Category Archives: animal behavior

A squirrel three sheets to the wind

It’s Friday afternoon, and I can’t brain very well, so we’ll have animal videos. How about a drunk squirrel? This video, over a year old, has somehow been rediscovered and is all over the Internet. Apparently this squirrel became intoxicated after eating too many fermented crabapples, and the result is hilarious (I assume it’s not […]

Snow-covered eagle broods its eggs

This series of photos, from WTOP in Washington D.C., will of course make you go “awww” as you see the lengths an eagle will go to to keep his/her eggs warm (I don’t know the sex of this one). But of course it’s instinct, just like our own protective instincts towards our kids, for the eagles […]

The most incredible animal photo in the history of Earth (and lagniappe)

This morning we’ll skip the “readers’ wildlife photos” post in favor of a few striking animal pictures and videos that readers sent me. The first four items are either scary or gruesome, but, you know, that’s nature. I’ve seen a lot of animal photos in my time, but the first one in the series below takes […]

Owl threat display

From a tw**t by Roxanne Palmer via Matthew Cobb: Does anybody know the species? Look at that gorgeous plumage!

I’ll Follow the Sun

Remember that old Beatles tune? Anyway, it’s suitable as a title for this video taken from Neatorama, with these notes about a passel of Japanese cats: The approximately 8 cats that live in the house love to sunbathe. There’s only a narrow strip of sunlight available on the floor. During the day, the sun moves across […]

Seattle girl bonds with crows who give her gifts in return for food

There is some more bird news today, and this is at once fascinating and heartwarming. The BBC News reports that an eight-year-old girl in Seattle, Gabi Mann, is in a reciprocal trade relationship—one might call it “affection”—with a bunch of local crows. And it’s been going on for four years, since Gabi was four.  I can’t […]

Affronted cockatoo doesn’t want to go to vet, unleashes stream of invective

According to the YouTube notes, this bird is pissed off: Max knows when he sees his carrier that it’s a visit to the vet and gets pretty vocal about it. Can anybody make out what Max is saying? He sounds like the Bird from Hell—the Exorcist Bird.  “Why you do this to me, Dimmy?”

Lamb teaches baby rhino to gambol

This video, arriving from Ziya Tong’s Tw*tter feed via Matthew Cobb, is touching, for it shows how a baby rhino is simply too ponderous to gambol. Or is it even trying to? And if it is, is it imitating or playing with the lamb?

Red pandas frolic in the snow

When I started graduate school, the red panda, Ailurus fulgens, was thought to be the closest living relative to the giant panda, mainly, I guess, because it sort of resembles the giant panda (both have a mask), lives in the same general area, and is arboreal, though it doesn’t eat bamboo.  In fact, it wasn’t even […]

Removing a panda from a tree

All I know about this is that I’d like to be the guy; and we have some brief YouTube notes below: A breeder in China’s Sichuan Province wants to take this panda down from a tree, but the lovely panda wants a reward. So it asks the breeder for a hug before moving!

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