Category Archives: animal behavior

Observer interrupts mating giant tortoises, gets chased away at 1 kph

Do not interrupt giant tortoises when they’re making the Beast with Two Backs! From YouTube: In this video from a Pristine Seas expedition to the Seychelles, under way now, expedition leader Paul Rose stumbles upon mating giant tortoises on Assumption Island. The angry male pursues Rose and a cameraman … very slowly. The only slower […]

Foxes on a trampoline!

It’s been a good day, what with the dosh we got for the Fancy Book, so how about some foxes jumping for joy. You have to admit that this video beats “snakes on a plane” ten ways from Sunday. I know nothing about it, and may well have posted it before, but it’s worth watching […]

I was in Banff; why didn’t I get to see this?

h/t: Norm

Slo-mo tongues

Here are three different tongues, each with a different anatomy and each operating in a different way to bring in food. First, one of the fastest bits of animal anatomy I know of: the chameleon’s tongue (from Amy Carparelli via Heather Hastie): 0.07 seconds from mouth to prey! This is in fact the colorful Panther Chamelon (Furcifer […]

A hilarious mimetic parrot (and lagniappe)

Reader Ursula sent in an amazing video of a parrot imitating her friend. Now this is awesome (video quality isn’t optimal, but the sound is what counts). The backstory: My friend Ken acquired a yellow-naped Amazon parrot, named José, from a woman who apparently spent a lot of time on the telephone. Ken discovered that when Jose is […]

James Bond parrot

What better way to end the week than with a completely insane animal video? Here’s a parrot . . . well, here are the YouTube notes: Lottie my African Grey telling everyone her name is Bond, James Bond [plus the tune whistled of cause]. Then blows a kiss and says “Whats that all about?”

Ma and Pa Peregrine have a chat

Reader Dom called my attention to this video showing a mated pair of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) who seem to be nesting in Norwich Cathedral. I’ve never actually heard them call, but listen to the cacophony as they talk to each other. They sound like penguins!  

Platypus loves belly rubs

Here’s a bit of squee to take us over the week’s hump. Who would have guessed that platypuses had this catlike behavior? Here are the YouTube notes for the video below: This beautiful platypus loved playing in the water and loved a tickle! She was so friendly and ate food right out of my hand! There is only one […]

The splendid and assiduous beaver

This National Geographic documentary on beavers (Castor canadensis) and their dams (the classic example of an “extended phenotype” as well as “niche construction”) is very good, and well worth watching if you have 45 minutes to spare. Why would anyone watch a reality t.v. show about the Kardashians if they can watch a reality show […]

The Centrifuge Brain Project

by Matthew Cobb Have you ever wondered why children love going round and making themselves dizzy, and what might be the effect of all that centrifugal force on their brains? If you haven’t, never fear, because Dr Nick Laslowicz has been doing that for you, as outlined in this excellent brief film from 2011 called […]


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