How hippos live, video


This January 2020 video from Botswana in Africa says about itself:

Inside NATURE – Hippos: Africa’s River Giants

Follow director Brad Bestelink as he captures the lives of hippos, a task that few filmmakers have attempted before.

Lions attack giraffe, video


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Giraffe Kicks Lions To Defend Itself

In the human world, we can get away with saying “Pick on someone your own size”, but in the animal world, it’s fair game. If a predator can bring it down, no matter the size, they’ll go in for the chase. This is exactly the case when a pride of lions try and take down a huge giraffe.

Thokozani Phakathi visited the Kruger and sent us his footage of a pride of lions trying to take down a giraffe. He told LatestSightings.com that he never would have thought that he’d see anything like this with his own eyes, until he did!

“We were driving south on the H4-2, on our way back from Crocodile Bridge Camp when we spotted a giraffe being held hostage by a pride of approximately 8 lions. We stopped to see how the hunt would play out. They made several attempts to bring down the giraffe, but it was firing kicks from hell!”

“The lions were very cautious and didn’t want to risk injury or death, particularly because they were all females and the fact that lionesses are usually the ones to secure a meal. This makes them a valuable asset to the pride. It seems that part of their strategy was to exhaust the giraffe and finish the business after dark, taking advantage of their good night vision, and probably when the males are back from patrolling duties so they could add their strong muscle and hefty bodies.”

“The lions were taking turns in harassing, scaring and exhausting the giraffe for a few minutes. As each lioness ha her turn, they’d lay down and pant for a while and then start the process all over. This process insured that there was no escape route for the giraffe as they lay in solid walls around it. We could only count up to 8 lions as they were scattered all around and in between the thickets of the bush.”

“Unfortunately, due to gate time, we had to abandon the breath-taking sighting and never saw the final outcome. It was an absolute thrill to witness how lions coordinate and deploy their strategy to intimidate, frustrate and exhaust their potential prey. I’d normally see such events on National Geographic, but I never even had the thought that I would see something like this with my naked eye.”

“It’s memorable sightings like these that make Kruger National Park such a special place and the ultimate safari adventure destination in South Africa!”

Johnson makes London Grenfell disaster inquiry unjust


Grenfell Tower in west London, England burns

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Grenfell: Johnson appoints engineer with links to the firm that made the tower’s cladding to the inquiry

Former Labour MP Emma Dent Coad tells the Star that the PM has driven the ‘final nail in the coffin’ of justice

BORIS JOHNSON has driven the “final nail in the coffin” of justice for the victims of Grenfell by appointing an engineer to the fire inquiry who has links to the firm which made the tower’s cladding, former Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad told the Star today.

Mr Johnson picked Benita Mehra last month to assist Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who is leading the inquiry into the June 2017 disaster that killed 72 people.

Ms Mehra previously ran the Women’s Engineering Society, which received a £71,000 grant from the charitable arm of Arconic, the US-based maker of the aluminium composite cladding that fuelled the Grenfell fire.

She will be one of two experts helping Mr Moore-Bick with at least 18 months of hearings into the events leading up to the fire.

Ms Dent Coad, who lost her seat last month, said people affected by the fire have now abandoned all hope that the second phase of the inquiry will bring any justice.

“They ripped the firefighters to shreds in the first phase and now what I hear from people in the community is that this is proof that it is — as we feared — an Establishment stitch-up,” she said.

“People are in shock but will be regrouping and planning over the next few days. We were told over and over again that we should trust the process — but we can’t.

“The appointment is the last thing we want to hear. The whole idea of the second phase has been so invested in and for this to come about is horrific.”

Grenfell United vice-chair Karim Mussilhy, who lost his uncle in the fire, is calling for Ms Mehra to stand down before hearings restart on January 27. He described the appointment as a “disgrace.”

A spokesperson for the inquiry said it was confident that Ms Mehra’s former role would “not affect her impartiality.”

Two and a half years after Grenfell fire: Tens of thousands of UK households live in buildings covered in flammable cladding: here.

Anhinga, osprey in Georgia, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

Anhinga Dries Off In Sunny Savannah, Georgia – Jan 15, 2019

The Savannah cam caught this Anhinga, a distinctive waterbird, hanging out to dry below the cam’s vacant nest. When Anhingas aren’t slyly swimming through shallow waters with only their head sticking out, they are easy to spot drying out their waterlogged feathers in sunny areas. Look around the borders of lakes and ponds with forested edges for a sunning bird.

This 15 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

First Osprey Visit of the Year to the Savannah Nest! | Skidaway Audubon | Cornell Lab

An Osprey visited the Savannah nest twice this morning, even bringing some nesting material on the second visit. It’s still unknown whether a pair will take to the new nest site, but we’re all excited at the potential!