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November 04, 2013

The Internet's Best Live Animal Cams

Small bird pirched on camera lensEvery good internet procrastinator has explored the live puppy and kitten cams the web has to offer. Hours intended for studying or working can easily and happily be spent watching fluffy baby animals play on your computer screen. But it doesn't stop there — there are more wildlife cameras broadcasting online than any one person could hope to view, from cockroach cams to bear live feeds. Viewers can observe animals they might never safely have the chance to safely approach the wild, and explore new places otherwise inaccessible to them, all from their laptops. We've collected a few of the more unique animal adventures you can explore right now online. Watch the live video feeds below. 

On the farm: Country kids who've moved to the big city can get their farm fix watching the calves of South Mountain Creamery on the Animal Planet Live! channel. There is no bad time to watch baby animals play, but if you happen to be up early, there's nothing to get you going quite like watching these little guys romp around, ready to start their day. For a little more variety, visit MareStare.com and peruse their extensive list of live feeds from numerous farms and stables, including the Pelican Acres' Nigerian dwarf goats as well as the horses, donkeys, and sheep of many rescue organizations.

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve 

At sea: There's no shortage of options when it comes to underwater cams. Most larger aquariums host at least one of their own, like the National Aquarium's Blacktip Reef Shark Cam, or the Vancouver Aquarium's live jellyfish cam. Viewers can also take their pick of the numerous underwater wildlife cameras online, including Ocean Network Canada's lighted reef cams, and Save the Blue's live feeds from the U.S. coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve 

On safari: WildEarth hosts a number of great webcams that are consistently monitored, so you're sure to see something interesting each time you tune in. At Pete's Pond in the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana, Africa, you'll see everything from herds of elephants to a pride of lions. Africam also hosts several great live feeds, including this one devoted to sharing the efforts parenting efforts of two black eagles in Johannesburg, South Africa. Infrared LED lights provide night vision, so you can watch the majestic birds and their adorable fluffball offspring all day long, if you for some reason have that much free time.

Live streaming video by Ustream 

In the woods: The grizzly bear cameras may all be turned off for the season, but that doesn't mean you should turn your back on forest cams. WildEarth hosts a number of feeds broadcasting from the the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. Thanks to Explore.org and the Save the Redwoods League, you can also visit the Smith River in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, where you might spot river otters or bald eagles. Or check out the great blue heron nest in New York's Sapsucker Woods, where two cameras installed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology monitor the efforts of the beautiful birds that call the woods home. 

— Image via iStockphoto/SteveByland

Blog Photo Julie Eng is an editorial intern at Sierra. She studied literature and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and wrote for several publications before joining the Sierra team



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