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Utah Man Videos A MantidFly That Looks Like Something From Science-Fiction

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Utah resident Ed Kern may have just captured the best video to date of a Mantidfly. Kern, who said he found the creature in his backyard hanging out casually on the fence, used his Canon SX-20IS to create an amazing video of the beautiful insect. The video is high-definition, and may seem fake at first due to the unusual nature of the insect, but this is a real video and a real living insect. Check it out below… Mantidflies, belonging to the

9 Amazing Photos of Animal Migrations (Photo Gallery)

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Every year, countless species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles embark upon epic journeys that often span thousands of miles. For some creatures, migration is about avoiding the harsh conditions of winter. For others, it’s about finding food or returning to an ancestral mating ground. The longest known migration in the animal world is that of the arctic tern. A recent study revealed that the 4-ounce birds make a zig-zagging migration from Greenland all the way down to Antarctica that covers about 44,000 miles.

This Time-Lapse of A Tarantula Molting Is Both Creepy and Strangely Beautiful (Video)

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Tarantulas, like many other species of wildlife, have an exoskeleton that must be shed periodically as the tarantula grows – the process is known as molting. During this molting, which can last anywhere from a few hours to a full day, tarantulas break through their old exoskeleton and then slowly wriggle themselves out of the shell it leaves behind. The tarantula in the video below is a Xenesthis sp White – a species native to Columbia. It took about 10 hours to

What’s Life Like for Snakes With No Scales?? (Video)

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Scales are one of the most recognizable features of the reptile body. For many years, it was thought that snake scales played a multitude of roles: besides providing durable and flexible armor, many scientists believed scales also aided in movement and helped snakes regulate their temperature and retain water. But are scales really that important? What happens when a snake is born without them? Well, as it turns out, scaleless snakes actually seem to fare just as well as their scaled counterparts – at

A Large-Scale Ritual Animal Slaughter Taking Place In Nepal Has Animal Activists Outraged

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A small village in Nepal is preparing to host an event that will potentially make the largest animal sacrifice ever. According to The Washington Post… “More than 1 million people have descended upon a remote temple in southern Nepal in recent days, where thousands of animals are set to slaughtered starting Friday as part of a ritual sacrifice to honor the Hindu goddess Gadhimai held every five years.”   In 2009, the event reportedly attracted over 5 million attendees. An estimated 250,000 buffalo,

Vietnam’s Environmental Police Just Seized 1,000 Endangered Sea Turtles

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Over a 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles were reportedly seized this week. Though the case is still under investigation, investigators believe they were being prepared for illegal export to China. The illegal trade operation was taking place in Nha Trang, a small town on Vietnam’s south-central coast. According to The Guardian… “Marine turtles are protected under Vietnamese law. Hunting and trading, including the storing, of any of the five native species (green, leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill and olive ridley turtles) is a criminal

Researchers at Monterrey Bay Capture First Ever Footage of Black Seadevil Anglerfish (Video)

Anglerfish are very strange creatures indeed. They are known for their grisly appearance and trademark “lure”, which they use to attract prey, but they also live in the deep ocean, making it hard to study or even observe them in their natural habitats. The black seadevil anglerfish is a species of angler that is rarely ever seen because of its preference for deep water. But earlier this week, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California not only encountered

Find Out How This Bear Was Caught In This Viral Photo (Video)

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Last month, an incredible photograph of a bear examining and seemingly using a tripod-mounted camera in southeastern British Columbia went viral. For a wildlife photographer, whose goal is to capture animals up close and personal, an epic shot like this can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. But how exactly was a photograph like this taken? Especially when the bear appears to be in charge of the camera? Well, earlier this month wildlife photographers Dianne Ethier, Heidi Henke, and Jim Lawrence (the

Snorkeling Couple Takes Us Underwater to Swim With Humpback Whales (GoPro Video)

Ever wonder what it would be like to snorkel up close and personal with a humpback whale? Well, snorkelers Cecil and Mallory Johnson recently teamed up with GoPro to do just that. Humpback whales often live near coastlines and feed mainly on plankton, krill (a small crustacean closely related to shrimp) and small fish. An average-sized humpback consumes anywhere from 2,000-3,000 pounds of food per day during feeding season! Humpbacks are also known for their incredible ability to produce “whale calls”, sequences of moans, cries and

Tanzanian Government Accused of Selling Maasai Land to Turn It Into Hunting Reserve

The Maasai people are one of Africa’s oldest indigenous ethnic groups. Originally from the lower Nile valley, the Maasai people began migrating south during the 15th century, finally settling in what is now Kenya and central Tanzania during the 17th and 18th centuries. Starting in the early 1900s, Maasai lands began to shrink as a result of British colonization in the region. In 1911, a British treaty shrank Maasai land by 60% – the Maasai living in these areas were evicted to make

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