Well John reacted naturally, and spit right back. Thing escalated from there until a trainer stepped in to break things up. The man and dolphin made up and a good time was had by all. -via Viral Viral Videos
Not all dogs love lobsters. Usually, lobsters are the natural prey of dogs in the wild. Or at least this dog, Lila, has been trained to dive into the water, swim to the sea floor, and bring back a lobster.
Alex Schulze, one of the founders of the ecologically-friendly company Devocean (Devoted to the Ocean), has trained one of his labrador retrievers to hunt lobsters. In this video, Schulze shows how he did it.
Rapper and comedian Dan Bull (previously at Neatorama) and his cats Jimmy and Sammy had a visit from a fox.
This incredible encounter happened to me this week. The fox was curled up asleep at my back door. Foxes are normally nocturnal and will run away if they spot you anywhere near. But I just sat there for ages chilling with this fox and two of my cats Jimmy and Sammy. I sensed no hostility from either side, just a relaxed inquisitiveness.
Zookeepers at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia shoved a goat inside the tiger enclosure to be the tiger's food. But the tiger didn't hunt him. Instead Amur the tiger and the goat that zookeepers have named Timur are friends. They hang out together. Timur sleeps in Amur's hut and follows him around. The Daily Telegraph reports:
Then, to add insult to injury, Timur decided that the shelter which had been where Amur slept, would be even better accommodation for a weary goat, NBC reported.
Amur, who was banished to the shelter's roof, for the last four nights appears to have accepted this latest indignity with rather good grace and now the two animals are firm friends.
Timur follws Amur everywhere, oblivious to the potential risk.
Together, they've developed a great premise for a sitcom.
Poor kitty! This big red nose isn’t to guide Santa’s sleigh (although that might work). Redditor marklyon’s cat was stung by a bee. He was taken to a vet, and he’s fine now. But he sported a resemblance to W.C. Fields for a while. The cat was also compared to a clown, Karl Malden, Gerard Depardieu, Squidward, and Jimmy Durante.
According to Australian Catherine Bremner, when she left home recently, she returned to find her hen James (named by her three sons) making quite the scene in her home. James had strutted inside while she was away, accidentally switched on her Roomba, and went for a ride around her living room. That's either one compulsively clean chicken or one who's completely adventurous. Either way, someone get this chicken a reality show. Via Arbroath
While many people will be out fist fighting over the best discount sweaters, you can meet a new best friend and take him or her home for free. That's because Zappos.com is partnering with a national animal rescue program called Best Friend Animal Sanctuary and the rescue's network partners to offer free animal adoption on Black Friday. Aside from Zappos covering the adoption fee, the company will also be donating an additional $150 to the rescue for every animal adopted to help other furry friends that don't get new homes that day.
Even if you can't get to one of the rescues in your area, you can adopt a dog or cat from the rescue's Utah location, where they will help transfer any pet at the shelter to your location in any of the 50 states.
What’s not to love about snow? It’s deep, and cool, and slippery! It can be hard or it can float on air. You can jump on top of it or dig underneath it. And best of all, the kids are playing in it! The drawbacks are that it’s cold and hard to drive in, but if you’re a dog, you have a fur coat and nowhere to drive anyway. -via Tastefully Offensive
Junior is a French Bulldog. Walter Ledermüeller is his human. They like to sing together and have a YouTube channel filled with their car-based performances. They're often joined by Walter's partner Emanuel.
What more is there to say about this picture than hey, it's freaking adorable and perfectly seasonal. You can also buy a version of it on a card from Avanti Press if you want to send it to your loved ones.
The guinea pig is in the cat tree, resting quietly where the cat normally parks himself. Oh, the spot doesn't have the cat's name on it. But everyone knows that that space is for Cat, not Guinea Pig. So, move little piggy!
Three-year-old Hadley teaches the family dog (who looks to be a poodle mix — possibly a Goldendoodle) how to offer his paw to shake. Her father looks on as the lesson progresses, with both teacher and student apparently feeling confident in their performances. Via Viral Viral Videos
Oh, she just got caught up in the process and didn’t stop when all the babies were in. No, she does it again! Jill is adamant that it’s bedtime for her human, too. Some mothers are just bossy that way. -via Tastefully Offensive
In this "keep a Kleenex box on standby" video, social media darling Manny the Frenchie, a very vocal French bulldog whose human is no stranger to philanthropic gestures, visits a fan of his in New Orleans. Joycelun, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, recently underwent a double lung transplant. Her stepsister contacted Manny's owner to let him know about Joycelun and her love of the canine celebrity.
In this video footage, under the guise of an interview about her disease, Joycelun is surprised and thrilled by a visit from Manny and is presented with other surprise gifts as well. Via Uproxx
Rocket News 24 introduces us to this lucky rabbit owned by Japanese Twitter user @goen0414. She won't be living a hard, cold life in the wild this winter. She's got a knitted bunny hat to keep her ears warm. And that's only the beginning of what this pampered bun enjoys . . . .
Most dogs will scarf down a slice of pizza if you let them, but some dogs actually enjoy having a pizza party with their human friends.
My hungry little mutt gets into party mode whenever I come walking through the front door with a box full of that signature pizza smell, and apparently beagle buddies Maymo and Penny are pizza party fans too.
But why does this particularly peculiar pizza pie have a face? And why does it keep talking to Penny?!
The perspective from the canine side is a little different. This dog obviously has extensive experience with youngsters. Maybe she’s had puppies. Anyway, it takes practiced patience to tune out the annoyance so it won’t interfere with dinner. A dog has priorities. -via Tastefully Offensive
"I got this camera trap to document the bear activity in our yard (unsuccessful at this point, of course), so I was incredibly surprised to see this regal bobcat casually stroll through! Pretty amazing."
It’s as if this guy is posing for his picture! Some commenters tried to identify the cat as a lynx. They specifically meant a Canada lynx, as bobcats and Canada lynx are both in the genus lynx. It’s true that Canada lynx have been reintroduced to Colorado, but bobcats are all over the US. And this cat, with his relatively small feet and low butt, is a bobcat. A Canada lynx looks like this. -via reddit
The G20 summit is going on in Antalya, Turkey. In addition to formal meetings, President Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin had a private talk in the lobby of the hotel; no doubt they had important things to discuss. But this is Turkey, and we know how Turkey is with cats.
Kittens Bea and Arthur were fixed on the same day. They came home from the veterinarian’s clinic wearing their cones of shame. They were a bit bumfuzzled with their own cones and their sibling’s cone, too!
There was a disturbance at an art gallery that led to an investigation. Four intruders were apprehended. A Facebook post by the Newport (Oregon) Police Department takes the burglary report to the next level.
Four masked bandits burglarized Inscapes Gallery on SW Bay Blvd recently. Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity after midnight and cornered the suspects immediately upon entering the business. The suspects, known only by their street names of ‘Home Dog’, ‘Da Nails’, ‘Squeaky Feets’, and ‘2-Toes Todd’, attempted to elude officers on scene. After a brief scuffle, all suspects were captured without further incident or injuries.
‘Squeaky Feets’ told officers they had no intention of taking anything from the gallery; they were only trying to straighten a few pieces of art on the wall. Tell it to the judge, ‘Feets’. Tell it to the judge.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo is home to Bei Bei, a 3-month-old giant panda cub. In this footage, Bei Bei's doting mother looks on as the cub takes his first — albeit unsteady — steps.
In the part of the video that elicited an "aww!" from me, Bei Bei's mom, seemingly as a reward for the cub's brief adventures in independence, scoops him up like a human would with a baby and gives him a big (panda) bear hug.
Some people can't bear to be apart from their pets for long, but the rest of the world simply doesn't understand what it's like for the pet obsessed forced to leave their kids at home each and every day.
But thanks to handy contraptions created for human babies, the die-hard pet lovers of the world need never be away from their furry kids for long.
Now this guy can make all of his important snack purchasing decisions with a little help from his feline advisor, and that lucky little kitty gets to spend his days strapped to bassburrito's chest. They make quite a pair!
In this video compilation, cats bravely face the devil's vegetable: cucumbers. They're green, crunchy and evil, and they've invaded feline space. What's to be done? These cats show us just how to handle such a volatile and dangerous situation. Via Tastefully Offensive
When her landlord wouldn't allow her to adopt a pitbull terrier, photographer Stacey Gammon channeled her desire for animal companionship by volunteering at an animal shelter. Realizing that her photography talent could be put to good use there, Gammon began shooting portraits of the animals in an effort to get them permanent homes.
Through her involvement with the shelter, Gammon became aware of the Mr. Mo Project, a New York nonprofit that rescues old shelter dogs in poor health who are on paths to being euthanized. The Mr. Mo project helps secure medical care for the ailing animals and tries to get them placed in caring, permanent homes. Gammon was so touched and impressed with the facility that she began shooting gratis animal portraits for them as well. She said,
"These dogs, as I witnessed during their photoshoots, are so full of life. They have love left to give."
Baby koala Imogen from Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, New South Wales, Australia has been featured at Neatorama once before, showing her cuddling up with a filmmaker who was attempting to video her.
Now ten months old and ready for her close up, this new footage is Imogen's first official photo shoot. This clip is even more adorable than the last. Keep up with Imogen's progress and that of other lovable animals at the Symbio Wildlife Park Facebook page.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
Dog tail-wagging research by Otto Didact, Improbable Research staff
Detail from the study "A Vicious Cycle: A Cross-Sectional Study of Canine Tail-Chasing and Human Responses to It, Using a Free Video-Sharing Website."
Human Responses to Canine Tail-Chasing “A Vicious Cycle: A Cross-Sectional Study of Canine Tail-Chasing and Human Responses to It, Using a Free Video-Sharing Website,” Charlotte C. Burn, PLoS ONE, vol. 6, no. 11, 2011, e26553. The author, at the Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Hertfordshire, UK, reports:
Tail-chasing is widely celebrated as normal canine behaviour in cultural references. However, all previous scientific studies of tail-chasing or ‘spinning’ have comprised small clinical populations of dogs with neurological, compulsive or other pathological conditions; most were ultimately euthanased. Thus, there is great disparity between scientific and public information on tail-chasing. I gathered data on the first large (n = 400), nonclinical tail-chasing population, made possible through a vast, free, online video repository, YouTubeTM.... Approximately one third of tailchasing dogs showed clinical signs, including habitual (daily or ‘all the time’) or perseverative (difficult to distract) performance of the behaviour. These signs were observed across diverse breeds. Clinical signs appeared virtually unrecognised by the video owners and commenting viewers; laughter was recorded in 55% of videos, encouragement in 43%, and the commonest viewer descriptors were that the behaviour was ‘funny’ (46%) or ‘cute’ (42%).
Detail from the study "Asymmetric Tail-Wagging Responses by Dogs to Different Emotive Stimuli."