Navy Corpsman and redditor Tokyomaneater69 found four newborn bunnies in a hole near their dead mother. He took them back to the barracks and hand-fed them each four times a day until they started to jump out of their box, at which time they went to a wildlife shelter. The four were named Steven, Raymond, Vaughn, and James. He scheduled their feedings around his workday and luckily had no barracks inspection while the rabbits were there. See more pictures and videos linked in the reddit thread. Link
My sister once had a cat that hated cat food, loved dog food and tried to steal steaks off of the plate -he was the most dog-like cat I think I've ever seen and I'm pretty sure he would even make Shorty and Kodi look more cat-like. Even then, these two are still pretty darn doggish.
Via Pets Lady
No words to explain this we have.
Ren Netherland of Animal Photography took these photos below and many other excellent examples of creative dog grooming. He travels thousands of miles each year criss-crossing America to document our country's most extreme grooming competitions.
The Force is clearly with this Yoda dog (who da dog? Yoda dog!):
All of the dogs have been sheared and coloured to achieve the final look. Contestants at the grooming competitions visited by Mr Netherland included a dog dressed as the characters of Sesame Street, one dressed as Yoda from Star Wars and another dressed as different Disney characters.
Other dogs were dressed as tigers, elephants, robots, lions, dragons, and exotic birds. It takes two intense hours for the groomers to produce their masterpieces before facing judges.
Mr Netherland said: 'The owners have to grow out their dog's hair in preparation for the show - so that it's long enough for them to make something. 'They train and rehearse throughout the year in preparation for the competition, whittling their creation down to a fine art.
'The best thing for spectators is that when the poodles fist come onto the stage, they just look like normal poodles. Suddenly they are transformed before your eyes into something colourful and completely different. The dogs seem to enjoy the pampering and all the attention.'
I can't think of anything more intriguing and terrifying than the description that comes with this video.
Bored of being in a dark room, she flips on the light, opens the door and bails.
This particular episode takes place at 1am.
This is why we keep doors locked with her around. We don't need her harassing the neighbors.
And yes, Julius is female, with a male name. Wanna make something of it? -via Metafilter
"We're gonna need a bigger ball," the manager of Big Cat Rescue must have thought when he saw a cat playing with a ball and thought about getting one for the group's white tiger.
Six young squirrels whose tails had become fused together were brought in to the Animal Clinic of Regina in Saskatchewan. Veterinarian Dr. Steven Kruzeniski said the condition, known as squirrel king, was rare, but he'd seen a case before.
This particular group of six were nesting near a pine tree and sap fused their tails together. A city of Regina worker found the young squirrels and brought them to the clinic.
The animals were sedated and the veterinarian team worked to untangle the mess of tails. Their tails were then shaved of the matted fur and they were given antibiotics to prevent infection.
Dr. Kruzeniski says the young squirrels were lucky to keep their tails as in some more extreme cases they have to be amputated.
Fuzzles will soon be ready for the joust, thanks to this armor on sale by eBay member mightys0x. This is a steel helmet and set of chain mail armor. Mightys0x writes:
Is your pet guinea pig tired of wandering around the house unarmored and vulnerable? Do they get picked on by other guinea pigs? Has your guinea pig ever wanted to go with you to a Renaissance Faire but had nothing to wear?
Note that the condition is listed as "used." This armor must have already seen combat. Did the previous user survive?
And a human tightrope walker at that. Siam is one seriously talented gibbon and needs form a circus at Monkeyland so he can become a true star.
We already know that having a pet is a good thing. Kathy Benjamin looked at the research and found many proven ways (ten to be exact) that owning dog is good for you.
But wait! What about cats? Benjamin posted a second list shortly afterward, with eight ways cat owners benefit from their furry friends. Some of the research contrasts cat owners with dog owners, but there are millions of people who have both cats and dogs, and derive benefits from both. After all, we know a good thing when we see it! Read both lists at mental_floss.
8 Benefits of Being a Cat Owner. Link
10 Benefits of Being a Dog Owner. Link
(Image credit: Erin McCarthy (cat) and Ethan Trex (dog).
Do you think your pet is happy? Psshhh...I doubt you even celebrated its birthday last year, much less with a sweet hat like this one by Etsy seller iheartneedlework.
Just look at these critters, they know to live and with their fantastic headwear, they're ready to celebrate any occassion in style...even the 4th of July.
Don't worry, there's still time to make it up to your furry little buddy, just click on the link and start ordering headwear for your friend. They may fight when you put it on them, but that's only because they aren't ready to accept such a generous gift.
Cats may not understand treadmills, but dogs are totally blown away by limes. Just look at how boggled Topper is by this sour thing in the sand.
Lime: It's the fruit that bites dogs back! (Really though, keep your dogs away from limes and lemons because they can be toxic to canines.)
Via Cute Overload
Sure, those short legs might be why corgis are adored around the world (especially on the internet), but for practical purposes, they can be a little bit of a pain in the critter's adorable butt. On the upside, even their struggle with their short legs is still simply precious.
Via Cute Overload
It might be a spoiler alert for some films, but Does the Dog Die can stop you from shedding a whole slew of tears. The purpose of the site is pretty clear give the name: you can search for any film to find out if animals die in it. The site will also tell you if an animal gets hurt or appears dead, but ultimately ends up ok.
If you had this as a kid, maybe you could avoid having your heart ripped out when you watch the end of Old Yeller.
Prince worked as a therapy dog at Portage High School in Indiana for four years before retiring this spring. To honor the pup's service, the school opted to include him in the yearbook among all the graduating seniors and let him lead the pack of students during the graduation ceremony last Sunday.
Does your dog chase its tail or lick its paws over and over again? Maybe it has the dog-equivalent of OCD, a condition called CCD or canine compulsive disorder.
Now, researchers have discovered that MRI brain scans of 8 CCD-affected Doberman pinschers show similar brain characteristics with humans with OCD:
For the study, Ogata and colleagues recruited eight Doberman pinschers with CCD and a control group of eight Dobermans without CCD. The team chose Dobermans because they are the first breed to show a genetic basis for CCD and because the breed has a high prevalence of CCD—about 28 percent of U.S. Dobermans, said Ogata, whose study was published online in April in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry.
After obtaining MRI scans for each group, the team discovered that the CCD dogs had higher total brain and gray matter volumes and lower gray matter densities in certain parts of the brain—similar to the structures of people brains' with OCD. Gray matter is a brownish-gray tissue inside the brain and spinal cord that contains mostly nerve cells.
Christine Dell'Amore of National Geographic reports: Link
Sure, Bini can play basketball, but I'd much rather be friends with Alibi, who knows how to relax and take a load off. We could enjoy avocado face masks together while we munch on some popcorn and watch a cheesy rom-com. You can follow Albi on his daily adventures on his website, AlbiRabbit.com.
This mustacioed puppy has been an internet celebrity ever since his adorable mug made its way onto Reddit a few month's ago. More recently, the little chum's owner came forward with a more recent photo. Even if you're one of the many people who think ear cropping is inhumane and/or stupid looking (count me amongst those against the practice), there's no denying that the fantastic mustache on this pooch has kept him looking quite dapper.