Life eats Life
Beavers Are Literally Metal Iron, to be precise. It's in their enamel, and it's the reason behind the orange colouring. It makes the mechanical stress of cutting down and dragging a tree with their faces all the more possible. Researchers are using this information to look at ways of strengthening human teeth. There's an article in our story about one man's fatal encounter with a beaver, if you're so inclined.
No Excuses • 📸 by @majedphotos Scars show us where we have been, they do not dictate where we are going.
Welcome to Hell • 📽 by Mara Guide via @youtube Nature doesn't give a flying fuck about your feelings. The full 6 minute video is up in our story.
King Cannibal • 📸 by @tbfrost 📝 by @tbfrost An 11-foot king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, finishes his meal: a large Indian rat snake. And, yes, he ate it like spaghetti! The scientific name for the king cobra is Ophiophagus hannah. Ophiophagus means snake eater in Greek, which is appropriate because king cobras predominately eat other snakes, even venomous species. And while king cobras may indeed look like cobras with their distinct hoods, they are actually not in the cobra genus at all.
Manufactured Animosity This happened in a Dutch zoo close to one year ago. The bears and the wolves share the enclosure for some reason. A spokesman for the zoo said: 'The animals are put together to challenge them like this to play with each other.' He continued: 'It's a piece of enrichment for the animal kingdom. What happened Monday is really a one-time incident. The animals have always lived in good harmony with each other.' 'It's always gone well. We decided years ago to put the wolves and brown bears together. That's good for the animals and we also see no reason to break them up now.' Several other Zoo's in Europe have bears and wolves in the same enclosure, none of the others have reported any problems. In the wild, fatal interactions between wolves and bears do occur on occasion but they are super rare. Maybe this interaction has something to do with being confined indefinitely with another group of apex predators for the rest of your life. Fuck Zoos #nimrewind November 1st 2018 • • You might have noticed that this video is watermarked. @natureismetal_ was our handle until we successfully secured the handle without the underscore. We use the @natureismetal_ account as our backup now, but we also have a website where every post is backed up and it will serve as our launchpad in the event that our main account goes the way of the dodo. If you'd like to check out our website, the link is in our bio.
King of the Ocean • 📸 by @phillip_puckey Great white sharks used to be considered apex predators, however it has been proven that orcas prey on great whites, thus removing that distinction. Hard to imagine a predator like the great white being afraid of anything, but even they have to look over their shoulder sometimes. This king has been usurped.
The Pain of Existence • 📸 by @pablocersosimo Wrong place, wrong time for this brazilian forest cottontail
I Am Speed • 📽 by @gettyimages It's one thing to know that cheetahs are the fastest land animal and are capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. It is quite another to see one in action.
Do I Have Something In My Teeth? • 📸 by Unknown
Put On A Brave Face • 📸 by @pierrejonqueres_photography Leopard and an unlucky scrub hare
Aliens Among Us • 📽 by @anandavarma 📝 by @anandavarma This cabbage butterfly caterpillar (Pieris brassicae ) has been infected with dozens of larvae of a parasitoid wasp (Cotesia glomerata ) The larvae then chew their way out of the caterpillar and spin their cocoons. Somehow the caterpillar survives this gruesome process and it goes on to spin an additional layer of protective silk around the wasp cocoons. Finally, it stands guard over them, whipping its head back and forth any time it is disturbed. This bodyguard behavior is induced by some unidentified mind-controlling substance left behind by the wasp larvae. You legitimately couldn't make this shirt up
Death Grip A geckos feet have the incredible ability to grip onto any surface, including glass, using millions of tiny hair-like structures on their toes. How they do this is still up for debate. One school of thought claims that they utilize van de Waals force - basically a weak molecular level attraction between the surface and the tiny hairs themselves. The newer theory is contact electrification. This effect occurs when two materials touch and exchange electric charges. The result is a net negative electrostatic charge on one material and a positive charge on the other, which causes an attractive force between the two. Whatever it is, we know one thing for sure - a geckos grip lasts long after the animals dies, which would imply that they do not actively control it. Information sourced from: @physicsworld_official and @smithsonian
PuT tHe CaMeRa DoWn AnD sAvE iT! • 📽 by @latestkruger Why? Why should that snake go hungry because you're not comfortable with natural selection? What gives you the right to interfere? Why do you think your morality supersedes another animals right and ability to feed itself? I actually want an answer to this. PS: the longer version of this video will be up in our story if you're interested.
Be The Moth • 📽 by @sebastiancoolidge In other words: Never stop never stopping - even if your face is inside another face and shit is looking bleak.
Metal To The Core • 📸 by @randalford This breed of chicken (Ayam Cemani ) has a dominant gene that causes hyperpigmentation, making the bird completely black – feathers, internal organs, even their beaks, meat and bones. All black. They're also genetically predisposed to like Norwegian black metal 😉🤘 • #nimrewind August 19 2018
Excuse me, do you do haircuts for a buck? • 📽 via @abcnews This happened in Sanborn New York yesterday. The lady sitting on the couch went to the hospital with non life threatening injuries, everyone else was fine. At the time the article in our story was written, they had not found the deer or the hair straightener.
Heads Up • 📸 by @gerryvanderwalt 📝 by @gerryvanderwalt The lean frames and endearingly large ears of African wild dogs are deceptive – they are one of the most successful predators anywhere, with a kill rate per chase of more than 85 per cent. That’s not the whole story, however – they may lose half of their kills, ranging from small impalas to wildebeest 10 times their weight, to other carnivores such as hyenas and lions.
Unconditional Malevolence Unless they are starving, lions will not eat hyenas. They are competition though, so alone they don't last very long in any pride's territory.
Bad Luck Duck • 📸 by Charlie Maraist Black bellied whistling ducks make their nests in hollow trees. Somehow this one managed to get its head wedged into that tiny gap, most likely by struggling to release itself. The most compelling theory as how this even happened in the first place is just plain old bad luck. You can see the opening to the nest at the top of the photo, either the duck made a miscalculation during landing or it was distracted/threatened by a predator in the nest. In the end, we'll never know.
Walk It Off • 📽 via @shutterstock King penguin bloodied after an encounter with a fur seal. A couple days in the penguin hospital and he'll be good as new.
The Bitter End • 📸 by @martincassidyphotography 📝 by Frank Herbert I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Hello, Maintenance? Hi, yeah its the balcony again Sure I'll hold.
A Long Slow Goodbye • 📸 by @manoelabernardy Caiman and a fresh catfish for lunch
Shoebill Stork • 📸 by @alexbraczkowski The first time I saw a photo of one of these I thought it was a muppet or something drawn up from someone's imagination. Wrong. They're real, and they're spectacular! The go by a handful of names: the shoebill murder bird, whalehead, the scariest bird you'll never want to encounter, and my favorite: the father of the slipper They're statuesque in appearance and behavior, able to stand perfectly still for hours while hunting. They are ruthless in the way they hunt and they hunt everything and anything they can fit into their enormous beaks, including juvenile crocodiles and eels. They use their beaks like a guillotine, once they've trapped their prey in their mouth they'll open up slightly to let it poke its head out. That's when it snaps its beak shut and removes the head before swallowing the rest. Sadly, they're also endangered, which sucks because they are truly awesome and it's a shame they might not be around for future generations to experience.
There Was An Attempt • 📽 by Jonathan Botha via @vimeo A bat-eared fox makes a break for it when the leopard slips her grip. The full video doesn't add much, but it's up in our story if you feel so inclined.
Meat's back on the menu Boys! A common prey item of Gombe Reserve chimpanzees is the red colobus monkey. They hunt by covering all possible escape routes and sending another chimp in to either catch or scare the colobus into their trap. Once a monkey is caught, the rest will rush up and grab a piece of the carcass for themselves. Although their diet is mainly made up of fruit and leaves, meat is something they will occasionally hunt for and consume. When they do get it, they have been known to savor it for hours.
To The Victor Go The Spoils • 📸 by @mikedexterphotography Hyena walking away from a wildebeest kill ahead of the game
Air Superiority • 📽 by @zachary_hartje Fox grabs a rabbit, eagle goes in for the steal, fox doesn't give it up, eagle takes him for a ride, fox lives to hunt another day. #nimrewind May 26 2018
Nature is Indifferent We tend to forget this, because we have heat to warm us and walls to protect us from the elements and streaming services to keep our minds off the fact that our time is limited. This account was created to be the opposite, a reminder of the harsh reality we are sheltered from at all times. Not sure about the rest of you, but even I need a reminder of this from time to time, especially this time of year with winter just around the corner: Be grateful for what you have.
Nothing Personal • 📸 by @drewhh New research suggests that fish feel pain after all. You can see it in his eyes, they say it quite clearly: Owowowowowowowowowow
Option Paralysis The inability to make a decision when presented with a wide range of choices. Kinda like me, falling asleep scrolling the netflix menu without ever selecting anything.
Acceptance • 📸 by Jerry Hunsanger A coyote stands idle, politely waiting for this elk to die before doing what needs to be done. They seem to be on the same page.
Kiss of Death • 📸 by @alvislazarusphotography 📝 by @alvislazarusphotography Serpent eagles have snakes as major part of their diet. Each snake kill is a life or death for the eagle as well. The eagle would look for the snake, fly in, pick up the snake, move to perch and then would make the kill. There is a high probability of the snake curling up and biting the eagle. The trickiest part is the time when the bird of prey has to reach out to the head and kill the snake. At this moment, the snake was alive. Like a trained killer, he grabbed the snake by the head and gave the kiss of death.
Deathwish • 📽 via @discoverycanada The inexperience of youth is quite often exploited for a quick bite, young ones are more likely to panic and make a mistake than an older prey animal, and to be completely fair: they're smaller and easier to subdue - which equals less chance of injury for the attacker. In this case, a solitary juvenile fur seal doesn't last very long near an opportunistic shark... and she makes no mistake.