Orphaned hippo Douglas is back in te wild


This video from Zambia says about itself:

In February 2013 a baby hippo was found alone and distressed on the banks of the Zambezi River.

From Wildlife Extra:

Orphaned hippo Douglas has been successfully released back into the wild

An orphaned baby hippo named Douglas, who captured the hearts of many after he starred on ITV1’s ‘Paul O’Grady’s Animal Orphans’ with his two terrier friends Molly and Coco, has been successfully released back into the wild in Zambia.

Back in February 2013 Douglas was just two weeks old and close to death when he was rescued by Conservation Lower Zambezi and sent to the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust (CWET) to be under the care of experienced wildlife rehabilitators Anna and Steve Tolan. This was the first time Anna and Steve had taken in a hippo.

Steve Tolan said: “We constructed a pool and brought in dedicated carers to look after Douglas who initially was bottle fed and looked to his human carers for reassurance and companionship and even swimming lessons.

“Douglas has now been fending for himself since he was weaned in January and is surviving and thriving. He has made his first few attempts to join the wild pod in the Luangwa River. It will probably be a long, slow process until he is fully accepted into the pod but he is on his way.”

To find out more about Chipembele and the work it does click here.

Lion film wins Emmy award


This video is called National Geographic’s Wild – Episode 3: Game Of Lions.

From Wildlife Extra:

Lion film wins Irons an Emmy

Actor Jeremy Irons‘ narration of a wildlife film has won him an Emmy. The winning film is Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s Game Of Lions, which follow the journey of young male lions in the African bush, from the birth to exile from a pride.

This was Irons’ seventh project with filmmakers and conservationists, Dereck and Beverly Joubert and the husband and wife’s eighth. Other collaborations between Irons and the Jouberts include: The Unlikely Leopard, Eye Of The Leopard, and The Last Lions.

“What makes our work with Jeremy resonate with authority and understanding is his relentless insistence on understanding each sentence, each word he delivers, says producer Beverly Joubert.

“Jeremy is a big cat expert as a result and that makes a difference, it makes what he reads believable. When you develop a relationship based on trust and professionalism it endures beyond that present piece of work and in many ways Jeremy has become the voice of our films.”

Read a field guide to lions HERE that includes details on their habitat, diet, threats, physiology and where to see them in the wild.

Two hedgehogs, video


This video is about two hedgehogs in a garden in the Netherlands last July.

Arjanne and Alberdina made the video.

Bat boxes in Britain


This video is called hy Do Bats Need Cowpats? – The Animal’s Guide To Britain, Episode 2 – BBC Two.

From the RSPB in Britain:

Build a home for bats

Bats are finding it hard to find food to eat, plus many of their natural sleeping places are being damaged and destroyed.

Simply putting up a bat box will help these night-time creatures have somewhere safe to raise a family and sleep during the day.

You’ll want to keep an eye out for common pipistrelles – they are our smallest bats, weighing the same as 10 paperclips and are small enough to fit in a matchbox!

RSPB bat boxes: see here.

Helping bats in the Netherlands: here.

Fin whale dies in North Sea


This 20 August 2014 video is about a lifeboat, tugging a drifting dead whale from the sea near Katwijk in the Netherlands to the beach near Scheveningen.

There, scientists of Naturalis museum investigated it today. It turned out to be a seventeen meter long adolescent male fin whale.

Most probably, the young whale died because of a collision with a ship; some of its vertebrae were crushed. Other possible causes of death: a killer whale attack; or a collision with a seawall.

See also here.