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Hello and Welcome! Friends, family and other loved ones- and you are ALL loved here!
I am Awdvocato, and today I'm going to be doing r/awwwww-ducational!
Ok, Let's get started!
This-this-this-this-this Reddit- group- page- thing it-it-it-seems to have a lot of variation in-in its likes. So, we're-we're just gonna have to, uh, we're just gonna have to see.
I don't-I don't know why-why is that down there?
How is this at the top?
I don't get it.
If I go to "Top," the-there-there's-there's-there's not 20 there.
And, I don't understand how they're, um, deciding that?
But, I go to "Hot," then there's lots of them.
I dunno, man, I just don't get Reddit, I guess.
(Sigh) We'll just do- we're just-we're-we're gonna do this one instead of this one. Cuz this one has- it says it's got 218, and this one has 12 THOUSAND.
I don't know why this one's down here.
It doesn't make sense.
Reddit: ya don't make sense.
So, "Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping as a means of locomotion. Hopping at moderate speeds is the most effi- energy efficient and a kangaroo moving above 15kph (9.3 mph), maintains energy consistency more than similarly sized animals running at the same speed."
Well, that's interesting. (Click here for the Reddit post)
But where's the 'aww?'
That's what I wanna know.
They got funny shaped feet.
So, I don't-
I don't see a lot of kangaroos here in, uh, in America, so this is just silly.
Ok, let's do that again.
They, look- just look silly!
Ok, I see the 'aww' in that. (laughs)
Yeah. (continued laughter)
That's pretty neat, though, it's-it's really interesting that if we just had better legs, we would use the same energy to go faster or, you know, less energy to go the same speed.
I-I don't know.
I don't know how that would work, but...
I don't know how- how fast do we run?
Do we-we don't run 9 miles per hour. Do we?
Ok, so now we'll go up to here...
Well, that's 18.9!
Oh, I have to know.
We have cardinals where I live, I HAVE to do this one.
"During courtship, male cardinals will feed seed to females beak to beak."
(click here for the Reddit post)
Why-why would she need to be fed? There's all this food!
That's like when you're eating off your boyfriend's plate and he just gives it to you, knowing that there's a full plate of food right in front of you that he probably won't get to touch.
"Ok, uh- "this rare yellow king penguin is hypothesized to be leucistic-" not sure if that's how it's spelled, or said, but, you know, that's cool. "meaning that it produces less melanin than average. Eyes, however, are not affected from this lack of pigmentation."
(click here for the Reddit post)
Oh, yeah, I've seen this one.
Yeah, it's a rare kind of-of albinism where, like, they're technically albino, but yellow isn't affected. That's so neat.
Yeah, I saw- I saw this article when-when it first came out months back. It was like wow! We've never seen this!
It says LESS melanin than average, I don't know, they were really convinced that this was a type of albinism that didn't affect the yellow because the yellow isn't actually melanin. It was something else, was some other kind of pigmentation and pigmentation is not part of albinism? Like you can be an albino and have pigments?
I don't know, I'm not a scientist.
I don't-I didn't really understand what they were saying, but basically the black is-is a melanin thing and the yellow is a pigment thing, and that scientists said made a difference.
But it looks REALLY neat, doesn't it?
Kinda creepy, too.
It's really awesome. (chuckles)
I like it!
"While the Pallas’s Cat- octocolobus manul- may be the most impress- expressive wild cat, they also hold the record for densest fur of any cat species at 9000 hairs per centimeter squared."
(click here for the Reddit post)
Oh my God! It's so cute!
Look at that face!
(giggle) It's like a pirate kitty!
There's a lot of facts here. (Click image to enlarge)
Oh, so they're like cat versions of chinchillas.
Chinchillas look really fat, but if you like shaved all their fur off, they'd be like this tiny little mouse looking thing.
Makes them poor runners.
My cat's like that!
My cat's chonky, has a lot of fur and when he is scared, he "fat-plants." That's what we- what we call it, just plants his fat into the ground, and just refuses to move. And he's really hard to move, he is definitely more than 10 pounds.
He's like 20 pounds. He's enormous.
He's a Norwegian Forest Cat.
So these little, these little guys are a lot like our-our-our Mew cat.
I love these ears!
These ears are so just- they're just killing me.
They're just- such a tiny little nose!
Such a tiny little nose!
And big teeth!
Boy, that's a lot of information about the cats. You can read that at your leisure by pausing the video, or going to my blog where I will have a-a more readable version of the videos. This will be a part of that.
It's really neat, though.
Should take -take a look.
See, now what is this doing all the way down here?
"Golden pheasant. The adult male is 90-105 centimeters in length," which is 35-41 inches. "It's tail accounting for 2/3rds of the total length. It is unmistakable with its golden crest and rump and bright red body. Golden pheasants lay 8-12 eggs at a time and will then incubent- incubate these for around 22 to 23 days."
(click here for the Reddit post)
Oh wow, that is SO bright and colorful!
Goodness. Is this a New Zealand thing?
Cuz, I just can't help but wonder how it survives being that colorful.
The only place I can think of is New Zealand.
No, it's native to China?!
But they've also been in the UK, Canada- wow! They've been a lot of places!
Also New Zealand.
That is really pretty.
I've-I've-I've-I've heard that pheasant is a-a delicacy as well. Which, not-not quite so aww, but you know...
That tail, though.
I wonder if they ever, like, tried to make uh, quill out of- out of that.
That tail feather.
Is that just one? Or is it multiples?
It's gotta be multiples.
That doesn't look like just one.
And do they drop them?
Like, do they have to regrow them, or is it they get one and then that's it?
I assume they regrow them. Usually that's how feathers work, right?
"Red pandas eat bamboo just like pandas. However, red pandas are not related to giant pandas at all. Red pandas have their own species which is like a cat-bear."
(click here for the Reddit post)
They are so adorable, too.
They kinda look like a-a bear-fox to me.
But, I get- I-I can see the-the feline resemblance.
So apparently, I didn't know that this particular Reddit thread thingy apparently has people fact checking a little strictly.
Um, and they gave them zero points for "cat-bear," which I-I GUESS makes sense. Because some people on the internet would think that that was actually trying to say they were cat-bears.
I took it, and I don't know about you, but I took it as if it was saying cat-bear in a generic, like 'this is what they look like' sense, and not 'this is what they ARE, or anything really describing where they come from or what they're like.
But...I guess there's some people that would think that that meant something. (Chuckles)
And they're apparently also tangentially related to pandas, but really it sounds like they're-they're related to giant pandas in almost the same way that they would be related to us: that they're placental mammals.
But, maybe-maybe there's more.
But still, that's a funny picture, his tongue all being like 'mlaampf.' (laughs)
"The Fennec Fox's distinctive, bat-like ears radiate body heat and help keep the fox cool. They also have hairy feet, which helps them perform like snow shoes, and prevet-protects them from extremely hot sand." (click here for the Reddit post)
He he! (exclaimed giggling)
Look at those ears! (Laughing)
Somebody shrink your face!! (continued laughter)
And who-who's drawing these mustaches and facial hair on you? (uncontrollable giggling)
That can't be real, right?
Look at they're so dark! Look how they have the little, like two hairs for his chin!
Haha! He has a little goatee!!
I think this might be one of my favorite pictures of all time!
Oh goodness! This thing!
(renewed cackling laughter as image zooms in)
Oh that's even better!
Look at- look at his little chin hair!
It's like one of those old men that just never got that chin hair to grow right, and it's just all, it's like scraggly down there!
He's so fucking cute!
Oh my God, I'm dying! I wanna bring this thing home and love it and laugh at it all the time for looking so silly!
"The lilac-the lilac-breasted roller is Kenya's national bird and is known to be non-dimorphic, meaning it is difficult to differentiate between females and males when spotting them in the wild."
(click here for the Reddit post)
I could see why, I mean they're all pride-colored and everything.
Even got a little bit of the white there, but you know. Need a little bit more white to fully become the flag.
I could see, I could see this being, like, the chosen animal of the LGBT community. It's got the blue, it's got the pink, it's got the white. And they're dimporphic- they are basically androgynous. Because, you know, that's the-the generic I-you can't tell whether it's a boy or a girl, well dimorphic is what they're calling it, but it's androgynous for when it's human, so...
I dunno, I like it. I like that idea.
But, I'm not really a I'm-I'm not really a spokesperson for that-that group, so...
I-I'll just-I'll just- submit the suggestion and see what happens.
"The largest species of porcupine is the third largest living rodent in the world, after the capybara and the beaver." (click here for the Reddit post)
Oh my God, you're so cute!!
Look at all that fluff!
He's gonna eat a dandelion!
Yes you are!
He's got a little- little smirky-quirky-charm going on about this one.
Kinda got a-a Thumper vibe going on, too.
That's a porcupine? Where are the needles?
I thought porcupines were spiky...
Well this is too cute.
Let's see, blow it up.
You're even cuter when you're bigger!
It does look pretty small, though.
But, I guess for a rodent, that doesn't really-
It's not hard to be the largest rodent, it doesn't take much, I'm-I'm saying.
"Within hours of leaving the safety of their mum's womb, young giraffes can stand, feed, and walk, which is particularly important when they need to follow their herd away from the threat of ferocious carnivores." (click here for the Reddit post)
Woah, look at it go!
Oh, it's terrible quality video, though.
Boy, that takes so much effort!
Humans can't walk for like a year after they're born.
Takes SO long for us to develop the muscles. How do they do this?
Imagine what kind of kicking they must be doing in the womb!
In order to have this kind of strength in their muscles.
How strong are their placentas?!
That's all I'm saying, you know?
That's gotta be one hell of a-a-a pregnancy.
I think this a different kind of awe, but still valid.
Still very valid.
"The Arctic Fox is the only land mammal native to Iceland. It came to the isolated North Atlantic island at the end of the last ice age, walking over the frozen sea. They also have the largest litter size in the order carnivoria, having up to 25 young at once." (click here for the Reddit post)
Where would you store 25?!
I mean, this is probably a baby. It really looks tiny.
This does not look like and adult.
Still! Even as an adult, I mean, it'd just scale up proportionately, wouldn't it?
I guess that's not always true.
Those are so- those are like almost human.
Well here's a nice little blurb about Arctic Foxes that you might find interesting.
I didn't know they could be considered omnivores. That's an interesting thought.
(Click on image to expand)
Still, they're very regal.
I'm-I'm still fairly certain this is a young one.
"The Southern-" poo-doo...puh-doo? Puh-doooo. I don't know how to say that. "...mostly dwells in temperate-" evergleen... "evergreen rainforests and deciduous woodlands. Some researchers suggest that living near water is an important aspect of their habitat." (click here for the Reddit post)
Oh my God, it's like a baby little deer!
With a pug nose! It's a pug nosed deer!
(whispers) That's adorable!
Oh my God, it's so cute and tiny!
I'm sure it's a baby, but still.
This only has 98, so I don't know-I-I don't know how much we're going to enjoy it.
But we'll try it out.
"Researchers suggest that zebra stripes act as a defense against predators, such as lions and infectious flies."
That's a pretty broad spectrum.
"The stripes overload the predator's visual systems with motion signals that cause perceived motion inversion due to misperceived direction of motion due to the aperture effect."
That could've been said so much better!
Ok, so to summarize: the stripes cause confusion with motion- you ever seen those, like, uh...
Did you see those little, like, illusions, where they're like black and white stripey sort of things in circles and you're like supposed to stare at them? And then they start kinda moving on their own? Even though they're not really moving, because your brain's like woah! Well, I-I think that's what they're talking about.
That the stripes overload the predator's visual systems cuz we're not predators, but we ARE predators? You know what I'm saying?
So we don't have, like, the best-the best of-of what predators usually get visually-wise, but we have some of it.
So, I think for us, it's kinda this fun little optical illusion effect where for them it's probably super disorienting. (click here for the Reddit post)
I mean, yeah.
I could-I could see that.
I could see that, like a predator trying to-to look right here.
It could feel like there's, like, an eyeball opening up in the-the face.
And that's-that's disorienting.
That's really distracting. It's hard to want to hunt something that looks like it has a giant eyeball trying to come out of their forehead.
I mean, they ARE still hunted by things, so there's obviously a work-around for that, but-
It must be a-a-a more select group of predators that are able to withstand staring at these creatures without kinda getting a little dizzy.
Or, you know, kinda like what the hell am I looking at?
Oh, this is a good point!
They go fast, too, so, you know, the speed AND the optical illusion both kinda go together to really-really make it difficult for them to judge distance and what direction they're moving in, and...
It's pretty neat.
They have super cute babies, though.
Look at the size of that head.
And those ears! They're almost the same size as the adult's ears. The head is like half the size at best.
You're really gonna grow into your ears.
"This fluffy, tiny raptor is the black thighed falconette, the world's smallest bird of prey. It's size is-" compare-it-able- "comparable to a sparrow, measuring just about 14-16 centimeters long. A very social bird, hunts in groups and feeds communally up to 4 sharing from a single prey item like large insects or small birds." (click here for the Reddit post)
Oh my God...
You are so tiny!
It is so tiny!
This thing is adorable!
I don't see where you get the thigh from.
They, I mean, I guess maybe there's a tuft of black there, but they're not very, um, they're not very thigh-thick?
If not for that beak, I would've never thought that this was a predator.
But that beak definitely says it all.
But...but it- look at those!
It's like those-those- I mean they're supposed to be talons on a bird of prey, right?
So I gotta call those talons, but they're-they're not really what you would expect.
Like an owl has these THICK feet. And these-these like thick fingery clawed fingers.
And hawks, same thing. They're like THICK.
And, you know, normal birds that just eat seeds they're all like thin and dainty.
And this is on the thin and dainty side.
These do not seem very thick.
I think at-at this size, you can't really have them all that big.
So...it makes sense.
Let's get a bigger picture.
Aww, look at that.
I would love to pet it, but I'd be so afraid that it would just snap on me. (nervous laugh)
"The warthog-mongoose relationship is a rare example of mammals exhibiting a symbiotic relationship called mutualism, where two animal species form a partnership with benefits for both groups. The warthogs get a cleaning, and the mongoose gets a meal."
(click here for the reddit post)
Waaah! He he he he!
That video- that video was just like 'huh' right up until the very end where that little one-
Where- come back here. Do it again!
Here you go-neeeh! (giggles)
He-they just don't have any jumping power. (continued laughter)
This- then these people back here, they're all, like, all up in the giblets.
That's a weird position to be in for cleaning, but, hey whatever works, right?
They're looking for ticks? They eat ticks??
Oh there's this little story.
This is neat!
Whoever they are-they got a lotta karma!
They have this little story about-about-about the warthogs.
And the mongoose spa.
It's really neat, I'll have that in the, uh, the bloggy thing too. Or you can just pause it and read it here.
It's really cool.
(click picture to enlarge)
"Macropina microstoma, known as the barreleye fish, have extremely light-sensitive eyes that rotate within a transparent fluid-filled shield on its head. The two spots above the fish's mouth are olfactory organs called nares-their nose."
Heh. CheekyPuns! We just saw that one! (click here for the Reddit post)
I mean, it's super fuzzy, but, like, woooooah~!
That does NOT look like it belongs here. (chuckles)
It's so alien!
What was-what were those?
Those were its eyes?
What are these, then?!
Oh, that's their nose?!
I- (mumbles)-I'm just speechless.
I-I just-I don't-ok.
Those are eyes, and those are nostrils.
"Aardwolves are shy and nocturnal, sleeping in burrows by day. If their territory is infringed upon, they will chase the intruder up to 400 meters to the border. If an-if the intruder is caught, a fight will occur which is accompanied by a soft clucking, hoarse barking, and a type of roar."
(Reddit post no longer available)
This-this is an aardwolve.
Aardwolf? Not an aardwolve.
I think a better fact would've been why are they called aardwolves?
Are they related to the aardvark or something?
I dunno why an aardvark is called an aardvark, but I feel like aardwolves would have to have some relation to the aardvark in some way.
At least through the naming process.
It's really cute, though.
"The fur of an arctic fox changes colors with the seasons." Mmm-I don't think this has any votes, and that one didn't have any votes, either, it seems. (click here for the Reddit article)
Wow! That is sooo cool!
It really just blends right in.
And it is beautiful!
And fluffy- with these ears!
It's like little panda, little panda ears!
Little panda fox ears!
I love it.
I wanna take it hooome.
And cuddle with it.
But then it would probably try to bite my face off.
"Researchers have discovered that cats have their own style of lapping water. Their tongues perform a complex maneuver that pits gravity versus inertia in a delicate balance."
I have witnessed this. I have witnessed this in my own cats.
They have extremely inefficient tongues.
Their tongues are not good at bringing the water to their-their mouths.
So, let's-let's, let's see what they've got here. (click here for the Reddit post)
This isn't even a tongue lappy video thing!
I was really hoping for a tongue lappy video thing.
It's cute, and this poor thing looks tormented, but I was really hoping for a tongue lappy thing.
Well, I guess I'm just not going to get my tongue lappy video not matter what I do.
But this is cute.
I hope that you enjoyed it.
"The dragonfly that created this spectacularly detailed fossil once roamed with dinosaurs during the jurassic period 200-145 million years ago."
(click here for the Reddit post)
I wonder- I mean, I-I'm not a-I'm not a scientist, I don't really know, but-
I wonder how this is different from dragonflies that exist now.
Cuz it- it really looks a lot like how dragonflies are now, right?
So, I don't- I don't know.
I don't know, but- it's pretty neat.
"The sea otters rub their faces-" Awww, I love sea otters.
"The sea otters rub their faces to groom their fur, driving out moisture, adding air bubbles, and spreading the natural squalene oils secreted by their skin to keep it waterproof. Since it is essential to keeping warm and buoyant, a large part of the sea otter's day is spent on grooming."
(Click here for the Reddit post)
Nye-hehehehe (continued giggling)
(Giggling turns to laughter)
What are you doing? (more laughter)
Oh my God, he just (incoherent) his face all around!
Do it again! (giggles)
Aaah-hahahahaha! (continued laughter)
Mleeeah! (more laughter)
(snort- and even more laughter)
Oh my goodness! They are crazy! (laughs)
Oh, they do silly little tricks with their hands!
(sigh) That was adorable.
That was, that was, uh, that was awesome.
Thank you for that!
Alright, this is the top post! Um, the rest of them are pinned or ads, so this is number 1: "Car-car..." (tsk-sigh) "Caracal kittens are born with their eyes closed and their ears curled up. It takes three full weeks for their characteristic ears to unfurl." (click here for the Reddit post)
That's so neat!
That is so neat!
So those are- are actually rolled up?
I wonder, are they rolled up like this way, or are they rolled up this way?
Like, you know, do they roll up long-wise or short-wise?
Either way, it's gotta be really hard for them to hear in their first three weeks.
They're REALLY pretty, though.
That is it for awwww-ducational.
And, uh, you know the drill with liking, subscribing, and all of that jazz.
I am going to start doing, um, visual reading posty things of my videos on the website, so as they come out you can check that out on the blog.
And I do have a Patreon, I-I don't know if I actually say any of that in any of my videos.
But- just in case, I do have one.
It's in the comments.
That is it!
Um, I will see you guys next time, and I hope you all are having a wonderful time. It is getting closer to summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and I think everybody could use a little bit of outside time, right?
Been a little cramped in the- 2020/2021 pandemic times, so...
I love you, and bye!
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