A couple weeks ago La Cueva volunteer firefighter Caleb Johnson was out washing an engine in Los Alamos, New Mexico when bear jumped out of a nearby trash truck. Johnson quickly grabbed his cellphone and recorded the unusual event. Sanitation workers assisted the bear by backing their truck up against a tree, which allowed the hairy hitchhiker to hop off and scamper back into the woods.
[Caleb Johnson] [H/T:KOBF-TV]
During a recent whale-watching tour off the coast of Tadoussac, Québec in Canada, a group of tourists on a small zodiac boat got closer to the whales than they had anticipated. In the middle of the tour, the group got an incredible look at an enormous fin whale devouring plankton as it swam just inches away from their boat. French tourist, Eric Mouellic, managed to capture the close encounter on camera.
[Eric Mouellic] [H/T:Rtrock]
Darius Sasnauskas, who lives near Yellowstone National Park, recently rescued an injured fawn after it was abandoned by its family. After single-handedly rehabilitating the little one back to health, Sasnauskas made several attempts to release her back into the wild, but she wouldn’t leave his side. In an update off camera, Sasnauskas says he was able to reunite the fawn with her family and sees them together often.
Reptile biologist Matt Evans at the Smithsonian National Zoo Reptile Discovery Center in Washington, D.C. takes a moment to answer whether or not tortoises enjoy being touched. Just because tortoises are cold-blooded doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a good neck rub. Evans explains tortoises enjoy several tactile sensations and are actually quite affectionate.
While jet skiing around the San Diego Bay in San Diego, California, an extremely friendly sea lion hopped aboard this man’s watercraft and immediately became his new best friend. It’s unclear if the friendly sea lion was escaping a predator, or if he simply wanted some cuddles.