This Barcroft TV video shows the friendship between Hunter, a three-month-old Bengal tiger cub, and Chelsea, a four-month-old German shorthaired pointer puppy. The duo, who reside at The Farm Inn Wildlife Sanctuary in Pretoria, South Africa, have become the best of friends. Hunter had to be separated from his mother, who was showing aggression toward him. His friendship with Chelsea seems to keep him happy and occupied. In several months, Hunter will be too big and strong to play with Chelsea, but for now, they are the perfect pair.
-Via Tastefully Offensive
Bart, the cat who returned from the dead, is recovering from his surgery at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. A day after his operation, Bart was found to be anemic, and received a blood transfusion. The blood donor was another cat at the shelter, Draco, who is waiting for a forever home. In return he was featured as Pet of the Day yesterday. Let’s hope Draco is rewarded with a new home and people who appreciate him.
(Image credit: Krista Sparkman)
Just when you think the awkward family portraits bar has been set, someone goes and sets it a little bit higher (or, rather, lower). One has to wonder if these thirteen misguided pet owners regret their portrait concept in retrospect (or whether they were serious in the first place). Only one thing is certain: the animals are trapped in a shame spiral. -Via Distractify
When a breed becomes the latest doggy hotness they star in more mutt combos, like the semi-recent wave of Chihuahua and Corgi combos making the dog world a shorter and stockier place.
These mixes of popular breeds are sure to get noticed at the dog park, but what about those less popular or unfairly stigmatized breeds?
Apparently they look even more spectacular when they come together, and when the bully and the weenie combine the offspring is a thing of bizarre beauty.
Meet Rami, the Pit Bull Terrier-Dachshund combo, and one of the cutest/creepiest looking canines I’ve ever seen! Rami has a head that's probably caused more than a few faceplants, and with his interesting body shape and fascinating face it's not surprising that his story has gone viral.
Rami is available for adoption through Georgia's Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society, and his unique appearance has made him a big hit on their Facebook page, where you can see videos of Rami running around and pics of Rami getting a bath- just like a normal dog! -Via BuzzFeed
Those who keep dogs and cats as pets know that they have an affinity for the laundry basket. Dirty laundry? sure. Clean? You bet. Either way, it smells like their human and it's piled high with layers of fabric comfort. Lying on it works... chewing on it is always good too. Unravel a string to see where it all leads? Fantastic idea. Another day, another basket. Surely you didn't want to keep that fresh-smeliing, clean pile seconds out of the dryer to yourself, did you? If so, these animals raise a paw to object.
See more dogs and cats luxuriating in laundry here.
"Lost Dog" is another in the grand tradition of Super Bowl commercials by Budweiser, which often feature the company's iconic Clydesdale horses. In this tearjerker, a follow-up to last year's ad "Puppy Love," a yellow Labrador retriever puppy is accidentally taken a long distance from his home and farm friends, and he must find a way to make it back. See the video below for "making of" footage.
In related Super Bowl puppy ad news, GoDaddy made a Super Bowl advertisement that was intended to be a parody of this Budweiser ad, yet they pulled it after backlash from groups such as the SPCA and change.org, who argued that it encouraged puppy mills and inhumane breeding. This article in Variety goes so far as to suggest that GoDaddy planned the whole thing as a publicity stunt, which makes sense given how many media outlets are covering the story. What do you think, readers? -Via Tastefully Offensive
Dogs have been man's best friend ever since a poem in the New York Literary Journal coined the term back in 1821, but they're best friend in title only and tired of being treated like second class mammals.
The way dogs see it if they can do what humans do then their ranking in the mammalian pecking order is guaranteed to go up. However, dogs acting like humans may sound like fun, but as these images will show it could mean the beginning of the end for both felines and mankind!
It all started back in those black and white toned days of yore, when some lazy nanny decided to let the family dog take over for the afternoon
Dogs soon discovered that if they could perform those menial tasks that humans hate they'd soon be offered a job
Jobs would lead to social status and an income, and humans would begin to entrust them with more responsibility in society
So dogs taught themselves how to drive to work every morning just like a human
For the past three years, Teddy Bear the Porcupine, "prognosticator of prognosticators," has correctly predicted the winning team of the Super Bowl. Teddy does it using the only acceptable method: corn on the cob. Then, in Teddy's usual way, he has a word with his adoring fans. Gamblers and sports fans, take heed! -Via Tastefully Offensive
See also: More videos from Teddy Bear.
Redditor emlod takes lots of video of his cat, Luna. She’s three years old, but still has the heart of a kitten. He made a compilation of her craziest cat behavior, which encompasses the stuff we see on individual viral cat videos: climbing, jumping, sneaking around, napping, drinking out of the faucet, chasing tiny things, play fighting, not landing on all fours, hiding, ninja attacks, miaows, and making biscuits.
I think chattymcgee summed it up well (apart from thinking Luna is male):
So, I'm not a vet, but I've done a lot of internet research on my own cats. This cat appears to have a full blown case of Nut Butt, with probable early onset Furry Ninjitus. I'm sad to say I'm also seeing some indication of an infection of cinnimonbunius patikakius, known to the common man as Biscuit Makers disease.
As he's a young cat I'd advise treats, sun beams for naps, and maybe some more rugs so he stops slipping around so much and looking like a dingus.
He also takes a lot of pictures of Luna, which you can find individually linked here.
TheMadKing trained his girlfriend’s rabbit Wallace to deliver beer in a little pushcart! He says it was an epic accomplishment.
I couldn't have done any of this if it wasn't for Wallace, and he wouldn't have done any of it if he was given a choice... or had any brain power to make a choice.
Don't think for a minute that the costume you stuffed your loyal canine into last Halloween has been forgotten. No, the cat hasn't forgiven you for enforcing the new policy of feline-free keyboards and laundry baskets. Dry food? Duly noted. Pink sweaters? Still in the mind's eye. Your animals are simply biding their time until it's right to strike. Be afraid.
See more animals plotting their human's demise here.
This cat is named Nico "El guapo," and he has his own Instagram account. Not only does he have wonderfully expressive eyes, he loves a good bath. That is a little odd for a housecat, as most cat owners will tell you. But while Nico is in the minority, he’s not alone. Buzzfeed rounded up pictures of 17 Cats Who Actually Love Being In The Water. You’ll enjoy seeing the rest of them, too.
The otter aquarium at the Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in Miura City, Japan, is designed for optimal traffic flow. The otters don't have to spend a long time on their daily commutes because their tank includes a roundabout. You can see more photos of their transportation network at Kohan Studio (translation).
The big, ugly, hairless ape isn't going to get through life on his looks or charm. He needs valuable career skills. So the little monkey sets about preparing him to be a productive member of monkey society.
He signals the human to extend his hand, then places leaves in that hand. Next, the monkey closes the human's hand, crushing the leaves. He repeats the process until he is convinced that the human has learned it. The human is now ready to add leaf crushing to his résumé.
Neatorama readers, test your own knowledge on nearby leaves. Can you learn this skill by simply watching this video? Report on the results of your efforts in the comments.
-via Chris Hallbeck
An Australian mailman (or as they're referred to there, "Postie") films the dogs he sees on his regular route. He zips around on his motorbike to get from place to place and, presumably, to make a fast escape from a few dogs. Also, as he notes on his YouTube video description, "In Australia, The grass/lawn from the letterbox to the road that you see me riding on is owned by the Council/Government, It is NOT owned by the home owner and that is why we are allowed to ride there." (Lest anyone think he's destroying the resident's property.) NSFW, language. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Peter Cohen is a home builder, so he can fix his house any way he wants to. What he wanted was to make his cats safe, healthy, and happy. One thing led to another, and now he has 15 cats and a house custom-designed for their pleasure. There are catwalks, tunnels, staircases, beds, a koi pond, ventilated litter box closets, and Roombas. So far, he’s spent almost $40,000. These cats have it made! -via Tastefully Offensive
As an article in The Independent explained about this video,
"Pandas generally don’t move too fast. Inclined to slothful activity, it’s unusual to see the animals do much more than look vaguely excited about the arrival of food.
But panda cubs in China’s Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, in Chengdu, got into a playful brawl earlier this week. The five cubs can be seen rolling and scrapping in their enclosure as they buffet one another after one cub attempts to climb a nearby tree.
Quickly returning to form, the cubs - after a mere 50 seconds of brawling - soon appear bored and each wanders off to separate corners of the enclosure."
Nothing like keeping the brawling in the family! Stay scrappy, cubs.
YouTube user The Fabulous Mr. Pug made this video about how he came to care for Coco, a stray kitten he found living in the building where he worked. At the start of the video, Coco is filmed at the power plant, filthy and obviously frightened by the loud machinery. Mr. Pug explains,
"She was born in the thermal power plant I work in and she was alone, hungry, cold and scared. She was trying to eat dry bread when I found her. I brought her some kitten food and we instantly became best friends. One week later, we adopted her and she became a new member of our family. Today, she is one beautiful and playful kitty and she brings so much happiness into our lives!"
What a sweet story. I can only imagine how happy Coco is to have a home instead of fending for herself at the scary power plant.
The video below is of Coco doing kitty-like things at her new home. In this instance, she's discovering carbonated water. That bubbly stuff tickles her nose, and she's not sure it's entirely safe. Best to take cover behind a curtain and stalk it for a bit, just in case. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Reggie is a very patient and long-suffering cat. He’s well aware that these Australian terriers are puppies and don’t know any better, but he isn’t enjoying their company. He finally gets up to leave, but hesitates while he gets one last puppy scratch. Oh, don’t miss the half-hearted foot push at :50. -via Metafilter
Recently, the owner of a pit bull terrier was stunned to find it missing, with this terrifying mutant of the breed in its place. It's no wonder that there is widespread public concern about pit bull terriers when something like this can just turn up at any time. Hide and secure the dog treats! -Via Tastefully Offensive
Can you teach the concept of futility to a dog? No, he’ll have to learn on his own. Buddy found a rock he particularly liked, but the sidewalk is not level and the rock is just too round. Will he continue to fetch it for eternity? Will he give up? Or will he figure out a way around this predicament? No matter what happens, that's a good dog. -via Tastefully Offensive
Have you ever looked at the ritual of Super Bowl parties and wondered what the big fuss was all about? If so, your'e not alone. In this amusing Ze Frank ad for Friskies, done in the style of the "Dear Kitten" series, the elder cat tries to make sense of this perplexing ritual, so that the kitten may know what to expect.
Russet is a 3-year-old English Bulldog who, according to her owner, "enjoys napping, destroying furniture and eating treats." She's also single and looking for a boyfriend (no chihuahuas). Male pups in Denver give her a buzz. Perhaps the new couple can discuss techniques on getting big bones through little doggie doors. -Via Tastefully Offensive
An 1872 editorial in the New York Times begins with the premise that only insane people surround themselves with cats. It is taken as fact that cats are “treacherous, selfish, and cunning,” while a dog is a “respectable and upright animal.”
There is evidently a bond of union between the lunatic and the cat which does not exist between sane persons and that undesirable animal. Possibly this bond consists in the fact that in most cases the lunatic develops a stealthy, tortuous cunning which assimilates him in some degree to the cat.
It’s a curious article, going into detail about a rich man who bequeathed his wealth to the care of his many cats. Now, 140 years later, there’s little to disagree with in the article, except for the use of the word “lunatic.” We now prefer the term “crazy cat person,” and since there are so many of us, there isn’t much of a stigma to being one these days. -via mental_floss
(Image credit: Hery Zo Rakotondramanana)
Whether you believe in a higher power or not there’s no question that most American motto which graces decor in government offices across the country is supposed to read "In God We Trust".
However, a sheriff's office in Pinellas County, Florida must have received their rugs from an ancient Canine-ite, because instead of that classic motto they read “In Dog We Trust”.
These doggone rugs cost the office $500 apiece, which is quite a hefty price to pay for a rug that will most likely be peed on by the furry followers of the almighty Dog. However, this shaggy rug story has a happy ending, because those typo rugs are now being auctioned off to benefit the CanineEstates sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida.
-Via Huffington Post
(Photo: Ben Grantham)
It may surprise you, but Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine has found clear evidence to support that conclusion. Cats don't just sleep. At 16-20 hours per day, they sleep more than any other animal. Benjamin Wermund writes in the Houston Chronicle:
Beaver says cats have evolved to become natural sleepers.
"Early on, they had to hunt for food to stay alive, and that desire for food can require a lot of energy," Beaver said. "So sleeping helped cats conserve their energy, and even though the common housecat does not have to hunt for its next meal, a cat is still conditioned for sleep."
Cats also probably dream, Beaver says. She knows this because dreaming happens during REM sleep and cats definitely have REM sleep. They also twitch their whiskers and paws during sleep, another sign they're probably in dreamland.
"They also exhibit movements during REM sleep, so it is possible they can dream," Beaver said. "What are they dreaming about? Since we can't ask them, we really don't know."
What do cats dream about? Probably sitting on top of the entire world or hunting humans.
-via Dave Barry