Goliath, a calf rescued from a dairy farm by his human Shaylee Hubbs, may think he's a dog, like his housemate Leonidas. Goliath was sickly from birth, and Hubbs saved the calf's life by bringing him home and nursing him to his current healthy state.
Leonidas, the Hubbs family dog, is a Great Dane who took to Goliath immediately. He would often lick the calf in the face and nudge him when he was sick in an attempt to get him to stand. Hubbs told Country Living magazine,
"He would lay down with the sick little cow for hours just to keep him company. The Great Dane and [Goliath] became the best of friends."
Hubbs didn't realize the extent of Goliath's comfort with his new surrounds until one morning when she went to the barn to feed her other animals. Upon returning from the barn, she couldn't find Goliath. Hubbs said she was panicked until,
"We found, lounging ever so comfortably on our couch, Goliath! This was triumph and victory, a nice comfortable place on the couch!"
Way to assimilate, little guy!
As it should be for all lovable dog/calf hybrids, Goliath can be followed on social media via Twitter.
In this beautiful footage, two tiny caracal kittens named Nandi and Nisha warily explore their enclosure at the Oregon Zoo wth their mother Peggy. Caracal cats, native to Africa, Central Asia, Southwest Asia and India, are not a common sight in nature, as the species is shy as well as nocturnal. The cat's name comes from the Turkish word "karakulak," meaning "black ear."
Read more about Nandi and Nisha here.
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If you’ve never kept small furry pets in a cage before, it may be hard to tell a hamster from a gerbil from a mouse from a Guinea pig. Hamsters have some features that make them well-adapted for their former wild environment, but also make them quite unique among pets.
The takeaway from the video is that hamsters are basically liquid and can change their shape as needed. -via Digg
(Photo: Linda Bahnson)
Years ago, David Bahnson, a retired orthopedic surgeon in Vermont, wanted to share his enjoyment of kayaking with his dogs. So he placed his dog, Susie, in the luggage compartment. After getting a second dog, Ginger, he cut another hole in his boat for her.
Those dogs have passed on and now Bahnson has two more dogs. They, like their predacessors, love to go kayaking. The Dodo quotes Bahnson:
"They are trained to get in the kayak themselves on command. They sit down, and off we go. When we come ashore, they'll stay seated until I tell them it's OK to get out. They never hopped out into the water, actually," he said, adding that the dogs are strong swimmers regardless.
"I love my dogs. I love training them, the companionship. We've gone miles and miles of paddling with our dogs," said Bahnson. "They just really enjoy going places."
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You've heard that the best gift you can give a cat is the box it came in. However, a foot warmer appears to be quite popular with these two kittens. There’s your purrfect Christmas gift for the cat! I have four good-sized cats, so I can see having to get four of them to avoid fights, or five if I ever want to use one myself. -via reddit
Baron Vom Herrn (you can call him Baron) is a German Shepherd. He's the caregiver for a little boy named Zander. When it's time for bed, Baron is in charge. He makes sure that Zander takes care of all of his affairs and enjoys a warm and loving bedtime. At the end, he turns off the lights so that the boy can get a good night's sleep.
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According to her human Ahon Sarkar, Nyx the Bernese mountain puppy has been timid and anxious since being brought to her new home. In trying things to make it easier on the pup, Sarkar found a winning solution with his guitar. Nyx was having trouble falling asleep in her crate until Sarkar gave the pup her first experience hearing the sounds of soft guitar strumming. It wasn't long before the puppy's eyelids were drooping, then dropping into shut position. Sleep well, little cutie. Via Uproxx
"Cows, like dogs and humans, experience joy." We are thus informed by Animal Place, an animal rescue sanctuary in Vacaville, California. On this 600-acre facility, neglected farm animals can find new and joyful lives.
In this video, Panda (black and white) and Jazzy (brown) arrive and immediately make new friends. Everyone in the herd, both old members and new, is happy at the new arrivals. They run and romp in the fields together.
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Nobody knows what it's like to be a dark and brooding Goth forced to live among the brightly colored masses, but these chicken know all about life on the dark side.
They were born to be full-blown Goths, with feathers as black as midnight and foppish hairdos that would make Robert Smith green with envy.
The Black Silkie and the Ayam Cemani are prized for their unusual jet black coloration, and while both have black skin under their feathers the Ayam Cemani also have black muscles and organs, which makes them the most Goth animals on the planet.
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Wayne Burns keeps his cats--and himself--entertained by encouraging them to surf down the stairs in a cardboard box. They need just a bit of encouragement to climb in. A laser pointer is sufficient for the task.
Christie the Westie may love to swim, but Abby the Labrador has other plans. She just wants her tennis ball, which is inconveniently in the middle of the pool. So she paws a boogie board over to herself, climbs on, then paddles it toward her ball.
This is tricky work because the board really isn't bouyant enough to support her. She has to balance herself very carefully.
It works! Abby gets the ball and is able to drift toward the side of the pool. She got a bit wet, but not completely soaked.
(Photo: Taro the Shiba Inu)
When we talk to dogs, sometimes they tilt their heads while looking at and listening to us. Why? What does this attentive behavior represent?
There are at least 2 possibilities. Dr. Meredith Stepita, animal behaviorist and veterinarian, thinks that a dog is adjusting its inner ear in order to hear more precisely:
Since dogs can understand some human language, including words and tone of voice, a head-cocking dog could be concentrating on picking out a key word or inflection that relates to that favorite activity. So your dog may cock her head when you start talking about taking her for a walk or giving her a bath or playing a game of fetch — whatever it is that she loves to do.
Stanley Coren, a specalist in dog behavior, says that dogs carefully read the body language and facial expressions of their humans. Since their muzzles create blind spots, a head-tilting dog may be trying to get around the blind spot in front of its nose in order to read your expressions more carefully:
We know that dogs continually scan our faces for information and to read our emotional state. Hence it is likely that one reason why dogs may tilt their heads when we talk to them is because they want to see our faces better, and to compensate for the way in which their muzzles obscure part of their vision.
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Christy the West Highland white terrier and her humans have just arrived in Florida for their vacation. What's the first thing on Christy's mind? Water! No, not the ocean and not in the form of a cool, refreshing drink. She wants to swim in her pool! As soon as she's let out through the sliding glass door to the pool area, we see the enthusiasm that has led to the pool being "owned" by Christy. Via Arbroath
People usually don't expect to receive a reward when they save an animal's life because it's reward enough to know the animal is alive and well thanks to a little human help.
An outdoorsman named Darius noticed a newborn deer with a hitch in its giddy-up thanks to an injured front leg, and when the deer's mama ditched it Darius took it in and helped set its leg straight.
After some rehabilitation and tender loving care from Darius, and his lovable Bernese Mack, the little deer's leg was as good as new, and the deer couldn't thank Darius enough.
But, after a few months with its foster family, the little deer spotted her mother and rejoined her forest dwelling family, leaving Darius with a deer shaped hole in his heart.
Most Labrador retrievers will go to any length to get a ball that's thrown to them, even if one throws the ball all day long. Stella is no different. But this playful pup obviously loves the autumn twist of having the ball thrown into a big pile of leaves. If only dogs could rake and bag them as well as they scatter them! Via Laughing Squid
It's time for mandatory affection at Chai Lai Orchid resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Allie doesn't know that yet, but Ele the baby elephant will teach her. This is how you cuddle. At just 2 weeks old, she's already an expert.
Hopefully Allie will return for even more cuddles when Ele is full grown!
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The Lincoln Park Zoo's first-ever red panda cubs, male and female Clark and Addison, have matured enough to be let loose in their outdoor exhibit and meet their adoring public. Born on June 26, the cubs have spent the last several months bonding with their mother Leafa. They have made lots of developmental progress, and the zoo staff reports that they are healthy, active and curious.
Read more about the breed and see additional pictures of Addison and Clark at Zooborns.
When young animals are abandoned or rescued, many are often given stuffed animals as surrogate parents for warmth, comfort and companionship. Amazingly, the species that need this kind of comfort can range from bats to sloths to primates to even owls. Here's Oakley with his new cuddly friend that actually sings and dances to the Halloween classic, "The Monster Mash."
Indianapolis Zoo staff was thrilled to welcome this litter of African lion cubs, two males and a female, on September 21. The first births of this species at the zoo since 2003, the cubs are the offspring of mother Zuri and father Nyack. Despite being a first-time mother, the zookeepers report that Zuri is perfectly loving and nurturing with her adorable cubs.
Images: Jackie Curts / Indianapolis Zoo
Watching this painfully cute polar bear cub try to turn over brought out, as those on the internet are wont to say, "all the feels." The longer I watched his frustrating struggle, the more I began to lay blame. Where's the mother? Why is he indoors in this little box? Where is his ice and fish and chilly polar bear beverage in a frosty mug? Finally when he turned over, looking exhausted enough to pass out from the exercise, I felt the polar relief. You? Or is it just me because polar bears are one of my favorite animals? Via Daily Dot
Webcomic artist Alison Wilgus (previously at Neatorama) drew a tribute to her elderly cat, Julien Bashir. Julien is 22 years old, which is extremely old for a cat. It’s pretty straightforward, because like all creatures, Julien has his own personality and his own individual charms, habits, foibles, and challenges. This is just one panel of Julien’s life story; the rest is at Wilgus’ site. The way she simply appreciates him for who he is will make you want to hug your own kitty. -via Metafilter
(Photo: Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary)
This is Estella, a guinea pig that lives at the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in French Camp, California. She's lived there since she and her mate Pip were found abandoned by the side of a road.
Estella can't move the back end of her body. So after a successful fundraiser for the project, the staff built a custom wheelchair that permits her to walk around. You can see more photos of her and Pip at the Huffington Post.
It's safe to say crocodiles and jaguars are two of the deadliest, and coolest looking, predators on the planet, and they should have a mutual respect for each other due to their respective body counts.
But this hungry jaguar has no time for niceties, and he would literally kill for a crocodile sandwich.
The Russian tourist who captured this wild wildlife footage would have been much easier for the jaguar to catch and devour, but this superstar jaguar was clearly in it for the views on YouTube!
There are thousands of feral cats in the streets of New York City. They were abandoned, or else were born to feral cats. They hide in the shadows and don’t trust people. What to do about all those cats?
There aren’t enough homes for the feral cat population, so the response until recently was to catch and put them down. But in the last couple of decades, the T.N.R. method has shown some promise. That’s "trap, neuter, return (or release)." It’s been found to be effective in slowly reducing the population of feral colonies. This video from The New Yorker follows volunteers as they go about trapping and caring for feral cats in Brooklyn. -via the Presurfer
Redditor Your_Brain_On_Pizza rides a motorcycle and uses a helmet cam. She saw something and thought it was just a leaf of the road, but as she made a left turn, she realized it was a kitten! Forget the bike, she had to get that baby out of traffic!
If you look again in full-screen mode, you’ll see that the kitten seemed to drop from underneath the red car as it went by at about :12. There’s speculation that the kitten climbed into the vehicle to stay warm, and could no longer hold on by the time the car passed through the intersection. The rest of the story is that she took the kitten home, and named it Skidmark. Continue to see an updated video.