Is it a sign of the End Times? No, cats chasing dogs is more common than we were brought up to think, after years of watching cartoons that assumed dogs always chase cats. I thought my cat was going to attack a dog being walked in front of the house today, but it turns out they had make friends before. It was a little nerve-racking, because my cat is twice that dog’s size. -via Tastefully Offensive
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The time we get to share with our beloved pets seems fleeting in comparison to our own life spans, and losing a little furry friend you’ve had since you were a kid makes the whole thing that much harder. That’s why it’s important to celebrate the time you have with your fur covered family members by taking lots of pictures of, and sometimes with, them!
This series of photos collected by "The Only Magazine For Pandas" Bored Panda shows pets (and sometimes their owners) before and after they're all grown up. Some of the pets stayed relatively the same size, most became huge when compared to their younger selves, and all seem to share an unconditional love with their adoptive human parents.
He’s not very good at it. In internet language, “He forgot how to dog.” His total ineptitude is highlighted by the slow-motion video and the “O Fortuna” soundtrack. Poor dog. He kind of reminds me of my own short and mediocre sports career back in school. I bet his human loves him anyway. -via Buzzfeed
These French goats have discovered that a small sheet metal shelter is just sturdy enough to hold them, and just flexible enough to make climbing it a challenge. Are they playing King of the Hill, or are they re-enacting the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff? Even without facial expressions, you can tell when a goat is having fun. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Imgur user hiblue fed a stray kitten and wasn’t prepared for her response. She flirted and grabbed him and begged to be taken home. And her scheming wiles worked wonders. He named her Luna.
It was a long day and she slept hard. I've never rescued an animal before and all of this was new to me. I can't even begin to explain how rewarding and fulfilling it all was. It was a huge highlight of the year.
In Lapland, where reindeer herds are kept as livestock, yet graze freely most of the year, a new technique is being used to reduce the number of reindeer struck by cars at night. I cannot make the Finnish Sami language article translate into English, but according to redditor og_nichander, the antlers are sprayed with a reflective material that only shows up when headlights shine on it. Therefore, you won’t see eerie herds of antlers moving in the night -unless you are about to hit them with your car. Or you really, truly believe Santa is coming tonight.
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Yu Yu found herself playing the part of the Pied Piper to a herd of bunny rabbits! Ōkunoshima is the Japanese island that was once a chemical weapons production facility, but is now famous for being overrun with rabbits. It doesn’t take much to attract them, just a bag full of fresh garden produce! -via Viral Viral Videos
The audio on this video is loud and distorted -you may want to turn the volume down a bit.
When you have a traffic accident, the first thing you do is switch places with the unlicensed driver behind the wheel. At least that’s what I’ve heard. What is it with Russian cats? They think they can go anywhere and do anything! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Mammal species are born mostly helpless and vulnerable to predators. Many hide their babies in nests, but pronghorn antelopes are born on the open range, while coyotes wait for an easy snack. And to complicate matters, they always have twins. But Stacey Dunn, who studies pronghorns, tells us that pronghorn fawns are born for camouflage. They are born, they flatten themselves against the ground, and they don’t make a sound. Trying to find them in the grass is not easy for coyotes or humans. And the mother drops each twin in a different location.
Mothers return every three or four hours for nursing, day and night, staying away in between so as not to reveal the babies' location. The coyotes, of course, are watching, tracking the mothers. Over the weeks, the young ones are getting stronger, but when their mothers go, they curl back down, getting quiet again.
Fawns born in April stay quiet till June.
"The technique works," writes Craig. Researchers can see them across a meadow, when the mothers are nursing, but once the baby goes back down to the ground, it vanishes. "I've almost stepped on them without realizing they were there," Stacey told me.
Hey, your baby would be quiet, too, if his life depended on it! The pronghorn fawns learn to walk and run quickly, but they live on mothers milk for months. Dunn has quite a few pictures of pronghorns hiding in the grass, which you’ll have to study if you’re ever to see them. -via Not Exactly Rocket Science
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The Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi is the building where the Olympic speed skating competition takes place. The building was completed in 2012. However, you have to wonder how well it’s constructed when a five-pound-or-so cat walking around in the ceiling causes it to collapse and takes a bunch of ceiling panels with it. This security footage is from October, so the incident has no doubt been dealt with and repaired. The cat appears to have made a clean getaway. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
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This little piggy is ready to hit the waves! Kama, a pig in Oahu, Hawaii, can maintain his balance on a surfboard. He seems to really enjoy it, too. You can watch a video of him in action here.
A few months ago, Kai Holt and his family were camping at Bellows Beach. A stray piglet wandered into his cabana. Holt decided to adopt him. He named the pig Kamapua'a, but calls him just "Kama." About a month ago, Kama fell into a pool and proved to be an excellent swimmer.
The next obvious step was surfing. He's so good that he's landed sponsorships, snagging free boards from Costco, a GoPro camera from the Bike Factory and clothes from a local surf shop.
This may start out by seeming a little sad, but it quickly becomes altogether adorable. Redditor lazypoko was awakened by his cat on Valentines Day and got a picture, and then went with it and “just took it a little (lot) too far.” He provided her with the perfect day, which included fine meals, dancing, her favorite movie, and a punch line at the end. You can see the whole thing in a gallery of 19 images and gifs. The best part is, he impressed a lot of human women with the stunt.
Look at these adorable animals showing love for each other! Now, we know that animals of different species don’t really have romance on the mind, but you never cuddle up with an animal that you don’t like. In the case of the cat and the guinea pig, the cat may be thinking, “Aw, I love you, dinner!” -via Tastefully Offensive
The night patrol had almost reached the top shelf when they were caught red-handed. Or red-pawed, as the case may be. Redditor toncinap works with a cat rescue organization and tells us these are cats in one of their foster homes. They’ve obviously raided the kitchen before, because why else would you put a heavy bag of cat food on the top shelf? Adopt one of these cats, and you’ll be getting one with an education -they’ve already learned from the best!
The official count is five cats, although there are others in the thread who argue that there are actually many more than that.
It’s a pretty well-known fact that dogs love to help people with chores. This goes even more for the job of shoveling snow, because hey, digging! Some dogs use shovels, others use their feet, and at least one in this video uses his cone of shame as a handy scoop. What they lack in precision they make up in enthusiasm. Whether they are using the shovel themselves or trying to lighten your load, dogs are the best pet to have when you are clearing snow! A cat will just sit in the window and sneer at your labors. -via Tastefully Offensive
There have been ads that claim biting into the sponsored product is like eating a rainbow, a ray of sunshine, a flavor explosion, a taste sensation (whatever that means), and one claims eating the product is like having an orgasm.
They all seem too good to be true (although a few do sound rather appealing), but McVities Digestives compare the experience of eating their cookies to unwrapping a puppy or kitten, cause they make you feel all warm and fluffy inside? Or because you'll be surprised at how much hair comes wrapped up in every pack?
And when you want to get a little crazy you can unwrap one of their Jaffa Cakes and get the full alien-tarsier monkey handling experience, which seems an awful like one of those sensations we mentioned earlier...
Whatever they're putting in those biscuits must be pure magic!
-Via Laughing Squid
Jim Lynch’s dogsled team is made up of mismatched rescue dogs from Racey’s Rescue, the shelter he and Sally Hedges founded. The lead dog, O’Riley, is super-excited about running, and he can’t stop talking about it: “Run! Run! Run!” This video was recorded at the Apostle Island Dog Sled Race in Bayfield, Wisconsin last year. Read more about Racey’s Rescues dogsled team here. See more at Jim's Team's Facebook page. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
What’s the most popular dance among our canine friends? The salsa! How did these dogs ever get so good at it? Not that it matters; what matters is that people had their cameras ready to capture them for our entertainment. yeah, you may have seen some of these before, but you haven’t seen ALL of them! -via Daily of the Day
Nick Offerman’s character on the hit sitcom Parks & Recreation is a steak loving, moustachioed manly man named Ron Swanson, who loves nothing more than fine whiskey, people not talking to him and making city hall less effective for the citizens of Pawnee.
In real life Nick is far less of a curmudgeon than Ron, but both sides of the man inexplicably resemble famous internet cats. Nick came on Conan to promote his role in the LEGO Movie, but stayed long enough to see some side-by-side comparisons between him and some of the finest kittehs the net has to offer, and man did he have a hard time telling who was who!
Da Mao, a giant panda at the Toronto Zoo, was caught on a security camera having a ball during the heavy snowfall on Wednesday. Too bad they didn’t get more footage of his tumbling glee! Da Mao is the male of the breeding pair the zoo has until 2018. The female is Er Shun. Read more about them at the zoo’s website. -via Viral Viral Videos
There’s something special going on at the Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas, where every kind of critter from big fat ponies to goofy dogs to gentle deer and porcine capybaras all get along like one big animal family.
The good vibes might be due in part to the lack of larger felines in the refuge, or the fact that all the dogs were raised around all sorts of different types of creatures so they don’t see them as a source of anxiety, but whatever they’re doing over there needs to be concentrated and sold in bottles at your local pet store!
-Via Bored Panda
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Conservation Lower Zambezi, a wildlife conservation organization in Zambia, found Douglas the hippopotamus when he was just 2 weeks old. His mother had abandoned him, so they took him in. He now lives at Chipembele Wildlife Rescue and, apparently thinking that he’s in an old Disney movie, has befriended two terriers named Molly and Coco.
Even at such a young age, Douglas was a big fellow and needed 6 men to carry him out of a plane when he arrived at Chipembele. When he’s fully grown, he could be 15 feet long and weigh 8,000 pounds. I wonder if he’ll still be able to play with Molly and Coco then.
-via 22 Words
Meet Lil' Drac.
The orphaned short-tailed fruit bat was abandoned by his stressed-out mother (not an uncommon behavior, apparently) and was rescued and hand-raised by volunteers from Bat World Sanctuary.
Thanks to bad portrayal in movies, we are so used to thinking of bats as evil creatures, but according to Bat World's website, that's a bad rap:
Bats are clean, gentle and intelligent, they are vital to the ecosystem, and they enhance our lives in many ways. Fruit and nectar bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products and over 80 different medicines through seed dispersal and pollination. Up to 98% of all rainforest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions upon millions of harmful bugs. They protect us by eating insect-pests that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease.
Watch the cute little baby bat rock his body while hanging upside down to comfort himself after he's been fed (with milk soaked onto a tiny foam tip).
Darlene Hildebrandt says one of her favorite things to photograph are windows and doors. Well, cats love windows and doors as well, especially when they’re open. Cats can’t make up their minds whether they want to be in or out -actually, they usually don’t care all that much, but they always want to have the option of changing their minds. Hildebrandt collected 30 of the best photographs of windows and doors featuring a cat or two (or more) for your enjoyment. I can’t say for sure that these two are my favorites, because they are all wonderful images. -via Everlasting Blort