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Starfish, new discovery


This video, in Danish with English subtitles, says about itself:

12 June 2015

Starfish have strange talents. Two biology students from the University of Southern Denmark have revealed that starfish are able to squeeze foreign bodies along the length of their body cavities and out through their arm tips. This newly discovered talent gives insight in how certain animals are able to quickly heal themselves.

More about this is here.

Rare moth, discovery in the Netherlands


This is a plum lappet video.

Translated from the Dutch entomologists of the Vlinderstichting:

Very rare moth discovered in Baarn

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Last weekend there was a dramatic message via Twitter. It was a beautiful, large and very striking moth, a plum lappet. This species had only been seen a few times in the Netherlands and had been absent during the last 15 years altogether.

Children’s story about bats


This video is called Fun Facts About Bats.

From the site of NASA in the USA, where the story continues:

THE STORY OF Echo the Bat

In the upper elevations of Arizona, there was a forest of tall Ponderosa pine trees. The forest was covered with snow and the evenings were quiet as animals slept through the cold winter nights. When spring arrived, the snow melted and a colony of female bats made their home in a hollow pine tree to raise their young.

Echo and his mom hang upside down safe in their tree. Echo is under his mom’s wings. There is a crescent moon outside.

Unlike birds who hatch from eggs, bats are mammals. The mother bats will give birth to their young and feed them mother’s milk. Because their pups are too young to fly and catch their food, Mother bats care for their pups during the first month.

As the warm days of spring led to summer, a baby bat was born. He had a tiny, furry body with awkward wings. His mother held him close to her and wrapped him in her wings. All day long, she could hear his chirping cry echo through the hollow tree. From that day on, his mother called him “Echo.”