Tiger, bear say farewell to lion friend


This video from the USA says about itself:

23 May 2018

After 15 Years Of Friendship, This Tiger And Bear Just Said A Final Farewell To Their Lion Brother

Social media users went crazy when they first heard the story of the bear, the lion and the tiger whose tortured pasts made them inseparable furr-ever friends. Yes, the trio lived together happily for over a decade, but now fate has stepped in to take one of the brothers away for good. Their parting is heartbreaking.

The touching story of the eclectic friends began back in 2001 when police carried out a drug raid on a house in Atlanta. The officers’ search took them to the basement of the house, where they found something that must have made their jaws hit the floor. There, three caged exotic animal cubs had been kept in terrible conditions.

The babies – a bear, a lion and a tiger – were underweight, underfed and infested with parasites both inside and out. And, in addition to their malnourishment and neglect, the animals had suffered horrible abuse in their cages, which were clearly not fit for animals of their size.

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Young roe deer drives away cat


This 23 May 2018 video shows a young roe deer driving away a black cat in the Speulderbos woodland in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

Henk Kroon made this video.

Cute marine animals video


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 Sea Creatures Cuter than Cats! | BLUE WORLD ACADEMY

23 February 2018

Jonathan explains why there should be less cat videos and more beluga videos in this goofy short video about the cutest creatures in the sea.

BLUE WORLD ACADEMY is a studio-based spin-off of the underwater YouTube program JONATHAN BIRD‘S BLUE WORLD featuring host Jonathan Bird.

Good wildcat news from Dutch Limburg


This 2014 video is the first ever footage of a wildcat in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Since then, this species has expanded. On 7 January 2018, ARK Natuurontwikkeling estimated there are now at least 14 of these cats in Dutch Limburg. Kittens were born in 2017 at at least two spots. At one of them, at least five young wildcats were born.

What a Dutch wildcat ate


This video is about European wildcats in Bavaria in Germany.

Since a few years ago, wildcats are back in the Netherlands; where they had been extinct for a long time.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant, 10 December 2017:

A wildcat that was killed in February at the village of Nijswiller in the south of Limburg province had nine prey animals in his stomach: five wood mice, two yellow-necked wood mice, one harvest mouse and one common vole. He was not only well fed with a varied menu, but also very healthy and only had bad luck when crossing the N281 highway.

Saber-toothed cat evolution, new research


This 2017 video from the USA is called Prehistoric Predators – Sabertooth.

From ScienceDaily:

Ancient DNA offers new view on saber-toothed cats‘ past

October 19, 2017

Researchers who’ve analyzed the complete mitochondrial genomes from ancient samples representing two species of saber-toothed cats have a new take on the animals’ history over the last 50,000 years. The data suggest that the saber-toothed cats shared a common ancestor with all living cat-like species about 20 million years ago. The two saber-toothed cat species under study diverged from each other about 18 million years ago.

“It’s quite crazy that, in terms of their mitochondrial DNA, these two saber-toothed cats are more distant from each other than tigers are from house cats,” says Johanna Paijmans at the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Paijmans and colleagues reconstructed the mitochondrial genomes from ancient-DNA samples representing three Homotherium from Europe and North America and one Smilodon specimen from South America. One of the Homotherium specimens under investigation is a unique fossil: a 28,000-year-old mandible recovered from the North Sea.

“This find was so special because Homotherium is generally believed to have gone extinct in Europe around 300,000 years ago, so [this specimen is] over 200,000 years younger than the next-to-youngest Homotherium find in Europe,” Paijmans explains.

The new DNA evidence confirmed that this surprisingly young specimen did indeed belong to a Homotherium. The discovery suggests that the saber-toothed cats continued to live in Europe much more recently than scientists previously thought.

“When the first anatomically modern humans migrated to Europe, there may have been a saber-toothed cat waiting for them,” Paijmans says.

The finding raises new questions about how and why the saber-toothed cats went extinct. Paijmans says they are now interested in studying DNA from other samples of saber-toothed cats. Although it will be technically challenging, they also hope to recover and analyze DNA from much older Homotherium specimens.

This project received funding from the European Research Council, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development, and demonstration and the Lundbeck Foundation.