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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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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 5 days ago 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
Thomas, the reason is that grizzly bears attack you because they feel like you are a threat. Their response to feeling threatened is to eliminate the threat. When you play dead, you are no longer a threat and the bear, in theory will leave you alone. Black bears are generally afraid of people, and so the best thing is to let them know you're there by making noise while hiking, and if one approaches, to yell and try to intimidate it. If you did that with a grizzly you would instigate an attack.
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If you encounter a bear in the wild, you should never run from it. Here's why. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player This video from KTUU.com had this caption: "Billy Adrian says he was in a vehicle driving at about 25 to 30 mph along Dead Man's Curve in Kodiak when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Just in time for Halloween, I introduce you to the hellbender. No, it's not one of Satan's minions or a CGI monster. It's a type of salamander native to the streams and rivers of eastern North America. Despite its demonic-sounding name, this spectacular amphibian is completely harmless to people. Yet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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What would you do if you woke up one morning and found THIS in your stairway? Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation via Facebook. That's exactly what happened to one St. Louis area homeowner. No, these are not snakes, or even reptiles. They are an amphibian species called a ringed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Today's installment of utter cuteness comes to us from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa. The centre's mission is to conserve rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. A big part of their work is captive breeding of endangered species. While they specialize in cheetahs, the Centre cares for many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Kangaroos are herbivores. Native to Australia, they've evolved to be grazers and browsers, feeding on vegetation much like deer in other parts of the world. Red Kangaroo. Photo by Mike Souza via Flickr Creative Commons. When I stumbled on this footage of a young red kangaroo feeding on a seabird,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Opossums are one of the most common mammals in our cities and towns. The are really cool and interesting animals, but most people find them gross and scary-looking. I'm here to throw a little love to these misunderstood creatures with my top ten reasons to love opossums. 10. Opossums are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Sheep don't have a reputation for being the most intelligent animals out there. Generally, there might even be some truth behind that stereotype. Every once in a while, howver, a sheep with more smarts than most catches our attention. Such is the case with this lovely lady, who figured out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Crocodiles, lizards, turtles and snakes are reptiles, and generally speaking, most reptiles lay eggs--but not all of them. Some snakes give birth to fully formed live young, just like mammals. Copperheads are one of them, and this time of year is birthing season for these beautifully camouflaged snakes. At National... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
Check out this video of two deer trotting across the Golden Gate Bridge during rush hour traffic yesterday. I mean, sometime you just gotta get places. Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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My friend and National Wildlife Federation colleague Beth Pratt-Bergstrom is a self-avowed pika lover. Pikas are small mammals that live in high-elevation cool mountains west of the Rocky Mountains in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico. They are very, very cute. Even though they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
Folks, call your local nursery ask if they sell milkweed plants. Try doing a google search too. Monarch Watch is a great organization that has a lot or resources on buying and propagating milkweed. http://www.monarchwatch.org/
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Some animals are just so ugly that they are cute. Here's a video of a tiny bat named Frank being raised by wildlife rehabilitators in Australia, happily munching on mealworms. Post by Wildlife Rockhampton - Rescue, Rehabilitation & Release Inc. The good folks at Wildlife Rockhampton had this to say... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
Cathy, there are several dozen species of milkweed native to North America. The species I featured in the photos this post is swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), which is native to the eastern half of the continent. Here is a list of 12 milkweed species found in CA. Several of them are very showy and are great in the garden. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/combo.php?fromsearch=true&distribution=CA&habit=&duration=
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It's an eel-eat-fish world out there! Check out this video below of a spotted moray eel attacking and eating a lionfish. Pay special attention to the eel's hunting technique. It bites the lionfish in the middle of its body and uses its double set of jaws to both hold and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Monarch butterflies are in serious trouble. Their populations have crashed and are at an all time low, and experts fear that this iconic black and orange butterfly species could disappear altogether if action isn't taken. Monarch butterfly on milkweed. Photo by Rick&Brenda Beerhoorst via Flickr Creative Commons. Monarchs, like all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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