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: #ScienceMarch #PolarBearDay @polarbears — 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 — 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 — 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 by @sarahtrvls #lp #travel — 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 — 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 — 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?! — 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 — 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 — 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… — 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??? — 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]

Chimpanzee With Down Syndrome And Animals That Don't Have It

On February 21, Springer Link published an article about a chimpanzee with Down Syndrome, one of the few animals ever recorded to have the genetic disorder. The chimpanzee with down syndrome is only the second reported case in the species, a disorder which is referred to as Trisomy 22. More specifically, Trisomy 22 involves chromosome pair 22 which is similar to chromosome pair 21 in humans. Human cells have 23 pairs of chromosomes compared to the 24 pairs in apes. The heartbreaking story of the second chimp in history found to have ‘Down syndrome’ — Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 22, 2017 The report states that the chimpanzee with Down Syndrome has infantile cataract and vision problems which she developed before the age of one. She also has Nystagmus; a condition that causes involuntary eye movement, Strabismus, or a misalignment of the eyes; the chimpanzee also has a progressive thinning of the cornea called Keratoconus which is the reason the chimpanzee became blind by the time she was seven-years-old. To add, the Down Syndrome in the chimpanzee also resulted in a condition called Hypodontia which means that her permanent teeth are underdeveloped. She reportedly also has a severe overbite as a result. But the chimpanzee has a more severe condition which is referred to as a congenital atrial septal defect or a hole in her heart wall. A research team determined this when they conducted a chromosomal analysis on the chimpanzee in 2014. ‘Genius’ chimpanzee at Kyoto University in 1993, where one with Down Syndrome resides. [Image by Kyoto University/AP Images] Born in captivity in 1992, the 24-year-old chimp is named Kanako and resides at the Kumamoto Sanctuary, Wildlife Research Centre at the Kyoto University, where she was transferred to in 2011 from a private company. Science Daily explains Kanako’s case by pointing out the chromosomal differences between chimps and humans where a third copy of chromosome pair 21 is known to cause Down Syndrome in humans just like a third copy of 22 does for apes. The Springer Link article seems to simply confirm that this is in fact, the second case of Down Syndrome reported in a chimpanzee where the last and first reported case goes back as far as 1969. At the same time, it also documents the developmental issues impacting the chimpanzee. It should be mentioned that the first chimp recorded to have the disorder died before their second birthday. Animals that resemble humans the most are primates and so it is likely that any treatment for a congenital atrial septal defect is the same where it would require surgery. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) site, the condition causes the increase of blood flow to the lungs which also causes more damage to the blood vessels and in time will lead to heart failure. While a search for other animals with Down Syndrome does pull up some results, the claim that tigers, cats and other animals other than primates have the disorder is questionable according to Broadly, which says that animals that appear to have the look of the disorder have fallen victim to the internet listicle. The National Human Genome Research Institute which is a government organization under the National Institutes of Health posted a question and answer from the National DNA Day Moderated Chat held in April 2008, which was over whether animals can get Down Syndrome. “Yes. There have been several chimpanzees found with Down Syndrome. As the syndrome is caused by an extra copy of a specific chromosome (chromosome 21 in humans) only animals closely related to humans have a similar syndrome. Extra copies of other chromosomes cause even more serious syndrome and most are not compatible with life. To study Down syndrome, scientists have created mice that have extra copies of the same genes found on human chromosome 21. These mice have some of the features of Down Syndrome.” The sanctuary where Kanako resides at is the first and the only one of its kind in Japan. The Wildlife Research Centre is the sister institute for the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University. There are reportedly 58 chimps and six bonobos at the sanctuary which is not open to the public. It’s been reported that her engagement with other chimps has been restricted for fear that interactions with another chimpanzee might become aggressive. Chris Wise has Down Syndrome and works assorting vocational packets. [Image by Carolyn Kaster/AP Images] It’s unknown to what extent a form of aggression could take or the limits, which is also the case when trying to determine the extent of retardation with Kanako according to the lead researcher Satoshi Hirata. “… the lack of abnormalities noted in her daily care-taking before the age of one, except for neonatal inactivity and limp limbs, suggests that there was no severe retardation in her behavioral development.” While there have been cases of inbreeding among humans which lead to the disorder, it’s unknown what the causes of Kanako’s disorder are. As mentioned before with experiments on mice, the appearances of the disorder are seen on some animals but cognitive similarities to humans is unknown. Kanako has however been given the opportunity to interact once a month with another chimpanzee named Roman, who has reportedly been “calm and friendly to Kanako from the start,” according to Science Daily. The lead researcher of the published paper has devoted his research to the chimpanzee with down syndrome along with other primate animals at the sanctuary. [Featured Image by Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock]

Giraffes Videos And Cams: Watch Giraffe Give Birth Live Streaming Online Now

Giraffes are amazing animals, but unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy these magnificent creatures up close and personal. Fortunately, there are many giraffe cams live streaming online that allow everyone, regardless of location to virtually observe them. Whether in a zoo, a park or in Africa, watching giraffes is a wonderfully soothing pastime that can quickly lead to an obsession. The latter has just become the experience of thousands who innocently tuned into the Animal Adventure Park (AAP) live giraffe cam, where a 15-year-old Reticulated giraffe is soon to give birth. If you watch the live, streaming giraffe cam in the video player above you’ll see April as she slowly paces in her pen, where she awaits the birth of her calf. Behind her stall is her 5-year-old mate Oliver “Ollie.” Sometimes April and Ollie will rub noses, and share secret conversations in their unique, giraffe way. For most of the time, it’s a lot of waiting, pacing and watching. And people are watching. The videos have been viewed more than 100,000 times and onlookers are flocking to the live giraffe cam to see if there’s a new addition to the Animal Adventure Park family. baby giraffes are so cute — ???? Animals Galore ???? (@AnimalsGalore) February 18, 2017 Signs that April is in labor are few and have contributed to the popularity of the video. Essentially, you’ll know that April is in labor and about to have a calf when you see hooves. Giraffes have a rough entry into the world, but that’s part of nature’s plan. April will give birth while standing up (she’s approximately 15 feet tall) and the newborn baby calf will plummet to the floor, a drop of approximately 5 to 6 feet! The calf’s sudden impact against the ground is part of nature’s plan as it breaks the amniotic sac and ensures the giraffe gets that stereotypical slap to get the heart moving. Within half-an-hour, the calf will stand on his or her own two feet and would be strong enough to run across a pasture or plain within an hour. Once April goes into labor, meaning the hooves are seen, the official Animal Adventure Park Facebook page will live stream the event. If you’re unsure whether April is in labor or not, check with the AAP Facebook page for updates as well as the live streaming video. While thousands tune in to watch April give birth live streaming online, the giraffes at the Animal Adventure Park aren’t the only ones with current live streaming cams. It is the only cam currently featuring a giraffe about to give birth. Here is a guide to live streaming giraffe videos and cams as well as other animals such as those found on African safaris that you can watch online, 24/7 from the comfort of your home. The tallest animal on the earth is strangely overlooked – the endangered giraffe #conservation #discoverafrica — We Are Africa (@We_Are_Africa) February 13, 2017 Guide to Giraffe Cams and Videos Online On Feb. 2, 2016, the Greenville Zoo live streamed the birth of a giraffe calf using EarthCam. You can watch that video below. The giraffe calf was born at 6:16 a.m. to parents Autumn and Walter. Interactive Giraffe Cam at the Houston Zoo The Houston Zoo features an interactive giraffe cam where viewers can use controls to zoom in and pan the habitat. Adobe Flash is required to operate the viewer and watch the live cam streaming online. The giraffe cam shows zoo visitors feeding the animals from the popular giraffe platform. There is a snapshot feature so if you see a giraffe in a picture or photo you want to save, you just click the snapshot button and your photo is saved in.jpg format. You can access the Houston Zoo giraffe cam here. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZ) Giraffe Cam The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZ) located in Colorado Springs, Colorado features a giraffe cam with crystal clear pictures. You can make the cam full size and enjoy the zoo from your laptop, desktop PC, mobile phone, tablet or other devices. Right before the zoo’s opening and closing hours, the giraffes parade through the drawbridge to leave and return to their nightly habitat. You may watch the CMZ giraffe cam here. Chester Zoo Giraffe Webcam Live Located in Cheshire, England, the Chester Zoo giraffe webcam features the Rothschild giraffe. All giraffes and their subspecies are from Africa, but many of the giraffes in the U.S. are Reticulated, like April and Ollie above. The Chester Zoo webcam is an opportunity to see Rothschild giraffes. Those who want to watch the cam live from the U.S. will need to account for the time difference. You can access the giraffe webcam here. Roger Williams Park Zoo Giraffe Cam The Roger Williams Park Zoo is located in Providence, Rhode Island and is home to four Masai giraffes. You don’t have to be in Rhode Island in order to watch the giraffes. The zoo has set up a live streaming giraffe cam that you may watch 24/7. The zoo also has an active Facebook page where you can interact with staff and ask any giraffe-related questions you might have. Are you watching the live streaming giraffe cam hosted by the Animal Adventure Park? Are you awaiting the birth of April’s new calf? [Featured Image by SherrodPhoto/iStock/Getty]

Video: 1,000 Chicks Left To Die In Winter Cold, Shocking Act Of Animal Cruelty

More than 1,000 day-old chicks were found abandoned on Friday in winter cold on a farmer’s field in Crowland, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in England. The newly-hatched chicks were discovered by a shocked member of the public who called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Several of the chicks had died by the time that RSPCA inspectors arrived at the scene, according to the Daily Mail. Shocked RSPCA inspectors described how they arrived at a farmer’s field to be greeted by “unbelievable noise” from a “sea of yellow” that turned out to be tiny day-old chicks abandoned in winter temperatures on a field near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, England. RSPCA inspectors immediately began working to rescue the helpless chicks by placing them in cardboard boxes where they huddled together more effectively for warmth, The Guardian reported. Many of the chicks were still healthy and vigorous, but some had died and others had to be put down after having sustained serious injuries. ‘It was a sea of yellow’ #Outrage as????????1000????????#day #old #chicks #DUMPED #left 2 #DIE in #field @Daily_Express #chicken???? — Cyrus Sullivan???? (@CyrusGSullivan) February 18, 2017 RSPCA investigators determined that the chicks were from a local commercial producer and that they were likely abandoned on the field by a person who purchased them from the producer, according to the Telegraph. According to the animal welfare organization, the commercial chick producer came to the scene to collect the surviving birds. They were assisting RSPCA investigators to determine who abandoned the chicks on the field. RSPCA officials described the abandonment of the chicks as an “unbelievable” act of cruelty. “I have never seen anything like it — was just a sea of yellow. And the noise was unbelievable,” said RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs. “The chicks are only about a day old and are really tiny and quite delicate.” “Some of the birds were dead or dying when we arrived. Some, sadly, had to be humanely put to sleep,” Stubbs continued. ” The breeder came to the scene to collect the surviving birds and take them back to their unit. These tiny birds wouldn’t have survived long out on their own at such a young age and in such unpredictable weather conditions.” “For someone to dump these vulnerable chicks is unbelievable.” Millions of chicks die daily because they’re the ‘wrong’ gender – I wonder if people call the RSPCA about that? — Lauren Baino (@LaurenBaino) February 18, 2017 Stubbs suggested that the person who purchased them might have dumped them after realizing that reselling them would not fetch as much profit as expected. RSPCA requested anyone with information about who dumped the birds to call 0300 123 8018. Day-old chicks are very vulnerable during the first 24 hours of life because they are unable to regulate their body temperature. They need to be kept in an environment heated to more than 30 degrees Celsius to survive. They continue to need heating during the first few weeks of life until they develop feathers that help them to regulate their body temperature. The video above shows the chicks massed together for warmth on the field where they were abandoned. The loud chirping indicates stress due to being subjected to adverse environmental conditions. The birds could survive only a few hours under winter conditions without adequate protection and warmth. Many viewers expressed shock and outrage at the incident. But others pointed out that the incident offers a glimpse into what happens regularly in the commercial chick production industry that supplies commercial meat and egg production units. The outrage being expressed reveals the general lack of awareness about the industry, some viewers said. “Most of the males will be shredded anyway.” “The male chickens are put through grinders. Oh my God please tell me this is not true.” “Why don’t they offer the male chicks to people to take and raise?” “All I can say is that these comments just prove what a stunning amount of ignorance there is in the general population about raising chickens for eggs and raising chickens for meat,” a viewer said. Some viewers noted that the chicks were probably males left after the female chicks were sold for egg production. Thus, returning them to the producer was pointless because they would still have to be destroyed because they are not wanted. “The poor males will end up in the shredder now that the breeder is back on the scene, ” a viewer said. “Maybe the ‘third party’ dumped them knowing their fate and probably thought they might of been better off in the wild.” [Featured Image by Lapse Studio/Shutterstock]

Lured In By Fish, Over A Million Penguins Flock To Argentine Peninsula

It was a sight that seems to be on the way to going viral, a welcome respite to the usual spate of bad and/or polarizing news. With more than 1 million penguins flocking to Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula earlier this week, it was more than just breeding season taking them there, but rather copious amounts of small fish for them to dine on. According to a report from Fox News, the 1 million-plus Magellanic penguins represent a record number in recent history for the species. For those who were there as the penguins gathered at the Argentine peninsula, this was an extraordinary sight, one that occurs every year but with an unusual number of birds gathered at the reserve. A spectacular sight as over a million penguins gather for supper at Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 18, 2017 One million penguins gather in Argentina — LiliTaylor (@lilitaylor) February 18, 2017 In recent days, Punta Tombo’s waters have been teeming with anchovies, sardines, other small fish, and smaller crustaceans, which officials believe are perfect for penguins to dine on. The small islets near the shoreline have also been described as ideal nesting grounds for the birds, which take to southern Argentina and Chile en masse to breed, beginning around September or October each year. According to The Independent, Magellanic penguins measure about 20 inches (50 centimeters) tall, and are distinguishable by their crescent of white feathers, which is broad enough to extend from right above their eyes to the chin. While the penguins are commonly found in Argentina and Chile during breeding season, they can head as far north as southwestern Brazil between March and September. As evidenced by the 1 million penguins that gathered this week in Argentina, Magellanic penguins are not an endangered species., however, noted that populations of the birds were once gutted in the Falkland Islands as a result of commercial fishing activities. Oil pollution is another threat to the penguins, killing about 40,000 of these birds per year in Argentina, and combined with the problem of commercial fishing, Magellanic penguins are on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, filed under the “near-threatened” category. — Colleen Currie (@CC2003) February 18, 2017 This isn’t the first time penguins have been in the news this week. The Inquisitr reported on Wednesday that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is now live streaming its African penguins, allowing users to view their activities on a real-time basis as the birds frolic in their habitat. The aquarium is also streaming live feeding sessions twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, with these sessions advertised as “educational events.” This week’s mass penguin sightings in Argentina are, in a good way, a sharp contrast to the last time that the non-flying birds went viral. In November 2016, footage from National Geographic showing two rival male Magellanic penguins fighting each other over a female of the species had gotten the attention of netizens, with many taking to social media to describe how upset they felt after watching the video. One common observation was how the fighting penguins were reminiscent of how divisive humanity has become. Science Alert also offered a blow-by-blow account of the “penguin love triangle” clip, which started with one of the males returning to find his mate with another partner, and ended in both male penguins getting bloodied. In a particularly poignant moment, the narrator quipped that “there’s no room for losers” as the losing penguin walked away, bruised and beaten, yet still tripping over a branch as his “cheating ex-partner” watched, adding the proverbial insult to injury. Unlike that viral National Geographic video, things appear far more positive for the Magellanic penguins in Argentina, as their record numbers astound officials, conservationists, and tourists alike. [Featured Image by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

Planned Woolly Mammoth Cloning Raises Ethical And Environmental Questions

The fictional scenario created by Michael Crichton in Jurassic Park might become a reality if woolly mammoth cloning efforts prove to be successful. But the ethics of such gene editing procedures and warnings on their potential environmental consequences are shrouding the ambitious Harvard research project. According to a report from The Guardian, a team of researchers from Harvard University may be only two years away from realizing its goal of “de-extinction” for the woolly mammoth. The team, which is led by professor George Church, is working on baking in mammoth features into an Asian elephant, which he claims would result in a hybrid embryo – it won’t be quite like the formidable beasts that roamed the Earth, but as close as we can get to seeing the Ice Age ancestors of modern elephants. “Our aim is to produce a hybrid elephant-mammoth embryo. Actually, it would be more like an elephant with a number of mammoth traits. We’re not there yet, but it could happen in a couple of years.” In the end, the Harvard team hopes to create a “mammophant,” an animal that is similar to today’s elephants, but with mammoth traits that include smaller ears, longer, shaggier hair, blood adapted to cold weather, and subcutaneous fat. Church and his associates are using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool to incorporate these features into elephant DNA, and The Guardian noted that the team is looking forward to creating embryos, with the further goal of creating living creatures possibly “many” years away. Harvard scientists ‘two years away from creating woolly mammoth hybrid embryo’ — HuffPost UK Tech (@HuffPostUKTech) February 16, 2017 The project, however, has begged the question of what would happen if and when the scientists are able to create that “mammophant” hybrid embryo and achieve their primary woolly mammoth cloning goal of the moment. It has also sparked questions on ethics; aside from the use of the divisive CRISPR-Cas9 tool, there’s also the possibility that resurrecting the woolly mammoth may prove a spanner in the works to conservation efforts. On Church’s end, he believes that the mammophant would be capable of curbing global warming and its effects on the world. “They keep the tundra from thawing by punching through snow and allowing cold air to come in. In the summer they knock down trees and help the grass grow.” [Image by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images] But there are other scientists who are skeptical of these benefits, including University of Manchester professor of zoology Matthew Cobb, who told The Guardian that woolly mammoths were social animals, like modern Asian elephants. He warned against the dangers that may arise when modern elephants get to mingle with the woolly mammoth once cloned successfully. In addition, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro chimed into BBC News with her opinion on why woolly mammoth cloning is not a good idea – the simple fact that elephants don’t do well when in captivity for whatever reason. “They become physically and emotionally ill, they often fail to reproduce or if they do have babies, they injure and sometimes even kill them. Those animals shouldn’t be in captivity at all, much less be in captivity for some crazy scientific experiment. It’s extremely powerful technology. I don’t want to talk about my worries because I don’t want to put those ideas in bad people’s heads.” Though it may seem like a cool idea to be surrounded by woolly mammoths in the present day, environmentalist George Monbiot does not see things that way. Three and a half years ago, he wrote on his personal blog that previously extinct creatures resurrected in modern times may only end up as curiosities, unable to adapt to their new, modernized environments, and possibly fair game to be abused and exploited by certain individuals. “The one or two specimens which even the most ambitious de-extinction programs will struggle to produce will live and die in zoos. Or, perhaps, in the private collections of the exceedingly rich people who could fund their revival. The bragging rights, admittedly, would be incomparable..Come and see my woolly mammoth’ must be the world’s greatest lost chat-up line (though it could be horribly misinterpreted).” The prospect of woolly mammoth cloning yielding a “mammophant” sometime in the near or distant future is interesting. But based on how some environmentalists and scientists have reacted to it, such a creature is sure to generate controversy as the Harvard team continues work on its de-extinction project. [Featured Image by Matt Dunham/AP Images]

Five Live Streaming Eagle Cams You Can Watch Right Now Online [Video]

Eagle season is here and there are 10 live streaming eagle cams that you can watch online. The playlist above features some of the most popular eagle cams that are live right now. The eagle cams come from different regions and the eagles are in different stages of their nesting season. Some eagles, such as with the Southwest Florida eagle cam have eggs that have hatched and chicks that are soon to fledge. Other eagles are still in the nest building stage while others are in the process of laying eggs. You can toggle through the playlist above and click on each eagle cam to watch the live activity. While the eagle cams are up and running 24/7, the quality of each video for night viewing varies. Here are five live eagle cams that you can watch right now with a bit of information about each nest, the eagles and the cams’ operators. 1. Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Located in North Fort Myers, Florida, the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam is operated by Dick Pritchett. He not only runs multiple cams that stream 24/7 but has a website and active chat room where bald eagle experts address questions. According to the official website, Pritchett began streaming the eagle’s nest in 2012 following a mated bald eagle couple named Ozzie and Harriet. Ozzie died and Harriet mated with another eagle named M15. Harriet and M15 raised a clutch during the 2015-2016 season. This is their second clutch. Though Harriet laid two eggs, only one hatched. The eaglet’s name is E9 and he or she hatched on Dec. 31, 2016. Countless people have tuned in to watch E9 grow over the past few months and are waiting for the day E9 takes flight. Bald eagles are seen in a nest. [Image by Darren Gidney/Thinkstock] 2. Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) and the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC (MPDC) Eagle Cam The ECC, MPDC eagle cam is a joint effort between Earth Conservation Corps and Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. The eagle’s nest is the longest to have been broadcasted in D.C. and is home to mom Liberty and dad Justice. There is an official website that gives the backstory on the cam as well as updates it has made over the years. This marks the ECC, MPDC’s seventh year broadcasting. Liberty and Justice are currently incubating two eggs and viewers are watching to see if there will be a third. A pair of bald eagles perched in a tree. [Image by Charlie Floyd/Thinkstock] 3. Dale Hollow Eagle Cam According to the Dale Hollow Eagle Cam official site, the live cam has operated since 2014. The streaming eagle cam is a joint effort from the Friends of Dale Hollow Lake, the Dale Hollow Lake Marina Operator’s Association, Twin Lakes TV, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mom and dad are incubating three eggs. You can see photos from the eagle cam site here. Watch the live streaming cam below. The Dale Hollow eagles are expected to hatch around Feb. 20, 2017. 4. Avon Lake Bald Eagles The Avon Lakes Bald Eagles web cam automatically refreshes every hour. You also have the option to rewind the live stream. During the night the live cam is very dark, but it has clear visibility during daylight hours. The eagle’s nest is near Cleveland, Ohio and is located in a tree near Redwood Elementary school. The eagles’ names are Stars and Stripes. The Avon Lake Bald Eagles are still in the nest building stage and haven’t laid eggs yet. 5. Duke Farms Eagle Cam Duke Farms is a privately owned estate that expands 2,700 acres in Hillsborough, New Jersey. In 2005, the owners of Duke Farms spotted the eagle’s nest on the undeveloped property. In 2008, they set up the eagle cam and had planned to regularly stream the eagles. Unfortunately, the original bald eagles’ nest, cam and even the tree where the cam was established were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. In 2012, the eagles built a new nest and (the father eagle is banded by the state of New Jersey, so they are certain it is the same bonded eagle pair), by 2013, a new cam was set up and live streaming resumed. There is a Facebook group called Friends of Duke Farm where people discuss activity they’ve witnessed through the bald eagle cam. You can also find more information at the official website: Duke Farms Eagle Cam. [Featured Image by Striking Photography/Shutterstock]