This male mountain lion cub was found dehydrated and malnourished by a resident of Spokane, Washington. At the time, he was just three weeks old. Washington state fish and wildlife authorities conducted a fruitless search for the cub's parents. When no trace of his mother could be found, the cub was taken to Mount Spokane Veterinary Hospital, whose staff looked for accredited facilities to house the cub after he regained his health. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Madonna Luers said,
"You just don’t rehabilitate an apex predator that’s become fixed on people, and release it back into the wild. The odds that it would eventually have contact with people or pets are too high.”
Zoo America has become the cub's new home and will help give him the nutrients and attention necessary to grow up healthy and adjusted. The as-yet-unnamed cub is said to be thriving.
Read more and see additional pictures here.
Images Credit: Zoo America
Dogs are amazing creatures. Whereas cats sort of do what they please and often seem like they are sent from some other world to do weird things ad observe how we react to them, dogs just seem like they want to make humans happy. Also, sometimes, it seems like dogs want to partake in some of that happiness with us. That takes us to our most recent dog video, which is quite unlike any other dog video out there. Though the title of this article gives it away, you just need to see this for yourself:
What can you even say about that? The girl is laughing, so the dog laughs harder, which in turn makes the girl laugh harder, which in turn makes the dog laugh harder. It may only be seven seconds long, but that seven seconds still manages to be both epic and hilarious. Oh, and adorable. Sorry, but a dog that sits like a human and laughs like a human is adorable. I wish I knew such a dog. I would invite him or her to all my parties.
Link from The Legend of Zelda
Kiba is not the typical stay-at-home dog. He's a therapy dog and a service dog to his human caregiver. But he's not all work. Kiba is also a geek with a passion for cosplay. His Facebook page is filled with pictures of him at cons. Some of the best show him alongside humans who are cosplaying the same character.
Desmond Miles from Assassin's Creed
Mario from Super Mario Bros.
Yoda from Star Wars
Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
-via Fashionably Geek
Siblings in any home are like this. They should follow the rule that a lot of kids have: one child cuts the food in two and the other chooses which piece he wants.
Instead, they become locked in a fierce tug-of-war over possession of this dairy grail. My money is on the parrott for sheer aggressiveness.
What do Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and Fattah el-Sisi have in common, besides the fact that they all have tyrannical tendencies? They're all featured in The Pussycat Riot's new line of litter boxes and scratching posts:
The Pussycat Riot are taking a stand against internet censorship, and those who use censorship to suppress their citizens, with a little help from their feline friends, and their unique fundraising products allow the cats of the world to show their disdain for these dastardly fellows.
The litter trays cost 3 Pounds (about $5) plus shipping apiece, while the unique Putin and Jong-un scratching posts, which took a team of artists over 200 hours to complete, are priced at a whopping 4,500 Pounds!
I guess only the poshest kitties can afford to sink their claws into those internet censoring creeps!
-Via Dangerous Minds
This is Faa Mei, an elephant that lives at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. When we last saw her, she was dozing as a human sang her a lullaby. Faa Mei got her energy back and bounded into play. Here she is with a long strip of cloth. She tosses it around with her trunk, playing with the sensations of movement and the texture of the fabric.
-via Twisted Sifter
This otter sits and eats some kibble from a bowl at a dining table... at least for a while. Later he seems to leave his perfect table manners by the wayside, deciding to eat while on top of the table. Still, as one YouTube commenter said, "I've seen worse manners from supposedly advanced species." Via Daily Picks and Flicks.
Cats are very mysterious creatures. With dogs, you pretty much know what you are getting, but not so much with cats. Some days your cat may want to curl up in your lap and never leave your side, and the next day that same cat could act like you don't exist. Why do they do it? That is the beauty of it, we have no idea. The random insaity of a cat is pretty much summed up by the fact that they will often beg and bother you while you are eating, yet they want nothing to do with your actual food. Again, we could ask why, but we know better. Because that is just what cats do. Essentially, whatever they want. Here are 8 videos of cats doing un-cat like things, and it proves we know nothing about these marvelous and mysterious beasts.
1. Cat Barking
You think you have seen it all until you have seen this video of a cat barking like a dog until it is spotted by a human, then it returns to meowing like normal. Honestly, it is almost scary. Is it taunting a dog? Do cats secretly bark when no one is around? This video begs more questions than answers.
2. Cat Saying NOOOOO to Bath Time
This one is true and actually happens if you get your cat in just the wrong circumstances. For some reasons, cats seem to hide that they know selective English. They only bust it out at the most important times and usually only when they are in great duress.
While it might seem slightly mean that the owners are laughing, there is something undeniably hilarious about the fact that this cat is clearly screaming no. If the cat was actually going to be harmed, this would not be funny. What makes it funny is cats react to taking a bath the same way six year old boys do.
3. Cats Standing Up, Readying Brawl Stance
A 24-year-old African elephant named Semba gave birth to a female calf on August 20th at Reid Park Zoo in Tuscon, Arizona. The as yet unnamed calf weighed in at 245 pounds. The calf took her first breath and stood up within minutes of her birth. This footage shows the calf taking her first wobbly steps in the enclosure, as Semba looks on, lending a trunk to help stabilize her. The mother and baby have been given a private area of the enclosure in order to bond, which is imperative in the early life of the calf, particularly in the first 48-72 hours. Via Nothing to Do with Arbroath.
Humans just can’t get enough of their dogs, and some people are so proud of their pampered pooches that they hold canine beauty pageants to decide which dog is the fairest in the land.
Photographer Sophie Gamand captures all the poshness, pageantry and pooch attitude of these beastly beauty parades in her series Dog Pageant, which focuses on "small dog owners in New York City and the dog-oriented events that their lives revolve around".
Sophie's wonderful images capture the personality and attitude of the canine contestants, as well as the lavish outfits their owners create in hopes of taking home the title of top dog.
New York City hosted its first dog beauty pageant in 2013, with 30 contestants competing in categories like evening wear and talent, but this pageant isn't all about the cute contestants- it's also a great way to raise money for animal charities.
“Hey, boys! Wanna Milk-Bone? I gotcha Milk-Bones right here! Have one! Have another! Just remember what your old friend Spike did for you some day when I need a hand. Ya never know when I might need a big dog to defend me!”
These Great Danes have a friend in a high place- Spike, the Umbrella Cockatoo, who is glad to hand out the treats they thought they’d have to earn. -via Arbroath
Pit bulls get a bad rep in our society. Because the wrong type of people tend to get their hands on them, people see them as weapons or as a threat. But as this video shows, a Pit bull will act how it has been raised. They can be the most gentle, loyal, loving creatures on Earth, as you will see here. Please note just how gentle this Pit bull is being with this baby bunny. The dog is very much aware of its size and strength, and you can see it is holding back and giving little, baby kisses. It speaks in the favor of these dogs, who are often under-appreciated and over-feared. Just a little sweet and cute to kickstart your week.
By the way, the dog's name is Sharky and you can learn more about this gentle and wonderful Pit bull here.
Image: Marina Cano
There's a good reason why mothers often say they're going to pull a "mama bear" on someone or something hurting their children. The fact is, mother bears of all species sacrifice for and strive to teach their young with a ferocious intensity. Polar bear mothers, for instance, will protect and defend their cubs to the point of risking their own lives. The mother polar bear works hard to help the cubs survive in the unforgiving environment of their habitat. She leads her cubs to sea ice for the first time often with the cubs on her back through deep snow. Travel is slow with frequent stops for rest and nursing. For approximately 30 months, the mother will teach the cubs to hunt and stalk prey, as well as to swim and navigate through the often harsh conditions.
See more pictures of mama bears and their cubs here.
Eleanor Bartsch, a violinist in Madison, Wisconsin, visited the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin. There, she performed Bach's Concerto for Two Violins for Kelly and Viola, two elephants who live there. Kelly and Viola, who are clearly classical music buffs, danced to the rhythm.
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Sailor on board the HMAS Melbourne holding two ship's cats, 1917
Image: Australian War Memorial
During WWI, it is estimated that 500,000 cats were brought to the trenches, and many more served on Navy ships. They helped the military by killing rats and other vermin that spread disease, and were sometimes used as gas detectors.
As one amazing story goes, a cat named Pitouchi was born in the trenches. His mother was killed when he was still a kitten. A Belgian soldier, Lieutenant Lekeux, adopted Pitouchi. As recounted in the book Soldiers in Fur and Feathers by Susan Bulanda, Pitouchi went on to save Lekeux's life in the following way:
"As Lekeux reached a spot near the German lines, he saw that they were digging a new trench. He hid himself in a shell hole nearby to make a sketch of the German works. He was so absorbed in his sketch that he did not notice approaching German soldiers on patrol. When he finally realized his situation, it was too late to run.
He decided to lie very still, hoping that the Germans would not see him, but unfortunately he heard one soldier say, "He's in the hole," so he knew he had been seen.
When Pitouchi heard the German say that, he jumped out of the hole onto a piece of timber. The Germans were startled and fired two shots at Pitouchi. However, as frightened as he was, Pitouchi was not hit, and he jumped back into the hole with his beloved Lekeux.
The Germans laughed and joked that they had mistaken a cat for a man and left. Lekeux finished his drawings and returned to the Belgian lines with Pitouchi on his shoulders."
See more great photos and information here.
Officers of the U.S. 2nd Army Corps with a cat they discovered in the ruins of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Image: Pictorial Record of the 27th Division
Ship's cat aboard the H.M.A.S. encounter
British soldier playing with mascot
Image: Illustrated War News, Vol. 7, London, 1918
Pincher, the mascot of the HMS Vindex, sitting on the propeller of one of the sea planes carried by the ship
Humans have been fascinated by felines since we walked like Egyptians, and aside from a few dark periods when cats were associated with witchcraft, and slaughtered by the superstitious, people love having cats in their lives.
Author Peter Gethers says he was a certified cat hater until he received a kitten he named Norton, the star of his Norton Cat Trilogy, and in this vintage video segment Peter briefly discusses the history of cats with his furry pal Norton by his side.
If you're looking for a video with a lot of information about the history of cats you may have to keep on searching, but if you're looking for a video where a cute cat sits on a table and completely ignores a nearby plate of pasta then get ready for a treat!
The tiny hamster is back! We’ve seen him eat a tiny burrito and go to a tiny hedgehog birthday party, and now we get to see the hamster in his tiny mansion. He gets out of his tiny bed, eats his tiny breakfast, takes a tiny bath, eats a great big strawberry, and drives off in his tiny little car. -via Viral Viral Videos
Oh, those wacky Redditors. The time on their hands is always spent efficiently. Case in point is this subreddit thread called Bears with Beaks. This animal mashup extravaganza has been alive for two years and is still going strong with these amusing 'shop jobs. Look, down on the ground! It's a bird! It's a bear! It's a bunch of Redditors with photo editing software! Via 22 Words.
Cute Polar Bearrot Cub
Dominant Polar Bird
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomed this darling female Western lowland gorilla, born last weekend. Her mother did not appear to have mothering intincts or be bonded with her baby enough to satisfy the zookeepers, who stepped in to raise her. Zoo staff will care for the infant gorilla around the clock in a private area of the gorilla enclosure, with the intent to introduce her into the gorilla population at an optimal time in the future.
The Western lowland gorilla is native to central and western Africa. Due to commercial hunting for meat, habitat loss and disease, the species is presently critically endangered. Via 22 Words.
Tencho, Hime, Dora, and Detch are cats who all work at a Pizza Hut outlet. They are the stars of a new ad campaign from Pizza Hut Japan in which we see very short vignettes about cats running a pizza parlor. In the ad above, most of the staff is caught sleeping on the job. There are a dozen such ads so far. Continue reading to see them.
Who says that dogs and cats can't be friends? Certainly not these two. Oliver the dog and Arashi the cat are best friends. They do everything together! Each of us would be lucky to have a friendship like this one. You can see more photos at their Instagram account.
It can get lonely out on the range. The only one Lizzy, the bearded dragon cowpuncher, has to talk to is her faithful mount, Rambo. They work the ranch together together at Critter Camp, an animal sanctuary in German Valley, Illinois. When Lizzy and Rambo finish a cattle drive, they return home to their family, which includes foxes, kinkajous, a macaw, and a skink.