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This Giraffe Gives Zero F--ks About GoPro Cameras: VIDEO


Wildlife photographer Chris Barnard's GoPro miraculously survives a kick from the tallest animal on earth.

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True and Farty Facts about the Octopus: VIDEO

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Performance artist, vlogger, and Morgan Freeman impersonator Ze Frank offers up a fun and fascinating guide to the “floppy floppy spider of the sea.”

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

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Irish Aquarium Reports Pair of Gay Penguins


Ireland's Dingle Oceanworld says that a pair of gay penguins have reportedly revealed themselves by setting up a nest together, the Irish Examiner reports:

The Irish duo are one of five couples which have paired off for the breeding season at the polar exhibition which mimics the icy conditions at the South Pole in the Kerry Aquarium.

The head penguin keeper, Kate Hall, said same-sex couples are not unheard of in the penguin world, although it is usually two males who pair off.

"It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females."

She said Missy and Penelope have been displaying all the signs of a courting couple in their enclosure, which is home to a dozen of the black and white creatures.

"The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that.

Here on Towleroad we've followed many gay penguin pairs over the years, including Suki and Chupchikoni at Israel's Ramat Gan Zoological Center, Buddy and Pedro at the Toronto Zoo, Harry and Pepper at the SF zoo, Z and Vielpunkt at the Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany, two great parents at a Chinese zoo, and of course NY's Silo and Roy, who were immortalized in the controversial children's book, And Tango Makes Three.

California Lawmaker Proposes Legislation Banning Captivity of Orcas for Entertainment Purposes


Legislation banning the captivity of orcas for entertainment is being introduced in California by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Take Part reports:

State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, will introduce Friday the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, which would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.” The bill would also ban artificial insemination of captive killer whales in California and block the import of orcas or orca semen from other states.

Violators would face a fine up to $100,000 and/or six months in a county jail.

“There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” Bloom declared in a written statement prior to a press conference to be held at the Santa Monica Pier. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives. It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement.”

Sea World released a statement:

“While we cannot comment on Assemblyman Bloom’s proposed legislation until we see it, the individuals he has chosen to associate with for today’s press conference are well known extreme animal rights activists, many of whom regularly campaign against SeaWorld and other accredited marine mammal parks and institutions.

“Included in the group are some of the same activists that partnered with PETA in bringing the meritless claim that animals in human care should be considered slaves under the 13th amendment of the U.S. Constitution – a clear publicity stunt. This legislation appears to reflect the same sort of out-of-the-mainstream thinking.

“SeaWorld, one of the world’s most respected zoological institutions, already operates under multiple federal, state and local animal welfare laws.

“In addition to being one of the most respected members of the business community, SeaWorld also is a global leader in the zoological and animal welfare world. We are deeply committed to the health and well-being of all of our animals and killer whales are no exception.

“Our passionate employees are the true animal advocates – the pioneering scientists, researchers, veterinarians, trainers, marine biologists, educators, aquarists, aviculturists and conservationists who for 50 years have cared for the animals at SeaWorld and also saved thousands in the wild that are injured, ill or orphaned.

“We engage in business practices that are responsible, sustainable and reflective of the balanced values all Americans share.”

The legislation was spurred by the documentary Blackfish, according to USA Today.

Hovercraft Deer Rescue of the Day: VIDEO


A father and son spotted two deer stranded on the ice covered Albert Lea Lake in Minnesota and headed out in their hovercraft to rescue them. Now that's Minnesota N-ice.


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Astonishing Drone Footage Shows Aftermath of Rock Slide in Italy: VIDEO


A drone captured some stunning imagery of a 300-year-old barn and vineyard in Tramin, in Northern Italy owned by the Tyrolean Servite (monks and/or nuns) that got hammered by a rock slide on January 21.


According to the local newspaper, a rock tower above the property dissolved. The farm building was crushed as were a parked car and a tractor. The inhabitants of the residence were spared, as you can see the boulder above stopped just short of that building.

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