In Yellowstone Trish Carney was observing this grizzly sow and her cub in May. The snow was deep and the cub was riding on the sow's back as she was rooting through the snow for food. The sow had just caught a rodent and lifted her head to reveal her catch.
Brian Lam calls the time he spent being taught hunting by a leopard seal in the chilly waters of Antarctica "the most incredible experience I've ever had as a National Geographic photographer". While photographing the giant sea predator, he was adopted by a large female leopard sea who spent four days trying to teach him to hunt penguins. At first the seal would bring him live healthy penguins. After Mr. Lam failled to catch them, she brought weakened penguins, then dead penguins before finally ripping apart a penguin in a last ditch effort to show the photographer how to eat.
Watch this, it's pretty amazing:
It's fasinating behavior, you might think that the last thing a predator wants to have around is competition, but maybe sometimes the desire to have a buddy to play around with overrules that. Having easy to catch penguins around probably makes it easier to invite a new mouth into the local scene.
OCELOT (Leopardus pardalis) 195 (Estimated U.S. population is fewer than 100 wild, 95 captive)
Wild ocelots are gone from all U.S. states except Texas, driven out by human development. The elusive cats still roam the wilds of Central and South America, but there's little reliable data on their true numbers.
Ann and I watched Secret Yellowstone on National Geographic Channel last night. The introduction had the kind of hype that is used to sell products on late-night infomercials. We were prepared for a superficial "scare the tourist" video and we were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the content and special effects.
In this video, National Geographic went deep inside the 2 million acre national park to reveal the backcountry wilderness few have seen. They showed a few of the 300 newly discovered waterfalls, some of them stunningly scenic. They focused on the impact of how wolves, back after five decades of absence from Yellowstone, are helping restore the balance in the ecosystem alongside the grizzly bear and bison. The big "secret" is the geology of Yellowstone — the giant well of molten lava underneath the beautiful park. If you like Yellowstone,I highly recommend this show. I hope to hike to some of the newly discovered waterfalls the next time I’m there.