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INTERESTING STUFF – 24 November 2018

[EDITORIAL NOTE:] After the last couple of Interesting Stuff editions, you knew we were heading in this direction. Right? An entire Interesting Stuff devoted to animal videos. Couldn't help myself.


TGB reader Trudy Kappel sent this video of a young panda Bei Bei at the U.S. National Zoo having a fine old time in an early snow. The YouTube page explains:

"The giant pandas are most active in cold weather and enjoy tumbling and rolling in snow.”


Another TGB reader, Mary Symmes, sent this one. The videographer, Steve Hathaway, found this elusive sea “thing” in October near New Zealand, ending a search of more than a decade:

“'I’ve always wanted to see one,' Hathaway said in an interview Wednesday discussing the 26-foot-long pyrosome — a colony of tiny sea animals that link together into a free-floating mass.

“Their mysterious features and bioluminescent glow have caused some scientists to dub them the 'bizarre unicorns of the sea'. They reportedly feel like an exquisitely soft feather boa.'”

You can read more at the Washington Post.


I know, you're expecting “hee-haw, hee-haw” but you would be mistaken. According to Laughing Squid:

”While out one day in the Irish countryside, Martin Stanton captured footage of his favourite donkey, who’s name is Harriet, as she sweetly serenaded the humans who passed by in a gorgeous, operatic soprano voice.

“According what Stanton posted on the Facebook group Ireland From the Roadside, his Harriet never learned to vocalize properly.”


The video tells it all. Just watch – you'll be happy you did.


So there are are, taking the kids on a leisurely drive through Yellowstone National Park looking at the beauty and critters and this happens.

Nothing to do but sit back and wait until the buffalo feel like moving along even if it might be awhile. (Filmed by Arun Binaykia in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in 2016.)


Reader Joan McMullen sent this recently. I posted it a couple of years ago but it's worth a rerun here in my neighborhood in Lake Oswego.


According to Mother Nature Network,

”A team of marine scientists have discovered a very rare shark nursery, 200 miles west of Ireland while investigating Ireland’s deep ocean territory.

“This rare occurrence was discovered during a recent SeaRover survey by the Marine Institute’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Holland 1...”

To learn more, visit here and here.


The YouTube page explains:

”...we found Rilu on side of a road 2014, he was only 2 months old, skinny and very scared, meowing for help. He has been in our care ever since and his 'ability' to break down the traditional cat-dog animosity and create a special bond and friendship with our rescue dogs has amazed us all.”


Long time TGB reader Darlene Costner sent this wonderful video – a great way to end today's collection.

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Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.


Ronni, the animal videos are ALWAYS welcome. Thank you!

Well, that gave me a warm and fuzzy start to my day. Thanks, Ronnie!

Adore this post. The beautiful not ugly dog and his forever mom and household I shared w many people who similarly love, love, love their animal companions. Thank you and all who contributed links to videos. XO

Ahhhhhhhhh. Thanks, Ronni!

No need to 'help yourself' when it comes to cute animal videos; they are a lovely antidote to much of the rest of life! Speaking of animals, if anyone is interested, you can google 'Grand Theft Otter: River otter in Vancouver park steals fish — and hearts' on CBC. A river otter moved into the Sun Yat-Sen garden in Vancouver, BC, and has been eating the koi in the pond. If you find the one updated yesterday, the punny comments are a kick! Fish gotta swim...otters gotta eat.... They are trying to trap the otter to move it to a more natural environment....

A great start to Saturday.
Thank you.

Just what I needed. Thank you!

Animal videos are my favorite. They always make me smile. That last one left me with a huge grin on my face. Thanks, Ronni. I needed that!

If you need a friend, get a dog, a cat, a goose, an owl, a donkey, or whatever critter appeals to you. They are so loyal and loving.

Animal videos are always a day brightener.

Still smiling. Thank you.

Wonderful! Though, I couldn't bring myself to be 'hugged' even by just one lioness, far less two of 'em. Gulp.

Brought a smile to my face. My house is not a home until I have at least one cat in it. My son and his wife are staying with me, along with their old 90lb Labrador Buddy. He and my cat, Miss Kitty, are friends. They run and chase each other in a game of tag that just wears me out watching them.

Fortunately, the front half of my big mobile home is an open floor plan and they can run and chase all over the place without walls to bar them. As long as you stay out of their way, it's not a problem. It's more entertaining than TV or a movie.

By the way, the cat sleeps in my bed with me and Buddy sleeps on the floor next to my bed. I'm never lonely, and I'm well guarded from things that go bump in the night . ;-)

Loved the writing, folks! Can't wait for more...................

Hooray for cats and dogs and other companion animals. What would we ever do without them? Wild animals are wonderful, too, of course, although I'm all for a respectful distance between the nearest lion and me.

Don’t they just make your heart sing❤️❤️❤️. Thanks!

I may have posted this before but Ronni's post today and the many endearing comments brought it to mind again. In 1928 Henry Beston wrote a lovely statement about our fellow travelers in this world that I have always valued in ''The Outermost House''.

I have never heard it said with such clarity and admiration. Anyone with loved animal companions, knows it to be true. See what you think.

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. Some patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do they err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” Henry Beston in "The Outermost House"

Thanks Charlene, that's wonderful.

And thank you Ronni and all contributors for the lovely videos.

In the hospital for emergency abdominal surgery. The animal videos cheered me up so much today and I'm sure is helping with my heating.
Thanks Ronnie for sharing all the warm happy animals and people.

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