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My Name is Krista.
I am an Apostolic Pentecostal.
I have long hair, and I don't believe I will ever cut it.
I believe in the Bible.
I believe in living a holy life. Sin is my enemy, not my nature.
I believe in Jesus name baptism.
I believe in the Infillinf of the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance.
I believe God is one. I do not believe in the triuness of God.

What you see in my blog is a reflection of the things that move me, spiritually and emotionally.

I may disagree with you, but I wll not belittle you. I believe in human dignity.

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A deep-sea octopus that protects her eggs for four & a half years.

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The Leaf Mimic Katydid and the Peacock Katydid.

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Inside a Baby Sloth Orphanage and Rescue Center.

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Those are not flowers or snowflakes, nor are they small Easter parade hats or very tiny Komondors. These are a species of Planthopper Nymphs featured in the Smithsonian Channel’s Wild Burma: Chasing Tigersand they can spring quite quickly out of harm’s way. 

It’s probably best to not irritate small creatures, but thankfully these are quite a sight even when they’re not hopping or being irritated. Below, one is spotted at the Khao Yai National Park & Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve in Thailand: 

In the archives: the Peacock Spiders of AustraliaThe Leaproach, and the Golden Age of Insect Aviation: The Great Grasshoppers. Bonus: Sir David Attenborough bewitches a cicada.

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When a six month old elephant calf gets pulled away in the strong current of Kenya’s rain-swollen Ewaso Ng’iro river, its family has to quickly take action. Watch this amazing river rescue, filmed by tourist Sandy Gelderman in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

In the archives: another riveting rescue and more videos of elephants

via Cute Overload.

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Traverse three highways, multiple water crossings, sand dunes, and over 100 fences in A Deer Migration You Have to See to Believe. This National Geographic video by Joe Riis shares the incredible yearly journey of mule deer herds – nearly 5000 animals  on the longest large mammal migration in the continental United States: 150 miles (241 kilometers) through western Wyoming.

For more information, visit MigrationInitiative.org.

In the archives: more excellent migration videos, including TED Ed’s Bird migration, a perilous journey and behind the scenes of the red crab migration.

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Watch young David Attenborough try to piece together a massive broken egg shell (given to him by locals) in this 1961 clip from Zoo Quest to Madagascar: The Elephant Bird Egg.

The Elephant Bird was a large, ostrich or emu-like, flightless bird that lived on the island of Madagascar until its extinction, likely in the 17th or 18th century. How tall was it? From Wikipedia

Aepyornis, believed to have been more than 3 m (10 ft) tall and weighing close to 400 kg (880 lb), was at the time the world’s largest bird. Remains of Aepyornis adults and eggs have been found; in some cases the eggs have a circumference of more than 1 m (3 ft 3 in) and a length up to 34 cm (13 in). The egg volume is about 160 times greater than that of a chicken egg.

Below, Sir David visits the Elephant Bird’s skeleton in a museum in the capital city of Antananarivo:

In the archives, Madagascar’s Giraffe Weevilweaver birds weaving and dancing Clark’s Grebes.

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Watch two legged Boxer Duncan Lou Who on his first trip to the beach:

Duncan was born with severely deformed rear legs that had to be removed. He has a wheel chair, but can’t stand to use it. So we let him be free and just walk on his two legs. There is some slow motion in this video, but NONE of the video has been sped up, this gives you an idea of how fast Duncan really is.

When Duncan’s puppy video went viral in November 2013, rescue owner Amanda Giese noted that he was doing physical therapy and hydrotherapy daily. By the look of this video, the exercise and therapy are paying off.

In the archives: two legged Chihuahua Josie gets her wheels and Paul McCarthy’s 3-D printed hand.

via Viral Viral Videos.

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When camping, it’s good to know how to enjoy nature while keeping nature protected and out of your stuff. With this in mind, grizzly bears Ozzy and Bruno team up with ZooMontana keeper Krystal Whetham to demonstrate how easy it is for bears to wreck a campsite when campers leave food around.

Related reading: Make Your Food Bear Safe When Camping

Also: watch more bears and see what they like to do when humans aren’t around.

via Devour.

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Maron and Fleur. Two Pretty Stylish Poodles.

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From PBS’ Ireland’s Wild River, this is how the vibrantly-colored, diving Kingfisher hunts for fish on the River Shannon.

Our favorite bird videos include this frenetic feeding frenzy off the South African coast, releasing an eagle back into the wilds of Kansas, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s stunning Birds of Paradise project.

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Watch this Kiwi chick hatch from an egg at Auckland Zoo. This is the season’s second hatchling for BNZ Operation Nest Egg, a program that collects the eggs of endangered and critically endangered wild kiwi. Hatched and protected until they are big enough to return to their native populations, this process has increased their chance of surviving to adulthood to 65%, up from just 5% in the wild.

Watch more videos of birds, zoos, and eggs, including this very different kind of hatching video: the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect.

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The universe, underwater creatures, and great dinosaurs come alive in sand. Dessin sur sable (sand drawings) by Jin Lee: Evolution of Earth.

via Daily Picks and Flicks.

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An animal that can push with 40x their bodyweight, the hairy-tailed mole for example, is definitely something to better understand, and scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Brown University are trying to do just that. So how exactly do moles move so much dirt around as they tunnel underground?

From The New York Times’ ScienceTake: Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion.

Related locomotion videos: the design and movement of slithering snakes, a 600lb octopus and a goshawk can fit through tiny spaces, and Sir David Attenborough introduces the naked mole rat.

via @bittelmethis.

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