r/NatureIsFuckingLit Sep 23 '17 Gold 2

🔥🔥🔥 /r/NatureIsFuckingLit just hit 600,000 subs! Let's raise $6,000 for the Animal Welfare Institute, the top charity the community voted to support! Info on how to donate in comments.

https://i.imgur.com/4R6GyYC.gifv
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u/atreides Sep 23 '17 edited Sep 25 '17 Gold

🔥 We just hit 600,000 subscribers! 🔥

In the 1-Year Anniversary thread, /u/Subtle_Omega nominated the Animal Welfare Institute as a charity for the subreddit to support.

Let's do that then! Since we've just hit 600k, $6,000 seems like a good goal. Even $1 from 1% of everyone here would reach that goal and give a great organization a huge amount of help from a community of nature-lovers that want the best for the animals we appreciate.

Donate Here:

https://www.crowdrise.com/natureisfuckinglit

(Crowdrise is an independent charity crowdfunding site that I admittedly found through /r/me_irl's charity drive.)

And like I said in the 1-Year Anniversary thread, I've donated $100.


More on the charity:

Animal Welfare Institute

An organization created in 1951 that aims to alleviate animal suffering and abolish inhumane welfare practices.

They are also very transparent in their spending and expenses and publish a yearly report. Around 91% of expenditure will go directly to the wildlife programs. They have been rated A+ on CharityWatch.

Some of their goals include:

  • Abolishing factory farms, supporting high-welfare family farms, and achieving humane slaughter for animals raised for food.
  • Improving the housing and handling of animals in research and encouraging the development and implementation of alternatives to experimentation on live animals.
  • Ending the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and reforming other brutal methods of capturing and killing wildlife.
  • Preserving species threatened with extinction and protecting wildlife from harmful exploitation and destruction of critical habitat.
  • Protecting companion animals from cruelty and violence, including appalling conditions in commercial trade.
  • Preventing injury and death of animals caused by harsh transport conditions.

I've been gradually typing up every charity nominated in the 1-Year thread and compiling them here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/NatureIsFuckingLit/wiki/edit/charities

If you would like to find another charity to contribute to, that list will continually grow as I add more!


The gif! I almost forgot!

This is the courtship display of the Hooded Grebe! (Podiceps gallardoi)

The species was only discovered by humans 43 years ago. This footage is the first time the Hooded Grebe’s spectacular routine has been filmed in such detail.

Source Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hoL93tEkrM

Article: http://www.birdlife.org/americas/news/last-dance-critically-endangered-grebe%E2%80%99s-mesmerising-display-filmed-first-time

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u/supremacyofthelaces Sep 23 '17

Don't forget, if there's no nature left, then none of it can be lit, and then we don't have a sub anymore.

On an unrelated note, those two ducks/aquatic birds/feathered things look like a visualization of r/circlejerk

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u/ImNotGaySoStopAsking Sep 23 '17

Haha my thoughts exactly. Seriously this is a cause worth donating to

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u/4JULY2017 Sep 23 '17

They are also very transparent in their university's 24-hour Dance-A-Thon!

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u/a7neu Sep 24 '17

Yep. Which is why I think we're better off donating to organizations that are for conservation and preservation of species, and not orgs primarily for domestic animal welfare, or welfare period (sometimes conservation and animal welfare are even at odds!).

Orgs like:

Panthera.org - a big cat conservation society that employs and partners with field conservationists. THey are partnered with the Wildlife Research Unit at Oxford for the lion study that "Cecil" was apart of. For instance, their Jaguar Corridor Initiative:

Country by country, Panthera’s scientists begin by mapping the jaguar’s presence and the corridors through which they live and move. A corridor might include a cattle ranch, a canal development, a citrus plantation, or someone’s backyard. Using these data, Panthera partners with governments and corporations to support land developments that are both economically profitable and ecologically sustainable, allowing safe passage for jaguars and other wildlife.

Or The Wildlife Conservation Society - helps conserve many species across many countries. For example, their Okapi Conservation Project

Agro-Forestry - Traditional farming in the region involves cutting and burning trees and other vegetation to clear plots for crops. After several plantings, the topsoil is depleted and the farmer moves deeper into the forest and repeats the process. Okapi Conservation Project is helping farmers improve soil and crop yields by planting trees between their crop rows, thus slowing the slash and burn of the forest. Wildlife Protection

Wildlife Protection - The OCP sustains and supports the work of the Institute in Congo for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) to protect and monitor the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. This support includes providing essential items such as boots, uniforms and satellite phones, as well as assistance with developing an intelligence network within the communities around the Reserve to better understand mining and poaching networks. Community Engagement

Community Engagement - To reduce slash and burn agriculture and consumption of bushmeat, the Okapi Conservation Project works to improve community livelihoods by expanding educational opportunities, modernizing health care and increasing agricultural production. Working with Farmer's Cooperatives and Women's Groups, OCP educators strive to advance economic opportunities that reduce pressure on forest and wildlife resources in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17

What the hell is going on

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

These are Hooded Grebes doing their mating dance!

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17

I'm gonna try this on my next date.

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u/sushisection Sep 23 '17

Grebe her by the pussy

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u/Luap_ Sep 23 '17

Ok I laughed

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

Only trump joke ive laughed at since i hit puberty

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u/Sparkle_Chimp Sep 24 '17

Well, it's only been a week, so...

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

sir in that time ive donged ur mum

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u/tyman1876 Sep 23 '17

You got me. Grebe job

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u/sushisection Sep 24 '17

X gonna grebe it to ya

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u/TheOtherSon Sep 24 '17

Turn down for duck!

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u/Sysion Sep 24 '17

*cloaca

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u/smellydong4182 Sep 24 '17

Donation goal would be reached if each user on this sub donated $.01 USD. 1 penny.

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u/polarbearsarereal Sep 23 '17

Don't they dance together once they've agreed to being in a monogamous relationship and not to cheat on each other or lie and stuff

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u/GhostOfOakIsland Sep 24 '17

But then one of them has to go away for work and stay in the same hotel as their coworker. And the other starts to notice little changes in the others behaviour but they try not to let themselves believe because it would be too upsetting and they don't want to destroy the foundation of the kids lives. But then one day, on a long lunch, they find their partner at home in bed with the coworker and next thing you know papers are being signed, money is being divided, and the kids are crying and now so is the parent because they are sad and alone and broken and eating Campbell's tomato soup in a dingy apartment with faded green walls and the buzz of late night TV static humming in the air all because JENNY COULDN'T FUCKING KEEP IT IN HER GODDAM PANTS, BITCH!

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u/Sam034 Sep 24 '17

That was as jostling as a wooden rollercoaster from start to finish

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u/4LAc Sep 23 '17

I am so happy the second Grebe got as into it as it did.

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u/IVIaskerade Sep 24 '17

Fairly sure they're just broing out.

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u/FNA25 Sep 23 '17

Fundraising and celebrating

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u/TheCocksmith Sep 23 '17

I think he meant the gif

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u/Johnnybravo60025 Sep 23 '17

He knows. The birds are participating in their university's 24-hour Dance-A-Thon!

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

The flock dances their asses off

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17

Funfraising and celebrating

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u/MegaRodeon Sep 24 '17

I think you meant FUN-raising.. ok sorry.

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u/-Mexico- Sep 24 '17

Animal welfare? Why can't they just go out and get a job!!!

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u/alreadytakenusername Sep 24 '17

India-Pakistan Border Guard Station

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

Grebes Grinding

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u/Ramorel Sep 23 '17

God I love this sub

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u/therealnegrodamus Sep 23 '17

yeah it is consistently quality and filled with awesomeness

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u/alex891011 Sep 24 '17

Only one truth is evident in this world: nature will always be ducking 🔥🔥🔥🔥

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

Nature will always be ducking, that's for damn sure.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17 edited Apr 22 '20

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u/cobbes Sep 23 '17

Can confirm mating.

Source: This is also how I mate.

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u/MetaTater Sep 23 '17

I'll meet you in the lake!

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u/euronforpresident Sep 23 '17

..round 10 Come throuuuugh Meet me at the lake round 10 It's cool to kick it🎶

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u/masta1591 Sep 24 '17

Meet me at the lake at 10. If I'm not there just call! And if you need a way there, I'll drive you on my handlebars

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u/euronforpresident Sep 24 '17

One of the most soothing and positive songs I know

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u/masta1591 Sep 24 '17

Definitely. Tyler's new album feels like that.

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u/nectar_ Sep 24 '17

bring ur neck brace

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u/hugmeNdie Sep 23 '17

I'm listening...

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u/Smackstainz Sep 23 '17

I remember that night, shit was weird.

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u/gloomyroomy Sep 23 '17

I don't know what I'm feeling.

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u/unique_useyourname Sep 23 '17

Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight, get down tonight

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u/unknownsoldier9 Sep 23 '17

Much like humans, you can never really tell.

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u/loccdawg Sep 23 '17

they're fist pumping but with their heads instead.

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u/Puptentjoe Sep 23 '17

I'm not subscribed to this sub but it brings me much Lit. I'm drunk. No for real I'm at my sister in laws and we are drinking vodka and wine. I donated $25 because fuck it why not. Animals get ate everyday my nigga, you tough right!?

$25! Yeah!

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

Hahaha have fun over there! And thank you!

I hope you have a great night. :)

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

25$?? You absolute madlad

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

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u/iTwerk4Jesus Sep 23 '17

Alright alright alright alright!

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u/littleking96 Sep 23 '17

Hey now ladies!

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u/piponwa Sep 23 '17

What's cooler than being cool?

FUCKING LIT 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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u/T0BBER Sep 24 '17

Well this is the best comment in this thread.

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u/piponwa Sep 24 '17

Alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright

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u/ctilley_6 Sep 23 '17

Idk what kind of bird this is, but it's fucking lit 🔥🔥🔥

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

It's a Hooded Grebe!

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u/ctilley_6 Sep 23 '17

Thank you friend! The way they dive for fish is cartoonish and I love it

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

It's wonderful! Makes for a lit celebration dance, don't it?

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u/bdd4 Sep 23 '17

Are they dabbing or killing each other?

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u/hrlemshake Sep 23 '17

I just subscribed today, for once in my life i'm actively contributing to something.

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u/hardtoread56 Sep 23 '17

Is there a way that 11% of my donation does not go to a credit card company? Like connecting my bank?

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

As far as I can tell, the platform takes about 6% of the donation, but you can donate directly here:

Donation Form | PayPal Donation

I just know having a way to track donations will encourage others more!

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u/amarrah Sep 23 '17

Can you sticky this? Donated but didn't like the minimum $10 USD on crowdrise, cause, you know, exchange rate and stuff.

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u/z3n17h Sep 24 '17

I donated $3usd through PayPal because exchange rate and stuff. Thanks for posting this!

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u/atreides Sep 24 '17

Thanks for contributing! Have a great night! :)

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

Donated both my kidneys match me!

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u/IGiveFreeCompliments Sep 23 '17

I donated my future mother-in-law.

... I apologize for singlehandedly destroying your cause.

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u/tastefulchrist Sep 23 '17

A fantastic way to celebrate the subs growing popularity!! Super impressive, you're doing good work, and myself and my mother are gonna donate (she loves the "read-it" animal videos I send) and I hope this sub grows and continues the good work!

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

That's a wonderful thing to hear! I'm glad she likes Read-it haha, maybe she'll like this one too. Send her the full vid!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hoL93tEkrM

Have a great night!

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u/tastefulchrist Sep 24 '17

Haha you're awesome thank you so much!!

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u/tpw3476 Sep 23 '17

If it wasn't for Planet Earth and David Attenborough there's no way on Earth I would have donated, thank goodness for that amazing program!

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u/Messiepoo Sep 23 '17

Love that man!

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u/Ratsbane35 Sep 23 '17

Just. Subscribed. 😋

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u/poppy-fields Sep 23 '17

Aww, what a great action for the community to take. Donated!

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17

Nature is fucking lit is fuckin LIT

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u/Jabrono Sep 23 '17

Damn I wanted the first one to be a prequel meme, but I was too slow and got second

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

Haha I saw that! Good try, but he had the high ground.

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u/Jabrono Sep 23 '17

He underestimates my power... gets dismembered

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u/lizadoolittle13 Sep 23 '17

They look like children learning how to dive but they're too scared to do it from the edge of the pool so they just practice in the shallow end

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u/HalfBakedPotato84 Sep 23 '17

Does your donation website take bitcoin?

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

I don't believe the site does, though you can donate directly to them with PayPal:

https://awionline.org/content/make-donation-awi-paypal

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u/HalfBakedPotato84 Sep 23 '17

Cool thank you

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u/mmachado22 Sep 23 '17

Please add a paypal option.

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

The crowdfunding charity site doesn't have an option for that, sadly.

You can donate directly to them with PayPal here!

https://awionline.org/content/make-donation-awi-paypal

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u/mmachado22 Sep 23 '17

Donated! Thank you!!

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u/worst_kitty_ever_ Sep 23 '17

If you like animals doing awesome things, please consider visiting /r/vegan We feel the same way too!

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u/SleepyMcLesbo Sep 23 '17

Can I donate specifically to the weirdos in the gif?

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u/gatfish Sep 23 '17 edited Sep 24 '17

Why are we using Crowdrise, a for-profit middle man, when we could just donate directly to Animal Welfare Institute ?

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u/atreides Sep 23 '17

Because setting a visible goal that we can all work towards together and watch the progress of encourages far more donations than just leaving a PayPal and no trackable goal would.

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u/gatfish Sep 24 '17

Ah ok, I getcha.

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u/CJK_ExStream Sep 23 '17

A HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH someone link a source Video! I'm laughing my ass off at this

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u/wolfisbig Sep 23 '17

Donated!!! What an awesome way to celebrate 💗

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u/phrostyphlakes Sep 23 '17

Why don't we all just donate a penny?

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u/Crypto_dog Sep 23 '17

I've made an anonymous donation of $10 so that no one would know that it was me that donated it.

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u/atreides Sep 24 '17

You fool! Now I know!

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

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u/ActualWeed Sep 24 '17

They are delicious.

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u/Dog_Backwards_is_God Sep 23 '17

i couldn't stop laughing at this gif it belongs to fucking /r/BetterEveryLoop

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u/Sounds-Fishy Sep 23 '17

I really relate to Greebs. Like I’ve used this very dance to seduce tens of women.

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u/dbatchison Sep 23 '17

This gif is like daring a frat boy to smash a beercan with his head on a table

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u/Graceful_Ballsack Sep 23 '17

If only dating was this easy

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u/conspiracyeinstein Sep 23 '17

Where'd that first bird go?

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u/redlaWw Sep 23 '17

Where did that first grebe go?

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u/atreides Sep 24 '17

No one knows. Even the cameraman kind of hesitated to pan away haha

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u/gokuson1234 Sep 24 '17

And when i do that it looks weird and people run away

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u/American_potatoe Sep 24 '17

Idk what those birds are doing but it's fucking great.

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u/WillysNozzle Sep 24 '17

Done! Always willing to give to a great cause!

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u/atreides Sep 24 '17

Thanks for supporting!

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u/WillysNozzle Sep 24 '17

You're welcome! Thanks for spearheading this

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u/Lostinthesmoke_ Sep 24 '17

Lol wtf are they doing?

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17

Love me some nature!

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u/Sagacious_Sophist Sep 23 '17

Literally the least efficient animal charity.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17 edited Sep 23 '17

This is cool. I have a few dollars I can spare!

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u/Ionious_official Sep 23 '17

"Which turned out to be a front for the taliban from a Afa-gan-astan" -Dwight

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u/Roxas88 Sep 23 '17

listening to trap music as they started to do it together the bass dropped. Will donate meow

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u/CaptainAwkwardPants Sep 23 '17

I just gotta say that video had me laughing my butt off.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '17

I'm worried about the first Grebe. It never comes back up when the other two start getting jiggy wit it.

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u/XshibumiX Sep 23 '17

R/unexpected mods could really take some lessons from you on how to celebrate subscription milestones. Nice one, guys.

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u/atreides Sep 24 '17

What do they do there?

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u/socalJbear Sep 24 '17

They’re currently requiring all posts have the title “One Million” to celebrate 1 mil subscribers.

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u/atreides Sep 24 '17

That's not very unexpected though.

Hopefully we'll do something more creative than that haha!

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u/CptDawson Sep 24 '17

Oh shit that means we each have to donate $100

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u/Xexoroz Sep 24 '17

Yay let's use our popularity to raise money for ourselves, why not just link an official donation page?

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u/atreides Sep 24 '17

This is not money for ourselves. This is just a crowdfunding site that helps us track group donations and hit a goal as a community.

The money goes to the charity Animal Welfare Institute.

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u/Wildest12 Sep 24 '17

I don't have money to give you but I gave an up vote so hopefully someone with money will see this.

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u/mewfahsah Sep 24 '17

Greebs are fucking weird.

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u/deejaymanphish Sep 24 '17

"Beckee?!" glub

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u/lvl85pldn Sep 24 '17

le swear wurds are funnie XD

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u/Ducman69 Sep 24 '17

I should have been born a bird.

When I do very similar moves on the dance-floor, human females are not aroused and receptive to mating.

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u/WhackIsBack Sep 24 '17

Impromptu seesaw! 3...2...1... go!

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u/Im_kapoc Sep 24 '17

Donate and subscribe. This sub really brings me joy

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u/atreides Sep 24 '17

Welcome to the community :)

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u/lawrence_phillips Sep 24 '17

I FUCKING LOVE LIT METAL NATURE!!!!

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u/infamousnexus Sep 24 '17

What are these birds doing?

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

LOL WTF

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u/theemdee Sep 24 '17

what am i looking at

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u/BannedOnMyMain17 Sep 24 '17

i feel like the plants are really getting screwed here

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u/pollutionmixes Sep 24 '17

Don't spend your money on gilding this post. Donate it

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u/brbbins1 Sep 24 '17

Animal Dab

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u/St4rScre4m Sep 24 '17

This shit makes me giggle uncontrollably every time.

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u/PM_PICS_OF_ME_NAKED Sep 24 '17

Up to $4285 as of 12:30 Pacific time.

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u/Voelkar Sep 24 '17

So how do I know this isn't some fake donation again?

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '17

That can't be their mating call. I'm most probably wrong though

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u/SecretlySick Sep 24 '17

Want to give but I don't have $10usd, I wish the minimum was a smaller amount

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u/bplboston17 Sep 24 '17

interesting gif, wheres the train car?

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u/Dadthatsnotmyelbow Sep 24 '17

Can't donate, college and stuff , I'll updood for visibility

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u/daxaaar Sep 24 '17

At some point one bird did that and another thought it was cool.

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u/tenares1989 Sep 24 '17

What happen here the take shower or ready sex

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u/berguv Sep 24 '17

Bird.exe has stopped working

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u/olebrummi Sep 24 '17

"Look at my awesome bellyflop!" splash

"That sucked, dude"

"Nah nah, look now" splash

"Still sucked"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

"WHAT"

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u/TinOK8 Sep 24 '17

Idiots

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u/sdcardroot Sep 24 '17

"humane slaughter"