A tiny terrier pays no attention to the fact that these lion cubs are several times his size. What matters is intimidating them from the start, so they know who's boss. Jack Russells are born with a Napoleon complex, and use it to the fullest extent.
Stories about adult animals adopting baby animals from another species are well liked by all, so a story about a dog adopting 8 little piglets should go over like gangbusters!
This is Treasure the dog, and she doesn't judge a baby animal by its species, nor will she ever refuse a baby animal in need because she was a stray once herself so she knows what it's like to be an orphan.
When Treasure's owner Wes Trevor, owner of Spectrum Plants Gold Coast in Australia, found the little piglets they were in pretty bad shape, but he fed them special food and began nursing them back to health.
Then Treasure's motherhood instincts kicked in and she started caring for the piglets like they were her own litter of oinking pups, and she even began producing milk for the hungry little oinkers.
What is a little pig to do when they live in a world full of sausage and pork chop lovin' people who want to see little piggies killed, butchered, cooked and served on a plate?
He must run for his life to escape his horrible fate, and hide in the shadows to avoid being seen by any hungry humans, but in the end he must think of his future and try to make that difficult transition from herd animal to pet.
If you were going to witness an attempt to break a world record, this is the one you'd want to attend. An association called the Border Collie Owners of South Australia (BCOSA) welcomed 576 border collies to a park in Willaston, South Australia, Sunday to create the largest gathering of border collies ever.
The previous record was 503 border collies in one place. However, the Guinness organization does not recognize gatherings of specific dog breeds, so the result is only bragging rights, and a memorable event for both the dogs and their owners. In other words, a good time was had by all. -via The Daily Dot
Scientists are now well aware of how smart octopuses are, and the more we learn about these intelligent and gentle creatures people once thought of as sea monsters the more we find to respect and admire about them.
They're masterful escape artists, brave warriors willing to battle even the most dangerous predators, and they have been known to use discarded coconut shells as mobile homes.
And if that's not enough to convince you the octopus is an amazing animal maybe their underwater city Octlantis will wow you:
In Jervis Bay, off Eastern Australia, researchers recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens at a site the scientists named “Octlantis.” The international team of marine biologists, led by professor David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University, filmed these creatures exhibiting complex social behaviors that contradict the received wisdom that these cephalopods are loners. Their study was published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology (paywall).
It’s not yet clear what led to the creation of Octlantis or if these sorts of congregations are common.
At least one other gloomy octopus site was found recently, though; it was discovered in 2009, not far away in Jervis Bay, and named Octopolis. At that time it was considered a total anomaly. Researchers believed that the cephalopods gathered there because an unidentifiable human object happened to have formed a central point that the cephalopods surrounded with dens. The unknown artifact was a single object about 30 cm long, heavily encrusted, possibly made of metal. The site has been observed for seven years now, and at any given time, there are somewhere between two and 16 octopuses there.
The folks at Guinness World Records have recognized Bini's talents with a world record for "most slam dunks in one minute by a rabbit." Seven of them. Yeah, sure, it's a made-up category for Bini, but it's still amazing. It got the rabbit into the book Guinness World Records 2018: Amazing Animals. This is the first edition, so who knows? Maybe some other bunny will come along and challenge that record. -via Tastefully Offensive
Pippin is a miniature stallion with the heart of a Clydesdale, and he doesn't feel like he's any less of a horse than his bigger cousins because his spirit shines bright and he makes a big impression on everyone he meets.
In fact, most people and horses who meet Pippin instantly fall in love with the little guy, and who can blame them- he's a little shaggy little sweetheart with a super chill temperament and the soul of a lover.
Christian Gudebrod ran the The Gudebrod Brothers Silk Company, Inc. at the building now called Bleecker Tower in New York City. The business had a shop cat named Snooperkatz that Gudebrod was particularly fond of. When Snooperkatz went missing in May of 1894, Gudebrod posted flyers offering a one dollar reward for the return of his lost cat.
Unfortunately, nobody returned Snooperkatz. However, every man, woman, and child who saw the flyer brought Christian Gudebrod multiple street cats in hopes of getting the dollar reward.
As The Sun reported on May 11, 1894, within just a few days, the large building was overrun with cats, “raising their voices in a stream of profanity that is dark, deep and strong.” There were “black cats, white cats, gray cats, yellow cats, mottled cats, tomcats, pussy cats, tailless cats, earless cats, whiskerless cats, cats of high caste, and cats of absolutely no caste at all!”
Apparently the people who brought the cats were not too keen on taking them back where they found them. Anyway, the story made the newspapers, and The Sun sent a reporter to interview Gudebrod about the incident. Gudebrod told many tales about the mischievous and often downright devilish Snooperkatz, which you can read at The Hatching Cat. -via Strange Company
Cats tend to get really bored hanging around the house all day, so unless we want shredded couches and torn curtains we have to provide sources of entertainment for our feline family members.
And when our cats get bored of their trees, toy mice and little feathered things on strings we have to give them a new amusing thing to swat at, pounce on or rub themselves against, like this self petting station made from toilet brushes.
The best stuff you can give your cat is the stuff you make yourself, because you know your cat well enough to know whether hanging (or swinging) around in a cool kitty trapeze all day will be a lifestyle upgrade.
You'll also be able to make toys both you and the cat can enjoy, like this treat dispenser puzzle that makes your lazy kitty work for their vittles while you laugh at their futile attempts. There ain't no treats in there, ya dumb cat!
One of the perks of owning a boat is getting to name it with the most ridiculous pun you can think of. In this case, a punny name is quite appropriate, considering the passengers. The top comment was quite clever, too:
Paul Rugg, who writes and does voiceovers for cartoons (he worked on Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, among other shows) tells us how he relaxes at home with his beloved dog. Truly a man's best friend. -via reddit
Sarper Duman is a Turkish musician and a cat lover -he feeds the stray cats of Istanbul and has taken eleven of them in to his home. One of his fans sent him this cute video of a blind cat enjoying Duman's music.
"This has been the most touching message i've ever recieved. This beautiful blind cat's name is Namık. They say he acts that way whenever he is shown my videos. It's so impressive for me... Always be happy Namık !"
Aww! We don't know whether Namik is hugging the phone out of affection for the music, or if he just wants to listen to it closer. The effect is the same. Here's a bonus video of Duman with one of his own cats.
If you think being a parent to a human child is hard imagine raising a litter of hyperactive puppies who don't ever seem to want to cooperate, let alone give their poor doggy parent time to relax.
This is probably one of the reasons why so many animal parents stop caring for their kids as soon as they can take care of themselves, but dogs typically take care of their pups for at least the first two to three months of their lives.
So what is a German Shepherd mommy to do when her little ones seem to have an unlimited supply of puppy energy? She has to come up with a creative way to tire them out, preferably one which involves the shepherd half of her DNA.
Animals don't have to pretend to be cool or put on airs when they're hangin' with their buds because they were born too cool to care, and they look cooler just sitting there not posing for a pic than any human ever could.
This inherent coolness makes groups of animals automatically look like members of a hot new band, and when you photograph the pack you've got the makings of a super slick album cover for the hottest album of the year.
The best thing about an animal band is they will play for food, but when it comes to trashing hotel rooms they're much worse than their human counterparts- because their room destruction involves way more fecal matter.
Michael was honored to have been chosen for such a sweet game of peek-a-boo, but for all he knows the little owl was trying to scare him off by popping up and unleashing its super intimidating stare upon him. Nice try little guy!
Teasing the family pets can be fun, especially when they act like little punks all the time, but if you're going to tease your pets at least have the decency to capture the whole thing on video, so we can all have a laugh at their expense!
Six years ago Andrew Grantham took the joy of teasing the family pet to a new level of ridiculousness on his YouTube channel Talking Animals with this video entitled "Ultimate Dog Tease".
In it Andrew imagines what his dog would say when Andrew teases him about giving his treat away to the cat, and needless to say this is one of the funniest and most important videos ever posted on the internet.
A hedgehog is trying to cross a road in Tambov, Russia. A gaggle of geese know that the hedgehog is small and pavement-colored and it's likely that drivers won't see him. So they do the right thing and give him an escort! Notice the one goose that holds her wings out to be more visible. It looks like she is holding traffic back!
They make right proper crossing guards, don't you think? Yeah, sure, it's possible the geese aren't paying a bit of attention to the hedgehog, but that's not nearly as cute. The entire group made it to the other side. -via Tastefully Offensive
Hermit crabs can't be too picky about choosing a new home, because while they're looking for new digs they're at the mercy of predators.
But hermit crabs do seem to have a sense of style when it comes to choosing a new shell, and they're often attracted to shells that have shiny bling, sharp edges or shells that look tough and intimidating.
I can't imagine any animal, predator or otherwise, would want to mess with a hermit crab sporting a creepy doll head on their back, so this hermit crab shared on Reddit may have found the ultimate form of passive defense.
Maru the Japanese Scottish fold is ten years old, but he still loves his boxes, no matter what they are made of. His roommate Hana is all grown up, and still taking lessons from Maru. In this video, Maru confronts a see-through box, or what we'd call an aquarium.
Jessica Lewis planned to bug out of her apartment and head to her parents' home in Atlanta before Hurricane Irma hit. She asked permission to bring her dog Luna to Dr. Kennedy's class on Thursday, so she could leave straight from there. Buttering up the professor didn't work.
So Luna went to a political science class, and yes, she was a good girl. A dog in the class had to be good for students axious about the hurricane.
“She was pretty well-behaved in class, She went straight to whoever was talking for the most part, like if someone was answering or asking a question. Just walked around and got pets from everyone and made friends. The really funny part was that every time the professor stopped and asked if anyone had questions or comments, she whined loudly like she was responding. It was hilarious.”
Aaron Franks built a doghouse on his deck. That's a bit of an understatement. This is not ordinary doghouse! It's a three-level dog dreamland featuring stairs, three entrances, cubbyholes, beds, a pool, three swings, an umbrella, tunnels, a pirate wheel, a potty pit (complete with fire hydrant), and a water dispenser.
Franks also has a monitor in his bedroom so he can watch his four pit bulls enjoy their doggy mansion. His wife didn't realize the scope of the project, as he worked on it for two years. He may add more in the future. -via Tastefully Offensive
When our pets have a new experience, their reactions can be awesome. The title for the cat picture above is "We forgot to tell our cat that we had a baby." Yeah, she is surprised, to say the least. In the sequence below, the guy bought and used a vacuum cleaner of the first time. You have to wonder how much cat hair he had to clean up by then.
Pets are magnificent and part of the thing that makes them so great is that no two pets are exactly alike. And in fact, some animals are just plain weird. Over on our Facebook, we recently asked our readers what the weirdest thing their pet ever did was and the answers were as delightfully fun as you might expect. A few examples:
My cat got in the bathroom and took a dump on the toilet like those trained cats we see on YouTube. In the end he sit at the door and looked at me like saying "no one will believe in you"
My cat opens the freezer and sits in it. When we aren't home, stuff thaws because he doesn't close it when he leaves! He will also sit on the bottom shelf of the fridge and we've accidentally locked him in...
Tried to use all the remotes in the house to hide his poop. I mean all of them bedroom remote, tv, Dvd, and the Xbox remotes were pushed on top of the pile.
You can read all the great comments here, or add your own weird pet story in the comments on this post.
As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, expected to hit the keys hard, many people are wondering about the Hemingway cats. The Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West has 54 cats on the property, most of them polydactyls, descended from Hemingway's favorite cat Snow White. General manager Jacque Sands says have all been brought inside. They, along with about ten employees of the museum, are staying put through the storm.
Transporting the cats in stop-and-go traffic, in 90-degree heat, was not an option, Sands said.
Forecasters think Irma will make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 with 140 mph peak winds.
But Sands said she, the approximately 50 cats and the other employees will be OK.
“I’ve been in this house in a (Category) 4. ... It’s one of the most fortified buildings on this island,” she said.
A baby bear crashed the party, and everyone else had to move indoors. As expected, mama bear wasn't too far behind! If you an adult, you may feel a little nervous at how much noise all these kids are making in front of the bears. Baby bear was a little disappointed no one wanted to play with him, until he saw the pink flamingo-shaped pool float. That's what he'll play with!
After all, you can never have too many cats! Especially when shelters are full of kittens (and older cats) who need homes. Get your kittens spayed or neutered when your veterinarian says it's time. As usual, this video is folowed up with a Simon's Cat cartoon.
Malkia Park Rescue Station in Orechová Potôň, Slovakia, takes in exotic animals from circuses and private homes. The lioness here is named Malkia, too. She is a product of circus breeding, and was raised by humans. A rescue park is the only place that is safe for her to live, although I wouldn't trust it to be as safe for humans as this woman does.