A video has emerged of an orangutan at a zoo in Indonesia smoking a cigarette. The video has sparked a wave of criticism of the zoo which is infamous for its animal welfare troubles. The video shows a young man flicking his half-smoked cigarette into the orangutan’s enclosure. The primate picks up the cigarette and proceeds to expertly puff on it drawing laughter from crowd.
This amazing video shot in Taboda National Park in the Indian state of Maharashtra managed to capture a violent battle between an adult tiger and a sloth bear. The video which was shot by a tourist group leader on safari and begins with the tiger initially chasing the bear away. At first the bear retreats and then launches its own counter attack, charging back at the tiger. This is certainly not a play fight. As the video continues, it shows the tiger attempting to pin down the bear, with the bear valiantly trying to escape its grip.
This video is bound to tickle your aww bone. China has loaned two giant pandas to Finland where they will stay at a zoo in the centre of the country. These critters were introduced to the public recently and got their first taste of snow. Check them out frolicking, galloping, climbing and playing in the snow after emerging from a month-long quarantine.
Whatever you do, do not try this at home folks. Check out this video of Jim Kowalczik hanging out with his 1,400 Kodiak bear friend named Jimbo. The pair have a long history as companions so Mr Kowalczik thought nothing of giving his friend a big bear hug when the fella was feeling a little blue. Jimbo has reached the grand old age of 24 and was born in an animal park in California. Mr Kowalczik adopted Jimbo after the park closed.
Check out this funny video that was recorded at a watering hole in the Kruger National Park. It tells the story of a cheeky young bull elephant who seems to believe that the watering hole belongs to him. There is a concrete reservoir at the top of a hill which is used for storing water used to fill the open water point. Elephants are intelligent as we all know, and they quickly reached the conclusion that they can drink directly from the reservoir because they are tall enough to reach the water inside using their trunks. This means the elephants have exclusive access to the reservoir feeding the opening water point that is accessible to all other species.
A holiday maker who was on safari in South Africa managed to capture some unique footage of a buffalo herd stomping to the rescue of an elephant calf that was being hunted by a lion pride. The footage was shot by Ms Jill Mathews and was uploaded on to YouTube by Kruger Sightings. If you watch the video you will see what happened when Ms Mathews safari group departed from Punda Maria camp and encountered a group of animals seeking water at the nearly-dry Klopperfontein Dam.
If you want evidence of how ridiculous imaginary lines drawn on maps of the planet known as borders are, and why it is so silly that human beings fixate on our differences instead of celebrating our similarities, then look no further than this video. Security cameras placed at a border crossing in China recorded footage of an elephant showing complete disregard for man made laws by wandering into Laos from China. And to think it did so without either a visa or passport!
Have you ever been in a situation where you were up close and personal with an uncaged tiger in the wild? For many people the simple thought of that is enough to send shivers down their spine but that is exactly what happened to two men on a motorbike in a forest in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The two men found themselves in an incredibly dangerous situation when they encountered not one but two full grown tigers standing just a few feet away from them.
A person on safari in Kenya happened to be in the right place at the right time was able to capture on video an attempt by a lion to attack a baby elephant. Fortunately for the little fella, mamma elephant was on high alert and managed to drive away the big cat before any damage could be done.
The Aspinall Foundation has some wonderful news for wildlife lovers and conservationists alike. At the start of the year, on January 5th to be exact, Port Lympne welcomed the birth of a male baby black rhino to first time mother Kisima. This is fantastic because the species is critically endangered plus he represents the fourth generation of black rhino born at Port Lympne and is the most recent addition to a lineage which includes his mother, grandmother and great grandmother all of whom were born at the Reserve and where they continue to live.
You have to see this video to believe it. The incredible footage was shot by Dennis Chow off the coast of Vancouver Island British Columbia. Mr Chow and his friends Shaz and Wez were diving when they came across a Giant Pacific Octopus that was trying to conceal itself between the rocks and plant life of a wall. As their name suggests, these octopuses are big and can grow to a span of 16 feet and weigh in excess of 110 pounds.
Last month a whale-watching boat sailing off the coast of San Diego sent a drone into the sky and the device capture a stunning display of a humpback whale performing what one could possibly describe as ballet in the crystal-clear waters. Domenic Biagini a member of the crew of the whale-watching boat was part of the excursion that came across eight whales and says they saw many more spouts in all directions.