And all of our lives are better for it. We need more hamsters walking out in the world to bring smiles to our faces. You can find more videos of this one posted by Twitter user @born_okss. They show Pico, our newest little friend. His leash seems light enough that it doesn't give him any trouble.
Youtuber John Hubble's golden retriever Zack is the consummate shopper. Give that pup money and he knows just how to spend it — on ice cream, of course! Hubble hands over the cash and Zack carefully totes it in his mouth over to the ice cream truck, where the ice cream man is happy to oblige and give Zack his goodies. Zack loves the process so much, it's hard to tear him away from the truck! Now that's a canine after my own heart. Via Arbroath
Staff at the Richmond Zoo quickly took over when two-week-old cheetah Kumbali's mother wasn't producing enough milk for him to thrive. After the keepers' bottle feeding regimen was successful, the cub needed to be socialized. That's when he was introduced to a rescue puppy they named Kago. Kumbali and Kago, now inseparable, have formed a sibling-like bond. Watch this adorable pair romp and play in this footage. Via Uproxx
Little Bird (yes, that’s his name) is a 2-year old caique. That’s a kind of parrot I’d never heard of before. If you have one, maybe you should give him a paper towel. It will make his day. -via Arbroath
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
by Marc Abrahams, Improbable Research staff
Domestic cats roll. Oh, they roll and roll and roll—not constantly, but often enough that the behavior eventually caught the attention of scientists. In 1994, Hilary N. Feldman of Cambridge University’s Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour did a formal study of the phenomenon. Feldman’s monograph, called “Domestic Cats and Passive Submission,” appeared in the journal Animal Behaviour.
Other scientists had made little leaping swats at the question. Feldman commends J.M. Baerends-Van Roon and G.P. Baerends’ book The Morphogenesis of the Behaviour of the Domestic Cat, and also L.K. Corbett’s University of Aberdeen Ph.D. thesis, “Feeding ecology and social organization of wildcats (Felis silvestris) and domestic cats (Felis catus) in Scotland.” Both came out in 1979, marking that year as the previous high point in cat-rolling scholarship.
You have a cat. Now what beer should you get? Not just any cheap party fuel will work for a cat of quality. The Instagram account Beer Cats is filled with pictures of cats next to craft beers. In this case, Rosie the cat is best enjoyed with Prairie Ales Limo Tint, a chocolate beer.
When two young bears enter the gated area leading to this French bulldog's home, he springs into action. Without hesitation, the Frenchie descends upon the bears like the proverbial Bat Out of Hell. The dog doesn't let up with the scare tactics until both bears are off the premises. Someone give that canine a steak! Via Tastefully Offensive
Oliver has a tiny electric car just big enough for himself, but he’s managed to squeeze in Daisy the dog, too. Mom has a remote that can kill the power any time. On this day, Daisy is the one doing the steering! -via Viral Viral Videos
In August of last year, Neatorama featured a video of a bear walking on two legs through the suburbs of New Jersey. Now it appears as if this celebrated bipedal bear is back in action, having recently been sighted in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. The bear, whom neighborhood residents have dubbed "Pedals," is injured, as he is missing one of his front paws. The animal, who looks quite a bit thinner than the average bear, was seen searching garbage cans in the neighborhood for food. Hopefully Pedals will fatten up before it's time to hole up for the winter. Via Gothamist
Stephanie Arne, a wildlife conservationist, is--or was--the host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. She has not been heard of since making this horrifying video. Unfortunately, though she was a wildlife expert, she waded into a pool of baby Asian Small-Clawed Otters without wearing body armor or taking other necessary protective measures. The video cuts out before we can see her fate, but that's probably for the best.
This is Bolinha, a stray dog that lives in a slum of Rio de Janeiro. She appeared in the neighborhood about a year ago and is a good neighbor. She plays with the children actively. Recently, the kids gave her the end of their jump rope. She joined in their game!
It's a stylish one piece suit with pair of stripes across the midriff to accentuate the body's lines. Why is this baby loggerhead sea turtle wearing it? Owen Coffee, a doctoral student at the University of Queensland built this swimsuit in order to hold a diaper on it. This is how Coffee and his colleagues will collect fecal samples, which are usually difficult to acquire from wild sea turtles. ABC News reports:
But Mr Coffee said it had previously been difficult to collect entire faecal samples because it dispersed into the water.
"To start off I had a different method that wasn't overly successful, and this is what we ended up," he said.
He said the idea with the rash vest had been used a few times with hatchlings. […]
"I had to scale it up and adjust a little bit for my purposes.
"Basically it's a full-size second hand rash vest adapted to sit on the shell of the turtle with a small opening with the tail and the nappy to attach to collect the faeces."
Coffee and his colleagues are using these fecal samples to study the diets of the loggerheads.
I’ve never seen a pet pay the least bit of attention to TV when all we had were cathode-ray tubes. Flat screens are a completely different story. Cats and dogs actually watch flatscreen TVs, computer monitors, tablets, and phones. But that’s not all that featured in this compilation from The Pet Collective.
He goes from a polite nudge to full-on attack when she doesn't take a hint. Does the cat just not like flute music, or does he think she’s not good at it? Honestly, she’s a pretty decent player. She may have to go practice out in the garage. -via Tastefully Offensive
Recently, Teressa Cee, a dancer for the Miami Heat basketball team, was visiting the Blue Lagoon Island resort in the Bahamas. While lounging on a floating platform, she asked a man to hold her phone for a moment. He accidentally dropped it into the water.
When I took one of my dogs to obedience school at the Humane Society, one piece of wisdom the instructor imparted was "Remember, dogs don't speak English." It seemed like he was stating the obvious at the time, but soon it became clear how many humans scream English at animals, as if they expect them to understand exactly what they're saying.
I was reminded of that piece of advice as I watched this video of an Alaskan black bear munching on this woman's kayak. Is it wrong that the longer she yelled, the more I began to root for the bear? Yes, I know it's wrong. She had every reason to be scared and worried about being stranded. The woman wrote this about her experience,
"During a solo kayak trip, intended to go from from Ketchikan, Alaska to Petersburg, Alask, a bear attacked my kayak. This incident occurred outside of a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, Alaska. I had just carried my tent, food, and all my gear into the cabin to dry while I went on a 4 mile hike that begins just behind the cabin. I heard something outside as I ate my lunch, and well, I never got to go on that hike. This video is taken 5 minutes after the attack began, he continued to gnaw on it for another 5 or 10 after the video ends. Shortly after the bear left and I drug the kayak back to the cabin door step. Then I swam to the S/V anchored in the bay. They did not have their radio on and I feared I would be stranded! The German flagged S/v Caledonia took me and my things to Wrangell where I am trying to repair my kayak now."
I know it's a brave thing to say in today's political climate, but I can't help but say it -I love pandas. Ok, I'm just kidding about the bravery thing as practically everyone loves pandas but how can you not love something that's black and white and cute all over?
For those who prefer the red version of the panda, don't worry, there are plenty of fashions inspired by those cuties online as well -like this great scarf by RedPandaKnits. Either way, it's a great way to make sure your style is unbearably cute.
Nana, the adorable pit bull terrier pictured above, sadly suffered years of abuse by her former owners. Estimated to have given birth to as many as 15 litters of puppies, she was obviously viewed as a breeding tool and not much else. Nana's teeth were pulled and her ears were removed. The severing of her ears caused medical problems such as polyps and fungus. Nana is now deaf as a result of the necessary medical treatment. Eventually, the abusers dropped the dog off at an animal shelter; she was soon adopted by a selfless, compassionate woman named Stephanie Doris.
Once Doris came into Nana's life, the dog began to know love and tender care. Doris said in an interview with The Huffington Post,
"To this day, I cannot explain what sparked me to impulsively apply to foster her. What I do know, though, is that it was one of the best decisions I have made. Even though I will never understand why or how they could treat a dog like that, especially a dog as sweet, as innocent and as gentle as Nana, I am thankful they surrendered her. Otherwise, she would not be with me now. She has forgiven humans and, in a sense, I have forgiven, too."
See additional photos and read more about Nana's wonderful new life as a canine advocate for pit bull terriers everywhere on Facebookand Instagram.
The cats from Breaking Cat News (previously at Neatorama) explain how cats wind up in animal shelters, and why some of them don’t get adopted. To illustrate, they follow five different cats who become homeless for five different reasons. At least 95% of those who read the whole story will need a hankie before it’s over, so be warned before you begin. But these cats have happy endings. So many shelter cats don’t. -via Metafilter
Missy may be an older dog, but she's hardly one to eschew the idea of newer technology. Thanks to an iPad and an internet connection to YouTube, Missy is kept endlessly entertained by videos. In particular, she likes videos of wolves, to which she responds with animated enthusiasm.
Readers, do you have animals that watch and react to videos on television, laptops or tablets? Both of my dogs react even more than Missy when they see animals of any type on video, especially other canines. Comment with your experiences, if you'd like. Via Tastefully Offensive
Though cats and snails are natural enemies, the cats are surprisingly relaxed--not a trace of fear from either one. Shiro is so peaceful that he's almost asleep, rousing only to kiss his companion. Kuro noses the snail curiously, who responds in kind. It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
How did the snail end up on Shiro? His owner has a great hobby: putting objects on Shiro to see how he will react.
When Etienne Harris returns home after being away for the day, his pit bull terriers Missy and Laydie are excited and happy to see him and exchange greetings. Yet when it comes to the topic of any mischief they may have participated in while Harris was away, the dogs make it clear that he can talk to the paw. Via Tastefully Offensive
This older video continues to make the rounds online due to its humorous subject: a discerning little Corgi named Kinney. Kinney likes to give her owner Mark White love, but only under certain circumstances. Specifically, White gets Kinney's attention when he talks like a member of the Beatles. Sure, a number of YouTube commenters have said White's Beatle voice sounds more like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons or Stewie from Family Guy, but that makes no difference to Kinney. When the imitation starts rolling off White's tongue, the dog comes running. No other accent will do. Perhaps she heard that Corgis are the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth II? Via IAF TV
YouTube user Devon Meadows set up a camera to see how much his dog Chazz was barking when Meadows left home. But the human need not worry about Chazz being a noisy nuisance. The dog's housemate, Grayscale the cat, is fully capable of handling the problem. One stern stare renders the dog silent and sorry. Via 9GAGTV