Watch Slow Motion Landslide Filmed in China
A mesmerizing video from China shows a lava-like landslide creeping down a hill to the amazement of onlookers.
The weird footage became somewhat of a viral sensation on Chinese social media when it was posted earlier this month as viewers wondered what could have caused the bizarre event.
Experts who have examined the scene identified it as a type of landslide known as an ‘earthflow,’ where disturbed sediment rolls downhill in an oozing fashion.
Since earthflows are so slow, they generally do not pose any immediate danger to people who may find themselves in the vicinity of such a phenomenon, but the force of the flow can be destructive to anything that cannot be moved out of the way.
In this particular case, the Chinese family who found themselves in the midst of the odd landslide ended up losing their home and car to the unstoppable flow of dirt.
As to what may have caused the event to occur, scientists say that it was likely due to the melting of permafrost in the region resulting in topsoil being dislodged and forming the earthflow.
Rare White Giraffes Caught on Film
Conservationists in Kenya have captured footage of two incredibly rare and breathtaking white giraffes.
The unique-looking giraffes owe their odd appearance to a genetic condition known as leucism, where skin cells do not possess pigmentation.
So exceptional are the animals that this marks only the third time that white giraffes have been seen in the wild and this particular encounter is the first instance of the creatures being caught on film.
The giraffes were spotted earlier in the summer by a villager who noticed the seemingly out-of-place animals at the conservancy near his home and reported it to wildlife experts tasked with overseeing the site.
The conservationist who subsequently located the mother and baby giraffe noted that the younger animal appeared to still possess some very light spots on its skin.
This observation left him wondering if the the markings fade over time, since the adult giraffe looked to be almost completely white.
Since the animals seem to be residing in the conservancy, one hopes that they remain there under the protection of scientists who can continue to keep an eye on the creatures and get a better understanding of how their condition develops
Monstrous Sea Creature Discovered on a Beach in Texas
While surveying the damage from Hurricane Harvey, a Texas woman stumbled upon the remains of a nightmarish sea creature that had washed ashore during the storm.
Preeti Desai spotted the oddity on a beach in Texas City last week and managed to snap some pictures of the animal which boasts a monstrous-looking mouth.
A social media manager for the National Audubon Society, Desai posted the pictures to Twitter in the hopes that someone could identify the weird beast.
Fortunately the photos provided some clues for experts to narrow down the nature of the animal with the prevailing opinion being that it was probably a tusky eel.
Bug Spray Said To Attract Bigfoot
A North Carolina woman claims that her homemade bug spray has a remarkable side effect: it attracts Bigfoot!
Allie Megan Webb says that she initially created the concoction, dubbed ‘Bigfoot Juice,’ to help her husband fend off mosquitoes during expeditions in search of the legendary cryptid.
After a few times using the spray, he asked her to tweak the recipe because it smelled too feminine for him and so she switched some of the ingredients to develop a more ‘outdoorsy’ scent.
And, as luck would have it, his Bigfoot research group happened to spot the creature the first time he wore the newly-developed bug spray.
This has led Webb to conclude that there must be something about her mix of fragrances which catches the attention of the creature.
“To attract a Bigfoot, you need a smell that is woodsy enough to keep from scaring him off,” she explained to the Charlotte Observer, “but slightly different enough to make him curious, and come to investigate.”
She also theorizes that the spray masks human odors, which allows researchers combing the woods for signs of the cryptid to hide their presence in the wilderness.
As one might expect, Webb is now selling bottles of bug spray for a mere $7 for aspiring Bigfoot hunters who may wish to give the alleged cryptid-attracting smell a test.
Should the ‘Bigfoot juice’ prove successful, Webb advises users to make sure they take a picture of the creature when it shows up and starts sniffing around the area.
For their sake, let’s just hope that the spray doesn’t serve as an aphrodisiac for Bigfoot or else their hunt for the creature could take a rather terrifying turn.
Extinct Tiger Seen Alive in Java
An intriguing photograph from Indonesia may show a species of tiger that was declared extinct decades ago seemingly alive and well.
The Javan tiger had roamed the island of Java until its population dwindled to the point that it was considered extinct by scientists in 1994 after an exhaustive survey of the island found no evidence for the creature.
Much like the Tasmanian Tiger, however, witnesses occasionally claimed to have seen the ‘lost’ big cat over the years and now a new photo has some hoping that the creature’s declared demise was premature.
A park ranger taking an inventory of cattle at the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java was stunned to see a tiger that he did not recognize as one of the animals found at the site.
Fortunately, the quick-thinking witness managed to snap a photo of the monstrous feline as it prowled through a field.
Releasing the photo to the media this week, the head of the park told the press that the creature featured in the image could be either a Javan leopard or, thrillingly, the presumed-extinct Javan tiger.
An examination of the image by wildlife experts with the Indonesia government echoed this uncertain analysis, saying that the creature appeared to have the markings of a Javan tiger, but the physicality of a leopard.
Nonetheless, Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry plan to set up a series of camera traps in the conservation area where the photograph was taken with the hopes of getting better images of the creature.