A Swedish man was outside with his dogs when a Scandinavian brown bear charged him. With moments to react, Ralph Persson made himself as large and intimidating as he could and roared loudly. Surprisingly, it worked. The bear turned and ran back into the forest.
In an interview with a local newspaper, Petersson said, "To lie down and play dead, I do not believe in that." Watch the video below!
It’s not really something you expect to wake up to, to say the least. A Lamesa, Texas, high school principle and his wife were awoken at midnight Saturday night by a loud sound – which turned out to be a bull that had gotten in to the couple’s bedroom.
The bull veered into the Wiggins’ bathroom, where it stayed for 20 minutes before leaving their home. At that point, the Texan couple called 9-1-1 where they were met with skeptical law enforcement until they sent proof in pictures. The bull probably escaped from a nearby pasture before wandering into their home.
It might have been a shocking experience, but not one that will make the couple consider moving homes.
"We love where we're at; we love being in Lamesa, and it's going to take a whole lot more than a bull for us to want to go anywhere else," Chris Riggins told news station KCBD.
After hearing the pitter-patter of little footsteps in their attic, a Chicagoland resident thought that a family of squirrels had invaded their home. However when local wildlife control specialist Adam Ring showed up on the scene, he discovered that it wasn't squirrels in the attic, but a mama raccoon and three of her babies- one of which happened to be albino.
"I was excited," Ring told the Chicago Tribune. "I've known, just based on my industry research and experience, that they're very, very rare."
Very rare is to say the least. Typically only one albino raccoon is born in every half million births.
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Ring was able to safely lure the raccoon family out of their attic and transport them to a veterinarian, where they'll stay for six weeks or so. After their rehabilitation the family will be released back into the wild. The albino raccoon will likely be released in a forrest preserve where it can be monitored, as its cream colored fur makes it an easy target for predators.
The little raccoon's unique coloring has also inspired it's name. Ring's daughter named the raccoon Elsa after Frozen's icy blond queen.
The gorillas at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo could soon be sleeping on nicer bedding than you have at home! The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort is donating its luxury 250-thread count linens to the zoo’s Regenstein Center for African Apes.
In the past, donated linens have been a huge hit with the apes. Mom gorillas use the material to build nests every night while the babies play in them, dragging them around everywhere in case a nap hits their fancy.
The hotel re-branded itself as part of the Hilton brand last year. Rather than throwing out their old linens, the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort donated most of their luxury sheets to homeless shelters. A bin of 100 was sent to the zoo.
"It's a world-class zoo, so we want to make sure the animals get world-class treatment with our linens," said Ed Bell, the hotel’s director of housekeeping, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
We wonder if the lucky gorillas will be able to tell any difference between their old sheets and their new premium 250-count linens!
Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo
Having a tough day? All you need are some beluga whale cuddles!
Maris, a beluga whale at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, gave birth to an adorable female calf on Mother's Day.
The calf weighed 126.5 pounds and was 59 inches long at birth, according to the aquarium. No name yet, but the aquarium said a name or even a naming contest will be announced in the coming months.
The cutest part of this story is what happened post-birth. Baby beluga swam to the surface for her first breath of fresh air, with mommy of course helping her keep near the surface.
Then came some mom and daughter cuddling. Watch below!
Maris is part of the Cold Water Quest habitat at the Georgia Aquarium, which was the world’s largest aquarium until 2012. Mother and baby are out of public view so Maris can raise her calf and "focus on each other during this critical phase" according to the museum.
For the foreseeable future, Maris and baby will stay together as the calf continues to grow and learn. When she's older and at the appropriate stage of development, the calf will be introduced to other beluga whales at the aquarium.
You can follow Maris and her baby’s updates on Georgia Aquarium’s blog.
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