Category Archives: animal behavior

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Robin Elisabeth Cornwell sends what she calls “deer porn,” showing the 14-point mule deer stag (Odocoileus hemionus) enjoying what his big antlers have gained him. Checking out the female’s reproductive status: Making the Big Decision: Making fawns! The gestation period for this species is a little under 7 months. Other does watch, and they, too, may […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tim Anderson sends two bird pictures from Tumut, New South Wales, Australia. The first bird is a New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) of the race longirostris on account of his elegant bill. The species is fairly common throughout southern coastal Australia. He also plays centre-back for the Geordies. [JAC: This is cryptic to me!] […]

Giant panda plays in the snow

I guess I always end the work week with a cute animal video. That’s for me, as I need it.  Here’s a good one from the Toronto Zoo via VetSTREET, showing what they describe as “bear bogganing”. The scientific name of the giant panda is Ailuropoda melanoleuca, which I translate as “black and white cat-footed animal.” […]

Hermit crab housing swap

This video, which you can see at Twisted Sifter by clicking the link below (I couldn’t embed it, and the BBC version on YouTube isn’t visible in the US) is right up there with yesterday’s snail-shell-using spider as one of the marvels of nature. In fact, it’s a stunning example of bizarre but orderly animal behavior, and I demand […]

Birds put into the drunk tank to sober up

From the CBC we learn that animal lovers are helping out our feathered friends by setting up drunk tanks for birds who overindulge. It turns out that Bohemian waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus; see below) have a tendency to gobble mountain ash berries, which ferment after they freeze and defrost. That gets the birds more than a bit tipsy. As the CBC notes: “What […]

Squirrel purloins, then returns, GoPro camera

I nominate this for the Squirrel Video of the Year (my own rodents, by the way, are all fattened up for winter after generous ingestion of seeds and nuts). As the Daily Mail explains, a David Freiheit of Montreal affixed a piece of bread to the GoPro camera and put it near a squirrel. The results […]

Animal news of the week

I hadn’t realized that Wired has a weekly feature called “This week’s weirdest wild animal incidents,” but it does indeed, and it’s engrossing reading. I won’t reprise this week’s, but it’s full of bizarre stories interspersed with a few heartwarmers. Lots of animal tales! And there’s this: A woman in British Columbia became an Internet […]

Defeating a squirrel

Is it a sin to find this funny? The Rock Squirrel [Spermophilus variegatus] has been raiding our bird feeder, carrying away pounds of seed. Nancy figured a quick solution. I don’t know which is funnier, the squirrel or Nancy’s narration. h/t: pyers ~  

What I feel like this morning

. . . like Buster the raccoon, who doesn’t want to get up to go out. I don’t know much about this procyonid except for what it says in the YouTube video, but he clearly wants to sleep in. Buster the Raccoon aka “Butter Brownie” (because he is so soft and sweet) doesn’t like the cold […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s Pie Day today: the annual pie-baking drive for the local elementary school, so look for a stuffed Professor Ceiling Cat this afternoon and some nice pie photos tomorrow. In the meantime, we got your wildlife. First, two meese from Stephen Barnard: A couple of moose (Alces alces) helping themselves to my alfalfa, and three youngsters […]

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