You can thank us later. From National Geographic: “When orphaned baby sloths are hungry or adults lose their habitat, Yiscel Yángüez and Néstor Correa are on the case. They run an animal rescue center in Gamboa, Panama, and specialize in sloth rehabilitation and relocation. For the two of them, releasing healthy sloths back into the wild can be a bittersweet experience.”
Ugliest Animals: Pangolin The pangolin is named after the Malay word, pengguling, which literally translates as “something that rolls up” – an apt title for this prickly creature. The pangolin’s aesthetically challenged…
YouTube would be nothing without its endless supply of adorable animal videos. With an array of sleepy puppies, fuzzy cats and unlikely friendships, there are enough videos to keep any animal enthusiast occupied for hours. To save you the trouble, we’ve rounded up May’s most adorable animal videos.
Mother Elephant Keeps Baby From Floating Away
While most adult elephants are superb swimmers, this elephant calf was almost swept away when crossing Kenya’s Ewaso Nyiro. Being the community-driven animals that they are, members of the herd quickly stepped in to rescue the calf from floating downstream. Despite weighing more than the average human being, treacherous waters can be a dangerous obstacle for young elephants. Check out the incredibly adorable animal video below:
Despite numerous rainforest facts that fill science textbooks and warn about the dangers of deforestation, these sacred spaces continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Learn more about how these forests are protecting Earth and sustaining thousands of year old ecosystems by reading the 25 rainforest facts featured below.
1. Rainforests keep the world’s weather in check—they regulate both temperatures and weather patterns.
2. Forest loss can contribute as much to greenhouse gas emissions (12-15 percent) as all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles (13.5 percent).
3. Many bird species migrate to rainforests each winter, some travelling more than 3,000 miles to get there.
From venomous caterpillars to a bizarre scorpion-inspired creature, we’ve compiled the freakiest insects nature has to offer. Be warned—these seven creepy insects are sure to make your skin crawl:
Petrifying Insects: The Botfly
Read this description of the human botfly’s growth cycle, and you’ll know why it made our list of the creepiest insects. The human botfly (Dermatobia hominis) lays its eggs on a mosquito. When the mosquito eventually feeds on a host (ie. you), those botfly eggs hatch. Then, the larva must grow and mature, a process that takes about six to eight weeks, all of which happens beneath the skin. Yes, these creepy insects actually hatch and grow within the body, then pop out through the skin to survive.
While it’s not hard to kill the larvae (one must only cut off their air supply by covering the skin with nail polish or petroleum jelly), after death the larvae must then be extracted from the person’s body. Check out this creepy compilation of people pulling the botfly larvae from the body. Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart.