Baby Elephant and Pal Enjoy a Mud Bath

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Older female elephant Faa Mai and baby Dok Mai share a joyful moment playing in the mud together at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sometimes it's the little things, for both animals and humans. Via Laughing Squid.


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Pixar and Their Awesome Blooper Reels: A Bug's Life

Pixar seem to go above and beyond when it comes to producing family entertainment. The quality of their work, when paired with the art and writing, pretty much ensures everyone walks away a fan of everything they do.

A great example of going above and beyond is going so far as to animate blooper reels to put at the end of some of their films. It is those little examples of going further than necessary that puts Pixar above most film companies. Also, how can you possibly be in a bad mood when animated bugs are messing up their lines to a cartoon? It just elevates the soul.

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I may not be a doctor, or anything close to a doctor. Heck, I would go so far as to say you should never take medical advice from me. That being said, pretty sure a Pixar blooper reel a day would keep the doctor away.


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Koala Spat

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Elin Nordlander caught these two koalas airing their differences at Great Otway National Park in Melbourne, Australia. Although angry koalas usually sound like grunting pigs, these two communicate with party horn sounds. -via Tastefully Offensive  


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9 Cats That Are Serious Heroes

We often hear stories about dogs that are heroes, but furry friends of all types can also be heroes -especially cats. In fact, these nine cats have come to the rescue of humans, cats and even dogs.

1. Tara

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This brave little kitty made headlines across the world after she fought off a dog that attacked her four year-old owner, Jeremy Triantafilo. Jeremy was on a bike in front of his home when a neighbor's dog attacked him, pulling him off the bike and dragging him along the sidewalk. Tara immediately attacked the dog in return, scaring it and chasing it away from the family's house. Security footage of the attack went viral, getting five million views within only two days.

2. Pudding

Amy Jung headed down to her local Humane Society one day to play with the cats. While she didn't plan to adopt any new pets that day, she ended up bringing home two cats, Pudding and Wimsy. That very night, Amy went into a diabetic seizure during her sleep. Pudding then jumped on her and woke her up so she could call out to her son, Ethan, but he didn't hear her cries as he too was sleeping. Amazingly, Pudding then ran into Ethan's room and jumped on his chest to wake him up. Because of Pudding's efforts, Ethan was able to get his mother medical attention before she slipped into a diabetic coma. All this is more incredible when you keep in mind that this was still her first night at Amy's house.

Since the incident, Amy had Pudding registered as a therapy animal so she can always have the cat with her.

3. Tommy

No one knows how the cat did it, but when Gary Rosheisen fell out of his wheelchair and couldn't get back up, his cat, Tommy, managed to dial 9-11. Gary didn't have his medical alert necklace on and couldn't reach the cord above his bed that could call the medics or a telephone. When police arrived at the apartment, they saw an orange and tan cat lying beside the telephone that was off the hook on the living room floor. Police couldn't find any other explanation for the emergency call that led them to arrive on the scene other than Tommy dialing the number.

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Rap Song About... A Dog's Birthday?

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While I'm not a fan of rap music in general, this song has me charmed. Rapping about bitches has been put into an entirely new perspective. Via Laughing Squid.


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Beagle Sings Along with Banjo

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A beagle and a banjo: while I've never considered the two simultaneously before, it just feels so right. It must feel right for this beagle as well, because he howls from the heart to the song of his human's banjo playing. At one point he seems as if he's sung himself sleepy, but he rebounds to chime in with those final notes. Via Tastefully Offensive


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Cat and Weasel Make Friends

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This Japanese video of a cat playing with his weasel friend is another example of two species that seem unlikely friends, yet actually enjoy each other's company. At one point, the cat runs off and the weasel is left with an adorable look of "wait... come back!" on his face. Don't miss their glamour shot at 1:05. Via Tastefully Offensive


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Overenthusiastic Rescue Dog Saves Kid From Frolicking in Lake

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This sweet Labrador retriever has been trained in water rescue and evidently couldn't wait for an opportunity to help someone he thought was in need. He spotted this child playing in the lake and must have thought that was as good a time as any to save the day. The child looks alarmed, but that doesn't diminish the Lab's exuberance in pulling him to shore. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Kitten and Peacock

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Henry the peacock is displaying his glorious plumage. Putting his fabulous feathers on parade is serious business for a peacock. The last thing he needs is interference from a curious 5-week-old kitten!

Henry: “Scram, kid! Can’t you see I’m trying to impress the ladies? You’re crampin’ my style! Why don’t you go play in the road?”

Kitten: “Oooh, shiny feathers!”

Henry, you're just lucky the entire litter isn't playing with your feathers! -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Puppies Learning to Howl

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This compilation shows a number of adorable puppies being introduced to howling behavior by their humans. This is part three of three video compilations; here are links to parts one and two. I enjoy these videos because my 1-year-old dog howls right along with the puppies onscreen. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Tiny Hamster Versus Competitive Eater in Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Takeru Kobayashi of Guinness Book and award-winning competitive eating fame, and the tiny hamster, of tiny hamster fame, face off against each other in a hot dog eat-off. The hot dogs (made to scale, in fairness to T.H.) fly off the plates until one competitor makes it to 10. Who will take the title? Click play and see for yourself. Via Laughing Squid.


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New Cat Breed: Lykoi, the Werewolf Cat

The kitten on the right is an example of a new breed called Lykoi. Veterinarian Johnny Gobble breeds Lykois, a name that is derived from “lycanthrope,” or werewolf. The cat is result of a mutant gene that inhibits hair growth, leaving a cat with sparse hair, especially on its face. Although the gene is naturally-occurring, these cats do not last long in the wild. Due to lack of fur, they are suseptible to hypothermia. 

According to Gobble, the cats’ infirm appearance is only skin deep. Aside from the patchy hair that makes them notable, the first few generations of Lykoi cats seem rather healthy thus far. Tests conducted by Leslie Lyons, an aptly named expert in cat genetics at the University of Missouri (home of The Tigers), found no recognized genetic disorders in the cats; a battery of tests done by Gobble at his clinic, from blood screenings to thyroid function exams, turned up nothing out of the ordinary. Gobble cautions, though, that giving the breed an entirely clean bill of health right now would be premature. “It’s way too early,” he emphasized. “A lot of health problems won’t show up until a cat is 6 or 7 years old, and we don’t have any Lykois that old yet.”

Cats with the sparse hair gene are bred with black cats to highlight their unusual fur pattern. A cat must carry two copies of the gene to be a true Lykoi, which is why the littermates in the above picture look so different. The black cat on the left carries only one copy of the pertinent gene. Read more about this new cat breed at Nautilus. See more pictures of Lykoi cats at Gobble’s website.

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Artist's Dog Gets His Life Upgraded

If you're a dog and your human is an artist, then you've got a good chance of going on fantastic adventures. Rafael Mantesso's bull terrier knows that. He can fly around the world, enjoy romantic escapades, and acquire angelic enhancements with a few details added to the background of his photos.

You can view more images of him at play on Mantesso's Instagram page. It's filled with not only cute dog photos, but very imaginative illustrations that are worth exploring.

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Maru Gets New Boxes

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Even though Maru now has his cat friend Hana to play with, he still loves boxes. He recently received a new set of boxes, and each one had to be tried out and tested individually. It must have been like Christmas for this cat! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Surgeon Removes Brain Tumor from Goldfish


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George is a 10-year old goldfish that lives in Australia. He had a brain tumor that was gradually impairing his health. So his owner, Pip Joyce, paid a veterinarian at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne to surgically remove it.


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This was a challenging operation that required George to be placed under anesthesia. The veterinary staff pumped water into his gills to keep him breathing during the 45-minute operation. It was a complete success and George has now returned to his home pond where he lives with 20 other goldfish. There's every reason to think that he will continue to live another 20 years.


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Photos of Puppies Underwater

In 2007, Seth Casteel photographed shelter dogs to help them find good homes. Since then, he's found his niche: dogs underwater. We've previously featured her series of dogs trying to catch balls underwater. More recently, he photographed puppies as they were dropped into pools. This was an opportunity for him to get some great shots. But, as he explained in an NPR interview, it was also an opportunity to teach dogs how to swim:

No. 1: swimming pool safety — super-duper important for all the listeners out there with their pets. So many people forget that our swimming pools, as much fun as they are, they are a danger, and they can be a danger to our children and to our fur children. And they will learn. I mean, a lot of these puppies I work with — for Underwater Puppies I worked with over 1,500 — all it took was just a few times, putting them in the water and teaching them where the exit is, and they figured it out.

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Spa Day for Elephants

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These adorably relaxed elephants are enjoying full spa services at Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard, located  in Guruvayuron, Kerala in southern India. The elephants are honored in an annual event each July, as they are central to a ritual temple procession that month. July is considered a month of rejuvenation for both animals and humans. The center shown here can pamper up to 59 elephants at once. Via Viral Nova.


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Mari the Shiba Inu Doesn't Suffer Fools Gladly

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Mari the Shiba Inu has a silly man repeatedly in her face, talking nonsense. After all, she's not fluent in Japanese, she just knows select words here and there. So why bother her with meaningless dialogue? Anyone who does will be put in their place by Mari in whatever way is most convenient. Via Tastefully Offensive.

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Happy Great Dane

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Abbey Doo the Great Dane is not only happy, she knows it, and she’s ready to show it! -via Daily Picks and Flocks


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Battlecat Is Now Ready For Battle!

Cat strikes epic pose, with a little help from his owner.

Cat looks fierce and determined in spite of the fact that the massive rodent army is approaching.

Cat is transformed into Battlecat, ready to do battle with his battleaxe, battle shield and sweet, kitty-sized suit of battle armor!

This magical feline transformation is brought to you by Redditor OLKD, who reminds us that with the power of Photoshop on your side anything is possible!

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Cat and Owl are Best Buddies

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Andre Costa is a biologist from São Caetano do Sul, Brazil who has experience as an animal handler and works for an environmental education company. Andrew shot this footage of his cat and owl, Cleo and Forbi, who he says have been lifelong friends. He posted the video to his Facebook page and it received a huge response, with over 13,000 shares. It's interesting to see the cat touch the owl so gently. What a sweet pair! Via Twenty-two Words.

Images Credit: Andre Costa

Cleo with Forbi as an owlet

 Cleo and Forbi today


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When I Cough, My Cat Quacks

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YouTube member Павел Сутырин says his cat does this regularly.

This happens almost everytime the cat sleeps or just rests. It also answer to sneezing. It's of particular fun when you are ill for real :)

No, I do not pull his tail behind the scenes. =))

It seems to me that the cat is responding in its own way. Maybe something like, “I am listening to you, despite the fact that I’m asleep. Please continue.” Or more likely, “Shut up! I’m trying to sleep!” Then there’s an off chance that he may be doing the feline equivalent of “Bless you.” -via Tastefully Offensive


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Honeybee the Blind Calico Cat Goes on a Hike

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A beautiful calico cat named Honeybee has lost her vision but not her sense of adventure and wonder. Honeybee's owner adopted her from Animals Fiji, who rescued her, saving her life. Now Honeybee has human companions who help her to lead a full life by taking her on excursions such as this hike near Mason Lake, a lovely, heavily wooded area in the mountains outside of Seattle, Washington.

Follow the adventures of Honeybee and her caretakers at her YouTube channel or Facebook page. Via Laughing Squid.


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Baby Bear Tries to Climb the Flagstick on a Golf Course


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The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia is in bear country. Recently four bears hung out at a putting green. A cub among them played with the flagstick, trying to climb it, then pull it down. A man with a camera recorded the scene and added his commentary.

Eventually, baby bear wandered off with "Pascal's ball"--the golf ball then being used by Pascal van Dijk, CEO of the resort. Then, at the end of the video, you can see how dangerously close these onlookers were. Those are wild bears! What were you thinking?

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Apparently Kid Gets a Job

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Remember Noah Ritter, the 5-year-old who gained the nickname Apparently Kid after a county fair interview? FreshPet hired him to do an ad for them, and they wisely recorded him free-associating instead of following a script, because Noah has plenty to say! You can see more of Noah in an adorable behind the scenes video if you are interested. -Thanks, Kyle Coats!


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Husky Puppy Afraid to Descend Stairs, Despite Treat Temptation

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In this video, Paul Mather films his attempts to get his adorable husky pup Dakota over her fear of going down the stairs. He uses treats to persuade Dakota, but while she is interested in those that are easily reached, she's not willing to try for any treat that necessitates descending past her comfort zone.

In the information on his YouTube video, Mather asks viewers to comment with any advice they have to help train Dakota on the stairs. While I don't make YouTube comments, I like Cesar Milan and other noted dog trainers' advice of gently, confidently and without hesitance leading the dog down the stairs on a short lead. I've done that with both my dogs and Milan is correct: if the trainer slowly but steadily leads the dog down the stairs once or twice, giving him treats and praise at the bottom, he's generally overcome his fear enough to try the stairs on his own next time. 


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Man Builds 100 Yards of Catwalks into His House

Greg Krueger of St. James, Minnesota loves cats so much that over the past 15 years, he's built catwalks into his house. He's built so many that all together, they're about 100 yards long.

Cats are his passion and Krueger has the carpentry skills to turn his home into a wonderland for them. Inside his home are cozy hiding spots with cat-shaped entrances, padded beds, and interior lighting.


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Krueger was recently diagnosed Asperger's syndrome. He attributes his interest and dedication to his cats to that affliction. CBS Minnesota quotes him:

“Obviously, my house would not be like this if I didn’t have Asperger’s,” he said. “If it takes a long time, I don’t care because if I like what I’m doing, I almost don’t want to finish what I’m doing.”

He’s doing it for those who’ve always seemed to understand him, from the time he was a boy.

“It’s been said that all cats have Asperger Syndrome,” he said. “So I think that might be one reason why I really love cats is that I kind of think that I can understand their personality really well.”

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Priscilla and Poppleton: Porcine Instagram Stars



Brother and sister duo Priscilla and Poppleton may be pigs, but they are also clothes horses. These Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida residents are the perfect mix of genteel southern folk and bold fashion plates. They enjoy "eating, sleeping, rooting, walks on the beach, belly rubs, Cheerio baths, and trips to grandma/grandpa's farm," according to their human. "Hamming it up for the camera" should probably be added to that list. Being mini-pigs certainly isn't stopping Prissy and Pop from being larger than life. Keep up with Priscilla and Poppleton on Instagram and Facebook. Via Elite Daily. 

 
 
 
 


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Cat vs. Lemon

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Have you ever noticed how some cats just want to slap everything? It’s a way of exploring, but it doesn’t do much good against inanimate objects. This pretty calico cat named Hime is confronted with an unfamiliar thing with a distinctive smell. What to do? Slap it! Slap it again! Will she ever get around to sniffing it or even tasting it, or will it be just slap, slap, slap? -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Baby Elephant Blows Bubbles with Her Trunk


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On August 20, a baby elephant was born at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. We got to watch her take her first steps. The little tyke, under mama elephant's careful tutelage, is learning more about the world. Here she is drinking water. And, of course, playing too. With kids, everything is a chance to have fun.

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