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Tiny Ant Attempts To Steal Precious Diamond From Inside Shop

No, this is not deleted footage from Ant-Man & The Wasp, this is actual footage of an ant trying to steal a diamond. Unlike some insects who are completely useless to planet Earth (I’m looking at you, wasps) ants are a productive species who are important to the very fabric of nature itself. As a team,

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No, this is not deleted footage from Ant-Man & The Wasp, this is actual footage of an ant trying to steal a diamond.

Unlike some insects who are completely useless to planet Earth (I’m looking at you, wasps) ants are a productive species who are important to the very fabric of nature itself.

As a team, they are an unstoppable unit. On their own, they’re not as useful – or so I thought. As it turns out one ant can be a very good diamond thief.

What do ants need with diamonds anyway?

The footage was recorded at a diamond wholesaler in New York City. The person filming the attempted heist spotted movement on the table. When they zoomed in to find out what it is, it turned out to be a cheeky ant attempting to do a runner with one of the store’s diamonds.

To be fair I’m pretty impressed that an ant has the strength to lift up a diamond and keep on moving. However, ants – like most insects – are quite strong. According to Futurism, they are able to lift three times their own bodyweight and they can dangle while holding 100 times their own weight.

Which explains why this ant, in particular, had no trouble lifting the diamond. It’s got me wondering, where is he going with it? It’s not like they can pawn it off anywhere. Maybe it was sent on a solo mission on behalf of the colony to collect resources for a megastructure they are building which will one day eliminate the human race.

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My God, I’ve been reading way too many sci-fi novels. That being said, maybe the notion isn’t too far off. Just like humans, they’ve conquered the world. You can find different species of ants all across the world – save for Antarctica, the Arctic and a few islands.

Ants work as a hive mind, with an army of them essentially acting as one entity. If you want an example of their ruthless efficiency, check out this video of a million ants coming together to form a bridge to take down a wasps nest.

Watch the amazing work of the ants here:

The incredible footage was taken in Brazil, and shows hundreds of thousands of ants clambering over one another to build a living bridge.

The video was filmed and shared on Twitter by electrical engineer, and apparent part-time ant enthusiast, Francisco Boni.

In Francisco’s video post he added a caption which read:

Attack of legionary ants (also known as army ants or marabunta) to a wasp honeycomb. Impressive the level of swarm intelligence and collective computation to form that bridge.

Flexing his knowledge on ants, he added:

When this type of attack happens, the wasps usually escape and the ants do not leave until they’ve completely looted the honeycomb, carrying pupae, larvae, and eggs, as well as some adults who did not manage to escape

They can even build across the water!

It’s official, my newest fear is human-sized ants coming to take over the world.

Time to call in the exterminators.

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Giraffes Were Just Added To List Of Animals Facing Extinction

giraffes1The number of giraffes in the world is sadly declining, and as a result two different species have been added to the ‘critically endangered’ list of animals. The Kordofan giraffe and the Nubian giraffe, which are found across East, Central and West Africa, are now classified as ‘critically endangered’, while the Reticulated giraffe, which is

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The number of giraffes in the world is sadly declining, and as a result two different species have been added to the ‘critically endangered’ list of animals.

The Kordofan giraffe and the Nubian giraffe, which are found across East, Central and West Africa, are now classified as ‘critically endangered’, while the Reticulated giraffe, which is native to the Horn of Africa, is listed as ‘endangered’. Other species of giraffe have also been graded as ‘vulnerable’ and ‘near threatened’.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species has revealed that these giraffes are ‘in serious trouble’.

These species of giraffe were listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the Red List in 2016, but have now been ‘uplisted’ on the 2018 update.

There are currently nine subspecies of giraffe, seven of which have been assessed by the IUCN. Five of the subspecies were assessed for the first time ever, so it was a shock for researchers that three of them are now endangered.

The only species of giraffe to listed as ‘least concern’ is the Angolan giraffe, which is found mainly in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The South African giraffe also appears to be doing well, while the numbers of Masai giraffe have ‘plummeted’ and ‘will most likely be placed within one of the threatened categories of the IUCN Red List’ according to an IUCN report.

Dr Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN Special Survival Commission, and the Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group, and Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, said:

Whilst giraffe are commonly seen on safari, in the media, and in zoos, people – including conservationists – are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction.

While giraffe populations in southern Africa are doing just fine, the world’s tallest animal is under severe pressure in some of its core ranges across East, Central and West Africa.

It may come as a shock that three of the currently recognised nine subspecies are now considered ‘Critically Endangered’ or ‘Endangered’, but we have been sounding the alarm for a few years now.

Some species of giraffe, however, seem to be thriving, as the West African and Rothschild’s giraffe, which were previously considered ‘endangered’, have improved their conservation status. This is thanks to the African governments and conservation organisations working together, with guidance from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Arthur Muneza, East-Africa Coordinator of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, said:

This is a conservation success story and highlights the value of making proactive giraffe conservation and management efforts in critical populations across the continent.

Working collaboratively with governments and other partners, we feel that our proactive measures are saving giraffe in some areas before it is too late.

It is now timely to increase our efforts, especially for those listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ and ‘Endangered’.

Giraffes are currently under threat from illegal hunting, as well as loss of habitat due to human activities like agriculture and mining.

The critically endangered Kordofan and Nubian giraffe are now considered some of the most threatened large mammals in the world.

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Lil Bill Is ‘World’s Smallest Cow’ And Is Size Of Domestic Cat

lilbill4After the staggering expanse of some of the cows we’ve seen recently, people have been calling out across the world for more bovine content. Thankfully, the world listened, and here we have for you what is thought to be the world’s smallest cow. We’ve had Knickers and Dozer, and those guys were undeniably impressive in

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After the staggering expanse of some of the cows we’ve seen recently, people have been calling out across the world for more bovine content.

Thankfully, the world listened, and here we have for you what is thought to be the world’s smallest cow.

We’ve had Knickers and Dozer, and those guys were undeniably impressive in their stature. But Lil’ Bill is going to be melting hearts everywhere thanks to his diminutive size.

The little fella weights just 4.5kg, which is about the same a domestic cat, but just a tenth of what other cows his age should weigh.

The calf was taken to the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine by his owners. But thankfully, Lil Bill’ has had the all clear from vets, he’s just a lot smaller than the other cows.

Posting on their Facebook page, the vets said:

Occasionally, we get a case that has us scratching our heads a bit. Lil’ Bill is one of those cases! He was born weighing a little over one-tenth of what newborn calves typically weigh. Stay tuned for more updates on Lil’ Bill!

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At the moment, however, the vets have not revealed the reasons why they think Lil Bill is so small, though they are working on a diagnosis.

They wrote:

Rest assured that Lil Bill is still receiving incredible care and lots of love! We are working on a story that will give you all an idea of why he’s so small, what we’re doing for him, and what his prognosis is, so keep your eyes peeled!

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The appearance of Lil Bill comes just days after the story of the barnyard behemoth that is Knickers went viral.

Knickers, who lives in Western Australia, stands at 6ft 4inches tall, and weighs in at a whopping 220st. Knickers is what’s known as a ‘coach’ or a ‘steer’ – a castrated male cow that leads other cattle in the herd.

Knickers’ owner, Geoff Pearson, tried to sell the cow at auction last month. However, meat processors at the auction said they couldn’t take him as he was simply too big.

Instead, Knickers will live out his days at Geoff’s farm on Lake Preston, Myalup – around 85 miles south of Perth.

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Speaking about how Knickers got his name, Geoff said:

When he was young, when we first got him, we had a Brahman steer [a breed of cattle] which was a friend of his.

So his name was Bra… so we [had] Bra and Knickers. We never thought he would turn into a big knickers.

Massive Knickers, Geoff! However, news of Knickers caught wind, and another cow – called Dozer – challenged the Australian to the title.

Dozer, from Kismet Creek Farm in Manitoba, Canada, apparently stands at six feet five inches – pipping Knickers to the post by an inch.

One of the most frequent questions we keep getting is "Just how tall is Dozer, anyway?" The media started calling us and…

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Dozer is described by his owners as ‘the friendliest animal’, and ended up on their farm/animal sanctuary after being saved from a beef farm by a vegan lady in Alberta.

Who’d have thought 2018’s biggest craze was cow sizes. Can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for us.

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Lion Struggles To Fight Off 20 Hyenas Until His Bro Turns Up To Help Him

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A male lion was targeted by about 20 hyenas, and almost certainly would have lost if it wasn’t for his brother’s help.

David Attenborough delivered in an episode of Dynasties that saw the King of jungle nearly fall from his thrown as the pack of cackling hyena surrounded him.

Red, a male lion, stumbled into the pack of hyenas who ordinarily would have no chance against a lion, but because Red was so outnumbered, they took their chance and tried to attack him.

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It was a nail-biting scene and I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching The Lion King play out.

‘Surely Mufasa, I mean Red, has to win?’, I said to myself as the male lion got more and more tired.

It was a desperate battle. Red was trying to attack individual hyenas while the rest of the pack were biting him from behind.

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The Hyena Project in Ngorongoro Crater writes:

Spotted hyenas and lions compete over prey almost every day, especially when they kill large prey.

Against common belief, lions steal more kills from hyenas than vice versa and hyenas hunt most of their food themselves.

A lion male is twice the size of a spotted hyena and three to four times as heavy, and one single paw stroke can kill an adult hyena. Hyenas therefore are careful during encounters with adult lions for good reason.

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Just when it looked like there was no hope, another male lion from Red’s pride appeared in the distance.

That back-up was all he needed, and when the pack of hyenas spotted a second lion, they bolted.

Even with 20 of them, two male lions would be an audacious battle to enter into.

The video ends with the two lions playing and cuddling after Red’s close shave.

The video received nearly nine million views at the time of writing, so it could rival other Attenborough scenes like the iguana vs snakes.

What Dynasties is teaching me is the true brutal competition of mother nature.

When I found out the lion cubs that were born in a recent episode had died, I couldn’t take it.

The episode followed the Marsh Pride in Kenya’s Masai Mara, with strong, independent lioness Charm giving birth to two beautiful lion cubs; one male, one female.

Viewers were utterly besotted by the little cubs, who devoted mum Charm had defended so ferociously against buffalo. Everyone within the pride and at home had been rooting for the newborns to survive and thrive.

The two lion cubs had been born away from the rest of the pride and only met their fellow lions when they were six weeks old.

Sadly, when the crew headed back to Kenya after the documentary had wrapped they made a tragic discovery. The two young lions had passed away, and it is thought they could have been killed by predators or buffalo.

I guess that is the true circle of life.

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