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The Eurasian Bullfinch

The color peach is most associated with the fruit of the same name. Apart from the fruit and a few flowers, the color peach is not commonly found in nature. There are certainly very few animals that have any shades of peach. However, there is one breed in birds that do display the color peach on its chest. The Eurasian Bullfinch is a small-size but bulky looking bird that is native to Europe and certain regions of Asia. Their range of travel is estimated to be around ten million square kilometers. Their preferred habitat parks, gardens, hedges, trees, and agricultural areas. They get their name from the bull-shaped head. Parts of the upper body are colored grey while the feathers are a mixture of black and white. The legs and feet are pinkish-brown in color. Juvenile bullfinch birds have the same shape as adult birds but they don’t have the same colors. The young ones are mostly grey and brown.

For breeding purposes, the Eurasian Bullfinch nests in tall bushes. They lay about 4-7 eggs. The chest is often mistakenly described as red, but it is as peach as it gets.  The males have brighter colors, while the females have a slightly beige color on their chest. Their unique color makes them easily recognizable from other birds with similar size and shape. Although the bird has a bulky shape, it is considered a small to medium-sized bird.

They are social creatures and are often found in pairs or groups. They are mostly found busy looking for seeds. Only 10% of BTO Garden BirdWatch gardens have the Bullfinch. Their shy and reclusive personality makes them a rare bird to fine. Although they mostly eat seeds, for their young ones do they occasionally feed on insects. Initially, they were mostly found in woodlands but have now slowly moved to gardens too. Although they migrate during winter months, mostly they stay in the same spot throughout their lives. If you are looking to spot one, try to look for them in a suburban garden with scrubs or thick hedgerows. They prefer to find a thick cover for the nests. As food supply has become more scattered, it has forced the bullfinch to travel more often.

There are reclusive in personality and shy away from human contact. During colder months, they migrate to southern regions of Europe and Asia. Their diet mostly consists of seeds from plants such as ash, elm, and nettle. Their liking for flower buds made them be considered as a pest of fruit trees. Although they are not considered to be an endangered species, their population has seen a decline due to the loss of arable weeds and new agricultural practices.

One of the unique features of the Eurasian Bullfinch is its ability to store seeds in a small sac at the bottom of their mouths. This feature is useful when they have to bring back seeds from long distances for their young ones. Amongst the finch species of bird, the Bullfinch is the only bird that has evolved into adapting this remarkable sac in the mouth.

Another stunning feature of the Eurasian Bullfinch is their singing ability. They have a beautiful soft and subtle call. When the male seeks to attract the females, it uses a soft tone mostly audible to other bullfinch birds only. The call from the male is a polite descending set of notes, repeated at specific intervals. The bullfinch is also skillful in mimicry and is popular birds to keep as pets. They are even able to follow tunes played to them.

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So Touching! Actor In Street Performance Gets Heartwarming Reaction From A Stray Dog

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A surprising act happened in the Turkish city of Izmit this past week.

A drama group was filming one of its scenes by the roadside when a homeless dog who was watching interrupted albeit for a good cause. It happened that one of the actors, Numan Ertugrul Uzunsoy was demonstrating to be injured and pretended to be dead on the ground.

The dog seeing this, thought the actor was truthfully dying and needed help urgently. He sprinted forward to the scene, interrupting the filming process.

Uzonsoy was startled when the dog drooled over him, mistakening the touch for one of the crew members.

“I felt warmth on my face. First, I thought my costar was approaching me,” Uzunsoy told the Dodo. “I was very happy when I felt the dog’s kisses… I was very touched. He was like an angel who wanted to help me. It was a very emotional moment for me. I was not expecting it.”

Passersby and the crew felt emotional about the dog’s interference and didn’t stop the heartwarming moment. Thereafter, the dog was led off from the scene. Uzunsoy was able to resume and the drama continued.

For Uzunsoy, he was a little bit pained he couldn’t see the dog after they ended the filming. Yet locals confirmed the dog often visited the area.

A dog lover, Uzinsoy has resolved to look for the hound as he wants to keep the dog as a friend. When he does find him, Uzunsoy would ensure his pet becomes his friend forever.

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30 Essential Life Hacks That EVERY Dog Owner Must Learn

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Did you know that there are more than 90 million pet dogs in the United States alone? It’s true! When they say that dog is a man’s best friend, they really mean it! Ever since man first tried to domesticate the ancient gray wolves of yesteryear, dogs have become one of the most beloved animals on the planet. Despite our affinity for these furry creatures, sometimes we could use a little help to take care of them properly. Whether you are a new doggo owner or a seasoned one, we have a few tips and tricks for you!

Today, we are going to help you help your dog through 30 essential life hacks that every pet owner must learn.

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Father in Bumblebee costume escorts his kid back to school

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Bumblebee from the American sci-fi movie series Transformers never had a kid, but if he did, he’d have definitely escorted him to school. 

A father in Shanghai, China has gone above and beyond to encourage his kid to go back to school after staying at home for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There’s no way any child is refusing to walk with Bumblebee into school, and this man had that in mind when building his Autobot suit. 

Just like the rest of the world, China had been on lockdown, and for months, kids had to stay away from school to prevent infection and spread of the deadly virus. However, some normalcy is being restored in some parts of the region, and schools now have the green light to open and allow children continue with their education. 

The Bumblebee suit wasn’t only for his kid, though. He built it to serve as some amusement and surprise to other kids at school- and that he did. 

“I also want to bring happiness to other children. I didn’t only wear it for my own child. All of them were preschoolers,” he said in the video.

His suit looks like the real thing. The only things missing were metal, alien technology, and missiles- not much, right? Standing about 2.3-metre tall, the suit was built using soft materials to prevent touchy and curious children from getting injured- and he was right to have done that because he was rushed and hugged by children upon arrival at the school. 

The excitement of the kids at the sight of Bumblebee could light up astronomical units of outer space, as the intergalactic warrior once again put smiles on the faces of humans. Kudos to this amazing dad for his efforts to make kids happy to resume back to school- he’d probably do it every day if he could. 

The home-made suit seems to be inspired by the 2017 movie Bumblebee.

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Elephant Protects Best Friend As She Bathes

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Everybody needs a friend. 

Everyone deserves to have a true friend, and most times we often find it in the people we interact with on a daily basis- at work, at home, on the streets, in a café, at a leisure park and even in the weirdest of places. 

The fun thing about friendship is that it knows no bounds. Throughout history, humanity has seen the most unlikely individuals and groups become best of friends to create alliances that help all the parties involved. Such is the story of the unique friendship between this elephant and her human buddy. 

Yes. You read that right. A human and her giant elephant friend have grown super close to become best of friends, and they often find ways to show each other just how much they mean to each other.

Who said friendships couldn’t be inter-specific? 

This elephant is so fond of her best friend that she follows her to the river banks to have friendship baths, and it can be said with utmost certainty that her friend loves her just as much. She protects her friend at the river by noticing the strong river currents and placing her quite heavy trunk on her friend to protect her from getting swept away. 

The elephant places her huge foot on the woman’s head without hurting her while she’s bathing at the river. Nobody knows why she actually did that, but a pretty good guess would be that she just loves playing around with her human friend. 

The woman also doesn’t mind the foot- she knows her best friend wouldn’t crush her, so she trusts her and continues with her bath. In the video that shows their friendship bath, a voice can be heard telling the woman that the elephant’s foot would only get her dirty again, but she doesn’t really mind. 

After her bath, the woman walks up the river and the elephant can be seen walking right above her. Yes. Right above. But she spreads her leg open while walking to avoid crushing her best friend under her huge weight. 

They both walk all the way to shore, and the elephant seems to be glad that she spent some time with her friend, and she got the chance to protect her. 

Elephants are known to be a very emotional species, so this type of relationship is only typical of them. They often create forever friendships with family members, grieve the death of their loved ones, and even visit their death sites. 

Since humans are also equally very emotional, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they create bonds with elephants. Under the right circumstances, a strong friendship can come out of human-elephant interactions, and this story only proves it. 

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An In-depth Look At The Exciting And Inquisitive Bengal Cats

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Many people enjoy cats because they have a reputation for being independent and low maintenance compared to other types of animals. However, one possible exception to the rule is Bengal cats. Not only are Bengal cats known for their unique complexion, they also have an infectious personality that is basically unmatched in the domestic cat world. Bengal cats are considered a combination of Asian leopard cats and traditional house cats.

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