These swimmers were exploring the shoreline and tidal pools on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. They had been admiring the sea lions on land, delighted with their antics and strong resemblance to our canine friends, the dogs. When these swimmers entered the water, they were thrilled to be met by a group of playful and energetic youngsters. In sea lion terms, these are teenagers. Trusting of people and far to agile to be caught or harmed by a clumsy human, they have no need to fear as they pass closely and play among the swimmers. The sea lions rolled and spiraled and they seemed to respond with great enthusiasm when the swimmers did the same. It was a true example of human animal connection and communication as the pups obviously understood that they were being imitated and they too were eager to imitate the playful behaviour themselves. Sea lions are one of nature's most endearing creatures. A trip to Galapagos Islands to see these wonderful animals is well worthe the journey
Raven is a 9 week old Great Dane puppy. Enormous for her age, she is still very young and everything in the world is a new experience. She loves her home with her forever family and they were eager to take her to the cottage to see the lake, the trees, the fireplace to sleep in front of, and everything that makes this little retreat their own idea of heaven. Raven was nervous and excited and she sniffed at every chipmunk hole, every bush, every stretch of shoreline. She followed her new friend, River all through the woods on the little island and she loved every minute. Canadian autumns are chilly and Raven needed her little cottage themed sweater to keep her warm and comfortable. She even loved that part. After a little boating, a brief, but chilly swim, and some adventures along the shore, Raven fell fast asleep in front of a cozy fire on an oversized dog bed. Like most Canadians, she adores the cottage life.
Onni is a baby umbrella cockatoo who has a special relationship with his human friend. At age 2 Onni is very much a baby as cockatoos can live up to 80 years in captivity. Here his brother, Chet, started to teach him how to play catch. To make it easy, Chet used a sock. Given the fact that cockatoos have the intelligence above that of a 3 year old human, it is no surprise that he caught on very quickly. In fact it seems that he got a bit bored in the end from doing something so repetitive. Cockatoos need a lot of attention and out of cage time as possible to be happy and healthy. Engaging them in games such as this one is a perfect example of the enrichment they need. The umbrella cockatoo, also known as the White Cockatoo, lives in the rainforests of the Indonesian islands. Due to human encroachment and deforestation, these cockatoos are endangered in the wild.
Nurse sharks are like the puppies of the deep. They are gentle and harmless, although they are still large sharks and they are intimidating until you become convinced that they will do you no harm. These divers were exploring the reefs of San Pedro, Belize, looking for lionfish, an invasive species that need to be eradicated for the good of the local ecosystem.
Stella is a wonderful and affectionate cat with four ears, due to a rare genetic mutation. She loves attention all day long and will even ask for her belly to be rubbed for more than the usual three seconds. Here, she is getting her regular checkup. Stacey, a Registered Veterinary Technician is checking her microchip to see that it is still detectable. She checks Stella's heart and lungs, and her overall health. Stella loves her checkups and her clinic family. This is the best day ever for her! Stella has two regular ears, but she also has two smaller ears that are distinct and separate from her larger ears. They sit behind the functional ears and they do not have ear drums or an ear canal. They do not cause Stella any difficulty nor do they give her superior hearing capabilities. The recessive gene which causes this to happen is extremely rare. It does not have a name and is not fully understood, but it is believed to exist in conjunction with reproductive and balance issues. When Stella was born, her owner decided that she was not worth keeping. He walked into a veterinary clinic with Stella in a box and he dumped her, without explanation and without even leaving his name. Stella was pregnant at the time and was in medical distress. Her kittens had died in her womb and she was dying herself due to a life-threatening infection. Stella was given an emergency C-section to remove her kittens and save her life. Stella recovered, although she suffers from neurological problems that are a result of her genetic mutation and her infection. Stella is a beautiful soul with a fondness for people and other animals, and she has made a wonderful addition to the family at the Sherbrooke Heights Animal Hospital in Peterborough, Ontario. She is a favorite among the clients who visit Sherbrooke Heights. She had also found a friend and snuggle buddy in one of the other clinic cats named Alvin. Sadly, Alvin passed away recently due to cancer. Now, Stella greets clients at the front lobby of the clinic as they arrive with their pets.
Hope loves attention and she loves when her friend Dave visits to pet her and play with her. A very unusual calf, she is affectionate with people much more than is typical. Hope is only five days old. Her mother, Fiona is also very affectionate and good natured. Within a few hours of being born, Fiona proudly introduced Hope to Dave and the two hit it off famously. Dave visits the cows almost every day during calving season, to check on them and also to see if there are any new babies in the meadow. Hope is always the first to come out of the herd to greet him. Hope lives on a beautiful farm where the cows graze freely and wander miles of lush, green pasture. It's a very happy life here and the cows are treated more like pets than farm creatures. They respond very well to kindness, as they are used to being handled well by the wonderful farmers who take care of them.
This is Beau, a pure breed German Shepard. Beau is obsessed with the hose and loves drinking from it. His owner makes it more interesting for Beau by training him to walk across a 2X4! How adorable is Beau?
This woman has been working as a nurse on the COVID front lines and her parents were watching Maya for her. Reunited after a month of not seeing each other!
Stingrays are rumoured to be deadly killing machines with a vicious nature , but the truth is much different. Gentle in nature, and highly intelligent, they don't pose any serious threat to swimmers unless they are stepped on. Reflexively, they will arch their back and use their venomous barb for defense, as they would when attacked by a shark, their most common predator. But swimming freely, they rarely feel threatened. They also never attack humans out of aggression. We are simply not their food source. These stingrays are completely wild and can swim anywhere they like. They frequent a marine park in Belize near San Pedro Island and they are accustomed to humans treating them respectfully. They will approach swimmers curiously, often interacting with them in delightful ways. But this snorkel guide seems to have captured their attention more than usual and they followed him closely, swimming up and around him, trying to look into his eyes and see what he was up to. The tourists in his group were very impressed and entertained with this wonderful display.
Horses are incredibly powerful and majestic animals that have the ability to bond with humans like few other animals can. Enormous and strong, yet gentle and affectionate, they inspire awe and love in all who are fortunate enough to know one. For so many reasons, they are perfect animals to help in the healing process as well. Recently, therapists and health professionals have begun to work with horses to help people in many areas of life. This beautiful herd lives at The Mane Intent in Indian River, near Peterborough, Ontario. The horses connect in a way to teach leadership, self awareness, and even to help victims of trauma move past the pain of their experiences. In a growing movement, horses are now being used to help treat first responders suffering from PTSD. These particular horses are especially skilled in this area. Some come to The Mane Intent for experiential learning, growth, and relaxation and some come for a deeper purpose. But all who leave after spending time with these great beasts take away something that is impossible to describe. The horse here live a wonderful life. They enjoy free time in the meadows and paddocks, the companionship of the herd, and the freedom to graze or run in the sunshine. They roll with joy or wander happily through the hills here. They also truly enjoy their work. Each has a unique personality and set of skills that helps them encourage and connect with people in various situations with very different needs. The horses are loving and responsive, seeming to benefit from the connections themselves. Some even have playful side with a well developed sense of humour. Whether you love horses from a distance or enjoy spending time close up, these horses enjoying the moment will warm your heart.
#ShreveportProtest Confederate statue supporters were also at the protest. After speaking with them, this protester & a SHREVEPORT officer had an emotional connection with everything happening in America. A moment between two strangers <3 Credit: Jade Jackson Twitter: @IAMJADEJACKSON
Papua New Guinea is one of the world's top ten scuba diving destinations, and for very good reason. The colours and beauty of this underwater paradise are spectacular. The animal life is strange and beautiful. To slip beneath the waves in this amazing world to see the animal life close up is an unforgettable experience. For most of us, seeing colorful clown fish and sea anemones, or gorgeous tropical creatures would only be possible in a saltwater aquarium. But for the adventurous, getting close up to these animals in their own habitat is possible by strapping on tanks of air and descending beneath the surface to meet these animals in their own environment. It is not a sport for the faint of heart. Without proper training and guidance, mistakes can have immediate and disastrous consequences. Humans are the guests in this thrilling, but unforgivable domain and we must always be ready to deal with potential hazards or emergencies. The sights on the reef are breath taking and constantly changing. The animals move constantly and each dive is completely different, even if the location of the dive is repeated. Some of the creatures are curious about the clumsy visitors and others are wary. Some curiously inspect people to see if they could be food, while others simply want to look and then swim away. Any animal can be a predator one minute and prey the next and the balance is a delicate one that shifts in an instant. Scuba diving opens up a new world of wonders and magical experiences for those willing to learn how to do it safely.
Scuba diving is a sport that creates unforgettable memories for those brave enough to strap on air tanks and slip beneath the surface to explore a magical and mysterious world. The corals and reefs create an endless display of beauty. The animals are unlike anything we could encounter on the surface. Some of the most magical encounters happen when a scuba diver meets up with a sea turtle. Beautiful, graceful, and extremely gentle, these animals are endearing as well as fascinating. This is a critically endangered sea turtle which is a rare treat for a scuba diver to happen upon. With a respectful approach, this diver in Belize spent several minutes gliding over the reef with the turtle completely unconcerned about her presence. An encounter like this is peaceful and surreal and one that will never be forgotten. Hawksbill sea turtles were hunted to near extinction for their ornate shells. Laws have been put in place to protect this beautiful creature. Through conservation efforts and tourism which supports education and recovery, the hawksbill numbers are starting to rebound.
Benny is a five day old calf with a lot of curiosity. He has been discovering his new world on a beautiful farm in Millbrook, Ontario. He roams freely across many acres of lush, green pasture and rolling hills. He plays in the ponds in the meadows and he romps through a forested area. But in his short life, he had never seen a backpack before and he was thoroughly curious. Benny found the backpack on the grass when it was left there by a visitor who was checking on the cows and recording some video of calves being born. His wide-eyed interest in anything new is simply adorable. He chewed at the backpack and, very impressively, eventually figured out that the zipper could be moved, but it was taken away before he got his head inside it. Benny's aunt Linda keeps a close eye on him and she came over to have a look at what he was doing. She was interested in what had him so fascinated. Benny will explore and he will drink a lot of milk, and he will grow quickly on this wonderful farm.
This webcam performs like I would expect a $40 webcam to perform. The video quality is actually pretty decent - details are good, and it isn't thrown off by auto-focusing. Colors don't pop as much as I would like and things seem a little washed out or muted, but not a huge deal. The angle isn't as wide as I would prefer, but that's workable. I've noticed various flickers/jumps in the video like a bad connection or "dust in the wires" when using this in OBS. It hasn't been a huge issue since I'm using this as a secondary camera angle, but I noticed it in recordings. The microphone quality is horrendous. Luckily, I wasn't purchasing this for the audio, but if I was I would not be happy - the audio is muffled and barely audible on the recordings I've taken to test it. I recommend using an external headset/microphone if you need it. The little stick that it comes with to make it sit on a monitor is a bit janky, and doesn't allow for many angle or tilt options. It works - I was able to put this on both a flatscreen PC monitor and on a Mac laptop and it was just fine. Just not as versatile as most webcams out there. For a $40 webcam, this will get you up and running with video. Just don't depend on the audio and you'll likely be satisfied.
Sweet moment between protestor and cop at Barclays. #brooklynprotests #NYCPROTEST #GeorgeFloyd #blm #nypd Credit: Afeef Nessouli @AfeefNess (Twitter)