This footage shows an orphaned baby rhino named Gerjie and her friend Lammie the lamb as they romp, bounce and play together in a way that shows their obvious affection for each other. Tragically, Gerjie lost her mother to poachers. The rhino and lamb pair live together at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in Hoedspruit, South Africa. -Via Viral Viral Videos
You think trying to work on a computer with a curious cat around is hard? This poor zookeeper needs to dose two young pandas with medicine, but they have other things in mind- like climbing, cuddling, and playing! It appears akin to trying to teach something important to a roomful of preschoolers at their peak energy time. And you can’t give medicine during a nap! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
This hilarious footage shows a Canadian weather report that goes to the dogs when Edmonton weatherman Mike Sobel attempts to give the forecast while holding Humane Society visitor Ripple on a leash. Ripple, a mastiff mix only wanting to play, plays too powerfully for the television personality to handle while explaining weather conditions and gesturing at the screen. The forecast might indicate "calm conditions," yet in the studio it's a different story! Make sure to watch at around 1:20, when things really start to get wild. -Via Viral Viral Videos
News from the Supreme Court is extremely important, but since cameras are not allowed during hearings, the audio-only TV coverage is far from interesting. John Oliver has a wonderful idea to get people to watch SC news stories: use footage of dogs! To that end, his production team made an entire reel of “stock footage” which can be used to illustrate any sound bite from Supreme Court hearings. Each individual Justice is included, as well as lawyers and other court employees.
And in case you like that idea, here is the entire reel, which can be excerpted as necessary. There is no soundtrack, but once you start watching, you won’t want to stop. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Joao Silvestrini is an older man who lives in Brazil, and every single day like clockwork, he has a hummingbird fly into his house for a snack. He decides to take advantage of these moments and strike up a conversation with his little fluttery friend. If you have a heart, this video will make it sing.
May we all be as lucky as Joao to one day live a life where our open windows bring us adorable hummingbird companions for daily visits.
If this ever happens to me, I will name my pet hummingbird Mr. Pippers, and we will be the very best of friends, regardless of age and the fact that one of us is a bird.
You may remember Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund of dachshund fire truck fame. Here's a little insight into the Lifestyles of the Canine and Famous: part of the job description of a star dachshund is to let his public know that he's up for awards when the time comes. So this compilation is partly a bid for the mouseclicks to seal the deal on the award for Best Dog Vine Account. This could be the big break Crusoe and sidekick Oakley need to hit the Vine bigtime. Anyone interested in voting can visit the YouTube link for instructions; otherwise, fans can just worship Crusoe's star power from afar. -Via Tastefully Offensive
This sweet baby elephant named Wass fell down a man-made well in a Kenyan river bed and needed medical care. Representatives from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust airlifted the little calf to safety, and they took friends to comfort him: these two baby ostriches. It's good to see the wildlife trust making a difference for injured animals like this. Hopefully Wass will have a long elephant life ahead of him. -Via Arbroath
Working at home is wonderful, but it has its drawbacks. My kids have been on fall break this past week, which makes getting anything done difficult. However, they did clean up the house. The cats won’t do that. They just want your undivided attention while you’re home with them. Cole and Marmalade (previously at Neatorama) demonstrate exactly what working around cats is like. At least I’m in a position to put all the cats outside when they get too annoying. -via Fark
Kai Halvorsen loves his dog Igor. But when the family planned a trip to Thailand, they couldn’t take Igor along. He had to stay in a kennel. Kai decided he had to do something to make Igor’s time there a little better, since the dog had never been away from the home or the family overnight. You’ll love what they came up with… I sure did. It wouldn’t have happened if the stunt weren’t sponsored by a paint and tool company, which resulted in a great ad, but it’s an adorable idea for a much loved pet. -via Tastefully Offensive
When people in Tokyo need a feline fix they look for the Cat Man From Kyushu and his nine delightfully dour kitty pals.
The Cat Man from Kyushu (Kyuku Neko Ojisan) pushes his nine furry friends around in a stroller like a bunch of tongue bathing babies, and surprisingly they seem just fine with the whole arrangement, content to lounge while pushed around town.
The Cat Man is a retiree who fills his days spreading happiness around Tokyo by sharing his cats with the city’s residents, and the cats seem to enjoy being pet as much as the people enjoy petting them!
However, as you can see in his Facebook photos, the Cat Man is a very modest man, and he prefers to stay out of pictures and let his cats remain the center of attention for the adoring public.
The Perceval family of Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia, sold their home at auction for $2,060,000. But before the final paperwork was done, they got a better offer: real estate agent Glen Coutinho said the new offer asked for the inclusion of the Perceval’s cat Tiffany.
Mr Coutinho, of RT Edgar, said that a child of one of the bidders had fallen in love with Tiffany during the inspections of the home.
“Tiffany decided she would sit on the couch,” Fran Perceval told the Herald Sun.
“People would come through, and she’d observe them and be patted.
“She loved all the attention — she does look a bit ornamental,” she said.
Ms Perceval had even jokingly suggested to Mr Coutinho that Tiffany could be included in the sale, because after all “she believes the house is her property”.
But then the bidder offered to buy the home for $2.2 million — as long as Tiffany was included in the deal.
The Percevals did the math, and since the cat is worth an extra $140,000 to the buyer, Tiffany will stay in her home with the new owners. The cat actually belongs to the Perceval’s 19-year-old son Sam, who stands to get a cut of the profits. Would you give up your cat for that kind of cash? Keep in mind that the new owners would be devoted to her, and the cat gets the house, so to speak. It’s possible that the “cat clause” might be a way to get around the terms of the original auction, but I am not well-versed in Australian real estate laws. -via reddit
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Stella knows that there’s nothing more fun for a dog than a ball to chase and a big pile of leaves to jump in. And it’s all the better when the ball is in the big pile of leaves! Oh yeah, jumping in the pile of leaves is the best part of chasing a ball, as you can tell by that tail wag, even when the rest of Stella is buried. That’s a good dog. -via Buzzfeed
Image: George Veltchev
So many animal species have familial bonds that, in their own ways, are equal the strength of ours. In a sense they are more intense than ours, in that humans rarely are forced to defend the lives of their family members in the face of predators looking to kill them. Whether protective and loving behaviors among animals are the result of instinct, emotional attachment or both, evidence of it abounds, and it makes for sweet photographs and in-person observations.
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Having advanced in years and become infirm, Nancy Cowen of Westcott, Surrey, UK, had to move into a nursing home. It was necessary for her to part with her beloved cat, Cleo. She sent Cleo to live with her former neighbors.
But Cleo was having none of that.
Nursing home staff noticed that two weeks after Ms. Cowen moved in, a cat began hanging around outside, sleeping on the benches. Ms. Cowen and her sister saw the cat and confirmed that it was Cleo. Jennifer Hardwick writes for the Dorkling and Leatherhead Advertiser:
The happy pair have now been officially reunited, with Bramley House able to cater for the contented feline and keep her in her beloved owner's company.
The pet-friendly facility has also pledged to give Cleo a home for as long as she needs one in the future.
You know what they say: A hardworking person will do the job, but a lazy person will figure out an easier way to do it. That goes for hamsters, too! This little guy figured out how to get that wheel to go ‘round and ‘round without getting out of bed, so to speak. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Animals don't get much more relaxed or content than these two. This cat and chihuahua are cuddled up together and the cat seems just as blissed out grooming the chihuahua as the chihuahua looks to receive the treatment. This pair obviously didn't receive the "cats and dogs don't get along" memo. -Via Tastefully Offensive
This precious baby bulldog makes his best attempt at a howl, but certain factors stand in his way. The first is a puppies' perpetual sleepiness. He almost falls asleep during one attempt. The second obstacle is that he's too little and his vocal chords aren't quite prepared for a full-fledged howl just yet. Give it time, puppy! -Via Tastefully Offensive
YouTube member bikemystic gives us a play-by-play analysis while his cat Scoop eats her dinner. I’m not surprised that Scoop has idiosyncrasies about eating, because so many cats do. What’s amazing is the range and imagination of those habits. I have (or have had) cats that
* only will drink water by dipping and licking her paw.
* hides her toys in the food dish. A dish she has to share.
* cries for food only when one of the other cats is hungry.
* won’t eat inside, but will come inside to ask for food.
* likes to turn the water dish over, so we had to put a brick in it.
* has to transfer food to “her” dish before eating it.
* takes a mouthful, then goes into another room to chew it alone.
* eats raw potatoes, but has to chew off the peel and spit it out first.
In case you are wondering, Scoop was not named after her eating habits. She came with that name before the habit developed. It just worked out. -via Tastefully Offensive
Your dog doesn’t enjoy wearing a cone, even though it’s for his own good. You probably don’t like it, either, and can’t wait until it’s no longer needed. But while it’s there, you may as well take advantage of it, by letting your imagination run wild. This poor puppy makes a perfect Pixar lamp! Other humans made the cone into a martini, Death Star, salad bowl, and other silly photo opportunities, which you can see at 22 Words. -via mental_floss
The problem with being a mother chipmunk is that there comes a time when your babies are almost as big as you are, but still too dumb to follow simple directions, much less fend for themselves. This chipmunk nested inside the bumper of an RV, with a small hole that’s just a little high for her center of gravity when carrying a large child. Oh, the hole is big enough, but the baby is used to curling up in a ball, which thwarts mama’s plans of tucking him in for the night. But she gives it her best effort! Then at about 2:15, she changes tactics and this starts to resemble a Looney Tunes cartoon. YukonJan says she eventually got both babies into the nest later that night. When it takes hours to get your kids settled for the night, you have to start early. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
In a story that seems nearly incomprehensible, actress Tippi Hedren decided back in the early 1970s that it was a good idea to move a bunch of lions into her Sherman Oaks, California home. Neil, the lion shown here, and a number of other cubs and juveniles napped on the sofa, slept in beds with the family and essentially lounged around the house at their leisure. Also living with the lions was Hedren's husband Noel Marshall, her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and two sons of Marshall's.
After a 1969 trip to Africa, Hedren, best known for her leading roles in Hitchcock's Marnie and The Birds, and husband Marshall decided they wanted to make a movie about lions. Hedren followed the advice of a man named Ron Oxley who owned an "animal rental business" (surely a "stellar" organization) in Soledad Canyon, California, who told her that in order to develop a rapport with lions, she needed to live with them. When her neighbors in Sherman Oaks complained about the family pets, Hedren and her husband moved the family to live at the remote reserve in Soledad Canyon, where filming of their movie Roar began in earnest.
Over seventeen million dollars and eleven years later, Roar wrapped, only grossing two million after its release. The carnage wasn't just financial. Two film crews walked off the set, reportedly after losing fingers to the lions. A lion pulled the skin clean off the director of photography's scalp, necessitating surgical reattachment. Young Melanie Griffith, who acted in the film, had her face gashed by a lioness, an injury for which she required fifty stitches. Hedren and her husband divorced not long afterward, and Tippi stated in an interview that she had changed her mind about lions; people shouldn't keep them as pets, she said.
Nice epiphany, Tippi. After all, they aint birds.
-Via Bored Panda | Images: Life Magazine