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Mother cow's emotional show of gratitude after stranger helps her baby2m44s

Mother cow's emotional show of gratitude after stranger helps her baby

Flo is a very sweet cow who lives on a beautiful farm made up of lush, green meadows, rolling hills and small ponds. There are about 70 cows in Flo’s herd and they wander freely. Life on this farm is very good for the animals. It’s referred to as “ethical farming” and it’s as close to nature as life can be. This started as an ordinary sunny, spring day for Flo. She was pregnant, but she wasn’t due to calf for at least another day. But, during the early afternoon, Flo was near the fence at the pond and it was time to have her calf. The ground is sloped and it seems he slipped under the electric fence when he was born. Now, the fence prevented Flo from getting to her baby, and it prevented the baby from getting the milk and the collostrum he needed from his mother. Dave is a man who lives nearby. It’s a small town and he knows who the farmers are but they have yet to meet. Dave is also an animal lover and a videographer. He stopped here a few days earlier and filmed the first wobbly steps of another newborn who came into the world near the fence. Now he has stopped again because he saw the cows in the pond and he wanted more footage for a video he was working on about the first newborn. For Flo, it was a very lucky thing that Dave stopped. When Dave reached the fence, he put a GoPro on the fence post, aimed at the cows in the water. He also used a hand held GoPro to record them beside the pond. Flo began pawing at the dirt while facing Dave. Dave thought Flo was agitated by his presence near the fence and he wondered if she felt blocked in. He turned his camera on the fence to record her unusual antics and he stepped farther away, hoping she would relax. Instead, Flo walked back to the fence behind her and stared out. She mooed, she paced, and she pawed the dirt. After a few minutes, Dave realized that she was looking at something outside the fence and she was looking at him. What appeared to be aggression now looked more like distress. The camera on the fence post continued to record as he discovered that Flo was looking at a newborn calf in the long grass. Dave knew that mother cows could be protective. The thin wires of the electric fence would not hold Flo back if she thought that Dave was trying to hurt her baby. If it cried out, or if it tried to run on the road, Dave would have to restrain the calf and Flo wouldn’t be happy. The truck that was usually at the farmhouse was gone. There was no gate nearby. Dave had to try to put the calf back on the other side. He was well aware that Flo could trample him if she burst through the fence as he crouched near the calf. He lifted the wires with a stick and pushed the calf under the fence. The calf and Dave both received several small jolts in the process but Dave didn’t dare react and the calf didn’t make a sound. As he worked away, Dave could see Flo becoming less agitated. she seemed to understand that her calf was getting help. Dave could also see now that the calf had a fresh umbilical cord and there was blood on the ground. The calf could have been in the sun for about an hour before he arrived. Dave got the calf through and Flo reacted with surprising relief. She watched Dave with interest and displayed what appeared to be gratitude. The farmers came along as they returned home, and Dave explained what happened, as well as the video recording of the newborn calf a few days earlier. Dave offered to help catch the calf so it could be checked and tagged. The calf had his umbilical cord treated with iodine and his ear tagged with F20, although he would be called “Sparky” by those who heard the story of his early experience with the electric fence. Dave talked to the farmers about how they ran their farm. They refused to produce veal, for ethical reasons. They provided the cows with the best life possible. They spoke about the cows affectionately and the response of the animals to their presence was proof that the cows were treated very well. Dave knelt down in the meadow near Flo and Sparky. To his surprise, Sparky walked towards him. Flo stared at him with great interest. She seemed to almost nudge Sparky forward and the two came right up to Dave for a sniff and a long gaze that seemed to be recognition and gratitude. In this moment, and then later while watching the footage, Dave put it all together. Cows are obviously more intelligent than we give them credit for. Flo recognized that a stranger could help her baby and she successfully communicated her request. She also recognized Dave soon after and reacted to him in a way that suggests she remembered his good intentions. But most of all, Flo clearly demonstrated a protectiveness and a love for newborn that shows her capacity for emotion. Even Sparky, as young as he was, seemed able to understand a little bit and he showed that he had already learned trust and love for his mother. If these animals are capable of such intellect and emotion, surely they deserve our respect, as well as the most ethical treatment we can provide them.

Divers explore mysterious underwater world by night in the Galapagos Islands1m10s

Divers explore mysterious underwater world by night in the Galapagos Islands

Scuba diving is a thrilling experience for those adventurous enough to strap on tanks of air and slip beneath the waves. The underwater world is mysterious and beautiful, fascinating and intimidating, and those who experience it by day are often compelled to explore the same depths by night. This is a vastly different experience, as the reef is a completely different world in the dark. Some of the creatures of the ocean become more active, emerging from hiding spots to hunt for food. Other creatures that are seen by day will go into hiding at night, hoping to survive until daylight. Divers see with the aid of powerful lights but their vision is limited to what is in the beam of their lights. This creates an even greater sense of vulnerability as much of the water around them is a dark void. Animals with greater vision and perception swim all around, moving silently past, and often very close to the divers. These scuba divers in the Galapagos Islands first encountered a Moorish idol, a beautiful black and white fish with long and graceful fins. They came across a spotted eel, slithering between the rocks on a nightly hunt. These eels have poor vision, but an excellent sense of smell, and they move stealthily through narrow gaps and under rocks to ambush fish and octopus seeking shelter. A beautiful and graceful Pacific green turtle swam among the divers, possibly curious about their lights. It appeared out of complete darkness, startling the diver with the camera before bumping into him. After a moment’s inspection, it slowly swam off into the darkness as gracefully as it had come. A hermit crab with a shell covered in barnacles blends in perfectly with the rocks over which it climbs. These scavengers feast on decaying plants and animals, leaving the oceans and reefs cleaner in their wake. They will retreat into the shell that they carry at the slightest threat of danger. A spotted puffer fish drifts clumsily over the rocks. It’s a beautiful fish with a unique adaptation that allows it to inhale water and increase its size by many times, making it difficult to swallow. A long trumpet fish drifted past, within inches of the scuba diver. These fish can blend in with plants and sea fans by tilting their bodies vertically to hide among the stems. To explore this mysterious underwater world is a rare privilege by day, or by night.

Pygmy Marmoset eats meal in front of spectators1m03s

Pygmy Marmoset eats meal in front of spectators

This pygmy marmoset is looking from side to side, being nosy of what is behind the glass. He then continues to eat with some passion, revealing his needle sharp teeth. Have you ever seen them this close? The new world monkey is one of the smallest primate. These are from the the Dudley Zoo in England. They're always at the window and are very curious.

11 most common UFO sightings that can be explained8m09s

11 most common UFO sightings that can be explained

Most UFO sightings are explainable. Here are the 11 most common sightings incorrectly labeled as ETI UFO. A UFO is a flying object that you can not identify. A UFO does not equate to alien spacecraft. In this video you will meet 11 most common examples that are accidentally identified as UFO.

Scorpion fish has deadly sting and near perfect camouflage34s

Scorpion fish has deadly sting and near perfect camouflage

The scorpion fish is only a foot long yet it packs a sting powerful enough to cause severe illness and even death. They are a bold fish that can hide in the open with their near perfect camouflage. Their skin and fins are colored to blend in with the stones and coral where they live. They hide under rocks and in crevices during the day, but can occasionally be found lying on top of rough surfaces where they remain motionless. This makes them almost invisible. These divers in the Cayman Islands were drifting over the coral on their way back to the boat at the end of a dive. Found on the top of a coral head in less than 30 feet of water, it did not move, even when approached. A sharp-eyed dive master noticed the scorpion fish and called the group over for a close look. They are a rare find for scuba divers because there are very few on the reef. Spotting them is an even rarer occurrence because they lie motionless and blend in so well with their surroundings. Only the slight eye movement gives this fish away. The spines of the scorpion fish are covered with a venomous mucous that contains a powerful neurotoxin. Anything foolish enough to touch this fish would be met with a very painful sting. This is followed soon after by intense burning and swelling, headache, abnormal heart rate, cramps, shortness of breath, vomiting, paralysis, and possibly death. Most human contact with scorpion fish is accidental. Their camouflage makes them so difficult to see that a scuba diver is most likely to put their hand on one, mistaking it for coral. The scorpion fish is an effective predator, coming out of hiding at night to hunt of smaller fish. They lie in wait for their prey to swim close and then they lunge and inhale sharply to draw the fish into their mouth. The scorpion fish is a perfect example of how the ocean is a complex world full of beauty and danger. We are wise to always remember that we are guests in the underwater world and we must be respectful and careful at all times. Improper behavior in this domain can have immediate and severe consequences.

Small dog acts as owner's personal trainer20s

Small dog acts as owner's personal trainer

Do you ever feel guilty about those excess holiday calories? It's that time of year when overindulgence rules. We drink a little more than usual and of course we certainly eat more as well. At this time of year we throw caution to the wind and break from our regular healthy eating regimen. This particularly guy was feeling a little guilty about his consumption of banana cream pie at the family dinner. The gym was closed on Christmas day so he simply had to do something to alleviate his guilt. Luckily, this little dog was willing to jump right into action and help this man with a short spontaneous workout. The weight of a 12 pound dog on his back would make him burn a few extra calories as he did his push-ups. Everybody knows that when you are male and over 40 all those excess calories go right to the belly. Maybe a few strenuous push-ups would stop this from happening. The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy healthy meals with good friends and family but sometimes eating calorie-rich foods is more the norm. With all the delicious foods on the table, it's really hard to resist. Sometimes the best approach is to sample a small amount of everything. No need to feel guilty because this is a special occasion and we can always work those calories off later. Sometimes people do go overboard with the food intake during the holidays and it's interesting to note that emergency rooms often see an uptick in heart related ailments during the season. People often choose weight loss as their New Years resolution and it's typical for most people to pack on a few extra pounds during the holiday season. If you are a rigid person when it comes to your diet, you can make heart healthy meals if you choose. There are plenty of diet conscious menus to choose from so you have many options. Do you eat to excess during the holiday season or do you stick rigidly to your diet? We would love to hear your comments below and if you enjoyed this video clip, feel free to share it with your friends.

Family dog injured in 'Sit Means Sit' obedience training5m19s

Family dog injured in 'Sit Means Sit' obedience training

Pets are family members and, like children, we want them to be on their best behavior. Specialized dog training fetches top dollar prices in Las Vegas and promises the best dog for your home. But one family who entrusted their pet to a long-time local trainer was devastated with the results.

Published: January 12, 201932 views