Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Not dead! NOT dead!

You’ve heard of the Walking Dead, but North Carolina officials are warning locals about the crawling undead. The state’s Department of Parks and Recreation has posted a photo on its Facebook page of a “zombie snake,” a reptile known for defending itself by lying on its back and pretending to be dead.

The Eastern Hognose, also known as a Puff Adder, is found as far south as Florida and Texas and as far north as Minnesota, according to ABC News.

Some have claimed the snake can shoot venom as far as 25-feet.

Department spokeswoman Katie Hall was quick to defend the snakes to USA Today. 

“We love hognose snakes,” she said. “They put on this really dramatic display, but it’s kind of adorable.”

Hey Katie Hall, I have some advice for you. Any possum playing dead serpent that can shoot venom 25-feet shouldn’t be compared to a Yorkshire Terrier puppy. Good God woman. Look at that thing, just pretending to be deceased only to pop up and shoot venom in your eyeball like a damned demon from hell. Kind of adorable my ass.

Chills, man.

Check out that Dik-Dik, man. Adorable. This little dude lives in the bushlands of eastern and southern Africa. They’re tiny and stand about 12–15 inches at the shoulder, are 19–27 inches long, weigh 6.6–13.2 pounds and can live for up to 10-years. They can also scurry at nearly 30 mph, which is pretty damn speedy. Dik-Diks are named for the alarm calls of the females. In addition to the females’ alarm call, both the male and female make a shrill, whistling sound. These calls alert other Dik-Diks to predators. Check out the videos below to see and hear some real honest-to-goodness Dik-Diks. Anywho, Dik-Dik.

Holy . . .

Raccoon Dogs are terrorizing a village in central England after escaping from their pen in Nottinghamshire, according to news reports.

Raccoon dogs, also called Tanukis, look like a combination of a dog and a raccoon, but are neither dog nor raccoon, however they are part of the canid family, which includes wolves and dogs.

Shortly after escaping their pen, one of the loose dogs was photographed and reportedly attacked a goat.

Police are warning residents to watch out for the animals and to stay away from them if spotted because they are “potentially dangerous if approached as they are not domesticated,” Nottinghamshire police officials said, according to CNN.

Nottinghamshire resident Mandy Marsh told the Independent that one of the escaped animals attacked her pet goat and pony.

“I heard such a terrifying noise like I had never heard before. It was screaming. We ran out and this animal – we now know it’s a raccoon dog – was trying to attack our goat, Marsh said.

“The raccoon dog was trying to kill it. It was absolutely crazy. It was hissing and screaming and snarling. It was going absolutely mad.”

Sweet Mother of God that’s a horrific looking beast. Raccoon Dog? Really? Hell, this opens up a whole new world. What’s next, Wolf Cows? Hummingbats? The mind reels. And you have to bring your A Game, goat. And any self-respecting billy would have head-butted the hell out of that Raccoon Dog. Embarrassing really.

PS- My parents had a couple miniature burrows named Pancho and Lefty that were not to be trifled with. A couple coyotes made the mistake of harassing Pancho and got kicked into oblivion.

PPS- Sparky would tear that Raccoon Dog to shreds.

 

Four tiger poachers were killed in a mangrove forest in Bangladesh on Wednesday during a shootout with police, officials said. The alleged poachers opened fire at Rapid Action Battalion, the anti-terrorism unit of the Bangladesh Police, in the Sundarbans, the world’s biggest mangrove forest, after they were questioned, AFP reported.

The four men, who were found dead along with guns and ammunition on the boat, were identified as members of a gang that allegedly poaches Bengal tigers and Irrawaddy dolphins, officials said.

“These gangs have become a major threat to wildlife conservation,” Tajul Islam Islam, a spokesperson for the Rapid Action Battalion, said.

Let this be a warning to all Bengal Tiger poachers in Bangladesh – try and poach a Bengal Tiger, Irrawaddy Dolphin or any other endangered species in Bangladesh and you will be hunted down by the Rapid Action Battalion and you will be murdered. Why? Because the Rapid Action Battalion gives no damns.

PS- I had to find out what the Rapid Action Battalion looked like. I was not disappointed.

As of April 2016, more than 4000 people have attempted to climb Mount Everest.  Annually around 800 people make the attempt which include Sherpas, clients, and professional climbers.

The year 2017 had the second most summits at 648 after 658 in 2013. 61% of the climbers who climbed reached to the top of Everest. 446 of the climbers were from south side and 202 from the north side in 2017.

Did you know?

There are about 200-dead bodies in the mountain, and the bodies now help other climbers to know they are on the right path or not. Those bodies are left there due to the poor weather and bringing them down is very dangerous. Looking back to the history, 4% of the climbers those who have made it to the summit have died.

Dead guy.

Damn place is like being in line at Disney World or something.

Thar she is.

In the wild there have been no fatal attacks on humans by Orcas (Killer Whales) and only one reported bite. In captivity there have been several non-fatal and fatal attacks on humans since the 1970s.

 

AOL- Footage of a dutiful beluga whale returning an expensive gadget to its rightful human owner is making waves online.

Strangely enough, iPhone owner Ina Mansika and her friends were actually searching for the specific whale, known as Angel — which attained celebrity status weeks ago as a suspected Russian navy spy when it turned up in open waters around Hammerfest, Norway, wearing a harness — when the encounter occurred.

Angel hasn’t been behaving like a typical Beluga as she’s been letting people scratch her nose and chin and generally behaving like she’s having s great time.

Mansika told AOL that she and her pals laid down on a dock for a better chance to see the infamous Beluga and “hopefully get the chance to pat it” when her phone slipped out of her jacket pocket and into the ocean.

Seconds later, the considerate sea creature dove down and appeared at the surface of the water with the gadget in its mouth, to the shock of onlookers.

Check out Angel. First she defects from the damn communists and now she’s returning her fan’s cellphones, all the while with a smile on her face. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times – in 100-years we’ll know stuff about the intelligence of animals that would astonish us if we knew it today. Amazing. Animals, man.

Check out that Meat-Eating Harp Sponge, man. Dude looks more like a candelabra to me but whatevs. This guy will snare and slowly digest a passing crustacean before they know it. This bizarre creature had never been observed by human eyes before 2000, when a team from the Monterey Bay Research  Aquarium Institute in California took a remotely operated submersible into 2-mile deep waters off the central California coast (video below). Wild looking creature, man. Anywho, Meat-Eating Harp Sponge.

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Nothing to see here. I’m just a harmless plant. Move along.

Check out that Hellbender, man. That’s the most glorious name these ears have heard. It got its name from settlers who “thought it was a creature from hell where it’s bent on returning.” That’s awesome, man. It’s also called the Spotted Water Gecko but that name sucks. This guy lives in the eastern part of North America, including southern Ohio, and has been known to live to 50 in captivity. Hellbenders have been known to eat crawdads, fish and the occasional kid at the old swimmin’ hole.

PS- A relative called the River Dragon was found in Japan and was, incredibly, over 200-years old.

PPS- I used to go with my Grandpa to check his trot lines when I was a kid and he’d occasionally hook a Mud Puppy, which was sort of a smaller version of this beast. Anyway, seeing that slimy eel with legs would freak the bejesus out of me every time. Grandpa would just laugh and dangle the thing in front of me to taunt me. Good times.

May 3 (UPI) — A tourist at a cabin in Tennessee captured photos of an unusual fellow visitor — a black bear relaxing in the rental’s hot tub. Hannah Elizabeth Strickland captured photos Friday morning of three bears wandering around the rental property in Gatlinburg. The photos show one of the bears settling into the hot tub on the cabin’s back porch for a relaxing soak.

The three bears eventually wandered off on their own.

Check out my guy here. Dude just chillin’ like a villain and taking over the place like a boss. Your average bear would be acting like a savage and looting the place for food, but not my man here. He saw the hot tub and took advantage of it for some spa treatment. Bro probably got a medi pedi, practiced some restorative yoga and went back to his cave for some aromatherapy afterwards.

Bears, man. Gotta love ’em.

PS- Anytime I post a bear video I’m reminded of one of the greatest photo of all-time, the bear falling out of the tree. The look on the bear’s face is perfect.

Yep, that’s three alright.

New York Post- A bizarre snake with a third eye smack dab in the middle of its head was found this week by park rangers on a highway in Darwin.

Members of the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife found the juvenile 15-inch-long belly-crawler on the Arnhem Highway near the town of Humpty Doo, the wildlife agency wrote in a Facebook post.

First off, of course the three-eyed snake was found in Australia, and of course it was found in Darwin. You can’t make this stuff up, kids. Secondly, a town named Humpty Doo is so Australia it hurts. Finally, and I probably should have mentioned this first, we’re all doomed. If a three-eyed snake isn’t a symbol of the end of times I don’t know what is. Have a good weekend everybody!

Check out this beauty. The little dude is a Magnificent Spider, otherwise known as a Ordgarius Magnificus, but I’m sure you knew that. According to the Australian Museum it isn’t dangerous to humans, so feel free to pick it up and play with it at your leisure. Magnificent Spiders are often found in New South Wales and Queensland and can grow up to 2.5 cm in length. Unlike most spiders they don’t spin a web, they just use a sticky silk orb to catch their prey. That’s diabolical, man. Anywho, Magnificent Spider.

The female Magnificent Spider has distinctive markings on its body. The body is white with two bright yellow blobs on its abdomen, and a red-coloured spots

Dude’s just scrolling The Gram like a boss.

PS- Bonus video of smart animals below.

So these two rangers over in the Congo rescued a couple orphaned gorillas and now they’re all besties. The gorillas, both females, have taken to walking around like their heroes, which is sort of cute. I think.

Note: Why is an upright gorilla less intimidating than a gorilla on all fours? Those two look like a couple construction workers on break, man.

Conan dusts off his vest from the ’80s club scene to taunt deadly spiders and forage for Jack Daniels nips.

Gotta respect the commitment.

Not today, snake boy.

So some guy on the worldwide interweb posted a list of all the animals his grandfather has brought home over the years and it is AMAZING. I mean, I’ma n animal lover but this guy is next level stuff. Grandpa has to be a pretty cool cat in my book.

Beautiful.

Most of the time, geese and ducks sleep at night right on the water. Eagles and hawks aren’t a threat because they also sleep during the night, and any predator swimming after the birds would send vibrations through the water, waking them up. A few geese stay up as sentinels, watching for enemies.

Animals, man. Can’t get enough of them.

Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in South Africa was shaken with the screams of a man who was attacked and killed by Pride of Lion in private game reserve near the Kruger National Park. Before the lions were dispersed with the help of gun-shots, they had eaten most of the body barring the head that was untouched. Police initially thought that the victim was a tractor driver who worked in this private reserve. But later on when the driver appeared alive the suspicion began to grow. A hunting rifle was recovered near the remains of the dead that almost confirmed it to be a poacher who had sneaked into the private reserve. The man was killed viciously and the incident had been very disturbing and terrifying. Nevertheless, sympathy does not stand with the victim who had been hunting in the private reserve. The man had killed 3 Baboon families and spread the bodies around to attract and distract the lions to make them easier to hunt.

Man, there’s nothing better than seeing animal killers eaten by animals, huh? Karma just keeps kicking ass all over the planet, man. Cheetahs mauling wanna be selfie-takers, bears eating their human tormentors, the list continues to grow. And now we have this poacher who killed baboon families to bait lions, only to end up as the bait himself. It’s poetic really, and it made my freakin’ day.

Note: I love how the lions always leave the head, like a calling card or something. Lions, man.

Asshole.

Love this one.

Nothing to see here. Just a damn turkey stopping traffic to let his peeps cross a busy highway. Then once everyone is across he nonchalantly ambles onward because it ain’t no thing, just turkeys being turkeys.

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Man, this little dude don’t give a damn about nuthin’, amirite? That tree rat is just mocking the Symbol of America like you read about. The photographer said the squirrel was darting about, just daring that Bald Eagle to take its shot. Stay outta my tree, bro. Thankfully the bird flew off before any of its buddies saw what was happening. That’s just embarrassing for birds of prey everywhere. Squirrels, man.