Bella The Hummingbird's First Egg Hatches: Watch Live Cam [Video]

Bella is a hummingbird from LaVerne, California, who is an internet star in her own right. Bella’s story dates back to 2005 when she built a nest on private property. The property owner watched Bella build the nest in a ficus tree, lay two eggs, incubate them, and then raise the babies to fledge. The owner was overjoyed at the sight and thought that would be the end of the hummingbird experience. Surprisingly, Bella returned to the nest and raised another brood, then continued to come back. The property owner decided to live stream the event and share it with the world. A cam was set up next to the nest and Bella became an internet sensation. She raised another brood and has continued to use the nest. Now, in 2017, Bella is back at work and on March 7, 2017, the first of two hummingbird eggs hatched. You may watch Bella the hummingbird’s live cam below, followed by a video showing the newly hatched hummingbird. Watch Bella the Hummingbird Live Cam Bella the Hummingbird: First Egg Hatches Bella has her own Facebook page and many of her monumental events are shared via photos and videos. Here are photos of Bella’s nest with the two eggs before the hatch. Hummingbirds are very small birds and the nest is approximately the size of half a golf ball. The eggs are approximately the size of Jelly Belly jellybeans. Bella laid the first egg on Feb. 18, 2017, and the second egg on Feb. 20, 2017. Hatch time is approximately two weeks (15-18 days) from the time the second egg was laid. As Bella’s baby hatched on March 7, 2017, she is right on time. Bella continues to prove she’s a dutiful mother and has carefully devoted her attention to the eggs and her new chick. Last May, Bella built a nest in a different tree that was in a location ill-suited for a web cam. The owner did create a video of Bella in the nest that highlights just how small Bella and the nest truly are. Fortunately for Bella’s fans, she used the nest in the ficus tree this season and the events are live streamed. Watch the video from May 2016 where Bella built a nest in a Tupidanthus tree. Here are some more photos from Feb. 2017, when Bella returned to the nest and laid the eggs. One viewer watching the live cam captured a photo of Bella looking in on her newly hatched chick. You can see that photo below. Bella’s first baby has hatched! Join our #hatchwatch at https://t.co/oUEPE2QGFv Snapshot by Eryan #hummingbirdcam pic.twitter.com/uKZ9kDfVOj — explore.org (@exploreorg) March 7, 2017 Explore.org also shared a wonderful video taken from the live cam that highlights the newborn chick’s first moments in the nest after hatching. As Bella has one remaining egg, hatch watch continues and there is great anticipation for the second chick’s arrival. Bella and her chicks are Allen’s hummingbirds. Full-grown adults are approximately 3 to 3.5 inches in height. You can find more information about Allen’s hummingbirds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds page. Allen’s hummingbirds are native to California. Bella typically lays two eggs each season though she has laid only one egg in the past. The Allen’s hummingbird doesn’t migrate, and this is part of the reason why she has returned to the same nesting tree. Chicks fledge the nest approximately 23-28 days after hatch. The upcoming weeks should promise lots of exciting moments for Bella and her chicks as they grow, get their feathers, then take their first flight. Nesting season can run from November until June. Bella the hummingbird has one of the most popular birding cams streaming live online. You can tune in 24/7, but since Bella lives in California, you’ll find the best viewing hours run simultaneously with daylight hours on the Pacific coast. Are you watching Bella the hummingbird’s live cam? [Featured Image by Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock]

Erin Dietrich's 'April The Giraffe' Spoof Goes Viral, Watch Her Not Give Birth

Erin Dietrich is as frustrated as you are watching April the Giraffe not give birth, so the pregnant South Carolina woman decided to spoof the whole situation by sharing her own video, which has since gone viral. Even now, just like you can watch April not give birth, you can live-stream as Erin doesn’t give birth, either. For those not familiar with the context of this whole weird situation, here’s what’s going on. About two weeks ago, according to Us Weekly, the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, put up live-streaming webcams in the pen where April the Giraffe goes when she needs some privacy. The very-pregnant female giraffe is about to give birth to her fourth calf with her mate, Oliver, and millions of fans worldwide are watching as the new calf is expected any minute now. April the pregnant giraffe is in a better mood today after a vet visit, zoo keepers say https://t.co/xq8MKhvI9j pic.twitter.com/sOatiBgxA3 — NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) March 7, 2017 The problem is, as of this writing, April hasn’t given birth to a calf, which means that for a couple of weeks now, internet users have been captivated by watching a giraffe not give birth. What’s more, April’s due date has come and gone, and it’s been about a week since she was supposed to have given birth. It all proved too funny for South Carolina mom Erin Dietrich to pass up. On Sunday, the mother-of-soon-to-be-four decided to poke some fun at the giraffe not giving birth. The very pregnant photographer donned a giraffe mask, black leggings, and a sports bra, and for almost eight minutes, didn’t give birth. Instead, she paced back and forth, laid on her bed, did a couple of squats, and even busted some dance moves. “Clearly we live an exciting life over here in the Dietrich household. All our friends have been making fun of me and my obsession with April so we just thought ‘hey we should order a giraffe mask.” Within hours, Erin’s spoof video racked up an impressive 13 million views; as of this writing, it’s garnered almost 26 million views. Pregnant mother of three goes VIRAL after posting HILARIOUS spoof April the giraffe video #giraffewatch https://t.co/qe8fMfG3Vj pic.twitter.com/yQ6tlX1bOF — Daily Express (@Daily_Express) March 7, 2017 By comparison, according to BBC News, about 20 million people have, at various times, checked in with April’s cameras to watch her not give birth. Facebook user Melissa Ann Williams Ramirez quipped that Erin’s spoof was a welcome distraction from watching April not give birth. “I’m gonna need updates on this one now too. Who will have their baby first???” Well so far, Melissa, it appears that neither of them has given birth. Erin’s personal Facebook page doesn’t yet mention a new bouncing baby, although it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that she’s had the baby and just hasn’t posted about it. In the comments section on Erin’s video, several users seem to be having a good time with her spoof. English Noel Smith: Hahaha this made me laugh so hard!!! Send this to Ellen DeGeneres! Sallie Lynch Brown: A friend tagged me in your post because I have been glued to my computer watching April. You are too funny! It has totally made my day! By the way, good luck with the baby! Alisha Anderson: I haven’t LMAO that hard in years. I am obsessed with April. Your now my obsession. Your baby is gonna laugh so much throughout his/her life. Good job Mama’s. You ROCK. In case you were wondering, giraffes gestate for 14-15 months (compared to nine months for humans), so being a week late for delivery is not yet a particularly troubling concern for April. It’s not clear, as of this writing, when Erin Dietrich’s due date is, so it’s impossible to say how much longer she’ll continue to post videos of herself not giving birth. [Featured Image by YouTube]

E9 Branches, Prepares To Fly, Watch SWFL Eagle Cam Live [Video]

America’s beloved eagle E9 is not only growing up but is showing signs that it won’t be long before he or she fledges the nest. E9 is the surviving eaglet from the Southwest Florida eagle nest located on Dick Pritchett’s property in North Fort Myers, Florida, after the first egg failed to hatch. Born on Dec. 31, 2016, E9 quickly captured the hearts of viewers who tuned in to watch hatch day and E9’s most memorable moments. Over the past three months, E9’s feathers have grown in, the eaglet has mastered self-feeding and the next milestone is underway, flying. Today, E9 branched or flew briefly from the nest to the branch above showing that the eagle has learned all the lessons Harriet and M15 provided. You may watch the Southwest Florida (SWFL) eagle cam live streaming online 24/7 in the video player below. There are three cameras set up with different views of the nest, the nesting tree and property. Watch the Southwest Florida (SWFL) Eagle Cam Live Watch Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Live Online: E9 Latest Updates [Video] https://t.co/v6rgpIAAKG via Charisse Van Horn — All Trends IT (@All_Trends_IT) March 2, 2017 SWFL eagle cam watcher Lady Hawk captured the moment when E9 reached the milestone of branching. It’s certainly been a busy day for E9 as the young eagle continues to practice flying with plenty of wingersizing and is beginning to get air-lift. You can see E9 hopping across the nest, but today at 6:29 a.m. ET, E9 used those mighty talons to grip the branch before making it to the veranda branch at 7: 34 a.m. ET. You can watch the incredible moments in E9’s development in the video player below. E9 is nine-weeks-old and exactly 65-days old. Most bald eagles are ready for their first flight at 12 weeks. E9 is right on schedule and those who tuned into the live eagle cam this morning were in for a treat. E9 works extremely hard at developing new skills. It isn’t uncommon to see E9 hopping and winging for hours and then after eating, simply rests from exhaustion. Still, E9 is a strong, beautiful bald eagle who continues mastering each new skill and never backs down from a challenge. The weather in Florida has been chilly with high winds but E9 has not been deterred. Surely it won’t be long now before E9 masters those strong, sturdy wings and takes to the skies. You can watch another video showing E9 branching that includes slow motion photos that really capture the moment and highlight E9s thrilling accomplishments. E9 continues to show incredible bravery as though the eagle has made amazing progress, he or she is not ready to take flight yet. E9 battles strong winds and spends a great deal of solo time in the nest with a seemingly strong preference for the nest’s edge. One strong wind gust could mean disaster for E9 and it seems that Harriet and M15 are well aware of the potential dangers. They seem to fly back in the nest and give E9 individualized attention as soon as things get a bit too challenging. E9 looked amazingly strong and proud standing on the branch this morning. As E9 continues to gain independence, there is the bittersweet realization that soon E9 will fledge and become an independent bald eagle to make a life in the wild. As E9 continues to reach milestones it’s a sad reminder the day is coming when E9 fledges. As eagle nesting season runs approximately from October to May, there are more bald eagles that are still in the early nesting period. If you would like to watch more eagle cams you can find multiple cameras that are live streaming in the video player below. Watch Eagle Cams Live Streaming Online Watch Live Eagle Cams Online: SWFL, Decorah, Sauces, Avon Lake And More [Video] https://t.co/q50yLl7KNw via Charisse Van Horn — All Trends IT (@All_Trends_IT) February 26, 2017 Watch Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Live Online: E9 Latest Updates [Video] https://t.co/v6rgpIAAKG via Charisse Van Horn — All Trends IT (@All_Trends_IT) March 2, 2017 E9 Prepares to Fly Are you an avid eagle cam watcher? Have you followed E9 since New Year’s Eve when E9 hatched? Watch the live cams online and don’t miss one moment of E9’s development. [Featured Image by Sandy Hedgepeth/Shutterstock]

April The Giraffe: 'Timeline Is Wrong,' Says Park Owner In Video Update

There are new updates with April, the pregnant giraffe who lives at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. According to updates posted last night and this morning, April is in good health and the baby is showing plenty of activity. While there is definitely a baby on the way, the Animal Adventure Park owner stated in a video update that the timeline for April’s pregnancy and due date is wrong. He also encouraged those watching the live giraffe cam to be patient and let nature take its course. You can watch the live giraffe cam streaming 24/7 in the video player below. In the following video, Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch discussed April the giraffe’s due date and timeline and the fact that millions who are watching the live giraffe cam continue to ask numerous questions regarding why April hasn’t given birth. The live giraffe cam has gone viral and millions have tuned in to watch April give birth. Many believed the birth would be imminent and a new calf would be born by now. Some have expressed strong emotions because April hasn’t gone into labor yet. You can watch Jordan Patch speak about the timeline and April’s pregnancy in the video below. Fast forward the video to approximately 3:23. Patch stated the following in the video. “Birth intervention, a lot of people are concerned, like ‘Oh, April’s taking too long, she’s a month past due, what are you going to do to intervene?’” The timeline is obviously wrong a little bit at this point. And to elaborate on that, we observed the breeding behavior about mid-October. Now that does not mean that just because they bred they conceived. Just like any other animal and human, conception doesn’t occur each time. Thank God. So if anything, maybe we missed a cycle. Cycles are every 17 days. So maybe 17 days past what we thought will be the due date. Or if we missed that cycle it might be 34 days past that. What we have to base it on, what our vets base it on is physical conditions.” While the world is on edge waiting for April to go into labor, it’s important to realize that the Animal Adventure Park owner said that it could be 17 or 34 days past what they thought was the due date. April is showing signs of a healthy pregnancy, but she is not showing signs of labor. If you’ve ever heard the old cliche that a watched pot never boils, you might feel that a watched giraffe cam never produces a calf. Rest assured, a calf is coming, but the initial belief that birth was imminent does not seem to be the case. Watch Giraffe Cam Live Stream Online, Animal Park Says Birth Is Imminent [Video] https://t.co/KlUeM8SGKU via Charisse Van Horn — All Trends IT (@All_Trends_IT) February 15, 2017 This Giraffe is having her calf when she feels like it. #AprilTheGiraffe pic.twitter.com/UAemIR4QYU — Lisa Irene Serrano (@lovelisaserrano) February 25, 2017 Patch stated the best way to determine how close April is to begin in labor is through physical changes and assessments. Each day, the Animal Adventure Park issues two official updates through their Facebook page regarding April’s progress. In the morning update for March 3, 2017, Patch stated that April had updated some of her physical patterns. You may read the Facebook update below. “Evident to our overnight viewers, April changed some of her behaviors overnight. Moving in different patterns, choosing new spots to stand and sleep, and even going off her usual sleep routine (recognizable to our loyal viewers). Why? Could be many reasons. Continued increase in belly movements. Keeper reports this morning suggest all observed physical signs remain unchanged and on the positive.” Patch also shared an update on March 2, 2017, that included a photo of April with her handler Alyssa. “April is – without question – growing! Keepers were able to get hands on the belly and make ‘contact’ with baby! April appears a little more on edge – but only in the sense of not being as ‘lovey’ as usual. However, that didn’t stop a selfie between Allysa and April!” Judging by Patch’s remarks and April’s current physical updates and status, it’s possible that she still has some time before active labor sets in. Giraffes have a gestation period of 13 to 15 months, and at this point, there is no way to know for certain when the new calf will be here. Stay tuned for the latest updates, and don’t miss the official Animal Adventure Park chat sessions on YouTube. [Featured Image by Martin Gallie/Shutterstock]

April The Giraffe Shows Behavior Changes, Is She Finally Going To Have Her Baby?

Millions of people around the world have anxiously been awaiting the birth of April the giraffe’s baby, and now it looks like the wait may finally be over. April resides at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., and is expecting her fourth calf. If you are one of the millions who have been glued to their phone/computer screens watching the live feed of April, you already know, based on her recent behavior, that she should be having her baby any time now. Throughout the day, April has paced back and forth in her enclosure, and has seemed to be getting a bit more uncomfortable. Also, there have been noticeable movements in her stomach, leading us to believe that the baby’s birth is near. You can watch the live video below. According to the zoo’s official website, April is 15 years old, and has been pregnant for 15 months, which is the typical length of gestation for a giraffe. The zoo decided to upload a live video of April three weeks ago, and since then, millions have continued to check in daily, sometimes multiple times a day, to see if she has welcomed her calf yet. Animal Adventure Park shared a morning, and evening update on April and the baby on Thursday, March 2. They noted that they had spotted some changes in her behavior, but she wasn’t yet in active labor. Is anyone else watching April the giraffe every day just to see if she’s had her baby?
https://t.co/kd6ROXopS8 pic.twitter.com/DzSBIXzUBg — Katie MacAlister (@katiemacalister) March 2, 2017 “April is well and conditions remain the same from last evening,”the zoo posted on Facebook Thursday morning. “A lot of behavior that had us on our toes but no acknowledgeable active labor at this time. The photo shared today is from a fan. The shots are a week a part! Her growth is perhaps more noticeable when compare like this versus day to do. There is no doubt momma and calf are progressing and growing.” As of Thursday night, April still hadn’t welcomed her baby, but the zoo said she is getting closer to going into active labor. “April is – without question – growing!” their post read. “Keepers were able to get hands on the belly and make “contact” with baby! April appears a little more on edge – but only in the sense of not being as “lovey” as usual.” Oh my GOODNESS SHE IS GLOWING #AprilTheGiraffe pic.twitter.com/Lan1Ro5vv1 — KT (@kittenmagee) February 26, 2017 When the calf does finally make its appearance, it should weigh approximately 150 pounds, and will be around six foot tall. When the birthing process stars, the calf’s front legs will exit the mother first, followed by its head, and then the remainder of its body. Animal Adventure Park created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the care of April, her calf, and the calf’s father, Oliver. So far, the fundraising page has raised $25,550 of the $50,000 goal. This Giraffe is having her calf when she feels like it. #AprilTheGiraffe pic.twitter.com/UAemIR4QYU — Lisa Irene Serrano (@lovelisaserrano) February 25, 2017 “The funds generated will be used to offset their annual care at our facility,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Anything generated, above and beyond the goal, will be dedicated to improvements of the new Giraffe Encounter Deck, Shade Stations in the exhibit, Energy Efficient upgrades to their barn, and the installation of a permanent Giraffe Cam at Animal Adventure.” After the baby giraffe is born, the zoo will be holding a gender reveal, and a contest to determine the new addition’s name. Have you been keeping tabs on April the giraffe’s pregnancy? When do you think she will give birth? Leave your comments below. [Featured image by Sanit Fuangnakhon/ Shutterstock.com]

April The Giraffe Gets New Website: Watch Live Cam Online [Video]

There’s a new update and website for the world’s most popular giraffe. April the giraffe is a pregnant, 15-year-old Reticulated giraffe who lives at the Animal Adventure Park with her mate Oliver in Harpursville, New York. Park staff noticed signs of mating and now the giraffe has the most anticipated birth in history. People have watched the live giraffe cam faithfully hoping to see signs of labor, but at this point, April is still pregnant and no one knows the exact date when she will give birth. The Park has requested fans watching the live cam to have patience. You may watch the live giraffe cam below. The Animal Adventure Park utilizes YouTube for live streaming and hosts nightly chat sessions there, typically between 8 and 9 p.m. ET, but times are subject to change. In addition to YouTube videos and chat, there are official updates on April’s and her calf’s condition posted on Facebook. There are two Facebook updates, one in the morning and one in the evening. You may see the latest update for March 2, 2017, posted below along with a quote. “Sorry for our delay! We were battered with storms and high winds last night. April is well and conditions remain the same from last evening. A lot of behavior that had us on our toes but no acknowledgeable active labor at this time. The photo shared today is from a fan. The shots are a week a part! Her growth is perhaps more noticeable when compare like this versus day to do. There is no doubt momma and calf are progressing and growing. Live YouTube keeper and staff super chat this evening 8-9 pm on our official feed.” Here is an official YouTube update from the Animal Adventure Park. Since April’s story has gone viral, people have put increased demand for April the Giraffe apparel, and even approached the zoo about sponsoring April. A Go FundMe account has been established in April’s honor and now April has a full line of tee-shirts, hats and more for those who want to support the park as well as the giraffes. April’s new website launched and you can visit it at ApriltheGiraffe.com. Animal Adventure Park has partnered with another company and has launched a set of giraffe emojis for Android and Apple devices. You can find more information about the giraffe emojis at the website. Painting of a giraffe mother and her calf [Image by Drew Horne/Shutterstock] It’s important to remember that with all births, nature always takes its course. While some are dismayed that they’ve been watching April faithfully, yet she hasn’t gone into labor patience is key. The staff working with April, Ollie and the soon-to-be-born calf are trained professionals and know what they are doing. April is regularly seen by a veterinarian and anyone watching the live giraffe cam can see that these are happy, well-cared for giraffes. April has an especially close relationship with her handler and never behaves in an aggressive manner, even though she is physically uncomfortable due to being at the latter stage of pregnancy. A giraffe family by the setting sun [Image by PT designs/Shutterstock] As April draws closer to the time of labor and delivery excitement regarding the live giraffe cam continues to grow. The cam has drawn an incredible audience and most days there are more than 100,000 active viewers watching the cam simultaneously. One can only wonder if when April goes into labor she doesn’t break the Internet. Check back for more updates and latest news and be certain to visit the official Animal Adventure Park YouTube channel for tonight’s chat. The chats take place between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET. The chat messages scroll by blazing fast and the staff can only answer questions they see. [Featured Image by Lithium366/Shutterstock]

Watch Polar Bears And Cubs Live With These Online Streaming Cams [Video]

The video playlist above features multiple, live streaming polar bear cams from around the world that you may watch online. Polar bears are magnificent creatures that are found in natural habitats surrounding the Arctic circle. As carnivores, they have a voracious appetite during the winter season and primarily hunt and feed on seals found in the Arctic Ocean. While many people tend to think of bears as living in woodlands or forests, the polar bear depends on the sea for survival. Most of the polar bear’s hunting activities occur on sea ice, officially classifying the bear as a maritime mammal. Polar bears are classified as endangered due to the loss of their natural habitat due to climate change and melting ice. You can learn more about polar bears at the National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) polar bear page. Two of the live cams above are from the Ouwehand Zoo located in Rhenen, Netherlands. The mother polar bear is named Freedom and you can watch as she interacts with her twin cubs Akiak (male) and Sura (female). The twins were born in November 2014 and enjoy frolicking and playing with their mother. You may learn more about the polar bears at the Ouwehand Zoo here. The following is part of the zoo’s official description. “The Ouwehand Zoo is part of the Polar Bears International (PBI) network of Arctic Ambassador Centers, which provide leadership for greenhouse gas reductions in their communities.” Be educated about #climatechange! It causes habitat loss for many species: https://t.co/KeFg3c8Jmp #ScienceMarch #PolarBearDay @polarbears pic.twitter.com/SXb1TLbGcJ — March for Science (@ScienceMarchDC) February 27, 2017 You may watch a video playlist featuring polar bear documentaries in the videos below. The playlist includes approximately 200 videos and regularly updates with new video documentaries. For those learning about polar bears including their behaviors and habitats, the documentaries are a great asset. In addition to the Ouwehand Zoo, several of the live polar bear cams included in the videos above are from the Wapusk National Park (NP) located in Canada. The park is a haven for polar bears and is a hot bed for polar bear reproduction. According to the Wapsuk National Park website, there are approximately 935 polar bears that call the region home. The area is perfect for polar bears due to the abundance of sea ice and every September through November, numerous polar bears can be seen making their migratory route along the coast as they hunt seals. Cape Churchill is an area within the Wapusk National Park and you may see two live polar bear cams from North Cape Churchill andSouth Cape Churchill in the videos above. The polar bears at Wapusk National Park are prolific and mothers give birth to cubs on an average of every 2-3 years. Happy Int’l #PolarBearDay! We’re just going to leave this here. ❄???? @PolarBears #yogabear #polarbearcub #SaveOurSeaIce pic.twitter.com/MxVicvt4Ex — Columbus Zoo (@ColumbusZoo) February 27, 2017 Polar bears practice a feast or famine type of diet. When the winter season approaches, they will hunt and stock up on their food stores. As summer approaches and the ice melts, typically in July, they will move inward and away from the water. During the summer they may abstain from eating and fast until the ice forms again and their food supply is abundant. Did you know? Only pregnant polar bears can be found hibernating in the winter! #NationalPolarBearDay pic.twitter.com/k7WFrPec6v — Humane Society (@HumaneSociety) February 27, 2017 You’ll also find three cams from the Tundra Buggy in the playlist above. Created by Leonard Smith in the 70s, a tundra buggy is a vehicle designed for filming and studying polar bears. In addition to the Tundra Buggy cam, you’ll find a Tundra Buggy lodge cam and a Tundra Buggy north and south lodge camera. You may see a video with a tour of the Tundra Buggy lodge in the player below Where to see #polarbears in the wild https://t.co/kpA7S93IXv by @sarahtrvls #lp #travel pic.twitter.com/y4m1j64Dzr — Lonely Planet (@lonelyplanet) February 27, 2017 The live polar bear cams are a great way to create awareness and promote conservation efforts. They can be used in schools, day care centers, preschools and after-school programs. Educators may find free lesson plans and resources at Polar Bears International. [Featured Image by JohnPitcher/iStock/Getty]

Watch Penguins Live Streaming Online With Aquarium And Zoo Cams [Video]

Several aquariums and zoos have live streaming penguin cams that make excellent educational opportunities for young and old alike. The penguin cams featured in the video playlist above come from the California Academy of Sciences, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Aquarium of the Pacific and the Saint Louis Zoo. Penguin cams include both above and underwater and penguin species featured include African, Gentoo, Humboldt, King, Southern Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins that were rescued from Brazil. You can watch the penguin cams live online in the featured playlist above. You may learn more about penguins in the videos below. TODAY’S PENGUIN PIC: Cuverville Is. #Antarctica pic.twitter.com/w4N05IxqAe — penguinpics (@penguinpics) February 27, 2017 The California Academy of Sciences operates three cams that monitor their African penguin colony and exhibit. The Academy features daily feedings twice per day that includes answer and question sessions with visitors to the exhibit. The feedings take place at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. PT, and you can listen and watch the events each day in the videos above. The three penguin cams include the colony views, the biologist view and an underwater cam. In addition to the three cams that you can watch online from the website or YouTube, the Academy has an app called “Pocket Penguins.” You can download the app for free on both Google Android and Apple platforms and watch the penguins 24/7, live streaming on your phone, tablet or other mobile devices. Educators, homeschool teachers and parents can find lesson plans, activities and more penguin learning resources at the official website. “Gentoo penguin taking on waves like seasoned surfer…on shore of Bleaker island,The Falklands”#travel #photo by Elmar Weiss Via Telegraph pic.twitter.com/9I7lJX35TU — lucie (@BendahanL) February 22, 2017 Also featured in the live streaming penguin cams are cameras from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Like the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium is located in California and also features cameras on their penguin exhibit. Monterey Bay also has daily penguin feedings and shows that coincide with those from the California Academy of Sciences. You can easily toggle between videos in the playlist and watch the live stream of your choice. The Monterey Bay Aquarium also features African penguins and has an exhibit called the Splash Zone. You may see a video from the Monterey Bay Aquarium that discussed feeding time for a variety of marine animals. Penguin feeding times at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are 10:30 am. and 3 p.m. PT. Those who regularly tune into one of the live penguin cams will find they begin to recognize the penguins. Penguins are social creatures that bond for life and many of the exhibits feature bonded pairs and families. Amigo is one of the aquarium’s youngest penguin members as he hatched on Jan. 19, 2016. You may read a document introducing you to the penguins here. Watch a video showing a newborn penguin who was born at the California Academy of Sciences in the video player below. Watch a video from the Oregon Zoo where an endangered Humboldt penguin hatches from pip to live birth. Here is another video of penguin chicks hatching at the Edinburgh Zoo. Also featured in the live penguin cams are streaming videos from the Aquarium of the Pacific. In addition to their Penguin Beach cam and Penguin Habitat, they also feature the Magellanic penguin nest box where you can watch penguins interact with their young 24/7. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located in Long Beach, California. Educators will find that the official website provides plenty of resources to make learning about the Aquarium’s penguins a fun and exciting activity. There is a section titled “Meet the Penguins” that introduces the penguins housed in the exhibit by name and gives background information on them. You can learn more about Magellanic penguins and how the 20 penguins came to the Aquarium of the Pacific here. The “Penguin and Puffin Coast” live cam featured in the playlist above comes from the Saint Louis Zoo, located in Missouri. The zoo features four penguin species in their exhibit including the following: Gentoo, Humboldt, King and Southern Rockhopper. You can learn more about the featured penguin species here. Watching live penguin cams is a great way to share the wonders of nature with children and are a valuable educational tool. You can tune in 24/7 and enjoy these amazing animals without leaving the comfort of home. [Featured Image by Chuckstock/Shutterstock]

Watch Giraffe Cam Live Streaming Online And Get Latest Updates On April [Video]

As of Feb. 27, 2017, April the giraffe is still pregnant, yet showing signs she is about to give birth to a calf imminently. You may join millions across the globe who have tuned into this exciting event and watch the live streaming giraffe cam in the video player above. April the giraffe lives at the Animal Adventure Park, located in Harpursville, New York, and is one of many animals that are currently having babies at the educational zoo. April has not entered active labor yet but according to updates from the site, could go into labor at any moment. With a baby giraffe on the way, how could we not be on twitter to help spread the news?! pic.twitter.com/9rD28iZm56 — Animal Adventure (@AnmlAdvntrPark) January 24, 2017 Animal Adventure Park provides two official updates daily, and many staff members interact with fans of the live stream through their official Facebook page. Updates are issued in the morning and evening. There were three updates posted on Feb. 26, 2017, as the zoo’s staff temporarily added chat to their YouTube stream to answer viewers’ questions. Here are three posts providing updates. One of the updates includes a Trump impression and reads as follows. “2/26 Evening Update: The watch continues. April was notably less tolerant of veterinary examination today; her behavior suggesting her not as willing to be as vulnerable to touch, but Always a lady, she kept her manners. Continued increase in belly movement and backend swell remains the same. Appetite remains and suggest[sic] we perhaps have a little bit more time; though she could surprise us at any moment. Tomorrow will yield warmer temperatures and yard time for both Oliver and April. April would like to thank mr president for her nomination to secretary of labor, as she is rather experienced, however will have to decline to appointment due to her hooves being full at the moment. In all seriousness – active labor is not yet present – but we will surely tell you when it is!” As you can see, the Animal Adventure Park is not saying that April the giraffe is in labor, only that they expect a baby very soon. There is a possibility that April could go another week or two or even more. They do not have an exact due date for April. Those who are watching the live stream continually might want to set up notifications so they’ll be alerted once April the giraffe goes into labor. Once hooves are seen, the Animal Adventure Park Facebook page will begin live streaming the birth from their site. A special painting for some special people ???? #watercolour #giraffe #ink #painting #HandmadeHour pic.twitter.com/kUi1C6HIkM — SamStrong Art&Design (@StrongArtDesign) February 26, 2017 Since the giraffe cam went viral, there have been numerous fake websites, YouTube streams and even Go Fund Me donation pages that have arisen in order to profit from the cam. You can tell the official live stream from fake sites because the official site has removed chat. Many of the fake sites have active chat rooms where people are talking. The Animal Adventure Park asks that those who come across fake sites report them to the proper channels at once. If you have concerns regarding whether a link is official or not, check the Facebook page. Never donate money to a site if you are unsure whether it is legitimate or not. Did anyone see the statement from Animal Adventure Park that April is not in labor yet. #AprilTheGiraffe pic.twitter.com/TMLpJIeFaE — Susan (@dopey1994) February 25, 2017 Fake sites have reported all manner of falsehoods regarding April the giraffe and her mate Oliver. One common lie spreading is that April has had a previous stillborn calf. This is not true. April has had three calves previously and all have been healthy. The zoo doesn’t keep April’s and Ollie’s calves and once the new calf is weaned, it will be rehomed. Though the baby will be placed in a new home, there will be a contest to select a name for the baby. Are you still watching April the giraffe live streaming online? [Featured Image by Sitthipong Pengjan/Shutterstock]

Bumblebees Are Much Smarter Than You Think, Are Capable Of Problem Solving

Bumblebees may have tiny brains, but they may be smarter – much smarter – than we give them credit for. A new study led by Queen Mary University of London cognitive biologist Clint Perry has gotten a lot of attention as of late. According to NPR, the idea came about when he was trying to test bees’ problem-solving skills by creating a “vending machine” for the animals. “I want to know: How does the brain do stuff?,” said Perry. “How does it make decisions? How does it keep memory? And how big does a brain need to be in order to do all of those things?” Given that bumblebees aren’t known for the size of their brains, Perry created a puzzle for the insects that didn’t turn out to be at least similar to the vending machine he had in mind, but nonetheless put the bees to some sort of test. According to a paper published in the journal Science and cited by NPR, bees may have tiny brains, but all they need to do is to observe a demonstration of a certain task in order to solve a problem it’s connected to. The study hints that bees can use this problem-solving skill to deal with changes to their environment, including a change of food sources. Study co-author Clint Perry, a #cognitive neuroethologist at #Queen Mary, points out that bees tutored… https://t.co/NbcWp8xbVo — SciTech & Bio News (@SciTechBioNews) February 24, 2017 Bee population decline has been a hot-button issue for beekeepers conservationists for several years already. And earlier this year, the previously unthinkable had happened, as the U.S. government declared the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species. According to the Huffington Post, a number of factors had contributed to its decline, including climate change, the destruction of its natural habitat, pesticide use, and “intensive” farming. The latter in particular was cited as bringing about a lack of crop diversity, leaving bees with less of their usual foods to eat. But thanks to the new study that suggests bees may be unusually intelligent for the size of their brain, there’s a chance that they may find some ways to deal with the ever-changing environment about them. In the first test, Perry and his fellow researchers created a puzzle that would require bumblebees to go up to a ball at the center of a platform, with sugar water serving as their reward. The bees were found to have climbed the platform individually, looked around, and sucked up the sugar water, claiming their prize. The researchers then tried to see how the bees would react if the ball was elsewhere on the platform, so they moved it to the edge, with the insects using their resourcefulness to adjust to the situation. “The bees came out, looked at the center, didn’t have reward. They went to the ball, didn’t have reward. They had to figure out that they needed to move the ball from the edge to the center, and then they’d get reward,” Subsequent experiments proved what was shown on the first one – bees may not always solve problems the first time around, but they find ways to do it. A second test had the bees changing their routes to get to the sugar water faster, or by dragging the ball and simultaneously walking backward. This took place after the bees had observed another one use the same techniques. “It wasn’t monkey see, monkey do. They improved on the strategy that they saw,” Perry explained. “This all shows an unprecedented level of cognitive flexibility, especially for a miniature brain.” World’s largest #bumblebee at risk from imported rivals. When will we learn??? https://t.co/VTWWhV7m8K pic.twitter.com/UXvWfHWMM2 — Brigit Strawbridge (@B_Strawbridge) February 23, 2017 Perry added that bumblebees are also able to do other things that few people may have thought are possible, such as counting up to four, pulling strings, and using uncertainty as a variable when making decisions. And it’s all because of how their brains are wired – these brains may have much fewer neurons than a human brain does, but they may be connected in such a way that bees can overachieve and do more than their brain size or neuron count suggests. In all, Perry hopes that his group’s study inspires humans to help in bumblebee conservation efforts. “Understanding that bees and different insects have more complex cognitive abilities can allow us to appreciate them more,” he said in quotes published by the Smithsonian. And it might help our efforts to manage living with them a little better.” [Featured Image by Oli Scarff/Getty Images]