Cat Stuck in Bird Feeder

We make jokes about how cats look at bird feeders as food traps, but this bird feeder trapped the cat instead of the bird. A cat named Butterscotch in Brandon, Manitoba, got his head stuck inside a bird feeder. The stray is wandering the neighborhood and evades attempts to catch him.

“He was meowing a little bit as if he wanted somebody to help him, but he’s a stray and he’s obviously afraid of people, so I wasn’t able to get near him,” said Colleen Gareau, who first spotted the distressed cat Wednesday morning.

Staff with the city’s pound have tried to catch Butterscotch. So have volunteers from a local animal group, who have been baiting traps with tuna, sardines and cat food.

The traps are ones used for larger animals because the cat wouldn’t fit into a regular cat trap because of the feeder.

So far, Butterscotch has given everyone the slip.

The cat can see around the feeder with one eye, and can even leap fences. No one has yet stepped forward to claim ownership of Butterscotch. It is hoped that he will enter a trap when he is hungry enough. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Colleen Gareau/The Canadian Press)

Brandon & Area Lost Animals has a Facebook thread with updates on Butterscotch’s predicament.


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Baby Raccoons

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The Fabulous Mr. Pug put together a compilation of only the best parts of about a dozen videos featuring baby raccoons. The little bandits are so cute at that age! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Thirsty Crow Begs for a Drink

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This amusing video shot in 2010 is only now getting major attention. The crow must be completely parched to push this hard for a sip of water. Or maybe he's trying to make friends over drinks? Either way, I have a feeling his persistence generally pays off. Via Viral Viral Videos.


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Goat Stuck in Hole

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A goat climbs halfway through a hole and can’t figure out what to do next. Poor stupid goat! His buddy decides to help out, by “pushing” him out of the hole. Is that clever ...on a goat scale? It’s not much help! But eventually the goat lady comes and makes everything all right.

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By the way the goats act, she always makes everything all right. This was uploaded by Janet Gradl of Baby Goats and Friends. -via Arbroath


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Nine Dogs, Cool Tricks

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Nine smart pups are shown here performing a number of impressive tricks, some more useful to humans than others (that breakfast is only fit for a dog, if you ask me). Check out these talented canines in this BuzzFeed video.


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Kissin' Kitty

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This Abyssinian cat is named Tommy, but it seems that Romeo would be a better name for such a kissing enthusiast. So much for cats supposedly being standoffish. Even my dogs wouldn't demand that much affection. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Piglet Plays with Patient Pitbull

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This three-week-old, precious piglet named Pigalina was rejected by her litter. Melissa Susko at Piedmont Farm Animal Rescue's PIGS Animal Sanctuary came to Pigalina's rescue. There she became fast friends with Levi the Pitbull Terrier. Pigalina now has a permanent home on Melissa's farm in West Virginia; a perfect ending to this piglet tale.


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Deer Fill the Street in a Japanese Town

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About 1,000 deer live in the roughly 1,200 acres that constitute Nara Park in Nara, Japan. The deer are wild, but used to humans. In fact, they're known to bow respectfully to visitors and walk across crosswalks only when permitted.

But in a quiet show of force, many of them have left the park and begun camping out on a sidewalk and street in the town. Some are going so far as to lie down in the road and impede vehicular traffic.

The rising has begun. The Day of the Deer is at hand.


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Belfast Zoo Welcomes Kibibi the Baby Gorilla



Kamili and Gugas, a western lowland gorilla couple who make their home at Belfast Zoo, had a baby girl in March of 2014. Zoo staff named the baby "Kibibi," which means "little lady" in Swahili. Belfast Zoo curator Julie Mansell explained why Kibibi is such a wonderful surprise to the zoo staff:

“Kibibi is the second arrival within the last year for dad, Gugas, and she is the first girl! In 2012, with no sign of pregnancies, we tested Gugas’ fertility and the results were not promising. In fact, we feared that Gugas would never father any young. We are delighted that he has proven us all wrong with the arrival of Kibibi and Baako in the last year.

 


All apes are endangered or critically endangered and some professionals have even predicted that all species of ape will be extinct within 30 years. Gorilla populations have declined by more than 50% in recent decades and our role, as a zoo, in their conservation is becoming more and more vital.”

Via Zooborns

Image credits: Belfast Zoo 

 

 


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Dog Born without Legs Gets New Ones Made from Toys

Turbo is a Chihuahua puppy who was born without front legs. His owners brought him to a veterinary office in Indianapolis, Indiana when he was a month old. They had tried to care for him, but it was proving impossible for Turbo to feed with his littermates. The owners didn't want euthanize him, so they handed him over to the clinic.

The staff at The Downtown Veterinarian has been caring for him ever since. Since a dog can't be fitted for a wheeled cart until he's at least 6 months old, the staff has been improvising. They've taken toys apart and used them to make substitute legs. His first set was originally from a Fisher Price helicopter. The staff is making new carts for Turbo as he grows.

-via Huffington Post

(Photos: Turbo/Roo)


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Rollie the Armadillo at Play

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YouTube Channel Animal Moments posted this adorable video of Rollie, a southern three-banded armadillo, playfully pouncing on his little pink pig toy. The footage was captured by an intern at the NEW Zoo and Adventure Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Via Nothing to Do With Arbroath.



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Kitten Whips Strange Rival Cat

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The rival cat doesn’t defend himself at all, because he’s ceramic. But that doesn’t make the battle any less important to this kitten! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Melancholic Cats Waiting For Their Humans To Come Home

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Most housecats lead pretty cushy lives, and they typically want for nothing thanks to their doting owners, but the one thing many cats can’t get enough of is companionship.

They don’t like it when their personal groomers and waitstaff have to go to their actual jobs for the day, and in these times of utter abandonment kitties can turn pretty emo.

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Steel your nerves before you peruse this collection of 30 Melancholic Cats Waiting For Their Humans To Return at Bored Panda, because kitty sadness is some of the saddest sadness ever, and if you're a cat owner you might not want to leave home ever again!

(Image Via Milos Jovanovic)


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Bunny Sends Email


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Cadbury the rabbit isn't up-to-date on social media, but she can now send email. Instructables member JackANDJude built an electronic trigger that sends an email whenever Cadbury presses the lever. 

She used a CloudBit controller, a roller switch, and a chopstick. It's placed on the outside of the cage to protect the wiring from rabbit teeth (bunnies love to chew on wires).


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Squirrel Obstacle Course Videos, Complete With British Commentary

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Steve Barley is a man who appreciates a good squirrel show, and he knows that we internetterly types enjoy fine squirrel footage as well, so he creates exhilarating squirrel assault course videos for the connoisseur:

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Steve builds the squirrel assault courses in his backyard then records footage of squirrels running through the course on video, adding the kind of real-time commentary that makes Steve Barley’s squirrel videos some of the finest the internet has to offer.

Hopefully Steve will continue to have plenty of free time on his hands in the future so he can keep building squirrel obstacle courses, and we can continue to watch him talk about squirrels on obstacle courses.

-Via 22 Words


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Supercats!: A Supercut of Cats in Movies

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Ariel Belzit put together clips of cats from movies of all kinds: movies about cats and movies not about cats, going back over a century, featuring cats, kittens, animated cats, monster cats, people in cat costumes, and lots of villains stoking cats. All accompanied by “The Lovecats” by The Cure. -via Time


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Elephants Surround Baby So It Doesn't Get Swept away by the River


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A river runs through the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand. When it's time for this baby elephant to take a bath, all the nannies escort him into the river. They form a wall with their bodies so that he can wash and play without any worry of being swept away by the fast current.

As we've seen before, elephants take care of kids in their herd, even if the kids aren't their own children.

-via 22 Words


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Baby Monkey and Jack Russell Terrier Pups Become Fast Friends

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Mubi is a 2-month-old drill monkey who was first attacked, then abandoned by her mother. But her story sweetened significantly when Simon Jeffrey, a keeper at Port Lympne Reserve, near Canterbury, Kent, UK, took Mubi home to play with his Jack Russell Terrier puppies. Now Mubi is happy, thriving and the pups are schooling her in the ways of animal play. Via Laughing Squid.


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Large Canines and the Little Children Who Love Them

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A few weeks ago I featured Giants of the Canine World. Here they are again with some of their most enthusiastic cheerleaders and partners in crime: the kids who grow up with them.

Kid and canine duos are often inseparable. Dogs instinctively know which members of their "pack" need the most gentle protection; that instinct is evident in these sweet photos. See the rest of Bored Panda's article "22 Little Kids And Their Big Dogs" here.

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Image: Blake Grimmer

 Image: Elena Shumilova


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Sharing Isn't This Cat's Strong Suit


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This kitty is polishing off a cup of yogurt, but she's not interested in sharing the treat with her fellow feline. I say "she," not because I know the cat's gender, but because bogarting yogurt is just something that seems like a chick would do. Another chick-type behavior is casually moving something out of another's reach as opposed to causing a big, ugly scene over it. Sure, I'm making massive generalizations, but while I had you distracted just now, I ate the last square of dark chocolate. Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.


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Disabled Dog Runs in the Weiner Race

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Go, dog, go! Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, held a Wiener Dog Race sponsored by the local radio station. Among the dachshunds was the delightfully-named Anderson Pooper, who is disabled and uses wheels. Anderson Pooper didn’t win, but he made it to the finish line (which is more than you can say for some of the racers) and won the hearts and minds of the spectators. And now the internet. That’s a good dog. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

Bonus: Here’s another video of Anderson Pooper competing in an earlier race while wearing a GoPro on his harness.


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Bear with a Batman Logo on His Chest


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He's the bear we deserve, but not the bear we need right now because it's just too hot. Rescuers saved this bear, who is named Georges when he does not wear the cowl of the bat, from bear bile farmers.

(Apparently bear bile is an ingredient in the traditional medical practices of certain East Asian cultures.)

Georges has escaped that awful fate. He's now trying to beat the summer heat in a rescue facility in Vĩnh Phúc, Vietnam.

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Found: Cat Snake

A found pet ad was posted at Craiglist for Richmond, Virginia. If it’s yours, you should go get it. The accompanying text:

Found (assuming) pet. Some sort of cat snake? Long and nimble but with dryish fur and cat teeth. Seems to like cat food, but isn't a cat. Please come take this off my hands it smells weird.

Sure, it could be a prank, but even so, it made me laugh. Or maybe it’s possible that someone could attain adulthood without ever hearing about ferrets. And monkeys might fly out of my butt. -via Uproxx


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Brave Kitten Faces Windshield Wipers

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In this video, a Russian family is stuck on a highway during a rainstorm. It's a good thing they have this heroic kitty to stand between them and the evil black things moving back and forth behind their windshield. Via Unique Daily.


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Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby


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Charlie the beagle took a toy away from this baby girl. She cried at her loss. Charlie is not made of stone and apologized for his misdeed. He compensated her for her loss by piling toys on top of her. One of them (0:30) appears to be a video game controller. There's a dog who gets it!

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Angry Ram Attacks Motorcyclist Over And Over Again

Animals generally aren’t fond of those noisy vehicles we humans love to ride around, and when they’re not scared of the noisy device they’re steaming mad at its very presence:

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This angry animal reaction to motor vehicles was captured by New Zealander Marty Todd on his GoPro HD Hero3+ camera, as an angry ram that lives on his property attacks him repeatedly while he tries to ride his dirtbike.

The ram was clearly not impressed by Marty’s sweet bike, and seemed unfazed by the fact that the entire incident was filmed from both Marty and the ram's point of view, but I guess even rams have issues with road rage!

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Cat Stuck in Wall for 26 Days

Guy Mantha and his wife Linda Jardine-Mantha of Toronto had their air-conditioning unit changed out in June. It was about that time that their cat Stuffi went missing. Stuffi usually hides from strangers, so they assumed she was hiding from the A/C guys and would come back eventually. But she didn’t, and Jardine-Mantha posted notices about her missing cat. After a few days, she started hearing noises coming from inside the house, but could not find the source. Even a search with an infrared camera detected nothing.

Last Friday, Jardine-Mantha could hear sounds inside the house again.

"She called me at work and she said I think I heard it inside the wall ... oh my god, I said," Mantha said.

They called the friend with the infrared camera and began another search.

They broke a hole in the wall in the closet, and they put a light in there. Her husband's friend looked in and saw the cat.

"So they ripped out the wall and sure enough she was in there, all scrunched up, where she'd been for three and a half weeks, and so we rushed her to the hospital," she said.

The veterinarian found Stuffi to be weak, but had none of the expected liver damage after being confined for 26 days. She is recovering well. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Len Gillis/The Daily Press)


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Cat Drinks from Bottle

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From my long experience with cats, I can assure you they will detect milk at a distance of about a half-mile, unless it's hidden in the refrigerator. This young cat wants her share, and she doesn’t want to wait for it! Watch her drink like a human baby, and when it’s gone, she has a hard time believing there is no more. The commentary is in Portuguese, I think, so I don’t know if there is any NSFW language. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Black-Footed Cat Kittens Play with Crickets

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Zoos find themselves in the strange position of buying animals for other animals. In this case, the Philadelphia Zoo got a shipment of live crickets for the Black-footed Cat kittens to play with. You remember when they were little. They’ve grown a lot, and now are almost as big as their mother! Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal are three months old now.

It seems weird to call them Black-foot Cat kittens, instead of just Black-footed kittens. But “Black-footed Cat” is the species. It’s like saying “Sand Cat cubs” instead of just Sand cubs. But wait- at what point do you classifying wild cats as cubs instead of kittens? Black-footed cats are smaller than domestic cats, but they are still wildcats! -via Uproxx


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Photo Series Shows Animals Eating Their Prey- Food Chain

It’s almost unbearable to watch some humans shovel food into their faces, and we may even call those who make a huge mess or smack loudly while they eat "animals", but watching messy humans eat can’t even compare to the disgusting way most animals devour their prey:

Photographer Catherine Chalmers is fascinated by the different ways animals eat their prey, so she created a photo series entitled Food Chain to show us how much more disturbing meal time can be.

Here's a bit of what Catherine has to say about her delicious photo series:

The project grew out of a desire to be more engaged with the natural world. Over time, I became fascinated by the strange disconnect between what people seem to want to believe happens in nature and what actually does. Humans are incredibly efficient killers, yet we are remarkably queasy at facing, or acknowledging, what we do. I’m an omnivore. Eating a chicken running around the yard is an ecologically sustainable thing to do. But supporting the industrial feedlot system of mass produced chickens, for example, is gross and distressing. I try to eat in a way that is easy on the planet. Unfortunately, though, there is really no innocence in eating. Something dies for us to live.

-Via Vice


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