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A Chameleon Redefines Gluttony In This Adorably Gross Animated Short

Video: This homage to nature films from director Tomer Eshed is titled Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon. The animated faux-doc takes a particular interest in the lizard’s eating habits, which amount to astonishing gluttony even though it never leaves its perch. Bonus points for the perfectly droll narration.


Why Do Humpback Whales Protect Other Species From Killer Whales?

It sounds like something out of a children’s animated film: the whale and the seal, at first put off by their differences, team up and become best friends. It’s like The Fox and the Hound but maybe less depressing?


Swarm Of Bees Attempts To Consume Ute

When bees swarm, a natural process when looking for a place to set up a new colony, they have the tendency to pick some strange locations as a temporary home. Case in point, this ute just chilling near a hotel in downtown Winnipeg.


Dang, Look At This Huge Whale Shark

Video: To be fair, whale sharks don’t come in any size other than “huge”. That’s kind of their thing, being that they’re the largest fish species on Earth. How huge are they? How does approximately 12m long and 20,400kg strike you?


African Honey-Hunters Communicate With These Wild Birds To Find Hives

A little brown bird in sub-Saharan Africa known as the greater honeyguide is known to cooperate with humans to locate honey-rich bees’ nests. The bird calls out to honey hunters and then leads them to the nests. Now there is evidence that the communication goes both ways. In a new paper published today in Science, South African researchers report that the birds seem to recognise and respond to human calls in turn.


Hummingbird Flight Is More Amazing Than We Realised

Hummingbirds are some of the most sophisticated fliers on Earth, weaving in and out of branches without so much as rustling a leaf. Now, biologists have discovered a new mechanism these feathered helicopters use to avoid collisions — and it could help us build better drones.


Baby Flamingos Are Even Dopier Than Their Parents

Flamingos are regal, but kind of dopey creatures that are known for standing on one leg for reasons that not even scientists can fully explain. If you’ve ever wanted to see them look sillier, check out these chicks, which hatched at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio recently.


Drones Will Drop Vaccine-Covered M&Ms To Save Ferrets

The endangered black-footed ferret is dying out due to a plague, and the US government has a solution: Call in a “glorified gumball machine” attached to a drone to dispense M&Ms smeared in vaccine-covered peanut butter.


Octopus Eyes Are Crazier Than We Imagined

As if we needed more evidence that cephalopods are on the verge of a global uprising that will end in humanity’s destruction, our favourite tentacled invertebrates appear to have an insane visual system that allows them to perceive colour despite being technically colourblind. This, along with distributed brains and the ability to bust out of jars from the inside? We’re screwed.


Turns Out, Hedgehogs Are At Home In Cities

Researchers at the University of Hamburg noticed that urban areas have higher populations of hedgehogs than rural areas, so they asked the question: What gives?


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