These Animals Are Just A Bunch of Lazy Bums

There's something to be said about being clever, but the freeloaders featured on this Awkward Family Photos are just taking things a bit too far.

I mean, come on critters, you were born with legs for a reason. Is it really asking that much for you to walk, swim or fly on your own?

I guess it just goes to show that humans aren't the only species who have a lazy streak, so maybe we should cut our low-energy friends a little slack -after all, they're just acting natural.


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Dive Bomber Squirrel Attacks Bird Feeder


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You can almost see the thought processes inside the squirrel's mind. The bird feeder has a built-in dome to protect it from squirrels climbing the shaft. The solution is to find a position high enough but also close enough to make a death-from-above leap onto the bird feeder.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Playing Hockey with Dachshunds

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This hockey game has been customized the fit the players and conditions. The goal is a dachshund-sizes hole in the snow, and the players are one man against his two dogs. Ernie is an enthusiastic, if not particularly skilled goalie. He retrieves just fine. Max arrives and shows him how to block -both the camera and the ball! A good time was had by all. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Crazy Cat Lovers And Their Hair-Raising Homes

We recently posted an article featuring photographer David Williams' series that revealed the rather ordinary looking men who defy the crazy cat lady convention and prefer the company of cats to dogs.

Well, allow us to present the antithesis of that series focused on normalcy, because this photo series by Andréanne Lupiens is all about the crazy.

Crazy Cat Lovers reveals the madness feline fans experience when they let too many cats into their homes, and the fantasy of being surrounded by kitty pals becomes a nightmarish reality.

Okay, so Andréanne's photo series is supposed to be whimsical rather than scary, but having your home overrun by bratty cats who don't give a flying hairball about trashing the place seems like a nightmare to me!

-Via Beautiful/Decay


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You Scratch My Back, I Scratch Yours

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The San Diego Department of Animal Services makes videos to show off pets for adoption. A cat named Banks has a particularly endearing habit of returning the favor of a back scratch. Such rare feline generosity worked wonders, and Banks was adopted soon after this video was released. Of course, the shelters always have more cats looking for homes.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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Pig Schools the Dogs in Their Agility Class

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Amy is a 6-month-old miniature pig who is the first of her species to attend dog agility classes at this Seattle facility shown above. She's proven herself to be a fast learner, capable of performing all the necessary exercises in agility and obedience classes. After that, this rising porcine star of the dog world participates in the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, as seen in the video below. -Via Tastefully Offensive



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Ferret Builds a Nest

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A ferret finds a place to hide, and then proceeds to take everything he/she finds of value inside to make him/herself a perfect little nest. First the pee pad, then the sponges, then lots of nice laundry to sleep on. I love the way the ferret goes in butt first in order to drag the precious items through the small opening. Yes, that’s perfect now! -via Daily of the Day


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8 of History's Greatest Cat Ladies

Not all cat ladies are hermits or animal hoarders, locked away with more cats than they can take care of. Many of us have other everyday activities, and some prominent cat lovers have even changed the world! When you look at notable women from history, quite a few of them loved their cats dearly, like nurse Clara Barton.

Clara Barton, the famous nurse and founder of the Red Cross, was an animal lover with a particular affinity for felines. During the Civil War, Barton earned the nickname “Angel of the Battlefield,” and in appreciation for her selfless work, U.S. Senator Schuyler Colfax sent Barton a kitten. Barton’s most beloved cat was the black and white Tommy, who kept her company for 17 years. A portrait of Tommy painted by Barton’s friend and fellow nurse Antoinette Margot still hangs in the Barton house in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Tommy’s portrait is shown here. Barton was far from the only woman who supplemented her busy life with feline companions. Read about seven others in a list at mental_floss.

(Image source: Clara Barton National Historic Site)


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Bald Eagle Covered in Snow Protects the Eggs in Her Nest



In the beloved Dr. Seuss tale Horton Hatches the Egg, a mother bird sitting on her nest is fickle and flighty. The bird, Maysie, says to Horton the elephant,

"I'm tired and I'm bored and I've kinks in my leg from sitting, just sitting here day after day. It's work, how I hate it. I'd much rather play. If I could find someone, I'd fly away free. You've nothing to do, and I do need a rest. Would you like to sit on the egg in my nest?"

Poor, sweet Horton takes over Maysie's job and learns the sacrifice hatching an egg entails and the hard times he must endure to stay "faithful 100 percent."

Apparently, Maysie wasn't a bald eagle. The female bald eagle shown here is remaining faithful to her nest and the two eggs inside, even in the face of heavy snowfall that buries her up to her neck. These photos from the Pennsylvania Game Commission via the Hanover Eagle Watch Facebook page are a testament to a mother's protective instincts. A representative of the Commission says that the eggs will be fine, and these snowy conditions are common for eagles that nest as far north as Maine, Alaska and Canada.

Don't miss the Hanover Eagle Watch Facebook page for a series of incredible photos of and updates on this regal mother bird. A Game Commission webcam streams live footage of the nest as well. 

Images: PA Game Commission | Via Twitchy




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Toddler Gives Bull Terrier a Medical Checkup

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A little girl named Noa gives a thorough veterinary checkup to Neckar, likely the most chill and patient bull terrier ever. Every bull terrier I've encountered is so excited about life and gregarious that they are practically bouncing off walls. It makes me wonder if the "doctor" didn't administer a sedative to her patient prior to the checkup. Whatever the case, it's adorable. Via Tastefully Offensive


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Hulk, Possibly the Largest Pit Bull Alive, is a Big Softie

This is Hulk, a 173-pound pitbull. His owner Marlon Grannon breeds and trains protection and police dogs at Dark Dynasty K9 in New Hampshire, but he has made Hulk his family pet. While he's not an official record holder, Hulk may be the largest of his kind — he's certainly a massive example of the breed.

In spite of his formidable appearance, Grannon says Hulk is a cuddly sweetheart with all of his family members. He also likes to sing! See the videos below for an example of Hulk's musical stylings, and a profile of him by Barcroft TV. Keep up with Hulk's happenings on Facebook and Instagram, and see a number of adorable photographs of him here. 


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Lioness Opens Car Door at Drive-Through Safari Park

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YouTube user Joshua Sutherland said his sisters Kaylene and Cindy were visiting their parents who are missionaries in South Africa when a lioness at a drive-through safari park opened the family's car door with her teeth. Hopefully that will teach them to keep the doors locked!

Miss Cellania posted about another 2009 incident at a Johannesburg, South Africa drive-through safari park in which a lion did the same thing. I wonder if it was the same park, and that's the way the pride gets their jollies? Via Tastefully Offensive


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Weasel Rides Woodpecker: The Meme

Recently a photo by Martin Le-May of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker in flight went viral. As per usual with popular photos on the internet, people are having memetastic times with it. Here are some samples. See more here.


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Unskippable GEICO Ad

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Not that I really want to run a free advertisement, but every once in a while the entertainment value is well worth it. This is just a GEICO ad -at least the first 12 seconds. But it appears that they felt the need to fill up a minute of time anyway, so after the ad is when the fun begins! Because that’s when the dog takes the stage -or the dining room, in this case. Therefore, you can consider this a cute dog video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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The Quokka is the Latest Selfie Quirk

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This will no doubt shock anyone reading this, but there's a new and goofy trend that's cropped up on the internet. More surprisingly, said trend involves selfies. But the other factor thrown into the equation is a marsupial native to Australia called the quokka. These little guys have enough expression, personality and chub to win over even the coldest of hearts. 

The quokka is a social animal and isn't afraid to be in close proximity with humans. On the contrary, judging from these shots, quokkas appear to like the company. Unfortunately, quokkas are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List, and it is against the law to touch them. But it's legally on the level to make them smile by posing with them for glamour shots. Perhaps some good will come out of the quokka selfie, in that awareness is raised with respect to their status as an endangered species. 

See more adorable quokka selfies here. Who knew a wild animal could be capable of so many different, humanlike facial expressions?  

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Blind Dog Who Disappeared in -40°F Weather Reunited with Owner


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Madera, an 11-year old Labrador Retriever, is completely blind. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with Ed Davis, her owner. On February 6, Davis let her outside briefly to relieve herself. Madera usually does her business then comes right back in. But this time, Madera started wandering. She vanished into the snowy darkness.

On February 19, Constantine Khrulev, another local resident, was out biking with his own dog. They heard another dog whining and investigated. It was Madera! The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner describes the rescue:

Khrulev went into the woods and found her under a tree, more than 100 yards from the trail and about half a mile from Davis’ house.

“She was not going to be found accidentally,” Davis said.

Khrulev took Madera to one of Davis’ neighbors. The dog had lost about 14 pounds but was otherwise in good health, Davis said. Her rescuer asked for the $100 reward money to go the the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund, a gesture that so impressed Davis that he decided to increase the donation to $250.

-via AP


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The Latest Model Phone Stand

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Having a stand for a phone or iPad is handy in certain situations. Selecting a good one, however, can be a challenge due to the sheer number of them on the market. This model is an interesting addition to the available stand options. While sometimes expensive, it can also be free to a good home. It's attractive, comes in different colors and is not likely to be a water-immersion risk. You may want to add a scratch protector to the screen, though. Bubble wrap might be a good add-on, too, should the stand climb up to a phone-stand stand and push the phone off the highest step. -Via Tastefully Offensive


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Hanging With JoeJoe the Capybara

When we last checked in with JoeJoe the Capybara, he was wolfing down popsicles and cavorting with puppies. Naturally. When you've got the capycharisma that JoeJoe has, the sky's the limit in terms of daily activities.

For instance, why not hop in a cart and browse through Pet Smart? Pups and kitties are a dime a dozen there. JoeJoe is an official Pet Smart Star!


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There's nothing like taking time out to have a long, feline-chaperoned nap. Then waking up with a major case of capybedhead.


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..and when JoeJoe needs a back scratch, there's nothing like a puppy to assist.

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As good looking as JoeJoe is, it's no wonder that he gets all the chicks!


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