No Dogs Allowed On NYC Subway Unless In A Carrier...Does A Tote Bag Count?

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New Yorkers are constantly coming up with clever ways to improve their lives, and since many of them take the subway to get around town their life hacks often involve finding easier ways to carry stuff around town.

But when it became illegal to bring a dog on the subway unless locked in a carrier a guy went all NYC and figured out a way to bring his husky on the train with him- inside a giant tote bag.

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He makes those yappy little purse dogs look even wimpier, doesn't he?!

As you can tell from the image at the top of the post this happy husky isn't the first tote bag dog to be smuggled onto the subway, and given how much NYC residents respect the law he won't be the last.

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When Animals Nip At Humans- The Compilation Video

Animals don't know how to use their words to express their disapproval, fear or anger, which is why preschool teachers never give animals any gold stars for properly sharing their feelings.

But they do know how to express themselves in one very impactful way- the warning nip.

This scary quick moment of lashing out tends to make humans stop pestering them and go away, and while it's not always funny when you're on the receiving end it's always funny to watch someone else get nipped.

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Man, I wish I could nip at people who are annoying me without winding up in jail...

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A Hamster Powered Machine That Draws Pictures Of Hamsters

Hamsters are fairly useless as pets, but they do excel at one thing- running in their wheel for hours at a time. So how does a hamster owner turn wheel running into cold hard cash?

That's where this wondrous machine created by Neil Mendoza comes in- the hamster running in the wheel powers the drawing arm which scratches out a sketch of a hamster running in a wheel.

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Now those little furballs can earn their keep by creating sketches which can be sold on the sidewalk as animal created fine art, a favorite among the trust fund hipster set.

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Missing Cat Emerges in Paris Eight Years Later

Marna Gillian and Sean Purdy had a cat named Moon Unit, until she disappeared from her home in London as they hosted a New year’s Eve party in 2007. They searched for her, and posted notices, but after a few months decided that Moon Unit was not coming home. Fast forward to 2016, and Gillian received an email from a French animal rescue group that they had identified Moon Unit from her microchip!  

"She was found in Essonne, a suburb south of Paris," Gillian explained. "We have no idea how she got there. Our best guesses are that she stowed away, or found a new family, was brought over by them, and then ran away? The stowaway theory seems the most likely i think.

"She didn't get there legally, we do know, because her microchip would have been checked in that case."  

Gillian and Purdy are no longer a couple, but they took a train together to collect Moon Unit in Paris. They say she is adjusting well, and will soon be introduced to one of her adult kittens. -via Uproxx

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Sleepy Horse Uses Woman's Head as Pillow


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Jimmy the horse wanted a nap. His human's head was handy, so he leaned over to use her for support. The human, Lisa Brown, explains:

I was out in the fields early one morning, and Jimmy lay down to snooze, which he does often. I took my cup of coffee and went to sit with him. I was scratching and stroking him, and he began to lean on me and then pushed me gently back until I was basically his human pillow! Jimmy has a very peaceful nature, but he's also a comic genius!

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Parrot Becomes Squeaky Toy

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Believe it or not, this is a live parrot, and not a squeeze toy! Kanji has not only learned how to make the exact sound of a squeaky toy, he also knows the appropriate time to use that talent. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Instagram Account Shows What It's Like To Go Camping With Your Cat

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For some reason I've never been able to get my pet cats to stay in the house, let alone stay in my yard, and yet there are cat whisperers out there who take their kitty with them wherever they go.

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These lucky humans can travel halfway around the world and their little kittie pal will stay right by their side, exploring the world with their owners by day then setting up camp right next to them at night.

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And when the two (or more) intrepid travelers encounter strange and scary sounds outside their tent at night they can look to each other for comfort and protection.

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Some cats have gotten so used to traveling with their humans they've started shooting photos and footage of the trip for posterity, and thanks to Ryan Carter of "Camping With Dogs" fame they can share their fun pics with the world via Instagram.

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See "Camping With Cats" Instagram Will Inspire You To Go Hiking With Your Cat here


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Oh, the Shame!

America’s Funniest Home Videos put together a compilation of confounded dogs and cats struggling to deal with their cones of shame.

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It must be awful to suddenly find that either your head or the world is a different shape. Some of these pets aren’t sure which it is, but it is difficult. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Bird Enjoys Moving Sidewalk

Wheeeee! A little bird landed on the handrail of a moving walkway and was carried down to the end. It must have been a fun ride, because he went right back to where he was to start all over again!

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If only we could all spend time enjoying the little pleasures of life. We don’t know where this is, but the walls sure could use some artwork. -via Laughing Squid


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Baby Owls Go for a Swim

The Snowy Owl family on the North Slope of Alaska needs to move toward a new home. Daddy Owl has already scouted out a new place to live. Since the baby owls can't fly yet, they have to walk. And when they get to a river, they have no choice but to swim across it.

As this scene from Nature illustrates, they're quite good at it! Even without swimming lessons, the baby owls figure out how to row across the water with their wings.


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Dog Fetches Brother


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When Derick Duffner wants the presence of his dog Jack, he doesn't call for him. He asks his other dog, Luke, to fetch him.

They could walk each other like this.

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Cats' Reactions to Owners

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!

Cat-centric research
compiled by Dirk Manley, Improbable Research staff

Cats Recognize (But Don’t Always Respond to) Owners’ Voices
“Vocal Recognition of Owners by Domestic Cats (Felis catus),” Atsuko Saito and Kazutaka Shinozuka, Animal Cognition, vol. 16, no. 4, July 2013, pp. 685-690. The authors, at the University of Tokyo, report:

We studied 20 domestic cats to investigate whether they could recognize their owners by using voices that called out the subjects’ names, with a habituation–dishabituation method. While the owner was out of the cat’s sight, we played three different strangers’ voices serially, followed by the owner’s voice. We recorded the cat’s reactions to the voices and categorized them into six behavioral categories. In addition, ten naive raters rated the cats’ response magnitudes. The cats responded to human voices not by communicative behavior (vocalization and tail movement), but by orienting behavior (ear movement and head movement). This tendency did not change even when they were called by their owners. Of the 20 cats, 15 demonstrated a lower response magnitude to the third voice than to the first voice. These habituated cats showed a significant rebound in response to the subsequent presentation of their owners’ voices. This result indicates that cats are able to use vocal cues alone to distinguish between humans.

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An Orthotic Boot for Purps the Penguin

Yellow Purple the penguin (Purps for short) lives at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. She injured her foot and needed help with her mobility, so the aquarium staff enlisted the help of the ACT Group/3D Systems and a local middle school. They all worked together to design and 3D print a boot to help Purps get around while she heals.

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See the video about how the boot was made at Laughing Squid.


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Baby Horse Demands Butt Scratches


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This little filly knows what's good: butt scratches. And if you don't deliver them, she'll take them from you. She's got attitude.

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Dog Saves Owner's Life

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This is Guy, a dog who lives in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. On Thursday, he was hiking in the woods with 79-year old human, who fell and hit his head. The human lay there for 12 hours while Guy frantically tried to get the help of other nearby two-legs. WJLA reports:

The dog reportedly ran up the bank where the rescuers were, and would stop every 20-30 feet, barking until he led them to where the elder man was lying. […]

"It was like watching an episode of 'Lassie,'" says emergency responder, Matthew Mariscano.

Good boy.

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Dog Howls with the Wolves in Zootopia


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This German Shepherd feels for his comrades. When the wolves in the new Disney movie Zootopia howl, he joins in.

Appropriately, the scene is about a mass howling that started accidentally.

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Storytime with Abraham Lincoln

The following article is from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Nature Calls.

These true accounts of President Lincoln’s animal encounters show that the Great Emancipator’s compassion wasn’t limited to humankind.

LITTLE ABE AND THE WILD TURKEY

Lincoln learned at seven years old that he was different when it came to animals. Most boys his age didn’t think twice about hunting wild game during the frontier days of the early 19th century. But one day, young Abraham Lincoln shot a turkey on his family’s farm. According to biographer Thomas Keneally, “The experience of destroying animal life, of seeing the gush of blood, repelled him, and he would never become the dead-eye frontier marksman of American myth.”

WHAT THE SHELL?

When Lincoln was a teenager in the 1820s, a common pastime among his classmates was to catch terrapins (freshwater turtles) and then turn them over on their backs to watch them try to right themselves— usually unsuccessfully. Lincoln would have no part of such games. And when those games took a more sinister turn, the teen refused to stand idly by. This story comes from the 1909 book The Heart of Lincoln, by Wayne Whipple:

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Birds Demonstrate How to Dance to EDM

There are more kinds of electronic Dance Music (EDM) than we can keep up with. Using various YouTube videos, several different kinds of birds show us the proper dances for each.

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These birds can dance like nobody's business! Here’s part two of the demonstration.

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You may have noticed that the music here is not original to the videos, because we’ve seen some of these birds dancing before. You find a list of the original videos and music tracks at the YouTube pages. -via Laughing Squid


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How Dogs React To A Voice Actor Barking

Some voice actors are so good their mimicry abilities can fool anyone, even animals.

Rudi Rok is one of these incredibly gifted voice actors, and he's so good at barking, panting and other dog vocalizations he drives those poor poochies wild in this video by Jose Ahonen.

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It seems dogs who hear a perfect imitation of a dog bark start barking, I wonder what they're saying to Rudi...

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Dogs Playing on Slides

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Some dogs understand what’s supposed to happen on a playground slide, while others have yet to grasp the concept. It doesn’t seem to matter much, really; they all are having the time their lives! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Bulldog Doesn't Need Water to Swim


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It's hot in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Arnold the bulldog wants to cool off in the kiddie pool. Even though it's empty, he's good. He'll just swim around in the air, dragging his body along the bottom.

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The Animal Version Of "Brother From Another Mother"

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You're probably familiar with the “brother from another mother, sister from another mister” concept regarding people you meet in life who look like they could be your next-of-kin...or you.

This spooky similarity often goes beyond merely looking the same, as you discover you share interests, taste and mannerisms in common with your doppelganger.

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The same thing can happen with animals, only their “brother from another mother” similarities can cross species, making a dog and a cat look like they were separated at birth.

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Perhaps this doppelganger effect exists so every animal species on Earth will learn to get along with each other, whether we're hairless apes or hairless critters.

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See more from 10+ Animal Brothers From Other Mothers here


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Dog Shuts Cat in Cabinet

This dog probably didn’t think much about it ahead of time, but when the opportunity arises, he takes advantage of the moment.

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His parting words are the icing on the cake. I’m sure he said, “And stay there!” -via Arbroath


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Boomer The Bengal Cat Shows Off His Skateboarding Skills

We've all seen dogs who are really good skaters, but as it turns out cats are totally rad thrashers too, and they were either too lazy or too cool to show off their skills for the sake of human amusement.

But in this video Boomer the Bengal finally relents and shows off his sk8 or die side while his famous skater sister Didga, as well as a few dumbfounded dogs, cheer him on.

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Boomer is definitely the laid back beach cruiser type, and unlike those easily sidetracked canines he looks like he'd be happy to push that board around all day long!

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See more videos of Boomer and his sister Didga.


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Found Cat

This Craigslist ad originated in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where this kind of thing probably happens more it than does where you live. If you had a picture like that, you’d be tempted to do the same thing. I wonder how many responses they got. -via reddit


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Another New Scottish Wildcat Kitten

Earlier this month, we got to see three new Scottish wildcat kittens at a British zoo. Now there’s one at the  Chester Zoo in Chester, UK, as well. The single kitten was born in May to mother Einich, but had only recently emerged from its den for the first time. This event was caught on camera as the kitten heard its mother warn people away.

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She’s letting you know she’s definitely a wildcat -but the two-month-old kitten is adorable. The cats, Einich and her mate Cromarty and the kitten, are not on public display, but zoo visitors can watch them on a webcam feed. Read more about the Scottish wildcats at the zoo’s website. -via mental_floss


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Cat Found Hanging by Head in Grate

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Passersby noticed a cat stuck in a grate over a storm drain in Winchendon, Massachusetts, last Thursday. The Winchendon Fire Department responded and found the cat with its body hanging inside the grate, and its head stuck. They believe the cat was inside the storm and drain and was trying to get out. However, it’s also possible that cat’s body slipped through from above. The fire department reported:

When we arrived the cat was barely breathing and moving as she was hanging from the grate. Lieutenant Peters, Firefighter/Medic Harding, and myself removed the grate and uprighted the grate so the cat could breath.
When the owner arrived we had him get some dish soap from his house and we applied it around the cats neck, we slowly worked his head back into the grate and within a couple minutes we freed the cat.

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The one-year-old female cat was taken home by its owner, soapy but safe. -via HuffPo


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Tiny Puppy Tries To Fetch The Newspaper

People love to teach their pets how to do tricks, and some pets love to perform tricks because they get extra treats and extra attention from their humans.

Dogs are (arguably) the easiest pets to teach, because tricks such as the army crawl, speaking and fetching just click with them on an instinctual level.

But just because they have the ability to do these tricks within them doesn't mean those tricks come easy to them!

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Watching tiny Gracie struggle to fetch a Sunday edition-sized newspaper is truly inspirational, although something tells me she's going to be just fine with the death of the printed page.

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Kids Swim with Giant Python


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This is Sumatra, a giant albino Burmese python. She works with Redding Reptile Parties, an event service in Redding, California that brings reptiles to parties. In this video, Sumatra enjoys a hot summer day in the pool with two young friends.

Don't worry about the girls! They're safe. Corey Williams, Sumatra's owner, describes how gentle she is:

She has been to over 500 birthday parties and many schools, she has been around kids since she was a baby, she has never killed anything she even likes our dogs and cat. funny story I have found the most humane way to kill a rabbit or chicken is to give them a strong hit to the back of the neck with a hard object this normally kills them instantly for I don't like to see any animal suffer. Anyway I came in later to see if Sumatra had eaten and the chicken was walking around her cage, she would not touch it unless it was dead so I killed it for sure this time and she ate it right away.

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Heavy Metal Horse

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James Dickson was driving a country road, windows down, music up, and the song “I’m Broken” by Pantera was playing. He pulled up next to a pastured horse wearing a raincoat who appreciated Dickson’s taste in music. The horse started head banging, then tapping his hoof, and if the car had stuck around a bit longer, we’d probably see him try crowdsurfing. Note that Dickson named the video after the 1992 Pantera album Vulgar Display of Power.   -via Tastefully Offensive


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