Apparently, you don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to see Ewoks. In the Tian Shan Mountains of China, researchers have spotted the elusive Ili Pika, an adorable creature which hasn’t been seen in two decades. Discovered back in 1983 by conservationist Li Weidong, he named the rare mammal after his hometown, and not after Pikachu.
Last week’s solar eclipse saw some amazing photos, but one very lucky photographer had the opportunity of a lifetime… and ran with it. UK photographer Amy Shore was standing in her backyard garden in the morning of the eclipse in Leicestershire when she snapped away at the incredible view.
National Geographic’s Paul Rose was filming a documentary with his crew on an island in Seychelles when they heard something peculiar: tortoise moans. They then found two 250kg tortoises doing the nasty in the bushes, and proceeded to watch – because that’s what all of us would do.
For the past 10 years, Chris Barnes aka ‘Brolga’ of the TV show Kungaroo Dundee, has taken care of 28 orphaned baby kangaroos whose mothers had been tragically killed in road accidents. In a way, he’s become their surrogate mother, sans the pouch and fur.
In case you’re having a bad day, watch the video below. At the Royal Elephant Kraal & Village in Ayutthaya, Thailand, a baby elephant named ‘Double Trouble’ lives up to his name by causing quite the ruckus as he takes a refreshing bath. While getting hosed down by a visitor, the adorable calf clumsily goes in and out of his little tub, splashing water – not to mention poo (1:44) – everywhere.
At Taronga Zoo in Sydney, 20 recently-hatched veiled chameleons have stolen the spotlight from other animals, and it’s not hard to see why (which is ironic, what with chameleons being so hard to spot).
Persistence definitely pays off, even for animals! At the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a determined baby elephant tried his best to hurdle a log over and over again, much to our delight.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! In February, Dino Ferrari caught this monstrous wels catfish in the Po River in northern Italy. The fish weighed 20 stone (127 kilograms), was 2.67 metres in length, and is believed to be the biggest catfish ever caught with a rod and reel.
Apparently, bees are not just into honey, they’re into tea as well. Designer Tomas Gabzdil of Studio Libertiny worked together with a bee colony to create a beeswax sculpture that looks like a giant teapot. The project serves as a statement about power of bees and the beauty they bring to the world.
Most wombats weigh around 57 pounds (28 kilograms) and live up to 15 years. Patrick here, however, isn’t your ordinary marsupial. He weighs in at a whopping 84 pounds (38 kilograms) and has just turned 29 years old, making him the world’s largest and oldest known living wombat.
That’s a face that clearly says, ‘I didn’t do it!’ When Reddit user ‘hewlandrower’ shortly went outside to accompany his Corgi, he heard a loud shatter from his bedroom. He quickly rushed to the scene, ready to apprehend the would-be burglar. Only it wasn’t a burglar, and it wasn’t even human. It was a hawk!
Know what’s better than close-up footage of lava spilling into the ocean? Absolutely nothing. So you’ve got to watch this video. It’s actually quite mesmerizing. Kawika Singson used his GoPro to capture this pretty cool phenomenon off the coast of Hawaii, and you can’t help but wonder just how hot that water is getting with that neverending spillage of lava (which is around 1,100 degrees).
We’ve all been warned that Hippos are very dangerous. They kill more people each year than lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos COMBINED. So if that’s not enough of a warning to you, here’s a video of what an angry hippo looks like.
Warning: prepare to have your hearts broken. Meet Jeremy, he’s a koala living across the states of South Australia and Victoria. Recently, a series of brushfires has led him to flee his home, leaving him with second-degree burns on all his paws. He’s had to wear mittens to protect his paws from further damage. It’s adorable yet heartbreaking.
Picture your primary school. If you lived in a big city, you might’ve gone to a school that had only a small patch of grass for playtime. Maybe it was all concrete. In the suburbs of Paris, a primary school has been designed to encourage biodiversity, with an ‘elevated landscape’ for students to be introduced to nature in an urban setting.