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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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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 6 days ago 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
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If snakes creep you out, you probably shouldn't watch the video below. Or maybe you should. More on why, below the video. (Warning, the video features graphic predation!) This video perfectly illustrates that if you're afraid of snakes, especially venomous ones, more snakes is the answer. That's because many snake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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What fresh horror is THIS? A recently discovered species, the split-tailed horned viper, has the head of a venomous snake and a spider for a tail. No, it's not some experiment from The Island of Doctor Moreau or the latest cheesy CGI movie monster, it's an actual living creature with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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"Though she be but little, she is fierce!" William Shakespeare penned those words in his play A Midsummer Night's Dream and they apply perfectly to the cat in the video below, who wasn't too happy with a black bear investigating the back door. The bear was in for a bit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Many snakes feed on bird eggs. The eastern rat snake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis) is one of them. Coming upon this snake species feeding on an egg isn't all that surprising. This is not, however, something you expect to see in your kitchen! I have to give props to the couple in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Never underestimate the power of maternal instinct. This dramatic video shows a black rat snake trying to make a meal out of a baby rabbit. The mother rabbit had other ideas. Female rabbits give birth to their babies in a shallow depression in the vegetation, which they line with their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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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 May 21, 2015 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