Category Archives: animal behavior

Marmot video-bombs time-lapse film of Glacier Park, licks camera

For some reason I don’t understand, photobombs by rodents are one of the most appealing things on the internet, drawing far more attention than, say, cat or dog photobombs. Perhaps it’s that adorable rodent face with its bulbous nose magnified by the camera. That, for example, may explain this old chestnut, perhaps the best—and certainly […]

A dog trying to save fish?

Okay, here’s another video that has charmed people who see it as an attempt of an altruistic dog to save fish who have been taken out of the water. Several readers sent this to me, probably not because they believed that this was indeed the dog’s motivation, but simply because its behavior was enigmatic. It’s enigmatic […]

Baby foxes playing

I need one more Cute Animal Video to bring myself back to normal. This is a good one. As you know, this site considers foxes to be Honorary Cats™, and I have no compunction about posting the antics of these adorable fox cubs (pups?). The YouTube notes say this: A family of gray foxes have […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I am back but extremly jet-lagged, and I got nothing substantive today. Just be aware of that! Besides, looking at the comments on the Dawkins post, I see that people were pretty busy yesterday. Diana MacPherson continues her documentation of the chipmunks in her yard, this time with an email containing three photos and the title, […]

A thieving mink

Minks, ferrets, and other mustelids have an undeservedly bad reputation. Yes, they’re fierce and will attack prey many times their size, but they’re also beautiful: long, slinky animals of gorgeous coat (their undoing) and awesome speed. They’re true evolutionary marvels of carnivory. In this video, one can see both the ferocity and tenacity of a American […]

Bear saves crow. But why?

by Matthew Cobb (with assistance from Prof. Ceiling Cat) Reader Crary called this recently posted video to our attention, with the YouTube notes below. It’s gone viral ( >4 million views) so you may well have seen it. Spoiler: a bear in a zoo saves a crow from the moat around its enclosure. My initial […]

What does the cheetah say?

Cheetah says “cheep, cheep, cheepity cheep.” I ‘ve known for a while that baby cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) make strange chirping noises, but I never thought much about the adult calls until I got this from reader Steve: Well, I had to check that out, of course, and it’s true that cheetahs can’t roar. Here’s one that […]

The bonobo and the atheist-basher: Frans de Waal disses atheism

I’m not sure I want to provide a full, free-standing review of Frans de Waal’s The Bonobo and the Atheist, but I can give some excerpts and thoughts, especially because I’m four-fifths of the way through the book. But unless it changes drastically in the last 40 pages, I think I’m on pretty good ground in […]

The best job in the world

Juhi Agrawal has a number of posts of her interactions with large cats while she was working at The Cheetah Experience, a rescue, breeding, and rehabilitation center in Bleomfontein in South Africa.  Just the other day we saw her being pounced on by Parda, a black leopard who was much taken with her. Here she is […]

A nest of loggerhead turtles hatch, babies head to sea

I’ve seen mother sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach (in Costa Rica), but I’ve never seen them hatch. Here’s a great short video of 100 baby loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) hatching in the Florida Keys. The explanation is below; I always wondered how they knew where the water was: Using infrared lighting, a […]


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