Here’s an adorable video of Xiao Liwu, a six-month old panda cub at the San Diego Zoo, wrestling in the snow with mom Bai Yun. This was Xiao Liwu’s first experience with snow!
To learn more about pandas, visit our Giant Panda Facts page.
The owners of Chris P. Bacon, a little piglet born without hind legs, constructed a mini wheelchair out of K’Nex pieces. This special contraption is attached to the piglet with a harness and allows the little guy to explore to his heart’s content.
Watch the video here:
Other animals have used special wheelchairs with success as well. See a video of Lily the lionhead rabbit on the move in her wheelchair here.
At the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT, a 14-year-old penguin named Yellow Pink molted his waterproof feathers last year. They never grew back. Without the waterproof feathers, swimming became uncomfortable for the penguin.
Fortunately, a team of veterinarians, trainers, and research staff made him a custom neoprene wetsuit out of an old aquarium diving suit. Now Yellow Pink can stay warm as as swims.
Watch a video of Yellow Pink swimming in his suit below:
Learn more about African penguins on our African Penguin Facts Page.
Now for the first time you can see footage of the giant squid living in its natural habitat. Giant squid are longer than school buses (40 feet long!) and weigh nearly a ton. Their eyes are the size of dinner plates. They live in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. A few years ago, a team of Japanese scientists took still photos of the elusive creature. After hundreds of deep sea dives in a submersible, scientists finally captured the giant squid on video.
Watch a special on the giant squid, Monster Squid: The Giant is Real, on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, January 27 at 8pm EST. For more info, see discovery.com/giantsquid.
It’s not always the bird that eats the fish. Here’s a video showing catfish attacking pigeons along the Tarn river bank in southwestern France.
Xiao Liwu is the San Diego Zoo’s 4-month-old panda cub. All the activity and excitement of his latest examination make him a little sleepy. Take a look!
A baby two-toed sloth was born at the National Aquarium, and you have the opportunity to name him/her!
Watch a video below of the little one here:
The National Wildlife Federation is offering events in cities throughout the US this fall where kids can get up close and personal with wildlife. Their Hike and Seek event features a 1-2 mile nature hike and scavenger hunt. Activity stations along the way feature live animals, wildlife experts, and crafts.
To learn more, visit the NWF’s Hike and Seek website.
Millions of bats have died from a disease called white-nose syndrome. When bats are hibernating in the winter, a white fungus covers their noses, wings, ears and tails. Bats with the disease display unusual behavior such as flying outside in the winter and clustering near the entrance of a cave. This leads bats to starve to death from excess activity or to freeze to death. The disease was first documented 2006 in eastern New York and has spread to other eastern U.S. states and Canadian provinces since then.
Currently, conservationists are attacking the problem from multiple angles, including treating the infection or developing a vaccine. But The Nature Conservancy is taking a different approach. They have built an artificial cave in Tennessee hoping to lure bats from a nearby natural cave that displays early signs of white-nose syndrome. If they are successful in attracting tenants, they will be able to control the disease in their cave by cleaning it every summer. In a natural cave, they cannot spray or hose it down without destroying the other natural organisms that thrive in that environment. Building a man-made cave specifically for bats allows for a safe, disease-free shelter for the bats every winter without disrupting the flora and fauna of the natural cave.
We don’t have much context for this, but this video appeared on our radar today and it’s adorable.