animals: September 2012 Archives

Stingray photobombs go viral (PHOTOS)

275x250.jpg Everyone loves a good photobomb, especially when the photobomber in question is an animal … which could explain why these Stingray Photobomb photos went viral.

Seen by millions of people, the images show shocked swimmers being mounted by stingray as they enjoy the water and pose for a quick photo.

The images are thought to have been taken in the Cayman Islands Stingray City, a tourist destination where people get to touch and feed stingray amongst coral reefs.

Some online fans of the Stingray Photobombs have described them as "The photobomb to end all photobombs", and we have to agree.

275x250.jpg Of all the things nervous fliers might choose to worry about when boarding a plane, a roaming crocodile probably wasn't one of them … until now.

It's been revealed that a crocodile was recently found roaming free in the cargo hold of a Qantas plane after escaping from a container.

The croc - which only measured 60cm - was being transferred from Brisbane to Melbourne was  discovered when the plane arrived at its destination after a two-hour flight.

A spokesperson for Qantas said that an investigation had been launched to discover how the animal had broken free.

In a statement, they reportedly added: "The animal was quickly and safely secured when the aircraft arrived in Melbourne."

275x250.jpg A photograph of a baby gorilla looking through the viewfinder of a camera on a tripod has won an award at the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) first ever Animal Photography Prize competition.

The snap by photographer Lucy Ray, which shows cheeky little Chickaboo proving that she is just as good as any wildlife photographer, will go on show at an exhibition at ZSL London Zoo.

Other extraordinary images that will be on display at the Zoo include a close up of an Amur leopard baring its teeth, and a Madagascan giant leaf-tailed gecko showing off its incredible camouflage skills.

ZSL’s project manager for the exhibition Sarah Barron added: “These photographers have managed to capture some truly amazing shots which will challenge peoples’ perception of the animal kingdom.

World's longest snake in captivity ever

275x250.jpg Meet Medusa, a 25ft 2in Reticulated Python who has gained a place in the Guinness World Records 2013 after being recognised at the ‘Longest Snake Ever in Captivity.’

The gigantic 8-year-old snake is owned by Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, USA and lives within The Edge of Hell haunted house attraction.

When not devouring her diet of rabbits, hogs and deer, the 350 pound reptile is usually found coiled up in a nook within the haunted attraction’s cavernous turn-of-the-century brick warehouse.

Her handler and the Edge of Hell’s general manager, Larry Edgar states: “We try to keep Medusa well-fed and slightly out of reach as there have been instances with Reticulated Pythons where they’ve had to cut people out of them! We never underestimate that she does always have the upper-hand.”

Hero piglet saves drowning goat (VIDEO)

When this goat got one of its hooves stuck in a pond, it looked like it was going to end badly and that the goat could easily drown … until a hero piglet stepped in.

A video which has been seen by 2.5 million people on YouTube shows how the brave pig jumped into action as the incident unfolded at a children's zoo.

As the goat bobbed up and down in the water bleating, the little piglet swam over to it and began to push it to safety.

Within a couple of seconds the goat and pig were walking away from the danger as friends, prompting one YouTube viewer to say: "I'm never going to eat pork again."

When we go to the zoo, we do it to look at animals like gorillas, but what about the gorillas, what do they get to look at? Caterpillars, that's what … and they love it!

A video shot at Calgary Zoo in Canada shows a group of gorillas looking fascinated as they watch a caterpillar crawling up the cage of their enclosure.

The gorillas even push each other out to the way to get a better view of the little critter and are clearly intrigued by it.

So if we are fascinated looking at gorillas which are fascinated looking at a caterpillar, the question remains, what is the caterpillar fascinated looking at?

275x250.jpg If you think all bulls are big ferocious beasts, think again and meet Archie, the world's shortest bull who measures just 76.2 cm (30 in) from hoof to withers.

The 29-month-old Dexter from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has been recognised as the Shortest Bull in the world and features in Guinness World Records 2013.

He measures just 76.2 cm (30 in) from the hoof to the withers, 15 inches shorter than other bulls of his breed (typically 45 in).  His height means that he’s dwarfed by the other animals at his farm, including even the dogs and goats!

Archie may be small, but that hasn’t diminished his “bullish” temperament! Ryan explains: “Archie doesn’t realise that he’s so short. He thinks he’s the biggest in the herd and he’ll grunt and roar at the rest of them.

Nathalie Rollandin was filming the sunset in San Francisco when a thieving seagull nicked her camera and proceeded to fly off with it, as this footage show.

Video from the GoPro camera shows how the kleptomaniac bird flew over the water in front of Golden Gate Bridge before discarding the camera which was later recovered.

Writing online Rollandin said: "Video of how a seagull stole my GoPro, flew over the water in front of Golden Gate Bridge and how the camera incredibly managed to survive, recording everything!"

Since uploading the footage to YouTube, it has been seen more than two million times … the thieving bird is still at large.

275x250.jpg A three-year-old Great Dane called Zeus from Michigan, USA, has been named by the Guinness World Records as the tallest dog ever and measures 111.8 cm (44 in) from foot to withers.

That makes him the same size as a typical donkey and standing on hind legs, Zeus stretches to 7 ft 4 in and towers over his owner Denise Doorlag.

The humongous hound - who features in Guinness World Records 2013 - weighs 70.3 kg (155 pounds or 11 stone) and eats around 12 cups of food a day (equivalent to one whole 30-lb bag of food!)

“Zeus is an awesome dog,” says owner Denise. “The only downside is that everything costs more; the food, medicines, transport. We had to get a van to be able to transport him, oh, and if he steps on your foot- he leaves bruises!”

Queen's corgi from Olympic Bond film has died

275x250.jpg One of the Queen's corgis which starred in the James Bond sketch during the Olympic opening ceremony, has died.

Officials from Buckingham Palace say 13-year-old Monty - who was previously owned by the Queen Mother - passed away recently.

In the film Monty, along with two ofter Corgis, greeted actor Daniel Craig and performed tummy rolls before watching James Bond and the Queen take off in a helicopter.

The death leaves two corgis in the palace, Willow and Holly. Corgis have frequently been kept by royals since George VI bought his first Pembroke corgi in 1933.

275x250.jpg A film festival dedicated to internet cat videos has attracted more than 10,000 fans who enjoyed watching their favorite kitty videos on the big screen.

Launched by Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis, the even also saw the crowning of "Golden Kitty" an award for the most popular cat-based viral.

More than 10,000 votes were placed for the contest and the winner was Henri 2, Paw de Deux, which was created by William Brandon.

Speaking after hearing the odd news of his movie award win, Brandon said: "This is a great honor. I don't think I've ever purred this loudly!"

275x250.jpg RSPCA officers were called to the University of Hertfordshire recently, after builders discovered a fox which was trapped with just his head poking out of the floor.

The hapless fox had somehow managed to get inside the office area, which was being refurbished, and then under the flooring.

Unfortunately, while he was able to get his head up into the hole - which he would have hoped   was a way out - he couldn't get back down and was jammed stuck.

RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Kate Wright said: “When I arrived I was faced with a very odd sight. Here was this fox’s head poking out of a floor and he was so jammed he couldn’t move and I just had these big eyes staring at me. 

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