Young kudu born at Christmas in South Africa


This December 2016 video from South Africa says about itself:

A kudu gives birth at Christmas

Puff adder snakes mating on South African road


This video from South Africa says about itself:

29 December 2016

This is the extremely rare moment of a pair of puff adders mating in the road.

Lourens Erasmus captured this scene on his most recent safari adventure.

Seeing a snake while on a safari is something that most people fight about, they want to see one, but then when they do, they suddenly get really scared. Well, if one gets a fright when seeing one snake, imagine two in the middle of the road! Not even mentioning that a puff adder is an extremely venomous snake.

What a sighting to capture on film! It was so incredible that he went straight away to LatestSightings.com and uploaded it to the partner program.

When 2 male snakes fight, it looks extremely similar, however this is slightly more calm, which makes snake experts believe that these are a male and female snake performing the mating ritual.

South African wildlife Top Ten sightings, video


This 23 December 2016 video from South Africa shows the TOP Ten wildlife sightings from the Kruger National Park and its surroundings.

Baby buffalo born, video


This video from South Africa says about itself:

20 December 2016

Filmed at Kings Camp.

This special and heartwarming moment of an [African] buffalo giving birth was captured in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve by 35-year-old field guide, Morné Hamlyn.

Morné told Latest Sightings: “I have been guiding for nearly 14 years and it was the first and only birth in nature that I have ever witnessed.

Other people on game drive called in a herd of buffalo in the area, we drove to the sighting and found this large herd of Cape Buffalo close to a thicket next to a dry riverbed.

When we approached the herd, we noticed one female standing to the side with her back legs slightly apart. We looked and realized that we could see feet of a calf sticking out, she was giving birth! We decided to wait it out and watch her give birth.

The sun was setting fast, night was coming. Night brings predators to life, so the thought of hyenas and lions passing by created a lot of tension and excitement as to what was going to happen next.

Finally mom gave the final push and the youngster arrived in the world.

After watching the birth, we waited until the calf stood up and drank for the first time, we then unfortunately had to leave as it was getting too dark.

It was fantastic to experience this out in the wild, but sharing it with guests made it even better.

South African football keeper scores goal


This video says about itself:

30 November 2016

Baroka FC goalkeeper, Oscarine Masuluke, scores a last minute overhead kick winner.

A goalkeeper in South Africa has equalised for his team with a last-minute bicycle kick.

Baroka vs Orlando Pirates 1-1 / South African Premier Division

South African dung beetle video


This video from South Africa says about itself:

23 November 2016

A dung beetle rolls his dung ball away from a midden before another male comes in and steals it.

Many galaxies discovered by astronomers


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Astronomers just discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe hiding behind the Milky Way

23 November 2016

Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known structures in the universe. Called the Vela supercluster, the newly discovered object is a massive group of several galaxy clusters, each one containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies. “I could not believe such a major structure would pop up so prominently” after an observation of that region of space, said Renée Kraan-Korteweg, an astrophysicist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, in a press release. Kraan-Korteweg and her team published their discovery of the supercluster, named after the constellation Vela where it was found, in the Monthly Notices Letters of the Royal Astronomical Society.

From Science News:

Giant gathering of galaxies discovered hiding on far side of Milky Way

Astronomers plan to investigate Vela supercluster’s gravitational tug

By Christopher Crockett

7:00am, November 23, 2016

An immense wall of galaxies, stretching over 380 million light-years, is hiding beyond the far side of the Milky Way.

Dubbed the Vela supercluster, this galactic horde sits about 800 million light-years away in the constellation Vela, researchers report online November 8 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters. Despite its size and relative proximity, Vela has gone unnoticed because it is largely obscured by our own galaxy.

Superclusters — assemblages of groups of galaxies — are among the largest known structures in the universe. Following up on earlier hints that an uncharted supercluster might lurk nearby, Renée Kraan-Korteweg, an astronomer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and colleagues scoured a patch of sky bisected by a wall of stars that is part of the Milky Way. Using telescopes in South Africa and Australia, they measured distances to 4,432 galaxies and found that many, to the north and south of the wall, appear to be clumped together.

Vela could help solve a long-standing mystery. The Milky Way and dozens of other galaxies in the immediate neighborhood move together through space. Gravity from known superclusters can account for some of that motion, but not all of it. Astronomers don’t yet know the mass — and hence the gravitational influence — of Vela, but it could be partly responsible for nudging us along.

Star-starved galaxies fill the cosmos. As researchers find hundreds of galaxies with scarce starlight, questions pile up. By Christopher Crockett
11:00am, November 29, 2016: here.