Stag beetle throws girlfriend out of tree


This 16 March 2020 video says about itself:

Stag Beetle Throws Girlfriend Out Of Tree | Life | BBC Earth

It’s not easy finding a girlfriend these days, and it’s no different for this stag beetle. He doesn’t seem too concerned about commitment, though.

Greedy corporation sues life-saving Italian coronavirus doctors


This 20 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Greedy Company Wants To Sue Life Saving Hero Doctors During Pandemic

After two Italian volunteers used a 3-D printer to manufacture a desperately needed ventilator component for those stricken by the coronavirus, the medical company with the patent for the device threatened to sue—even as the printed valves saved at least 10 people’s lives in a hospital in the northern Italian city of Brescia.

“There were people whose lives were in danger, and we acted,” Cristian Fracassi, who along with fellow volunteer Alessandro Ramaioli made the valves, said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “Period.” …

Fracassi and Ramaioli were asked by physicist Massimo Temporelli to assist with producing the valves for only $1 after supplies from the source medical company were not forthcoming. The company, which charges $11,000 apiece for the devices, did not share the technical specifications for producing the valve—leading the volunteers to measure the valves and print from those numbers—and has threatened to sue for patent infringement.

Read more here.

Leucistic dark-eyed junco in Canada


This 17 March 2020 video from Canada says about itself:

Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal—which causes white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes.

Chicago penguins benefit from coronavirus pandemic


This 17 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Penguins wander empty Chicago aquarium during coronavirus closure

While most of the American public is asked to stay indoors amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium took the opportunity to let some of its penguins explore the other side of their glass exhibit. A now-viral video shows the flightless birds wandering the aquarium, looking around at the fish and other fixtures of the space.

This video says about itself:

Without guests in the building, caretakers at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals, resulting in a field trip for some of the penguins there on Sunday (March 15 2020). While the aquarium is closed to the public due to coronavirus quarantine, animal care staff and veterinarians are onsite 24/7.

At least 83 people in the United States have died from the virus, as of Monday (March 16), according to Johns Hopkins University and public health agencies, with the hardest-hit state, Washington, accounting for the bulk of the fatalities, including six more announced on Monday.

Penguin evolution, video


This 18 March 2020 video says about itself:

When Penguins Went From The Sky To The Sea

Today, we think of penguins as small-ish, waddling, tuxedo-birds. But they evolved from a flying ancestor, were actual giants for millions of years, and some of them were even dressed a little more casually.

Corporate coronavirus price gouging in the USA


This 20 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

SHOCKING Coronavirus Price Gouging

Shame on businesses price gouging during the coronavirus outbreak. Ana Kasparian discusses on The Young Turks.

“One store advertised hand sanitizer at $60 a bottle. Another was accused of hawking it at $1 a squirt. Chain stores offered $26 thermometers and face masks at the “everyday low price” of $39.95 a pair, while a convenience store touted toilet paper at $10 a roll next to a sign reading: “This is not a joke”.

Across a country where lines are long, some shelves are empty and patience is thin, authorities are receiving a surge of reports about merchants trying to cash in on the coronavirus crisis with outrageous prices, phony cures and other scams. An Associated Press survey of attorneys general or consumer protection agencies nationwide found reports already exceeded 5,000, with hundreds more arriving daily.

Greed is a powerful motivator for some people”, said Josh Stein, the attorney general of North Carolina, where the number of reports jumped from 72 to 131 one day earlier this week. “It is inexcusable to prey on people in a vulnerable time to make a quick buck.”

Read more here.

Cuban land crabs’ mass migration, videos


This 20 March 2020 video, recorded in Cuba, says about itself:

Swarm of Crab Mothers Cross Traffic to Lay Thousands of Eggs

An army of red land crabs migrates miles as some mothers prepare to lay up to 80,000 eggs apiece.

I saw migrating crabs in Cuba.

This May 2017 video says about itself:

Cuba: Crabs invade Bay of Pigs showing US how it’s done

Millions of crabs have invaded Cuba’s Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron), as shown by footage filmed on Wednesday.

The red, yellow and black crabs are undertaking their annual spring migration from the forest to the sea, where they aim to release their eggs.

Greek teenager’s graffiti art about coronavirus


This 20 March 2020 video says about itself:

Greek teenage artist’s graffiti inspired by virus

Restrictions to prevent the spread of the new virus have kept millions at home, including teenage Greek graffiti artist S.F. who added some artwork to his own building in Athens. The 16-year-old art student was inspired by the masks worn by people around the world as protection against the virus. His new mural on the roof of his apartment block shows a woman wearing one.

British Conservative government’s coronavirus response, musical parody


This 21 March 2020 musical video is a satire about the British Conservative government‘s coronavirus response.

It is parody of the song Ghost Town by The Specials.

It says about itself:

The Special Interests – Ghost Town

The UK government‘s Specials tribute band release a song for the coronavirus outbreak.

LYRICS:

This town
Let’s make it slightly like a ghost town
Try your best not to go the pub
This place
We’re considering a lockdown
But please don’t horde pasta
Too much fighting in the Asda

Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town?
We’d dance and sing and point at A&Es and have them shut down
(That one there!)

This town
Let’s brief imminent lockdown
People leave town and the virus spreads
Probably shouldn’t have scrapped all those hospital beds
This place
Let’s make it slightly like a ghost town
Tests only for celebrities
Mortgage holidays
The renters getting hungry

Do you remember the behavioural science at the Nudgestock?
I made some notes, just let me program them into Matt Hancock

This town
Let’s make it partially like a ghost town
Unenforced, so insurers don’t scream
This place
Let’s dither on a clampdown
Herd immunity
Situation getting shitty