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These Glowing Worms Mimic Shining Stars

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The glow worms of New Zealand's Waitomo caves produce light, mimicking the starry night sky. Using sticky goop, they catch moths and other flying creatures unfortunate enough to flutter into the "starry" cavern. Beautiful and icky in equal parts, this Deep Look video takes you inside the cave, and up close with these worms. Enjoy:

There's also a nice write-up with animated GIFs if you're not in the mood for video. Want more glow worms? Check out this beautiful timelapse in a similar cave, or our list of 19 Places You Won't Believe Exist topped by—you guessed it—New Zealand's Glowworm Caves!

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China Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore the Great Wall
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The Great Wall of China has been standing proudly for thousands of years—but now, it needs your help. CNN reports that the wall has fallen into disrepair and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for restorations.

Stretching 13,000 miles across northern China, the Great Wall was built in stages starting from the third century BCE and reaching completion in the 16th century. To some degree, though, it’s always been under construction. For centuries, individuals and organizations have periodically repaired and rebuilt damaged sections. However, the crowdfunding campaign marks the first time the internet has gotten involved in the preservation of the ancient icon. The China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation is trying to raise $1.6 million (11 million yuan) to restore the wall, and has so far raised $45,000 (or 300,000 yuan).

Fundraising coordinator Dong Yaohui tells the BBC that, although the Chinese government provides some funds for wall repairs, it’s not enough to fix all of the damage: "By pooling the contribution of every single individual, however small it is, we will be able to form a great wall to protect the Great Wall," he said.

[h/t CNN]

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You Can Run Around a Costa Rican Field With 900 Dogs

If you’ve ever had that dream about running in an open field with hundreds of happy, yapping pups at your side—we’ve all had that dream, right?—we have some amazing news: you can now make it a reality.

Territorio de Zaguates (“Land of the Strays”) is a volunteer-run shelter in northern Costa Rica with some 900 dogs in its care. The organization is focused on championing its mutts, giving them custom breed names like “The Alaskan Collie Fluffyterrier,” the "Chubby-Tailed German Dobernauzer" and the "Fire-Tailed Border Cocker."

Visitors can come play with the pups, run around the property, take hikes, and (ideally) take one home. Founded by Lya Battle and Alvaro Saumet, Territorio de Zaguates is privately funded, no-kill (as is all of Costa Rica, in fact), and also has 1000 square meters of indoor facilities for when the pooches get tired of running around.

The country reportedly has about one million stray dogs, so if you’re in the market for a forever friend, you might consider getting a vacation out of it, too.

There’s no shortage of great videos on the shelter, and here are a couple of our favorites:

[h/t INSIDER]

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