This Frenchie from Eureka, California is obviously not a fan of being left alone in the car. He's bored and wants his human to get a move on. Thus, as he can't hotwire and reach to put the pedal to the metal, he put his paw on the horn. Leave this cutie in the car for too long and he'll lay on the horn for just as long. Eye for an eye, paw for a paw. -Via Laughing Squid
Some animals, like the Quokkas and red pandas, couldn't look grumpy if they tried. While we love them for making us smile, sometimes you need a Grumpy Cat to remind you that everyone has bad days and only idiots smile all the time. Of course, when you're really having a bad day, just one grumpy cat still isn't enough.
That's where this great article from the San Diego Zoo comes in -giving you even more grumpy critters to make your frown into more of a scowling smirk. Granted, some of these animals might not actually look quite as grumpy as the legendary Grumpy Cat herself, but they're still in a bad enough mood to make me feel better.
He says, “So my husky stole my dad's potato skin off his plate. This was the ensuing argument.” Both Dads and Huskys are extremely verbal, so many words flew back and forth. Redditor kurtu5 offered a handy translation:
Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!
Dog - Our species decided to work together 10,000 years ago to help each other to survive! We used to share the hunt!
Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!
Dog - All you give me is boring dry food! Taste is enhanced by smell and my nose is 1,000 times more sensitive than yours! My food is so damn boring!
Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!
Dog - What do you expect? This is torture! I can't stand my dry food anymore. I love you so much and I want to eat with you!
However, the dog was eventually resigned to the fact that he will never outtalk Dad. But hey, he got a potato skin!
Pandora is a tarantula. She is also a model. Those two factors aren't coincidence. Pandora's owner was once afraid of spiders but eventually not only overcame her fear, but also came to love the creatures and adopt dozens of them as pets.
In an effort to get others to overcome their fear of spiders and hopefully come to love the creatures, she started taking pictures of her pets. She soon discovered that Pandora was a perfect model and in the process started posting delightful photos of her baby on Facebook and Tumblr.
Of course, if you're terrified of spiders, it's hard to say if some of her horror-themed shoots will really help, but at least they'll let you see the creatures in an entirely new light.
Aegon Targaryen--Aegon the Fluffy, the call him--subdued all the warrens of Westeros. Then all of the Chief Rabbits of the land surrendered their carrots. He used them to erect the enormous Carrot Throne.
Wallace the rabbit once delivered beer to members of the court using a purpose-built cart. But no longer. He played the game and played it well. Now he sits in the Carrot Throne. And occasionally snacks on it, too.
-via Huffington Post
As someone with hair down to her waist, I pretty much live with my hair in a bun. That being said, I don't think I could ever even begin to compete with the gorgeous hairstyles on these precious pups -particularly that one up at the top there who could easily be a model for the perfect donut bun.
(Photo: Denver Post)
Cleopatra, a leopard tortoise in Golden, Colorado, suffers from pyramiding. This means that the scrutes of her shell did not grow evenly, but pushed up, forming pyramid-like structures. The pyramids make her vulnerable to other tortoises, as well as make it difficult for her to right herself if she gets flipped over. Holes that formed along the borders also make her susceptible to infections.
Roger Henry, a design student at Colorado Technical University, responded by building her a protective outer shell. He spent about 600 hours developing a design that would fit precisely over her shell. Then he built it with a 3d printer. Cleopatra has adapted to it well and is enjoying a healthier lifestyle as a result.
(Photo: Gary Stefanski)
-via Huffington Post
This two-week-old clouded leopard kitten is the current pride and joy of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, not just because he's so adorable, but because his species is severely endangered. Zookeepers say the male kitten, now thriving in veterinary care, is very vocal, particularly when it's time for him to eat (which is approximately every four hours)!
Clouded leopards are the smallest of the big cats, weighing just 30-50 pounds as adults and measuring about five feet in length (including their long tails). Native to Southeast Asia, the species is typically shy and reclusive. Tragically, its native range of rainforest is undergoing the world's fastest regional deforestation rates. Heavy hunting and poaching in the area make the species even more vulnerable to extinction.
Learn more about this cutie at the Lowry Park Zoo website and do not miss this video of the kitten at their Facebook page -- it's the most adorable big kitten video I've seen in ages.
When it comes to cats in the movies, who could forget Dr. Evil's feline sidekick, Mr. Bigglesworth? Certainly not you. Because that would make Dr. Evil angry, which would upset Mr. Bigglesworth. And you know what happens when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset.
Mr. Big's real name? Ted Nudegent. As Austin Powers International Man of Mystery was Ted's first film gig, he had to be trained to sit still while Mike Myers as Dr. Evil screamed, evaluated fembots and performed other parts of his schtick, for up to 45 minutes at a time. Nudegent's trainer Tammy Maples told the Philadelphia Daily News.
"It helped that he had been a show cat and was used to having lots of people around. And also that he just loved Mike Myers. Mike always took time to talk to Ted. It wasn't just 'sit down, roll cameras.'"
Read about more feline film stars here.
This hilarious footage features my latest spirit animal, an older Boxer, showing a rambunctious pup how to race at top speed around a snow bank. Yet simply because she's using the situation as a teaching moment, it doesn't mean that she plans to do the workout. Come on, be reasonable! -Via Tastefully Offensive
This is probably some kind of enrichment activity for red pandas in the Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo, Japan, but it ends up as pure entertaining cuteness. They slap slices of apple onto the glass windows of Eita’s enclosure and he has to get them himself. The apples taste so good after all that effort! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
See more red panda action from the Maruyama Zoo.
This adorable creature is Thumbelina, (previously), the Guinness Book of World Records title holder for the smallest horse in the world. Thumbelina is a dwarf, born to two mini horse parents. She is only 17.5 inches high and weighs 57 pounds; most large breed dogs would outweigh and tower over her.
Living at Goose Creek Farms in St. Louis, Missouri, Thumbelina's owner and caretakers Michael, Paul and Kay Goessling use her sweet disposition and looks to enrich the lives of sick children. They take her to children's hospitals and participate in regular outreach with children in her community and all across the country.
Read more about Thumbelina and see additional pictures here, and see a video of her here.
Poor Fritz! This Golden Retriever just wants to learn how to catch food when it's thrown to him. But his eye-mouth coordination is terrible. He's a klutz.
Maybe he'll get better. His human is certainly giving him motivation. Fritz gets only the best: a whole steak, a slice of pizza, a donut, a chimichanga, and more. Keep trying, Fritz!
-via Huffington Post
Being a citizen of the internet makes it very likely that you enjoy cats and occasionally enjoy a pizza. The problem is that cats enjoy pizza, too, and cats have no concept of resisting temptation, neither do they have respect for stupid human “rules.” My husband watched this and said, “Why don’t they push the cat away from the pizza?” Duh, these people are too busy recording a video for that! -via Tastefully Offensive
Kevin is an orange tabby that disappeared from his South Carolina home back in 2013. What makes Kevin different from the hundreds of other kitties that go missing isn't just that he was found two years later, but also that he was discovered on the California/Arizona border.
Somehow this frisky feline managed to travel most of the country before hiding in a truck trailer that was subject to a food and agriculture check on the state border. The inspector at the border asked the driver to open his trailer and only then were Kevin's muffled meows heard.
Two non-profit agencies have pitched in to help send Kevin back home to Southern Carolina where his shocked owner is happy to have him back after thinking she'd never see him again.
In 2011, the Gut Aiderbichl animal rescue organization in Austria rescued several chimpanzees which had been caged in an indoor laboratory for up to 30 years. Some, having been born there, had never seen the outside world.
Gut Aiderbichl prepared an open air environment for the chimpanzees, then moved them to a cage adjoining it. When it was ready, they opened a door between the two. The curious chimpanzees began to explore a bright new world. It’s not the wilderness to which they can never return, but it is a better life. You can follow their progress here.
-via Lost at E Minor
We all know that nature is full of horrors, and we've all seen When Nature Attacks to confirm that animals can easily take out a human with a flurry of hoof blows.
And then there are those animals that don't need brawn to get the job done, those amazingly adaptive animals who learn to protect themselves in the most terrifying ways.
These critters lurk around just waiting for someone, or something, to mess with them so they can show off their amazing adaptations and scare the fur or feathers off a would-be predator.
Some, like the Horror Frog, actually cause themselves harm when in defensive mode:
Others, like the bravely defiant Fulmar, have learned to spit in a predator's face to avoid becoming a Fulmar McNugget, using their own special sauce to make that predator lose its appetite:
See the 17 Things In Nature That Just Shouldn't Exist Because They're Terrifying here (Some entries contain NSFW language)
Chris Barnes, formerly an Australian tour guide, once saw a dead female kangaroo at the side of the road. While the body was in the first stages of decomposition, there was a joey in her pouch barely alive, that had been left for dead. Barnes took the helpless joey, whom he named Palau, and decided to raise her. A year later, Palau was healthy and able to be released.
Barnes missed his friend, and realized that there was no sanctuary in Australia to handle the situation he had with Palau. He also recognized the need to educate the public about orphaned joeys in similar circumstances. Intent on making a difference in the lives of these animals, Barnes began to work two jobs to cover the cost of helping orphaned Joeys. Eventually, an uncle of his passed on and left Barnes the money to build a sanctuary and continue his passion. Since then, Barnes has acted as parent to more than 200 joeys in need.
See many more adorable shots, a video, and read the full story of Barnes' commitment here, and visit and donate to his Kangaroo Sanctuary.
If there's any creature that isn't in need of pajamas, it's one who's covered in a cozy coat of fur. Yet these pups in pajamas for the sake of a picture are... I hate to admit it, but they're ridiculously cute. I didn't think there were many ways to improve upon the cuteness of a puppy, but pupjamas rachet things up to another level of cute. I'm going to imagine the "perfect world" scenario that, just after these shots were captured, these puppies were given many tasty treats in direct proportion to the nuisance of donning people clothes.
See more absolutely adorable puppies in pajamas here.
Lottie the African grey parrot has been watching a few James Bond movies! She’s got the voice down, the phrase, and even the theme song. But does she understand the implications of channeling the world’s greatest spy? Maybe not. She has to ask: “What’s that all about?” -via Tastefully Offensive
Wait, isn't the rule that women, children, and cats get first call on the lifeboats? Someone forgot to tell Captain Whiskers, who is going down with his ship using this cat condo from the Hollywood Kitty Company. It's 6 feet long, 4 feet tall, and has 3 interior levels. It's accessible through 6 port holes, 1 deck hole, and a gaping gash along the underside left by an iceberg.
-via Nag on the Lake
It's not hard to understand why some of the little dogs shown in this video choose big beds in which to stretch out. It must feel like one person basking in the glory of a king-sized bed all their own. What's more difficult to understand are these huge dogs trying to cram themselves into teeny tiny dog beds. Are they going for the "cat in a too-small cardboard box" secure feeling or what? It's a pet question for the ages. -Via Daily Pic Dump