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Wild Inside the National Zoo: Elephant Intelligence

Caretakers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo know from experience that Asian elephants are intelligent creatures, but they wanted to help officially document the problem-solving skills of the planet's largest land mam...

A tiny baby chameleon hatches from an egg

Have you ever seen a baby chameleon hatch from its egg? We've seen all sorts of babies, but we'd yet to see a chameleon hatch. Then we happened upon this 2008 video by YouTuber rmh355, via PBS Digital Studios' Tumblr,...

Close encounters of the giant kind: Diving with a whale shark

Whale sharks are gentle giants (much like the basking shark), and in this Earth Touch video, we get to see one up close as a cameraman narrates his surprise swim with the planet's biggest fish. How big? Whale sharks a...

How do you find water bears (tardigrades) in the wild?

Tardigrades (also called water bears or moss piglets) refer to over 1,150 species of microscopic aquatic animals that can be found in moss, ferns, lichens, soil, beaches, dunes, and other damp habitats all over the pl...

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

Most hummingbirds weight less than a nickel. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm-blooded animal. They are the only birds that can fly sideways and backwards. They hover expertly, too. These are just s...

Critter cams on a Giant River Turtle’s back & a manatee’s peduncle

When you attach a camera onto the back of a giant South American river turtle, you get to witness how they live, where they go, how they interact with their young and others turtles. National Geographic shares this cr...

Chameleon Tongue Attack in Slow Motion – Earth Unplugged

Chameleons are fascinating creatures for so many reasons: Their eye sight provides them with 360 degree vision, they can change color based on their moods and social needs, and their tongues are fast and powerful for ...

Slime Cannon Attack – How Velvet Worm slime jets work

Giant velvet worms (Peripatus solorzanoi) are unusual creatures for many reasons -- including the fact that they are "not worms, not insects, millipedes, centipedes, or slugs" -- but their super-sliming glands, rapidl...

Baby Hippo Makes a Splash at the San Diego Zoo

Funani, an experienced hippopotamus mother, birthed her 11th calf at the San Diego Zoo on March 23rd at 6:30 a.m. Though zoo officials do not know yet if it's a boy or a girl, they've announced that both the brand new...

eMotionButterflies & BionicANTs: Festo’s bionic insect collectives

Though they seem to move through the air with the individual, fluttery ease of their insect counterparts, these eMotionButterflies by Festo are made from ultralight materials and are networked to fly with a collective...

The Fanciest Bird in the World: Superb Lyrebird

Captured on video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Anastasia Dalziell and University of Western Sydney's Justin Welbergen, this is a male Superb Lyrebird, an Australian songbird who is not only a fancy dancer, as shown...

Helen Ahpornsiri’s intricate pressed fern illustrations

Assembled with patience, imagination, and a steady hand, Helen Ahpornsiri creates intricate pressed fern illustrations of honey bees, pheasants, magpies, spiny seahorses, weevils, moths, Totoros, and other creatures. ...

Four jellies that diffract rainbow light like iridescent spaceships

Monterey Bay Aquarium has a brilliant YouTube channel for viewing all sorts of beautiful and hard-to-believe creatures. A case in point: these four jellies. Above, The Lobed Comb Jelly, who looks like it's shimmering ...

Swimming with the Galápagos Sea Lions of Isla Plaza Sur

Travel to Isla Plaza Sur in the Galápagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, where the Galápagos Sea Lions play, swim, eat sardines, and sun bathe. This video was filmed underwater and in the air by Florian ...

Trek the Himalayan mountains & hear stories from Khumbu, Nepal

This commercial from Google Maps is beautifully filmed, showcasing the mountains of Khumbu, Nepal and the Sherpa people who live there. The Khumbu region of Nepal is at the base of Mt. Everest, known as Sagarmāthā or ...

Veritasium: How (and Why) Do Chameleons Change Color?

There is a misconception about chameleons... that they change their color in order to blend in with their environment. That is actually not the case... So why do chameleons change color and how are they doing it? ...

Deep Look: From Drifter to Dynamo – The Story of Plankton

Mind-blowing fact: A massive group of single-celled algae called diatoms are considered champions of photosynthesis. Why? Diatoms are responsible for an estimated 20% to 40% -- maybe even 60% -- of the Earth's oxygen....

The silent flight superpower of a stealthy predator: The Owl

It would be hard to escape a predator that has night vision, excellent hearing, and can swoop down upon prey in complete silence. In this clip from Owl Power, via Nature on PBS, an 11 year old barn owl named Kensa pro...