Iguana escapes fire by jumping on Corby fireman’s helmet

An iguana escaped from a house fire by jumping on to a firefighter’s helmet.

The athletic reptile’s survival instinct kicked in when fire broke out at its owner’s home in Whitworth Avenue, Corby, on Wednesday night.

As crews battled the flames, the iguana leapt to the safety of a firefighter’s head, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

A spokeswoman said the crew member did not realise it was there, and the pet was carried away unscathed.

It was “a very unique incident – one that we have never dealt with before”, she said.

“The fireman… didn’t realise the iguana had climbed on top of him at first as he initially thought it was a colleague touching his helmet.

“What a surprise he then had to find this iguana chilling on his head, eager to escape the burning building.”

Iguana fact file

  • Iguanas are native to Central and South America and are tropical, arboreal lizards
  • They can grow up to six feet (1.8m) in length and are herbivorous, feeding on jungle leaves, fruits and flowers in the wild
  • Young iguanas need daily feeding whilst large adult iguanas may only feed two to three times a week on a diet consisting of, among other things, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, tomatoes, melon and bananas
  • A mature iguana can weigh as much as 15lbs (6.8kg) and the reptiles can be difficult to handle as they have razor-sharp teeth, claws and a lashing tail

Gorillas pose for selfie with DR Congo anti-poaching unit

Two gorillas have been photographed posing for a relaxed selfie with the rangers who rescued them as babies.

The image was taken at a gorilla orphanage in Virunga National Park, DR Congo, where the animals were raised after poachers killed their parents.

The park’s deputy director told BBC Newsday that they had learned to imitate their carers, who have looked after them since they were found.

The gorillas, he added, think of the rangers as their parents.

Innocent Mburanumwe, deputy director of Virunga, told the BBC the gorillas’ mothers were both killed in July 2007.

The gorillas were just two and four months old at the time.

Shortly afterwards, they were found and taken to Senkwekwe Sanctuary in Virunga, where they have lived ever since.

Because they’ve grown up with the rangers who rescued them, Mr Mburanumwe added, “they are imitating the humans” – and standing on two legs is their way of “learning to be human beings”.

But it “doesn’t happen normally”, he said.

“I was very surprised to see it… so it’s very funny. It’s very curious to see how a gorilla can imitate a human and stand up.”

Five rangers were killed in Virunga National Park last year in an ambush by suspected rebels, and more than 130 park rangers have been killed in Virunga since 1996.

Eastern DR Congo is mired in conflict between the government and various armed groups.

Some of these armed groups are based in the park, where they often poach animals.

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Bears Contemplating Life

 

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These two specimens don’t care about contemplation, they’re in a beer drinking contest!

MOS02-20010903-MARIINSK, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Businessman Nikolai Kirpichnikov gives medovukha (self made alcohole drink based on honey) to his bears (bears like this drink very much and they receive it time to time) in the yard of his house in the town of Mariinsk in Kemerovo region (eastern Siberia), Saturday, 01 September 2001. Nikolay Kirpichnikov found three bear cubs four years ago in the forest when their mother was killed by a poachers. Untill now all three bears live in his house ian iron cage.

Businessman Nikolai Kirpichnikov gives medovukha (self made alcohole drink based on honey) to his bears (bears like this drink very much and they receive it time to time) in the yard of his house in the town of Mariinsk in Kemerovo region (eastern Siberia), Saturday, 01 September 2001. Nikolay Kirpichnikov found three bear cubs four years ago in the forest when their mother was killed by a poachers. Until now all three bears live in his house in iron cage.

 

Man Slides Deer To Safety Across Frozen Lake

Lancour went home, got a leash and called his friend John Moss, for help.

When he realized that the leash was not going to work, Lencour stepped out onto the ice and approached the deer. When the animal didn’t seem to bolt or struggle, he came up with a different idea.

Wearing ice cleats, Lencour began sliding the helpless animal towards the shore as Moss got out his phone and began recording.

When they were near the edge of the ice, the deer struggled and finally righted itself. Laughing, Lencour quipped “you’re welcome,” as it ran into the distance.

Painted Sheep Look Really Cool

In these trying times I am continually looking out for news that might bring some fun into the world and in so doing, brighten up your day. There is a farmer in Bathgate in Scotland who came up with a novel idea for brightening up the day for motorists who drive by his farm on the M8 motorway.

This story all started back in 2007 when a Scottish farmer  named Andrew Jack decided to color his sheep blue to celebrate the Scottish national St Andrew’s Day holiday. Don’t worry the sheep didn’t get hurt as he used a special animal friendly spray paint. The effect was quite stunning don’t you think?

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The reaction to his blue sheep was tremendous. When asked for his reaction, Bob Carruth of the National Farmers’ Union Of Scotland  commented “It’s a very patriotic gesture and it also reminds people how important sheep are to our agriculture”  This support encouraged Jack and he decided  to also add a few red ones to his growing flock of funky sheep. 

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According to Jack he liked the idea of the funky sheep as it was his way to “Spice Things Up A Bit”  so people could smile on their way to and from work while driving on the motorway. Once again the reaction was overwhelming and the drive past Jack’s farm became a bit of a tourist attraction.

Jack’s reaction to the publicity was to expand his color range even further and today if you pass the M8 you will most likely see a rainbow effect of colorful, funky , Scottish sheep all diligently brightening up the day for all the folks who drive by and It may look something like this.

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Jack frequently re-sprays his sheep and they remain colorful until it is time for shearing. If you are still concerned about the effect of the paint on the animals, the editor of “Sheep” magazine, Nathan Griffith states that it is not harmful to dye sheep with the right products, and that many sheep farmers count and identify their flocks by color coding their fleeces.

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SOLENT: IN THE PINK! Ewe must be kidding! Visitors at a nature park thought they were going baarmy when they spotted these sheep - with pink wool. The extraordinary flock is causing a sensation at SheepWorld, near Auckland, New Zealand. Park bosses originally dyed the animals with harmless food colouring as part of breast cancer awareness week. Photographer Samuel Zoll took these photos of the bizarre scene when he visted Sheepworld. Pic: Samuel Zoll/solent © Samuel Zoll/solent UK +44 (0) 2380 458800

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Sensational Drone Footage of Sheep being Herded in New Zealand

The majesty of nature has been captured via drone footage once again thanks to an aerial photographer in New Zealand.

Tim Whittaker managed to film hundreds of sheep being herded in a field from a perspective that leaves the animals resembling a school of fish or a flock of birds.

The breathtaking film also shows the subtle ways in which their direction can shift due to outside forces such as herding dogs.

To an on-the-ground observer, the movement of the mass of sheep may seem chaotic, but the maneuvers of the animals are revealed to remarkably harmonious when seen from above.

 

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Eerie looking night flock.

Mandarin Duck

The mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) is a perching duck species native to the East Palearctic. It is medium-sized, at 41–49 cm (16–19 in) long with a 65–75 cm (26–30 in) wingspan. It is closely related to the North American wood duck, the only other member of the genus Aix. Aix is an Ancient Greek word which was used by Aristotle to refer to an unknown diving bird, and galericulata is the Latin for a wig, derived from galerum, a cap or bonnet.

The species was once widespread in East Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat have reduced populations in eastern Russia and in China to below 1,000 pairs in each country; Japan, however, is thought to still hold some 5,000 pairs. The Asian populations are migratory, overwintering in lowland eastern China and southern Japan.

Specimens frequently escape from collections, and in the 20th century, a large, feral population was established in Great Britain; more recently, small numbers have bred in Ireland, concentrated in the parks of Dublin. Now, about 7,000 are in Britain with other populations on the European continent, the largest of which is in the region of Berlin. Isolated populations exist in the United States. The town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, has a limited population, and a free-flying feral population of several hundred mandarins exist in Sonoma County, California. This population is the result of several ducks escaping from captivity, then reproducing in the wild. In 2018, a single bird, dubbed Mandarin Patinkin, was seen in New York City’s Central Park.

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Hammerhead Shark has camera temporarily attached to its fin for great footage

A deep sea diver has captured life in the Caribbean like never before – by attaching a camera to the body of a hammerhead shark by hand.

Andy Casagrande, an award-winning wildlife cinematographer, captured the extraordinary scenes just off the coast of Bimini, in the Bahamas.

The GoPro camera stayed on the shark’s fin for almost three hours and took in a tour of the sea bed to give Mr Casagrande, 37, a unique viewpoint of the creature’s adventures.

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Hammerheads routinely make top ten lists of world’s most deadly sharks, but it didn’t stop Mr Casagrande diving in to attach the camera.

Mr Casagrande, who has worked with sharks for 15 years, said he hoped the footage would help give a greater understanding of hammerheads’ natural lifestyle.

He said: ‘Bimini is the worldwide hot spot for hammerheads so we knew we had a chance of getting some good shots. I’m fascinated by the secret life of sharks and I’ve wanted to film them on the GoPro for some time.

‘It was actually more of a struggle than I thought it might. I had to grab the shark’s head to stabilise it and then take a chance with attaching the GoPro.

‘Hammerheads are quite a timid shark usually but this one was hard to get close to.

‘We have to build up trust but it’s pretty awesome just getting up close and observing these guys. When it finally came close enough I put the camera’s clamps around the dorsal fin and off it went.

‘The clamps are harmless because they’re designed to dissolve in salt water after a few hours.’

Mr Casagrande then sat back and waited for the GoPro to release itself and tracked it hundreds of metres away using a high-frequency radio.

The device – a GoPro Hero 4 provided by his sponsors – had floated to the surface of the crystal-clear water and the footage was edited at his home in the U.S.

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Mr Casagrande, who lives with wife Emma, 32, and their two children in Naples, Florida, dismissed some online critics who claimed that the project was harmful to sharks.

Mr Casagrande, an Emmy award winner with more than 100 wildlife filming credits to his name, said: ‘I’m trying to engage people to care about sharks and conservation. The whole reason I got into this was because I care about sharks.

‘This was 100 per cent non-invasive. It seemed pretty chilled out once the GoPro was on. It just turned on its side and took off.

‘I deployed it on a few of them and this one just stuck. It cruised all around the area.

‘Bimini is a pretty small island but it went out to some deeper water and through some pretty different habitats. I’m really happy with the footage and I’d love to do more of this.’