If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a Bull Elephant named Ben who is taking people’s hearts by storm. They say that elephants are one of the smartest animals among mammals, and Ben’s story shows to prove that point.
These are pictures of Ben as he showed up at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Kariba, Zimbabwe. Ben approached with a Limp, indicating to the staff that there was something not quite right with the Bull Elephant. The vet of the lodge wasn’t currently in, so Ben patiently waited grazing on grass and drinking water.
The lodge called for a vet that had to be jetted in, which took a total of 6 hours. Once he arrived the tranquilized Ben and were able to properly assess what was going on with him.
The photo above is Ben’s ear, showing that the he had taken on gunfire from poachers. The vet found a bullet in Ben’s shoulder, which is what had been causing his limp. With the team aiding the vet, they successfully removed the bullet and helped Ben get back on his feet. The images of the bullet’s removal are a bit graphic, so if you’re interested in viewing more pictures of Ben’s surgery, you can see them here.
Above is Ben after everything was said and done. They released him once he had stabilized from the bullet’s removal, but also gave him a tracking device so that they could monitor him. This way if anything seems to be wrong with Ben, the lodge can jump into action and help Ben as soon as possible.
If you want to help, the lodge is currently asking for donations to help cover costs for monitoring and tending to Ben. You can donate here at #HelpBen
Ever wondered if bugs were any good at video games? Well they’re not, but sometimes make great additions as part of them. From the main villains, to your player character, there are plenty of bug themed games. There are even old classic games that have been forgotten in time about being a pest exterminator, but those games will have to wait another day to be featured. Today we present:
Top 5 Video Games with Bugs
#5 SIM ANT
This game is originally a 1991 top down simulation game where you manage a colony of ants in a backyard. The game is old enough that its first appearance was as a DOS game, but it was popular enough that it was given releases on later machines, such as the Super NES, Mac OS, and later versions of Windows. It gets position number 5 as a timeless classic that many remember being able to play on school computers, but is overall repetitive and capable of playing itself after a certain amount of time.
#4 Mister Mosquito
If you have ever wanted to experience the life of a mosquito trying to survive in a household, that’s exactly what Mister Mosquito does. It ranks number 4 on our list simply because it’s one of the few games that is simulation and action based as a bug. It was released June of 2001 on the PlayStation 2, and it’s ratings are overall mediocre. The controls are difficult to manage, but if you’re into a first person flight experience, isn’t hard to grasp with practice.
#3 MARIO PAINT’S GNAT ATTACK
If this were its own game, it could arguably be higher on this top 5 list. Gnat Attack, or also known as Coffee Break, is a mini game you can find in the Mario Paint game by clicking an icon featuring a coffee mug. It’s concept and controls are very basic, move the cursor over the fly and press to swat it. You’ll see various bugs, with the final boss of each level being some intense robot bug. This game was so well-received as a mini game that it was re-released as a mini game for Mario Maker on the Wii U. It’s important to note the above video is a speed run, and the game itself can easily last 20 minutes or longer to fully beat.
#2 WORMs ARMAGEDDON
Worms Armageddon is a full multiplayer game featuring worms as the player characters. It’s a strategy game among friends or online players where you are trying to be the last worm standing. You’re given a team of worms placed on a map and take turns shooting rockets that cause terrain damage and attack the other player worms. It ranks #2 as a solid funny and enjoyable game to play with friends, and also you’re a worm just because. To get to the review part of the featured YouTube video, skip to 25 seconds in.
#1 EARTH DEFENSE FORCE
If you’re aware of the movie Starship Troopers, that’s the easiest way to describe this game. You chose a character class to play and essentially fight giant insects that are attacking planet earth. It has traditionally been a PlayStation 2 game, but a recent version called Earth Defense Force 4.1 was released for PC and is available on the online Steam Store. The most recent version gives you 3 class options, and has you facing off against giant ants, wasps, spiders, and eventually giant monsters as you progress through the levels. This ranks number one as it’s just the best action packed game with multiplayer abilities that features buggy aliens as a main enemy.
Agree or disagree with this ranking? Tell us how you’d rank your favorite bug games in the comments!
So maybe you’ve heard of this show on BBC called Planet Earth II. The show is a nature documentary, and actually a sequel to Planet Earth. It’s most likely you heard about it due to the first episode airing, and the intense scene between a baby iguana and a hoard of snakes.
An interview with the show’s producer Elizabeth White reveals the filming was much more graphic than was revealed. To quote, “Some of it was quite horrific. Because actually the snakes are not pack hunting – for the snakes, it’s very much every snake for themselves. We did see snakes eating other snakes and all fighting. We were like nah, that can’t go in. It’s too horrific!” Nope, no thank you. Not about this snake eat snake world.
However what they did release of the scene has gone viral, as watching the struggle between lizard and snake is probably more relatable than we thought. How often do we feel as though we’re barely escaping the clutches of several snakes wrapping around us in a ball? Maybe it’s just me, but if you want to know what that looks like you should definitely check out the video:
Everyone loves a rescue story with a happy ending, especially when it features pure and innocent creatures like dogs and cats. When we hear tales of animals overcoming tragedy, it’s hopeful and reaffirming that the earth we live on is a good one. While there are many rescue stories that may go untold, here are some which feature the less than expected to receive a helping hand. For all of these rescues, click on the picture to learn the whole story.
Camels are known to be resilient to the elements, as they can survive days in a desert without sustenance. They eat and drink in excessive amounts to store it as fat in their hump, and even have the ability to regulate their body temperature according to environmental conditions. This is why Sydney’s story is unusual, but also a common result of bad care takers. Sydney was born in a Petting Zoo and not given the proper care needed as a baby camel. The above picture is Sydney at his new home with new care takers that have helped him go from 118 lbs to 1400 lbs in 3 years.
You may have seen the video above, what with 3 million views and all. This video of a man helping remove a can from a skunk’s head went viral last month, but is still worth noting as an unlikely rescue. I don’t know how many people would try to do the same as this guy, especially with the risk of being sprayed.
These bees were found huddled to a fire hydrant without a queen in Toronto, Canada. Thanks to the efforts of Facebook, the man who found these bees was able to successfully gather them into a cardboard box and transport them to a Beekeeper. The keeper has since reported that they are happy and doing well in their new home!
This isn’t the story of just one opossum, but a shelter that saves an average of 100-200 of them a year. The website, WildCare, features a video of releasing a family of rescued opossums back into the wild. For the most part we think of these guys as regular home intruders or vermin, but opossums are a natural predator to several unwanted pests, such as cockroaches, beetles, even rats or deceased animals.
Perhaps the most unexpected rescue of them all is Charlotte, a gigantic huntsman spider found where you’d expect to find giant spiders: Australia. While spiders don’t both me in particular, there’s no way I’d have the ability to do what this woman from Barnyard Betty’s Rescue did. She rescued Charlotte from another person which revealed intent to kill the spider outright, but Betty wasn’t about to have any of it. Charlotte was released on the rescue grounds, and even as wonderful as this story is, I’m still glad to know Charlotte is over in Australia and not in my backyard.