Caretaker swats at elephant with a rag, but it’s the next moment that’s melting everyone’s heart

Elephants are incredible creatures and quite smart, too. The females tend to stick together in packs while the males wander off either on their own after they’re teenagers or small groups of them band together. Some elephants sadly are abused and hunted, but at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, these majestic animals can seek solace and comfort among the volunteers there. Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand, has a special relationship with one particular pachyderm at the Elephant Nature Park named Faamai.

They interact surprisingly closely for a human and an elephant. Lek swats away flies for Faamai and begins singing to the elephant. But it isn’t just any song. It’s a lullaby. Faamai loves the attention Lek is giving her and pretty soon, Faamai begins to get drowsy. The next thing you know, Faamai begins to gently lower herself down onto the ground. She just can’t stand upright any longer with Lek’s loving voice serenading her.

Apparently elephants love lullabies. According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association, classical music is soothing to Asian elephants. When orchestra violinist Eleanor Bartsch played a concerto for two elephants belonging to the Circus World Museum, she was astonished to see them swaying to the music, reports the Washington Post. Not only does Faamai get comfortable, but she does something so surprising once she’s on the ground! Watch the video below and see what happens as Lek continues singing to Faamai after she nestles herself near loving Lek.

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Horse is clueless he’s surrounded by wolves, suddenly pulls move making onlookers gasp

Everyone knows that when a pack of hungry wolves surround you, then you can pretty much kiss your life goodbye. Thankfully most of us will never have to experience such a scary scenario, but our animal friends aren’t always so lucky.

Even though Mother Nature can be a little bit of a meanie, we understand that it’s all a part of the circle of life. But, that doesn’t keep us from rooting for the underdog, especially when it happens to be a beautiful wild horse!

Trying to eek out a living in the wilderness doesn’t get any more real than what you see in this video clip. It’s wintertime and a pack of small Italian wolves stumble upon a large horse.
The wolves don’t know what to make of this strange new prey. They’ve never laid eyes on such a big catch before, especially one that’s just standing there, searching for grass to graze under the snow cover.

Their prey usually consists of small deer who are always running in the opposite direction, fleeing the predators. But, this brave fella was acting like the alpha dog and he firmly stood his ground.

The wolves circle around the animal, keeping a wary eye on such a large creature. They probably are trying to calculate just how to approach the horse.

In self defense, the horse could lash out and kick with its hooves. It could rear up on its hind legs and try to frighten them away.

As the pack locked eyes with the horse, the horse made an unforgettable move. In this raw documentary, there aren’t any directors staging the scene, and the acting is both spontaneous and spectacular!

Even the unexpected ending will totally leave you floored and wanting to see the sequel. Watch the video below to see why this is nature at its absolute finest… and its funniest!

Doggy parents everywhere will instantly recognize the horse’s cheeky behavior. Lol, I think we know who just voted himself the new leader of this wolf pack!

We all expect this large, statuesque horse to have the upper hand because of its size. But instead of turning menacing, it did something else.

This video and the horse’s self defense strategy is awesome! You have to see it for yourself!

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Bird saw owner on drums…and started rocking out

This bird apparently loves percussion rather than whistling or chirping, because as soon as this dad starts tapping the drum, the bird starts to rock out!

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We photographed hundreds of the most beautiful chickens, and just look at them!

I’m Matteo and I’m a professional photographer. I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of birds.

In 2013 I decided to go in search of a Concincina as a pet for my studio garden in Milan. That’s when I met Giorgio, a farmer who invited me to an aviary exhibition.

That very same day, the Concincina hen Jessicah (cue Unchained Melody) stole my heart.

My friend and work partner Moreno joined me in this passion/madness and we started to take pictures of literally hundreds of chickens and roosters.

Just look at them. They are beautiful. And they know it.

Eventually, we ended up with enough material to think about publishing a book. That’s why we just launched a Kickstarter campaign.

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9 ways to keep mice away from home

Mice may seem cute and harmless compared to rats, but it’s only how they look. They can carry many dangerous and potentially life-threatening diseases. But even without the dangers that mice can pose, you sure don’t want them to invade your home. You first step is to mouse-proof your home – make sure that possible entry points, such as holes, cracks, and small spaces under your sink, windows, and doors, are sealed. Inspect your house both inside and outside for such spaces. You can block the potential mouse entry points using stainless-steel wool, copper mesh, caulk, or cement.

You should also make sure there’s no food available for mice:

– keep your food in airtight plastic containers;
— take out the trash regularly;
— don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink;
— sweep your kitchen floor and clean counters, tables, or other surfaces where there may be crumbs;
— put your pets’ food bowls away after they eat;
— throw away or recycle old newspapers, magazines and other things that mice can use to make bedding.

And, finally, here’s a list of 9 methods to keep mice away from your home:

1. Humane traps

If you don’t want to cause mice unnecessary suffering, you can catch them with humane traps. They can be found in almost any pet store. Read the instructions before using them, and place them where mice are found in your home. For the best effect put a piece of food in there as a bait. Check the trap every day and release the mice into the wild, as PETA recommends.

2. Peppermint essential oil
While this smell is pleasant for humans, mice absolutely hate it. Put 20–30 drops of peppermint essential oil on each cotton ball and put them in places in your home that attract mice. You’ll have to replace old cotton balls with new ones about every week. And make sure the cotton balls are out of reach of your pets.

3. Cloves or clove essential oil
Mice strongly dislike clove smell, too. If you opt for clove essential oil, use it in the same you would use the one described above. Alternatively, you can use whole cloves – wrap them in pieces of old cotton T-shirt and put them around the house.

4. Bay leaves

Another natural repellent with nice smell! Put some bay leaves in mice’s favorite places. Replace the leaves every two or three days.

5. Aluminum foil
Cover countertops and other surfaces where mice can come with aluminum foil. You can also stuff the foil into cracks and holes to prevent mice from getting inside your house.

6. Mouse deterrent spray
This spray is made from VERY hot peppers, so it’s best to put on gloves, goggles, and surgical mask to avoid irritation while making it. Here are the instructions how to make it (by Claire Goodall):

– boil 1 gallon of water;
— put half a cup of chopped habaneros and 2 tbsp. hot pepper flakes in a food processor, blend them a little;
— put this pepper mixture into a 2-gallon bucket and pour the boiling water in it;
— cover the bucket and allow the mixture to sit for 24 hours;

— use cheesecloth to filter this mixture pouring it into another 2-gallon bucket;
— pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray entry points and areas in your home where you find mice or mouse feces;
— don’t use the mixture on carpets, it can discolor them.
7. Dryer sheets
Place dryer sheets in affected areas. Change them once the smell fades.

8. Mothballs
Mothballs are good at deterring mice, but they are toxic. Use them with reservation if you have children and/or pets, and make sure it’s out of their reach.

9. Adopt or buy a cat

You probably know that this is how cats started living with humans: they came to catch mice in places where grain was stored. So let them do the job they’ve been doing for thousands of years – go to your local shelter and take home a new fluffy friend and little hunter.

Note: this method doesn’t always work as you expect, because some cats are lousy rodent-catchers.

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Stone artist akie nakata brings stones to life by painting the living spirit of the being she feels inside the stone, the results are breathtaking!

Who would have thought paintings on stones can be so beautiful? But a stone artist Akie Nakata paints such realistic creatures on stones which sure will leave you in awe. Though stones are not simple materials or canvases for painting pictures on, Akie tried this unique thing and now the whole world is praising her work.

“Among all those numerous stones on a river bank, one stone, looking like an animal, catches my eye. When I find a stone, I feel that stone has found me too. Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them.”, says stone artist Akie Nakata

The paintings are so realistic and beautiful that no one can believe that it is just a painting on a stone at first glance. Her work is getting so much appreciation which this talented artist totally deserves.

Akie Nakata says: “So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, which inspires me to work with them. In my encounters with the stones and in my art, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones, and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape. Stones may fall outside our usual definition of living organisms, but when I think of the long time it takes for a stone to change from a huge boulder in the mountains to the size and shape it has, as rests in my palm, I feel the history of the earth that the stone has silently witnessed over the millennia, and I feel the story inside it. I feel the breath of a life inside each stone, so sometimes I paint while I talk to the stone as I hold it in my hand.”

“In order to bring out the living being that I feel in the stone to its surface, I proceed very carefully. I consider step by step, for example, whether I am positioning the backbone in the right place. Does it feel right? Am I forcing something that disagrees with the natural shape of the stone? I tread carefully. I put my paintbrush to the stone when I truly feel that it is the right brushstroke. In this sense, my painting is a dialogue with the stone. It is the stone that determines what I paint on it, not me. The art I want to create is a life newly born in my hands through my dialogue with the stone. I want to paint the life, the living spirit of the being I feel inside the stone.”

“I paint the eyes at the very end, and I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”, Akie Nakata says while talking about her incredible paintings.

That’s so true! When you will look at the eyes, you will definitely feel that they are looking back at you. What a talented and gifted artist she is! We absolutely love her work. Here are few paintings which will leave you speechless as they are so realistic.

Now have a looks at those marvelous creatures!

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Gorilla adopts two tiny cats – because she doesn’t have babies of her own

Babies are a source of joy in our lives. These babies serve as a source of inspiration and laughter for people who fail to conceive a child of their own. This is true not for humans even for animals. One such animal happens to be a gorilla that never had any babies of her own. But the ape fell in love when she saw these tiny beings and treated them as if they were her own.

The Gorilla Foundation houses an ape named Koko. The main purpose of this organization is to enhance the knowledge about gorillas via communication and use this understanding to further their education, conservation, empathy, and care.

‘Project Koko’ is committed to understanding how different species communicate with gorillas and vice-versa. The exploits of the study are published in different media platforms, which flows the information and awareness about the cause of the organization. The only reason ‘Project Koko’ has spanned over 4 decades is the empathy that drives action.

The latest activity suggests something that might not have been heard before. Koko has taken up the role of being a mother for kids that are of a completely different species.

The gorilla has always been fond of babies. She mimics rocking, holds up bottles in her hands, and knows how to sign the alphabets for ‘baby’. It is quite unfortunate that she never really had children of her own.

This grief was felt by Koko’s caretakers and they decided to bring some joy into her life. They thought of giving her babies that she could adopt. A box full of kittens is what it took to make bring out the mother that was hidden inside Koko.

 

The ape fell in love instantly. She held a cute grey kitten after lifting the baby from the box. She carefully examined the kitty after holding the baby in her hands. What she did next will bring tears to your eyes. She warmly embraced the kitten and put it in her lap.

One particular kitten seemed interested in their new mother. The kitten who’s named ‘Ms. Black’ was just quite curious to know her new mother. She made several attempts to climb out of the little container to catch hold of Koko’s attention.

The ape was just quite happy to adopt the two kittens and proudly accepted them as her own. Koko has learned to sign the word for ‘cat’.

This charming gesture lit up the gorilla’s mood. This has led to new content generation for Koko’s caregivers. Koko has developed maternal instincts that create empathy all around.

Humans should take a leaf out of this animal’s page and learn to embrace one another irrespective of our differences. We must always stay connected.

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He watches helplessly as hungry polar bear approaches his dogs. Moments later, he can’t believe his eyes

Brain Ladoon is a Canadian living on the shores of the Hudson Bay. He has a property where he lives with his 150 dogs. It’s a relatively safe place for him and the dogs, save for the threat of polar bears that often come near the place looking for food.

For one, you realize that a bear and a dog can’t get along. They’re both territorial, so you wouldn’t really expect things to end so well if the two met anywhere. Well, this clip will give you another perspective.

One day, the dogs were chained up outside and Brian was in the house, and then he looked out the window and saw a huge bear walking into the property. The big creature first dealt with some crates looking for something to eat, and then it turned and headed straight into the main yard. Brian assumed the worst. This thing was going to kill all his dogs! The dogs started barking!

Well, you’ll need to watch this clip to see what really happened. It’s a happy ending!

He Watches Helplessly As Hungry Polar Bear Approaches His Dogs. Moments Later, He Can’t Believe His Eyes

Kindly Rasplove with all!

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This kitten and puppy are too cute!

A Golden Retriever puppy and kitten met and fell in love! Can it get any sweeter than this?

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Sharks discovered inside active volcano, and footage proves they’re alive

It’s not a sharknado, but it just might be a sharkcano. Scientists recently found a sleeper shark living in an area that he wasn’t supposed to be: in a volcano. The Kavachi is a very active underwater volcano in the Solomon Islands near Papua New Guinea, and when scientists sent down camera-laden robots to examine the volcano, they discovered far more than they expected.
Brennan Phillips, a University of Rhode Island Ph.D. student, was on this scientific expedition and described the scientists’ reactions when they found multiple species of animals living in the volcano: “We were freaking out.”


Included in the litany of animals living inside the volcano are the Pacific sleeper shark, hammerhead sharks, and silky sharks, amongst other sea life.


Of importance to Phillips and the other researchers is how these animals live in such a hot, acidic environment. The scientists sent robots down because “Divers who have gotten close to the outer edge of the volcano have had to back away because of how hot it is or because they were getting mild skin burns from the acid water,” Phillips explained.


This discovery has opened up a world of new questions that Phillips and his team hope to answer at some point. “These large animals are living in what you have to assume is much hotter and much more acidic water, and they’re just hanging out,” Phillips said. “It makes you question what type of extreme environment these animals are adapted to. What sort of changes have they undergone? Are there only certain animals that can withstand it?”


Perhaps a more pressing question is: what do these animals do if Kavachi erupts? “Do they get an early warning and escape the caldera before it gets explosive,” Phillips asked, “or do they get trapped and perish in steam and lava?”


Those questions will take time and more research to answer. In the meantime, Phillips takes some joy in knowing that these animals, some very rare, are safely hidden from humanity in the heart of this volcano. “It is so black and white when you see a human being not able to get anywhere near where these sharks are able to go,” Phillips said.

Watch the incredible video below of what the robots found as they descended into the volcano, and then share this amazing story with your family and friends on Facebook.

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