Nora's the Name, Slaying People With Cute is the Game




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Animal lovers, particularly those who treasure polar bears, may want to grab on to a sturdy surface prior to hitting play, due to possibility of serious swoon. This is Nora, the three-month-old polar bear cub at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (whom I've once featured previously at Neatorama before she was old and mobile enough to do much but look and sound adorable while sleeping).

Now a curious, roly poly bear-in-training, this clip shows Nora roaming around the off-display areas of her zoo home, having fun and attending to important tasks such as giving the sign that announces her moniker a little taste test. The cub's name was decided by a public vote, and is a combination of letters in the names of her parents, mother Aurora and father Nanuq. Nora will not be available to be seen by zoo visitors until her keepers are satistfied that she is emotionally and physically ready.

Learn more about and see additional video clips of Nora at the Facebook page of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It's updated frequently, is well done and is worth the time for any animal enthusiast.


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Are You Ready for Some Otterball?

We're huge fans of the Puppy Bowl and even the Kitten Bowl (despite the fact that it's a blatant rip off), but if you're looking for some live animal sports, some new teams or just a little more water in the game, you'll want to head to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to enjoy the second annual Otter Bowl.

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The otters in the otter bowl aren't just limited to boring old footballs and even toy balls, they even are given a special football made out of clams.

If you're looking for a little live animal championship entertainment but happen to be in San Francisco rather than LA, be sure to stop by the live Puppy Bowl at Gott's Roadside. Best of all, the athletes are all up for adoption there so you could even bring home a new best friend.

Via LAist and LA Times


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Missing Cat Found a Year Later, Fat from Living in a Pet Food Warehouse

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When he was 9 months old, Clive the cat disappeared from this home in Toton, Nottinghamshire, UK. Fourteen months later, he's finally home after spending the time living in a pet store company warehouse.

Kennelgate Pet Superstores maintains that warehouse in the nearby town of Stapleton. Workers there noted that something kept triggering alarms during the night. They found evidence of a cat, which they finally trapped.

Clive was microchipped, so after a veterinarian scanned the chip, it was easy to reunite the cat with his owner, Tanya Irons. She's delighted to have Clive back, even if he's put on a lot of weight. She told the BBC that "I can't believe that he's so porky."

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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This Hungry Sea Lion Pup Headed Right to a Restaurant

When you're hungry and you don't want to cook for yourself, you go to a restaurant. But who knew that sea lions thought the same way? At least one little guy in San Diego does as he headed to a beach-front restaurant The Marine Room yesterday morning and sat himself in a booth awaiting service. 

While the waitstaff was slow to show up for work, the little guy took in the great view.

Unfortunately, he never got his order of fish and chips, but he was taken in by a rescue team -though only after executive chef Bernard Guillas took a few choice photos of the odd occurrence. 

Via CBS News


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Pup Wipes His Own Paws


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This footage illustrates how Thomas Anamun trained his dog Bentley to operate on a cleanliness level above most canines. When Bentley gets to the welcome mat at the entrance of his home, he stops to wipe his paws thoroughly before walking through the doorway. Once the pup decides his job is done, his presence inside the house is celebrated by an unnamed doggie companion of his at the top of the stairs. Good boy, Bentley, and welcome home! Via Tastefully Offensive 


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Dog Breaks out of Her Kennel to Comfort Crying Puppies

(Photos: Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming)

Maggie, an Australian Shepherd, was staying at the Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming in St. Albert, Alberta. A few cages down from her were two rescued puppies. Their mama was nowhere to be found, so Maggie stepped in.

During the night, Maggie broke out of her own cage, found the puppies, and lay down in front of them. That's where caretakers found her the next morning. They put them all together so that Maggie could comfort them directly. CTV News talked to Sandi Aldred, the owner of the facility:

“She just wanted to get to these puppies, so she pushed her way through, wiggled her way out,” Aldred said. “She must’ve known pretty much where they were because she almost went right to their room.

“She stood there, she pawed at their door, she put her nose in there, she did her little bum wiggle and little bow to them and just wanted to be in there with them.

“Then she just sort of stood guard with them until we got back.”

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New Winter Sport: Boar Curling

Ice skaters on Båven, a lake south of Stockholm, Sweden, spotted wild boars on an island in the middle of the frozen lake. They were trapped there, unable to gain traction on the ice and probably running out of food on the little island. So the skaters gently pushed the boars across with poles, like they were sweeping curling stones across the ice.


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Policeman Answers Routine Call, Falls in Love With Puppy

Marcus Montgomery is a police officer with the Fort Walton Beach, Florida police department. When a situation regarding a prior employee arose at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Montgomery went to the facility to make sure everything was in order. Montgomery told BuzzFeed,

“We spoke for about 20 minutes and I was wrapping up my investigation. One of the supervisors left, and while I was still speaking to the director of PAWS, the supervisor came back in with this little puppy in her hands. You could tell he’d been sleeping because his eyes were heavy and he was yawning constantly.”

Montgomery said he “immediately” asked to hold the puppy. He soon found out that the pup had just been plucked from a box on the other side of the building, and due to being all alone in the box, he had been crying.

When Montgomery heard that information it was, as they say, "all she wrote." The cop decided right then and there to take the pup home that night where he lives with his girlfriend and a pitbull rescue named Vader, who was long desirous of canine companionship. 

Now? We have Vader and Kylo, as seen below. Living, loving and napping. Navigating the dark side together, as a pair of close pals are wont to do. 

Learn about Vader's history and how his being a pitbull affected the early part of his life as a shelter animal, and see more criminally cute pictures of Vader and Kylo by visiting this link.
 

 Images: Marcus Montgomery


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Cat Becomes Cleopatra

This attractive cat got himself (or herself) into a bit of a jam. He stuck his head into a vase, couldn’t get his head out, then freaked out and broke the vase. For a while he had a stylish ceramic collar, reminiscent of an ancient Egyptian fashion. You have to imagine it would be quite heavy and probably put pressure on his shoulders. We don’t have the end of the story, but this picture, and another one, were taken in a vet’s office, so we can assume the cat was freed one way or another. -via reddit


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Birds Are The Best Photobombers In The Animal Kingdom

Cats and other critters make photobombing look totally cool, but birds somehow manage to make the whole thing look like it's our fault they're in our shot.

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They stare at us like we're in their way, sometimes captivated by the shiny lens or the flash but mostly they're just there, in the way of yet another photo with that dumb look on their face.

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But that's what makes the bird photobomb such a special experience- they could fly away in an instant but they've chosen to satisfy their curiosity about humans by ruining our shots.

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Ruining is really the wrong word, actually a bird photobomb is quite the opposite, and so long as they don't break our lenses or peck at our heads birds can guest star in our photos anytime!

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Of course, inviting them to guest star in our shots may mean inviting disaster

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Because birds weren't raised with our human sense of decency and respect

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Lemurs Love to Get High on Millipedes

Lemurs are everything depicted in Madagascar -adorable, fuzzy and pretty f-ing crazy. But now that insanity sort of makes sense now that we know black lemurs actually enjoy getting high, it makes a lot more sense. So how do they get high? As it turns out, despite mostly eating fruit, they have a soft spot for black millipedes as well. If there's any question about whether or not they're trying to get high or just trying to have a snack, there's no debate there as they don't even eat the poisonous bugs, but simply take a bite and then throw it on the ground.

The millipedes often don't even die, but they do spray a toxic cloud at the lemur, which then spreads it along its fur. Aside from a sweet trip, the lemur also gets the benefit of using the poison as a mosquito repellant.


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Dress-Wearing Bunny Drinks Milk

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What you will see is an adorable little bunny who hops around in her little pink dress and then gets a drink from a syringe. Squee! The really weird part is the title of the video at YouTube: “Rabbit Female Wearing Ladies Dress Walking And Jumping , Drinking Milk From Injection Nipple.” Those are obviously words strung together for search engine optimization, and the overall effect is downright industrial. -via Metafilter


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Hellpug and Company Just Need A Few Kitty Best Friends

We've seen The Gamorrean Pug Guard, Pug Vader, the Banthapug, the leads of Doctor Pug, Spock from Star Pug and a barrage of television show intros with pugs. Now Pupstar Sonoma (who previously created the Game of Pugs) has brought us the superpug movie we've been dying to see -Hellpug.

If you prefer fantasy pugs, the company has also created the Pugs of Middle Earth for you to enjoy so you should still check out the link and say "hello" to some of the most fantastically dressed pugs on earth.

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Chewbacca the Newborn Calf Rescued from Thin Ice


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A three-day-old calf named Chewbacca got an early lesson in the dangers of winter when he slipped in between the planks of a wooden fence and escaped from his enclosure, later stranding himself on a pond covered with thin ice. But Chewbacca, a resident of Hope, Indiana, was saved by the quick action of his owner Kevin Mahoney, who enlisted the help of his local police department when the rope with which he first tried to rescue the calf was too short.

After the police arrived with a rope long enough to pull the calf to safety, Chewbacca's anxious mama made the adorable move of jumping over a barrier to get her to her baby. She had waited long enough to warm and comfort the little calf, and took the tail end of the rescue into her own hooves. Via Arbroath


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Maxing out the Cute Meter: Puppies and Baby Napping

It's still January and you are about to take your full annual capacity of cuteness. Enjoy this video of newborn puppies and a baby napping together. Just be aware that it will not be safe to watch anything else that is cute because this video alone is nearly a lethal dose.

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Punk Rock and Metal Cats Decked Out in Vests

Self-expression is a huge part of the punk and metal scene and sharing your favorite bands and other interests on your vest or jacket is one of the best ways to express yourself. Of course, just because these scenes are mostly made up of humans, that doesn't mean cats don't know how to rock just as hard.

Over at both Buzzfeed and Metal Sucks, there are a few great collections of punk and metal kitties decked out in their most rocking vests. They sure look cute, but with their vests and attitudes, these cats aren't to be messed with.


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Heavy-Sleeping Cat Won't Wake up, No Matter How Many Mice Crawl on Her

Mimo the cat is asleep. And when she sleeps, she's totally out. So the first mouse crawls over her. There's no response. More mice come out to play . . .

. . . and Mimo doesn't notice! Eventually, 21 mice climb on top of Mimo, who doesn't stir.

They should use this time for something more productive, such as raiding the cheese supply!

-via Rocket News 24


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Mother Elephant Shields Her Baby from Humans


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Though I love most animals, elephants are one of my favorite species, in part because of their intelligence, compassion, and frequent expressions of love to their herds and families. An example is this cautious elephant mother who unfortunately is aware of reasons that it's best to keep her baby beyond trunk's length from strange humans. In this sweet clip, she extends her trunk to gently hold the baby back from a group of tourists approaching them on the road near Malelane in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Via Daily Dot


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Reddit Photoshop Battle: This Rather Smug Looking Goat

Original Image: THE Picture of Goat Defiance

It could be Kim Jong-Un bending over. Perhaps it has to do with Kim Kardashian's latter (and fatter) parts. It could have to do with Putin's chesty breastal regions. Or it may just be a goat. The goat above, in fact. Some think this little guy's expression says "smug." Some think it's proud. Personally, I think it vaguely resembles a goat version of success kid (one of my favorite memes).

Just how Redditors interpret the goat's countenance is currently being expressed in a Reddit photoshop battle thread. The results are rich; a few are pictured here. Check them all out at Reddit. Via Daily Dot

Wutchoo talkin' about Reddit?
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Who’s a Good Dog?

Did you notice a theme developing in our feature banner at the top of the blog this week? We had dogs with degrees, research on dogs barking, Marilyn Monroe’s dogs, and even corn dogs. And now that we’ve made it to the end of Dog Week at Neatorama, it’s time for something just plain silly. We are going to examine the phenomena of The Good Dog. Who’s a good dog? We ask our dogs that all the time, and them, being dogs, just have no idea. 

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Cat is Obsessed with Balloon

Evie has a balloon, and it’s her favorite thing ever! She carries it around with her all the time. Maybe it’s her security balloon!

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And like any small child with a balloon, she goes into a panic when it gets away from her. There’s a bit of tension in this story, but things work out in the end, and Evie gets her balloon back. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Don’t Worry, Kitty!

This adorable kitten looks aghast, but he’s okay. That’s just the way his eyes look all the time! Bum was brought into the San Diego Humane Society’s Kitten Nursery and was adopted by employee Courtney Morman. Bum is all grown up now, and helps Morman with the other kittens she cares for. Morman gave Bum his own Instagram account because so many people love his worried eyes. You can see plenty of pictures of him there.


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Hot New Thing: Yoga with Bunnies

Out: yoga with cats and dogs. In: yoga with rabbits! Metro News reports that Sunberry Fitness in Richmond, British Columbia, recently held classes in which people performed yoga while rabbits hopped around the studio.

The studio offered these classes in conjunction with Bandaids for Bunnies, a local rabbit rescue charity. Their goal was to offer a new yoga experience and get some of the rabbits adopted into good homes. The first two classes sold out and there’s a waiting list for future classes.

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Couple Find Strange Black "Walking" Fish In New Zealand Bay

People come across odd animals all the time, posting the photographic evidence online and sparking a wave of discussion about what the heck that animal in the pic actually is.

Most of the time these critters end up being nothing more than deformed or otherwise genetically defective, but sometimes their discovery is actually an important biological breakthrough.

A couple in New Zealand found a strange black fish while snorkeling in the Bay of Islands near Auckland, the fish seemingly "walking" along the ocean floor.

They caught the fish and sent it to researcher Andrew Stewart from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa so he could study it and tell them what they'd found.

Andrew came to the conclusion that the bizarre black fish is actually a rare variation of the striated frogfish, but Andrew was amazed by the fish's jet black coloration considering they're normally brightly colored and boldly striped.

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Now the black sheep of the frogfish world is part of the Te Papa collection, where they'll study it to discover whether the black coloration is an evolutionary adaptation or merely a mutation.

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Simon's Cat Logic: Crazy Time

Simon Tofield, the animator behind Simon’s Cat, talks with Nicky Trevorrow, a cat behavior expert at Cats Protection about why our furballs do the odd things they do, specifically the sudden craziness. You’ve seen your cat switch off his senses and explode in a flurry of activity like a scalded haint. That’s crazy time.

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Better yet, Trevorrow gives us tips on how to help cats release that energy in a more productive way. Tofield is beginning a new series of videos called Cat Logic. Future episodes will explore other cat behaviors that seem incomprehensible to us mere humans. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Two Tough Lizards Take Their Scrap To The Street

Lizard gangs like to take their rumbles right to the middle of the street, so all the wimpy humans watching the fight will see how tough they are and leave them alone.

But only one lizard gang lord can rule the block, and as this video shows it can take quite a while for the king lizard to come out on top!

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Sadly, this epic battle was ignored by virtually every human who passed by, but the guy who decided to capture the whole thing on video is now under the protection of the South Side Saurians.

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Baby Horse Knocked over By His Own Sneeze


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The little newborn foal filmed by Sammi Hill experienced his first sneeze and went for a tumble. Either he’s a bit unsteady on his legs or he’s discovered a superpower. Get back up try again, little foal.

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Common Plants That Can Be Deadly For Pets

Pet owners often assume their cats and dogs will instinctively know which plants are safe to eat and which ones are toxic.

But for some reason domesticated animals will chew on just about anything if given the chance, including common plants that are actually pure poison for pets.

If your cat likes to hang out on the counter they might be enticed by that beautiful bouquet of lilies you bring home, but lilies can cause kidney failure in cats and ingestion is fatal if not treated within 18 hours.

 

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The sap from both the elephant ear and dumb cane plants can be fatal if ingested, and if the sap gets into your cat's eyes while it's prowling around they can get mighty infected.

Learned that one the hard way, and lemme tell ya- it's no fun trying to hold your cat down and give them eye drops!

Those beautiful foxgloves that sprout up all over the place are poisonous to both pets and people, but your pets probably won't notice them until you bring them inside, so leave them in the yard where they belong!

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Some When Where Why of Dogs Barking

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

Research in, on, or about barking
by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff

Molnar’s Barking Dogs in Review
“Barking in Family Dogs: An Ethological Approach,” Péter Pongrácz, Csaba Molnár, and Ádám Miklósi, Veterinary Journal, vol. 183, no. 2, February 2010, pp. 141-147. The authors, at Eotvos Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, report:

Although it is one of the most conspicuous features of dog behaviour, barking has received little attention from ethologists or from an applied perspective. In this review, an ethological look is taken at the communicative aspect of dog barking. Emerging new research has indicated that in the repertoire of dog vocalisations, barking has unique features in showing wide ranges of acoustic parameters, such as frequency, tonality and rhythmicity. Barking has been shown to be context dependent, and provides information for humans about the inner state of the dog although there are few indications that barking is used for intra-species communication. It is assumed that dog barking emerged through selective processes in which human preferences for certain acoustic aspects of the vocalisation may have been paramount. A more experiment-oriented approach is required for the study of dog vocalisation that could shed light on the possible communicative function of these acoustic signals.

Detail from the study “Barking in Family Dogs: An Ethological Approach.”

Molnár’s Method to ID Dogs by Bark Identification (2005)
“Human Listeners Are Able to Classify Dog (Canis familiaris) Barks Recorded in Different Situations,” Péter Pongracz and Csaba Molnár, Adám Miklosi, and Vilmos Csanyi, Journal of Comparative Psychology, 2005, vol. 119, no. 2, 136–144. The authors, at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, report:

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Giant Dog Takes Vet Tech for a Rodeo Ride

Dexter is a Boerboel, a working and guard dog of South African origin. At 175 pounds, he’s a lot for the vet techs to handle. Here he is at the veterinary clinic getting his nails trimmed. Two techs appear to have him under control while the third works on his nails. But when a 175-pound dog decides to leave, nothing is going to stop him. Dexter bolts and one tech rides him like he’s a bucking bronco at a rodeo.


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The remaining vet tech appears to crack up laughing.

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