This cute and funny fellow is the potoo bird. Potoos are native to Central and South America. During the day, they sit perched upright on a tree stump which acts as the perfect camouflage. When hunting, they will sit and wait for their insect prey to fly by. After catching it, potoos will return to the same perch. Being nocturnal, they display the same behavior at night.
With their large sloping beaks and enormous eyes, potoo birds look like adorable cartoon characters. Their expressions are priceless and they seem to have quite a few of them — comical, sad, pouting, and frightened. Potoos are most definitely cool creatures.
By January 12, Nashville Zoo Animal Care Staff had waited over 13 months for the arrival of the Zoo’s second Baird’s Tapir in two years. Soon after the calf’s delivery it became clear that something was wrong.
The baby’s embryonic sac did not break, so he could not breathe and began to rapidly lose vitality. Zoo staff made the decision to intervene and moved mother Houston out of the stall. They then freed the baby from the sac, verified he still had a heart rate, and immediately cleared his airways and performed mouth-to-nose resuscitation until he was fully breathing on his own. Thanks to their heroic efforts and quick action, the calf is doing well. (click through to see more photos and read rest of story)
If Disney made more 2D films or shorts like this I it would make me so happy. ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ was a great film, but having ‘Paperman’, one of the most beautiful things Disney has ever produced as the animated short in front. Perfect. If you missed this gem in theaters it’s now on youtube.
If you didn’t catch Pixar’s latest feature Brave in the theaters, you may have missed out on La Luna, Enrico Casarosa’s stellar short about the moon’s custodians: a young boy, his father, and his grandfather. Hit play and let yourself be transported to a magical world where you can sweep up the stars and a child must learn to find his own way.