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Norway's Slow TV encounters a weird problem: TV that's too slow

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The producers of Norway’s smash-hit “Slow TV” genre have captivated audiences with videos of a 134-hour-long cruise voyage and 13 hours of people knitting. 

But sometimes even Slow TV can be too slow.

Norway’s public broadcaster NRK recently suspended a show following the progress of migratory reindeer because the animals stopped moving, The Local reported, citing Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

The latest addition to this hypnotizing genre followed the spring migration of reindeer from their winter home on the inland Finnmark plains to the coastal summer grazing areas on Kvaløya island.  Read more…

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A black bear tried to reach into a hatchback and people are in shock

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You probably can’t bear to look at this.

Visitors to a Beijing drive-by wildlife park narrowly escaped the claws of black bears after they swarmed a white hatchback on Feb. 26th. The car was driving through Badaling Wildlife World — where two women were mauled by a tiger in July last year — when the incident happened, according to an eyewitness report.

A Weibo user called JenniferSalvatore — who’s surname is Wang according to the South China Morning Post — wrote an account of the brief, minute long ordeal, and posted a series of videos that went viral. Read more…

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Young snake catcher dies while attempting to kiss a cobra

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It’s a tale of tragic ironies. 

A 21-year-old snake catcher in India died after attempting to kiss a cobra. He was admitted to a civic hospital with a venomous snakebite on his chest and succumbed to it three days later, the Times of India reported

Somnath Mhatre (Smith Mhatre on Facebook) had reportedly rescued the snake from under a car in Navi Mumbai, about 16 miles outside Mumbai. And he tried to pull off a stunt but it backfired. 

Mhatre’s Facebook profile is filled with photos of him pulling off many such stunts with snakes.  Read more…

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The world’s best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm

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From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often, incredibly moving.

Before the widening rupture between humans and nature, creating images of animals was of the utmost importance: animals were among the first subject matter for painting. 

In his essay Why Look at Animals, the late and renowned art critic John Berger argues that animals “first entered the imagination as messengers and promises.” Wildlife photography joins in this ancient representative tradition, giving new life to animals as symbols and storytellers for the natural world. Read more…

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First photo of tarantula eating a snake in the wild

Researchers in a southern Brazil grassland spotted a tarantula munching on a foot-long snake. It’s the first time a tarantula having this particularly hearty meal has been documented in the wild. The non-venomous snake is a Erythrolamprus almadensis and the tarantula is a Grammostola quirogai that boasts .8-inch long fangs. Federal University of Santa Maria graduate student Leandro Malta Borges found the dining tarantula under a rock. From National Geographic:

As Borges looked on, the tarantula huddled over the decomposing snake, chowing down on the exposed, liquefied guts.

In their description of the scene, published in Herpetology Notes in December 2016, the researchers chalk up the snake’s demise to an accidental break-in. In Serra do Caverá, many tarantula species, in particular sedentary females, hide in the rocks.

“Most likely, the snake was surprised upon entering the spider’s environment and hence [was] subdued by it,” the researchers write.

(photo by Gabriela Franzoi Dri)

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