Tag Archives: Animals

Cat Is Intrigued By Floating Snake Illusion

The Rotating Snake Illusion is an art piece that so many recognize, but few know the title. YouTuber Rasmusab thought it would make for an interesting experiment to show his cat the illusion, and record the results. 

Now, the video from February has experienced a viral explosion, amassing over 100,000 visits just today. It is also featured on VideoSift, Gizmodo, TastefullyO, and HyperVocal.

Did your cat react to the visuals?

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/03/06/cat-in-intrigued-by-floating-snake-illussion/

Bird Tries To Bother Apathetic Cat

After watching so many Looney Tunes cartoons, I learned at a young age that cats like to eat birds. Even when birds are in the trees, cats seem fixated on catching them. But this strange video breaks all the rules. First, a bird swoops around and even lands on a cat. Birds aren’t usually that aggressive. But even stranger is the how the cat responds. It acts as if there is no bird and just ignored the flying menace.  

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/07/18/bird-tries-to-bother-apathetic-cat/

Thousands Of Cameras Capture The Thriving Wildlife In World’s Protected Forests

The worlds tropical forests are thick with trees, rich in life, and dense with humidity. However, high-quality information and expansive data about the biodiversity within these understudiedwildlife hospots is scarce. This makes conservation initiatives all the more difficult to create.

So, to find out how effective protected forests are at helping wildlife, a recent study by the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM) has captured an unbelievable amount of images documenting the intense biodiversity of protected sites in 15 tropical forests aroundthe world.

TEAM -a coalition led byConservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – recently published theirfindings online in PLOS Biology.

For the study, TEAM set up a network of over 1,000 camera traps across forests in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Each site was surveyed for at least three years, creating a total of over 500,000 images per year of 244 ground-dwelling vertebratespecies from African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the Republic of Congo to giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) in Ecuador.

The images were captured using motion-triggered cameras thatsnapaway if they detectan animal walking through their path. Each site had between 60 to 90 cameras set up, placed around every 1 to 2 kilometers squared (0.38 to 0.77 miles squared).

African bush elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Nouabale Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo.TEAM Network and Wildlife Conservation Society.

Male Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) close-up in Cameroon, with a female and juvenile in the background. Image credit:TEAM Network and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

The jaguar (Panthera onca) is the largest cat in the western hemisphere and a near threatened species. This individual was photographed at Volcn Barva, Costa Rica. Image credit:Courtesy of TEAM Network and Conservation International

Using the images as data, the researchers created occupancy models of each species over a threeto eightyear period. Overall, the results were remarkably positive: 17 percent of the monitored populations were found to be increasing, 22 percent were remaining stable, and 22 percent showed some decline. The remaining 39 were animals not detected often enough for their population statistics. According to the authors, these results paint a more optmistic pictureabout the success of protected areas, contrasting earlier reports of widespread decline.

It’s hoped that the study will therefore verifythat protected areas are highly effective at preserving and indeed increasing numbers of endangeredwildlife.

“At a time when environmental concerns are taking center stage, these results show that protected areas play an important role in maintaining biodiversity,” said Jorge Ahumada, executive director of the TEAM Network and a coauthor of the study said in a press release.

“Our study reflects a more optimistic outlook about the effectiveness of protected areas. For the first time we are not relying on disparate data sources, but rather using primary data collected in a standardized way across a range of protected areas throughout the world.

With this data we have created a public resource that can be used by governments or others in the conservation community to inform decisions.”

Make sure you check outthe officialTEAM galleryfor more of their incredible photographs.

Two rarely-seen bush dogs (Speothos venaticus) are captured for the first time in YanachagaChemilln National Park, Peru. TEAM Network and Wildlife Conservation Society

Photo Gallery

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/thousands-cameras-capture-thriving-wildlife-worlds-protected-forests

An Engineer’s Guide To Cats 2.0

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0

Way back in 2008, YouTuber Klusmanp posted An Engineer’s Guide To Cats. The video quickly became an Internet classic, and now stands with over 6.5 million views.

Now, over five years later, he has returned with an unexpected sequel. 

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0 begins in a similar fashion as the original as a tribute, and further discusses cats from an engineer’s nerdy perspective.  

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/12/20/an-engineers-guide-to-cats-2-0/

Crab Net Camera Offers Stunning View Of Underwater World

Crab Net Camera Offers Stunning View Of Underwater World

Scott Murray attached a GoPro camera to one of his crab nets while fishing. 

He never expected to capture such stunning footage of the hidden underwater world.

His video has just gone viral with over 300,000 views just today!

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/01/06/crab-net-camera-offers-stunning-view-of-underwater-world/

Cat Boarding

Unknown YouTuber Perky Balls posted this short yet sweet video over the weekend of a cat in a box slowly riding on a skateboard past the view of the recording camera.

Quickly, the clip was picked up by popular sites, such as Mashable, TastefullyOffensive,  WebProNews, and DailyOfTheDay, and now it stands with over 200,000 views.

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/05/28/cat-boarding/