Fox, hedgehog together in garden


This 28 July 2016 video shows a red fox and a hedgehog together.

GJ Kieft made this video in his garden in the Netherlands.

Harbour porpoise in Dutch canal


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

29 July 2016

This afternoon, SOS Dolfijn received a report about a swimming harbour porpoise in the canals of Den Helder in the northwestern part of Holland. Our team is on location to observe and assess the situation. We are ready to offer help if necessary. The animal is behind the sluice-gates and might possibly find its way back to sea. Also it could be an animal in need and distress. An update will follow.

NOS TV reports that this is a young harbour porpoise of about 1 meter. SOS Dolfijn has removed a bridge to make it easier for the animal to go back to sea.

White whale Migaloo protected by Australian police


This video from Australia says about itself:

24 September 2012

A one in a million chance encounter with Migaloo the white Humpback Whale as he leaves the Great Barrier Reef, migrating back to Antarctica after spending the worst of the southern hemisphere winter off Port Douglas.

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 28 July 2016:

Migaloo under escort as whale watchers get too close for comfort

By Elise Kinsella and Damien Larkins

Authorities are escorting Migaloo the white whale up the south-east Queensland coast after a complaint of onlookers getting too close.

The Queensland State Government is investigating a complaint about people getting too close to the white whale off the Gold Coast.

As white whales are classified as special management marine creatures, boats must stay 500 metres from them, and aircrafts and drones must keep a distance of 610 metres.

Rangers will begin helping to protect Migaloo during his northern migration on Thursday, until he reaches the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles said it was important whale watchers respected the protection zones.

“The last thing we would want to see is for a whale like this to be injured in a boat strike,” he said.

“It’s just so important people keep their distance, especially as we understand there are a number of boats there.”

He said whale watchers could be fined if they went within the protection zones.

Humpback whales, they are big creatures, they can behave erratically,” he said.

Southern Cross University whale expert Dr Wally Franklin said tourist boats could stress humpback whales if they came too close.

“It’s very important while these whales are in this northward migration not to interfere with their travel, not to get in front of them,” he said.

“You only approach him at a very slow speed, matching his speed; you only come in from the left or right and do not interfere with his line of travel.”

White whale-watching rules:

Boats must stay 500 metres away

Aircraft and drones must stay 610 metres away

Approach whales from parallel and slightly to rear – never from behind or head-on

Move off slowly and leave no wake

Do not get into the water

‘Fallow deer killed illegally’


This video says about itself:

Fallow Deer Rut – The Bucks are Back in Town!

8 October 2013

Simon King watches the bucks strut their stuff in the New Forest in southern England, chasing the does and scrapping with their foes!

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

‘Licence to shoot fallow deer in Zeeland was illegal’

Today, 13:17

Zeeland province should not have given permission for shooting fallow deer in two of Zeeland’s nature reserves. This the court decided today, writes regional broadcaster Omroep Zeeland.

According to the court of Zeeland and West-Brabant, the province has not proved that in the nature reserves Manteling Walcheren and Kop van Schouwen there actually are problems for the welfare of the animals in large populations. For other arguments of the provincial authorities there was insufficient evidence, according to the court.

Protected species

Fallow deer are a protected species. In principle, they should not be hunted. Provinces are allowed to grant exemptions for hunting, but that may only happen under certain conditions.

Wild turkey and elk in the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

24 July 2016

A Wild Turkey can run really fast and probably get away a lot faster than taking a short flight. Not sure what this turkey was running from, but you can see a turkey in full run – rather impressive. On the same day a young elk was also in a hurry.

This was an elk according to the North American definition; not the Eurasian definition.

Mammoth bone found on Texel island beach


The mammoth bone and its discoverers, with a woolly rhino model in the background, photo Ecomare museum

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Family finds mammoth bone during holiday on Texel

Today, 12:42

A family from Gouda found a mammoth bone tens of thousands of years old during a walk on the beach of Texel. Arieke Visscher and her daughters Francine and Ruth made the discovery at beach post 28, the regional broadcasting organisation NH writes.

Mother Arieke thought almost immediately that it was a mammoth bone. Her grandfather was a fisherman and fished these bones from the sea.

Fibula

A curator of Ecomare museum established that it was indeed a mammoth bone. Presumably it is a piece of a fibula. The bone is from the last ice age, about 20,000 to 40,000 years ago.

The bones of mammoths are still found at the bottom of the sea. The bones end up on the beach and North Sea sand is used for widening the beach. The discovery on the island, according to Ecomare therefore is “not very special, but still very nice.”

Buzzard and otter, camera trap video


A buzzard and an otter are on this 30 June 2016 camera trap video, from near Fluessen lake in Friesland province in the Netherlands.