The Serenity of Nature video collection

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Relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Mother Nature, with this collection of videos that reflect the wonder and beauty of our animals, trees, rivers, lakes and mountains.

For domesticated animals, see the Pets Channel; but videos of wild animals in human environments are included here -- such as urbanized animals, zoos, or animal rescues. And even the occasional goat, cow or sheep!

The Nature Channel also showcases the natural wonders of physics, biology, psychology and astronomy.

Storm Diaries - How is everybody doing?

Since Sandy is about to hit, I am sure there are VS people who are affected by the 'storm of the century'. I guess, if you are in a very bad spot, you should already be somewhere else and can't get to VS, or at leasts that's not your priority. I just hope everybody is safe!

But how are things near everybosy? Here in the middle of Ohio, the wind is picking up and getting naasty, and we are not even in near the areas to be the biggest hits. News have been forecasting high wings and power outages because if that (so I better post this before cable goes down). Mr NetRunner is still at work, and he is probably already tired of me IMing him about when can he leave and just come home. But the wind is getting crazy. I do hope my worries about having to rake my yard will be taken care of, though..

I went to the store this morning. Surprisingly I was able to get batteries. Although, if things go like with previous bad storms, the batteries ands flashlights run out only after the storm has hit and most people have their power out.

I have learned my lessons. I have at least 10 flashlights stashed around the house. Luckily we have had gas still working even after the power had gone out. A few years back we were out of power for about 5 days. Gas stove top worked, so I was able to make coffee and heat stuff up, and showers were hot. Luckily that was a September outage, so no heat, nor air conditioning were needed. We read a lot of books during that blackout And grilled! That was not too bad. If there is an outage this time, I don't think it will be that nice..

Anyway, I hope everybody is fine and safe. If you have any 'urban survival' tricks or stories, it would be nice to hear then

Take care!


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Oh Sweden, and your moose..

Sorry, but as a true Finn I have to post some articles about Swedish things that are just .. silly

(And I think Elks are moose that live in North America, but still, a moose is a moose. This is a moose!)

The Local: Drunken elk desperate for just one more mouthful of fermenting apples lost its balance in the attempt, leaving it stuck in an apple tree in western Sweden.

When Per Johansson of Särö, south of Gothenburg, returned home from work on Tuesday it was dark outside and the rain was coming down hard. Suddenly Johansson heard a bellowing noise from the garden next door.

“I thought at first that someone was having a laugh. Then I went over to take a look and spotted an elk stuck in an apple tree with only one leg left on the ground,” Johansson told The Local.

The unfortunate elk was desperately entangled in the tree’s branches and was kicking ferociously as Johansson approached.

“I thought it looked pretty bad so I called the police who sent out an on-call hunter. But while we were waiting, the neighbours and I started to saw down some of the branches and then the hunter arrived with a saw as well,” said Johansson.

The group tried to make the elk more comfortable but to no avail.

It wasn’t until the fire brigade arrived on the scene and managed to bend the tree to the point where the exhausted elk could slide out of the branches that the animal was finally freed.

According to Johansson, it looked very much like the elk was severely drunk after eating too many fermenting apples.

Drunken elk are common in Sweden during the autumn season when there are plenty of apples lying around on the ground and hanging from branches in Swedish gardens.

While the greedy animal was reaching ever higher to reach the delicious but intoxicating fruit, it most likely stumbled into the tree, getting itself hopelessly entangled in the branches.

And from what Johansson could gather, this particular animal had been on a day-long bender.

“My neighbour recognised it as the animal that almost ran into her car earlier in the day. She was pretty sure the elk was already under the influence,“ said Johansson.

When the inebriated elk was freed, it lay for a while on the ground, seemingly unconscious.

After emergency services had ascertained that the animal was still alive, Johansson was told to keep an eye on it and call the hunter straight away if it seemed to be suffering.

But by the morning the hungover animal had stood up and cautiously moved a few metres away.

After a while it went on its way, although Johansson suspects it is still skulking around the neighbourhood.

“We often see elk stuffing their faces with apples around here but this is the first time we found one perched in a tree,” he told The Local.

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