Owl Swims in Michigan Lake

A Michigan sheriff’s department captured some amazing and rather rare footage of an owl swimming in a lake. The odd scene reportedly took place early Monday morning at Lake St. Clair and was spotted by officers from the marine division of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. Fortunately, they managed to film the wondrous sight and subsequently shared it on their Facebook account.

Marveling that they had “a special guest this morning,” the sheriff’s office theorized that the creature was a “snowy owl that has been seen on several occasions in the area.” In the video, the bird swims along through the lake until it reaches the shore, where it climbs up onto a rock and shakes the water off from its feathers. The owl then takes off and flies away from the area, proving to be adept at air, sea, and land travel.

Since owls do not possess waterproof feathers, for them to swim is something of an unusual occurrence and, wildlife experts say, generally only happens when the creatures are forced into such a predicament. Although the sheriff’s office did not speculate as to what led this event unfold, they asked residents to “please remember to respect these beautiful animals by being a good observer” and keep their distance from the birds should they encounter them.

Indian Farmer Paints Tiger Stripes on Dog to Scare Away Monkeys Eating Crops

An Indian farmer fed up with monkeys feasting on his crops came up with a rather clever solution to the problem by painting stripes on his dog so that it looked like a tiger. The weird dye job was reportedly the brainchild of Srikanta Gowda, who resides in the city of Shivamogga. Residents of the region have been struggling in recent weeks with a spate of incidents in which voracious wild monkeys have decimated a number of farms.

Hoping to avoid having his coffee and areca crops fall victim to the hungry primates, Gowda initially placed a stuffed tiger in his field and that seemed to do the trick. However, when the doll’s color faded due to the sun, the monkeys were no longer afraid of the ‘creature’ and descended upon the property once again. Realizing that he needed to take drastic measures to prevent losing his crops, the beleaguered farmer found an answer by way of his dog Bulbul.

Gowda proceeded to use some hair dye to paint stripes on Bulbul’s body, which resulted in the dog resembling a tiger. The ingenious idea proved to be a success as he says that he walks the animal through his fields twice a day and has witnessed frightened monkeys flee the property at the sight of the ‘ferocious’ creature. According to Gowda’s daughter, other farmers in the area have been so impressed with Gowda’s guard dog that they have begun copying the concept with their own pets. Let’s just hope that the sudden increase in ‘tigers’ in the area doesn’t result in an influx of big cats coming to the region looking for friends.

Don’t Wake Me Up!

In a interesting video from Ireland, a sleeping tiger at the Dublin Zoo had a ferocious reaction to being woken up by its fellow feline.

The footage from a family’s visit to the zoo begins innocently enough, with a young girl mimicking a tiger as it comes prowling towards the glass.

But when the tiger rouses its companion from a serene slumber, the scene becomes rather unsettling and the toddler reels back in terror as the two big cats prepare to do battle.

Fortunately, it appears the tigers were able to work out their issues without resorting to violence, despite some tense moments when it appeared the conflict could get ugly.

While the incident may have been a surprise to the little girl, for anyone who has ever been woken up by an annoying roommate, it probably looked all too familiar.

How zoo animals in Washington, D.C. reacted to the earthquake on August 23, 2011

These are descriptions of how animals at The National Zoo in Washington reacted to the earthquake.  Some reacted before it began shaking.

From Popular Science

“Keepers were feeding the beavers and hooded mergansers (a species of duck) when the earthquake hit. The ducks immediately jumped into the pool. The beavers stopped eating, stood on their hind legs and looked around, then got into the water, too. They all stayed in the water. Within an hour, some of the beavers returned to land to continue eating.”

 

“According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake.”

Hell, when there’s bamboo to be eaten, why get worked up about the ground shaking beneath you?

 

“The howler monkeys sounded an alarm call just after the earthquake.”

 

 

“Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.”

“About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.”

 

 

“About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.”

“About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.”

This is my favorite picture; I can imagine that the gorilla is really trying to puzzle out what just happened.

 

 

“Damai (a female Sumatran tiger) jumped at the start of the earthquake in a startled fashion. Her behavior returned to normal after the quake.”

 

 

“The lion pride was outside. They all stood still and faced the building, which rattled during the quake. All settled down within minutes.”

 

 

“The Zoo has a flock of 64 flamingos. Just before the quake, the birds rushed about and grouped themselves together. They remained huddled during the quake.”

 

 

“All the snakes began writhing during the quake (copperheads, cotton mouth, false water cobra, etc.). Normally, they remain inactive during the day.”

This is actually really scary, especially because the named snakes are super poisonous.