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Florida Is Currently Crawling With Giant African Land Snails
Giant snails have found their way into Miami-Dade County, and they are multiplying like hotcakes. Not only is the species, known as Giant African Land Snails, big on procreation, they are also an invasive species that is causing real problems for the state. The giant snails, some of which can grow up to eight inches and can live for up to nine years eat at least 500 different plants in the state and also manage to eat through stucco and other building products to sneak into people’s homes.
Man Killed In A Beaver Attack After Trying To Photograph It
Nature can be a beast, and apparently, so can beavers. The nocturnal, semi-aquatic rodents sure can be adorable when they want to be, but don't mistake cuteness for weakness. A Belarusian man appears to have made that mistake and it cost him his life. He was attacked and killed by a beaver while on a fishing trip at Lake Shestakov. The fact that this story made national news enforces the idea that this probably doesn't happen all that often.
Elephant Shot During Drive By In Mississippi
Random gun violence is a sad fact of life in many cities in the United States, but inside the circus, there’s an expectation of safety. Unfortunately, that expectation crumbled this morning when an elephant was shot during a drive by shooting in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Watch This Dog And Baby Lion Hang Out Like BFFs
The animals in question live at the Darling Downs Zoo in Australia. After Kwanza (the white lion) stopped being cared for by his mother, the owners started handling the responsibilities, which led to some time with the family dog, Honey. For some reason, the lion and the dog immediately got along famously, and they’ve been getting up to adorable mischief together for weeks.
Watch This Adorable Sea Lion Hang Out In Some Dude's Kayak
Experienced diver Rick Coleman is used to seeing all kinds of crazy things beneath the surface of the water, but he recently got quite a shock when he returned from an excursion and found a baby sea lion hanging out in his kayak. At first, Coleman tried to get the pup to head back in the water by pushing him over the side, but when he immediately jumped back on board, he realized something might be wrong.
Watch This Crazy Australian Cuddle With A Wombat
Wombats might not be as ferocious as lions or as physically imposing as killer whales, but that doesn’t mean they’re not capable of using their sharp claws and powerful donkey kicks to injure human beings. Experts recommend anyone who encounters a pissed off wombat to climb a tree immediately. Those in a good mood, however, should be playfully cuddled with, at least if this clip is any indication.
The Wolf Eel: Check Out Footage Of This Hideous Aquatic Beast
Have you ever seen footage of a disgustingly ugly animal and immediately checked Google to make sure the beast wasn’t a CGI figment of some film student’s imagination? I’ve done that several times but I’m not sure I’ve ever been more convinced I’d encounter a hoax than after seeing this video of the Wolf Eel. Hilariously, however, it turns out this hideous, snake-looking, jagged teeth-sporting mistake is actually a real creature haunting the world’s oceans.
Watch These Young Tiger Cubs Explore Their World
Octomom might have plenty of trying moments raising her brood of children, but at least her backyard isn’t filled with creatures that would love nothing more than to eat her children. That’s exactly the position mother tigers are in after their cubs are born, however, which is why it’s historically been really hard to get footage of the young animals. They spend most of their time hidden away from view in order to maximize their chances of survival.
Sea Turtle With Body Suit Regains Ability To Swim
Back in 2008, a turtle was attacked by a shark. It lost its two front limbs, but it was miraculously rescued. Over the past five years, scientists in Japan have spent considerable time, energy and resources trying to figure out a way for the turtle to regain its ability to swim. There were quite a few setbacks along the way, but as it turns out, those efforts were not in vain.
Adorable Alert: Check Out This Penguin Highway In Antarctica
Absent horrible traffic, it’s way more efficient to drive on main roads and highways rather than wind through subdivisions and smaller streets. Humans have been abiding by those concepts since we first learned how to build chariots, but apparently, we’re not the only ones who prefer common sense efficiency to chaotic clutter. Take these penguins as an example.
World's Largest Crocodile Living In Captivity Dies
The world’s largest crocodile living in captivity has now died. The crocodile was housed in Bunawon, Philippines in an eco-tourism park built to house the creature, which weighed over a ton and was measured at 20.24 feet long. It shouldn’t be a huge surprise that the crocodile kicked the bucket, since he was estimated to be over 50 years old, but for the town of Bunawon, the event was a tragedy.
Watch This Dog Try To Carry A Big Stick Through A Fence Opening
Most dogs have plenty of positive qualities. From extreme loyalty to extreme optimism, they make for great companions. Unfortunately, problem solving is not typically a strength they have in spades. At least that’s the story with this particular dog who found a giant stick and couldn’t figure out how to get it out of the yard through the fence hole. Instead of initially helping, the animal’s owner decided to grab a video camera and make light of the situation.
Watch This Video To Learn Some Hilarious True Facts About The Tarsier
When I woke up this morning, I had no idea what the hell a tarsier was. I suspect most non-zoologists were probably in the same boat as me, but apparently, we’ve all been missing out. The bug-eyed mammal is a dominant tree climber and more importantly for YouTube all-star ZeFrank, somewhere between hideous and offensive on the eyes.
Adorable Alert: Watch A Little Kid And A Beaver Wave At Each Other
When it comes to aquatic or semi-aquatic animals, dolphins grab the lion’s share of the headlines at the zoo. With their coordinated routines and showoff demeanors, they’re the clear main attractions, but a case could actually be made that the seals, otters and beavers are as much or more fun. Operating with far less crowds and relying on boundless energy and a prevailing sense of fun, they actually interact with individual members of the crowd far more, as one little boy recently found out at an Oregon zoo.
African Lion Populations Dwindle Across The Continent
Latest to be added to the list of animals who are slowly but surely losing ground amidst humans is the African lion. Multitudes of lions roamed the continent only fifty years ago in populations that equaled more than 100,000 members; now, researchers from Duke University have accomplished a study and determined that those numbers have shrunk by nearly 75%. That's a pretty long downward trend over only fifty years.