From a bear that took a nap on a Florida family's porch to the first images ever caught on camera of an extremely isolated indigenous tribe in Brazil's Amazon jungle, we've seen some great videos this week. Here are some of our favourites:
1. Fisherman catches seagull with his hands
This fisherman must have been channelling his inner George Costanza. Apparently birds don't always get out of the way. So when this one flew close to the man, he just reached up and grabbed it right out of the air. We're guessing based on the shock the seagull is in, the bird wasn't expecting the fisherman to do that.
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2. Sights and Sounds of the blackout in Toronto
If you were one of the 50 million people who experienced the massive power outage that hit most of the east side of Canada and the U.S., it may seem like it happened yesterday. Hard to believe it was 10 years ago this past Wednesday. At 4:10 p.m. on that warm, sunny day the street lights went out, elevators in high rises stopped working, Pearson airport shut down, the subway in Toronto stopped and millions of commuters tried to get home without any idea of what was happening. News outlets covered it, although we're guessing very few people were able to watch the news on TV that evening. In case you forget what it was like, here's a taste of the sights and sounds from that afternoon and evening.
3. Bear takes a nap on Florida porch
People may expect to see some strange things on their porch, but a bear probably isn't one of them. Mason MacDonough and his babysitter were at the MacDonough home in Naples, Florida when Mason discovered a black bear taking a snooze on his porch. In a panic he texted his mom, who rushed home, and then Mason started rolling video. He told NBC 2, "I think he was yawning because he looked tired because he was sleeping." And we're guessing it was a good nap because nobody was going to wake the bear.
Bear experts are describing the incident as unprecedented and alarming. The bear is obviously not afraid of humans and they plan on trapping it. "This is their habitat, we're invading their area," Mason's mom Alice said to NBC 2. The bear left after about an hour.
An even braver bear pulled a similar stunt in B.C. this past June when it stood on its hind legs and broke into a car by opening the door.
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4. Turtle hunted after child bitten
Germany may have a new member of the most-wanted list. According to the Independent, the mayor of a German village has offered a $1,400 reward for the capture of an elusive alligator snapping turtle. Not an alligator - a turtle. So what did the tiny animal do? It bit an eight-year-old boy when he was swimming at a popular summer holiday lake in the town of Irsee. The boy emerged from the lake with a severed Achilles tendon thinking it may have been broken glass. It was soon determined by people at the Munich Zoological Institute that it was a bite from the non-native species. But the efforts to find the turtle aren't stopping at the reward. Authorities cordoned off the lake and drained it. Seems like overkill to me, but maybe turtles are a lot more vicious than I think. The young victim is appealing to authorities to not kill the turtle when they find it, but rather put it in a zoo.
5. Isolated indigenous people in Amazon seen on film for first time
Members of the Kawahiva tribe in the Amazon are being seen on camera for the first time thanks to footage released by the Brazilian government. The images show members of the tribe walking through the forest and naked men carrying bows and arrows. According to the Daily News, loggers first reported the existence of the Kawahiva in 1999. A reservation has since been created for them, but they still face threats from loggers and farmers. The video was shot in 2011 by the government agency that oversees indigenous matters. It was released this past Wednesday.
- Nature & Environment