Why Did the Seal Cross the Road? To Get to the Seafood Restaurant.

This is Sammy the Seal. He lives in the harbor of Howth, Ireland. Every day, he climbs out of the water to beg for fish at The Lighthouse Seafood Restaurant.


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In this video, Sammy rises from the water, patiently waits for a car to drive past, then crawls toward the restaurant. A worker there comes out with a chair to dissuade him. But Sammy is determined. It pays off, as the man eventually gives him fish to eat.

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Pig Thinks That She's a Sheep


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This little pet pig in Twynholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland escaped from her home. But she didn't wander far. Instead, she became a member of the flock of sheep at the adjoining farm. They've taken her in as one of their own--or at least tolerate her.

So far, the local humans have been unable to trap her. She may become a sheep for life.

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A Viking Funeral Fit for a Fish

Imgur user chilly911 lost his pet fish of 6 1/2 years last week. Since the fish, Peeping Tom, lived in his bathroom, watching him use the toilet, shower and more, chilly911 thought he deserved a funeral of a warrior. 

He built the fish a tiny ship loaded with matches in order to provide him with a proper viking funeral and the result was perfect for helping him to rise up to Valhalla. Oddly, this is not the first viking funeral for fishes we've seen.

Via The Daily Dot


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Dachshunds Play Hockey

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund (previously at Neatorama) and his brother Oakley don ridiculous little uniforms to play a game of street hockey. They’re not very good players, but no one cares because they are so funny!

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These dogs have little trouble aiming their sticks, and tend to succumb to temptation and eat the puck. But you won’t find better dachshund hockey players anywhere! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Museum Hires Feline Doorman

A stray cat started hanging around the Serpukhov Museum of History and Art in Serpukhov, Russia, a couple of years ago. The museum staff took him in, and Maray became quite popular with museum visitors. For April Fool’s Day, the museum sent an “application letter” from Maray asking for a job to the local press. In English, it said:

Application. As I am a direct relative of [Anna] Maraeva, I ask you to give me a job in ​ your museum. Maray The Cat.

Anna Maraeva is the former owner of the building, and inspired Maray’s name. The letter was accompanied by a press release that announced he had been hired. The museum staff got a laugh, but the media pounced on the story and made inquiries about the cat. So the museum had to make good on the “joke” and gave Maray the official title of doorman. He is paid in food and affection. See pictures of Maray at work at Buzzfeed.

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Pet_Disneyfication

A new reddit account popped up in just the last 24 hours from an artist who goes by Pet_Disneyfication. He or she takes pet pictures uploaded by others and draws them in an adorable Disney-like style. The above picture is from the post I love my job but the cat doesn’t.

Continue reading to check out the illustrations Pet_Disneyfication has contributed so far.

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A Farmer Monkey Visits his Goat and Chickens

Only in Russia. A farmer monkey checks out his livestock. And since it is Russia, he’s wearing a serious snowsuit.

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The second time you watch this, turn on the auto-translate (under settings) and marvel at the narration that accompanies this bizarre video. I get that they're filming a viral video, but most of it is just plain bizarre. -via Metafilter


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Our Pets' Wallets


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What's in your dog's wallet? His mind is always on you, so he carries appropriate mementos. What about your cat? Well, he's thinking about you, too. Just in a different way.


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Dog Wants to Play Fetch

This dog really wants to play fetch, but that’s not a child! That’s a doll! Elsa’s not going to throw that toy for you.

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Must be a pretty good likeness to the dog. I wonder how many people in this house he already solicited for the game. I hope after this clip was recorded, someone took pity on the pup and threw the toy for him.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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Tokyo’s Commuter Cat

This cat rides the Seibu Ikebukuro railway line in Tokyo all by itself. And this is not the first time. Passengers have been taking pictures of the cat riding the subway since 2013! Railway regulations stipulate that all animals must be in carriers, but they can’t cite the cat’s owners, because no one knows who they are.

The various people seated next to the cat show that it’s not accompanying its owner on an excursion into the city, but that it is indeed hopping on the train somewhere along the line all on its own. It even seems to be learning the basics of train etiquette, as in recent photos it’s generally perched on the bench seat in a compact manner, leaving room for others who want to sit down.

The staff of the Seibu Ikebukuro line are apparently turning a blind eye to the commuter cat, at least as long as no one complains. You can see more pictures this cat at RocketNews24. -via The Daily Dot


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Tug-of-War: Dachshund vs. Two Giant Dogs

Kera is an 11-pound, 15-year-old dachshund. She decided she wanted in on a tug-of-war between two 100-pound Bernese mountain dogs pulling on a thick rope. Does little Kera stand a chance against these giants? She think she does!

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It turns out that a little dog with some years on her knows a thing or two. Determination and tenacity will win over brute strength, especially if your opponents are not too bright and have to stop and bark every once in a while. Way to go, Kera! -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Procession of the Cats

Optina Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox refuge in Kozelsk, Russia. The monks who live there follow the rituals of their spiritual ancestors, including a daily procession of blessings. Father Sergey Kuzmich walks the grounds, giving blessings to the monks. And the cats. The monastery has become home to ten stray cats who found shelter there in return for their pest control services. The cats follow Kuzmich as he does his daily procession.  

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Kuzmich doesn’t call the cats, but he manages to give them a blessing along the way. The walk just became a habit for them. The monastery found it charming, and made a video to show “something simple and kind.” -via Buzzfeed


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Why Do Other Animals Like Capybaras So Much?

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Many humans think of capybaras as nothing more than overgrown rodents or some sort of rat-pig hybrid, but apparently all the other animals in the world see capybaras as cuddly companions.

They all want to snuggle up on the lazy rodents and inhale their mellow vibe like second hand smoke, losing all fear and all track of time while they lapse into a capy-induced coma.

Capybara cool is so potent, in fact, that it can even make a predator meathead chill enough to hang out with, now that's some mighty mojo!

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If these pics aren't proof enough of how much all kinds of animals adore capybaras Google their name and you'll find this image:

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That's basically a rat large enough to eat a cat and yet kitties aren't afraid- because capybaras are the living embodiment of catnip.

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Falling Cat in Slow Motion

We know cats almost always land on their feet. How they do it has fascinated cat owners and scientists since we first started watching cats. The BBC gives us a slow-motion view with some commentary on the kinetics involved in a fall by a caracal from the new TV show Life in the Air.  

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This is fascinating, but we still have questions. Did they throw a caracal to get this footage? Drop it from a helicopter? Was the cat upset about it afterward? Were there injuries to the camera crew? -via Digg


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Boots Builds an Igloo

Denver got a lot of snow in March, and at Adam Stevens’ house, it left a deep snowdrift up against the sliding doors. Boots the cat started to dig his way outside, which turned out to be a bigger job than he imagined!

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But that hole in the snow turned out to be a cozy spot for a cat to curl up in. No wind, and access to the warm house -it’s the perfect igloo! -via Laughing Squid


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Men with Excavator Rescue Deer Trapped in Mudslide


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UPI reports that construction worker Bill Davis and a colleague near Tacoma, Washington discovered that two deer had become trapped in mud at a job site. They used an excavator to gently lift each one out of the soupy mess and place them on dry ground. Here's the first deer.


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And here's the second. You can hear, they were very worried that this deer may have been injured and unable to move.

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Cop Rescues Cat with A Taser

Police in La Vista, Nebraska, responded to a call about a cat stuck in a tree. The cat was about 20 feet above ground over a creek. Officer T.J. Markowsky explained on Twitter how one officer used his Taser to lure the cat down. The weapon had a laser sight, which left a small red dot wherever it is aimed. Knowing the lure of a laser light to cats, the officer enticed the cat to follow the red dot down the tree, where he was apprehended. The perpetrator was incarcerated at the local Humane Society shelter. Officer Markowsky noted that charges are pending against the cat for scratching him. Six days later, the cat was bailed out by a new owner who adopted him.

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Horse Gets Legend of Zelda Haircut

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JMC Equestrian Clipping is a horse barbering service in northwestern England. A few months ago, it trimmed into this Welsh horse's hair symbols and icons from The Legend of Zelda.

Think of the cosplay opportunities with this service!

And it's certainly not the first time that JMC has done work like this. Check out these horses:

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Porcupine Fish Refuses to Abandon Trapped Best Friend


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Core Sea is a marine conservation and research organization in Southeast Asia. Recently, one member of the team came across a porcupinefish while snorkeling in Chaloklum Bay, Thailand. The fish was caught in a net. The snorkler used a broken bottle to cut the fish free of the net. That was a challenge, as the net kept on getting caught on the procupinefish's spines.

Throughout the entire rescue, another porcupinefish insisted on staying close by. When the trapped fish was free, the couple swam off together.

-via Atlas Obscura


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Lilica’s Puppies

Earlier this week, John treated us to a dog maternity photo shoot, featuring Lilica before she had her five puppies. Now you can see photographer Ana Paula Grillo’s pictures of the puppies! Doesn’t Lilica look proud? Sorry, all the puppies are spoken for when they are old enough to leave their mom. See more pictures of the family at Facebook.

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Mechanic Finds Nest of Sleeping Baby Squirrels in Car

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The owner brought the car into the mechanic's shop in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. There was a funny noise coming from the engine. So the mechanic popped the hood to have a look. Something was wrong, but also unbelievably adorable.

On top of the car engine was a leaf and moss nest containing 3 baby squirrels, all of them asleep. The Daily Mail reports:

The owners had taken the car into the garage after they heard strange 'screaming' sounds coming from inside it.

They said it hadn't been running properly and they could hear peculiar noises coming from the vehicle.  

The squirrels had chewed through some of the wiring, which was perhaps why the car was not functioning properly.

-via Dave Barry


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Big Cats Love Easter Too

Sure it's cute to see kids hunting for eggs on Easter morning, but did you know that lions, tigers, leopards and other wild kitties also love Easter baskets? Over at LA's Wildlife Waystation, these cool cats got a special celebration for the holiday and the resulting photos and videos are adorable. 

You can see a video of Bolero the lion discovering his special holiday treats at the sanctuary's Facebook (the video won't embed here). Or check out more pictures of all the critters over at LAist.


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Starfish Tries to Steal Fish's Cave


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The industrious mudskipper is building a home. He sucks in mouthfuls of sand, then spits them out away from the rock. Soon, a cozy cave forms.

The starfish thinks that he can simply take the house away. It's just a matter of sliding in, like your friend who invites himself over to your house and then won't leave, even when you put on your pajamas and get ready for bed.

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Dog Snores Like a Cartoon Character


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When he's awake, he's a normal dog. When he's asleep, he becomes a voice over artist. This Labrador sounds just like a stereotypical cartoon character snoring.

He's so loud that I'm surprised that he doesn't wake himself up!

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Cat and Goldfish Are Friends


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YouTube member Rand0Vidz says that his goldfish and his cat named Bootz get along perfectly fine. Even though they're natural enemies, Bootz always escapes the tub unharmed. They're best friends!

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Kitten Is Fascinated by Her Reflection in the Mirror


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There's another cat in the house!

And he's a handsome fella. Kinda weird, though. He scrunches his body up in odd ways. Still, it's worth examining him closely.

So he is a permanent resident, or just passing through? Because I've got dibs on the couch.

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Cat Exercise Wheel Comes with Fitness Tracker

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Jasper Ruben did more than build an exercise wheel for his cats. That's fun for the cats, but fun does not equal data. And if it's not data, it doesn't exist.

So Ruben programmed a Raspberry Pi to track his cat's exercise performance. Hack A Day explains:

The wheel now features a Raspberry Pi which can track speed, calculate distance traveled, and determine the equivalent running speed of [Jasper’s] feline companions.

To calculate the speed of the wheel, [Jasper] is using a small coil sensor (similar to how bicycle speedometers work). Six nails in the wheel trigger the sensor. Once the data is on-board the Pi, some simple calculations allow [Jasper] to provide a few different metrics on how effective the cat exercise is. A webcam sends a live stream of the wheel online with a data overlay for your viewing pleasure.


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Cat Collects Men’s Underwear

Brigit lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her hobby is collecting men’s underwear. Brigit’s owner, Sarah Nathan, would catch the cat burglar with a sock every now and then, but did not realize the extent of her thievery until the family got ready to pack up and move to a new home. She posted Brigit’s haul to Facebook, hoping to find the owner of the socks and underwear. She also posted the above notice and slipped notes into her neighbor’s mailboxes.   

The pictures went viral when they were posted at reddit. One man has responded and said the underwear looked familiar. Meanwhile, Nathan and her husband are moving to the countryside, and hope that Brigit will find a new hobby.

“Hopefully there's something there she can find to catch but if not we may have to stash some undies around the farm to keep her stimulated."

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Disabled Cat Has a Need for Speed

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Cassidy was a feral kitten missing his rear paws. He was taken in by TinyKittens, and regained his health. Then he got a gift of a wheelchair and really took off! Since then, he’s outgrown the wheels and tried prosthetic back legs. Here’s the kicker: he’s now using an electric wheelchair. Yes, it’s a Roomba

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You can follow the further adventures of Cassidy and his family at Facebook.  -via Fark


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Dog Maternity Photo Shoot

Lilica is simply glowing with joy. It's no wonder! She's a new mommy. That's why her human's friend, Ana Paula Grillo, gave her a professional-grade photo shoot. Grillo tells The Dodo that Lilica was smiling and enjoying the entire experience.

Since the photo shoot, Lilica has gone on to give birth to five puppies, each of whom has been adopted by members of Lilica's extended human family.

-via Telegraph


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