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A Brief History of Wildlife Stealing Everyone's Tiny Cameras

Thanks to advances in technology, one thing is certain: Amateur wildlife photographers and videographers have a wide variety of tools at their disposal these days — including portable action cameras — to capture the incredible sights and sounds out in nature.

Sometimes the wildlife not only steals the show, but also the camera.

When people are lucky enough to retrieve the footage after a squirrel, bald eagle, seagull, raccoon, or any other animal walks or flies off with the camera, it can be equal parts stunning and hilarious.

While we make heavy use of wildlife videography, we've been fortunate enough to never fall victim to any thievery. 


But not everyone is so lucky. 

For example:

This one has been getting around online this week after it was anything but a day in the park when this guy's camera got dropped 60 feet.


This squirrel seems a little less sure of the situation. It's always best to be cautious and size things up first.


We'll give this one bonus points for holding the camera so as to provide a nice point of view.


It's not just squirrels with a taste for videography.

There was the time a seagull flew the coop with the camera, providing the bird's eye view.


Bald eagles also have a knack for video. 


And of course, this collection wouldn't be complete without a video of a raccoon participating in some thievery.

Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead


Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock


The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Skip the Stink: How to Keep Stink Bugs at Bay


Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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