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Adult ravens seems to lack natural enemies, so they can afford to be playful. In this scene from Wild Russia, they frolic in the snow like children.

Ravens love a fresh snowfall. This raven truly seems to be enjoying itself as it rolls again and again through the snow — more like a puppy than a bird.

The Native Americans weren’t far off about the raven’s mischievous nature. They have been observed in Alaska and Canada using snow-covered roofs as slides.

In Maine, they have been seen rolling down snowy hills. They often play keep-away with other animals like wolves, otters, and dogs. Ravens even make toys—a rare animal behavior—by using sticks, pinecones, golf balls, or rocks to play with each other or by themselves.


And sometimes they just taunt or mock other creatures because it’s funny.

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Pit bull is terrified of pineapple (Video)

When Jolene Creighton came home from grocery shopping, she had no idea that she had just ushered an enemy into the household — a very suspicious, very scary pineapple. Her rescue dog, Stella, was quick to alert her to the imminent danger, however, and proceeded to bark over and over at the fearsome fruit.

"Usually, when Stella is scared of something, I crouch down with whatever the item is and show it to her," Jolene writes in a blog post. "She waddles over tentatively, gives it a sniff or two, and then goes on her merry way. For some reason, this didn’t work with the pineapple. Apparently, pineapples are all the horribleness."

Stella didn't even want to venture too close to the alien specimen. Writes Jolene, "Once it became apparent that she was going to bark until the pineapple met its demise, I turned off the camera so that I could help her deal with her utter (and totally absurd) terror.


I had to call Guinness over and let him sniff the pineapple before Stella would even go near it. Guinness, if you are wondering, is 18 pounds. Stella is about 50. I sat by the pineapple petting Guinness for a bit, and eventually Stella got jealous enough to overcome her fear."
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Wednesday

They're notoriously shy, but a photographer had these woodland squirrels eating almost from the palm of his hand after he set up a 'studio' in his icy back garden.

 Geert Weggen equipped his home in the Swedish village of Bispgarden with camera equipment, lighting and wintery backdrops, including plinths covered in ice, red berries and pine cones.

The Dutch-born 46-year-old, who works as a carpenter, then enticed the animals using seeds and nuts - resulting in these spectacular images.

'Animals will do almost anything for food and every animal will get used to a human in time,' he said. 'They will come very close or even touch me as long as I respect their boundaries.

'For me animals are honest. I love that. They surprise me and make me laugh. I use mostly sunflower seeds and peanuts to entice the squirrels, and I feed them walnuts or hazelnuts to reward them.'


Red squirrels do not face the same threat in most parts of Europe as they do in Britain, where American greys were introduced in the 1870s and now vastly outnumber their red counterparts - largely thanks to carrying a pox which is deadly to their bushier cousins.
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See how unique, custom 3D printed prosthetics allow Derby the dog to run for the first time.

When Tara Anderson discovered Derby through Peace and Paws Rescue just 3 months ago, she was so incredibly touched by his story that she simply had to help.

Derby had been born with severely deformed legs that drastically limited his mobility, his ability to get around, and his quality of life.

Tara agreed to foster Derby, an act of heroism in itself, but that wasn’t all she had planned for this special boy.

First, she built a custom cart for Derby, which worked well, but didn’t give him the freedom he deserved and limited his ability to run and to play with other dogs.


But, as a Director at 3D Systems, a company specializing in 3D printed manufacturing and technology, Tara had bigger ideas for Derby…
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This Video Proves 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Is Best Sung in Navajo

For William P. Yazzie of Chinle, Arizona, it's about language preservation.

On December 10, Yazzie, who is Diné, posted a video to his Facebook page where he sings the classic Christmas carol, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" in Navajo. Since then, the video has generated more than 54,000 views.

“I didn’t expect this post to get as much attention as it did," Yazzie told ICTMN. “It’s kind of scary. I got so many friend requests from this alone.”

Yazzie, who is two years into his retirement from his career as a Chief Park Ranger with the National Park Service, said he has converted songs into Navajo since the 1980s.

“It’s fun,” he said. “But the main reason why I do this is language preservation. It’s to get kid's, young people’s attention that language is important.”


Navajo was Yazzie's first language. He has also converted "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Let It Snow" to Navajo.

"The kids really enjoy it," he said.
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