles, amazingly, these aren’t the main threats to livelihood.

The continents deadliest animals have just been revealed. And it’s most likely not what you were thinking. According to the ABC News report, Horses and cows have caused more deaths than bee stings, snake bites, and shark attacks combined.

In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics had reported that the unsuspecting farm animals were responsible for about 77 deaths between 2008 and 2017.

Mammals were considered to be the second deadliest animals in the category, accounting for about 60 human deaths. Hornets, wasps, and bees were responsible for 27 deaths, while Sharks and other marine animals caused 26 deaths, then 23 killed by snakes and lizards, dogs were 22, lastly is the crocodile with a total of 17 deaths within the period.

Similar findings in the US earlier in the year also revealed that the deadliest animals are farm and domestic mammals.

Despite these reports, it is important to note that most deaths in the region are not usually caused by animals but other factors.  As of 2017, one-in-10 deaths were due to coronary heart disease, though there has been a decline by over 20 percent.

Also, chronic disease such as Dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, are the second leading causes of death with an increase by 68 percent over the past decade resulting in more than 13,000 deaths in 2017. While other diseases such as cerebrovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease, and cancer of the trachea, bronchus, and lung maintained fifth place as leading causes of death.

Shockingly, intentional self-harm rates which increased by over 9 percent resulted in 3000 plus deaths. This made it the 13th leading cause of death in 2017.

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Dog Discovers 13,000 Year Old Mammoth Bone

I spend a lot of energy commanding my dog to stop digging in the backyard. After this story, maybe I will just allow him to dig, he might find a treasure in my backyard. In this case, the little dog discovered something spectacular and of huge scientific importance.

The dog, a Labrador retriever, lived in Whidbey Island, Washington with its owner. It loved to dig, and in September, the Labrador’s efforts paid off with the discovery of a 13,000-year-old mammoth fossil. At first, it was not clear what the object was, but the scent excited the dog. It was like the dog knew it had unearthed something of a great mystery.

The object was analyzed, and it later turned out to be a mammoth tooth. The dog’s owner Kirk Lacewell was excited about the discovery, and the potential of finding more fossils in his backyard.

Lacewell confirmed he knew when the dog named Scout discovered the fossil, but at that time it looked like a piece of rock. Scout had other thoughts, he played with the discovery and did not discard it; Scout carefully left the mammoth fossil at a location it could be seen by Lacewell the next day. A closer look revealed the object had the features of a bone. Lacewell washed it and realized that he was holding something that needed to be further examined by professionals.

The pictures of the bone were sent to the scientists at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. They examined its features and determined what it was, and its age was estimated. Lacewell had read about such discoveries before but never imagined he will be the person to make such a finding. He was in possession of a mammoth’s tooth, it was incredible.

At the Burke Museum, it was confirmed that there had been so many other fossils of woolly mammoths discovered in different parts of the Whidbey Island. This indicates that many years ago the Island was home to hundreds of these creatures. The unique composition of their bones made it possible to be preserved for many years. The woolly mammoths are thought to have gone extinct after the last Ice Age which happened about 11,000 years ago.

It is not known if Lacewell plans to sell his mammoth tooth. For now, it hangs on his living room mantle, where he and other visitors can admire the tooth. There have been so many discoveries in the area, so museums are not particularly interested in purchasing the tooth because they have so many already. However, it helps to know that neighbors and friends will not have to make a trip to the museum if they want to see what a mammoth’s tooth looks like. All it takes is a visit to Lacewell’s home.

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Stunning: See Animal X-Ray Pictures

One of the most important things a zoo can do is carry out regular check-ups and medical checks on their animals. Good quality health is so important in a zoo, and this is part of the reason why animals in the zoo often look so healthy. However, one of the things we often forget about is how animals are examined. They can’t exactly follow medical instructions. For that reason, it’s important that we use X-ray hardware to take a closer look inside and try to fully diagnose what the problem might be.

Want to see what that looks like? Then take a look at some of these amazing animal x-ray images. They show you just how an animal looks from the inside, and makes it easier to appreciate their rare beauty.

The zoo that was being looked into was Oregon Zoo, rated as one of the best in the United States. They take comprehensive checks of all animals in their stable, looking into things like weight and general health. Indeed, the use a massive state-of-the-art scanning tool which can be used for creatures as large as bears – even elephants, in fact!

This allows them to easily study the animals without having to sedate them or do anything else. it also allows for a much easier level of knowledge about the animal, allowing them to easily share images with other zoos and health departments to get further information, confirmation or to warn of a problem to look out for.

As the zoo explained, trying to get some creatures to take part is easier than others. For example, trying to get a tiger or a golden eagle to sit inside an x-ray system is a lot harder than getting something like a sloth to do so!

A challenge for science

Some of the things found in their studies was amazing. For example, did you know that the fruit bat – who looks so lean and fit – is actually a bit podgy? These fluffy little creatures are actually a touch more rotund than the svelte shadows suggest.

At the same time, finding out that a snake has a backbone and is actually a vertebrate is quite the shock. This awesome x-ray image of a ball python, though, makes it easy for you to see the bone in full flow. Snakes have 200-400 vertebrae, and equally as many ribs – tends of times the volumes we have as humans.

The beaver, too, is shown to have a strong tail for a reason: rather than being fluffy like hair, it’s actually scaly in complexion. This helps them to use it both on land and when in the water.

Each image just shows us how many animals and creatures that we share out existence with are just quite different to what one would expect. Often, what is under the skin is far different than what we would expect – in people and in creatures.

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Gold, Luxury Cars and… Tigers. Only in Dubai

Think of a modern city. Skyscrapers and all when suddenly a tiger just walks by on a leash. The place where this can happen is over in the Gulf country of UAE, United Arab Emirates. Yes, it’s been illegal for a couple of years, but hey… pets are pets, aren’t they?
In the UAE, especially Dubai, wild cats have been domesticated for years as a luxury item, just like having a gold Lamborgini. Some of the rich just drive around town in their car and have their wild cats in the passenger seat. 

It’s a sign on wealth and power, and it doesn’t stop at wild cats either. When you want to show off your wealth you just goldplate everything you own and rap it up in diamonds. When you drive around town you’re bound to witness many outrageously luxurious gold plated cars, diamond-studded phones and more bling than you’ve ever seen.

By the way, the law, which was originally passed in 2015 in the UAE, has only been enforced since 2017, and if caught and found guilty, owners could be jailed for around six months and fined a funny amount of $136,000. The law says that you can not deal or own “all types of wild and domesticated but dangerous animals.”
A big newspaper in Abu Dhabi added that if the animal is used to frighten people, the owner would be fined $200,000. These are amounts that can’t really deter anyone in Dubai.

Not only wild cats

We already told you that the trend didn’t stop with wild cats. In Dubai, you can see many extravagant and outlandish items and products that not only belongs to citizens, but to companies and marketing firms as well. Back in 2008, a hotel in Dubai, called Dubai Atlantis hotel, had a real live whale shark swimming in its gigantic lobby aquarium.

The whale shark was nicknamed Sammy and was there for 18 months before he was taken back to sea. The Hotel management said that they rescued the whale from death in shallow waters, but a former employee told local media that having a whale shark in the hotel aquarium was part of the marketing plan for years.

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3 Reasons Why Sloths Are The Real Kings & Queens

As a creature which is more or less a byword for being lazy and not taking any effort, sloths are hilarious. Their cheery faces and complete inability to do anything makes them quite hilarious, but it’s actually part of their entire nature as a species. Indeed, some facts and figures from the Guinness World Book of Records shows that sloths are by far and away the laziest animals around!

You see, with International Sloth Day recently held in late October (the 20th), people have been thinking taking on a more sloth-like approach to life. Need some inspiration? Here is some proof that sloths are the animal who waits for nobody.

Sloths And The Sea

One comical fact about the sloth is that they can move at roughly three times the pace in water as they can on-land. Maybe it’s because they know that they cannot make their way into a tree to sleep all day. Maybe it’s because the monsters of the water are much more likely to get them than the animals of the jungle.

Whatever the reason, they are pretty rapid swimmers and will make their way out of the water much faster than they would if they were just floating around in the comfort of a tree branch.

The Size of a Sloth

Indeed, the largest ever sloths were known as the Florida ground. While they have been dead as a species for at least 300,000 years, they left a memorable mark on the animal kingdom. These massive creatures were capable of creating the largest animal burrows ever found – some the size of a cave. Some still are intact today across South America.

Of course, some tiny sloths do exist as well – the pygmy three-toed sloth stand at around 50cm in height. These adorable little creatures are very much easy to fall in love with, Overall, this makes them the size of a normal domestic cat – imagine that cat that was so lazy!

Sadly, only 100 of these adorable little creatures are left.

The Speed of a Sloth

Noted for their lack of real ability to move at any pace, the adorable sloth lives up to that reputation. You see, if you were to put some animals into a 100m sprint, the sloth would probably be the last over the line.

Usain Bolt can do it in 9.58 seconds – a three-toed sloth? 50 minutes. That’s a hilarious 6-8ft per minute. For perspective, an iceberg just drifting along would be moving at over fifteen times that pace.

So, with this in mind, you can easily see why the sloth has gained its reputation as a creature who very much wants to deal with things tomorrow. It’s well earned!

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Watch: Orangutan Decides To Play Catch When Man Tosses Him A Treat

Prepare to laugh and be amazed as this is one video that no one should miss! In this video, during a trip to Bali, Vitaly R. decided to go to a zoo. There, he went to the Orangutan habitat not realizing that he would meet a lifelong friend there. He decided to toss over a treat to his new Orangutan friend only to be surprised by its response! The Orangutan picks up a treat of its own and tosses it back to Vitaly! This video really does show how smart Orangutans can really be!

This is absolutely amazing! Who knew that apes such as this one could make such good friends? Do we have to mention how smart this Orangutan is? You cannot help but smile as the ape throws a treat back to its new friend! Even Vitaly himself seems like he is really surprised by the response! This is one moment that Vitaly will remember for a long time!

Aside from the fact that this orangutan is really smart, isn’t it also just adorable? It is so cute that you cannot help but to want to take it home with you! Unfortunately, you cannot take something like this home with you, but you could always get some adorable animal plush’s from Amazon! After all, who doesn’t find plush’s adorable?!

So sit back, prepare to laugh, and enjoy this video!

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Watch: Alligator Gets a Prosthetic Tail

This is the story of Mr. Stubbs, an alligator without a tail. If you know a little about these reptiles, you will agree that they cannot swim without their tails. Mr. Stubbs the alligator had been ‘grounded’ for so long until a special prosthetic was invented for him.

This smart invention was made by a group of technicians and animal lovers. Without a tail, it was going to be difficult for Mr. Stubbs to survive all by himself.

It is not certain how Mr. Stubbs lost his tail, but the story is most likely horrific. He was among some alligators rescued from animal smugglers in Arizona. Mr. Stubbs was kept in a private facility for observation and care when his disability was discovered.

It is a miracle he survived. Mr. Stubbs has been treated; there is no threat because of the injury from his missing tail. However, without the tail, releasing him into the wild could be a ‘death sentence.’ Thanks to 3D printing technology, a prosthetic was created.

It was quite a challenge to find a suitable tail for Mr. Stubbs. The issues ranged from the usage, and how well the prosthetic fit. Alligators use their tails in many ways; this meant that the prosthetic had to be firmly secured in place. The technicians at the Phoenix Herpetological Society didn’t give up easily. After a series of trials, the right prosthetic was created.

A 3D printer was used to develop a personalised tail. The focus was on creating a tail that matched Mr. Stubbs structure. It was important to get the right fitting because an alligator’s tail is as important as its legs.

After a series of trials, it was confirmed that the prosthetic was going to work and last longer. This is great news for Mr. Stubbs. Regardless of how well he is cared for at the center, he belongs in the wild. The successful creation of the prosthetic meant he has another chance to live a normal life in his natural habitat. However, there will still be more tests.

So far, these are the accomplishments. Mr. Stubbs has been able to use his new tail to swim in water. It is now easier for him to move around with the use of the prosthetic. This also means he can hunt for food successfully in the wild.

The inventors of the prosthetic have posted videos of Mr. Stubbs testing his new tail in the water. The comments on these videos are hilarious, but generally, everyone is happy that this alligator was saved and is getting the best assistance.

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This is the story of Mr. Stubbs, an alligator without a tail. If you know a little about these reptiles, you will agree that they cannot swim without their tails. Mr. Stubbs the alligator had been ‘grounded’ for so long until a special prosthetic was...

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Watch: Cop Rescues Tied Dog

What a perfect example of the countless times our brave police officers save lives! So many times in our modern society, thanks to the evolution of social media, we are so quick to find ways to judge others and find something to be offended by. Even though the topic of police officers is a valid topic to discuss, because there does need to be reform in that department, it is also very important not to forget that at the end of the day, they are our everyday heroes.

So many times people are so quick to pull out their phones when they find something negative or violent that they can document; however, this video shows that so many of our men and women in blue are always looking for lives to save. Even sweeter, this time, it is the life of a dog.

This sweet dog is the loyal companion to a truck driver. He obviously loves his dog and cares for his safety because he was letting the dog get some fresh air. The thought of how horribly wrong this series of events could have gone gives me chills down my spine. Had that driver gotten up to a speed higher than the dog could keep up with, it would have been a tragic situation. This, however, was not the case.

In this situation, this police officer who can also be described as a hero, acted quickly to stop the driver before the situation turned grave. The sweet little dog was trotting along, trying to keep up with the driver who had leashed him to the back of his truck. I can imagine what that dog was thinking. I’m sure he was beyond happy to see the police officer stop the truck. I’m sure the police department in Yavapai, Arizona is very proud to have their officer recognized for such an easy, but a life-saving decision.

I’m sure the driver felt so bad that this happened. We are all human. We make mistakes. I’m sure he would have never done this on purpose. I can only imagine the “What if?” thoughts that went through his mind after unleashing his dog from the truck. I bet he was even close to tears himself. Those of us who are dog owners treat our dogs like family, and I am sure truck drivers, especially, take good care of their pets. They are, at times, the only companions and company they keep.

The best part of this video is that it’s not just a video about a cop saving the life of a dog. It is so much more than that. It is a reminder to us all. It is a reminder to not focus on the negative of our men in blue. Are there police officers who have acted in haste and let their narrow minds take the life of an individual due to unnecessary fear? Yes, it is a sad truth, and it is an example of the state of so many in our nation. This video, however, is a reminder that at the end of the day these men have done way more good than bad. It’s a reminder to focus on the good our men in blue do and to remember they too, just like us, are human.

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What a perfect example of the countless times our brave police officers save lives! So many times in our modern society, thanks to the evolution of social media, we are so quick to find ways to judge others and find something to be offended by. Even though...