These short documentaries by Matthew Killip feature people who work with monkeys and apes around the world. Some work partnerships between man and monkey bring them closer together by employing the intelligence of our ape cousins.
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 Planet, we 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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
When there’s food in sight, animal instincts kick in. These hilarious animals steal food to remind people that they should share their harvest with the rest of the animal kingdom.
In this scene from 1974’s Animals Are Beautiful People, elephants, warthogs, monkeys, and other African animals feed on ripe marula fruit. The animals get intoxicated from the alcohol and stumble back to their homes.
Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis, the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Listen to her spirited defense of the idea and her theory on why mainstream science doesn’t take it seriously.