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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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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
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Guinea pigs by Toshihiro Gamo on Flickr. What's cuter than a guinea pig? Dozens of guinea pigs using a special bridge to go from one enclosure to the next at the Nagasaki Bio Park in Japan. The guinea pigs apparently do this often, because they seem to know exactly what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Photo by Teddy Fotiou via Flickr Creative Commons. You might think that once they reach their adult size sea turtles are safe from predators. What could bite through those thick shells? Turns out that even adult sea turtles are still on the menu for certain shark species, namely tiger sharks.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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This great horned owl was attacked by a pair of peregrine falcons. Though much larger than the falcons, the owl knew better than to fight back against the smaller birds, which kill other birds by dive-bombing into them at speeds of over 200 mph. Instead, it plunged in to waters... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Science write Jason Goldman hosts a great wildlife podcast called The Wild Life. The latest episode focuses on bears. Based on this teaser, sounds like a fascinating episode: "Bears have figured out how to become obese without becoming diabetic. Then they hibernate for 4-5 months without becoming weak. How can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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What's believed to be first ever footage of a live, female anglerfish swimming at extreme depths has been recorded by researchers with the Monterey Bay Research Institute. This species of anglersfish is known as the black seadevil. These terrifying-looking fish live in the deep ocean where no light reaches. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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There's no way that there's not some form of interspecies communication going on in this video. A member of FunDipped Productions, an Orlando based circus theatre company, decided to do bit of a routine in front of the viewing window of a dolphin enclosure. She definitely got the dolphins' attention.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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You've heard of sleep walking, but what about sleep roaring? If you have a pet dog, you know that canines dream. You've probably seen your dog flipping his or her paws, breathing heavily and maybe even barking--all while sound asleep. This video is the cat version of that: The lion's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Life is tough in the wild. Baby barnacle geese learn that the hard way when leaving the nest for the first time. Check out this dramatic video of what barnacle geese goslings are up against when it comes time to strike out into the great big world. Talk about extreme... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Halloween is upon us, and what animal is more a symbol of the holiday than the bat? It's also Bat Week, a designation created to help raise awereness about how awesome bats are, how important they are to us, and to help people realize that most of what you THINK... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet