Make Way for Ducklings

For at least ten years now, a duck has made her nest in the inner courtyard of Glover Elementary School in Milton, Massachusetts. When the ducklings hatch, the students eagerly watch for her to decide that it’s time to lead them to water, which means they must pass through the building to get outside. This year's event was captured on video.

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The mother duck led her ducklings to the nearby pond last Wednesday.

More than 500 students sat cross-legged in the hallway and on the playground for the annual duck walk. Many of their faces lit up when the mother and her 10 newly hatched ducklings waddled by. The entire episode was documented on video.

Principal Sheila Kukstis said in an interview that the walk is a tradition for the elder duck, as well.

“The mother knows where she’s going because she’s done it before,” she said.

The kindergarten-through-fifth-grade students monitor the family through the spring and summer. -via Atlas Obscura


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Cats vs. Hairbrushes

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In this compilation video, cats encounter hairbrushes. They all seem to have the same reaction: “What is that? Get that thing away from me! Kill it! Or at least slap it silly!” My cats would probably have the same reaction, since I don’t use a hair brush, just combs. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The World's First Bar Staffed by Dogs


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Kronenbourg 1664, a French beer brand from Alsace, is launching a pop-up bar in London called Bar D'Alsace-tian. It will, appropriately, be staffed by Alsatian dogs. UPI reports:

"We're absolutely delighted to be opening the doors on the world's first bar staffed by dogs," Kronenbourg 1664 brand director Ifeoma Dozie said. "It provides customers with a truly unique experience and is the ideal way for us to bring the 'Alsace-tians' to Kronenbourg fans."

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Kitten Does a Happy Dance When She Sees Her Human


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Never mind what you've heard about your cat not actually loving you. This kitten dearly loves her human. When she sees him, she dances with joy! If only all cats had such regard for their bipedal servants.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Cat Malfunctions When Petted


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YouTube user Ekram Cagala spotted this cat in his backyard. He greeted him with a backscratch. The cat's vocal outputs malfunctioned, emitting an odd warbly chirping sound. Like most things cats do, it's weird but adorable.

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Dash Cam Footage Shows Kangaroo Attacking Car At Midnight

I have it on good authority that Australia is full of kangaroos, and if you go there to visit you will most likely see a 'roo hopping around at some point during your trip.

This same authority will tell you that kangaroos are feisty critters that shouldn't be approached in the wild because they may attack, and a kick from their hind legs can cause grievous bodily harm.

But what the authority failed to mention is that kangaroos are so feisty they'll take on a car, using their mighty legs to take out a driver- Mad Max style. (Contains NSFW language)

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Apparently Australia turns into an island of terror at night, where roving kangaroo wrecking crews patrol the roads looking for victims...

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Dog Saves Hummingbird's Life. Now They're Best Friends.


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Rex the dog has come a long way.

He was a stray who lived a hard life of fighting other dogs and killing cats on the streets. Then Ed Gernon of Whittier, California rescued him.

Having been rescued, Rex pushed on the cycle of kindness. He brought Gernon's attention to a sick hummingbird, lying on the ground and covered with ants.

The pair nursed the bird, whom they named Hummer, back to health. Now Hummer lives with Gernon and Rex. She's Rex's constant companion. You can read more about them at CBS News Los Angeles (auto-start video).

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This Little Pet Owl Loves To Take Baths

Wild owls bathe every once in a while, mostly by splashing a bit of water on themselves since their featers aren't as , but some wild owls don't seem to like to bathe at all.

It's unclear how little Trude would act in the wild, but in captivity Trude is a big fan of baths, and loves to float around in the bath like a wide-eyed rubber ducky.

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Trude's human Kimora Hidetoshi enjoys sharing videos of the strange little bathing owl online so people can see what it's like to have a floating sack of feathers stare at you when you're lying naked in the tub. *shivers*

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Squirrel Absconds with GoPro Camera

Viva Frei took his GoPro to a park in Montreal to record the friendly squirrels. One got bold enough to take the camera! The squirrel jumps up in a nearby bush, but when he sees the man coming for his camera, the squirrel takes off and finds a bigger tree.

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Does he get the camera back? Duh, you’re watching the video. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Medieval Armor for Dogs

It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Send your pup out with as many advantages as possible.

Etsy seller Lebovski's Cocker Spaniel is ready for anything. He's wearing a suit of aluminum plate and mail armor. It has a ferocious-looking helmet featuring tusks for close-quarters combat. Now he will rule the dogpark with no rival to challenge him.

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Boingy Boingy

It doesn’t take an entire minute to put a smile on your face when you’re watching a kitten learn to hunt. The prey in this case is a ping pong ball.  

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Now share this with someone who needs a lift. -via reddit


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A Tale of Two Famous Kitties ...and The Librarian Who Loved Them

Neatorama is proud to bring you an excerpt from the new book The True Tails of Baker and Taylor by Jan Louch and Lisa Rogak (previously at Neatorama). It's the true story of two library cats who brought an entire community together beginning in 1983. 

It all started with mice in the library.

Assistant librarian Jan Louch and a coworker decided that what the library needed was a cat. Or, even better, two cats. Soon, they found a pair of Scottish Folds who were perfect for the job. Jan named them Baker and Taylor, and they took up residence in the library.

But these cats were much more than mousers. Visitors to the library fell in love with Baker and Taylor and their antics just as Jan had. And then, after Jan let the cats be photographed for a poster, they became feline celebrities. Children from across the country wrote them letters, fans traveled from far and wide to meet them, and they became the most famous library cats in the world.

In The True Tails of Baker and Taylor, Jan Louch looks back and tells the remarkable story of these two marvelous cats and the people―readers, librarians, and cat lovers of all ages―who came together around them.


The patrons who loved Baker and Taylor were a diverse lot. From the young mothers and toddlers who came in for story time to the retired business executives who came in each morning as soon as the doors opened and headed straight for the reading room where they could read the newspaper for an hour or two, a cross-section of the community walked through the door every day, and I loved that about the library.

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In the early afternoon, there was usually a bit of a lull at the library; the patrons who came in the morning and others who returned a few books on their lunch hour were gone. The next rush consisted of the high school kids who would come in to do their homework.

Baker was a people cat – the staff’s nickname for him was “Library Slut.”

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Honest Dog Breed Slogans

There are all sorts of myths and misconceptions associated with popular dog breeds, and even though these stereotypes are largely untrue they just can't seem to beat the bad rap.

Dog lovers have been working to change the negative perceptions by spreading knowledge so people will stop seeing the bad in these breeds and accept them as they truly are.

These fun minimalist illustrations by Laura Palumbo poke fun at dog breed myths with a lighthearted sense of humor that's suitable for all but appreciated most by fans of the featured breeds.

See 12 Honest Dog Breed Slogans That Make Fun Of Stereotypes here


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Dog: "Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet?"


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This black Labrador is on his way to the park. He's in a hurry and acts like a backseat barker in response to his human's slow driving. He's just like a kid.

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Puppy Joins Litter of Kittens

A Chihuahua puppy named Bobby was only two days old when his mother was hit by a car and killed. The Michigan Humane Society took him in, but he was so young, what to do? They had a cat in residence with a litter of young kittens, and they just gave Bobby to her. Gwen the mother cat took to him like he was just another kitten.  

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Six weeks later, Bobby has settled into his new family just fine. The cats and puppy are all living with a foster family until they are old enough to leave Gwen and find forever homes. -via Buzzfeed


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Kitten Rescued from Tree by Crowdfunding

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A 6-month-old cat named Boots became stuck high in a tree in Melbourne, Australia, early on Wednesday morning. The RSPCA and the local fire brigade declined to help. The cat’s owner couldn’t afford to hire a professional animal rescue service, and the tree branches were too spindly for anyone to climb.   

To raise the money needed, neighbor Susie Butler  started a Go Fund Me account. The required $205 was raised within a day, and Thursday morning Nigel's Animal Rescue managed to get Boots out of the tree. He had been there over 24 hours by then. You can see video of the rescue operation here. -via Arbroath


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Heroic Dog Rescues 2 Children from House Fire

The home of police officer Margo Feaser of Longwood, Florida caught on fire on Monday night. Neighbors smashed in windows to give Feaser an escape route from the home, which was rapidly filling with smoke.

Feaser got out, as did her dog and her husband, who promptly collapsed on the front lawn. But their 4 and 2-year old children were still inside.

Maxx, the family's German Shepherd mix, led firefighters back inside to the location of the kids. The entire family, including the dog, suffered severe smoke inhalation. But they're all alive, thanks to Maxx the dog. The Orlando Sentinel quotes Deputy Sheriff Dennis Lemma:

"The family canine was just absolutely remarkable leading firefighters inside," Lemma said. "It absolutely saved their lives."

Lemma said the Sheriff's Office is grateful for the quick-actions of neighbors and fire crews, but also called the deputy a hero.

"She came out and her No.1 concern was to get back in there and save those kids," Lemma said. "She's a hero and acted as such."

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Bald Lamb Given Fluffy Sweater

A lamb born without fleece at a farm in Chilton Foliat in Wiltshire, UK, was rejected by his mother. It was just too odd. Farmhand Sally-Ann Fisher says they named the lamb Skippy because he looks like a kangaroo. He’s now being hand-raised by humans.

Ms Fisher, who farms with her partner near Ramsbury, said the lamb had been born 10 days ago but they were "not aware" that its lack of wool was a condition or a "health problem".

"He's just unlucky, but he's doing great," she said.

They don’t yet know whether Skippy will be hairless for life, but he’s already got the next best thing -a coat made out of a fluffy old white sweater. It will not only keep him warm, but may make him look more like the other sheep on the farm. -via Arbroath


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Cat Escapes from Polygon

We know how to trap a cat. But have you ever thought about the anxiety you cause for a cat trapped in such an awful way?

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This dramatic video shows the angst and desperation of a helpless cat trapped in a hexagon taped to the floor. He cannot escape on his own, but needs a little help from a friend. Together, they create an opening in the infernal trap and allow escape. Yay! -via Boing Boing


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Unflattering Cat Selfies Are The Future Of Feline Social Media

It's pretty easy for house pets to take flattering selfies considering they're so darn cute, but the internet is already full of cute animal pics and the virtual world is becoming bored with beauty.

So what does the future of pet social media posts look like? Probably something like this:

The selfies cats are posting to the Unflattering Cat Selfies Tumblr are so much better than those posed and filtered pics you see on everybody's Instagram pages these days.

And if cats, the vainest and most superficial of all pets, can laugh at themselves by posting unflattering pics online can the rest of the selfie kings and queens be very far behind?

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This Cobra Just Wants a Little Tender Loving Care

This is a Western Barred Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta). During molting, our little friend needs to drink water. So YouTube user Частный экзотариум feeds him water from a glass. Then, after he's back in his tank, he gives him pats on the back. So apparently cobras are like dogs in that they liked to be petted.


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Despite the similarity, I think that I'll stick to dogs.

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Vineyard Ducks March to Work

Twice a day, you can see a parade of ducks in Stellenbosch, South Africa, when hundreds of ducks go to work at 9:45 AM, and when they come home at 3:45 PM. The Vergenoegd Wine Estate keeps 700-800 ducks as pest control specialists for the vines.

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The ducks eat slugs, bugs, and other pests that threaten the vineyards. They have been employed since 1984 (not the same ducks), and have proven invaluable. Since no chemical pesticides are needed, the vineyard has a WWF biodiversity certificate. -via the Presurfer


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Meet Finley, The Most Helpful Dog in the World

A video posted by Greg Baskwell (@gregbaskwell) on Apr 23, 2016 at 10:06am PDT

Whenever Greg Baskwell needs a helping paw, he can count on Finley. Finley will do anything to contribute. Need to wash the car? Finley is there. Need a helicopter landing pad? Count on Finley. Need bail money? You're on your own. Sorry, but there are limits.

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Meet PuiPui, The Most Fashionable Rabbit in the World

This is PuiPui, a Holland Lop and celebrity in the rabbit world. He's a fashion model without equal, dressing in only the most perfecty designed and crafted outfits. Whatever PuiPui wears is guaranteed to be the new look, so pay close attention.

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Pet 'Possum

That is one fat ‘possum. Redditor P_bryant562 has a friend who works at a pet store and had to snap this customer. If it wasn’t a marsupial, you’d call this a Rodent Of Unusual Size. She’s obviously raised this opossum from a very young age, or else it would be skinny, bitey, and would not be wearing a tutu. In the discussion under this picture, there are many tales of more common, yet funny, encounters with yard vermin.


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Kittens vs. Thugs


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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of the famous comedy duo Key & Peele bring us this promotional video for their new movie Keanu. The roughest, toughest, most muscle-bound and tatted thugs face off against the cutest kittens in a staring contest. Who will prevail?

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Little Owl Uses Mushroom as Umbrella

This is Poldi, a pet owl. He's just one and a half years old.

Poldi lives with Tanya Brandt, a photographer. Recently, when Poldi and Brandt went out together, it started to train. Poldi sought shelter under a mushroom. The resulting photo is like something out of a fantasy movie!

You can see more photos of Poldi at play at Bored Panda.

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Baby Tortoise Uses Its Egg as a Shell


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The little fella still hasn't left his egg shell. Instead, he's carrying it around as extra armor around his own shell. It's sturdy and fashionable.

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Cat at a Dog Show

Robert Dollwet took his Bengal cat Boomer (previously at Neatorama) to a dog show. Boomer is on a leash, and all those dogs acted like that was a cue that he’s just another dog, although at least one seems to have caught on. 

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It ended up as an adorable encounter. Remember, this is a well-trained cat and the dogs are show dogs, so you can bet they are well-disciplined, too.  -via reddit


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This Is Why You Should Let Sleeping Tigers Sleep

Tigers are like all cats in that they need to squeeze in eighteen plus hours a day of beauty sleep, and they really don't like to be disturbed while they're catching some z's.

But unlike most other cats a tiger will launch a furious attack at anyone who dares disturb their sleep, even if that attack leads to an awkward tension between bros in a shared enclosure.

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Is that the tiger from The Hangover? Looks like Mike Tyson has taught him some moves!

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