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David Mizejewski
Life-long nature lover who is working his dream job at the National Wildlife Federation.
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Luke Reilly was paddle boarding just off the beach in New Zealand when he got a surprise visitor: an orca. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are incredibly powerful predators, preying on everything from stingrays to salmon to seals and even giant baleen whales. While human encounters with apex predators... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
As a general rule, neither one of these species will deliberately go out of their way to attack people if healthy. Their natural instinct is to flee from us. As long we never try to touch, feed or closely approach them, they pose very little threat. Observing, enjoying and even recording the wildlife that lives around us is a good thing, and something National Wildlife Federation encourages as long as we respect the wildlife. The cyclist who shot the video wasn't in danger, but if he got any closer he could have put himself in a situation where the animals felt threatened, and that's when wildlife encounters become potentially dangerous, for both people and the wild animals. While the bobcat did walk right by both of the cyclists, it did it on it's own terms and the humans just remained still and calm and let it do its thing.
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Bike ride interruptusPosted by Jon Snow on Monday, May 11, 2015 This is a pretty amazing video! The bobcat and the coyote featured both have wide ranges across the country, living close to humans, sometimes even in our cities, towns and backyards. But both are also extremely elusive. They are... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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With a friend who projectile poops on him, this owl doesn't need enemies! As funny as this video is, it's actually a normal part of being a young bird. The only job baby birds have is to eat and grow and, yes, poop. Getting pooped on by your sibling is... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Back in 1978, a series of strange events happened in Minerva, Ohio. They specifically happened to the Caytons, a typical small-town American family, and changed their lives forever. As the story goes, the Caytons began to experience some odd activity at night on their property on the outskirts of town,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Elephants have gotten unlikely allies in their fight for survival. Iconic rock guitarist Slash and fellow musician Miles Kennedy have joined forces with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help raise awareness about the poaching of elephants for their tusks and the ivory trade. An estimated 25,000 to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Video by Jerry Liguori from HawkWatch International. It's a tough world out there for barn owls. We think of owls and other birds of prey as the ultimate predator of the skies. But many species are not above scavenging or even flat-out stealing the hard-earned prey of other hunters. This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Ataque impressionante!!O Projeto Coral Vivo conta com o #patrocínioPetrobras por meio do Programa Petrobras Socioambiental. Posted by Coral Vivo on Monday, January 12, 2015 This huge flock of what appears to be brown boobies and brown or Peruvian pelicans made quite a show for beachgoers as they dive bombed a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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The awesomeness of octopuses has no end. This video captures an octopus hunting a crab in open water in Australia. While it's easy to root for the crab, it's helpful to remember that octopuses need to eat too. That they are equipped with an incredible intelligence and eight deadly effective... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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This is the ultimate case of land vs. sea. John Bailey was walking on the beach when he saw what he thought was a dog emerging from the water. He was surprised to see it was dragging a shark in its mouth. But that was nothing compared to his surprise... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Mother Nature Network posted a blog about a lamb born in Russia with a human face, and I have to admit that I first thought it was an April Fools' Day joke. But after watching the video above, it seems legit. MNN reports: "The lamb does look disturbingly like a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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This short video of a monkey meeting some newborn puppies will melt your heart. The poster didn't give any background information on the situation on YouTube, but clearly the monkey is enamored of the little balls of canine cuteness. The best part is how the monkey's tiny little hands gently... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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On the Alaska Peninsula, salmon constitute a significant portion of a wolf’s summer diet. This video, taken at Brooks...Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 This video posted to Katmai National Park and Reserve's Facebook page is pretty amazing. Most people are aware that grizzly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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You've probably heard of horses stampeding, but what about dolphins? This video captures the behavior using a remote control drone. Not only is Dolphin Safari (the California-based ecotourism company who created this video) using this new technology to locate whales and dolphins for whale-watching opportunities, but they are hoping to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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With March Madness upon us the folks at HooplaHa have created this great compilation video of basketball-playing animals. I confess that I'm not much of a sports fan, but being a Nature Geek I could watch these cute critters shooting hoops all day long! I only have one question: do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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For the first since they were eradicated over a century ago, what appears to be a wild wolf was recorded wandering through a town in the Netherlands. This could signal the return of the species to its former range in that country. Young wolves often disperse from their birth pack... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale) from Sweet Fern Productions on Vimeo. It's easy to feel sad after a death. It's permanent, after all, right? Maybe not. Death might be permanent on the individual level, but if you step back and look at things in the big picture, it's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Bobbit Worm - Dinner time from liquidguru on Vimeo. There are some creatures that are hard to believe aren't CGI creations from a sci-fi horror film. The bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) is one of them. Bobbit worms are giant invertebrates that lie in wait under the sand on the sea... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
Scot Meyers - Yes, you can use this article (but not the photos) in your newsletter. Please credit as follows: by David Mizejewski of National Wildlife Federation via Animal Planet's "Animal Bites" blog
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How adorable is this pangolin playing in the mud? If you've never heard of a pangolin, you're not alone. These fascinating creatures are not well-known outside of their native ranges in Africa and Asia. Unfortunately, pangolins are in real trouble. All eight species are threatened with extinction. From conservation initiative... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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As Winter Storm Juno slammed into the Northeast this week, snow was on everyone's mind. Flights were cancelled, schools were closed and the roads were treacherous. Many have spent the last few days digging out. Now that the worst is over, this video of cute animals frolicking in the snow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Meet Mini-Moby the white harbor porpoise. Named after Moby Dick, the famous fictional white whale from the Herman Melvin book of the same name, Mini-Moby is an exceptional animal in more ways than one. First, the condition that causes his white coloration is very rare. Mini-Moby is leucistic. Leucism is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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My pal Bryan Hughes from Rattlesnake Solutions LLC was recently out in the desert looking for rattlesnakes and came across this epic battle between a large wasp and a tarantula. The common name for this wasp species is tarantula hawk. As you can see in the video above, it is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Shammy the dwarf horse is just about the most adorable thing you'll see. If you aren't overcome with the urge to snuggle him, your heart might be broken. You can get your regular Shammy fix and follow his exploits by following his page on Facebook. Photo by Michele Lafferty Puryear... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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How amazing is this video of a monkey in India reviving an injured member of his troop? The injured monkey was knocked unconscious after being shocked by high voltage wires and falling to the ground. His friend then administered the monkey version of CPR, which was to bite and dunk... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet