Meet Little Miss Sunshine

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The hen they call Little Miss Sunshine was a egg-layer in an industrial egg farm before she was rescued and retired to Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary. Now she’s a star, having been selected as a “spokeschicken” for Animals Australia to show how intelligent hens can be. I have my suspicions that other chickens aren’t quite as smart as she is. -via Everlasting Blort


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Video: A Dog Barking at Itself Barking at Itself Barking at Itself


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There may be even more dogs that we can't see because the screen resolution is too low.

Holiday the dog barks not because he is hungry or there is an intruder. He barks because the comfortable reality that he lived in has been shattered forever. He can't unlearn the truth.

He should have eaten the blue pill. Perhaps being colorblind didn't help him when he had to make the decision.

-via Blame It on the Voices


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Nine Legendary Ship's Cats

Having a cat aboard a ship is good luck, they say. It’s certainly good for keeping vermin under control lest they endanger precious food supplies. Some ship’s cats were so well-known or beloved that they are part of history. Blackie, renamed Churchill, became famous not because he did his job well (which he did), but because he charmed the Prime Minister.

Blackie was the ship's cat of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales. In August of 1941, the ship conveyed British PM Winston Churchill to Newfoundland for the Atlantic Charter conference with FDR. As Blackie ambled over to the battleship's gangplank, Churchill restrained him by gently petting his head – a moment caught on film for posterity.

Blackie's encounter with the great man resulted in his receiving new name, “Churchill”. Although the re-monikered mascot survived the sinking of the Prince of Wales later that year and managed to make it to Singapore, he could not be found when the order came to evacuate the colony's naval base in early 1942.

Read the stories of eight other ship’s cats at Pets Lady. -via the Presurfer

(Image credit: The Imperial War Museum)


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The Magical Miniature World Of Snails

Snails are generally seen as garden pests, crunchy sidewalk debris and potential escargot, but if we could see the world from a snail's point of view we would discover a miniature world full of natural wonder, beautiful color and life that moves at a snail's pace.

Photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko went way down low to capture the amazing miniature world of the snail, and his photo series reveals the magical world snails live in, a tiny world which can only be properly viewed with the help of a macro lens.

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Does a Bear Fall in the Woods?

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Animal welfare officials were called when a bear was spotted 30 feet up in a tree in Panama City, Florida. The 250-pound bear was shot with a tranquilizer gun. To catch the falling bear, the crew erected a tarp as a sort of net a few feet off the ground. But a tarp is not as strong as a 250-pound bear falling from a 30-foot height, as anyone should have figured out. The bear tore right through and hit the ground with a splat. The bear was uninjured, and fortunately, slept right through the ordeal. -via Arbroath


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The Best Beaver Experience of My Life

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John Cena got the opportunity to watch -and record- a family of beavers repairing their lodge right in front of him. They were in a hurry to get as much done as possible before the nighttime cold set in, and demonstrated exactly where the phrase “busy as a beaver” came from. The excited commentary is priceless! -via Metafilter


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Baby Hummingbirds in the Nest



This may be your best chance of seeing a hummingbird look big, but it’s all relative, as their nests are tiny. Redditor freebaer noticed a hummingbird had built a nest by his front door, so he took plenty of pictures. You can follow the sequence as the tiny eggs hatched and the birds grew, but don’t miss the very last image. As a bonus, he added a link to a video that shows how baby hummingbirds poop without making a mess. Or at least, without making a mess in the nest.


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Dog Summoned to Jury Duty

Pictured above is IV Griner, a German Shepherd in New Jersey. Recently, her human, Barrett Griner IV, found a jury duty summons in his mail. It wasn't for him, but the dog

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An official with the Cumberland County court system said that this was the result of a computer error. Given the similarity between the names of the dog and human, it's an understandable one. The computer probably snatched up Griner's name and enumeration from available records, then reversed them. 

Will IV have to serve on a jury? That's unclear, but Griner (the human) suggests that his dog would be a good pick to serve on a cat burglary case.

Maybe. This cat, who was summoned for jury duty and not excused for being a cat may also be a good pick.

-via Dave Barry


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Nic Cage's Encounters With The Animal Kingdom

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Nicolas Cage has a reputation for being a bit of a wild man, and when he gets that smile on his face and a mad look in his eyes you know the crazed critter that lurks inside him is about to be set free. Maybe that's why Nic has so many strange encounters with animals- they see him as one of their own.

Recently Nicolas Cage went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and talked about some of the encounters he’s had over the years with wild animals, from an ankle biting bandicoot to a meeting with a great white shark.

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Two Bunnies



Ricardo Vigil posted this Vine sequence of two bunnies eating greens. Suddlenly they have what could be called a “Lady and the Tramp moment,” but it’s not quite as romantic. In fact, it's just plain awkward. Those are hungry rabbits! -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Photos Of Hilariously Derpy Animals

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Acting derpy comes quite naturally to critters of all shapes and sizes, and they’re blissfully unaware of how those derpy expressions on their faces drive humans wild with laughter and happiness.

When you're looking to put on a happy face there's no easier way than by looking at a bunch of pics featuring animals making derpy faces seemingly for your amusement, and we have yet to find a dark day that cannot be brightened by hilarious animal pics, they're like Prozac for your eyeballs!

Take a look at this collection of 22 Hilariously Derpy Animals from the furry folks at Bored Panda and you too will believe in the healing power of funny animal photos.

EDIT: Thanks to John S. for sharing this critter- The Potoo, aka Derpyness incarnate!

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Memes Collide at the MTV Movie Awards



If you didn’t watch the MTV Movie Awards last night, you are in good company. There is one moment that you need to see -when Grumpy Cat showed up on the red carpet wearing Pharrell William’s big hat. The hat became a meme on its own earlier this year at the Academy Awards and has since become recognizable all over the world. It could be said that this itty bitty recreation that Grumpy Cat is wearing makes it downright cute. See more pictures of Grumpy Cat with Tabatha Bundesen at Uproxx.


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A Brief History of Cat Worshipers

Yasmine Surovec of Cat vs. Human illustrates centuries of crazy cat ladies, from ancient Egypt until the present day. It’s the same old story in every era: cat is cat, does cat things, and human is charmed beyond belief. That’s the way it is and thus will ever be. See the entire comic at Buzzfeed.


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CHATastrophe

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Tom invites a French exchange student to Chicago, but the “Guy” who shows up is a cat. Who is this mysterious cat, anyway? Is he an illegal immigrant, a lovesick cat on a quest, or maybe a spy? He's not a French teacher, as Tom had hoped, because everything he says comes out "Meow." The comedy/adventure is the second episode of the new web series CATastrophes (episode one is here). The show works on the premise that people will laugh at cats in odd situations. It also promotes adoption from cat shelters, which is okay in my book.

Promising that "funny things happen when cats appear," the series casts cats from local no-kill shelters in the starring roles. The hope, says "CATastrophes" co-creator Alana Grelyak, is that viewers will see playful cats in funny situations and want to adopt an animal for adventures of their own.

"[The films] get people into a different mindframe," Grelyak told The Huffington Post. "We're hoping that while we're making people laugh and putting adorable kittens in their face, we can get the message across and have a whole new audience reached."


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Time For Cuddles

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Cats operate on the assumption that it’s never wrong to ask for what you want. In this case, it’s more of a demand! All this guy wants to do is play a video game while lying on the couch, but his kitten has a different idea. It’s time for love and cuddles! And I won’t take no for an answer! -via Arbroath


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Crimean Tom and Other War Cats

Have you ever heard the  legend of Crimean Tom? It’s a true story, but this cat has achieved legendary status after a 150 years. In 1855, during the Crimean War, British and French forces captured the Crimean (then Russian) port of Sevastopol, which had been under siege for a year. The city was starving, and so were the invading troops. There was no food to be found. But wait -there’s a tom cat!

The cat was so healthy despite the carnage around him that the Brits grew curious. One day, they followed Tom among the ruins. The tabby ducked under some rubble … and didn’t immediately come back.

The soldiers cleared away the debris and discovered a hidden cache of food the Russians had squirreled away at the beginning of the siege. Tom had survived the battle by returning again and again to the same supplies.

The cat saved everyone from starvation. When the time came to return to Britain, a soldier named William Gair took Tom with him. The cat died a year later.

You can still see Crimean Tom, as he was stuffed and is on display at London’s National Army Museum. Read the full story, and those of several other wartime cats, at Medium. -via Nag on the Lake

(Unrelated image credit: Flickr user Jeff Gitchel)


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Cats Stealing Food

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A new compilation from Ignoramusky shows us cats taking human food of all kinds. Now, the corn and carrots are just a case of curiosity, but who leaves a sausage out while the cat’s around? We took in one half-grown cat that would climb your shoulders and stick his head in your dish while you were eating -it didn’t matter what it was! He eventually calmed down and learned to behave as he got over his kittenhood malnutrition. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Welcome Home from the Cat

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This cat’s owner was gone for three days. When she came back, she got a wonderful greeting from Moo, who obviously missed her terribly. What a sweet greeting for a loved one!

Who am I kidding? We know in our hearts that Moo was worried that no one would ever get there before the food supply ran out, and besides, the litter box needs attention. The maiowing translates to “It’s about time you showed up! Where have you been, and don’t ever let it happen again!” Incidentally, the food dishes were still half full when she returned. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Mission: Impurrrsible

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What? We haven't posted a cat video all week long?! I can hardly believe it! Well, I'll fix that.

Felicia the cat knows her favorite toy is in the wrong place! She has to correct this intolerable situation immediately, no matter what it takes. She accomplishes her task in the exact amount of time it takes to play the appropriate theme song. There, that’s where it belongs! And don’t let it happen again! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Amazing Photo Series Features Subjects Posing With Wild Animals

Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova is an admirer of the natural world, a lover of animals and wilderness who decided to cast both alongside the human subject in her latest photo series.

The photos may look photoshopped, but they’re not- the animals are able to take part in these shoots thanks to on-location animal trainers who help keep them calm while the shot is taken, resulting in a very casual and stress free environment for the animals.

Katerina’s series is full of mysteriously beautiful moments where model and creature meet for the first time, both gentle members of the natural world meeting without fear of harm.

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Town Erects Bronze Statue of Favorite Cat

The town of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, has erected a bronze statue in honor of the town’s favorite citizen. He’s a cat. And the cat is still alive. And he’s not even known for a specific heroic deed. But Hamish McHamish is a star among St. Andrew’s residents. The 15-year-old cat even has his own Wikipedia entry. The bronze statue of Hamish was created by Kilmany-based sculptor David Annand and Fife stonemason Colin Sweeney. The £5,000 was funded by donations. The unveiling ceremony was a big affair.

After students Hannah Holmes and Rosie Hanlon from St Andrews Opera had serenaded the assembled crowd with Rossini’s humorous duet for two cats, Hamish’s owner Marianne Baird said it all seemed a bit surreal.

She said: “I can’t really get over it. All I did was get a kitten.

Hamish is a wandering cat, and over the years has made himself at home at many local businesses and the University of St Andrews. He befriends everyone he meets. People who travel to St. Andrews often ask to meet Hamish. You can see plenty of pictures of Hamish at his Facebook page. -via Arbroath

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Smelly Cat Finds a Home

Lenny the cat has a story that most cats can’t match -he suffered a failed adoption because he farts too much. Lenny was found at a park in Rochester, New York, in February and taken in to Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions in Scottsville. He was adopted out, but was returned two days later. His Facebook update said,  

Hello! I was returned today because I fart too much. I am hoping I can find a person who can love me even with my stinky farts. I am a 19 month old neutered male and would love to be your smelly cuddle cat. I am very friendly and love to be petted and held. I even am wearing a tuxedo so I'll look snazzy if you come to see me.

The veterinary clinic could find no problem with Lenny, and did not notice him to be overly gassy. But the story has a happy ending: Lenny has since found a new home. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions)


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Game of Goats

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Try getting through this video without giggling. You just try. There are enough screaming goats with humanish voices on YouTube that it is possible, with clever editing, to make them sing a song. Well, enough if you add that one sheep. Here, they sing the introductory theme to their favorite TV show, Game of Thrones. Too bad they don’t know the lyrics. -via Uproxx


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Gentleman Norman Teaches You How To Tie A Tie

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Gentleman Norman is a very fancy dog, he’s a fashion forward little fellow who likes to help his humans look their best. He may not have opposable thumbs, or very many occasions to wear a necktie, but that doesn’t mean this haute couture hound can’t pass his knowledge of neckties on to the fashion challenged. 

Okay, so Gentleman Norman doesn’t do much more for the whole tie tying tutorial than sit and coach the demonstrating human, but if you don’t know how to tie a necktie I can think of far more boring and unenjoyable ways to learn than by watching this Pet Collective video!

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French Bulldog Puppy Argues About Going to Bed

But I'm not sleepy, momma! Watch this cute French bulldog puppy argue with its owner about going to bed. So cute! It reminds me of my (actual human) kids' protest every night.


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Meet Marutaro, The Cutest Hedgehog in the World

This is Marutaro, a hedgehog in Japan. He has 42,300 followers on Twitter, or roughly 172 times as many as I do. But that's my fault for not being as cute.

Yes, Marutaro is clearly the cutest hedgehog on the internet, in part due to the clever staging and prop work of his human caretaker. He becomes a world traveler and adventurer and a hedgehog of many moods and talents. That's okay. All celebrities are just a bit artificial.

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A Compilation Of Cute Baby Goats Kidding Around

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Goats are pretty cute, in a wall eyed, scruffy chinned kinda way, but baby goats, aka kids, are the absolute cutest!

They like to prance around, butting heads and ramming into things, and once they start playing with a ball or kicking a can around the adorability of it all will make you want to squeal with delight.

Crazy Funny Stuff, or CFS if you're in a hurry, has put together this "Cute Baby Goats Compilation" for your squealing pleasure, and even the gruffest old goat will feel like a kid again when they watch this adorable video.

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Photo Series Shows Animals Hitching A Ride On The Paris Metro

Riding public transportation can sometimes feel like you're riding on a train bound for the circus, with lots of clowns, performers and freaks of nature aboard who turn your commute into a maddening affair. Maybe they should just let the animals hitch a ride alongside the crazy commuters?

Photographers Clarisse Rebotier and Thomas Subtil give us a glimpe of what it would be like to ride the Paris Metro with a bunch of animals in this fun photo series and aside from all the poop, and occasionally having your face whapped by a tail or pecked by a beak, it looks like a lot of fun!

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Big Cats and Toilet Paper

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After the video of Willie unrolling and then rerolling toilet paper, I thought I’d seen everything there was to see about cats and toilet paper rolls. The cats at Big Cat Rescue like toilet paper, too -and really enjoy unrolling it just like a house cat! And why not? We’ve already seen big cats play with balls, climb into boxes, chase laser lights, and get high on catnip.

But look at that big white cat! What kind is that? I found another video that tells us this that Pharaoh is a white serval. He and his brother Tonga are a genetic rarity. Tonga has to have his nose removed due to cancer last year. You can tell I’ve gone down the rabbit hole that is Big Cat TV. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Happy Birthday Grumpy Cat!

The little cat we know as Grumpy Cat (formerly Tardar Sauce) became an internet sensation suddenly on September 23, 2012. She was barely out of kittenhood at the time, but her facial expression made her appear to have an attitude problem. Since then, she’s been on everything from TV to coffee cups, and her fame is in no danger of fading. She turned two years old today.

Grumpy Cat celebrated her birthday with a visit to the mental_floss office, where she charmed everyone with her dainty moves that belie her permanent frown. She is the official spokescat for Friskies, and was promoting her company-sponsored birthday celebration taking place later this month.

(Image credit: Erin McCarthy)


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