Geo Bee 2018 – Full Episode | National Geographic Kids

Geo Bee 2018 – Full Episode | National Geographic Kids


(intense music) – [Narrator] Welcome to
the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, let’s
meet your 10 finalists. From Texas, 13 year old
Nihar Janga is a winner of the 2016 Scripts National Spelling Bee. When he’s not studying
geography, he enjoys playing football and video games with friends. From California, 13 year
old Venkat Ranjan plays the piano and has been
competing in both his school and state bees since 2015. From Arizona, 13 year old
Gayatri Kaimal has been snorkeling in Hawaii, when
she’s back in the lower 48, she loves listening to music and reading. From Ohio, 13 year old
Saket Pochiraju has won the Ohio State Bee three years in a row. He’s also quite the outdoorsman. He loves playing tennis
and exploring nature. From New Jersey 13 year
old Anoushka Buddhikot has been playing violin
since the young age of seven. She’s also an avid reader
and plans on writing a novel about an explorer, from
Massachusetts, 11 year old Atreya Mallanna is
an accomplished athlete. He plays cricket, soccer and swims. From Oregon, 13 year old Ashwin Sivakumar is a composer and birder. He’s even spent time bird
watching while traveling through Costa Rica, from Georgia,
14 year old Vishal Sareddy counts Hawaii among his
coolest destinations and loves playing basketball
and running cross country. From North Carolina, 14
year old Jonathan Song plays golf and is on a
competitive robotics team. When he’s not tearing it up on the course, he loves traveling, he’s
made it all the way to China. And finally from New Hampshire,
14 year old Sean Cheng enjoys speed cubing,
traveling and fishing. A competitor in all areas,
he also loves to play high level soccer, here they are, the 2018 National Geographic Bee finalists. (applause) And now your host, journalist, humorist and Emmy Award winning writer Mo Rocca. (applause) – Well hello everyone I
am thrilled to be back in Washington DC hosting the
National Geographic Bee which turns 30 this year
which means it’s only two years older than I am.
(laughing) This year 2.6 million
students competed in their school Geographic Bees, 54
top geographers from state and US territory earned the
right to compete this week. And after a series of preliminary rounds, 10 extremely worthy finalists
made it to this stage. Today one of these bright
minds will earn a $50,000 scholarship and the title of National Geographic Bee Champion. (applause) Are you ready to begin, let’s get started. The first seven rounds
will focus on US geography. This first round will
require spoken answers only. I’m going to ask each of you
a question about a capital city in the United States,
a photo related to your question will appear on your monitor. You will be asked to name the
city and state that its in. These questions are worth one point. You will have 12 seconds to
answer, students are you ready? They’re ready, here we go. Nihar, we begin with you,
here is the first question. This state capital on the Pearl River was named after a President
of the United States. Name this city and state.
– Jackson, Mississippi. – [Mo] That is correct
for one point, Venkat, home to the Mark Twain
house and museum this state capital is north
of the Long Island sound. Name this city and state.
– Hartford, Connecticut. – [Mo] That is correct,
Gayatri, located in the central valley this state capital
was the western terminus for both the pony express and the first transcontinental railroad,
name this city and state. – Sacramento, California.
– You got it. Saket, this state capital
is northwest of Daniel Boone National Forest and is located
in the Blue Grass region. Name this city and state.
– Frankfurt, Kentucky. – [Mo] That is right,
Anoushka, this state capital is located near both the big
belt mountains and the source of the Missouri River,
name this city and state. – Helena, Montana.
– That is correct. Atreya, founded by the
French, this state capital is located 150 miles upstream
from the Mississippi River Delta, name this city and state. – Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
– That is correct. Ashwin, located on the Hudson
River, this state capital was an active trading post in the 1600s. Name this city and state.
– Albany, New York. – [Mo] You got it, Vishal,
located about 20 miles from the Platte River this state
capital building is topped by a nearly 20 foot statue of a farmer. Name this city and state.
– Lincoln, Nebraska. – [Mo] Lincoln, Nebraska is correct. Jonathan, located on the
eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, this state capital
experienced a silver rush in the 1850s, name this city and state. – Carson City, Nevada.
– That is right. Sean, this state capital is
east of the Ouachita Mountains and is home to the William J
Clinton Presidential Library. Name this city and state.
– Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. – [Mo] I’m sorry, the answer
was Little Rock, Arkansas. And we are off and running
at the 2018 National Geographic Bee.
(applause) These 10 gifted finalists
are competing for $85,000 in college scholarships, today’s
champion will win 50,000 of it along with a lifetime
membership to the National Geographic Society and a
Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the
National Geographic Endeavor Two, second place will
earn a $25,000 scholarship and $10,000 goes to the
third place finisher. Sounds pretty good right?
(applause) I’d say so.
(applause) For round two, you’ll use
your stylus and tablets. Everyone answers this next
question at the same time. This question is worth
one point and you’ll have 12 seconds to write your answer. National Parks have been
called America’s greatest idea and yet these and other public
lands face serious threats. National Geographic is
dedicated to furthering our understanding of these
critical eco systems and inspiring action to protect them. Take a look at your monitors. Yellowstone National Park is
a geological and ecological wonder, it was the world’s
first national park and covers nearly 3500 square miles. But it’s eco system is
threatened by activity outside it’s border, while it
is best known for it’s bison, bears and wolves, the park’s
most abundant large mammal is the elk who’s migration
paths reach well beyond Yellowstone’s boundaries
and here is your question. Elk once roamed most the
United States but hunting and loss of habitat
reduced their range to the area of what mountain range that includes Yellowstone National
Park and that stretches from New Mexico to British Columbia. You will have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (intense music) (bell dinging) Time’s up, let’s see what you wrote. And surprise, surprise,
for one point the correct answer is Rocky Mountains.
(applause) 10 for 10, nicely done. You can now put down your
stylus because round three will require spoken answers only. I’m going to ask each of
you a question that will test your knowledge of revered
places in the United States. When it’s your turn a photo
related to your question will appear on your monitor,
Nihar, we begin with you. Here’s your question,
sacred to many Alaskans, this mountain was known
by the early Athabaskan people as the tall one
and it may have been central to their creation
story, name this mountain. – Mount Denali or Mount McKinley. – [Mo] Well done Denali
is correct for one point. Mount McKinley was also
acceptable, thank you. Venkat, Thornhill Chapel blends
into the surrounding woods giving visitors a sense that
they are seated in the forest itself, the chapel is
located in what physiographic region that covers much of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri? – The Ozark Plateau.
– The Ozark Plateau is correct, Gayatri, Big Sir,
a scenic region along the California coast has long
attracted native Americans, hermits and artists, this
region stretches from Carmel by the sea to San Simeon
along what mountain range? – The Sierra Nevada.
– I’m sorry. We were looking for Santa Lucia. Saket, the city of Nauvoo
attracts visitors due to it’s historic importance
as the home of the Latter Day Saints from 1839 to 1846 before the Great Salt Lake,
Nauvoo is located upstream from Quincy on what river? – The Mississippi River.
– That is correct. Anoushka, this famous gospel
choir performs all over the world sharing the joy
of faith through music. The choir shares its name
with a large neighborhood in upper Manhattan that is a
center of African American culture, name this neighborhood. – Harlem.
– Harlem is correct. Atreya, ceremonial
chambers called kivas were a feature of pre Columbian
structures in North America. Built by the ancestral Puebloans, Kivas can be found in what canyon
that shares it’s name with a national historical park
in northwestern New Mexico? – Choco Canyon.
– Choco Canyon is correct. Ashwin, each year Marti
gras celebrations draw thousands of revelers to
public spaces throughout New Orleans including Bourbon
Street and Jackson Square. In what district that
is the city’s oldest? – French Quarter.
– French Quarter is correct. Vishal, formed by the
eruption of Mount Mazama 7,000 years ago, this
lake in Oregon was held sacred by the local
Klamouth people and is the main feature of a national
park, name this lake. – Crater Lake.
– Crater Lake is correct. Jonathan, Mission Concepcion built in 1755 was one of several Spanish
missions established to protect borders from French encroachment and to convert Native
Americans to Catholicism. These missions are near
what river that shares its name with a large Texas City? – The San Antonio River.
– That is correct. Sean, Native Americans
in North Central Wyoming have long used this stone
medicine wheel for ceremonies and to predict astronomical events. This sacred site is a
national landmark in what mountain range that is the
source of the Powder River? – The Apsoroca Range.
– I’m sorry. We were looking for Big Horn Mountains. Three rounds down, four more to go before we say goodbye to the students
with the four lowest scores. But with eight points up for grabs, it’s still anyone’s game,
now before we dive back into competition, let’s get
to know a little bit more about our 10 fine finalists. Nihar, let’s begin with you. You are also the winner of the 2016 Strips National Spelling Bee,
that is very impressive. Can you spell my first name? (laughing) In French?
– M-O. – I’m sorry, it’s M-E-A-U.
(laughing) We’ll settle it later with the score. Venkat Ranjan, you are from
San Ramone, California. Give me a fun fact about San Ramone like maybe a point of interest. What’s the best thing about it? – The headquarters of
the oil company Chevron. That’s all we have.
(laughing) – Little company that you
plan on taking over maybe once you leave here and it’s
a great place to live, right? – Yeah.
– Okay. He’s gonna work for the
Chamber of Commerce. (laughing) Gayatri, it says here that
you went snorkeling in Hawaii and had a family of dolphins
swim right next to the boat. How could you tell they were a family? – Well, that’s what the
tour guide said, so. (laughing) – I’m sorry, what’s that?
– That’s what the tour guide said.
– I know. But they could’ve been
friends just hanging out. Was it exciting, was it exciting? – Yeah.
(laughing) – Alright excellent. Saket, you are from Ohio
and you won the Ohio State Geo Bee three years in a row, were all the questions about Ohio? – No.
(laughing) – Oh okay, right, well do
you know that old sound. ♪ Round on the end and
high in the middle, Ohio ♪ (laughing) You have to be 49 or older to get that. Oops, I gave it away,
Anoushka, it says here this is really cool, that
you enjoy reading fiction and plan on writing a
book about an explorer. Which explorer are you interested in? – I think everything the
Renaissance and all the explorers coming to the new world. That’s something that’s
really interested me. So I think that’s an
interesting story concept. – Okay, interesting, alright. And you’ve played the violin for how long? – Six or seven years.
– Six or seven years. And how was it balancing studying for this and playing the violin or did
one help the other in a way? – It’s a really good break a lot of time. If I’m studying and I’m
just not remembering stuff. Then it’s something I’ll just
go and do, play for an hour and then I’ll be able to retain much more information that way. – Right, I love that she blows
off steam by studying the violin, I’m like, how low do I feel? That’s very impressive,
just gonna mess around. Get off that violin, come
on, you’re wasting time. (laughing) Alright, Atreya, you are
the youngest one here. How does that feel, you’re in fifth grade. – It feels good to be the youngest one. Like I have nothing to lose.
(laughing) (applause) – You got time, you’re gonna survive all of these people here. You got years ahead of you, right? But that’s a good point,
you can just, right, really just have fun because
you’ve got years to go with this eligibility.
– Yeah. – And you really are just
11, this is not a rouse. – Yeah, I’m 11.
– Okay. Alright Ashwin, this
is the second time I’ve moderated with you up here,
you were here two years ago. What happened last year, no, I’m kidding. (laughing) No it’s very very impressive
that you’re here twice. Now you were just recently
traveling through Costa Rica. Tell us about that.
– Well it’s really cool ’cause unlike other
countries in Latin America, Costa Rica has really
taken a lot of efforts to preserve it’s biodiversity
so we got to travel through a lot of really pristine
rainforests and natural environments that don’t
really exist anymore anywhere else in Latin America so that was pretty incredible. – Well that’s wonderful
and there’s, I think, an election coming up in Costa Rica and he should be on the ballet. Vishal, you are from Georgia. Georgia has a lot of great crops. So I have to ask you the
questions, peanuts or peaches. – Peaches.
– Peaches. That is correct for an extra point. It’s a wonderful state
though, a beautiful state. – Alright, Jonathan, from
North Carolina, Jonathan Song, you were on a robotics team
that competes in the first tech challenge, what is that? – Well it’s like, you make
these like mini robots. It’s not the full size
ones but they compete on a field and they do missions and stuff. – When you eventually
create your own robot, what is your priority,
what is the one thing you want your robot to be able to
do if it could do anything? – Cook for me.
(laughing) – And I’m guessing Jonathan’s
parents feel the same way. (laughing) Alright Sean Chang from New Hampshire. Your hobbies include speed
cubing and at first when I read it I thought it was speed clubbing and I thought you’re a
little young for that. What is speed cubing? – It’s just solving Rubix
Cubes as fast as you can. – [Mo] Is it specifically Rubix cubes? – There’s different size ones
like the traditional ones, like a three by three but
there’s different sizes. – And how fast can you do
an old fashioned Rubix cube? – My best competition
time is 9.29 seconds. – 9.2 seconds?
– Yeah. – Oh my gosh, that’s, wow. That’s how long it takes
me to make the first turn. Oh and I read, do you know what the state fruit of New Hampshire is?
– No. – Alright well it’s in the
final round, no, I’m kidding. It’s a pumpkin, I thought
that that was kinda cute and confusing because I
thought a pumpkin was just a decoration or maybe a
vegetable, alright and let’s give a shout out to
our other 44 finalists. These brilliant students.
(applause) And now back to our competition. For round four, you’ll
need your stylus again because everyone answers this
question at the same time. This question is worth one point. The National Geographic
Society is committed to exploring and protecting
our planet and supporting bold individuals who are
pushing the boundaries of knowledge, take a look at your monitors. Daniella Kavachi is a biologist
and National Geographic young explorer, as a
child in Mexico, she was attracted to strange and
misunderstood animals like spiders and snakes,
today she is fortunate to work with one of the most
mysterious creatures, bats. Daniella’s current project
is to identify and preserve bat species in archeological zones. So at night, she spends
time inside pyramids looking for these beautiful animals. And here is your question,
some female lesser long nosed bats migrate to the
United States to roost in a National monument that borders Mexico. These bats are the primary
pollinators of a species of cactus that gave it’s
name to the monument. What is the name of this cactus? You will have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (intense music) (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For one point the correct
answer is Organ Pipe. Okay so let’s see how everyone did. Three of you had the correct answer. That was a nail biter there. We’ve come to the first Geo
Challenge of the competition. We’ll be testing you not
just on what you know but how well you know
it, each of you will be presented with a different
map of the continuous United States and two choices
for what the map is showing. You will have 10 seconds
to tell us your answer. If you are correct, you will
receive one point and the opportunity to explain why
for a possible two additional points, we will give you a
few moments to think about your response and when
the bell rings, you’ll have 20 seconds in which to
complete your explanation. A panel of judges will
determine if your explanation is strong enough to earn the
additional two points. When it’s your turn, take
a look at your monitor. Ready, Nihar, take a look at your map. Does this map show vegetation
zones or average wind speeds? – This map is showing vegetation zones. – [Mo] I’m sorry, the correct
answer is average wind speeds so unfortunately you don’t get any points. Venkat, take a look at your map. Does this map show irrigated
land or peach production? – This map shows irrigated land. – That is correct for one point, for two additional points tell us
why this answer is correct. – This map is showing
irrigated land because areas that do not naturally
receive a lot of water that support farming are
shown in the map like the Central Valley of California
and the Snake River Valley of Idaho, this map cannot
be a peach production map because most peaches
are grown in the south especially in Georgia.
– Alright. And we’re gonna give the
judges a moment to confer. And the judges are quite
satisfied with your answer so two additional points for you. Gayatri, take a look at your map. Does this map show percent of federal land or miles driven per capita? – This map shows miles driven per capita. – That is correct for one
point, for two additional points tell us why this answer is correct. – Had this map shown
percent of federal land, places like Arizona and
New Mexico with lots of land owned federally by
the government would’ve had a higher shading, this map
shows miles driven per capita because open places like
Wyoming and Montana have. (bell dings) – We’ll give the judges
a moment to confer. And you just got those
two additional points for your answer for your explanation. Saket, does your map
show average minimum wage or ferry boat boardings by state? – This map shows average minimum wage. – [Mo] I’m sorry that is incorrect. The correct answer is ferry
boat boardings by state. So no points for you,
Anoushka, does your map show pesticide use or number of dairy cows? – This map shows pesticide use. – Pesticide use is correct,
you earned one point. For two additional points, tell us why this answer is correct. – This map shows pesticide
use because the highest concentrations are in
great plains and along the Mississippi River where a
lot of pesticides are used in farming, if this map was
showing number of dairy cows, there would be a much
higher concentration in Wisconsin and Texas.
– We’ll give the judges a moment to confer. And Anoushka, they like your answer. Two additional points for you. – Atreya, take a look at your map. Tell us, does it show percent
homeless or literacy rate? – Literacy rate.
– I’m sorry Atreya. The correct answer is percent homeless. Ashwin, does your map show
the range of the black bear or the range of the Ponderosa Pine? – Range of the Ponderosa Pine.
– That is correct. And for one point, for
two additional points, tell us why this answer is correct. – This map shows range
of the Ponderosa Pine ’cause all of the coloring is
in the Western United States where the range of the Ponderosa Pine is in the interior west, it
doesn’t show black bears because black bears are also found in the eastern United States.
– Judges, what say you? The judges like that answer,
two additional points for Ashwin, Vishal, does your
map show number of days with freezing temperatures
or average annual snowfall? – Average annual snowfall?
– It is average annual snowfall for one point,
for two additional points, tell us why your answer is correct. – This map shows average
annual snowfall because areas such as the Colorado
Rockies and the Sierra Nevada have a high concentration on this map. And this map does not
show freezing temperatures because there would be
a higher concentration such as north, like western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee where they would be. (bell dings) – And the judges approve
of Vishal’s explanation for two additional points. Jonathan, take a look at your map. Does this map show public
libraries or golf courses? – Public libraries.
– Public libraries is correct, you earned one point. For two additional points, tell us why this answer is correct.
– This map shows public libraries because
the higher concentration on this map is in the cities
where the majority of public libraries are located, it
doesn’t show golf courses because golf courses can
also be found in rural and suburban areas.
– Judges. The judges like that answer, two additional points to Jonathan. Sean, does your map
show Superfund hazardous waste sites or four year colleges? – Four year colleges.
– I’m sorry the correct answer was Superfund
hazardous waste sites. And that concludes the
first Geo Challenge round. Five rounds down and two more to go before our first four eliminations. There are four points up for grabs over the next two rounds, you’ll
need your stylus again in round six, we’ll be hearing
from a National Geographic explorer, take a look at your monitors. – Hi, I’m Courtney Borgerson,
I am an anthropologist, a conservation biologist and a
National Geographic explorer. You’ll often find me in
Madagascar where I study eco system balance and
the illegal hunting of endangered lemurs but I’m also
passionate about education and I visit classrooms in the
US to teach students about scientific inquiry right
in their own backyards. Now here’s your question,
one of my first experiences with science was a school
field trip to a US island that is home to the world’s
longest running predator prey study, this lake island
is now overpopulated with moose and scientists want
to bring the island back into ecological balance by
repopulating it with wolves. Name this lake island which
is also a national park. – You’ll have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For one point, the correct
answer is, all together now Isle Royale.
(applause) Now let’s take a moment
to review the scores before our next round, Ashwin is in front and there is a five way
tie, Venkat, Gayatri, Anoushka, Vishal and
Jonathan right behind there. Okay after this round,
the four students with the lowest scores will leave us
but there are still three points up for grabs for each student. In round seven, the aptly
named lightning round. Here’s how it works, I’ll
give you each, I’ll give each of you three questions
in a row and you’ll have six seconds to answer each. One point is awarded for
each correct response. Get ready, this one moves like. – Lightning.
– Like lightning. – Like lightning, I’ll
work on my delivery, okay. Here we go, Nihar, what
is the name of the largest swamp on the border of
Virginia and North Carolina? – The Great Dismal Swamp.
– That is correct. And again Nihar, Wayamaya
Canyon is located on which Hawaiian island?
– Kawaii. – [Mo] That is correct, name the state reptile of Mississippi. – Alligator.
– The American Alligator, that is correct,
Venkat, name the oldest existing National Park east
of the Mississippi River? – Acadia.
– That is correct. Again Venkat, name the widest falls section at Niagara Falls? – Horseshoe Falls.
– Horseshoe Falls is correct, settlers in Oklahoma
who started the land rush early inspired what
nickname for the state. – The sooner state.
– That is correct. Gayatri, what large city
in eastern Tennessee was the state’s first capital? – Memphis.
– I’m sorry. The answer is Knoxville, again Gayatri. Providence, Rhode Island is located at the head of what bay?
– The Naragazit Bay. – [Mo] That is correct,
what is Washington state’s most valuable food crop
in terms of total revenue? – Apples.
– Apples is correct. Saket, name the highest
mountain peak in Vermont. – Mount Mansfield.
– That is correct. What is the largest
island of American Samoa. – Tutuila.
– Tutuila is correct. What fruit is on the standard
Florida license plate? – An orange.
– An orange is correct. Anoushka, name the rift lake
on the San Andreas fault that is the largest lake in California. – The Salton Sea.
– Salton Sea is correct. Name the sub range of
the Rocky Mountains that marks the western border of Montana. – The Bitterroot Range.
– That is right. What two and a half mile
walking route in Boston, Massachusetts connects 16 historic sites? – The freedom trail.
– The freedom trail is correct, Atreya, name the
largest city on Colorado’s Kaushalya River?
– Fort Collins. – [Mo] Fort Collins is correct. Name the group of islands
in northern Wisconsin that make up part of a national lake shore? – Apostle Islands.
– You got it. What gift from France
is pictured on the state quarter of New York?
– Statue of Liberty. – [Mo] Statue of Liberty is correct. Ashwin, name the largest lake in Alaska? – Lake Iliamna.
– That is correct. What river forms most of the border between Texas and Louisiana? – The Sabine River.
– The Sabine River is correct, what is the official
dance of the state of Hawaii? – Hula.
– Hula is correct. Vishal, what bay is the
sunken estuary of the Susquehanna River?
– Chesapeake Bay. – [Mo] That is correct,
name the largest city on the Kiahoga River.
– Cleveland. – [Mo] Cleveland is correct,
what is the popular name for the group of stars depicted
on Alaska’s state flag? – The Big Dipper.
– The Big Dipper is right. Jonathan, name the highest
mountain peak in California. – Mount Whitney.
– You got it. Name the capital of Guam. – Could you repeat?
– Name the capital of Guam. – Agana.
– That is acceptable, yes. Hagotnia or Agana, that’s correct. What is the official
crustacean of Louisiana? – The crawfish.
– That is correct. Sean, what North Carolina city is located at the Confluence of a Swananoa River and the French Broad River? – Charlotte.
– I’m sorry. The answer is Ashville,
name the largest lake in Maine which is the source
of the Kenebeck River. – Moosehead Lake.
– That is correct. In 1812, soldiers from
Tennessee inspired what nickname for the state?
– The volunteer state. – [Mo] The Volunteer state is correct. (applause) That deserves a round
of applause, I’m winded. (applause) Now we have reached the
conclusion of part one of the competition and we
now have the tough task of saying goodbye to Atreya,
Nihar, Saket and Sean. A huge round of applause,
valent competitors here. (applause) One of these six students
will be named the 30th champion of the
National Geographic Bee. Remember, there’s a lot on
the line for these finalists including $85,000 in scholarship money. Now you may not know this or maybe you do but I love geography and
we thought it would be fun to turn the tables and
have the students quiz me on their home states so
hit me with your best shot. We’ll start up here, Venkat. – Name the smallest county
by area in California. (laughing) – Ya know, I bet, I bet,
there’s a whole lot of people packed in there, I
bet it’s Los Angeles county. – No.
– Alright, then I bet. Well it’s not orange county. I bet it’s, is San
Francisco it’s own county? – Yes.
– So it’s the San Francisco county.
– Good job. – What’s that?
– Good job. – Okay, alright, well I sorta got that. (laughing) Okay, how small is it?
– I don’t know, just small. – Well, we’re even then, Gayatri. – What is the Indian reservation located inside of an Indian reservation? – An Indian reservation inside
of an Indian Reservation, so an Indian reservation inside, oh, it’s the Turducken nation.
(laughing) If you don’t say I’m
wrong, then I’m right. (laughing) What is it called?
– Do you want the answer? (laughing) – Well I mean, at this point, I think we might as well resolve it. – Okay, it’s the Hopi.
– The Hopi. What are they inside of?
– The Navajo. – Oh my god, that must be so suffocating. (laughing) Well you learn something every day you moderate the National Geographic Bee. Anoushka, I love New
Jersey and just before you ask me anything, I just
want everyone to know that New Jersey has the most diners in America. And that is true. – This one’s really hard, okay? What’s the highest point in New Jersey? – What’s the highest point in, what’s the highest, the
highest point in New Jersey? It’s not Trenton, it’s, Newark, is there, there’s gotta be a mountain in New Jersey. Mount Soprano.
(laughing) What is it?
– It’s called High Point. (laughing) – That is such a dad joke.
(laughing) After the explorer book,
you’ve gotta write a book of one liners, that’s great, I like that. I love New Jersey, New
Jersey also has the most scientists and engineers per square mile. (laughing)
Okay, Ashwin. – Name the western most point in Oregon. – The what?
– The western most point. – Oh, the Pacific Ocean.
– That’s. – No, the western most point, is there, I once went to Pacific City, Oregon. I’m sure there’s some
dude from Portland who has a house boats that’s
drifted out to sea so far he forgot where he was. – I was thinking of Cape Blanco but you were actually
correct at Pacific Ocean. – Thank god, I know
how to game the system. I should be there, Vishal,
ask me about Georgia. – The University of Georgia is located in which city Northeast of Atlanta. – Athens.
– Yeah. – This is the way it should go every time. (laughing) Jonathan, as me about North,
I love North Carolina. I spent two summers in Winston Salem. – What city was created in 1913 by the merging of two major tobacco towns? – Winston Salem.
– Yeah. (laughing) – Wow.
(applause) And now back to the game.
(applause) From this part of the competition on, we’re going global, questions
are now worth two points. And after six more rounds,
the three remaining students with the lowest scores will be eliminated. Let’s move on to round eight. This round will require
spoken answers only. I’m gonna give you each a
question to test your knowledge and recognition of national capitals. When it’s your turn, a photo
related to your question will appear on your
monitor, you will have 12 seconds to answer beginning with Venkat. Once a viking settlement,
this capital city is located on the east coast of an
island where the river Liffey enters the sea, name this city. – Dublin.
– Dublin is correct. Gayatri, this capital city
is home to the Grand Palace which was once the official
residence of the Kings of Siam, name this city. – Bangkok.
– Bangkok is correct. Anoushka, in 2011 Tahrir
Square was the focal point of a revolution in a capital
city, name this city which is located between
the ruins of the ancient city of Memphis and one of the
world’s major river deltas. – Kyro.
– Kyro is correct. Ashwin, southwest of the
highest point in the Andies Mountains, the capital
city is located on the Mapocho River in a geological
zone prone to earthquakes. Name this city.
– Santiago. – [Mo] Santiago is correct. Vishal, founded by the
Spanish, this capital city was supported by Soviet Subsidies
for much of the second half of the 20th century,
name this city located along the Straits of Florida.
– Havana. – [Mo] Havana is correct. Jonathan, this capital city
is located northwest of the Cyclades on a peninsula
that borders the Aegean Sea. Name this city which was
once a powerful city state. – Athens.
– Athens is correct. No time to waste, let’s
get right to round nine. For this next question, you’ll
need your stylus once again. We have another special guest,
take a look at your monitors. – Hi, I’m Grace Cowart
Young, an ocean engineer, Aquanaut and National
Geographic emerging explorer. I’ve lived at the bottom of
the ocean in the Florida Keys, sailed across the Atlantic
Ocean and I’ve worked with NASA to create 3D maps of astroids. Right now I’m worked to
refurbish a submarine in Kansas of all places, my great
passion though is connecting art with science, for example,
by creating 3D maps of coral reefs and dancing underwater. Now here’s your question, my
research has taken me to the coral reefs off the island of Utila. Utila is the western most
island of what arapeligo off the coast of Honduras. – You’ll have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For two points, the correct
answer is Bay Islands. Let’s see how you did, three
of you had the correct answer. Students please keep your
stylus out for this next video question, this year National Geographic, the Audubon Society,
Bird Life International and Cornell Lab of Ornithology
are joining with nature lovers around the world to
celebrate the year of the bird. Birds symbolize nature’s
interconnectedness and our next special guest
is raising awareness of the importance of protecting
birds in a changing world. Once again, take a look at your monitors. – Hi, I’m Washington Washira,
I’m a wildlife conservationist and a National Geographic explorer. Now here is your question,
African crowned Eagles can be found in forests in a capital city near the Athy River, name this city which is sometimes called the
grain city in the sand. – You have 12 seconds to
write down your answer. (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For another two points, the
correct answer is Nairobi. Back row there all had it correct. In this next round, I’m
going to give each of you a question inspired by the
National Geographic channel series called one strange
rock which explores the fragility and wonder of planet earth. A photo related to your
question will appear on your monitory, you’ll have
12 seconds to answer. Venkat, in northern Quebec,
the Pingualuit Crater is an example of how Meteorites
have shaped our planet. Pingualuit Crater is located on what large peninsula south of the Hudson Strait? – The Ungava Peninsula.
– The Ungava Peninsula is correct, Gayatri,
the convergence of three tectonic plates created this depression where the ground spits acid. Located in the northern
part of the Afar region on the horn of Africa, what is
the name of this feature? – The Danakil Depression.
– The Danakil Depression is correct, Anoushka, around
the world waters is temporarily harnessed by tens
of thousands of large dams such as the Xiaolangdi
Dam in Hanon Province. The Xiaolangdi Dam is
located on what river north of the Qin Ling mountains? – The Yellow River.
– The Yellow River is correct. Ashwin, millions of years
ago, super volcanoes set off an extinction event that
killed most of life on earth. Protected in its underground
burrows, a reptile called Thrinaxodon survived,
fossils of this species have been found near
what river that rises in the Lesotho Highlands and
flow through Upington? – The Orange River.
– The orange river is correct. Vishal, covering over
5% of earth’s land mass, lichens such as these in
Ontario break down rocks, generate oxygen and absorb pollution. These islands can be found in what bay east of the Bruce Peninsula? – The Georgian Bay.
– The Georgian Bay is correct. Jonathan, on the Togian
Islands in the Gulf of Tomini most children learn to
swim before they can walk. The Gulf of Tomini is one
of three gulfs that define the unique shape of which of
the Greater Sunda Islands? – Sulawessy.
– Sulawessy is correct. For this next question,
you’ll need your stylus again for a question from a
special repeat guest who visited us last year from Kositchstan. Take a look at your monitors. – Hello, my name is Paul
Selapeck and I’m a journalist and National Geographic
fellow and I’m 1500 miles further along on my 21,000
mile Out of Eden Walk. I’m following the pathways
of our ancestors who migrated out of Africa
60,000 years ago writing about topics such as
climate change to migration to technological innovation
and you can follow along on this 10 year journey at
www.outofedenwalk.org. Now here’s your question,
soon my walk will take me to a city in India renowned
for it’s architecture and urban design, it was declared
a union territory in 1966 and serves as the joint capital
of two neighboring states. Name this city. – You will have 12 seconds
to write down your answer. (bell dings) Time’s up, let’s see what everyone wrote. For two points, the correct
answer is Chundagar. Let’s see how you all did,
four of you had it right. 12 rounds down and one more
to go before we have to say goodbye to the three
students with the lowest scores. So let’s take a look at
the current standings. Venkat and Anoushka are
tied in first place. Vishal is not far behind,
six points though are still up for grabs in our second
and final lightning round. Once again, when it’s your
turn you’ll be asked three questions in a row and have
six seconds to answer each. This time you’ll receive
two points for each correct response, a lot at stake,
there’s a lot of room to make up ground, kids, okay. Students, are you ready,
Venkat, name the largest of the Baliaric Islands.
– Mayourka. – [Mo] Mayourka is correct,
the Sawine River flows into the gulf of Martaban
before entering what sea? This is for you Venkat.
– The Ondomon Sea. – [Mo] That is correct. What religion is
practiced by a majority of people in Mongolia?
– Buddhism. – [Mo] Buddhism is correct,
Gayatri, the far east of Bolivia is part of what
large tropical wet land? – The Grand Chako.
– I’m sorry. The answer is the Pontinal,
name Sweden’s largest island. – Gotland.
– Gotland is correct. What is the official
working language of the federal government of Ethiopia? – Umharic.
– Umharic is correct. Anoushka, what channel
connects bath and bay with the Boford sea?
– The Perry Channel. – [Mo] Perry Channel is correct. What is the name of the highest
mountain peak in Algeria? – Mount Tahop.
– You got it. What is the predominant
religion of Marishis? – Hinduism.
– Hinduism is correct. Ashwin, what large salt
water lake is located just west of Tabris, Iran? – Lake Ormia.
– Lake Ormia’s correct. Name the gulf on the
southern coast of Honduras. – Gulf of Fansica.
– Gulf of Fansica’s correct. What is the official
language of Mozambique? – Portuguese.
– Portuguese is correct. Vishal, name the southern
most state of Mexico. – Wahaka.
– The answer, I’m sorry, is Chiopas,
what man made lake spans one third of the border
of Zambia and Zimbabwe? – Lake Curiba.
– Lake Curiba’s correct. What is the official currency of Denmark. – The Chrone.
– The Chrone is correct. Jonathan, what channel
south of the Irish Sea separates whales from Ireland? The answer is Saint Georgia’s Channel. Matsayama is the largest
city on what major Japanese island?
– Checoku. – [Mo] Checoku is correct. What is the official language of Andora? – Catalan.
– Catalan is correct. Alright the time has come to
bid farewell to half of the students on stage, let’s
take a look at the scores. We must say goodbye now to
Gayatri, Ashwin and Jonathan. A huge round of applause
making it this far. (applause) Here they are, the final three. (applause and cheering) Each of these three finalist
has now won at least a $10,000 scholarship so big
congratulations to each of you. You’ve already won big.
(applause) Next we get one step closer
to crowning our champion as these three students square off in the final Geo Challenge Round. – [Narrator] To learn more
about how your school can participate in the 2019
National Geographic Bee, visit our website,
natgeobee.org for details and instructions on how to get started. Maybe we’ll see a student
from your home town here next year.
(applause) – We’re ready to continue
with the 30th National Geographic Bee, our three
finalists are sequestered back stage where they can
neither see nor hear anything happening on stage, in this
next Geo Challenge round we’ll bring them out one
by one to test ’em not just on what they know but
how well they can apply and communicate that knowledge. Each student will answer
the same question which poses a real world scenario
and they’ll be given three possible answers
from which to choose. Our panel of judges of will
score their responses based on three criteria, accuracy,
reasoning and presentation. Each year millions of tons
of plastic waste end up in the oceans threatening everything
that depends on earth’s largest eco system, National
Geographic has begun a multi year effort to raise awareness
and help find solutions to this crisis, our three
finalists will be asked to identify a location for
an ongoing clean up effort to recover plastics from a local river. The goal is to reduce the
amount of plastic that leeches the ocean, the students much tell us which river is the best location and why. The students must focus
their effort at the Mouth of one of three rivers, the
Niger river, the Rhine river or the Yangtze River,
they must factor in the area’s population, plastic consumption and plastic waste management. The Yangtze river is the
best choice because of the high population and high
plastic consumption in the Yangtze river basin, it’s
also a rapidly growing area with overwhelmed waste management. The Niger river would be
the second best choice. The region has less population
and plastic consumption than that of the Yangtze though it’s waste management is also strained. The Rhine river is the weakest
choice for the clean up effort, it has the lowest
population and while it has high per capita plastic consumption, it has the strongest
existing waste management. The students must choice the
answer that best fits the scenario and explain their reasoning. We will give each of them
a moment to think about it. But once the bell rings, they’ll
have 45 seconds to respond. If he or she falls silent
for more than five seconds, their time will be up. This question is worth
a whopping nine points. So this is a game making
or game breaking moment for our finalists, the students
have been briefed on these rules but obviously not the question. And remember this is not
just about right or wrong. This is also about reasoning,
the quality of presentation. We begin with the student
currently in third place. Vishal, please come on out
on stage to be the first to answer this Geo Challenge. (applause) I’m gonna ask you to take
right front and center. Vishal, here is the question. Each year millions of tons of plastic debris ends up in the oceans,
much of it from rivers. Your goal is to help reduce the amount of plastic that reaches
the oceans by organizing a clean up effort to remove
plastic from a major river. You can focus your
clean up effort near the mouth of one of three
rivers, the Niger river, the Rhine river or the Yangzke river based on the criteria of population, plastic consumption and plastic waste management, on which river would your clean up effort have the greatest impact? You will have 15 seconds to think about your answer. When the
bell rings, please begin. (bell dings) – I would focus my clean up
effort on the Yangzke River because first of all, the
Yangzke river has a really great population with cities
such as Shanghi and Nanging. Second of all, there’s a lot
of plastic consumption with China having one of the most
plastic consuming countries in the world and China doesn’t
have the best plastic waste management so a clean up would really help to clean up the plastic
on the Yangzke river. The Niger river on the other
hand, does not have as much plastic consumption as the
Yangzke and the Rhine River is really good with
plastic waste management and doesn’t consume average
plastic as the Yangzke river. For these reasons I would
choose the Yangzke river for my clean up efforts.
– A round of applause for Vishal, nice done, so come
back here if you would. (applause) And I’m gonna ask you to stand
like right in here, okay. Alright, now let’s bring
out Anoushka, okay. Anoushka, come on out.
(applause) I’m gonna ask you to stand
front and center there. Anoushka here is the question. Each year millions of tons
of plastic debris ends up in the oceans, much of it from rivers. Your goal is to help reduce the amount of plastic that reaches
the oceans by organizing a clean up effort to remove
plastic from a major river. You can focus your clean
up effort near the mouth of one of three rivers, the
Niger river, the Rhine river or the Yangzke river based on
the criteria of population, plastic consumption and
plastic waste management, on which river would your clean up effort have the greatest impact? You will have 15 seconds
to think about your answer. When the bell rings, please begin. (bell dings) – I would choose the Yangzke
river to focus a clean up effort on, the Yangzke river
flows, the mouth of the Yangzke river is at Shanghi which
is a major city in China. Between the many people in
the city, there is a lot of plastic waste that occurs
and China is often considered one of the most populated,
populated and polluted places in the world, on the other
hand, the Rhine river mouth is in the Netherlands where
there is a stable clean up system already in place and
a much smaller population. Along the Niger river there
is also less plastic waste being used, for these reasons
I would choose the Yangzke river to focus a clean
up effort on, thank you. (applause) – Anoushka, I’m gonna ask
you to come back here please and stand to the left of Venkat, perfect. Alright, and now let’s bring out Venkat. (applause) Venkat, if you wanna stand
right front and center there. Here’s the question. Each year millions of tons
of plastic debris ends up in the oceans, much of it from rivers. Your goal is to help reduce
the amount of plastic that reaches the oceans
by organizing a clean up effort to remove plastic
from a major river. You can focus your clean
up effort near the mouth of one of three rivers, the
Niger river, the Rhine river or the Yangzke river based on
the criteria of population, plastic consumption and
plastic waste management, on which river would your clean up effort have the greatest impact? You will have 15 seconds
to think about your answer. When the bell rings, please begin. (bell dings) – I believe that the Yangzke
river is the best river to focus my plastic clean up effort on. This is because tens of
millions of people live on the Yangzke river today and
they produce a lot of plastic as the Yangzke river in China
has a huge manufacturing industry that produces
a lot of plastic waste. Also the China does not
have a very good waste management program, unlike
the Rhine River in Europe and the Rhine River is
not a good choice because even though it produces a lot of plastic, as I said before, it has good
plastic waste management. The Niger river is not a
good choice because not too many people live along
it’s banks and it has very low plastic consumption, that is why. (bell dings)
(applause) Okay, I’m gonna ask the two
of you to come with me please. If you would Venkat, stand to the left and Vishal all the way on the
right and Anoushka in between, the order in which you came out. Great job by all of our finalists. (applause) Now our judges will take
a few moments to confer. (intense music) The judges have tabulated the
scores for this Geo Challenge and are ready to share the results. Judges, we’ll start with Vishal. – Hi Vishal, you responded
with the Yangzke River which was the best choice, you
gave great supporting facts for all the criteria we
were looking for including mentioning Shaghi and
Naching, your excellent presentation was also very
well organized and had an excellent progression as well. We gave you eight points. – And that gives Vishal
a total now of 30 points. And we move on to Anoushka now. – Anoushka, you also
mentioned the Yangzke river which is what we were looking for. You had good facts to
support all of the criteria and contrasted the weaker
choices against the best answer. Your presentation was
very very clear but it did feel a little rushed, we
gave you seven points. – And that gives Anoushka
a total of 33 points. And finally Venkat.
– Venkat, you also mentioned the Yangzke river. You had excellent details
and a more complete explanation to support your
choice including mentioning the industrial base of the Yangzke basin. Your presentation was
effective but overall could’ve been smoother,
we gave you eight points. – That gives Venkat a total of 34. Tremendous job by all,
that was a real nail biter. (applause) And after tabulating the
scores, we must say goodbye to Vishal but don’t forget
you’re still leaving here a winner, there’s a $10,000
scholarship with your name on it. (applause) A big congratulations to
you for making it this far. (applause) And then there were two, Anoushka
Buddhikot from New Jersey and Venkat Ranjan from California. (applause and cheering) We are gonna get set
up for the final round and when we return, one
of these gifted students will become the 2018 National
Geographic Bee Champion. (applause) – [Narrator] There is a lot on
the line for these students. The Champion will receive a
$50,000 scholarship plus a lifetime membership to the
National Geographic Society and a Lindblad Expedition
to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National
Geographic Endeavor Two. Now back to Mo Rocca. – Welcome to the Championship
Round of the 30th National Geographic Bee,
out of 2.6 million students, 54 of the country’s brightest
young geographers made it here to Washington DC, the
top 10 earned their place to compete today, now we’re down to two. 13 year old Venkat Ranjan from California and 13 year old Anoushka
Buddhikot from New Jersey. Congratulations on to you
both on making it this far. (applause) So Venkat, what would it mean
to you to win this thing? – That would be good.
(laughing) – Be good, you’re underplaying
it right now, right? – Maybe.
– I get it, okay. – Anoushka, how long have
you prepared for this moment? – I’ve been participating
in the National Geographic Bees since I was in fourth grade. – Since the fourth
grade, nine or 10 years, eight or nine years old, right? Excellent, okay, well you’ve
come a long way, both of you. And now it’s time to get down to business. Here’s how it’s going to work. You each begin this final
round with a clean slate. The Championship round
is single elimination. You will both be asked the
same question at the same time. The contestant who correctly
answers the question that the other contestant
misses will be named our National Champion,
so watch closely because every question could be
the winning question. You’re gonna need your
stylus for this final round. I will read each question
twice so listen carefully before answering, you’ll
then have 12 seconds to write your responses, for the final time, students, are you ready? They’re ready, here is your question. Name the small southeast
Asian country that has a northern coastline on the
Wetar and Ombai Straits. I repeat Name the small
southeast Asian country that has a northern coastline on
the Wetar and Ombai Straits. (intense music)
(bell dings) Venkat, what do you have?
– East Timor. – Anoushka.
– Timor Leste. The correct answer is Timor
Leste, also east Timor. So you are both correct.
(applause) And we like variety, okay,
onto the next question. Lebanon has a population most similar to which South American country? I repeat Lebanon has a population most similar to which
South American country? (bell dings) Venkat, what do you have?
– Paraguay. – Anoushka.
– Guyana. – Two different answers, I
can tell you now that one is correct so we’re
about to learn who is the 2018 National Geographic Bee Champion. The correct answer is
Paraguay, so Venkat Ranjan is the 2018 National Geographic Bee. (intense music)
(applause) – Congratulations.
– Congratulations. (applause and cheering) – [Narrator] A dramatic end
to a terrific competition. Here’s how our 10 finalists
officially finished. And remember each of these
students outlasted millions of others around the country
to make it to Washington DC and end up on this stage. – And now to award the metals
to our top three finishers, please welcome Mike
Ulaka, interim President and CEO of the National Geographic
Society, thank you, Mike. (applause) Finishing in third place
and winner of a $10,000 scholarship, Vishal Sareddy from Georgia. (applause) Wonderful job, wonderful. Our runner up and winner
of a $25,000 scholarship, Anoushka Buddhikot from New Jersey. (applause) Congratulations again, wonderful. And the winner of a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime membership to the
National Geographic Society and a trip for two on
a Lindblad expedition to Galapagos Islands aboard
the National Geographic Endeavor Two, the 2018
National Geographic Champion Venkat Ranjan from California. (applause)
(intense music) Thank you Mike and I’m
gonna step over here. And Venkat, I’ve gotta ask
you what was going through your mind on that last
question about population of Lebanon being similar,
most similar to which South American country.
– I don’t know this so I’m gonna have to guess something. – So you winged it.
– Kinda. – Right and we’re lucky that
in the midst of those two minutes, Paraguay didn’t have
a huge baby boom or something like that.
(laughing) Thrown the whole thing
off, now please join me in congratulating Venkat,
our other nine finalists and all 54 of the
students who made it here to Washington DC.
(applause) I’m Mo Rocca, thanks for watching. And remember the science,
exploration, education and story telling can change the world. And I want the parents
of our three finalists to come on up on stage,
let’s get the parents. (applause) Come on up. (upbeat music)
(applause) Congratulations, congratulations. (laughing) Love it, love it, love it. (upbeat music) Congratulations all of you. (upbeat music)
(applause)

FIRE ANTS KILL THEIR FIRST LIVE PREY | Surprising Predatory Reaction

FIRE ANTS KILL THEIR FIRST LIVE PREY | Surprising Predatory Reaction


This is it! Time to witness predation in its purest form. What you’re looking at here is the Phoenix
Empire, my 9 week old fire ant colony that has grown so big now and has become so voraciously
hungry, that I felt it was time for the biggest step of their development, the most crucial
event of their entire lives as fire ants: it was time for them to experience what it
is like to kill live, moving prey for the very first time! Ladies and gentlemen, today the Phoenix Empire
will finally learn what it truly means to be fire ants, here on the AntsCanada ant channel! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! These fire ants of ours don’t know it yet,
but they’re in for something pretty crazy! You’ll get to see how eager and happy these
fire ants are to kill their first living, moving prey! What happens at the end, though, will surprise
you, as it did me, so do stay tuned for that! But before some of you long time watchers
start freaking out saying “Hey, I thought live feedings are against your ethics!” I must make a correction: I personally choose
not to feed live prey, if I don’t need to, but there are certain circumstances where
live feedings are necessary, for instance, when feeding arachnids, which require live
moving prey in order to trigger their feeding response. Also, when the prey can breed and live freely
on their own in a setup shared by the predators that simply hunt them as they would in the
wild, as is seen in my weaver ants’ enclosure, I also allow live feeding. Or in this case, when we feed our fire ants
here today, I’ve found a neat way to allow my fire ants to satisfy their natural hunting
instincts and put their innate predatory faculties to work, while also being as ethical and responsible
as I can possibly be. You’ll see what I mean soon, guys. But before we proceed to witness our fire
ant colony’s first killing, let’s quickly check in on the Phoenix Empire and see how
they’ve been doing since we last saw them two weeks ago. This will surprise you, guys! Looking into their birth test tube, I was
shocked to see that they’d finally completely evacuated the premises. The water portion had run dry and as expected,
they moved next door into the larger, much more full water test tube. I love that they did this, as this test tube
offers much more space for the colony to grow, and we can now replace their old test tube
with something else. So AC Family, I need your help again. I was wondering: what should we connect to
this new port to replace this empty test tube? Another water test tube? A new sugar test tube with honey perhaps? Their very first true formicarium? Or perhaps a larger outworld? Please take a moment to VOTE here for their
next extension to the City of Ashes. Thank you AC Council for your input! You guys are like the architects of their
ever-expanding city! The Phoenix Empire’s brood pile is so huge
now! The queen, our Ember Empress is nowhere to
be found, as she took a nose dive as soon as the cameras were rolling, into the mountain
of brood to hide from us. Sorry about that, AC Family, but with the
colony growing bigger now, we can expect to see her less frequently. Let’s hope to catch her again soon. The workers have been diligent at feeding
and caring for all the brood and each other. They are now a well-oiled fire ant producing
factory. All of these workers you see here are of the
strong, hardy generation, and all workers coming up will only be stronger and more powerfully
built due to more enriched nourishment, especially from the fresh living meat we’re going to
give them today! As per the old, first gens, known as the nanitics,
the colony’s first worker ants ever, they’ve all but died off now. But check out where they’ve placed all the
dead bodies! Peeking into their AC Test Tube portal this
week, I was surprised to see no ant cadavres in their graveyard. Hmmm… where have they been stashing the
bodies? Well, the colony has decided to relocate their
official graveyard here, into their outworld, at the furthest corner of the Fire Forest. This for sure was a strategic move for the
health and cleanliness of the colony. The AC Test Tube portal is now just a bathroom
site, note the ant poop that looks like flecks of paint. We can expect to see more of such logistic
changes as the colony continues to grow in size and complexity. Alright and now, the moment we’ve all been
waiting for. In nature, fire ants grow into absolutely
massive colonies very fast, which means they are designed to eat a lot! They are top scavengers in the ecosystems
they are part of, and up until now they’ve been fulfilling that natural role by opportunistically
eating the dead insects I’ve placed into their outworld, as well as sucking up the
sugars of their sugar test tube, but nature has also designed fire ants to be top predators. This role is so important, that nature has
equipped them with a powerful stinger which can inject a potent neurotoxin called Solenopsin. It elicits a painful burning sting in humans,
earning these ants the name “fire ants”, but Solenopsin’s alternate purpose other
than defense, is to immobilize prey. We’ll be seeing this at work shortly. Now before, when the colony was composed of
mostly nanitics, the ants were exclusively scavengers not predators, and as we saw in
past videos, they would run in fear from any living, moving prey I tried offering. It’s a survival technique, because back
then, losing workers could have spelled certain death to the colony at their critical beginning
stage. But now that the colony is this big, with
this many workers, all stronger and more capable than the nanitics, I knew the colony was much
more different now, and more like the fire ants we all know in our minds. Now I hate feeding live animals especially
to fire ants because the prey will always lose and I hate watching the prolonged struggle
to the moment of death. But on the other hand, I also knew these ants
might benefit from actually learning to kill something, and might be an important experience
for them. So after further contemplation an idea came
to me. Earthworms! Growing up, I remember it being said that
if you cut an earthworm in half, the two pieces would survive. Well, after researching this up, apparently
this is partially true. If you cut off the tail end, then the earthworm
can survive and grow a new tail. The tail can’t grow a new body, but the
great thing is, the tail is technically still alive and moving, which would be great at
allowing the Phoenix Empire to engage in their first predatory response, as the worm will
definitely be fighting back and react to the ants’ every move. This would be unlike anything the Phoenix
Empire will have ever experienced or eaten before. The fire ants will be able to use their natural
weapons, i.e. stingers and mandibles, to subdue the prey, and we’ll be able to see them
actually swarming, and guys, I loved what the fire ants did at the very end, when the
worm was finally dead! I know you’ll love it, too. AC Family, are you ready? Let’s do this! Here’s the fresh worm tail! And placing it in. Now let’s watch! It wasn’t long before a worker smelled the
earthworm and came to check it out. It then ran back to the nest to inform the
colony of what it found. Soon a couple more ants came to check out
the worm, and the worm coiled back when it felt the ants around it. A third ant came along and immediately delivered
the worm’s first sting. Instantly, the worm coiled and rolled in pain. This act of coiling and rolling only caused
the surrounding ants to go into a greater frenzy, as workers latched on and began to
sting the worm even more. Other workers began wafting the area with
“I found living food! Come help!” pheromone. Back at the nest, workers were being informed
now of the prey in the Fire Forest, and that they needed backup. As more ants began to surround the worm, the
worm continued to coil and roll. This is the biggest creature they’ve ever
come across, and it was moving which is nothing they’ve ever seen before in their previous
food collections, but it was amazing to watch sheer instinct kick in. The ants seemed to proceed cautiously but
eager to get in and kill this thing. I watched wide-eyed the whole time as they
moved in to kill the worm! Eventually, it became evident that that worm
was weakening now and beginning to die from all the fire ant stings. A few minutes later, the worm was completely
motionless and the fire ants had come swarming to begin the consumption process. The Phoenix Empire had made their first kill,
well sorta seeing as the tail was bound to die eventually, but it still allowed the fire
ants to initiate a kill response which is what I wanted them to experience. And guys, this completely surprised me when
I saw it. Check this out! The moment the worm was killed and stopped
struggling, the nest went completely berserk! Workers were running around everywhere like
crazy! Was this what ants celebrating looked like? I’d never seen anything like it. While the worm was still alive, the nest did
not look like this but the moment the worm was dead, the ants were running all around
and some out of the nest in excitement. To say that this dead worm made these fire
ants happy was an understatement. How interesting, right?! The fire ants began to dissect the worm and
bring the pieces back to the nest for further consumption, and look, it seems the news brought
our Ember Empress, the queen out of hiding. She’s going to feast tonight! What surprised me about all of this was that
the next day, the Fire Forest was completely devoid of worm pieces. I figured OK so they dragged the worm into
the nest, but no, there was no earthworm in sight, neither was it in the AC Test Tube
Portal. This to me amazingly meant that the Phoenix
Empire had consumed the entire worm piece in just 12 hours. Now I knew that earthworms left no garbage
behind, unlike insect prey with their inedible exoskeletons which are usually found the next
day, cast off in the colony’s garbage sites. I think I’ll be feeding earthworms more
often now. Overall, I was super happy that the Phoenix
Empire had undergone this natural process of predation. I felt it was an important thing for them
to experience and definitely something I’ll make sure they’ll experience on a regular
basis. What other things would you like to watch
the Phoenix Empire eat and react to? Let me know in the comments section, and though
I can’t promise I’ll feed it live, I’ll definitely try feeding it to them and film
the process as we’ve done in past videos with my previous fire ant colony, RIP FIRE
NATION. I appreciate that a lot of you seem to be
as invested in these fire ants as I am. Thank you so much for supporting them, guys. I do feel like we are caring for the Phoenix
Empire together, and isn’t it funny how satisfying it all is to watch them grow and
give them everything they need to thrive and flourish into the mighty fire ant colony we
know they’re destined to become? It’s an amazing journey of discovery for
sure, and the very essence of ant keeping. Thank you all for watching and loving the
ants! I’ll see you next week on another update
from the Antiverse. It’s ant love forever! OMG! AC Family, look! I can’t believe they’ve arrived! AC Family, wasn’t that cool? So much is in store ahead for the Phoenix
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for you here, if you would like to watch extended play footage of the epic battle between fire
ants and the worm, as well as awesome scenes of the colony within the nest. Also, just a note: It’s anting season, and
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The Spider monkeys has a new area!

The Spider monkeys has a new area!


So who is going to be there? it is you… me… Beth, Helena and Manon. we will move first the adults this is going to be fun have you seen? a new place “Chini” Suarez, tiny backpack you are like a kidney bag eh? Hey Mateo, look at those trees! dont block my eyes, i can not see the new house the new place where you will try to steal the food! the hut of the new spider monkey area we have here the fruit prepared for the snack that we bring up every monrning the blankets for the babys and.. well the faucet that we should put soon when we have the monkeys i want that 2 people call the babies and stay with them in the big cage and then we come down to pick them up Mateo wants to know what happen with the babies, no Mateo? ok girls, congratulations! look at “Chini”, she is already so high what do you think about the new area Maria, nice eh? look, so beautiful, eh? gorgeous, look those trees with all the monkeys ohhhh, yes! your trying to cover the camera did you like the new place?, look this new kind of tree here look, this is a Motacú

Big Spider Attack In The City – Remote Control – 4K (Situation X)

Big Spider Attack In The City – Remote Control – 4K (Situation X)


Reality pranks the Big Ass Spider In the City
Prank OH MY GOD thats a big ass spider was coming at me , ahhh jesus ” man laughing” [Girl screaming and laughing] Oh My Goodness that was a fucking spider thats bullshit dude Lady Screams oh no…. no…
Woman Screams oh Woman Screams and starts laughing at the prank Oh !.. Woman Screams …. Oh My God Laughing Oh Shoot middle eastern music plays woman screams [haunting
music score] man screams and laughs that was very funny by the way whoa that scared the shit out of me oh shit hahahaha
is that the black widow dam action music playful music
plays dog whimpers they picked the dog up…hahaha hip hop music plays

Weaver Ants | The Guardians of the Canopy

Weaver Ants | The Guardians of the Canopy


hi guys my name is Jordan and in this
video I’m exploring Australia’s topics up in northern Queensland. Here ancient
rainforests stretch as far as the eye can see and are home to an incredibly
diverse range of wildlife. Including one of the most unique ant species I’ve ever
encountered. They are the highly prolific and ingenious Weaver ants. Weaver ants fall under the genus Oecophylla and are found solely within tropical and
subtropical climates throughout Africa Asia and Australia. The ones found here
in Australia are often known as green ants after their vibrant green color. what makes Weaver ants so different from
most other ants is instead of burrowing down and forming their nests within the
ground, Weaver ants form their nests up in the trees. Their homes can usually be
found towards the ends of branches where the fresh healthy leaves sprout. Fruit
bearing trees with broad leaves are favored, but they’ll happily work within
narrow-leaved eucalyptus trees and sometimes will even utilise needle thin
leaves like those from this Beach she-oak. Construction begins with the ants firmly
grabbing hold of a leaf with their mandibles pulling stretching and curling
them into position… Next, the ants do something quite
remarkable they enlist the help of an unlikely ally, their own young. These
small pill shaped grubs are the ants larvae. They’re unable to travel on their
own so the ants carefully carry them over to their worksite. At this point the ants begin to gently
tap their heads using their antennae. This induces the larvae to expel strands
of silk from a small gland underneath their mouths. Normally ant larvae use their silk for metamorphosis spinning a cocoon which
helps protect them as they develop into their pupal form and eventually hatch
as an adult. But in the case of Weaver ants, they use their silken thread to
instead weave leaves together. Creating a super strong binding. Once complete the
ants now have themselves a comfy and safe waterproof refuge, a perfect place
to raise their young and allow their colony to thrive. Younger colonies might
have their nests comprised of just a single leaf curled in half and neatly
stitched together. But as they expand their numbers they gradually create
additional nests. Established Weaver ant colonies may occupy dozens at once, some
with massive nests comprised of hundreds of leaves all clustered purposefully
together. This nest here the size of a beach ball. Other much smaller nests are often
positioned along the perimeter of the colony’s territory acting as outposts.
The first line of defence against intruders, the most common of which being
foreign and colonies. Which may seek to ambush and invade their rivals. This
Vanguard is often occupied by the eldest ants of the colony deemed to be the
most expendable. But it’s not just raiders that the Weaver ants need to
worry about. Here in the dense foliage of the rain forest, plants are constantly
competing with one another, reaching as high as they can to soak up as much
light as possible. So naturally down on the forest floor
not much light seeps through making ground temperatures significantly cooler as ants are cold-blooded animals when in
happening cool climates they aren’t nearly as active limiting their foraging
capabilities and slowing down the growth of their future generations
this gives Weaver ants a significant advantage over the forest ground
dwelling ant species living up in the canopy Weaver ants can stay nice and
warm in the sun’s rays much like a crocodile basking on an open riverbank
the extra heat greatly extends the ants active hours and increases their
productivity but the canopy is ever-changing many
trees lose the battle against neighboring trees which outgrow them
shrouding them in darkness some even become the target of parasitic plants
like this strangler fig which slowly wraps itself around its host restricting
the tree’s ability to grow its dealing their life from above and absorbing up
most of the surrounding nutrients within the soil below so Weaver ants must
actively reposition themselves in order to pursue the sun’s valuable heat the
most successful colonies are often found nearby clearings in the forest alongside
rivers coastlines and cyclone affected areas
where strong winds have torn down temporary clearings in the forest
here along the forest perimeters they’re almost completely unhindered by shade so
the ants can take even better advantage of the sun’s warmth rapidly speeding up
the development cycles of the young helping them grow to enormous sizes some
colonies can be home to hundreds of thousands of ants strong the leaves which form their homes do
inevitably die and crumble into pieces and so must be abandoned for fresh ones
so even in ideal conditions Weaver ants are kept extremely busy constantly
rebuilding renovating and relocating their homes all this hard work requires plenty of
energy which we’ve Rance obtained from two main sources
honey jus and insects honey you is sourced from sap-sucking invertebrates
like these merely bugs here these tiny insects bore their way into fresh plant
stems and leaves and consume their SAP as the SAP is digested they excrete
excess waste in the form of a sugary liquid rich in carbohydrates the perfect
fuel to keep the ever busy Weaver ants going so instead of eating these bugs
themselves the Weaver ants cluster around them waiting patiently for their
sweet reward but most other bugs aren’t so forward-thinking ladybugs love
devouring these little guys the mealy bugs can secrete a powdery wax coating
their bodies which helps discourage their attackers someone but otherwise
they’re virtually defenseless the ants are their real defense as a few of them
feed many others patrol the surrounding area for threats but there are some predators which can
be a much trickier foe to deal with jumping spiders they’re often seen
eyeing off their little friends on their own they’re no match for the Weaver ants
so they must be stealthy and wait for the perfect opportunity to strike if
detected the predator could easily turn into the prey almost spotted the spider
sensibly backs off too risky for this meal weave rants themselves a very
effective predators they have excellent eyesight when compared to most other
ends and can utilize their strong razor-sharp mandibles to great effect
given the chance and they’ll tackle almost anything they find once their
prey is secured each end pulls from multiple directions stretching out and
dismembering their helpless victims so that they can be efficiently returned to
their nests and distributed amongst their corny
a large part of Weaver ants diet are other ants a great source of amino acids
here in the rainforest ants a highly abundant and come in all manner of
shapes and sizes many of the ground dwelling species regularly venture up
into the trees to forage for food but this often means passing through Weaver
ant territory so they must be wary all it takes is a single ant to notice their
presence and soundly along once one ant gets a good grip all it needs to do is
secure their rival down and simply wait for reinforcements to arrive this one on
one scuffle is likely the victims only chance to escape several more quickly follow suit pinning
it down its fate now sealed not only a rival ants and nutritious and reliable
source of food but removing them also reduces competition at the same time any
food that these ants would have discovered and returned back to their
nest now ends up as their own further proliferating their range and dominance the more vast the corney’s territories
the longer distances the ants must cover in order to best utilize the available
resources and to maintain their control over it in dense forests Weaver ants can
easily navigate from one tree to the next thanks to the vast labyrinth of
vines and branches into connecting the canopy allowing them to access and
colonize multiple trees without ever needing to descend the long way down to
the forest floor whilst most comfortable up in the trees
on occasion they will venture down to the ground forage this particular colony
is nested along the beach in and amongst the salt tolerant mangroves regularly
they send out scouting parties during low tide scavenging upon whatever the
water is swept in this gecko here is a notable find and
will be a great source of nourishment for their quarry the answer tempted to
break a park the lizard into more manageable pieces pulling from all
angles some of the ends begin targeting the vulnerable joints slicing into and
spraying them with formic acid this noxious liquid expelled from the ants
abdomens slowly burns and breaks down the flesh within despite the ants determined biting an
acid spring the gecko is proving rather difficult to pour part before the tide
returns it must be either taken to higher ground as is or left behind but
these Weaver ants are more than up to the challenge
they have tiny hooked claws on the ends of their feet giving them incredible
gripping strength even at the steepest and most obscure of angles paired with their ability to work in
synergy with their fellow colony members they are able to accomplish some pretty
remarkable feats hauling our prey much larger than themselves all the way up to
the treetops sometimes Weaver ants will improvise
quicker routes along the way to make their job is a little easier some of
which may at first not even seem possible the path up a low-hanging
branch from the ground below the ants can’t jump or fly across like
other insects mine instead they must build a bridge to close the gap a bridge
made of hands each ant grips on to each other using their mandibles slowly
forming a chain and eventually they’ll link up from
either end and their shortcut is complete such incredible teamwork but
not all members of the colony err is capable of securing prey in traversing
their environment as these answer some rarely venture out from their homes at
all Weaver ants are a polymorphic species meaning they produce different
castes of workers which perform distinct roles within their colony the main cast
are the mages the ones who do most of the foraging in nest building another
first line of defense against intruders the other caste are the miners they look
almost identical to the mages but side-by-side you can see they’re much
smaller in size this cast of worker is assigned to nesting duties spending most
of their time tending to the colony’s developing brood and looking after their
queen the mother to the entire colony quite the accomplishment so that’s we friends there’s such an
incredibly unique and species from the way that they construct their homes from
leaves using their own young as tools to building living bridges to efficiently
scale their surroundings to their brutal yet methodical approach of securing prey
I think what amazes me most is their extreme aggression just slightly
brushing against their nests or a nearby branch is enough to set them into a
frenzy as a defensive response they posture up their bodies and kill their
abdomens over their heads poised to fire out wrapping strings of their formic
acid if this liquid were to get into a potential threat size like a bird or a
lizard it surely made for a great deterrent one of the reasons most other
animals like to give these guys a wide berth next to me dance they’re probably
the most territorial ants I’ve ever encountered regardless I really enjoyed
documenting these guys and exploring the forests which they and countless other
animals call home like giant butterflies and grasshoppers the size of my hand
plenty of other amazing ant species like trap joints jumping adds spider heads golden tailed spiny ants
and lots more the cute little turtles I saw swimming up and down the streams and
the massive saltwater crocodiles hanging out along the estuaries the largest
living reptiles in the world I was even lucky enough to spot three wild southern
cassowaries one of the largest living birds in the world these modern-day
dinosaurs mostly feed on fallen fruit and a highly important seed disperses
many of the forest plants depend entirely on these birds to survive unfortunately they’re an endangered
species mostly due to habitat loss as a result of deforestation
let’s just hope these ancient and incredibly biodiverse forests remain
around for a long time to come sadly Australia has just been hit with
one of its worst bushfire seasons in recorded history which definitely
doesn’t help I’m fortunate to not have been affected
by the fires living here in Melbourne aside from experiencing several days of
thick smoke I could only imagine what it was like
closer to the flames whilst fire is a natural part of the Australian landscape
with some forests actually needing fire in order to reproduce and thrive these
fires following Australia’s 2019 record average high temperatures and low levels
of rainfall burned an unprecedented strength devastating vast amounts of
land and claiming the lives of countless native animals many which managed to
escape the flames had little to no habitats left to them and ended up
either starving or being hunted down by invasive predators like feral cats and
foxes which have an easy time spotting them within the open scorched land
the combination of this extreme heat and prolonged droughts also allowed fire to
reach his way into environments which aren’t naturally adapted to it unable to
fully recover if affected even lush rainforests which
has stood since the Cretaceous period at least 65 million years ago were ablaze
as Earth’s climate changes we can expect to see extreme natural disasters like
these occurring more and more frequently and on even larger scales governments
and policies at least here in Australia really treat environmental concerns
seriously repeatedly dismissing scientific research and delaying the
transition from fossil fuels into cleaner energy production so it’s really
up to us as individuals to take matters into our own hands there’s many places
we can start in reducing our environmental footprint but one of the
most impactful steps we can take is changing something which most of us do
at least three times every day it’s what we eat whilst often-overlooked animal
agriculture is one of the main drivers of deforestation fresh water usage
species extinction and greenhouse gas emissions so avoiding the consumption of
animal products like meat dairy and eggs is a simple way we can all collectively
make a huge difference helping to conserve and restore the natural world
and bring it back to its former glory oh no I don’t know this channel is
almost at a hundred thousand subscribers thank you guys so much for your
overwhelming support over the years when I started making videos back in 2014 I
honestly never expected more than a hundred people to be interested let
alone nearly a hundred thousand it’s really great to see that there’s so many
of you out there deeply interested in ads also a big thanks to my generous
patreon supporters for helping make these videos possible and a special
thanks to my top-tier supporters and Iker Ben Cargill John Overton nicholas
atkins and thomas window now on to the regular giveaway where you
guys get a chance to win one of our specially designed air phones in my last
video on medias I asked what do you find most interesting about them I think what
I find so interesting is the way that they kick box to resolve their
territorial disputes with rival colonies such a quirky yet highly civilized
strategy of success so the winner is Alex Boyd who is most interested in how
medians can predate Australia’s invasive cane toads making them conservationists
ants of sorts and was also fascinated with how medians and sugar ants are able
to coincide due to their opposite foraging hours a great display of how
maidens have their own niche in their ecosystem congratulations Alex you’ve
just won yourself one of our acrylic starter kits for next videos giveaway
we’ll be putting one of our white song starter kits up for grabs which includes
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to enter simply answer the following what do you find most interesting about
Weaver ants is it the way that they stitch leaves together how they build
living bridges or something else post your answers in
the comment section below I’ll pick out a single comment and announce them as
the winner in my next video as always thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy

* SPIDER * | Animals For Kids | All Things Animal TV


Spiders. Deep in the forest. You might just
come across a creepy crawly Spider. Spiders can be found all over the world. From
Timbuktu to Uluru. Clever spiders can make silk. Which they use
to spin elaborate spider webs. Spider webs are great for catching a spider’s dinner.
Blowing gently in the wind, unsuspecting flies get caught in the spider webs. The spider
then wraps the fly or other prey up with silk.That way the spider can eat the prey later. Some
spiders use venom to like a snake, to paralyse there pray. But most spiders are harmless to humans. Did
you know? Spiders are arachnids not insects. Insects have 6 legs, 3 body parts and antennae.
While Spiders have 8 legs, 2 body parts and no antennae. They can have up to 8 eyes too,
but they still don’t have very good eyesight. Daddy long legs have really long legs. And
some spiders are brilliant and white. Spiders can lay unto 1000 eggs. That’s a lot of
babies when they hatch, isn’t it?

What makes my new SCORPION Glow in the Dark?

What makes my new SCORPION Glow in the Dark?


OMG! Have I got something that will truly blow
your mind today! Taking a break from the ants for a moment,
I’ve been caring for a certain creature, we’ve never before featured on this channel. You saw the title: a glow-in-the-dark scorpion! But how is this possible, you ask? Yes, it may look fake, but believe you me,
this huge, gorgeous nightlight of a scorpion is very much so real and you’ll be surprised
to learn more about it. No, it’s not radioactive and no I haven’t
fed it something to cause it to glow like this. AC Family, let’s delve into the amazing
world of these ancient, mind boggling arachnids, and meet our newest beast to join the Antiverse,
here on the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Within this terrarium lives a scorpion that
was given to me as a Christmas present, so it’s waited over 2 months to meet you all. When all the lights go off, we’ll all get
to witness and understand the real magic, how this scorpion can glow, as well as get
to see the amazing new home we’ve prepared for her, so stay tuned until the end for all
that! In the light, our new beast is still nothing
less than impressive! Huddled below the rockscape, beneath this
animal skull, lays our new Asian Forest Scorpion, Heterometrus longimanus. It’s a young female, measuring about 3.5
inches long, and still has another inch or so more to grow. Though she looks scary, her sting is similar
to that of a wasp, and her venom isn’t potent enough to kill a person, assuming they aren’t
allergic, of course. In fact, this species of scorpion is more
likely to give you a good pinch with those powerful claws, known as chelae. You’ll see her use them against me in a
little bit. Her exoskeleton is solid, she’s built like
a tank, and I personally wouldn’t want to mess with her nor touch her. She feeds primarily on insects but can accept
baby pinky mice once fully grown. But first on the agenda, guys, let us all
come as one. AC Council, it is time to give this scorpion
an official name! Please take a moment to VOTE here for her
name, based on name suggestions given by you, the AC Family. Thank you, AC Council for your input. Let’s make her name a great one! Now, something that may surprise you is that
fossil experts in the US recently revealed the remains of what they say is the first
animal that may have ever set foot on land, and turns out it was an ancient scorpion. Scorpions are known to be one of the first
prehistoric animals to have become fully land-dwelling, emerging from the primordial seas hundreds
of millions of years ago, but whether they’re the first animals to wander onto land is still
of much scientific debate. I could see it, I guess! She’s kinda lobster-ish in appearance! Now, you guys will trip out at her face! The anatomy is quite incredible! She cleans herself using her chelicerae, which
also look like a pair of claws that jut out of her mouth area. Talk about Aliens meets Predator, right? She’s cleaning up because she recently ate,
which I know because I see her cricket leftovers nearby. Now, she’s been living here for most of
her life, along with a population of springtails, beneficial mites, and even a strange colony
of ants (not sure how that happened) who all eat up her leftovers. Though she does seem happy in this enclosure,
there is a bit of a problem. She needs more space. This 10 gallon terrarium in which she came
to me has a gorgeous faux rockscape backing that, though attractive takes up a lot of
the floor room. These scorpions naturally inhabit leafy floors
of humid tropical jungles, and therefore need some good wandering room and hiding areas,
not so much vertical climbing space. And so, AC Family, as Creator of Worlds, I
have gone ahead and prepared a great sanctuary for our new beast to live in…. Here! Next to her keep is a land blanketed in a
thick mist. Twice weekly a fog rolls through these territories
to keep the sanctuary humid, perfect for a scorpion like her! The great fog shall dissipate in just a moment,
but it rolls through now in preparation for our scorpion’s grand homecoming. As the mist fades, you can see that we’ve
lushed out the lands with nerve plants, Cryptanthus, green moss, and tropical lichens. A rock cave awaits for our beast to take up
residence in its shadows. I’ve placed it up against the glass so we’ll
still be able to see our beast once she retreats within it. As you can see, this new scorpion garden offers
her much more space than her current home. By the way, if you have a name in mind for
these new scorpion lands, do leave it in the comments, and we can all vote for an official
name for this sanctuary in a future video! Let’s hope she loves her new home! Guys, it’s time to move her in! This move could get scary real fast and I
was ready to be faced with an angry scorpion. I approached the scorpion carefully. My plan was to gently guide her with tweezers
into this container and safely transport her into the new terrarium. Though her sting is said to feel like a wasp
sting, from my memory, wasp stings still hurt, plus those claws are super strong as you’re
about to see. I fixated the container below and behind her
and moved my tweezers gently in front of her. Instantly she struck with her claws, lightly
at first, but the more persistent my tweezers were at not going away, the more she would
meet them full force with a strong pinch from her claws. She wasn’t using her stinger at this point. Sure enough, with enough prodding, she submitted
and turned around walking straight into my container. I popped the lid on and presto! She was safely in. That was easier than I thought it would be. Though you couldn’t tell in the video, her
pinch on the metal tweezers felt pretty strong, and I know it would have hurt had it been
my bare skin! I placed the container into the terrarium,
then opened the lid to allow her to set foot on her new territories! She paused for a moment when she realized
she was no longer in the plain rocky terrarium she had grown used to her whole life, but
in a new place now. She didn’t know it yet, but she would soon
come to love this place and find it much more suitable to her lifestyle. It was then, that she began to stride forward
and crawl right into our rock cave that we made for her! Alright! Success! Our new beast had officially moved in. She’ll continue to burrow and customize
this cave to her liking over time, and totally make it her own. I placed a small bowl inside and filled it
up with fresh water for her to drink when needed. Alright, and now that she’s all moved in,
it’s time to witness what you’ve all patiently been waiting for. Let’s watch our scorpion glow! Turning off the terrarium lights… and voila! Wow! Isn’t that just crazy, guys?! Like a neon greenish-blue creature out of
a science fiction movie, our scorpion glows brightly, very much like a night light! But how does this happen? What’s the science behind the glow and more
importantly what’s it for? Well, the glow is called fluoresce, and scorpion
skin fluoresces once UV light reflects off a substance found in their exoskeleton. It actually happens in all scorpion species,
not just this scorpion. Pretty cool right? They fluoresce in natural moonlight, or in
this case, under a black light tube, situated just above the terrarium. Scientists aren’t exactly sure what the
benefit of having UV flourescent skin is, but there are a few theories. Some propose it helps the scorpions find each
other, others say it protects the scorpions against harmful UV light from sunlight, and
others feel it may confuse their prey once moonlight reflects off their skin, causing
a sort of deer in headlights effect! It’s also hypothesized that the fluorescence
actually helps the scorpions know how much light is outside, so they know only to come
out during the darkest of hours to avoid predators! What do you guys think the glow is for? Either way, it’s a pretty cool thing if
you ask me! Now, I tried to feed our beast so we could
all watch her eat, but every time I was around she was more preoccupied with fighting me
off, than eating, so it failed, but I did release a cricket as a housewarming gift into
her new home, and caught her finishing it off in the middle of the night. I’m happy to see she’s got a healthy appetite! As the fog machine turned on to humidify the
lands, and the mist blanketed the jungle floored territories, it was in that moment, wrapped
up in fog, that I noticed that our scorpion appeared as though she was back in her prehistoric
days, when her ancestors still lived underwater. Seeing her blanketed in the mist like this,
made it easier to envision her marine ancestors still living and feeding in the ocean, at
one point in Earth’s incredible history. It’s amazing how diverse and ever-evolving
life on Earth is, wouldn’t you say? Whether it be caring for ants or arachnids
like this scorpion, I am always humbled by the sheer brilliance, no pun intended, of
Mother Nature’s work. Thank you for watching, guys! I’ll see you all next week! It’s ant and scorpion love forever! AC Family, wasn’t that cool? So much is in store ahead in the Ant Room,
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Mobile ANT


*birds chirping* *acoustic guitar music* the animals see us in our wholeness they
don’t see us with all the labels that society puts on us or we put on
ourselves they don’t see us with blame or shame they just see us in our true
wholeness and in our beauty and as they look at us and they interact with us
they help us start to see ourselves that way I’m Sonya Wingard and I’m the
executive director of Animals as Natural Therapy Mobile Ant really started back about 14
years ago and its inception was really prompted by our director Sonja having
this group of girls in drug and alcohol recovery that we work with at the farm
and she had worked as a nurse when she was younger and then she’d worked in
nursing homes and so she really felt like that was a valuable place to learn
about life and learn about elders and so she decided that she would like to try
bringing these teen girls to the nursing home to start practicing some of the
things that they were learning at the farm I’m Jessie Pemble and I am the Mobile Ant
coordinator for Animals as Natural Therapy. I have actually been connected
to ANT since I was a kid. I came to summer camp here I came to programs here
so it’s really fun to now be back in a position where I can now help other
people access ANT. Jessie: Animals just like people have different
personalities and attitudes and it’s actually really fun to get to know our
animals because each one is different So, this is Ingrid one of our rabbits and
Ingrid is a mini lop. Ingrid is probably one of our most popular Mobile Ant
visitors because she’s so sweet and because she’s so soft and curious.
You’ll usually see her popping her head out of her basket to say hello and she
is the bunny known to give kisses to kind of nibble on people. For our Mobile
Ant crew we have our rabbits and right now we have four rabbits that regularly
visit. Tinker Bell is our famous traveling hen, traveling chicken and we
also bring our miniature horses we have three miniature horses right now Tobi
Persephone and Midnight Mocha. Our van is a Ford Transit cargo van and it holds
three miniature horses and as many bunnies and chickens as we can fit in
cages and two big dogs and two of us driving which, is really amazing to have
a farm rolling down the road basically it’s been such an incredible gift to us it was donated and had a lot of community support to make that happen *soft piano music* We really saw the value in connecting
elders with animals and also connecting elders with children and having an
intergenerational component. Many of the folks who are in nursing homes right now
are the generation that grew up on farms and they have a real connection to
farm animals and for folks who are dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s
and other sorts of memory loss and things that you’re dealing with these
you get older, having connections to your youth and to your younger self can be
really powerful for people who are away from their own families and away from
their own animals. Just by placing a bunny in a basket on their lap you see
people just light up and kind of come to life. We interact with a lot of folks who
when we get there are pretty withdrawn and maybe not very verbal but as soon as
they get an animal on their lap they want to talk to us they want to tell us
their stories they want to know all about the animal or they want to know
about the kids who are bringing the animal sometimes they’re more excited to
see the kids than they are the animals and that’s okay – that’s part of that
intergenerational piece We have a couple places that we’re going
right now that are regulars and so we see them twice a month and so we’ve
really gotten to start establishing relationships with people. Even though
it’s a memory care facility – they remember us and they ask when are you
bringing the horses or when you bring the bunnies again and it’s just really
delightful to get to bring joy to these people who we don’t really know much
about their – the rest of their day, the rest of their lives there, but we know
that we can make a difference in that hour that we’re there If a resident touches a bunny maybe too
harshly or too roughly they’re gonna get pretty instant feedback from that rabbit
like ‘oh I don’t like that that’s too hard’ and that’s right there a learning
moment that maybe – maybe they won’t treat their caregivers so roughly next time
that they’re upset you know so it starts to translate into the other areas of
their life. As much as these animals give and give and give to the people who come
here they also need love and care and we take just as good care of their mental
and emotional health as we do the people who come here. It’s been so cool to see
the support from our community of all the people who want to participate in
mobile ant to give back to this population that we often kind of shun
out and close out I see this farm is just kind of a sacred
place where people come to discover their possibilities and become their
best selves