Humans have been fascinated by felines since we walked like Egyptians, and aside from a few dark periods when cats were associated with witchcraft, and slaughtered by the superstitious, people love having cats in their lives.
Author Peter Gethers says he was a certified cat hater until he received a kitten he named Norton, the star of his Norton Cat Trilogy, and in this vintage video segment Peter briefly discusses the history of cats with his furry pal Norton by his side.
If you're looking for a video with a lot of information about the history of cats you may have to keep on searching, but if you're looking for a video where a cute cat sits on a table and completely ignores a nearby plate of pasta then get ready for a treat!
The tiny hamster is back! We’ve seen him eat a tiny burrito and go to a tiny hedgehog birthday party, and now we get to see the hamster in his tiny mansion. He gets out of his tiny bed, eats his tiny breakfast, takes a tiny bath, eats a great big strawberry, and drives off in his tiny little car. -via Viral Viral Videos
Oh, those wacky Redditors. The time on their hands is always spent efficiently. Case in point is this subreddit thread called Bears with Beaks. This animal mashup extravaganza has been alive for two years and is still going strong with these amusing 'shop jobs. Look, down on the ground! It's a bird! It's a bear! It's a bunch of Redditors with photo editing software! Via 22 Words.
Cute Polar Bearrot Cub
Dominant Polar Bird
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomed this darling female Western lowland gorilla, born last weekend. Her mother did not appear to have mothering intincts or be bonded with her baby enough to satisfy the zookeepers, who stepped in to raise her. Zoo staff will care for the infant gorilla around the clock in a private area of the gorilla enclosure, with the intent to introduce her into the gorilla population at an optimal time in the future.
The Western lowland gorilla is native to central and western Africa. Due to commercial hunting for meat, habitat loss and disease, the species is presently critically endangered. Via 22 Words.
Tencho, Hime, Dora, and Detch are cats who all work at a Pizza Hut outlet. They are the stars of a new ad campaign from Pizza Hut Japan in which we see very short vignettes about cats running a pizza parlor. In the ad above, most of the staff is caught sleeping on the job. There are a dozen such ads so far. Continue reading to see them.
Who says that dogs and cats can't be friends? Certainly not these two. Oliver the dog and Arashi the cat are best friends. They do everything together! Each of us would be lucky to have a friendship like this one. You can see more photos at their Instagram account.
It can get lonely out on the range. The only one Lizzy, the bearded dragon cowpuncher, has to talk to is her faithful mount, Rambo. They work the ranch together together at Critter Camp, an animal sanctuary in German Valley, Illinois. When Lizzy and Rambo finish a cattle drive, they return home to their family, which includes foxes, kinkajous, a macaw, and a skink.
Emergency workers in Melbourne, Australia, received a call Thursday night about a koala that had been hit by a car. They arrived at the scene and found the koala had climbed a tree, but as they tried to retrieve it, it fell about 10 meters, where firefighters caught it in a blanket.
Langwarrin fire brigade captain Sean Curtin said fire crews and wildlife authorities quickly got to reviving Sir Chompsalot.
"Wildlife Victoria actually performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the koala and one of the other members was actually pumping the koala's chest to get some movement in the heart and also get some air into the lungs at the same time," he said.
"We put it on O2 oxygen therapy to assist in getting some oxygen into the blood flow of the koala."
One of the firefighters had experience, as he had revived a dog once with mouth-to-mouth. Sir Chompsalot, as the rescuers named him, is recovering at a local animal hospital. With video. -via Boing Boing
(Image credit: Langwarrin and Frankston CFA)
Ze Frank is back with more true facts, this time about an entire group of animals, the marsupials. Marsupials include kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, and Koalas. Some of the details of marsupial’s lives may be quite gross, so consider yourself warned. Contains NSFW language, plus, well, it’s Ze Frank, who is a master of double entendres about wildlife. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Lucky Puppy is a cage-free dog day care facility in Maybee, Michigan. There's a 21 by 41-foot bone-shaped pool for lucky dogs who get a break from their human families. It's a walk-in pool, which is great for pups like mine who prefer to get just their bellies wet.
Other dogs, particularly those of the Labrador persuasion, though, jump in as quickly and as often as possible!
-via The Presurfer
The visitors to Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa, who were inside the car shown here, probably were seriously questioning their selection of plans for the day when an elephant used their Volkswagen as a way to satisfy an itch.
Field guide and lodge manager Armand Grobler was a witness to the playful pachyderm and his terrified audience. He explained,
"The elephant was presumably on musth, which is a time that an elephant male has an excess amount of testosterone, turning even the calmest Dumbo into a raging bull. Yet even though it was in this condition, it displayed no signs of aggression or frustration and was in a more playful mood."
While the people in the car weren't hurt, their car sustained plenty of damage, including all four tires being blown out, broken windows and a dented roof. Now that's one powerful itch! If he had used his beauty cream with vitamin E and aloe, this would never have happened. Via Lost in E Minor.
Images Credit: Armand Grobler
Andy Thomas is an artist who has a healthy appreciation for the beauty of bird songs, and a gift for creating technological innovations that help bring the beauty of the natural world alive in the digital realm.
He has created a way to visualize bird songs, which when visualized look like something you’d see while tripping on peyote, or after getting hit too hard in the head.
What you’re seeing is a product of a software that works much like previous visualizers WinAmp and that one nobody uses on iTunes, but this software is heavily influenced by Andy's own artistic vision, as you can see in this visualization of a crow's song:
If Andy ever invents some Oculus Rift style 3D visor capable of rendering these birdsong visualizations in real-time people are suddenly going to become mighty interested in birdwatching!
Bodega cats are cats that live in the neighborhood stores of New York City. They protect the groceries from vermin better than any pesticide, and greet customers daily. WNYC Radio produced a series of videos called Bodega Cats in Their Own Words, each featuring one store. The voices are provided by the store owners, who know their cats better than anyone. This one is about Oliver, a stray adopted by a bodega proprietor on the Upper West Side. Continue reading to see Carmel, Victoria, and Sheeba.
Wombats are pretty cute when they’re all grown up, but when they’re babies they look like something that would star in a sci-fi movie as comedy relief, in other words strangely alien yet somehow still extremely cute.
(Image Via nusigf)
The wombat's unique look makes them the perfect targets for memeification, cute animal photo shares and, of course, the fantastic world of photoshop battling.
Here are a few selections from the battle that started with an image shared by Redditor nusigf-
We have his appearance on Conan:
(Image Via Lost At E Minor)
The extremely appropriate Dobby disguise:
(Image Via totalitarian_jesus)
This super creepy Pan’s Labyrinth transformation:
(Image Via wrenwron)
And the obligatory Star Wars mashup:
(Image Via LowSociety)
But at the end of the day a baby wombat is happiest when he’s hanging out on the couch, watching his favorite show Wonder Wombat:
(Image Via drewantarctic)
I’ve been seeing this cat’s picture all over the internet today, and I just love that snaggletoothed expression! His name is Griffen, and he belongs to redditor jonosvision, who says,
Previously, we've featured photos taken at precisely the right moment. This collection focuses exclusively on dogs. Canine companions are present for the good and bad times in the lives of their humans. Their constant companionship means they are in our photographs as well, whether we plan it that way or not. Sometimes their appearances in the frame result in comedy, as seen here. Take a look at other examples of wonderful canine photobombs at this link.
The Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan welcomed two fennec fox kits after a fifteen-year wait for a birth of the species. Fennec fox couple Penny and Louis de Fennec, both four years old, spent the 50-day gestation period of their offspring burrowing tunnels in their enclosure. The tunnels were an addition to their home to accomodate the new kits.
Mother Penny was aggressive during the gestation and after the birth of her kits, an instinctive measure of protection. Penny hid her babies in the newly dug burrows soon after they were born. Their keepers kept their enclosure private at that time, in order for the mama and papa to have bonding time with their kits. Currently, keepers are slowly introducing them to their loving public.
Fennec foxes are native to the Sahara in Northern Africa as well as Northern Saudi Arabia. Their large ears not only cool the fox by losing excess heat, but they also enable them to hear predators from a great distance. The fennec fox is a nocturnal animal, escaping the heat during the day as it rests in its burrow. The life span of the species is approximately ten years. Via Zooborns.
Images Credit: Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan
How to keep a squirrel from eating the seed that’s meant for the birds? Vaseline! If you do this, make sure you have a camera ready, like Robert Krampf did.
For anyone who is concerned about the squirrel, he still raids our other two feeders and the vegetable garden. The tiny amount of Vaseline used is non-toxic, the kind used for lip balm. He quickly learned that this feeder was not worth the trouble, so we have not put more on the pole, and the birds are delighted to actually get some of the bird seed.
-via Tastefully Offensive
Aw, look at this squirrel balancing on his nose on the cat’s outstretched paw! Yeah, that’s what it looks like, but the squirrel is outside, clinging to the invisible screen door, while the poor cat is stuck inside. Redditor oona36 says this squirrel is always teasing her cats. One of these days, the cats will bolt outside, and it won’t be so funny for the squirrel then!
Australian farmer Brian Harrington becomes a water fowl couturier once a year during the "Pied Piper Duck Show" in Sydney. Harrington has participated in the event, a part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, for thirty years. His dolled up ducks bring in an average of a million visitors annually. Via Lost At E Minor.
If you're keeping score, we have one cat peacefully sleeping on a watermelon. Another cat who, when awakened, needs an exorcism. Now here is this Vizla named Oscar, who is awakened by an alarm clock and discovers his inner wolf. Animals: in some ways, they are so like us. Via Laughing Squid.
"During that summer--
Which may never have been at all;
But which has become more real
Than the one that was--
This kitty named TyaTora, a resident of Japan, is shown here attempting to nap the day away. If she reflected on her pillow, her reflection might be, "round pillows, while cool, are hard to nap on at length." Via Tastefully Offensive
John Walkenbach, formerly known as J-Walk, teased a tortoise with a remote control toy truck. The tortoise does his best to give chase, and would have made some real turtle tracks if that floor wasn’t so slick. Look at those little legs go! He probably have some amorous intentions, but the truck is under human control, and has a better grip on the floor. -via Arbroath
August 17 is Black Cat Appreciation Day! Black cats, like black dogs, are often passed over for adoption, possibly because of outdated myths, or possibly because their color makes it difficult to see their facial expressions. But black cats need homes, too, and they can be wonderfully loving pets.
Furball Fables celebrates with a video highlighting their favorite black cats: Kitten Gunnar, Buddha, Spooky, Squiggy, Ziggy, Lucky and Miss Blacat.
There’s a Facebook page called For the Love of Black Cats where you can plenty more black cats on Black Cat Appreciation Day -or any time.
And here’s a “now and then” picture of my black cat Gogo as a kitten and fifteen years later.