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Wild Baby Bear Caught On Camera Playing In Hammock

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Your hammock is rocking back and forth. Someone is in it. Or some thing! Indeed this was the case for Chris Hu when he glanced out his window from his home in New Hampshire. Sitting in his hammock, was a wild bear cub, and it appears as if he was having the time of his young life! The cub keeps getting on and off the hammock a number of times and if you wouldn’t know better, you would think this was a little kid playing around!

Share this hilarious vid with all of your animal loving friends and family so they can get some major laughs watching this cute cub play in a hammock!

 

15 Facts About Our National Mammal: The American Bison

On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States. This majestic animal joins the ranks of the Bald Eagle as the official symbol of our country — and much like the eagle, it’s one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time.

In prehistoric times, millions of bison roamed North America — from the forests of Alaska and the grasslands of Mexico to Nevada’s Great Basin and the eastern Appalachian Mountains. But by the late 1800s, there were only a few hundred bison left in the United States after European settlers pushed west, reducing the animal’s habitat and hunting the bison to near extinction. Had it not been for a few private individuals working with tribes, states and the Interior Department, the bison would be extinct today.

Explore more fun facts about the American bison:

 

1. Bison are the largest mammal in North America. Male bison (called bulls) weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand 6 feet tall, while females (called cows) weigh up to 1,000 pounds and reach a height of 4-5 feet. Bison calves weigh 30-70 pounds at birth

Several large bison standing in a line.

2. Since the late 19th century, Interior has been the primary national conservation steward of the bison. Public lands managed by Interior support 17 bison herds — or approximately 10,000 bison — in 12 states, including Alaska.

Two bison and a bison calf walking in a line.

3. What’s the difference between bison and buffalo? While bison and buffalo are used interchangeably, in North America the scientific name is bison. Actually, it’s Bison bison bison (genus: Bison, species: bison, subspecies: bison), but only saying it once is fine. Historians believe that the term “buffalo” grew from the French word for beef, “boeuf.”

A large bison laying on the grass with three small birds standing on its back.

4.Yellowstone National Park is the only place in the U.S. where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times. What makes Yellowstone’s bison so special is that they’re the pure descendants (free of cattle genes) of early bison that roamed our country’s grasslands. As of July 2015, Yellowstone’s bison population was estimated at 4,900 — making it the largest bison population on public lands.

A bison walking by a steaming hot spring in bright sunlight.

5. What’s a “red dog”? It’s a baby bison. Bison calves tend to be born from late March through May and are orange-red in color, earning them the nickname “red dogs.” After a few months, their hair starts to change to dark brown and their characteristic shoulder hump and horns begin to grow.

A bison and calf nuzzle each other.

6. The history of bison and Native Americans are intertwined. Bison have been integral to tribal culture, providing them with food, clothing, fuel, tools, shelter and spiritual value. Established in 1992, the Inter Tribal Buffalo Council works with the National Park Service to transfer bison from national park lands to tribal lands

A small herd of bison standing on a grassy hill with mountains behind them.

7. You can judge a bison’s mood by its tail. When it hangs down and switches naturally, the bison is usually calm. If the tail is standing straight up, watch out! It may be ready to charge. No matter what a bison’s tail is doing, remember that they are unpredictable and can charge at any moment. Every year, there are regrettable accidents caused by people getting too close to these massive animals. It’s great to love the bison, but love them from a distance.

A bison watching over a calf.

8. Wind Cave National Park’s herd helped revive bison populations around the country. The story starts in 1905 with the formation of the American Bison Society and a breeding program at the New York City Zoo (today, the Bronx Zoo). By 1913, the American Bison Society had enough bison to restore a free-ranging bison herd. Working with Interior, they donated 14 bison to Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. More than 100 years later, the bison from Wind Cave have helped reestablishing other herds across the United States and most recently in Mexico.

A small herd of bison lounging in the dirt.

9. Bison may be big, but they’re also fast. They can run up to 35 miles per hour. Plus, they’re extremely agile. Bison can spin around quickly, jump high fences and are strong swimmers

A bison charging through a river.

10. Pass the salad, please. Bison primarily eat grasses, weeds and leafy plants — typically foraging for 9-11 hours a day. That’s where the bison’s large protruding shoulder hump comes in handy during the winter. It allows them to swing their heads from side-to-side to clear snow — especially for creating foraging patches. Learn how bison’s feeding habits can help ensure diversity of prairie plant species especially after a fire.

bison in the deep snow

11. From hunter to conservationist, Teddy Roosevelt helped save bison from extinction. In 1883, Teddy Roosevelt traveled to the Dakota Territory to hunt bison. After spending a few years in the west, Roosevelt returned to New York with a new outlook on life. He paved the way for the conservation movement, and in 1905, formed the American Bison Society with William Hornaday to save the disappearing bison. Today bison live in all 50 states, including Native American lands, wildlife refuges, national parks and private lands.

A bison stands in a meadow surrounded by trees.

12. Bison can live up to 20 years old. The average lifespan for a bison is 10-20 years, but some live to be older. Cows begin breeding at the age of 2 and only have one baby at a time. For males, the prime breeding age is 6-10 years. Learn how Interior works to ensure genetic diversity and long-term viability of bison.

bison herd on the move

13. A little dirt won’t hurt. Called wallowing, bison roll in the dirt to deter biting flies and help shed fur. Male bison also wallow during mating season to leave behind their scent and display their strength.

A bison rolling in the dirt.

14. The American bison’s ancestors can be traced to southern Asia thousands of years ago. Bison made their way to America by crossing the ancient land bridge that once connected Asia with North America during the Pliocene Epoch, some 400,000 years ago. These ancient animals were much larger than the iconic bison we love today. Fossil records show that one prehistoric bison, Bison latiforns, had horns measuring 9 feet from tip to tip.

Bison standing in the snow.

15. Bison are nearsighted — who knew? While bison have poor eyesight, they have excellent senses of smell and hearing. Cows and calves communicate using pig-like grunts, and during mating season, bulls can be heard bellowing across long distances.

A bison standing in front of a park information sign.

Her sick father was about to die, but that’s when a deer showed up

Latricia Thomas’ story is making the rounds on the internet — and for good reason. In a touching eulogy about her father who recently passed, a true miracle was revealed.

From Latricia Thomas:
“Thank you so much for all of the kind words and support after we lost my Daddy. I wanted to share with you the story that I wrote about his final days and read at his funeral.

When My Daddy was a hunter. Every year, on opening weekend of bow season, you could find him in a tree, in his camo at sunrise.

As the years went by, he traded his gun for a camera and instead taught his kids and grandkids how to enjoy the hobby he loved.

Last week, two days before he died, Daddy met his buck. It was gorgeous, a 10 point with six spikes on one side and four on the other. He came to the window where daddy was sitting in his favorite chair and looked in, right at him.”

East Bay man sentenced in Petaluma horse abuse case

An East Bay man was sentenced Thursday for abandoning an injured and emaciated horse along a country road in Petaluma.

Jonathan Garcia, 37, of Pinole received six months in jail with the possibility of work release or electronic home confinement, and three years probation during which he may not own a horse.

He also was ordered to pay more than $4,000 in restitution to animal advocates and the county to cover veterinary costs for the horse, Jerome, who was nursed back to health and has since been adopted by a Bodega Bay woman.

Garcia remains free on bail pending his January turn-in date.

The more than 25-year-old Appaloosa was abandoned in July 2015, not far from speeding traffic on Lakeville Highway. He was malnourished and had a roofing nail lodged in his hoof.

A woman walking her dog in the area spotted him being let out of a horse trailer. An investigation led to Garcia, a handyman, who pleaded no contest to felony animal abuse and misdemeanor abandonment.

Beloved Harlem deer will be cremated

The poor deer died terrified and alone.

The city plans to cremate the remains of a buck who delighted Harlem residents before he was captured by city workers and became a political football between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, city officials said.

The animal “was scared, really stressed,” before it died, sources said.

The deer spent his last hours in a 10-foot-square pen at a city animal shelter.

The city does not plan to do a necropsy to determine why the deer died.

The young buck hung out for weeks in Jackie Robinson Park. City workers caught him in a Harlem housing project Thursday.

The city planned to euthanize him. But Cuomo prevailed on the city to let state workers release him upstate. The deer died before Cuomo’s plan could be put into effect.

“#harlemdeer died in the most NY way possible: stressed & waiting for a ride,” tweeted @ryan­j­kreuscher, a Dartmouth College student.

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Snake collector ready to find new digs for his boa constrictors

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After almost 20 years of living with roommates, Warren Taylor has decided it’s time for them to move out.

Taylor is seeking new digs for three large boa constrictors, a jungle carpet python and a double-crested green basilisk lizard named Miracle — pets he adopted during his career as an animal curator at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights.

“It’s very hard to give up my reptiles — my passion for almost 20 years,” said Taylor, 63, who retired from the museum in 2008. “Working in a museum setting was always about educating people and inspiring kids about the natural world, using reptiles as the catalyst.”

After leaving the museum, he continued to show his snakes at schools, parties and other events around the city.

“But I’m getting older and can’t race around to events anymore, lugging heavy snakes,” he said. “There’s no reason to keep them if I can’t share them with people.”

Taylor, who is single and lives in an apartment on the north shore of Staten Island, is looking for good homes for the five cold-blooded creatures through word of mouth and classified ads.

The four snakes — all captive-bred and non-venomous — live in individual 55-gallon tanks placed throughout Taylor’s apartment.

Elvis, a rare, exquisitely patterned Dumeril boa native to Madagascar, “is really gentle and mellow,” said Taylor, who raised the snake from a hatchling. “It was a labor of love — I worked very hard to acclimate him” to human handling.

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Elvis is now 12 years old and 5 feet long. “I’ll miss him,” Taylor said.

His oldest boa, Odessa, is 15 years old, “big, strong and almost 9 feet long,” but with a “gentle temperament.”

Dionysus, a 16-year-old python native to Australia’s northwest rainforest, is a “highly prized snake” because he’s only 5 feet long — small for a python — and “would be great for breeding,” said Taylor.

A 14-year-old boa named Mr. Olympia is “really gentle and calm.”

Taylor named his 13-year-old basilisk lizard “Miracle” because the iguana “was the last one out of a clutch I hatched.”

Taylor’s professional career stands in contrast to his first encounter with a snake, at his family’s summer home in Susquehanna, Pa., when he was 7 years old and was “startled and frightened” to find a big water snake under his bed.

He knew he had to overcome his fear of snakes when he landed his Brooklyn Children’s Museum gig in 1988.

Taylor says he’s in no big rush to evict his pals (even though pythons, boas and iguanas technically fall on the city’s list of prohibited pets).

“I’ll keep them for as long as it takes.

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T TAKE SELFIES WITH WILD ANIMALS

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When entering Yellowstone National Park, visitors are handed a pamphlet from park rangers with an illustration of a bison flinging a man into the air. The flyer, prompted by this year’s spike in bison attacks, issues what seems like an obvious warning: Get too close to large animals and you might get hurt. But some audacious visitors still aren’t getting the message.

Since the start of 2015, bison have attacked five Yellowstone visitors, including a 43-year-old woman in July who tried to take a selfie—standing less than 10 yards from a bison with her six-year-old daughter—before the animal subsequently charged the woman, tossing her into the air as she tried to escape.

Five bison gorings in a seven-month span marks a sizable jump from the 25 total incidents in which bison made contact with humans from 2000 through 2015, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. While rangers are at times on hand to warn tourists, up to 5,000 bison inhabit the more than 2-million-acre park, making it impossible to police every possible incident.

Moving within 25 yards of large animals in Yellowstone is illegal, and for good reason. Bison, North America’s largest land mammal, can pivot quickly on their front and hind legs and run three times the speed of a human. They have no motivation to attack people when left alone, but when repeatedly provoked by ambitious selfie-takers, angry bison can cause serious harm.

Bison aren’t the only animals punishing people for snapping selfies. In July, a man in San Diego tried to take a picture with a rattlesnake, then paid $153,000 for his hospital bill after the snake bit his arm. KGTV San Diego reported the man had picked up the rattlesnake from the brush in his attempt to enhance the photo.

In September last year, a black bear in New Jersey killed a hiker who tried to snap photos of the 300-pound animal. Investigators found the 22-year-old man’s phone, tooth puncture mark and all, with pictures of the bear standing roughly 100 feet away.

Yellowstone’s pamphlets try to prevent the bison equivalent of rattlesnake bites and deadly bear attacks, but they don’t seem to be dissuading people who value photo opportunities over their own safety. As long as this risky trend continues, tourists at Yellowstone can expect to see along with (and alongside) the amazing wildlife more examples of selfies gone wrong.

 

Terrified Deer Goes Limp In Hunter’s Arms When It Realizes He’s There To Rescue Him

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Once hunting season starts, the deer has a whole new challenge in front of them – staying out of the crosshairs! The sounds of guns teeing off all around them means the season is indeed on. They run off and take cover. But what happens when you accidentally come face to face with a human in camo? It’s one of the bad luck moments.

Well, most of the time it is. Here we have a situation where the hunter/deer relationship took a much different turn. A dash cam showed a hunter stop his car as he saw a buck with his hoof tangled up in a fence. Well, of course this was easy pickings for the hunter, right? Wrong.

A Man Tries To Rescue A Disturbed German Shepherd. When He Gets Close, I Lose My Breath.

Meet Biggie, a gorgeous German Shephard who was unfortunately abandoned in a man-made river by his previous owner.

This hapless pup was stranded there, unable to get out for miles in either direction, but his luck was about to change. For two weeks the nearby residents would throw him food and scraps to eat so he wouldn’t starve while they figured out a plan for a real rescue operation. Eventually, one of the neighbors called in to Hope for Paws foundation and the rescue was underway!

Thanks to some help from a few of the neighbors they managed to procure a ladder long enough to span the 20-foot drop and one man went down. He could tell the dog was an older shephard, likely abandoned because he was becoming more needy in his old age, but you can tell he’s not a bad dog at all. Luring him in with some food and some soothing words the dog met his rescuer for the first time, but the moment a leash was revealed he immediately backed away. Fortunately the guy was able to get close again, and this time decided to cover his eyes before pulling the leash out. You can watch the entire rescue in the video below, the way they managed to pull him out was ingenious and may come in handy in the future anyhow!

It’s a shame that cases such as these are still so prominent these days, especially when we all know better. That dog could have just as easily been given to an animal shelter or even put up for adoption on Craigslist, but at least he’s not in more loving, capable arms.

Terrifying Reasons To Stay Out Of The Water

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If the movie ‘Jaws’ wasn’t enough to scare you out of the water, these creatures will.

#1 Mantis Shrimp

This crustacean gives new meaning to the word shrimp. They are definitely not small.

#2 Swordfish

How would you like to be on the other end of that nose?

#3 Giant Snake

This picture was taken from a plane, high above the trees, so you can imagine just how big that snake is.

#4 Nomura’s Jellyfish

Just take a look at those stingers.

#5 Crocodile

They don’t call it a death roll for nothing. crocodile has you in it’s jaws and begin to roll, it’s all over.