Pancakes for the Kitten

Chase Stout and Kenzie Jones recently adopted a new kitten, which they named Mr. Wilson. When Jones went out of town, she left Stout with instructions: “Don’t forget to feed the kitten.”

One morning, he sent her a text that said, “Do you know if Wilson likes chocolate chips in his pancakes?” Yes, he had made pancakes, a regular-sized stack for himself, and a tiny stack of three pancakes for Mr. Wilson. No, he did not put chocolate chips in them. As you can see, the kitten appreciated his efforts.



Read more about the adorable incident at Buzzfeed.


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Epic Squirrel is Epic

The picture of this epic squirrel has been spreading around the internet for a while, so when Redditor DarylMoore asked others to PhotoShop the image, it's no wonder that the results were amazing.

That squirrel probably never thought twice about his intense pose in front of a camera, but he sure provided us with a great gift when he did it -a gift only a Reddit PhotoShop battle could perfect.

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9 Awesome 3D-Printed Animal Prosthetics

3D printing is revolutionizing a lot of industries, but perhaps no other use of the technology is quite as fascinating as its use in medicine. While its applications in human medicine are amazing, we can't help but be enthralled when we see animals getting a new lease on life thanks to a little 3D printing. Here are a few stories of animals who were saved thanks to the new technology.

1. Fred the Tortoise

Fred is a female red-footed tortoise from Sao Paulo who was injured in a forest fire that destroyed most of her shell. Rescuers thought the poor tortoise looked like Freddy Krueger, hence the not-traditionally-feminine name. By taking pictures of her shell from all angles and comparing them to a healthy tortoise, veterinarians were able to create a 3D model of a shell, which they then printed in four individual pieces from a corn-based plastic. It took 3 months all together for the shell to be made into a reality and, unfortunately, Fred came down with pneumonia just after her surgery. Fortunately, she survived the ordeal and artists began to come forward offering to help paint the rescued animal's shell so she looked like a traditional, healthy red-footed tortoise. The team took their time to ensure they could find the right paint that wouldn't damage the shell or present a health risk to poor Fred.

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Eventually, Fred will need a new shell, but for now, she's cruising in style and couldn't be happier with her new mobile home.

2. AKUT-3 the Sea Turtle

In 2015, a loggerhead sea turtle, scientifically named AKUT-3, was found in Turkey with a damaged jaw that left it unable to eat on its own in the wild. He was quickly taken in by the Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Pamukkale University and the director of the center immediately recognized that 3D printing might be the turtle's best hope. The center then partnered with BTech Innovation and used CT scans to create a 3D model of the turtle's damaged jaws, which allowed for a custom-fitted implant made from 3D printed titanium.

3. Beauty the Bald Eagle

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Hilarious Panorama Photo Fails Make Cats Look Like Catbuses

The Catbus in My Neighbor Totoro captured the imagination of cat lovers, who wondered what real cats would look like if they were extra long with a bunch more legs, like a cat-ipede.

Now, thanks to these panoramic photography fails by Japanese Twitter user @hanamomoact we needn't wonder what a real life catbus would look like any longer!

Hanamomoact shot these funny catbus photos in the Middle East using an iPhone in panorama mode, the elongation a result of the cat moving in the same direction as the lens.

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Horses Find This Funny

A man tries to back a horse trailer into a spot at the stable. He’s not very good at it. The horses find this hilarious. Their laughter is infectious!

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This ad is trying to sell us something hi-tech, but all I heard was laughing horses. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Cat Rides On A Roomba Like A Boss

Videos of cats and dogs riding around the house atop a Roomba became an internet "thing" because people love to watch animals do strange, silly and downright ridiculous things.

But the pets in the videos generally look either unimpressed or terrified by the ride, most likely because their humans have them riding on a regular old Roomba.

So if you want your cat to look like a total boss while they ride on a Roomba you've gotta put a shoebox on top, so they can roll around supine style.

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Install some rocket launchers on the side of the shoebox and this calico cat could take over the world!

-Via Tastefully Offensive


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Watch This Guy Take A Sting From A "Cow Killer" Ant

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When an insect earns the nickname "cow killer" it's a sure bet that little sucker packs a mean sting, and it's also a sure bet some guy will let one sting him on video just to "see how it feels".

The "cow killer" velvet ant is actually a type of solitary wasp, and the wingless female delivers a sting so painful it's said to be "strong enough to kill a cow".

So who's willing to test this myth? Wildman Coyote Peterson of Brave Wilderness, a guy who is happy to play with bugs, and get stung by them, so we don't have to.

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How Cats Conquered the World (and a Few Viking Ships)

There’s so much we don’t know about the history of cats, but one study is giving us some clues. Are domestic cats really all that different from their wild counterparts? Are they the same the world over? And how did domesticated cats spread around the world? Evolutionary geneticist Eva-Maria Geigl and her colleagues from the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris studied the mitochondrial DNA of 209 cats found at archaeological sites in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. They ranged from a couple hundred to 15,000 years old. The DNA samples confirmed that cats were domesticated along with the rise in agriculture, as they were quite useful in rodent control.   

Thousands of years later, cats descended from those in Egypt spread rapidly around Eurasia and Africa. A mitochondrial lineage common in Egyptian cat mummies from the end of the fourth century bc to the fourth century ad was also carried by cats in Bulgaria, Turkey and sub-Saharan Africa from around the same time. Sea-faring people probably kept cats to keep rodents in check, says Geigl, whose team also found cat remains with this maternal DNA lineage at a Viking site dating to between the eighth and eleventh century ad in northern Germany.

“There are so many interesting observations” in the study, says Pontus Skoglund, a population geneticist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. “I didn’t even know there were Viking cats.” He was also impressed by the fact that Geigl’s team was able to discern real population shifts from mitochondrial DNA, which traces only a single maternal lineage. Nonetheless, Skoglund thinks that nuclear DNA — which provides information about more  of an individual's ancestors — could address lingering questions about cat domestication and spread, such as their relationship to wild cats, with which they still interbreed.

Of course were are Viking cats! Ships’ cats appear to be the key to spreading the love of felines and their pest control superpowers around the world. The study also determined that calico cats didn’t exist until the Middle Ages. Learn more about the study at Nature.  -via Digg

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How To Keep Your Cat Happy

Chris Poole has a tutorial on keeping your cats happy, with the help of the world’s luckiest cats, Cole and Marmalade.  

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Cats can’t help but be happy when they’ve got an outdoor enclosure, rooms full of toys, good food, fresh catnip, each other to play with, and loving owners to snuggle with. I’ll never have that much infrastructure, but I will think about planting some catnip next year. -via Tastefully Offensive  


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Ramon The Fast Talking Squirrel Thanks Human For Snack

Squirrels are chatty little critters, but they don't talk much around humans because they're afraid of being captured or killed, that is, until a human becomes their best friend by giving them food.

Then that human gets to hear the funny way a squirrel expresses its gratitude- in a strange, nasal kind of voice that almost sounds like words we can understand.

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K. John Stewart provided the voice over squirrel translation in this video, but Ramon the squirrel would like everyone to know that K.'s translation is correct. Here's the transcript:

Hello there, I am a fat little squirrel sitting on your porch. Thank you very much for giving me these delicious walnuts. I like them very much. You are a nice person. I will be sure to come back tomorrow to get some more walnuts. You are my favorite person in the neighborhood. I like you like you love you…

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A Meal Fit for a Cat

Jun Yoshizuki of Jun's Kitchen charmed us last year by showing us how to make Fluffy Omurice. Everyone noticed his beautiful and well-behaved cat. Now he prepares a special meal for his cat Kohaku. 

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From the YouTube page:

I normally cook a meal like this for Kohaku once a year on his birthday, but since I got a lot of requests to make a food for him, I decided to make this video. I’m going to make meals for human from next time. If you want to make a meal for your cats, please do research on which ingredients are okay to use. Also, make sure not to feed too much nor too often since it’s difficult to make a meal that are nutritious enough for cats.

And then he posts the recipes, in case you want to treat your cat, too! -via Tastefully Offensive


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This Puppy Gave His Rescuers Quite A Surprise

This poor little mud-covered puppy was discovered by workers at a construction site in London. He was quickly sent to the nearest vet -the South Essex Wildlife Hospital to be cleaned up and saved, but after a little shampoo, his rescuers were shocked by what they found underneath.

That's right, the poor little muddy, debris-covered pup was actually an adorable little fox kit. Puppy or not, I'm sure this little cutie was happy to be rescued from his filthy cocoon. 

Via PetsLady


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Hawk Flies Between Two People Without Ruffling A Feather

Birds of prey are the ultimate predators, but they're also incredibly intelligent birds with extremely keen eyesight and legs so strong they can carry off small animals close to their same weight.

But nothing in the raptor's reportoire is quite as impressive as their acrobatic flying skills, which falconers like Sjors Van de Wiel love to show off at bird shows like the Topvogel falconry show in Diessen, Netherlands.

Here Sjors demonstrates that hawks are such precision flyers they can zip through tight spaces, like the space between two people, without ruffling a feather.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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We’re Going to the Dog Park!

Scrattie, like most dogs, doesn’t know where the destination will be when they get in the car. Often it’s just errands. Every once in a great while, they go to the dreaded veterinarian. But as soon as they make that left turn, Scrattie realizes they are going to the dog park!

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Oh, joyous day! Oh, what a happy dog! This is even better than when Navin Johnson got his name in the phone book. -via Viral Viral Videos


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This Snake Loves His Sandbox

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Snakes get a bad rap what with being slithery and some of them being deadly and all, but that doesn't mean they can't be cute. If you aren't quite sure you can accept this as fact, you won't want to miss this precious video of a baby boa playing in his sandbox. Don't turn it off before the very end or you might miss the cutest part.

Via Incredible Things


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Kitten Saved from Russian Highway

Warning: this footage is disturbing, on its way to a happy ending. It’s pretty nerve-wracking to see how many vehicles passed so close to a kitten that had fallen out of a vehicle, or even drove over it. Luckily none of them actually squashed the poor thing before a good Samaritan stopped to save it. Even he’s not sure at first whether the kitten is alive. It was obviously terrified stiff.

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This sequence of CCTV footage is from the town of Kaliningrad, Russia. The guy is our hero, even though he might not even know about the video. -via Uproxx


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Simon's Cat Logic: Ragdolls

Ragdoll cats are all the rage in the last few years. They are big and fluffy and go limp when you pick them up. Artist and animator Simon Tofield tells us more about the breed, because he’s been drawing ragdolls.

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I had a cat once that everyone insisted was a ragdoll, but I think she may have been a breeder’s reject because while she had all the other specifications, she wasn’t large. But she went limp just like the best of them.


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Cat Burglar Prowls Around Washington Neighborhood

They don't call them cat burglars for nothing, and a cat's thievery skills are an inspiration to crooks who want to commit crimes quietly and slink away scot-free.

But cats know nothing about the human legal system so they don't care if they get caught, and they can't help but show off all the stuff they've been boosting to their humans, which is how they get caught.

A shifty little kitty named Dory, aka Ninja Kitty or the Bad Kitty Bandit, has been prowling around a neighborhood in Washington stealing anything she can get her paws on, including two whole pairs of shoes.

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Dory has the whole neighborhood scared to leave anything on their porch at night, but some of the residents must think it's an honor to have their stuff stolen by such a crafty little cat, right?

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Australia's Biggest Dog Has No Clue How Big He Actually Is

Mastiffs could pretty much have their breed's name changed to massive and never miss a beat, because they're one of the largest dog breeds both in terms of height and weight.

Baron the English mastiff is at the far end of the size spectrum- he's officially the biggest dog in Australia, measuring 6 foot 6 inches long and weighing in at 250 lbs.

And yet dogs are dogs no matter the size, so of course old Baron thinks he wants to be a lap dog, crushing his owner Mark York like a big, boneheaded lover.

It costs Mark over $200 a week to feed Baron, and believe it or not Baron is only 2 years old so he may end up eating poor Mark out of house and home!

-Via Bored Panda


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Scaredy Cats

What’s the most popular hobby among house cats? It has to be birdwatching. These three cats are mesmerized by the bird outside their window. It’s better than any TV show! 

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And what’s a popular hobby among dogs? Annoying the cats, of course. -via Arbroath


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Vets Come Up With Creative Way To Help Mend This Mockingbird's Twisted Feet

Wildlife conservationists have to be compassionate, patient and creative, because many of the problems they run into aren't easy to solve.

But ingenuity is one of our greatest assets, so we're often able to find solutions and save animals that would otherwise die a needless death.

The veterinary staff at the California Wildlife Center recently rescued a mockingbird with feet that were knuckling bad, leaving the poor bird unable to perch or walk without damaging its feet.

So they came up with a creative solution to this mockingbird's bad foot problem- little snowshoes to help retrain the bird's feet to open and allow the broken bones to heal.

And now the shoes are off and that lucky little mockingbird is on the mend!

-Via I Can Has Cheezburger Animals


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Maru Gets a Swing

You have to be pretty special to get a real swing inside your home. Maru is a world-famous celebrity cat, and he got one! But cats aren’t normally swingers, so this new contraption presented quite a puzzle to him. He doesn’t know what it is, but he knows he wants to get on it. Is he up to the challenge? You bet he is!

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Lesser cats would have given up after a few failures, but lesser cats are not Maru. After many attempts, over who-knows-how-long, he masters the art of climbing onto the swing. That’s our Maru! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Blossom Finds a Purrfect Family

Blossom (pictured on the left) came into the care of the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York. Her eyes were so infected that they were ultimately removed. Blossom was taken in by Howard Stern and his wife Beth, who regularly foster cats until an adoptive home is found for them. Susan Smith and her family heard about Blossom and decided to adopt her, because they knew what they were getting into. They already had four blind cats! Now Blossom is right at home after a year with the Smiths and their other blind cats Ray, Cookie, Sabrina, and Donovan (Donovan also has cerebellar hypoplasia). The family has a seeing cat and a dog as well. Blossom and her cat colony are able to do pretty much anything sighted cats do. You can follow their lives at Instagram. -via Fark      


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This Spoiled Little Chihuahua Has His Own Room Under The Stairs

If you think your pet is spoiled ask yourself this- does your furry family member have their own custom built, and fully furnished, room under the stairs?

If the answer is yes then you should contact Poncho the chihuahua's humans and arrange a meetup, because you're two of a kind!

Poncho became internet famous when his human's nephew Fatisbac posted pics of the pampered pooch's sweet sub-staircase doggy digs on Imgur, following it up with this video a few days later.

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I don't think the expression "it's a dog's life" applies to this particular pooch...

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The Elephant Wore Tennis Shoes

Shanthi is a 41-year-old Asian elephant at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. She suffers from arthritis. The pain affected her stance, which led to foot problems. To give her relief, the veterinary staff approached the problem from several directions. That includes an experimental procedure used on horses ...and a set of Tevas!  

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According to an article at the Washington Post, Teva’s Director of Innovation went to China to supervise the making of Shanthi’s custom shoes, which were given to the zoo free of charge. She took a little while to get used to the shoes, but now obediently wears them, enabling veterinarians to keep her feet bathed in medications for extended periods. -via Metafilter


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Black Metal Cats Reveals The Dark Thoughts Of Our Feline Friends

There's no telling what runs through a cat's mind as they sit there staring at humans, but if their facial expression is any indication those thoughts are rarely good.

Which is why the memes shared by the Twitter account Black Metal Cats may actually be a faithful representation of what our feline friends are thinking.

Black Metal Cats masterfully combines lyrics from heavy metal songs with the appropriate cat pictures in order to slash away human sadness with the power of kitteh-style kerrang.

Because combining cats and brutal metal is like firing a furry bazooka at the darkness lurking inside you, so Black Metal Cats are the ultimate weapon in the war against boredom and ennui.

-Via FAILBlog


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Didga Sets a World Record

The 2017 Guinness Book of World Records will have a new entry for the cat who can do the most tricks in one minute. That’s Didga, the skateboarding cat (previously at Neatorama). The  skateboarding put her over the top, because how many other cats do that?

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The secret to training cats (or any animal) is to make compliance worth the effort to them. Didga may not show it on her face, but the opportunity to have as much fun as she does, plus a spot in the record book, is a big payoff. Trainer Robert Dollwet will tell you it’s certainly not as simple as explaining fame and fortune to a cat, but his methods work. And get this: since this video was made, Didga broke her own record by performing 24 tricks in one minute! Read more about Didga’s record at the Guinness site.

A dog named Smurf also set a record for the most tricks in one minute. He did 32 of them! -via Tastefully Offensive


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This Cat Has Deep Thoughts and Serious Concerns

Herman the Cat is a little guy with big eyes and a deep soul. At least, he certainly seems to think a lot more about important matters than other kitties. Just here he seems to be wondering whether it's worth loving anyone if they're only going to die or stop loving you eventually.

And here he seems to have realized what hot dogs are really made of.

Of course, sometimes he does relax that big brain of his -and then he looks like one chill little kitty.

Via The Dodo


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Pet Groomer Caught Dancing With A Client's Dog

You know how you can tell a dog groomer loves their job? They literally dance through the work day, and if their canine client is agreeable they may even dance with the doggy.

Argentinian pet groomer Luis Antonio Caballero loves the business he's in, and while other 58-year-olds are thinking about retiring Luis is having too much fun with his furry clients to close up shop.

One day his wife Gabriela went off to make tea and came back to find Luis dancing to the B-52s with a cute little client, so she had to shoot a video and share the cuteness with the world.

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Now their Buenos Aires-based business PetShop Perrito Feliz has tons of new clients who can't wait to have Luis dance with their dogs!

-Via The Dodo


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Meowls Are Majestic Mutants Created By The Internet

Photoshoppers of the internet beware- all that digital power is starting to go to your heads, and if your creations ever come to life Weird Science style the human race is doomed!

Take these lovely Meowls you've designed for example- they're majestic and appear to be harmless enough, but combine a cat's love of the hunt with flight and an owl's talons and you'll discover appearances are deceiving.

But Meowls may be the hybrid animal this world needs, considering how few rodents would be left to invade our homes after that predator X 2 goes to work on their population.

They also look like they possess a magical ability or two, like the ability to stare straight into our souls and determine whether we're their rulers or their servants.

See "Meowls" Are a Gorgeous Cat/Owl Hybrid That the Mad Scientists of the Internet Have Created here


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