The Force of the Horse

Bucket’s Eye-View of Desert Animals Drinking Water Is Uniquely Surprising

by John Wells as published on

“Something a little different for today…water; the essence of life.  Wild Burros actually dig water holes in the desert which help and aid other critters in their quest for the rare, arid commodity.  This piece is artfully crafted and well worth the watch.  Enjoy.” ~ R.T.

John Wells is a researcher of alternative energy and sustainability who lives in Terlingua, Texas. The area is a desert, so water is in short supply. He decided to capture an incredibly cool perspective of the animals living in the area by placing a GoPro camera in a water bucket. He ended up capturing roosters, birds, a rabbit, burro and a steer.

Wells writes:

“Everybody loves water in the desert. I was pleasantly surprised during the edit to see that George made an appearance. I know him from all the other rabbits because of the tiny notch in his ear. A burro just happened to come by in time to be included. Ben [the steer] went against the script and decided to just nudge the bucket. You can lead a steer to water but you can’t make him drink. Note: The swimming bees were rescued.”

Share this surprisingly entertaining and unique “bucket’s eye-view” with your family and friends!


4 replies »

  1. I enjoyed that. I also have a water “bucket” for local wildlife – wild turkeys and fox and deer and many birds enjoy it and I enjoy watching them. Thanks.


  2. As a beekeeper, I would add, the bees will be helped by floating a few wine corks in the water. They will land on those instead of becoming stuck on the water surface.


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