An angry lioness launches herself at a male - but ends up sitting on his head, looking like a lion hat. She pounced at the male when he tried to discipline her cubs, but misjudged the distance. Park ranger Jacques Matthysen photographed the moment at a game reserve in South Africa.
Picture: JACQUES MATTHYSEN / CATERS NEWS (via Pictures of the day: 27 November 2012 - Telegraph)
A bird eats insects from a capybara’s behind in Estancia Rincon del Socorro, Argentina. The rear end of the world’s largest rodent offered fine dining for this bug-eating bird, a yellow-headed caracara. And the capybara didn’t mind as the bird was removing pesky insects - probably ticks - from its fur. Photographer Nate Chappell captured the scene in Argentina’s Ibera Wetlands.
A team led by Luke Rendell at the University of St Andrews [was] monitoring calls and behavior in sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) off the northern Chile coast when they accidentally drifted into the middle of a pod of whales hanging vertically in the water, their noses poking out of the surface. At least two of the whales were facing the boat, but not a single animal responded.
It was actually pretty scary. The boat had drifted into the group with its engine off [while] I was below decks making acoustic recordings. Once I saw the situation I decided the best thing to do was to try and sail our way out of the group rather than turn the engine on and have them all react.
Photograph by Jim Ridley (via Crane Picture - Bird Photo - National Geographic Photo of the Day)
Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Long-lost silverback gorilla bros Kesho and Alf were reunited this week after spending nearly three years apart — and it was brotherly love at first embrace, according to staff at Longleat Safari Park in the U.K.:
We weren’t entirely sure that the brothers would even know each other, (Kesho has gained 200 pounds!) but the moment they met you could just see the recognition in their eyes.
They were touching each other through the cage that temporarily separated them and there were no acts of aggression.
We put them together 24 hours later and it was like they had never been apart.
Sandhill crane I rescued from a Haines City Walmart for Woodland Wonders. Her lower beak is partially missing and she has a lot of trouble eating, but is doing well. The auto-department at the Walmart were feeding her bread, so she’s been imprinted and is oddly friendly.
A few months from now, cinemas worldwide will be packed for Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited film of Michael Morpurgo’s bestseller, War Horse.
Picture: Bruce Lemons/solent (via Pictures of the day: 22 September 2011 - Telegraph)
Photographed by Sølve Sundsbø
Picture: Lise De Serres /solent (via Pictures of the day: 12 September 2011 - Telegraph)
“What has spurred the increase in poaching?
The increase appears to be driven by an upsurge in demand for ivory, principally from China’s newly affluent middle class, who are probably unaware that every time they buy ivory they are contributing to elephant death. Sometimes elephants are also killed for raiding local crops.
What is the government doing to combat poaching, and what more can be done?
The Kenya Wildlife Service is doing all they can, but with demand for ivory surging, they are being run off their feet. There need to be more funds for anti-poaching activities on the ground by the local communities, the Northern Rangeland Trust, and the Kenya Wildlife Service. Sentences for poachers who are convicted should be more severe to act as a deterrent.
What are some common misconceptions about elephant poaching?
It is a misconception to suppose that the ivory poachers are poor farmers who are forced to poach because of their poverty. The truth is that ivory poaching and trading is increasingly carried out by organized criminal syndicates, and the poachers at the ground level are usually bandits, well-armed with automatic rifles, who are robbing people when they are not killing elephants and other wildlife.
Can poaching ever be totally eliminated?
It cannot be eliminated, but it can be controlled. In the years following the 1989 ivory trade ban the population of elephants increased in Kenya—from around 14,000 in 1985 to more than 23,000 in 2006—even though there was still some poaching occurring. Now, we need to make the world wake up and take action to stop this renewed onslaught against the elephants. Ultimately, demand for ivory needs to be reduced, and the most important country where this needs to happen is China.”
:( Simba 1, go catch those motha-fuckin’ poachers!
An ornithologist frees a Kestrel (Falco Tinnunculus) in the Great Hungarian Plain at Hortobagy, 124 miles east of Budapest. The falcon, which had been injured, was rescued and marked with an identification ring before it was returned to nature, ornithologists said.
(Laszlo Balogh, REUTERS / August 11, 2011) (via Photos in the news - chicagotribune.com)