Bonobo Ape Starts a Fire with Matches to Roast Marshmallows (Video)

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Kanzi the bonobo lives in America and has learned how to build a fire, light it using matches and toast marshmallows on it. The behavior shows how similar we are to our primate family and is another great example of animal intelligence.

In another clip from BBC’s Monkey Planetwe get a glimpse of what monkeys do for fun:

Dive Bombing Macaques

Rhesus macaques in Jaipur, India, dive bomb off a lamp post into a foot of water to have fun, implying that monkeys can be capable of feelings.



GoPro Animal Vision, Amazing Scenes Captured in HD (Video)

GoPro Animal Vision, Amazing Scenes Captured in HD (Video) | Third Monk


HD GoPro cameras are lightweight and durable enough to mount on almost anything. Their flexibility allows them to capture amazing scenes of animal behavior and perspective.

Flying Eagle Point of View – GoPro


Lion Hug – GoPro

The Lion Whisperer, Kevin Richardson has a good morning greeting with his pride of lions.

Swimming with Dolphins – GoPro

Mark Peters and friends encounter an unexpected surprise while albacore fishing off the coast of Santa Cruz, CA – Pacific White Sided Dolphins playfully hitch a ride behind their fishing boat.

Snow Monkey Hot Tub – GoPro

Art Gimbel stopped by the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan to hang out with the hot tubbin’ monkeys. Thanks, Art!

Swimming with a Great White Shark – GoPro

Join freediver Ocean Ramsey as she shares a quiet moment with a Great White Shark

Bishop and the Homies – GoPro

Bishop, the great dane, has a fun day playing in the dog park. GoPro is proud to present our first 100% user shot and edited video! A huge thanks to Kelsey Wynns and Bishop for sharing such a fun afternoon with us! Woof!

Diving with Sea Lions – GoPro

Sam Stewart and Kelly Smith dive with curious Sea Lions in South Australia.

Animals Illuminated by Sunset (Photo Gallery)

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The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment when the trailing edge of the Sun’s disk disappears below the horizon in the west. There are few things in nature as photogenic as the sky at sunset, especially animals. The rich bright gold, pink and orange colors make unusually beautiful pictures of animals illuminated by the sun.

Sunset Stalking

The Monkey Ladder Experiment – Following False Beliefs (Comic Strip)

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There is a clunky word that describes this phenomenon: filiopietism, or the reverence of forebears or tradition carried to excess. But I prefer another term for it: the tragic circle. I believe many of these tragic circles exist, mostly unseen, in across all cultures and societies, causing untold harm.

The lesson is as obvious as it is important: question everything. Dare to be skeptical. Think of all the age-old idiocy and insanity waiting to be exposed. – Jason Wells

Monkey Vs Bulldog Situps Contest (Video)

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Japanese animal celebrities Pan-kun (Chimp) and James (Bulldog) try to measure their fitness by doing situps.

Pan-kun is a young chimpanzeein Japan often featured on national Japanese television. Most of the segments feature him and his bulldog friend, James, embarking on a variety of “human” tasks, like buying groceries, planting a rice paddy, or catching insects.






Neil deGrasse Tyson – Maybe We’re Not As Smart As We Think We Are (Video)

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Maybe We're Not As Smart As We Think We Are (Video) | Third Monk

Everything that we are, that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one percent difference in DNA. It has to, ’cause that’s the difference. The Hubble telescope, these grand… that’s in that one percent.

Maybe… everything that we are that is not the chimp is not as smart compared to the chimp as we tell ourselves it is.

Maybe the difference between constructing and launching a Hubble telescope, and a chimp combining two finger motions as sign language – maybe that difference is not all that great. We tell ourselves it is.

Just the same way we label our books optical illusions. We tell ourselves it’s a lot. Maybe it’s almost nothing. How would we decide that?

Imagine another life form that’s one percent different from us.

In the direction that we are different from the chimp.

Think about that.

We have one percent difference and we’re building the Hubble telescope. Go another one percent.

What are we to they? We would be drooling, blithering idiots in their presence. That’s what we would be.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Animation by PersonifciationOfMe

Baby Monkey Rides a Wild Pig, Backwards (Video)

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A baby Japanese macaque named Miwa-chan rides on the back of his buddy, baby Japanese wild boar, Uribo. Both lost their mother and now are in Fukuchiyama City Zoo, Kyoto, Japan as sheltered wild animals.

The Zoo staff tried many things to cheer up the lonely baby monkey. They found a solution when they mixed monkey and pig together in the same room. The two became great friends, staying together at all times. Miwa-chan’s favorite activity became taking laps around the park on Uribo’s back.