Watch This: The cutest animal friends in Georgia, why hippos are the tanks of the animal kingdom, and more

Watch This: The cutest animal friends in Georgia, why hippos are the tanks of the animal kingdom, and more




Cloud the dog and Luna the pig are best friends, and we couldn't be more excited about it. Plus, tracking tigers in the wild, back country ice skating, and more. | 
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Hannukah: The Festival of Lights
Growing up in Massachusetts, one of my family's Hanukkah traditions was seeing who could eat the most of my grandmother's delicious latkes. My dad always won. Latkes (potato pancakes) are one of a few foods customarily eaten by Jews during the joyous eight-night-and-day Festival of Lights. The custom is associated with a nearly 2,200-year old miracle, as recounted in Jewish teachings and explained in this video. Beyond food and gifts, the holiday has a deeper meaning: celebrating the power of light to overcome darkness.
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Tracking Tigers Is Just As
Dangerous As It Sounds
Imagine hiking through remote, trail-less forest, lugging nearly a hundred cameras and various other equipment over an area larger than Chicago—when suddenly you can smell that there's a tiger nearby. Conservation biologist Matthew Luskin had a few such close shaves when he spent almost a year in the forest of Indonesia installing camera traps to study Sumatran tigers threatened by illegal logging and poaching. To celebrate Big Cat Week, watch Luskin's efforts to protect this valuable and endangered species.

Find out how you can help give big cats a fighting chance.
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The Ballad of Luna the Pig
and Cloud the Dog
Cloud the dog and Luna the pig are the cutest friends in Georgia. They love to take walks in the backyard, swim in pools, and dress up for Halloween. Try not to smile at the cuteness.
—Richie Hertzberg, producer/editor
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This Hippo Isn't Bothered by Lion Attack
Hippos may look cute and harmless, but they're basically the tanks of the animal kingdom. Nothing proves that more than this video showing several lions trying, and failing, to take one down. The good news? The hippo escapes.
Nick Lunn, producer/editor
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See Why Backcountry Ice Skating Is the Ultimate Winter Adventure
Who knew ice skating could be so thrilling? After watching this film, I was half-tempted to buy a flight to Alaska to try out the backcountry version. The skating is captured impressively by a drone that also highlights the staggering scenery. Filmmakers Paxson Woelber and Cale Green shot in several locations to show off the range of backcountry skating options available to both Alaskans and tourists.

You can also learn how to heli-ski in these magnificent mountain ranges.
Rachel Link, producer
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