All right, I finally broke down and watched this video. I had been avoiding it because I don’t approve of apex predators, like hammerhead sharks, as entertainment. I think the diver’s striped wet suit is to make the sharks think he’s some kind of sea snake.
But the rest of the clips are fun. The bear opening the car door, the raccoon performing a high wire act on the bird feeder, the cow nursing baby goats–just gotta love ’em. Unless it’s your car that the bear climbs into.
This is a baby kiwi in a zoo somewhere. He still needs some help feeding himself, but he’ll learn.
Kiwis, native only to New Zealand, are birds with certain characteristics found in mammals, not birds. Marrow in their bones, for instance: other birds’ bones are hollow. And the feathers are very much more like hair than feathers.
Remember Kiwi shoe polish? Back when everybody had to shine his shoes–none of this wearing sneakers to school (or church!). I wonder why they named a shoe polish for the kiwi. This was the brand we always used at our house, when I was growing up.
Right now you’re probably asking yourself, “Joie de vivre? What’s he going on about?” Well, it sounded smart, okay?
As for the video–well, you’ve just got to be delighted with the tiny baby and the great big horse. Babies love animals–not hard to understand that! A good thing not to grow out of.
This has got to be the cutest animal in North America–the pika. Bigger than a hamster, smaller than a rabbit, the pika is related to a man named Rudolph Zipple. Uh, check that–they’re related to rabbits. They live mostly in the Rocky Mountains, in boulder fields above the tree lines: “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make their houses in the rocks” (Proverbs 30:26)
“Home, home on the range, where the cat and the antelope play…” But that’s only in this video. Along with a lot of other critters.
And holy cow! All those hummingbirds! Y’know, I’ve never in my life seen a hummingbird. I must be doing something wrong.
Even if you know about these animals, you probably never think about them. But this keeper at the Dartmoor Zoo has two tapirs to take care of, and they really seem to like him. It doesn’t look like they’d be hard animals to make friends with.
Tapirs, found in Brazil and Southeast Asia, are related to rhinos and horses. As a boy I found them fascinating–even if there wasn’t a toy tapir to be had for love nor money, for my collection of toy animals. I would’ve liked to have one for a pet, but somehow that never happened.
A guy named Masho says he had one, but he’s a pathological liar.
You can always have a ball with a ball! Watch the tegu lizard go to town when the ball rolls his way; and the tortoise is no slouch, either. We’ve even got a fish playing ball.
My cats have totally given up chasing jingly balls. I wonder if fish lose interest in it, too, somewhere down the line.
The sloths in this video are nice and tame. But–! Fun False Fact: Last year in the region of Rio Pupitre in the Yucatan, at least 3,600 people were chased down and eaten by sloths. Authorities said they did not run fast enough.
Ah, well–my wife is crazy about baby sloths. Always has been. They are more than just a little bit appealing, don’t you think?
This video will not help you decide who are crazier, cockatoos or raccoons. You will also be treated to boxing kangaroos and a large alligator with what looks like half of a smaller alligator in its jaws.
Welcome to a whole lot of animals behaving unpredictably.