Will koala predict Germany-Ukraine football correctly?


This 11 June 2016 video is about koalas.

Talking about koalas; from the Times of Malta today:

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 09:49

Animal ‘oracles’ predict Euro 2016

The late “octopus oracle” Paul shot to fame when he predicted Germany to win the 2010 World Cup.

And now, a koala in Germany is predicting the outcome of Euro 2016.

Director of Leipzig Zoo, Joerg Junhold, says he is the perfect animal to do so.

“Well, we believe he is neutral and sees the events here in Europe very relaxed. Therefore, as an impartial arbitrator he is very well suited to make a prediction.”

Refusing to choose between two Eucalyptus branches, Oobi-Ooobi predicted Germany will draw with Ukraine.

But Astrid says Ukraine will triumph.

The German sea lion has competition from France’s Watson.

Watson picked his own country as the clear winner of Friday evening’s match.

But will any of these animals reach the notoriety of Octopus Paul?

Koala predicts European football championship results


This 10 May 2016 video shows koala Oobi-Ooobi in Leipzig zoo in Germany.

Tomorrow, the European football championship will start in France with the France-Romania match.

What will the results be? I don’t know. But some animals may know🙂

From Deutsche Welle in Germany:

Koala to serve as ‘animal oracle’ at Euro 2016

Animals purported to have psychic powers have become tradition at major sporting events in recent years. Now a koala at a zoo in eastern Germany is being put forward as an “oracle” for the European Football Championship.

The Australian marsupial, named Oobi-Ooobi, joins a long list of animals from elephants to octopi who have been recruited to predict the outcome of soccer games.

Leipzig Zoo offered up Oobi-Ooobi as a possible oracle candidate on Wednesday for Germany’s national football team during the Euro 2016 in France.

However, the zoo acknowledged it had not consulted the German Football Association about its initiative, but backed Oobi-Ooobi as a viable, clairvoyant contender.

“As an Australian, he’ll have an impartial view of the football matches,” a zoo spokeswoman told DPA news agency.

Oobi-Ooobi arrived at Leipzig Zoo in April [from Belgium], where he’s already proven a hit with the public. But as far as clairvoyant creatures go, he’s got some big shoes to fill. Four years ago, Paul the Octopus from the German city of Oberhausen became a worldwide phenomenon after accurately predicting the winners of all of Germany’s matches at the 2010 World Cup.

Paul, who has since passed away, communicated his supposed insights by choosing between two glass boxes of mussels – one with the German flag and the other bearing that of the opposing team. The case he opened first was deemed to be his predicted winner.

A number of different animals have since been conscripted into the prediction business in Germany. Nelly the Elephant from Lüneburg Heath, for example, made predictions by shooting a soccer ball into two different goals. Hitting the goalpost assigned to the opposing team apparently meant Germany would win their next match.

This music video is called Nellie The Elephant (Toy Dolls).

Then there was Momario, a tortoise from Schleswig-Holstein, who had to choose between national flags made of green leafy veggies. Armadillo Taka from Erfurt chose winners by eating boiled chicken skin.

Leipzig Zoo says Oobi-Ooobi will be called on to make his first prediction on June 12, when Germany takes on Ukraine. But zoo officials are yet to reveal how their marsupial will channel his psychic talents.

Koalas, known for their round fluffy ears and large black noses, often sleep up to 20 hours a day and feed almost exclusively on eucalyptus leaves. The zoo is currently cultivating 23 different eucalyptus varieties at a special plantation north of Leipzig in order to cater to its oracle’s needs.

Oobi-Ooobi isn’t the zoo’s first animal oracle. In 2013, a Malayan tapir named Baru was made to predict the outcome of the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Dortmund. In that case, Baru’s bite into a kohlrabi representing Dortmund’s black and yellow colors, unfortunately, proved incorrect.

Another Leipzig Zoo resident, Heidi the cross-eyed opossum, gained international fame with her role as oracle in the 2011 Academy Awards. The animal became an internet sensation with hundreds of thousands of fans on Facebook. She also made an appearance on American TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she predicted the winners of three Oscar categories.

25 May 2016

As for me, I won’t predict. I hope some small country, like Iceland, Albania, Wales, six counties Ireland or twenty-six counties Ireland, will win. But I can never be sure about that.

Kangaroos on video


This 4 June 2016 video shows kangaroos in Australia.

Feathertail glider babies born, video


This 10 March 2016 video is about two feathertail glider babies born recently in the nocturnal animals building of Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands. Their parents had arrived in October 2015.

A griffon vulture couple in that zoo is on eggs. See webcam here.

Koala survives car collision


Koala Bear Grylls

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today:

Bear Grylls‘ survives 100kph impact with car, gets wedged above vehicle’s bumper

By Malcolm Sutton and Brett Williamson

A koala has been affectionately dubbed “Bear Grylls” after it became wedged in the grille of a vehicle travelling 100 kilometres per hour in the Adelaide Hills.

The koala was hit on the South Eastern Freeway and remained stuck until the driver arrived home some ten kilometres down the road.

Driver Loren Davis said she hit the koala just after the Bridgewater exit heading to Mount Barker, where it was dark “with no street lights”.

“I didn’t see the koala until my headlights found it but I couldn’t change lanes because another car was there [on the inside lane].

“I slammed my brakes on but another car was behind me, so there was no choice but to hit the koala.”

Ms Davis said she pulled over after both cars had passed but could not see the koala in the dark.

“I drove home, feeling upset that I’d killed a koala.

“Once I got home and pulled into the garage I turned on the light to see the damage.

“I turned around, saw a koala and just screamed.”

Ms Davis said she thought the koala was dead and ran inside to tell her fiance and his son.

“When they called out and said, ‘he’s alive’, I was teary, thinking of this poor koala in the front of the car.”

Ms Davis said the koala seemed quite “with it” and growled every time they drew close.

They were able to push a blanket underneath its arm and the koala used it to pull himself out of the grille.

“We backed my car out and closed the garage door to let him rest in there. We didn’t want him to wander off until we’d seen he was okay.

“We’re calling him Bear Grylls.”

Michael ‘Bear’ Grylls is a British adventurer and television presenter with a knack for getting himself into dangerous situations and surviving unscathed.

CFS considered to remove the koala

Fauna Rescue of South Australia volunteer and koala hotline operator Don Bigham said the owners of the car talked about calling the Country Fire Service to remove the koala.

Because it would take him 40 minutes to get to the house, Mr Bigham suggested they call the Royal Automobile Association.

“But fairly quickly, the koala got out,” Mr Bigham said.

“They had closed the [car] garage when they got home, so they had it [contained].

“When I got there it was sitting on gym equipment with some obvious minor abrasions.”

The koala was taken to a vet where x-rays and a further examination was undertaken.

Despite the ordeal, the koala was mostly uninjured, suffering only abrasions.

“The koala has come home with us and probably in the next day or so it will be going back home,” Mr Bigham said.

Koalas are a regular occurrence on Adelaide Hills’ roads and often display a casual disregard for traffic conditions.

“They don’t behave in an extremely bright manner sometimes,” Mr Bigham said.

“They walk down the middle of the road, [even] sit on roads.”

This koala reminds me of this snowy owl.

More than 40,000 hectares of koala habitat in Queensland has disappeared since the state’s land-clearing controls were weakened, a conservation group says: here.

Kangaroo pouch inside video


This video says about itself:

Inside a Kangaroo Pouch – Smarter Every Day 139

31 July 2015

Do you know what the inside of a kangaroo pouch looks like? Here’s a video about exactly how I discovered the truth.

See also here.

And because you need a Friday pick-me-up, here’s a baby kangaroo cuddling a teddy bear.

Australian sugar gliders, videos


This video is about pygmy gliders in Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands.

Now, to slightly bigger relatives of these marsupials.

From daily The Guardian in Britain today:

I couldn’t resist sharing this video with you: today’s “Caturday” video features an adorable young sugar glider (known as a “joey”) practicing her gliding skills in front of a fan.

The sugar glider, Petaurus breviceps, is a small forest-dwelling marsupial native to the northern and eastern parts of Australia. They also occur in forests throughout New Guinea and on a number of nearby islands and island archipelagoes.

They superficially resemble a squirrel, although they are smaller and much, much cuter: they have extremely soft, dense grey fur with a charcoal grey stripe along their spine, creamy white fur on their underparts, large black eyes adapted for night vision, a pink nose and toes, and small rotatable ears. They are sexually dimorphic, with females being smaller than the males, and lacking the scent gland on the forehead. Females give birth to one or two babies (“joeys”) which then reside in her marsupium (pouch) located on her belly, for several months. Male sugar gliders are unusual because they are one of the few mammal species that provide parental care. This video gives you an idea of their physical size:

The physical character that gives sugar gliders their name is the fur-covered flap of skin along their sides — this skin flap is easily visible in the previous video.

When sugar gliders extend their legs, this flap of skin stretches out, allowing them to glide through the air from tree to tree, sometimes for long distances when it’s breezy. Here’s another video that provides low-motion footage of gliding sugar gliders (ignore the cheesy music):

Sugar gliders are arboreal possums, and possess a long, furred and weakly prehensile tail that acts as a climbing aid as they move throughout the trees, seeking out insects, nectar, tree sap, and fruits to dine upon. Sugar gliders are highly active and are nocturnal and live in colonies consisting of several adults and their young of the year. Although they can “bark”, they are generally silent, and communicate primarily by using odours and behavioural signals. And cuteness.