Kgaladi Transfrontier Park in Southern Africa has some of the toughest and most ferocious lions on the continent, but it would seem they are no where near as tough as a lone tortoise. If you check out this video of two young lions having a go, the pair were simply unable to overcome the tortoise’s tough exterior despite their sharp canines and claws. The young lions spotted the passing tortoise after the adult members of the pride were sleeping following a kill and the temptation proved to be too irresistible to resist.
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Most solitary big cats like leopards may well be happy to hunt moderate sized prey, but lions which are a social species can be very ambitious when it comes to the type of species they take on. Thanks to hunting as a pride and the need to feed every member, the big cats have been known to be willing to take on buffalo bulls and even elephants. One of the more sizeable meal options for lion prides are giraffes but taking one down is by no means an easy task.
Last year was a great year for North Atlantic right whales because none were killed in Canadian waters. This is fantastic news because it suggests that there is hope for conservationists who are working to keep one of the most endangered species on the planet protected. It would appear that the measures enacted by the Canadian government are working, nevertheless the outlook for eight whales continues to be grim. It is believed that the global population is just 411 and there are fewer females giving birth than ever before.
It is scary how quickly wildlife is disappearing in the UK. Everything from hedgehogs to bee numbers are plummeting, making Britain one of the world’s most nature-depleted countries in the world. As the UK gets ready to exit the EU it is at a critical moment, facing a stark choice. Things could get substantially worse if EU environmental regulations are not replaced adequately. Alternatively, things could get better so long as the UK takes the right course of action and restores nature to its best.
Woolly mammoths have been extinct for millennia so it is a little surprising that it could gain protected status. The reason for this paradox is that it is an attempt to save the African elephant from the same fate by denting the global trade in ivory. If the move is approved, the mammoth will become protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites). Such a move could prove to be critical for saving its more modern cousin.
Turtles may well seem like nature’s equivalent of Steady Eddie, unfortunately their populations are falling precipitously and that is bad news for the planet. The latest research is dire and suggests 61 per cent of the 356 different subspecies of turtle are either threatened or already extinct. A team of scientists from a variety of institutions published the study which reveals that amongst the major vertebrates, turtles are one of the most threatened species and the authors say this could have massive implications on the ecological landscape.
Roger the boxing kangaroo known for his beefcake muscular physique and made famous when a photo of him crushing a metal bucket as if it were paper three years ago went viral, died at the grand old age of 12. Roger had 1.3 million fans on Facebook and Instagram and news of his death sparked an outpouring of grief. Roger weighed 89 kilograms and stood at just over 6 foot tall. Pop star Natalie Imbruglia wrote in a post “He always brought a smile to my face. Such a proud strong boy”.
This video has to be seen to be believed, after all it is not every day that you come across what looks to be a real-life dinosaur. Recently a couple of trappers captured a massive alligator measuring 12-feet long that was discovered by some divers who happened to be working on a private property in Florida. The divers came across the beast underwater which weighed in at an astonishing 500 pounds and immediately contacted Jim Cutway a licensed alligator trapper who also owns Myakka’s Gold Apiary.
Sylvester the lion who twice escaped from his home in South Africa’s Karoo National Park has finally settled down to have a family at his new home. Sylvester mated with a lioness named Angel at Kuzuko Lodge in Eastern Caps and has fathered two cubs. So far photographs of the recently spotted cubs show them staying close by their mother who is one of two orphaned sisters living in Kuzuko.