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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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Surviving in the wild is a tough business. Wild animals must be extreme athletes in order to catch a meal or to avoid being eaten themselves. The video below demonstrates this fact of life perfectly. It captures incredibly rare footage of a pine marten and a snowshoe hare in an... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Drone technology has hit the mass market, and the flying devices seem to be everywhere. While commercially available drones are legal and regulated, not everyone is a fan of them. There are concerns that drones could interfere with commercial aircraft, be used for illegal spying and surveillance, or even used... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Photo by Karen Viste-Sparkman, USFWS Bison are incredibly tough animals. One bison known as "Sparky" is a perfect example of the species' hardiness. Sparky is a male bison that lives at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. He was struck by lightning in 2013. Wildlife biologist Karen Viste-Sparkman... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Photo by Seshandri.K.S. Legendary musician and style icon David Bowie has passed away. His legacy will live on in the generations of performers and artists that he inspired. For me, as a naturalist, I think the most wonderful way Bowie will be remembered is in the form of the spider... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Bites @ Animal Planet
This footage was taken in the wild. The squid is not in captivity.
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Giant squid are the stuff of mythology and nightmares. The monstrous kraken was said to devour entire shipfuls of sailors and tentacled, deep sea beasts have been depicted in horror-inducing art for centuries. For many years, biologists' only evidence of these deep sea titans was tentacles inside the bellies of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Photo by IFAW/B. Hollweg. Great news for lions was announced today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The most iconic of all African wildlife species, lions have been on a steady and precipitous decline in recent decades. In the last twenty years alone, their population has fallen by almost... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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#Yoda 訓練絕地 #貓貓"Much to learn, you still have" Post... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Dogs versus cats is a conflict as old as Jedi versus Sith, and this cute video celebrates the battle between our two most favorite pet species with a special Star Wars spin in a mashup of some of the best pet videos on the internet. Also, check out our these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Breaking news! High-level delegates from 196 countries reached a historic agreement Saturday to curb climate change by limiting carbon pollution. The Paris Agreement calls on governments to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C, charting a course for people and wildlife that avoids the worst impacts of climate change.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Some great wildlife news: today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel, once endangered with extinction, has recovered and the species will be removed from the Endangered Species List! This large tree squirrel is about twice the size of the more common eastern gray... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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When life gets you down, there's no better way to recover than by watching videos of baby goats running and frolicking on the farm. These little goat kids from Sunflower Farm Creamery are the epitome of joy. The folks at the farm had this to say: "After a day of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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A rare sight was recently captured on a trail camera in California: three adult-sized cougars hanging out together and getting a drink. Cougars, also known as pumas, panthers or mountain lions, are generally solitary cats native to North and South America. Cubs spend their first couple of years with their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Let there be no confusion over who is the master when it comes to pitting large sharks against orcas. This extraordinary video shows a pod of orcas coordinating an attack against a large tiger shark off the coast of Costa Rica. If you haven't watched it yet, a warning, it's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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We often think of reptiles as slow and kind of dumb, plodding through life on nothing but instinct and with little propensity for unique interactions with other species. This video of a cat and a turtle playing a game of tag is a great example of the fact that furry... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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What other choice does this naughty pup have when caught chewing up a bunch of paper than to launch its fluffy little self at the human who discovered its crime? Kill the witness, destroy the evidence, right? Well, we are certainly dying over your adorableness, little doggie. Check out some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Even the birds in Australia love to hit the waves and go surfing! These four Australian black swans seem to be enjoying the surf just as much as the people. This large waterfowl species is found in shallow waters throughout much of southern Australia and Tasmania. The lakes, wetlands and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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This two-headed Chinese cobra has been discovered by a farmer in China. Both heads reportedly function and operate as if separate individuals. The snake is now being cared for at the Nanning Zoo. Unfortunately, neither of the tiny rarity's heads have eaten or drunk anything, despite having hatched over 10... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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You might be asking yourself, "how can this possibly be real?" and you are not alone. The creature in the video above certainly looks like some bizarre mutation or unnatural hybrid, but the truth is that it's a totally normal and natural insect known as the mantidfly. Mantidflies look like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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When you're a grizzly bear and feeling bored, there's nothing more fun than rolling down a hill! h/t to Digg. Photo by Max Goldberg via Flickr Creative Commons. Adopt a Grizzly Bear with the National Wildlife Federation. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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New research published in the Journal of Experimental Biology suggests that the way boa constrictors kill their prey isn't quite what we thought it was. The widely accepted belief is that victims of constricting snakes such as boas die from suffocation. The idea is that as the snake constricts, prey... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Meet the flamboyant cuttlefish, an undersea creature that looks like it is a CGI creation for the latest sci-fi blockbuster and could't possibly be a real animal--but actually is. The video above from the Aquarium of the Pacific tells a little bit more about these these adorable and alien-looking cousins... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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My buddy Aaron Pomerantz just shared this awesome wildlife video from his rainforest adventure in Peru. Aaron, otherwise known as the Next Gen Scientist, is a wildlife biologist and he and wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer captured what is pretty likely once-in-a-lifetime footage of a juvenile harpy eagle. Harpy eagles are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Some kids have pet dogs or cats that are their best buddies. Some kids are pals with ducks. Meet Nibbles and his best friend Jonny, and have your heart melt. Adopt a Mallard Duck with the National Wildlife Federation. Photo by C.P. Ewing via Flickr Creative Commons. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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There are many different species of tree frogs found across North America, from tiny spring peepers, green tree frogs and gray tree frogs in the east, to the Pacific tree frog found from the Pacific Northwest down through California (which, appropriately, is the frog whose call has become the staple "ribbit" sound used for all frogs by Hollywood). Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet