Harrie Bosma made this camera trap video.
This video says about itself:
14 January 2014
This is a clip from The Eternal Jew which was released in 1941 by the Nazi government of Germany. All German citizens were required to watch this film which was an apology by Nazis served up to the German people to excuse/make acceptable the wanton murder of over 6 million Jews (about 90% of the total Jewish population of Western Europe.) The voice in the background is the original narrator. …
Thus, the Jews were vilified in so many ways by the Nazis [to make] the people of Western Europe … object [less] to the Holocaust. Clearly, this is a very simplistic analysis of the Holocaust, but it is real. Think about how the white Christians of the American south believed in slavery, Jim Crow, and the idea that black people were inferior in almost every way to white people. You might want to find and watch some of the news footage of Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.
In this clip from this nazi anti-Semitic propaganda film, at 3:30 the nazi comparison of Jews to rats starts.
Unfortunately, similar vile hate propaganda still exists today.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
MP calls for Mail apology over refugee rats cartoon
Friday 20th November 2015
In a letter to editor Paul Dacre, the shadow Treasury minister said the cartoon fuelled Islamophobia at a time when British Muslims “feel under particular threat of demonisation” in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
He added: “More widely, myself and hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of others would respectfully ask that the Daily Mail considers its general approach to the portrayal of immigrants and ethnic minorities and considers the consequences for our society of its portrayal.
“It is my belief that, all too often, the Daily Mail lets down its readers and the general public.”
From Science World Report:
Giant Rat Fossils Discovered, Largest To Have Existed
Nov 06, 2015 01:23 PM EST
Archaeologists have discovered fossil remains of the world’s largest rat species in East Timor. The seven giant rat fossils were ten times the size of modern rats, according to the team of researchers from the Australian National University (ANU).
“They are what you would call mega-fauna. The biggest one is about five kilos, the size of a small dog,” said Dr Julien Louys, lead author of the study, in a news release. “Just to put that in perspective, a large modern rat would be about half a kilo.”
The researchers claimed that this species is considered to be the largest known rats to have ever lived. The researchers’ main objective in the study was to figure out what caused the rat species’ extinction. The study is a part of the Sunda to Sahul project, which is examining the earliest human movement through Southeast Asia.
ANU researchers found that the earliest evidence of humans in East Timor dates back to 46,000 years ago, leading them to believe that humans from that period lived with the rats.
“We know they’re eating the giant rats because we have found bones with cut and burn marks. The funny thing is that they are co-existing up until about a thousand years ago,” said Louys. “The reason we think they became extinct is because that was when metal tools started to be introduced in Timor, people could start to clear forests at a much larger scale.”
The researchers are hoping that they can find out when humans started inhibiting islands of Southeast Asia and how their activities impacted the ecosystem. The researchers believe that this information in turn can be used to create conservation practices.
“We’re trying to find the earliest human records as well as what was there before humans arrived,” said Louys. “Once we know what was there before humans got there, we see what type of impact they had.”
The findings of this study will be presented at the Meetings of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Texas.
This video from England is called Barn Owls Hunting.
In 2013 and 2014, owls of De Grie had eaten, according to the pellets: 63 greater white-toothed shrews, three field voles, five root voles, one bank vole, one wood mouse and last but not least one water shrew. Water shrews used to be the only shrew species on Texel (the only Dutch Wadden Sea island where this species lives), but are unfortunately getting rarer now.
From the USA: Though widespread, the striped owl is not well understood but it is a distinctive and beautiful owl. As more studies focus on this bird, additional details about its behavior and needs can be discovered, mysteries resolved and steps taken to ensure it is always abundant for birders to see: here.
Owls are beautiful and mysterious raptors that are favorites for birders and non-birders alike. Unfortunately, they also face many threats and almost one-quarter of the world’s owl species are considered officially endangered, threatened or vulnerable to severe population declines. On the plus side, there are many easy things birders can do to help owls and encourage their conservation: here.
Owls are amazing but often misunderstood birds, and there are many irrational superstitions about them. Learning these legends and myths can help birders better understand owls and appreciate their diversity and impact on society: here.