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This is how an echidna hatches from an egg

This is how an echidna or spiny anteater, a mammal, hatches from an egg. In this 1974 amazing csiro clip from a film called Comparative Biology of Lactation, we also get to see how milk can be seen in its tiny, transp...

What Does the World Eat for Breakfast?

What Does the World Eat for Breakfast — in Egypt, Vietnam, Sweden, or where you live? While these showcased morning foods are only some of the possible breakfasts in each of these countri...

New Year’s Eve celebration fireworks… backwards

From one year ago, the New Year’s Eve celebration in Melbourne, Australia… in reverse.  via NPR.

Behind the scenes: Red crab migration on Christmas Island

The daring 5-mile (8-kilometer) migration of Christmas Island’s adult red crabs begins with the wet season’s arrival in October or November. The crabs’ goal: move from the forest to the beaches en ma...

The mating dance of the male Victoria’s Riflebird

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of Paradise project, watch this recently uploaded clip of a Victoria’s Riflebird male performing a mating dance for an interested female....

The Peacock Spiders of Australia

Entomologist Dr. Jürgen Otto films the Peacock Spiders of Australia, and they are super fun to watch. Though they are not well documented, there are 20 known species of these small jumping spiders. They have huge eye...

Fish and frogs that live out of water

Watch this BBC clip of fish and frogs living out of water, featuring the lung fish, a burrowing desert frog, and the thorny devil lizard.

Koala Hospital

Koalas running. Koalas eating. Koalas clinging to legs. Koalas nose to nose. Koalas being ridiculously cute. In an ongoing series, Koala Hospital, National Geographic travels to Port Macquarie, Australia, a few ho...

How to harvest a large bunch of Lady Finger bananas

Greg the Gardener in Queensland, Australia, shows how he harvests a large bunch of almost-ripe Lady Finger bananas. Want to grow your own? SFGate has a quick starter guide for growing the dw...

Two weedy seadragons dance into the night

From the BBC’s Life series, two weedy seadragons dance into the night:  Living off the coast of south Australia, weedy seadragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) are the only known species along with sea horses ...

Baby echidna at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

This small creature is called a puggle. It’s a baby echidna, is just 40 days old and lives at the Taronga Wildlife Hospital: Annabelle a Taronga Vet Nurse and surrogate Mum to ‘Beau’,  has not seen a puggle ...

The “Laughing” Kookaburra

The Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard introduces one of Australia’s mascot animals, the Kookaburra. It’s call is super unique and it’s often said the kookaburra is laughi...

The tawny frogmouth at the Brookfield Zoo

What is a tawny frogmouth? The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago welcomed two tawny frogmouth chicks in early July, 2012. For reasons unknown, the parents, Eunice, who is on loan from Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina, and...

Glaucilla marginata

These Glaucilla marginata are blue sea slugs or nudibranches — soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks, according to wikipedia —  from the east coast of Australia, but they can also be found along the east ...

A daddy Asian Elephant that cuddles his calf

Who doesn’t love a dad that cuddles his kid? How about a daddy Asian Elephant that cuddles his calf? From the Melbourne Zoo, watch 1 year old Ongard enjoy some father and son time with his dad Bong Su.

Baby Hippo Monifa takes her first swim

Monifa, a baby pygmy hippopotamus at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in Australia, took her first swim in 2008 while proud zoo keepers looked on. From wikipedia:  The pygmy hippo is herbivorous, ...

Life in the Undergrowth: Ant life in the Australian mangroves

David Attenborough narrates ant life in the Australian mangroves — “various kinds of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtr...

Great Migrations: Red crab babies hatch and run for land

From Great Migrations: Red crab larvae hatch and head for dry land, covering Christmas Island’s beaches with wiggly creatures trying to survive beyond hungry fish and determined ants. 

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