While I’m looking through the daily papers I often come across odd pictures and very short stories and, having gathered a few together over the past couple of weeks I thought you might enjoy my top four contenders for the Wildlife’s Got Talent contest!!
Say cheese! In fourth place I’d put this Bruce the Shark (Finding Nemo) impersonator.
The 14 ft long white shark was snapped in the waters off the coastal Mexican resort of Guadalupe. The fearless photographer maintains that he wasn’t in any danger – he apparently had a “100% safety record” and went on to say that great whites aren’t as ferocious as they’re made out in the Jaws movies. I’ll take his word for that but don’t think I’ll take up shark photography myself!
In third place is this polar bear giving his rendition of I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.
Polar bears are found mainly in the Arctic circle and are the world’s largest carnivore species found on land. They’re also the largest of the bear species. Unfortunately these beautiful creatures are classified as a vulnerable species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with 5 of the 19 sub populations in decline due to hunting and climate change.
In second place is this talented lion.
The picture was taken by a tourist who was travelling in the car behind. The victims were enjoying the view when the 300lb lion walked calmly across, firmly took the rear door handle with his teeth and pulled it open in one deft movement.
Apparently it took several seconds for the dire situation to sink into the car’s occupants but eventually they hit the accelerator and ran for the hills! The lion followed on until the enclosure gates were reached where a warden hurled stones to encourage it to go back. A spokesman from the Safari Park in Johannesburg said that even if the lion had got into the car, it was unlikely to attack the occupants as all the animals are well fed. All very well for you to say mate, but think of the muddy paws and the amount of fur a thing that size would leave in your vehicle!!! It’s bad enough with a dog; but a lion??
Now this has to be my winner.
David Schultz, the photographer, had been taking regular visits from a helicopter base camp to the main emperor penguin rookery in Antarctica over some time to film them and had obviously piqued their curiosity. Eventually it all became too much for them so they ventured towards David to have a closer look. David backed away from his camera to see what they did and, to his amazement one of the three looked through the view finder while the other two posed! Fortunately David had another camera so he was able to take this remarkable picture.