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Jaguar Goes Wild in Zoo Escape

As one of the most fearsome animals in the jungle, the jaguar is not a creature to be trifled with. They are rapid, vicious and very much trained killers. For that reason, the idea of keeping one in a zoo or any kind of enclosure feels needless and dangerous. Something so majestic should not be kept in such environments for humans to ogle and point at. Especially when, as this story shows, the chances of escape aren’t quite as ridiculous as they first sound.

Take the story of the jaguar that escaped from Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The Jaguar got out and managed to attack and kill six animals whilst harming another three. The animal in question is Valerio, the 3-year-old Jaguar. He killed a group of alpacas, an emu and also a fox. While no humans were injured, it’s hardly a stretch to say that they could have been. Perhaps keeping killing machines that can move at breakneck speeds might not be a good idea?

It managed to also injure another alpaca and a pair of foxes. Escaping from his enclosure at about 7:20 AM local time, he went on a rampage for around an hour before being sedated and taken back ‘home’ to his habitat in the zoo.

The zoo itself released a heartfelt statement, saying: “The team responded immediately to the incident. Veterinarians had to prepare tranquilizers and position themselves to get a good line of sight. Once darted, the jaguar was sedated within minutes. We are still investigating how this happened. From our initial inspection, it appears the roof of the habitat was compromised. We are still investigating, and no animals will be housed in this enclosure until the investigation and repairs are completed. The safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals is our number one priority. We are taking this incident very seriously and working to investigate what happened to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. We perform drills annually and have protocols for this exact situation to ensure that emergencies of this kind are resolved as safely and quickly as possible.”

A ‘difficult day’

Marking it as a ‘difficult day’ for the animal care team, having seen some of their beloved creatures die, the zoo’s Vice President, Joel Hamilton, said that there was no plans to put down the jaguar because it’s “what jaguars do”, saying: “Our staff truly care about these animals, not just care for them. We have grief counselors coming in to talk to staff to help them get through this.”

The zoo was forced to be closed for Saturday due to the event but opened again at 10 AM on the Sunday. The zoo itself is a tremendous zoo and does a lot of good work to help care for the animals within. However, such a powerful animal, whilst amazing to see up-close and personal, can definitely be better understood if we take the time to appreciate the kind of habitat they can live in comfortably.

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As one of the most fearsome animals in the jungle, the jaguar is not a creature to be trifled with. They are rapid, vicious and very much trained killers. For that reason, the idea of keeping one in a zoo or any kind of enclosure feels needless and dangerous...

Science

Runaway Flamingo Found Living Happily in Texas

When an animal escapes from its captivity, many times they are found quite easily. They tend to be quite easy to spot: just look for the domestic animals running scared of their exotic friends. However, when a flamingo escaped, it escaped for the best part of a decade. An escaped animal is always fun to watch on the news for the drama it causes, but this flamingo managed to more or less escape without any problem.

It all started in 2005, when ‘Number 492’ managed to escape from the Sedgwick County Zoo, Kansas. The Tanzanian flamingo had arrived a year early alongside another 38 of his buddies, but seemingly wasn’t too keen on his new surroundings.

By escaping the zoo, it managed to fly under the radar for over a decade. The bird managed to get out, and it left a tiny stain on the reputation of the facility given it was never found. To this day, people at the center at “not fond” of the story being brought up. Since they were adults on arrival, their wings could not be clipped in a humane fashion. It’s not sore for a young bird, but agony for an adult.

This meant that the flamingos had to be trimmed, meaning that they would stay grounded humanely. This needed to be repeated a lot, though, and in June 2005 this one bird took advantage of the tardiness to clip his/her wings and made off.

The great escape

Staying in the local area for a short time the flamingo eventually decided to head off. A storm meant that the weather was too severe to get out and collect the bird from escape, and it took the best part of a decade to hunt the bird done. 492 managed to get all the way to Texas, and appears to be living it up in the most cheerful manner possible.

Indeed, it even appears to have found another flamingo – named HDNT from its own tag – and they appear to have become friends, perhaps even more. Since flamingos are able to live in the wild for so long, it’s going to be interesting to see what the future holds for this amazing pair of flamingos.

What is the oddest non-native animal that you have seen in your area? Have you ever come across an escapee from a zoo who appears to have started a new life?

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Animals

Watch: Man Finds A Feisty Baby Shark in an Unexpected Place

The moment you think you have done all the things you could have thought of, something comes up. You thought that shark birth is a piece of cake? Watch this video and see for yourself.

A guy has purchased a bamboo shark for his saltwater aquarium. He was told that when the egg reaches a certain size, he should open it and deliver the baby shark. How cool is that?

The bamboo sharks of the species Chiloscyllium are found in the Indo-West Pacific from Japan to northern Australia. Depending on the species, sharks can be born from eggs laid in egg cases. About 100 shark species reproduce this way. In home conditions, egg cases should be opened by a human so the shark can come out of it. Giving birth to a shark? Incredible!

As shown in this video, first you should fill a bowl with water, so the baby shark can immediately have a living space. After that a small hole is opened using scissors, if it is not big enough for the tiny shark to come out of it, than you should make a bigger hole. However, you should be very careful with the scissors not to hurt the baby shark.

The moment the shark gets in touch with the water it instinctively goes out of the case and starts swimming, much to our amusement! It is absolutely adorable! Have you ever witnessed anything like this before? Deliver a baby shark in your aquarium tank? We are left for words!

The owner seems happy for the successful pod delivery, and why wouldn’t he be?! In the end, a beautiful bamboo shark is brought to life and it will fit perfectly in his aquarium. Cuteness overload!

Watch as the man in this video helps a baby bamboo shark come out of its egg. At first he makes a small cut with the scissors, but it obviously isn’t enough for the baby shark to come out. Next, he makes two additional cuts, which penetrate the pod much further, making just enough room for the whitespotted bamboo shark
to swim out. The moment the little shark felt the water, it immediately started swimming in the waters of the aquarium, exploring its new home. Adorable!

Watch a shark break free from its shell in this satisfying video! A man purchased a bamboo shark for its home aquarium, but it didn’t hatch from its egg. Over time it became very active and well-formed, and it also seemed to be aggressively trying to free itself from the egg. So, its owner took the matter in his own hands, and decided to physically cut a hole for it to come out. It is very satisfying to watch the man cut out a hole in the pod so that the feisty bamboo shark can come out. When the surgical process is done, the little guy is happy as can be, exploring its new home! Adorable!

The whitespotted bamboo shark is a cover shark with a grown-up estimate that methodologies one meter long. Despite of its name, this small nocturnal species is harmless to people. The whitespotted bamboo shark is kept as a pet in big home aquaria. It can grow up to 37 inches long.

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Animals Vacation

Watch: Polar Bear Takes a Hotel Room for Free

There are times when we go out, and upon return, we might find a bug or other insects roaming around the floor. But this wasn’t the case Malin Stark witnessed. Malin is a nature guide in Norway. On a fine Sunday morning, Malin came back from a tour and found something unusual in her hotel room. She found a Polar bear sticking his head out of the hotel room’s window. This was very unusual.

Curious Creatures

This polar bear surprised everyone. Why would he enter a room? Maybe he was looking for food or he was just curious to find what’s inside a nature guide’s room. The curious polar bear decided to explore the hotel room and get some rest there. During the time he stayed the bear messed up the room by breaking wine bottles. The polar bear toured the room and when he decided to leave through the window he got stuck.

A Large Bear Stuck In a Tight Place

While the Polar bear enjoyed in the room he thought of going back to his own place and saw a window nearby. He saw a window and decided to get out from there. Unfortunately, he was too huge to get out of that small window.

A Slick Escape

The polar bear got stressed out. People started to gather around to help the bear come out. Even a helicopter arrived to help the poor bear. The loud noise of the helicopter further panicked the bear and he started to push himself harder, eventually squeezing himself out of the window. First, he took out his head, followed by paws and then the whole body. The bear was seen bleeding as he had gotten a small cut on his paw.

The Polar bear really did have a lot of adventure. We hope the polar bear’s paw gets recovered soon.

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There are times when we go out, and upon return, we might find a bug or other insects roaming around the floor. But this wasn’t the case Malin Stark witnessed. Malin is a nature guide in Norway. On a fine Sunday morning, Malin came back from a tour and...

Animals

Meanwhile in Russia: Rat Attacks Street Cats

We all know the story: the cat and the rat are age-old enemies, one chasing the other all over the world for supremacy. Sometimes the rat escapes and gets to live another day in his rat hole. Other times, the cat gets the rat.

We have been taught that the rodent is always the prey in this story, even though Jerry escaped Tom’s attempts to capture him more times than we can count. Jerry was smart and cunning, but as it turns out, the creators of the famous duo knew what kind of a story they were telling.

Bizarre footage has emerged of a large rat defying nature by attacking a pack of feral street cats in Russia, when one of the cats refused to leave the rat alone. The proverb “curiosity killed the cat” is used to warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation and that fits perfectly in this story.

Apparently, in Russia, cats should watch their back because there are giant rats lurking in the shadows waiting to make the first move. This video features one funny incident when a giant rat went crazy attacking a bunch of street cats, leaving them puzzled.

The outnumbered rat had to come up with a good game plan in order to survive when he got himself into a situation where he was surrounded by a pack of cats. First, he tried to go unnoticed and camouflaged himself in the environment by playing dead, not moving a muscle and not breathing, hoping that the cats will eventually leave and let him be.

However, one of the cats was very unwavering and invaded rat’s privacy by investigating his body, sniffing around. The rat had no other choice but to be brave and go medieval on the curious cat, and her buddies watching from the distance.

It is funny how, being five times smaller in size, the rat managed to somehow get the courage up and attack the cats in an attempt to escape. His sweet escape didn’t go so well since the same cat continued to follow him around.

When the rat was backed into a corner and had nowhere else to go, it had to pull some serious kung-fu skills, jumping and hissing at the cat. The cat was left puzzled and confused, and had to retreat. The rat wins!

Apparently, this isn’t the only time a rat fought back against his assailant and boy, are we glad we have it on video! When you think about rats, you never think of a brave creature who is able to fight down a foe three times its size in an epic battle on an open field, with nowhere to hide for cover. But the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles knew very well where to look for when they created the teens’ clever old sensei.

This clip is more than five years old, but good things come to those who wait and we had no idea we had been waiting for these people to finally upload this awesome clip! We still can’t believe what our eyes are seeing!

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We all know the story: the cat and the rat are age-old enemies, one chasing the other all over the world for supremacy. Sometimes the rat escapes and gets to live another day in his rat hole. Other times, the cat gets the rat.
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Animals

OMG: Raccoon Climbs an Office Building Like A Boss

Raccoons are adventurous animals. They love places to play for fun and adventure. But who knew a raccoon would climb up to 22 floors high on an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The raccoon, who is on an adventure, was first seen on the 2nd floor of town square building on Monday. The next day workers tried to help him come down but the little raccoon’s adventure wasn’t over yet. He headed towards the nearby UBS Plaza tower and went all the way up to 22nd floor. This is when his excitement levels demoted and he thought to take some rest at this height.

This event didn’t go unnoticed by nearly walking passengers. They took pictures, made videos and shared the experience on social media. People are excited and they have expressed their excitement. Have a look.

After a long journey all the way up to 22nd floor, the raccoon is finally getting some rest.

People are concerned with the safety of the raccoon. And they certainly hope that their new little friend will eventually be rescued.

The latest news says that the raccoon has been rescued by the building’s crew members. Currently, the little friend is resting in the cage after a long adventure. He must have had a lot of fun on this dangerous quest.

The Happy End

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Animals

Watch: Silverback Gorilla Meets Karma. LOL

A hilarious footage has emerged of an over-confident male gorilla exercising dominance in his zoo enclosure. However, his heroic act was tainted with an epic slip up. Who would have known that even a silverback gorilla can slip up? He slipped so much that he did the splits! Adorable!

Imagine going to the ZOO to visit all those exotic animals, only to have a 375 pound male gorilla lunge at you in his enclosure! In this clip, we see a massive silverback male showing visitors and other gorillas in his enclosure that he is the alpha!

Glass or not, watching a gorilla charge at you only to pound on its chests, is definitely a scary experience! In this video, we are fazed by what the huge mammal is trying to achieve, but eventually, karma takes things in her own hands.

This is typical behavior, it is just what male gorillas do. They just exude that dominance and they want to show that any way they can, while making a lot of noise and fuss about it. The pounding of chests and the angry charging, makes gorillas seem pretty scary to be around!

In this compilation of several footages, we see a male silverback gorilla exercising dominance in a zoo enclosure. In the first footage, we see a male gorilla pounding his chests, showing the others who are in charge. Next, he charges straight down the grass with such incredible force but slips in the process. What an embarrassment for such alpha male, we’re sure! Next time, we hope he learns how to hold his horses, and exercise his dominance elsewhere!

We have seen male gorillas in action many times and we know their dominant behavior. If you haven’t stumbled upon harsh gorilla dominance, make sure you stick around for a moment to witness the action as a self-confident male beats his chests for attention. It’s all for recognition!

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A hilarious footage has emerged of an over-confident male gorilla exercising dominance in his zoo enclosure. However, his heroic act was tainted with an epic slip up. Who would have known that even a silverback gorilla can slip up? He slipped so much that he...

Animals

Kangaroo Magician Makes Double Escape in Three Days

Famed for being animals of independence and of opportunity, the humble kangaroo is among the most popular animals of its kind and class in the world. The kangaroo, though, is more than just a loveable big rogue that keeps its kids in its little pouch. Indeed, this tremendous kangaroo story is one that should give you an immediate impression of just how awesome these tremendous animals can be.

Escaped animal stories are often funny, giving some of us a bit of redemption for the fact they were even in captivity in the first place. Zoos aren’t bad places, and I love visiting them, but part of me does wish that we never kept animals in entertainment facilities like this. This brilliant story about kangaroos not messing around is deeply impressive.

Run Roo, Run

While this kangaroo wasn’t kept in a zoo, instead held by locals with licenses, it’s important to note that animals which live with humans and are a domesticated need to be given very high quality of care. Zoos provide this, as well, of course, but it’s always nice to see an animal make a bid to get back to the wild that it knows and loves so well.

A marsupial was found running around on Highway 28 in South Carolina, and it required the cops to get involved to try and get it to come home. Eventually ensnared by the owner of the kangaroo, and little more detail was made available about the incident. Basically, the roo escaped and ran around for a while before being brought home.

Sadly, details outside of this are thin on the ground. So, let’s just say he stole two cop cars, flew a helicopter and even had a stand-off atop the steps of the White House, shall we?

Happy Ending

Thankfully, the real details of the story are equally as awesome; he actually escaped a second time within the space of a few short days. It’s likely that there is a weak point in the enclosure, hence how it seems to be able to just get in and out of the facility without even the slightest issue.

He was brought back to the location where he lives – not a zoo, we are told, but with a group of licensed owners – and simply appears to have settled back into live at home in South Carolina. If you would like to get a kangaroo license, try and make it a bit harder for him to escape, if you can?

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Famed for being animals of independence and of opportunity, the humble kangaroo is among the most popular animals of its kind and class in the world. The kangaroo, though, is more than just a loveable big rogue that keeps its kids in its little pouch. Indeed...

Animals

Watch: Incredible Closeup Footage of Bald Eagles Feeding

It is nature at its most vicious: one persistent photographer had to become part of the landscape and lie completely still for 30 minutes in order to capture this amazing footage. A bald eagle can be seen walking on the beach at Anchor Point on the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

The eagle was enjoying a fish snack when a tractor drove by and scared him away. The seagulls immediately swooped in to munch on the eagle’s snack, but they flew back as soon as the eagle returned.

Graham McGeorge, a photographer from Scottland, visited Homer in Alaska, in the U.S. after being told by a colleague he should visit the area if he wanted to capture them on film. Graham spent a few years saving for this trip and is was worth every cent. He finally visited the area and headed towards Anchor Point Beach where he was greeted by dozens of the birds swooping along the shoreline looking for their next meal.

Just half a mile offshore a boat of fisherman were making their way back to the beach cleaning their catch as they went – and after getting back they tossed the fish remains onto the beach. This meant a luxurious dinner for the Eagles, sending them into a feeding frenzy.

The Jacksonville resident said: “There aren’t many places in the U.S. you can find large numbers of these raptors, never mind getting close to them. The usual photographs are in flight far away and nest shots taken from afar. They got so close to me in Alaska that my 600mm lens was actually way too much glass for the task at hand.”

Research does him well on his travels, but he always makes it a point to ask local where to take the best photos.

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It is nature at its most vicious: one persistent photographer had to become part of the landscape and lie completely still for 30 minutes in order to capture this amazing footage. A bald eagle can be seen walking on the beach at Anchor Point on the Cook Inlet...

Animals

Wow: Jaw Dropping Animal Camouflage

Animals are, of course, the best thing about this hunk of rock that we live on. Sure, technology is cool and stuff, but animals trump anything we mere meat bags can ever accomplish. So, when we came across this awesome collection of animals and creatures that manage to blend in and camouflage with the world around them.

Let’s take a look at some of nature’ more awesome hidden gems, quite literally.

The Wrap-Around Spider.

These tremendous(ly terrifying) arachnids from Australia are like assassins. They can wrap around a tree or a branch to make sure that they are unseen, and can use that as camouflage to escape from other predators. Given it’s always got the jump on you, though, we might suggest that this arachnid might win most of its encounters.

The Grey Owl.

Always wise and intelligent, it’s no surprise that owl’ are great at hiding. Look at this one blending into a tree almost perfectly, more or less making sure it cannot be seen. Given their nocturnal nature, they’ll blend in with the darkness and the natural trees to help make them more or less impossible to see; hauntingly awesome, right?

Stone Flounder.

The Stone Flounder is a unique form of fish, that lies among salty and fresh water. It’s a rich and powerful fish, and spends a lot of its time simply blending in with the environment. You see, this fish has the chance to simply blend in with the environment as it sees fit. This allows it to simply not be seen, making sure it can blend in with pebbles, sands, stone or anything else that it needs to if it wishes to avoid capture.

I Sssseeee You.

This amazing copperhead snake blends in with the leaves as if it is not there. I actually cannot really make it out too well in the photo above; it took me the best part of five minutes looking to spot him. If you ever think that you might be in snake territory, be sure to keep an eye out for the more camouflaged ones like this badass!

Tame Impala.

This awesome picture captures an impala hiding away in the distance, staring directly at the camera without you even noticing it at first. It blends in so well with its natural habitat that spotting one takes a hell of a lot of work – and some eagle-eyed spotting on your part.

Awesome, right?

 

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Animals

Watch: Surprisingly Friendly Shark Swimming With Sea Lions

Any creature unlucky enough to find itself in the gob of a great white is in for a nasty shock. Because this marine beast’s mouth is equipped with a set of 300 sharp, triangular teeth arranged in up to seven rows. However, a 16′ Great White shark named “Bite Face” encounters a sea lion at Guadalupe Island. Despite her fierce reputation as a mindless killer, this shark doesn’t seem interested in attacking the sea lion. Whilst this super swimmer is the largest predatory fish on our planet, she is not in a mood for killing this time.

We know that these sea creatures count on the element of surprise as they hunt, and whenever they see a seal at the surface of the water, sharks will often position themselves underneath the seal. However, the shark in this video is unlike that. She only swims freely in circles and enjoys the feeling of floating in the ocean. It looks like she is not into any predatory games today, so she just moves slowly in the water.

Whenever this great white smells a possible victim, she uses her tail as a propeller, swims upward at a fast sprint, bursts out of the water in a leap called a breach, and falls back into the water with the seal in her mouth. Nevertheless, this friendly shark doesn’t do anything of this. And thanks to her, maybe this is the first time we see a shark not taking interest in her prey.

Don’t worry folks – while many think of these beasts as fearsome man-eaters, humans aren’t, in fact, on the great white’s menu. Phew! There are around 5-10 attacks a year and rather than preying on humans to eat them, the sharks are instead taking a ‘sample bite’ out of curiosity, before swimming off.

Any creature unlucky enough to find itself in the gob of a great white is in for a nasty shock. Because this marine beast’s mouth is equipped with a set of 300 sharp, triangular teeth arranged in up to seven rows. However, a 16′ Great White shark...

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Watch: Hornets Nest Vs. Drone

“I discovered the huge Bald-faced Hornets’ nest on the Hughesnet Satellite Dish. I have been attacked by Bald-faced Hornets in the past and figured the safest way to eradicate them was from behind the screen door while piloting my DJI Phantom 4 Pro. My thought was that the suction from the props would draw them in and be chopped up.

I proceeded to fly the UAV near the nest, but the obstacle avoidance prevented me from getting close enough.

After switching off the obstacle avoidance, I was able to fly under the nest. I discovered this from flying under the nest earlier in the day before deciding to record the video. I had already got a large number of the Hornets on the first unrecorded flight.

What I didn’t expect was for them to get aggravated just by the sound of me launching my UAV on the second ‘recorded’ flight. They remembered the noise from the first time and were attacking my camera on the tripod near the nest. Once I was near or under the nest they started attacking the UAV.

Then I pounded on the wall of the building to shake the dish to agitate or provoke more of them to exit the nest. By the end, I’d guess I got about 75% of them. A week or two later the remaining hornets were gone. It took about an hour to clean the UAV. Note: No UAV components were damaged during the making this video.”

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“I discovered the huge Bald-faced Hornets’ nest on the Hughesnet Satellite Dish. I have been attacked by Bald-faced Hornets in the past and figured the safest way to eradicate them was from behind the screen door while piloting my DJI Phantom 4 Pro. My...