Dog Freaks Out Over Cat-Shaped Balloon


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What sorcery is this?!

It is a cat and, yet, it is also not a cat. The creature hangs in midair, floating above an uncanny valley between living creature and non-living object. The husky investigates.

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Newborn Octopuses Are As Strange and Wonderful As You Might Imagine

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Like many people on the internet, we here at Neatorama love octopuses. They are beautiful, intelligent and utterly strange creatures -and now you can see them as newborn babies -and as newborn as they get, considering that the video actually shows them leaving the egg. The life of an octopus isn't easy and most species die shortly after mating, but it's all worth it just to give this next generation a fair start on life.

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Why You Should Never Turn Your Back On A Big Cat

Big cats like tigers and cheetahs are popular among the pet collecting crowd, but these apex predators don't change their killer ways no matter how long they're kept in captivity and often turn on their captors.

Which is why Tampa, Florida's Big Cat Rescue felt compelled to create this video showing what happens when you turn your back on a big cat.

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It's funny to see the cats come stalking up behing him then act like "what? I'm not doing anything..." when he turns around, but this video wouldn't be so funny without that sturdy fence.

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10 Awesome Owl Items on Etsy

Owls are amazing creatures both in reality and in myth. They're even a symbol of wisdom. If you're among the many people in the world who are obsessed with owls, you won't want to miss these awesome Etsy finds.

Barn Owl Ring

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This Star Wars Pug-Crawl is the Cutest Geek Dog Fest Ever

Only in Portland would a pub-crawl involve dressing pugs up as Star Wars characters and parading them down the street -and if that's what it means to keep Portland weird, I'm all in.

The event was well documented on Twitter and Fashionably Geek rounded up a few of the best costumes from the parade, including this amazing Bespin Cloud City pug that was apparently totally cool with being carried on his owner's shoulders all day.

A few owners even got in on the fun, like this Jabba the Hut partnered with his precious Salacious Crumb pup.


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Canada's Most Notorious Crow Steals Police Evidence

When Vancouver police shot a man weilding a knife at them, they probably thought the strangest part of the ordeal was over -but that was before a crow flew down and stole the knife from the crime scene. Police had to chase the bird 20 feet before it dropped the knife, only for it to return to the crime scene where it attempted to steal glasses and equipment of a news crew trying to cover the story.

It's believed the crow is the legendary Canuck of Vancouver, as he not only wears the same red identifcaton band, but is famous in the city for exactly this kind of pesty behavoir, as well as taking rides on the city's Sky Train. In fact, he's even stolen knives before as evidenced by the image above (the non-meme version can be found on the bird's Facebook here).

On a side note, Canuck is not the only bird to steal knives as i09 demonstrated back in 2012, which leaves me with a new phobia -being stabbed by a knife dropped by a bird flying above me. It could happen.


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Chipmunk Caught Red-Handed

This little chipmunk thought he had stumbled on the perfect treasure trove of food when he found a full bird feeder. Yet he couldn’t shake the feeling he was doing something wrong by taking all those seeds. When confronted by the guy who loaded the feeder, he did the only thing a thief with a conscience would do. He gave it all back.   

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Under enough pressure, a criminal will cough up the goods. Of course, it’s probably just a fear response, but look at how much he had stuffed in those cheeks! -via Arbroath


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Cheetah with a GoPro

The folks at the Cincinnati Zoo outfitted Savanna the cheetah (previously at Neatorama) with a GoPro camera on her back. She probably wouldn’t have liked one on her head, and you really can’t force a wild cat to do something they don’t want to. Watching her zoom around the compound with this point of view is terrifying, kind of like riding in the car with your 16-year-old driving.    

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When they go to slow-motion, you really get a sense of how fast they run. I couldn’t even keep up with a cheetah in slow motion! But then again, if a wild predator were chasing me, I might surprise myself. -via Tastefully Offensive


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10 Examples of Cat Logic


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Why does your cat refuse to snuggle with you except at the worst possible times? Why does he prefer to use uncomfortable objects as beds instead of, you know, actual cat beds?

Celebrity cats Cole and Marmalade explain with the help of their hapless human, Chris Poole. Cat behavior makes perfect sense once you strip away human dumbth.

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Orphaned Grizzly Bear Cub Likes To Have Her Feet Tickled

Grizzly bears look all gruff and dangerous when they're full grown, but when they're chubby little cubs they simply ooze cuteness.

National Geographic host and filmmaker Casey Anderson knows the power of bear cub cute, because he recently rescued a cute little orphaned cub named Bella and can't stop playing with the adorable cub!

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Bella isn't Casey's first encounter with a cute bear cub- he adopted a cub called Brutus about ten years ago and formed an incredible friendship with the bear that inspired him to start the Montana Grizzly Encounter sanctuary.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Rescued Baby Beavers

A group of hunters saw a female beaver in a trap in Saskatchewan, and knew her babies must be near. They found a litter of four beaver kits, only a couple of days old, and took them to Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre. Medical intervention saved the babies, and they will be raised at the center until they are two years old. See more pictures of the adorable baby beavers at Buzzfeed.

Check out Salthaven’s Facebook page for an amazing variety of animal babies that have been rescued.


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Young Chimpanzee Has Fun Sliding down a Hill


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This young bonobo at the Twycross Zoo in the UK has discovered the. Best. Game. Ever! It's called Sliding Down the Hill. To play, climb to the top of the incline in the enclosure, then slide down on your back. Do it forwards or backwards, but backwards is better.

He has fun doing it over and over again and tries to get his parents involved. They're less interested in playing the game. Perhaps, like humans parent, they're just too tired.

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Firefighters Rescue Baby Ducks from Storm Drain

Poor ducklings! 8 of them fell into a storm drain in Titirangi, New Zealand. Fortunately, the local volunteer fire brigade showed up to save the day. The firefighters opened the drain, then one of them hung upside down so that he could reach the ducks. After pulling the ducklings out, the firefighters placed them in a handy traffic cone, then released them to the care of their anxious mama.


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-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Blind Cat Plays Fetch

Rey was born eight months ago with no eyes. Alexander Speweik adopted Rey and her sister Leia, and Rey now gets around the apartment just fine. She even plays fetch!

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Wadded up aluminum makes a great ball to roll around on a wood floor, and Rey follows it almost perfectly just by the sound. She also plays with boxes, climbs her cat tower, and wrestles with her sister. She doesn’t chase a laser light, but likes to play with the chain attached to the laser pen! You can follow Rey at her Facebook page or at Instagram. -via Digg


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Dances With Goats

You’ve seen dogs dance with humans in canine freestyle competitions, but have you ever seen a goat dance with a human like that? Or a chicken? These goats do, and more besides. They run agility courses, and have learned to, uh, help Marie take her clothes off.

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Marie Verbouw trained her goats Roosje and Kato and the chicken Milca to do all kinds of incredible things. Wait until the dogs get s load of a goat in their agility competitions! -via reddit


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The Cone of Shame Has Never Been So Stylish

I'm not sure if this cat is a hipster or if it's his owner, but I am sure that this handlebar meowstache has certainly made the Cone of Shame a lot more entertaing. Redditor Lexsi04 says that after her friend's cat went through surgery, they decided to have a little fun -and I'm glad they decided to share their fun with the world.

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Dog Rescued After Living On Freeway Median For Over A Month

We hear horror stories about abandoned animals saved from the jaws of death far too often these days, but the really odd cases stay with us to remind us how not to care for a pet.

A German shepherd was recently saved from a freeway median in Los Angeles where she'd been living for at least five weeks after jumping out of the bed of her owner's truck.

The dog, dubbed Freeway Frida by the Galt police officer Sylvia Coelho who rescued her, was first spotted by drivers on Highway 99 near Simmerhorn Road back in April, but she evaded capture so the police were unable to nab her until around May 18th.

Frida was treated for a broken leg and is said to be doing well, and since she's not microchipped and her owner isn't coming forward (for obvious reasons) officer Cuelho says she might have to adopt her.

Read more about Freeway Frida here


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Couple Invites 1,000 Cats to Their Wedding


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Louise Véronneau and Dominic Husson of Montreal, Canada had a glorious destination wedding planned. They decided to tie the knot at an animal shelter in Parlier, California.

The Cat House on the Kings (previously) is a shelter that caters to cats alone. Nearly a thousand of them were present to witness the happy couple get married. Lynea Lattanzio, the human owner of the facility, got ordained so that she could officiate. ABC 30 describes how Véronneau's and Husson's mutual love of cats brought them together:

Louise Veronneau and Dominic Husson meet in Quebec and decided to get married after dating for the past three years.

They have traveled around the world together and learned they both have a passion for animals, especially cats.

"I saw that we were sharing the same values," Veronneau said. "These are values these are the basics of our relationship and out love for animals and beings."

"We are both animal lovers and it was easy," Husson exclaimed. "She is a great person, that is why I married her."

-via Telegraph


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Helpful Device Helps You Lick Your Cat

Your cat may show you affection by licking you. But some cat owners are uncomfortable licking their cats in response. Don't ask me why, but it's true.

Now those poor souls have a solution: the Licki Brush. It's a long, plastic, tongue-like object that fits inside your mouth. You use your head to brush it across your cat or the person sitting next to you on the bus. The soft bristles on the tongue groom and soothe the recipient of the licks. You can see a video demonstration here.

-via Geekologie


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Transgendered Animals in Nature

With all the controversy around the transgendered bathroom issues, one thing that keeps coming up is the idea of whether or not it is "natural." In this matter, there really shouldn't be much argument. Aside from the fact that there are ample humans born intersexed, the idea that transexualism isn't prevelant in nature is wrong. 

This TopTenz article discuses ten animals that demonstrate examples of transexualism, whether through animals acting like members of the other sex (like garter snakes) or actually changing gender (like clownfish). The fact is, transgenderism is entirely natural and common in nature.


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Simon’s Cat Logic: Why Cats Love Boxes

Cats love boxes so very much, just ask Maru. Simon Tofield has four cats, so he knows that well. In this episode of Simon’s Cat Logic, Nicky Trevorrow from Cats Protection explains the allure of the simple cardboard box.

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This includes the Simon’s Cat cartoon called The Box. -via the A.V. Club


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Ocelot Encounter

Coyote Peterson was wandering through the Costa Rican rainforest at night -which doesn’t seem all that safe- when he encountered an ocelot. Luckily, this was a half-grown cat that was somewhat used to people. Still, how strange is it that a wildcat will let you pet her?

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She also wants to play, and you know how cats play, by attacking! Peterson gets his ear chewed on and a few scratches. Don’t try this at home. As if you could! Let’s just hope that this ocelot’s ease around humans doesn’t lead her to a bad end someday.  -via Viral Viral Videos


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Confused Dog Can't Decide Where To Stare, So Photoshoppers Help Him Out

Don't you hate it when your eyes can't agree on where to look, so they end up staring in opposite directions?

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It's even worse when someone takes a picture of you with that walleyed expression on your face and then posts it on the interwebs, because you know somebody's gonna Photoshop you into an embarrassing meme.

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Luckily, the walleyed fellow in this instance is a confused dog who doesn't have permission to go online, so he'll probably never see all the Buscemian things people have done with his pic.

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A few good things have come from the confused dog's sudden internet fame, such as his new friendship with the Dramatic Cupcake Dog, whose stare is a bit straighter but no less intense.

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See more from the Man Holding Confused Dog Photoshop Battle here

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Horse Rocks Baby

So cute!

Tracy Lega's horse Donato stared at the tiny human in the stable. Then he decided to play babysitter. He gently rocked the boy's car seat back and forth, entertaining both himself and the baby.


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Elmo Demonstrates Pianos

Elmo the Irish setter belongs to a music store owner in Finland. When he gets the chance to check out the piano display room, he knows just what to do!  

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One dog, three pianos. My husband yelled from the other room, “Who’s hurting that dog?” I replied that he’s just suffering from the noise. Elmo may not yet be ready for Carnegie Hall, but he’s got the drive and enthusiasm to get there someday. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Trouble with Pandas

Imagine that your job is to straighten up the panda yard. You’re trying to remove the dried leaves, but all the two juvenile giant pandas see is an opportunity to play. It's like trying to do housework around a bunch of toddlers, except these youngsters are big, strong bears!

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This happened at a panda breeding facility in Sichuan, China. You have to wonder how many people were watching at the time. The worker gets frustrated at first, then she giggles (because who wouldn’t), and finally appears to enjoy putting on a show for the onlookers. Maybe they do this routine every day! -via Viral Viral Videos 


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Two-Legged Goat Learns to Walk

A goat (described as a lamb in the video description) was born in December in China's Yunnan Province without its back legs. The female kid was seen standing only a day after its birth. She also tried to walk, and within a week had figured out how to get around on two forelegs.

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Now almost five months old, the two-legged goat is not exactly keeping up with the other goats, but appears to be accepted by them. -via Arbroath


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Baby Rhinos

These baby rhinoceroses live at Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa. Redditor Nkandla works there. He says they are fed milk every three hours, and make these noises when their milk is gone.

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The sad part is that the little rhinos are in the sanctuary due to poachers killing their mothers

They should never have needed to come to us in the first place. They are the victims of poaching, even if they're still alive. We do everything we can to give them as normal a life as possible and the bigger they get, the less dependant on us they will become. Our bigger rhinos, which were once in the same position, are already grazing in the big open fields, without any form of human interaction.

We really do hope to have them back out in the wild one day!


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Airline Makes Cat a Star

Krystal Scott and her family were evacuated from the Fort McMurray fires in Alberta last week. She went into labor during the process, and under the circumstances, the family’s cat Meow Meow had to be left behind. Canadian North Airlines staff said they would watch the cat. They kept her in the office for a few days, posted pictures of her on Facebook and Twitter, and even gave her a little employee name tag. Since then, Meow Meow has been reunited with her family in Calgary. See more pictures at Buzzfeed.

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Alaskan Moose Plays A Jaunty Tune On The Neighbor's Wind Chimes

We hang chimes outside our homes so they'll catch the wind and play us a pleasant little song, but if you live in Alaska and hang up chimes you're actually asking for a personal musical performance by a moose.

Who knew the moose was such a musical beast?

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When Healy, Alaska resident Britta Schroeder awoke to this candid moosic-al performance being played on her neighbor's wind chimes she did the right thing and filmed the show.

And just to avoid the accusations that she lured the moose into her yard the video came with this disclaimer:

Healy, Alaska – As I lay in bed this evening, I could hear my wind chime blowing up, but when I looked out the window, not even a blade of grass budged. I should clarify that the blender and the red bucket in the video are part of a paper-making project and have no food, nor have ever had food, in either. The chest freezer is also locked.

-Via Laughing Squid


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