There are a lot of people out there who don't like possums. It's not too surprising, given that when encountered in the wild, they aren't exactly friendly. But when they are raised as pets, they are actually surprisingly friendly and cuddly. These cute little snackers aren't in teddy bear mode, but they are still pretty darn precious as the munch down their sweet treats.
Brisbane, Australia-based photographer Serenah Hodson captured her delightful series, aptly named "Dry Dog Wet Dog," in the most likely circumstance that a dog will throw anyone the Stink Eye. Not only are these normally fluffily coiffed pups all wet, but some of them appear to be a little miffed. And why not? To think that any human would interfere with their ripe doggy scent by giving them a bath, only then to make them sit still for a camera shoot? The incredible nerve! Hodson says of her series,
"Dry Dog Wet Dog came about with washing my own dogs. Their personalities change when they know it's bath time. So I decided to create a series of the different looks and not only personalities but the difference in look from groomed to wet. We get such great texture on the dog when the hair is wet. Some dogs look completely different when wet and this was the joy I wanted to capture."
Images: Serenah Hodson
Chris Poole’s cats Cole and Marmalade illustrate how they are better than everyone. In fact, they have super powers! Of course; all cats do.
As an aside, every time I hear about Cole and Marmalade, that song goes through my mind: “Cole and Marmalade for tea, sailing ships upon the sea…” -via Tastefully Offensive
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A new lamb was born in Wales last week with five legs: two in the rear and three up front. It might be tempting to relish an extra “leg of lamb” from this lamb, but that won’t be happening.
Bethan Davies, who runs Rhiwlas Farm, where Jake was born, at Llanwddyn, North Wales, said he will be spared a trip to the butcher and stay with her as a pet.
She said: “The plan would normally be that he would go into the food chain but we’ve decided we’re going to keep him as a bit of a farm mascot.
“We’ve named him Jake, like Jake the peg with his extra leg – we couldn’t call him anything else really.”
I looked that up, it’a reference to a 1965 comedy song by Australian comedian Rolf Harris. Jake the lamb is a week old and his leg appears to be complete and functioning. He should do well with it. See more pictures at Caters News.
Jiff is one of the cutest critters on Facebook and his adorability has attracted over one million followers, but this little pooch isn't just a pretty face -he's also a heck of a foodie. Don't believe me? Just check out this amazing collection of photos featured on Food Beast.
How could anyone reist giving this little guy a Kit Kat.
His head isn’t square. It’s nicely rounded, as is his fur. When he grows it out, it’s also rounded—just larger. But when he goes to a groomer, he’ll emerge with a boxy, roughly cubical head of hair. In the Republic of China, this is the latest trend in dog grooming: cubical haircuts.
(Photos: Zhaizhai News)
Also: spherical haircuts. You can see more photos at Rocket News 24.
There are some things created for holidays that are totally uninteresting within days of the date passing. This metal band of baby chicks that the Download Festival put together in celebration of Easter is not one of those things. It may have been made for Easter, but these Rock Chicks are enjoyable all year round.
Whoever says farm life is uneventful hasn't hung out with Don the Border Collie, who lives on a farm in Scotland with his human Tom Hamilton. Don had a wild adventure this morning, starting when he was riding on a mini tractor with Hamilton, who left it to tend to a lamb headed in the wrong direction.
Don hit the dashboard controls of the tractor and took off, crashing through a fence and cruising across one half of a busy highway before stopping in a grassy median. The photo of Don's joy ride, above, was captured by Traffic Scotland. Don was fine after his solo tractor race. Unsurprisingly, due to the characteristics of his breed, witnesses said Don remained calm.
Via Gawker | Images: Traffic Scotland
The didgeridoo is a unique and hard to play wind instrument that emits an entrancing drone sound when a skilled didgeridooer (unofficial term) is behind the tube.
This totally tubular instrument was created (approximately) 1,500 years ago by Indigenous Australians, but the instrument's popularity inexplicably rose during the 1990s. That spike in popularity resulted in the didgeridoo becoming modernized in terms of what the drone pipe is made out of and how it's played.
Andrea Furlan is a modern didgeridoo master who knows how to make some really cool sounds with that painted tube of his.
The sound of his "Butterfly Landscape" is so cool, in fact, that it attracts a herd of cows, who find his unorthodox didgeridooing technique too fascinating to ignore. Looks like Andrea will be serving up steaks at the next didgeridoo jamboree!
-Via Laughing Squid
This poor cat. He’s up a tree with an annoying crow giving him what for. The crow knows he’s got the advantage of being able to fly if the tree branch breaks under both of them. This video out of Russia may illustrate revenge, karma, bullying, or maybe life imitating art. The Daily Dot pegs it:
It’s pretty much straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon, minus the whistle and cymbal crash that accompany smacks to the head.
Yes, but the music chosen to accompany this video is a hoot in its own way.
Midway through the encounter, Bayne describes the experience as “the best day ever.” While at the Rapid Run Training Center in Morriston, Florida, she met a foal who was in the mood to cuddle. The foal gently pushed her to the ground, then lay on top of her. Bayne petted as the foal wagged her tail.
Bayne aptly wrote:
Horses have a way about them that touches my soul. Every now and again horse people come across a horse that places a mark on their heart. This one truly touched my heart and soul
-via Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-start video)
A three-year-old girl born without hands and feet due to a birth defect now has a special new friend, thanks to the forethought and generosity of a South Carolina dog breeder.
Though her family lives in Tennessee, Sapphyre Johnson has been a patient at Shriner's Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina since she was an infant. Greenville dog breeder Karen Riddle contacted the hospital asking whether they knew of any patients who could benefit from a puppy born without a paw. Though other breeders had advised Riddle to put the puppy down, she felt he was special and had a purpose. The hospital staff paired the white German Shepherd pup, named Lieutenant Dan after the character in Forrest Gump, with Sapphyre and her family. It's been a wonderful match.
While trying to find a patient who would appreciate Lieutenant Dan, hospital employee Elaine Hardin showed a picture of him to Sapphyre. The little girl became animated. Hardin said,
"She said, 'That’s my puppy. He’s just like me.’ He’s a special dog and he’s going to a special child.”
Philip Wang owns a home in Princeton, New Jersey on seven acres of property. One day while walking with his daughter Alice, he discovered a fox den and the adorable fox pups pictured here. Philip took these wonderful photos of the litter, which show them at their fuzzy wuzzy, cuddly and inquisitive best.
Now that the babies' eyes have opened and they're alert and exploring their surroundings, they are likely being taught by their elders to hunt. Foxes' first hunting lesson is generally for small rodents, which they catch with a characteristic high jump and pounce. Typically they do their hunting at night.
How fortunate for the Wang family. There's nothing like a zoology lesson in your backyard, particularly one at this magnitude of cute.
See more pictures of the baby fox siblings here.
Images: Philip Wang
I've said it before and I'll say it again, pets are utterly adorable, lovable jerks. As if anyone really needed further proof of that, these cats are here to emphasize that being a wonderful companion has nothing to do with making your human's life easier. In fact, if cleanliness is next to godliness, then these cats really support sinning.
(Photo: Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center/Disney)
The famed Muppet Kermit the Frog eventually found refuge from Miss Piggy in the forests of Costa Rica. Scientists say that the newly-classified Hyalinobatrachium dianae has been found at 6 sites close to the Caribbean coast. It has a translucent chest and is named for the discovering scientist’s mother and the Roman goddess Diana. But fans prefer to think of it as Kermit due to his skin color and his ping pong ball-like white eyes.
-via Tastefully Offensive
You can knock his taste in music all you want, but this horse has the moves! Watch him prance to the music along with a group of line dancers in from tot an appreciative crowd. Billy Ray Cyrus posted this video to Facebook, but there's no mention of where or when it happened. Just click on the image above to start the video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
(Photo: AP/Andre Penner)
Aurora and Peregrino are two polar bears that, until recently, lived at the Kazan Zoo in Russia. Now they're enjoying a warmer climate at the Sao Paulo Aquarium in Brazil. They've been in seclusion from the public for 4 months in order to get used to their new home. Recently, Aurora and Peregrino began receiving visitors, including this little girl who expressed her welcome by holding up her toy bunny.
This little sea lion is a rebel without a cause and he doesn't give a damn what you think about his lifestyle. He wanted to go to high school and he did just that -walking five blocks from the beach to a school in San Diego. Unfortunately, The Man has decided that sea lions can't attend human schools, so the police soon scooped him up and detained him until animal contol officers arrived to put him in his place.
The sheriff's department reported that "while deputy sheriffs attempted to interview him as to his activities, he clammed up and requested his lawyer," the news release said.
I say sea lions are mammals and shouldn't be forced to attend fish schools just because they swim in the ocean. This little guy is a hero for his kind, fighting for his rights!
Firefighters found the home in Canyon County, Idaho ablaze. Hearing voices inside, they battled the smoke and flames to get in and rescue the inhabitants. There, they found two parrots repeatedly saying, "Help!" and "Fire!"
They took the parrots outside and gave them oxygen. According to KBOI 2 News, the parrots are expected to recover.
Xena, a Miniature Pinscher, wants the ball. She needs the ball. Yet though it is only a few inches away, it is forever beyond her grasp. Despite her best efforts, she cannot break through the invisible, magical barrier between herself and the tennis ball. Just keep trying, Xena!
Joey Jax, a Golden Retriever, just turned 2 years old! He loves to play with tennis balls, so his human spoiled him by giving him 800 new ones. Watch his reaction when he realizes that the entire pile of balls on the living room floor is his to play with. He has no idea which to play with first!
-via Debby Witt
Italy-based Stella Melgrati of Etsy shop The Yarn Kitchen has just the thing to house your naked succulents, her adorable hand-felted Animal Planter Pods. Each one of them has a sweet little face whether it be a kitty, puppy, chick, or (my favorite) an octopus.
She says the pods are available in 28 different colors because, "love is a rainbow." Awww.
Take a look:
(Shhh, don't tell my mom, but I'm totally getting her this one for Mother's Day!)
Bonnie is a Chihuahua who was recently rescued and is thrilled to finally be part of a family. She's so happy hanging with her new pack that her human says she wouldn't dream of eating without canine brother Clyde. As soon as Bonnie's food is put down, her first order of business is to move her dish so that she can be next to Clyde before she digs in. -Via Tastefully Offensive
All pets need exercise, so it's prudent that this man takes his African spurred tortoise out on walks through the streets of Tokyo. There's little concrete information about the pair, but Rocket News 24 informs us that they've been spotted and photographed through the Tsukishima and Ginza neighborhoods. The tortoise sometimes wears a cute dress, but is always, sadly, off-leash.
One of your spring chores is to get all that winter coat off your dog’s face and body so he can stay cool in the summer and not shed so much hair everywhere. The bonus is that you can finally see what he looks like underneath! The Dodo collected before-and-after pictures of 15 dogs that were transformed by one spring grooming session. It’s good to see your puppy again after that long cold winter. -via Metafilter
(Image credit: indignant_cat)
Once, dogs lived in peace. They slept at the feet of their humans, ate from the tables of humans, and enjoyed belly rubs on demand. It was a golden age for all canine kind.
But then the robots came: bizarre things that flew in the air, hovering menacingly over dogs. They were not normal featheries. No, these creatures were not alive like you and I. But still they moved as though they were.
Now dogs and drones are locked in a bitter struggle. Only one side will prevail. At Fusion, you can see 13 videos with animated .gifs of dogs interacting with drones, including this Golden Retriever taking on a quadcopter.
-via Jonah Goldberg
I love my little 20-pound pooch, but saying "he's a handful" is a complete understatement. In fact, I have to head to Home Depot later today to grab materials to fix my back fence that he's totally torn up. Just look at that smug face he made when I caught him blogging under my name.
And, of course, I'm not alone in having a pet that's a total jerk. This recent AskReddit thread is filled with pet parents sharing their "my pet is a dick" stories and the responses are hilarious -and they might just make you feel better about your own little devil. For example:
"On the few days i get to sleep in, if my cat decides his breakfast is too late he has learned to wake me up for it. Early on, i apparently learned to sleep through his MRROOOOOOOWs by the bedside; as time went by, i learned to roll over & ignore him when he'd bat at me with his paws...
...so he's learned to get me up the one way i can't sleep through: he'll take a single claw & drag it very gently over my eyelid. it doesn't hurt at all, but i'm hard-pressed to think of a more peculiar feeling."
"My Siberian husky has this stuffed animal that he looooves. He's real protective of it. One morning I'm laying down and he comes up to me with his toy, he drops it on my chest... Realizes I have it then proceeds to bite me for being in possession of his precious toy...that he gave me."
If you think you have stories that would put these to shame though, go ahead and share them in the comments.
The article is on Reddit, so be prepared for plenty of language that's NSFW.
Via Thought Catalog