September 02, 2014

Wombats are notoriously feisty creatures – you best run away fast if you encounter one in the wild, for they’re known to charge humans who come too close.

But Douglas? Douglas might be the cuddliest wombat in the history of wombats.

Photographer Andreas Jakwerth got to know Douglas during a 2-week stint at a school camp in Victoria’s Tallangatta Valley. Douglas had been orphaned as a baby, and was being cared for by a family at the camp.

Douglas “wouldn’t leave our side,” Jakwerth explains on his website (on which he shares a collection of fabulous photos of his time with the wombat). “Always begging (and biting) for more hugs and belly-rubs.”

This video of Douglas and Jakwerth sharing an intimate moment is divine.

You can admire more of Andreas Jackwerth’s photographs of Douglas at his website, Douglas and I: A Love Story.


VIDEO Douglas and Me: A love story

A bear's head was freed after being stuck in a bucket for more than a month--the daring rescue was caught on video

A viewer sent us a link to this amazing video on Facebook showing a daring rescue of a bear.

It appears the small black bear’s head was trapped inside of a plastic bucket and according to a Facebook page called “Save the Bucket Bear” set up on Sunday, the bear had been spotted with the bucket on head for more than a month.

Pictures of the “Bucket Bear” and pleas for the game commission in the Perry Township area to take humane action to help the bear were posted to the facebook page.

Online reports say the men in the video are volunteers who went on a mission to help the bear after authorities did not respond immediately.

The video is pretty unbelievable and we do not suggest anyone attempting rescues like this—but it is nice to see a happy ending for the curious bear.

September 01, 2014

What Does the Bull Elk Say? You would never guess what a Bull Elk bugle sounds like

Elk are among the noisiest ungulates, communicating danger quickly and identifying each other by sound. High-pitched squeal: Newborn to its mother, who recognizes her calf by its voice. Bark: Warning of danger.

Chirps, mews and miscellaneous squeals: General conversation among the group.

Bugling (bellow escalating to squealing whistle ending with grunt): Bull advertising his fitness to cows, warning other bulls to stay away, or announcing his readiness to fight.

Elk also use body language. For example, an elk displays dominance by raising its head high.

Prior to European settlement, more than 10 million elk roamed nearly all of the United States and parts of Canada Today, about one million elk live in the western United States, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina, and from Ontario west in Canada (Source)


August 31, 2014

Amazing Video of Wild Dolphin Birth

There is something amazingly different in the experience of viewing wildlife in its natural environment, as opposed to the sight of the same animals in captivity.

It is not possible to re-create for the animals the complexity of their own natural habitat, and the safety from predation we offer comes at too huge a price – they become our wards, and their behavior becomes dulled and often neurotic. But back in the wild environment the same animals often exude a life force absent in their captive counterparts, and no where is this more true than it is of dolphins and whales.

In this video of a wild dolphin giving birth, notice how the mother dolphin and the baby continue on with life as usual, as the pod hitches a ride on the boat’s wake:

"This was off the SC coast about 50 miles out of Charleston harbor. We were sport fishing and saw this happening. What you can’t see is there were several other dolphin circling the mother. Pretty incredible if you think about all the sq. miles of ocean and we happened on this.”


Indigenous Leaders from South, Central, and North America share the Prophecy of the Eagle and Condor as seen in the award winning film Shift of the Ages.

The Shift of the Ages shares the story of Wandering Wolf, Grand Elder of the Maya people, and his ongoing mission to restore peace and health to our world.

"The Incan prophecies say that now, in this age, when the eagle of the North and the condor of the South fly together, the Earth will awaken. The eagles of the North cannot be free without the condors of the South.

The eagles of the North cannot be free without the condors of the South.

The union of the Condor and Eagle, according to the prophecy, should occur in this time. The ensuing time period will be born with a new spirit. This new spirit will unite once again the red nations of North, Central and South parts of the hemisphere.