John Daniel was no ordinary gorilla. For starters, he was called John Daniel. And he had his own bedroom, drank tea and cider, and could purportedly do his own washing up. Villagers in Uley adopted the lowland gorilla after he was captured in Gabon by French.
In 1917, he was spotted for sale in a London department store by Uley resident Maj Rupert Penny. Penny's sister, Alyce Cunningham, raised John as a human boy in the village and used to send John on regular walks with the children of Uley junior school, according to Groom.
Wednesday, May 10th 2017 (7:46am)
The sparsely vegetated plains around Garub on the eastern fringe of the Namib Desert is no paradise. The land is barren, the climate dry and hot, and vegetation is few and sparse. Yet, over the decades, a group of a wild horses have managed to adapt to the harsh conditions and made the desert their home.
Numbering between 90 and 150, these wild horses are one of the most isolated horse populations in the world, and the only feral herd residing in Africa.
Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 (12:00am)
Unlike humans, animals rarely faint from surprise, panic attacks or any other strong emotional stress. But there is a breed of goat that appears to do so.
When startled, the so-called "fainting goat" collapses on its side. They fall over, often with legs comically raised towards the sky. After laying motionless on the ground for a few seconds, they recover and bounce back on their feet as quickly as they fell. This curious reaction to fright has made fainting goats the popular subject for many viral, and often humorous, internet videos.
Monday, Apr 24th 2017 (12:27am)
Once again, my favorite video topic: Interspecies love.
A Russian cat named Sonia adopted four orphan baby hedgehogs after their mother had died and raises them alongside her own kitten.
Monday, Mar 20th 2017 (12:01am) | Thanks: Suzie
Since 2007 a group of European bison's (Wisent) has been brought back into a nature area in the dunes of Holland. They live a wild but secluded nature area. Outside of the breeding season you can wander around to find them grazing.
Filmed with Panasonic FZ1000 in 4K
Friday, Mar 10th 2017 (2:02am)
More of a discussion about filmmaking technique than the animals themselves but the show is all about wildlife. Clip RT is 8:47.
Planet Earth II is the most cinematic wildlife series yet. And Sir David Attenborough hasn't lost his Midas touch.
Wednesday, Mar 8th 2017 (12:00am)
These are two short videos of a cat that managed to get away from its owner, enter a pet store, then go hog-wild in the catnip toys until its owner tracked it down and retrieved it. Honestly, I would have done the same thing if I were a cat.
Three-year-old Meilun and Meihuan are struggling to follow Chinese, specially the Sichuan dialect as they can only understand English. They are gradually getting used to life back in China after their arrival early this month. However, they have not shed all their old habits; they still prefer American crackers to Chinese bread, and know English better than Chinese, state-run People's Daily reported.
It all started with a Zambian chimpanzee named Julie in 2010. Julie stuck a piece of grass into her ear, and left it there. And she would do it over and over again. But why? Actually, this "grass-in-ear-behavior" appears to serve no discernible function. But after Julie did it, other chimps in her group began to follow suit.
Monday, Nov 14th 2016 (12:00am)
Meet Gray, Piper and Caleb... the four legged members of the Snowmass Ski Patrol handled by Nathan Garfield, Dan Berg and Susan "Mouse" Carollo. These avalanche rescue dogs always seem to be wearing a smile, whether they're putting up boundary ropes or training year round as search and rescue dogs. But then again, they always get to ride first chair.
Friday, Nov 11th 2016 (12:13am) | Thanks: Gerard
Best multi-word-named classic rock band that's commonly referred to by a single word:
Nothing! Player's off!
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