Cat Asks for Help, Gets It

The YouTuber who goes by the name "walter santi" (Walter is his/her dog, and Santi is the cat) tells the story of an injured stray cat who came to their house and asked for help. The video shows his wounds and may be disturbing for sensitive souls.

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You'll be glad to know the cat is fine now. Here's an update video taken 40 days later, showing him chasing around like he was never hurt. -via Laughing Squid


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New Study Finds Cats Most Likely Domesticated Themselves

Cats are truly amazing creatures, and since humans have never been able to fully tame those tiny tigers it's not all that surprising to hear a new study has found cats pretty much domesticated themselves.

But this discovery does seem to indicate that cats like humans as much as we like them, a secret the Feline Illuminati would kill to keep under wraps.

Casey Smith reported about the findings in National Geographic:

The earlier ancestors of today’s domestic cats spread from southwest Asia and into Europe as early as 4400 B.C. The cats likely started hanging around farming communities in the Fertile Crescent about 8,000 years ago, where they settled into a mutually beneficial relationship as humans’ rodent patrol.

Mice and rats were attracted to crops and other agricultural byproducts being produced by human civilizations. Cats likely followed the rodent populations and, in turn, frequently approached the human settlements.

“This is probably how the first encounter between humans and cats occurred,” says study coauthor Claudio Ottoni of the University of Leuven. “It’s not that humans took some cats and put them inside cages,” he says. Instead, people more or less allowed cats to domesticate themselves.

A second lineage, consisting of African cats that dominated Egypt, spread into the Mediterranean and most of the Old World beginning around 1500 B.C. This Egyptian cat probably had behaviors that made it attractive to humans, such as sociability and tameness.

The results suggest that prehistoric human populations probably began carrying their cats along ancient land and sea trade routes to control rodents.

-Via Boing Boing


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What Dogs Would Say If They Could Call 911

(Via @Reverend_Scott)

Clever dogs have been known to call 911 when they or their humans are in trouble, and their call to 911 actually ended up saving their owner's lives.

But you shouldn't encourage your dog to call 911 whenever they smell danger because they might start tying up the emergency lines while you're at work.

Reverend Scott likes to imagine what a dog's call to 911 might sound like on his Twitter feed, and his scenarios seem spot on to me!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Bucket List Destinations For Animal Lovers

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True wildlife enthusiasts like to make sure there's something animal related to do wherever they go on vacation, and these days it's not hard to find small nature reserves and sanctuaries that allow guests to visit with their animals.

But if you adore animals and you're looking for places to add to your bucket list then you should make your way to Phuket, Thailand so you can have lunch with the elephants at the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary:

Phuket is home to an ethical sanctuary where you can observe and feed the elephants as they roam and do as they please. Being able to watch, understand, and respect the majestic beasts as they go about their day is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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If Thailand is too far away and elephants aren't your jam then perhaps you'd rather head north to Hudson Bay, which is near the town of Churchill, Manitoba, so you can see polar bears in the wild.

Known as the “polar bear capital of the world,” Hudson Bay near the town of Churchill, Manitoba, is the gathering place of hundreds of the cuddly-looking creatures every autumn. You can book a tour in a tundra buggie where you’ll be able to observe the bears up close while they hang out and wait for the sea ice to refreeze so they can get their seal-hunting back on.

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But if one species of animal isn't enough to earn a spot on your bucket list then you must pay a visit to Kruger National Park in South Africa, where you can see all kinds of critters, including the Big Five:

Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo, and a plethora of other magnificent mammals, birds, and reptiles. There are a wide range of safari options available, but no matter which one you choose be sure to have your camera constantly at the ready. You never know when a casual herd of rhino may wander by!

See 11 Bucket List Destinations For Animal Lovers here


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World's Ugliest Dog 2017

The Sonoma Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California, crowns the World's Ugliest Dog every year. And most years, a Chinese crested has won the title. But not this year! Congratulations to Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff who took the top honor on Friday. Martha is notable for her loose and droopy skin, and her lack of enthusiasm for the contest. Why show off when you can lay down and take a nap?

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The dog, from nearby Sebastopol, was rescued when she was nearly blind from neglect by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where the contest was held. After several surgeries, she can now see again, Zindler said.

The only animal in this year's contest too big to be held by her handler, Martha beat out 13 other dogs, most of them the kind of older, smaller dogs who win here.

Martha won $1500, a trophy, and a trip to New York City. Read more about her at CBS News. Gizmodo disagreed that Martha was the ugliest dog in the contest, so they posted a gallery of their top five picks, in which Martha only placed fourth.


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35-Pound Cat is Adopted

Symba was surrendered to the Human Rescue Alliance a couple of weeks ago when his owner went to a nursing home. Symba is 6 years old and weighs 35 pounds! The shelter in Washington, DC, put him on a diet and hoped to find a new owner who would continue the program. Publicity helped, and Symba has been adopted by Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin.

“He is lovely. He is a really sweet guy,” Berkeley, 31, told ABC News of Symba’s personality.

The engaged couple heard about him like everyone else: on the news.

“There were a bunch of news stories about him,” she said. “We love cats. My fiancé and I had two cats already. I have a particular affinity for very large animals and he obviously was a really sweet, loving guy. Very cute.”   

Read Symba's story at ABC News. Keep up with Symba on his weight loss journey at his Facebook page.

-via Fark 

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Saigon’s Street Cats and Dogs

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell have a postscript from their 91 day stay in Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City). It's a gallery of the many dogs and cats they've photographed during their stay!  

We judge a city based on a few critical factors: cuisine, transportation, museums, nightlife… and the cuteness of its street cats and dogs. And that last one is a category in which Saigon scores high. Check out some of the creatures we’ve met during our 91 days in the city. Which would you take home? You can only choose one!

There are more dogs than cats in the collection, with some puppies and kittens thrown in for good measure, at For 91 Days.


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Things Only Small Dog Owners Understand

It's hard to tell little dogs are descended from wolves just by looking at them, but when they get mad and turn into a savage little barking beast their wolven ancestry comes shining through.

It must be hard for little dogs to keep the wolf inside them in check, because everywhere they go people want to pet them and gush over how cute they are.

However, their cuteness allows them to get away with a lot, including face-licking, jumping, barking, laying on the bed and pulling on the leash during a walk, because there's no curbing a little dog's enthusiasm!

See 12 Things Only Small Dog Owners Understand here


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Well-Trained Dogs Perform Amazing Tricks Together

Trained dogs start out following orders for the treats, but once they've had some experience busting out tricks and scoring treats they look like they genuinely enjoy performing for their masters.

And when the tricks involve a pack of doggy pals who have been positively trained to perform in synchronization the show becomes a real treat for both performers and viewers alike.

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These canine performers were trained by Emily Larlham of Dogmatics, who trains using positive reinforcement and shares free in-depth training videos via her YouTube channel Kikopup:

Emily Larlham runs the dog training business Dogmantics Dog Training in San Diego, California. She is known around the world for her popular Youtube Channel ‘Kikopup’ where she has posted over 200 free in-depth dog training tutorials. She believes that by putting out free training tutorials that don’t involve any forms of physical or psychological intimidation, it will not only effect how people treat animals but also how people treat other human beings.  

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Petting a Pet Spider

Most people run away from spiders, but Little Centaurs has a pet Phidippus adumbratus jumping spider. Is she cute and cuddly? Yes, if you can get beyond the fact that she's a spider.

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Personality among Phidippus jumpers can vary a lot from one individual to the next, but the Adumbratus (adumbrati?) I found in Oxnard seem to all have a very calm disposition. I've noticed that one of the differences between wild and domesticated animals is whether the animal has an instinctual bite response to handling. There are certainly Phidippus that I've owned that could have been incited to bite under various conditions, but for this spider, I am not sure it would be possible to elicit a bite response outside of when she'll be guarding eggs. As this video illustrates, she does not seem to be bothered by much - even touching the dorsal side of the abdomen, which seems to be universally disliked by jumpers, just makes her lazily take a few steps in the other direction.

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Loki's Hiding Place

This Bengal cat is aptly named Loki, because he's both clever and mischievous. He likes to play hide and seek. This video captures Loki's favorite hiding place -in the dresser!


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Once he shuts the drawer, you'd never think to look for him there! Unless he purrs with satisfaction, of course. Loki's owner, josht1212, says they closed this room off to him after the video was made, because they're not sure if he can get out of the drawer on his own. I bet he could. -via Laughing Squid


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Snoop Dogg Narrates Planet Earth's Iguana Vs. Snakes Video

Nature documentaries are tame and soothing to watch when narrated by Sir David Attenborough, but when Snoop Dogg narrates a nature doc the whole thing goes wizzild!

In this installment of Plizzanet Earth with Snoop Dogg from Jimmy Kimmel Live Snoop provides narration for that classic clip featuring an iguana running from a bunch of snakes. It's high-larious! (NSFW-ish language)

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Dog Photographer of the Year Winners

The Kennel Club in London holds an annual photography competition that puts man's best friend front and center. Winners have been selected in ten categories.

Maria Davison from Portugal has been selected as the overall winner of the competition with an image of an adorable puppy resting his head, which was placed first in the ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category. Maria began taking photos of her dogs and other pets three years ago.

After finding out she had won the world’s largest canine photography competition, Maria said: “This image was already close to my heart and it is one of the photographs I am most proud of. It was not only a beautiful, real and candid moment I got to capture, but also a demonstration of the strong bond between one of my closest friends and her dog, Yzma. Winning not only the Man’s Best Friend category, but also the overall winner prize with this picture feels really good.”

Winners in the various categories come from all over the world. You can see the photos that topped each category here, and don't neglect to click through the "special mentions." -via Digg

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Young Orangutan Escapes from his Mother

A juvenile orangutan at the Jersey Zoo was caught trying to establish his independence from his mother. She was not having any of it. The scene played out like a sitcom, and got an appropriate soundtrack.

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The dialogue is not difficult to imagine.

Mom: Come along, Junior, let's go.
Kid: Aw, Mom! I wanna play some more!
Mom: It's time for lunch.
Kid: But I have having fun!
Mom: Don't you want some nice greens so you'll grow big and strong?
Kid: Haha, you can't catch me!
Mom: Why you little… come back here!
Kid: I don't wanna!
Mom: Don't make me climb up there!
Kid: Haha!
Mom: I swear, you are just like your father!

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Wayward Black Bear Breaks Into Home, Inadvertently Plays The Piano

Animals who play instruments on purpose are cute, and some of them seem to have genuine musical talent, but it's even cuter when a critter accidentally plays an instrument because they don't know what it is.

Security cameras caught this video of a black bear breaking in to the Vail, Colorado home of Katie Hawley, and the scene was not very fun or amusing to watch at first.

But then the bear inadvertently tickled the ivories and made the whole thing adorable again, although the humor was lost on homeowner Katie, who still fears another ursine home invasion.

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-Via The Washington Post


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Incredible Examples Of Animal Camouflage

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Animals and insects have an amazing array of offensive and defensive tools at their disposal, and whether predator or prey they all try to maintain a low profile when they're hanging out in the wild.

The best tool to use when you want to remain unseen is natural camouflage, so you blend in with the plants and trees and coral reefs around you.

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Natural camouflage works so well it even hides creatures from our scrutinizing human stare, making it really hard to tell whether that's a tree bark colored owl or a chunk of tree bark pretending to be an owl.

See 13 Incredible Examples Of Animal Camouflage That Will Make You Look Twice here


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Video Footage Of A Freaky Fish "Walking" Along The Ocean Floor

Watch a fish swim around under the sea and it looks like the most natural thing in the world, and the way they flop around after being stranded out of water looks totally natural too.

But seeing a fish "walk" along the ocean floor as it would on land seems like the most unnatural thing in the world because that fish should be free floating, not shuffling along the bottom like some bottom shuffler!

According to this National Geographic video this stingfish acting strangely was spotted off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, and it may be using the bony spines protruding from the bottom of its body to hunt for food.

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Quick Rescue of a Baby Elephant

A security camera at a South Korean zoo caught a scary incident when a baby elephant fell into the deep end of the pool. Its mother went right into panic mode as another elephant runs up to help.  

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Both adult elephants rush around to the ramp, and walk the baby back to the shallow end. All's well that ends well. This goes to show that elephants are great parents, and not only to their own offspring. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Kitten Rescued from Tesla

YouTuber S U does not have a cat, but he does have a Tesla Model X electric car. His car was meowing when he went out Saturday morning. It was a kitten stuck inside the bumper!

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Or, he assumed it was a kitten, since he still couldn't see it. A Tesla technician came out to disassemble the bumper and remove the foreign object. Wearing leather gloves, of course.

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They estimate the kitten had been in there for 14 hours or more, so the first thing they did was provide it with water. And one of the Tesla technicians said he and his wife would adopt "Tessie"! S U also made a follow-up video speculating on how the kitten got into the car. -via Gizmodo


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Fox Saved From Fur Farm Gets A New Dog Friend To Keep Her Company

When animal lovers Polly Lushchynskaya and her husband Panya rescued Jay the fox from a fur farm they instantly knew they had a buddy for life- because Jay wouldn't leave their side.

Luckily Polly worked from home so she had lots of time to spend with the cute little girl, and Jay quickly adapted to life indoors with her humans.

But when Polly took an office job she feared Jay would be lonely at home alone, so they went out and found her a little canine friend around her same size and age named Saimon.

Now the two spend their days hiding their humans' stuff, helping keep the family cat "entertained", and when their mom gets home they show her what perfect angels they've been all day.

But what they don't know is their mom Polly has been recording the stuff they do and posting it to Jay's Instagram account @jay_red_fox, so we all know how bratty that little red fox and her doggy pal can be!

See more from Fox Saved From Fur Farm Gets New Buddy To Keep Her Company here


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The Alaskan Harbor Where Eagles Scavenge Like Seagulls

Most of the time when you see pictures of bald eagles, they look beautiful and majestic -like in the picture above. But over at Dutch Harbor, the bald eagles live like common seagulls, snagging food from residents' hands, picking out scraps from the trash and munching on the fish left on fishermen's boats.

In other words, they're anything but majestic symbols of patriotism in Dutch Harbor. You can see pictures of the scavenging eagles over on Wired.


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Puppies Learning to Use Stairs

It's not easy using stairs when you've never done it before. It's even harder when the riser is taller than your legs are long! Puppies are little apprehensive about trying it for the first time, even when they've seen other dogs do it.  

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Their failures, their persistence, and their eventual success are just too darn cute in this compilations from Mr. FunnyMals. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Not Falling for It

Oiqlele's mother tried to pull a prank on their cat. She assumed the cat can't read, but the joke was on her. That's one smart kitten! Of course, it would have helped if the hole were a bit bigger, because judging from the size of that paw, the cat is a little large for it. She still got a viral photo out of it.


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This Dog From Seattle Rides the Bus By Herself to go to the Park

Dogs are allowed to ride on the bus in Seattle when their humans come with them -the exception being Eclipse, who is actually allowed to ride the bus to the dog park all by herself with her own bus pass. It all started when her owner would take her to the park and get distracted at the bus stop -he would often miss the bus, but little Eclipse would jump on the bus and go to the park without her dad. Eclipse's owner would have to catch the next bus and meet her at the park later. 

Eventually, this happened enough times that Eclipse was given her own bus pass and given permission to just go to the park by herself. Her dad always catches up eventually, but Eclipse now has full independence to get there on her own time.

You can read more about this bus-riding cutie on PetsLady.


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Beware the Thundering Horde

This guy takes a few steps off the front porch and makes a hasty decision to retreat. What did he see? What could be so terrifying? 

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Oh, it's just a herd of a half-dozen skunks, out for their morning run. They probably have the entire neighborhood to themselves when they do that. You'd flee, too- imagine getting in their way and all six of them giving you a shot of their defense mechanisms! -via reddit


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Cute Baby Elephant Throws A Tantrum Because He Can't Keep Up With Herding Dog

You know why the baby elephant parade business went belly up? It's not because of PETA or the death of the circus, it's because those little buggers really like to throw a fit. And trust me- you don't want to be on the wrong end of a little pissed off elephant's tantrum, because they will trunk you down!

The little guy in this video flailed around in frustration because he couldn't keep up with the speedy herding dog he was trying to play with, so he wagged his trunk and went waaah.

But the two interspecies pals who met at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand probably would have gotten along with one another if only they'd taken turns giving each other piggy back rides.

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Very Good Dog Crashes Panoramic Map App

Daum is a South Korean web portal. It has a map application that resembles Google Street View. While mapping the island of Ulleungdo, a friendly dog accompanied the photographer -apparently all day long. You can see the dog appear in quite a few panoramas as you trace his route, or just enjoy these "best of" shots that were posted to reddit and even more at The Verge. That's a good dog. We hope that the cameraman took some time to give him an ear scratch or two.


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Basket of Kittens

Enjoy a few minutes of sequestered kittens mewing while their moms take a break. There are seven kittens in this bin. Three of them are five weeks old, and the other four are four weeks old. The two litters are cousins, as their mothers are sisters. A couple of the kittens are already escape artists.  

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You have to wonder if they sort themselves out when they return to their mothers, or if the moms sort them out, or if they just nurse them as they come. -via Metafilter


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Is Your Cat Talking To You?

Simon Tofield presents a new episode of Simon's Cat Logic, in which we look at how cats communicate with body language. Body language is what the Simon's Cat cartoons are all about. Cat expert Nicky Trevorrow explains what certain cat postures mean.   

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A cat meows to get your attention, then they move around to let you know what they want. For my cats, that means running to either their food dish or the door. They communicate quite clearly. I have one cat that will come and tell me when the others want to come in. At the end of this video, we get a chance to see the very first Simon's Cat video that went explosively viral in 2007.


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Some Incredible Things Your Pets Have Eaten

Drew Magary spilled a lot of flour on the floor, and her dog ate it. While seeking advice via social media, she learned of many other dogs who ate adventurously, which is all of them.

I had a shepherd-collie that found the Halloween candy and ate a whole bag of fun-sized Snickers bars, wrappers and all. He did not eat the plastic bag, otherwise we'd have never known. Despite chocolate being toxic to dogs, he was fine. Ever since, I store any large amounts of candy in a secure place.

Read more things dogs have eaten at the Concourse. And let us know the most unusual thing your dog has eaten.

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