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Kitten and Owl Napping Together

(Photo: Hukulou Coffee)

Hukulou Coffee in Osaka, Japan is an owl café. That’s like a cat café, but with owls. But sometimes other animals visit, such a rabbit and this cat. One of the resident owls has already made friends with the kitten. Together, they’ve become darlings of the internet. You can see more photos of this supremely adorable couple at Rocket News 24.


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Historically Accurate Civil War Uniforms for Dogs

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Well, technically speaking, dogs on either side usually did not wear regulation uniforms. But if you want your pooch to look like a Union or Confederate soldier with the precision that a Civil War reenactor would appreciate, then Stephanie Honodel can outfit your dog.

Honodel has been making custom pet clothing for 15 years. About 5 years ago, a Civil War reenactor asked her to make a Confederate general’s uniform for his miniature pinscher. Word about her work spread and she’s since made hundreds of Civil War dog costumes. To accommodate her business, she’s just opened a shop called the Dogs of Gettysburg, which is helpfully located near the battlefield site.

If you don’t have a dog, you can still throw your pet back in time. Honodel also makes costumes for cats, pigs, tortoises, and snakes. You can read more about her work at the Huffington Post.


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Zoo Basel's Gorilla Troop Welcomes New Baby

For the first time in ten years, a Western Lowland Gorilla has been born at Zoo Basel in Switzerland. On May 19, 26-year-old mom Joas and 16-year-old father M’Tonge welcomed their newborn. The baby, whose sex has yet to be determined, has been cause for excitement in the entire troop of Western Lowland Gorillas at Zoo Basel: Faddama, Quarta, Zungu, and Goma. Like a family, they all embraced the youngster.

As is evident from the video below, mom Joas keeps her baby close and handles it lovingly and gently. Infant gorillas are wholly dependent on their mothers, suckling at least once an hour and sleeping with them in the same nest. Fathers don't take an active role in caring for the young, but they help socialize them to other gorillas and protect them from aggression. 

Read more about these fascinating animals and see additional pictures at Zooborns. 

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Famous Men And Their Feline Friends, Illustrated

Cats are beloved by both sexes, and yet they’ve become the subject of a cultural misconception that states women are more inclined to own cats than men.

However, everyone knows this is false, and many of the most famous and most macho men in history have had a pet cat they loved like a member of the family.

Brooklyn-based artist Sam Kalda has created some wonderful portraits of famous men hanging out with their cats and collected them all in an MFA book project appropriately entitled Men and Cats: An Illustrated History.

The book is Sam's way of showing that men like cats and cats get along just fine with men, and we don't have to be crazy to be a self described "cat-fancier", we just have to be crazy about cats!

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The Funniest Way to Wash Your Dog

It's called the Woof Washer 360. This As Seen on TV product is a clever approach to washing a dog. I want one, but to use on my kids. It would make bath time so much faster!


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The Woof Washer 360 is a perforated garden hose that sprays water from the interior of a circle. You can channel soapy water through it, as well as clean water for rinsing.

One woman in the video says that it's helpful for washing "parts you don't want to touch." Sorry, but I think that's not actually optional, even with this handy tool.


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Tree Kangaroo Fostered by Wallaby Mother

We’ve seen plenty of nursing mammals take in orphan babies of a different species, but it’s a totally different story with marsupials. Kangaroos and wallabies are born very underdeveloped, and stay in their mother’s pouch for months while nursing and growing. At the Adelaide Zoo, a Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo died while nursing a joey. Zookeepers transferred the baby to the pouch of a a Yellow-foot rock wallaby, a completely different species. That had never been done before, but the joey, named Makaia, survived and thrived with his surrogate wallaby mother.

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Now he’s a healthy and adorable young kangaroo being spoiled and fostered by zoo staff. -via Metafilter 


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Tiny Hamster’s Tiny Barbecue

Tiny Hamster is back and getting ready for the 4th of July celebrations with a tiny barbecue! That means a tiny little cookout with tiny little veggie burgers and vegetable shish-kabob, a pool to cool off in, tiny holiday hats, and a picnic table set for friends (rabbit, guinea pig, and hedgehog).  

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The critters obviously cared way more about the food than the patriotic occasion, but a good time was had by all. -Thanks, Jake!


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The Cutest Cats in Kimonos

In Japan, the nation that gave the world cat cafes, felines are cherished and pampered pets--as they should be! They're often photographed in kimonos, which are most likely put on by their human servants. Rocket News 24 has a roundup of the cutest kimono-wearing cats you'll ever see. Now I want to get a cat just so I can put it in a kimono!

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Maymo’s Birthday Gift

Maymo the lemon beagle (previously at Neatorama) got a lovely surprise for his fourth birthday: a ball pit right in his own home!

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Imagine being suddenly presented with a thousand brightly-colored balls. He doesn’t know where to start! Now, that’s a happy dog.  -via Tastefully Offensive
 


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Bull Gets a New Ball

Herbie the bull is very excited about getting a new ball to play with. But his human thinks that he's actually frustrated and says, "Do you need a girlfriend, Herbie?" Well, then, help him out, lady. Get him set up on Plenty of Cows.


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Goats Dressed Like Minions Are The Best Minions

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If you ever poke around the Neatoshop, then you probably already know that we're simply mad about Minions. We've seen Cookie Monster, Sponge Bob and even Baymax cosplay as our favorite yellow followers, but this is the first time we've seen real-life animals donning the daring Minion look -and the result is purely fabulous.

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Meet Quasi Modo, The New World's Ugliest Dog

After a ruff competition for the World's Ugliest Dog title, a 10-year-old so-strange-looking-he's-actually-cute mutt named Quasi Modo has won.

Quasi Modo has a spinal birth defect that made him hunchbacked (just like his namesake Quasimodo, the protagonist in Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). The dog's owners, veterinarian Virginia Sayre and her husband Mike Carroll in Loxahatchee, Florida, adopted him after he was abandoned at an animal shelter.

"My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or Tasmanian devil) but once they get to know me I win them over with my bubbly personality," Quasi Modo's biography stated.

According to Chief Judge Brian Sobel, Quasi Modo was selected because he "epitomized excellence in ugliness."

Last year, Quasi Modo came in second place in the same competition, which is held annually at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Here's a video clip showing Quasi Modo at his home at the G & M Ranch in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida:


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Mama Raccoon Teaches Baby How to Climb a Tree


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Baby raccoon needs to climb, but he isn't born knowing how. Mama raccoon will teach him, though. She lifts him up by her forepaws, encouraging him to grasp the bark of the tree. It's working!

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Few Things Say "Pure Joy" Like this Bear in a Swimming Pool

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This adorable brown bear named Bruiser jumps into a swimming pool with gusto in this footage. His delight in the cool dip is wholly evident in both his expression and body language. Bruiser enjoys daily swims where he resides at Single Vision Sanctuary in Melrose, Florida. Via Mandatory


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Mama Duck Goes Shopping, Takes Her Ducklings with Her

Lawson is a convenience store chain in Japan. Recently, a mother duck and her babies waddled into a Lawson outlet in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture. They eventually wandered out. And though Japan's convenience stores are legendary for having anything you could want, they didn't buy anything.


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Great Dane Wants Cuddles

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Just a couple of days ago, we showed you how Alexander Fredriksen can’t lie on the couch without his cat Nala wanting to snuggle. In this video, Texan Roy Field had the same problem, but his cuddly pet is a Great Dane that’s as big as he is! Bodie Gene just wants to lie down and snuggle with his human like any good lap dog. The pup is only a year old. If Bodie Gene gets any bigger, Roy may be squashed flat! -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Baby Chameleon Doesn't Know That He's Already Hatched from His Egg

(Photo: Canvas Chameleons/Nick Henn)

Nick Henn is the owner of Canvas Chameleons, a chameleon supply company in Reading, Pennsylvania. He recently had a baby panther chameleon hatch out of its egg. The baby was struggling, so Henn cut at its eggshell with little scissors. He found inside the shell this adorable dime-sized ball of chameleon. National Geographic describes the process:

Under Henn's close watch, the panther chameleon eggs grow in their leathery shells for seven to eight months. When the big day arrives, the chameleon uses a special "egg tooth" on its upper jaw to slit the egg's inner membrane, which then contracts. 

It's "like a swimmer peeling off a wet bathing suit," says Robin Andrews, a biologist at Virginia Tech.


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R.I.P. Tama

Sad news from Japan: Tama the Stationmaster Cat, who supervised the Kishi Station of the Wakayama Electric Railway, has died. She worked at the station since 2007. We featured Tama in 2007, 2008, and 2010. Tama served as a loyal employee of the railroad for eight years, and is credited with revitalizing the station and bringing in tons of money. She passed away Wednesday, June 24th from heart failure. Tama was 16 years old, which would be in the 80s in cat years. See a tribute to Tama in pictures at Atlas Obscura. -Thanks, Eric!  

(Photo: Takobou/Wikimedia)

Update 6/28/15: At her Shinto funeral today, Tama was elevated to goddess. She also received a posthumous promotion from the railroad company to "ultrastationmaster."


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Animals Acting Like Puppies

Dogs have spent thousands of years becoming man’s best friend, and nowadays it can be hard to tell whether some people love their children or their dogs more.

This tight bond formed between dogs and humans has made many other animals feel left out, so these clever critters have come up with a plan to make themselves more appealing to humans.

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The way they see it, if they start acting more like puppies then humans will have no choice but to love them, pet them and feed them ‘til they’re full!


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Adorable Baby Pygmy Hippo Takes His First Dip

This precious baby pygmy hippopotamus named Obi recently went for his first-ever swim under the close and caring watch of his mama. The hippos, who reside at Melbourne Zoo, are especially dear to zoo staff and visitors due to their endangered status. According to the zoo staff,

"The name Obi means heart in the Nigerian Igbo language, and he is certainly melting a few hearts here at Melbourne Zoo. Obi has grown quickly from his birth weight of around 5 kilos, putting on roughly 500 grams a day and now weighs over 13 kilos. He has been leaning to swim in the nursery yard pool and passed with flying colours. Today marked an important milestone for Obi as he ventured into the deeper water of the exhibit. Wild Sea Manager, Justin Valentine said ‘he loves the water and spends hours in the small pool, so he is ready for the next step."

Image and Video: Melbourne Zoo | Via Laughing Squid 


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Cat Bids Bear Buh Bye

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The female cat in this video is a resident of Alaska. When she saw that a black bear had approached her home and was on the front porch, she — with the added oourage of the heavy door between them — sprang into action. Her owner Darlis Elliot told KTUU news that the bear hasn't returned since. Via Gawker 


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Sugar Glider Tests His Flight Gear


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This naturally sweet little sugar glider apparently has an innate response when he feels the wind from a fan rushing across his fur. He gets in flight simulator mode and takes a practice run. So far, it's a breeze. Via Tastefully Offensive


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DJ Kitty

This kitty’s layin’ down some sweet beats and dropping’ the bass for ya in this Vine from TripTrapChill™. He's lucky the cat didn't do an all-scratch riff. -via Everlasting Blort


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This Blind Jack Russell Terrier Has a "Seeing Eye Dog" Best Friend

Image: Rossparry.co.uk / Ceri Oakes

Glenn the Jack Russell terrier and his best friend Buzz, the Staffordshire bull terrier were rescued last month and are now in the care of Stray Aid rescue in Coxhoe, County Durham, UK. Rescue staff soon learned that the inseparable pair immediately becomes distressed if parted. Nine-year-old Buzz acts as the eyes of ten-year-old Glenn. Buzz assists Glenn with finding his bed and food and giving him a gentle nudge in the right direction if he needs it. Their rescuers will only adopt out this super sweet duo together, thankfully. 

Learn more about Glenn and Buzz, see additional pictures and get the link to inquire about adopting them here. 

Image: Rossparry.co.uk / Ceri Oakes

 


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The Avian Heavy Metal Sounds Of Hatebeak

Few animals are as good at headbanging as the totally tough parrot, and screeching comes as naturally to them as cracking open nuts and flapping their wings.

Therefore, parrots can be thought of as the most metal animals on earth, so metal that they were born with grinding guitar riffs in their hearts and feet that curl into devil horns with ease.

One parrot named Waldo, with a little help from humans Blake Harrison of Pig Destroyer and Mark Sloan from The Index, is out to prove that parrots deserve more than crackers for their musical talent.

Waldo's the lead singer of the birdbrained grindcore band Hatebeak, who is about to release a new album called The Number Of The Beak after a six year hiatus.

Don't get your hopes up about seeing Hatebeak on tour anytime soon, because parrots are too shy to perform in front of an audience, and Hatebeak's head honcho hates ironic hipster hecklers!

-Via Dangerous Minds


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This Mama Bunny Is Willing to Protect Her Baby From Any Danger

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The bond between mother and child isn't just a human trait, but is common in all types of animals. This video shows that rabbits are absolutely in that category -when this mother bunny sees a snake trying to make a meal of her kit, she doesn't resign herself to be short one less baby, but instead hops into action and does what it takes to save her child.


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The Bulldog Bingewatcher

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This bulldog is a fan of watching videos on the iPad. Who can blame him? But when the fun is over, he's not waiting around for his human to come over and restart the process. On the contrary: this guy has things under control. Even when a switcheroo is pulled and he finds himself watching himself as life imitates art, he's not one to be thrown. Via Daily Dot


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Accidental Flying Cat

Stowaways come in all shapes and sizes. French pilot Romain Jantot did his preflight checklist, but did not specifically scan for flying cats before he took a woman for a ride in his ultralight plane in Kourou, French Guiana. The cat was well hidden, but apparently woke up during the flight and slowly approached the pilot to ask something like, “What the hell is going on?” (Que se passe-t-il? Mettez-moi en bas à droite en ce moment! Es-tu fou?)

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Jantot’s face when he notices the cat is priceless. As is the cat’s. The plane immediately heads back to the runway to offload the kitty. Jantot said, “The cat is doing well, she is still our mascot.” But she probably won’t be napping in the wing again anytime soon. -via reddit


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Ten Very Weird Looking Animals

The Aye-aye

It's a jungle out there for everyone, particularly some of these endearing yet bizarre creatures of the wild. For example, the demonic looking (yet somehow still cute) Aye-aye, a lemur native to Madagascar shown above, is endangered because the local villagers there consider him bad luck. As a result, the poor things have adapted so that they hide up in the top of the trees there. Stay safe, little guy. Via The Richest


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Self-Packing Cats

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Cats just love those enclosed spaces! Ignoramusky compiled a collection of clips featuring cats putting themselves into bags and boxes, against all odds, because that is what they want. -via Tastefully Offensive


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