Sparta and the Sausage

He shares some bologna-like sausage with his cat. She is excited about that nice, thick slab of meaty goodness. She wants to take it upstairs to eat, but the vacuum cleaner is on, and that’s terrifying. And then she gets the bologna stuck in her mouth in a weird manner. Why doesn’t she just eat it downstairs?

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Well, it is tempting, since she has to wait for so long. Just a bite. Or two. But then the infernal noise goes away, and she can finally go upstairs! That’s when we see why she didn’t just gobble it all down. Sparta is a good cat. And beautiful, too! -via Tastefully Offensive  

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We're In Love With This Mustachioed Kitty Who Witnessed A Murder

Kyle is just your every day adorable, grumpy-looking mustchioed kitty with a few minor distinctions -for example, he witnessed a domestic violence murder and was even held in evidence by the police before being handed over to the local animal shelter.

Of course, like many other famous internet kitties, he has a few health issues that seem to make him even more adorable -he has only three teeth, a permanently crooked ear that is dirty all the time and causes his foot to get dirty from scratching it. He also has absurdly scraggly whiskers that seem to go in all directions all at once. 

And did I mention he looks fantastic in a hat?

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Military Mascots From Around the World

In various wars since the advent of photography, in units from many nations, soldiers have adopted animals and kept them as mascots. Sometimes they are government issue, like horses, and other times they are strays that are looking for a meal. These include dogs, cats, goats, sheep, rabbits, birds, turtles, kangaroos, and more. Shown here is a young fox that took up with the Royal Air Force during World War I, and was said to enjoy flying. See a gallery of these mascots, and click on an image to get what story is known of them. -via History Buff

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Eric Won’t Eat His Broccoli

Eric is a Australian bare-eyed cockatoo. The veterinarian recommended that Eric eat more broccoli. Have you ever tried to get a kid to eat broccoli? Eric is kinda like a little kid.

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However, a child who acted like this would be sent to their room. His owner swears he usually likes broccoli. Apparently he doesn’t like being told what to do. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Orphaned Elk Gets Affectionate with Firefighters

(Photos: Kittitas County Fire & Rescue #7)

Her name is Buttons. She's well known to the people of Kittitas County, Washington. She likes to hang out with the local cows, goats, and humans. When firefighters set up a command post while putting out wildfire, Buttons decided to pay a visit to them. The Associated Press reports:

Kittitas County Fire District spokeswoman Richelle Risdon says she arrived at the scene on Saturday to see the elk nuzzling up to everyone in the command post area and resting her head on people's shoulders.

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Batcat vs. Supercat

Batman v Superman turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment. What could have saved the movie? Casting. They should have put cats into the roles of the superheroes. Kaipotainment did just that, with this remake.

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The movie would have been much shorter without any dialogue. And cuter, too. I can’t wait to see the sequel, possibly starring Catwoman. -via Uproxx

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Rescuing a Baby Raccoon with a Life Jacket

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Redditor mystadobalina and his/her friends were enjoying the July 4th festivities on Swann Creek in Chesapeake Bay. They heard a mewling sound and found a baby raccoon in the water. The poor little fella was treading water, desperately trying to stay afloat.

The humans knew better than to try to pick him up. So they attached a life vest to a rope and dropped the vest into the water. The raccoon held on to it as they towed him back to shore with a dingy.

-via Laughing Squid

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Cat and Bear Are Friends

(Photo: Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary)

Sequoia, a 550-pound black bear, lives at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary in Folsom, California. Zookeepers commonly leave dog food in his enclosure for him to eat. This attracted a feral cat, which eventually decided that Sequoia's den would be a good place to live. Zookeepers have since named her Little Bear.

Little Bear the cat tolerates the other bears that live at the zoo, but she has a "special relationship" with Sequoia, according to the zookeepers. They stay close together, like friends should.

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The Kitten’s Great Escape

A kitten finds a way to escape his enclosure at JoLinn Pet House, a pet shop in Taiwan. But then what? Where does he go? Straight into another enclosure, this one with a puppy!

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The puppy is exceedingly happy with the company. The kitten might have some regrets about the caper. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Llama Loves Leaf Blower

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Fiesta the llama lives at the Houston Zoo in Texas. Every morning, zookeepers use a leaf blower to clean out her stall. Fiesta lets them, but first she insists on an air massage. Watch her roll around with delight in front of it. Zookeepers tell ABC 13 News that this has been her daily ritual for about 2 years.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Happy Dog Bounces across a Field

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My dream is to be this dog.

Rosie, a poodle and whippet mix, bounds across a field in Norwich, East Anglia, UK. She takes unreserved joy in such a simple thing.

-via Laughing Squid

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Pet Review: Cats

YouTube member Garcatch intends to test and review all pets to give you the best advice on which to select. Today, he reviews cats as pets. Contains NSFW language.

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To recap: cats are attractive, portable, and relatively safe, compared to lions. But he recommends a feature upgrade. -via reddit

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Cats and Dogs Research Review

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

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Research in, on, or about cats and dogs
by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff

Dogs and Cats as Fall Hazards (2006)
Nonfatal Fall-Related Injuries Associated with Dogs and Cats --- United States, 2001-2006,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 58, no. 11, March 27, 2009, pp. 277-281. The report states:

The findings indicate that, in 2006, cats and dogs were associated with approximately 1% of the estimated 8 million fall injuries treated in Emergency Departments and affected persons of all ages. Walking dogs and chasing pets were associated with the greatest number of injuries.

Dogs and Cats as Fall Hazards (2010)
Dogs and Cats as Environmental Fall Hazards,” Judy A. Stevens, S.L. Teh, and Tadesse Haileyesus, Journal of Safety Research, vol. 41, no. 1, February 2010, pp. 69-73. The authors, at the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, report:

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Library Cat to be Evicted

The public library in White Settlement, Texas, has a cat named Browser who’s lived there for six years. He greets library patrons, scares away mice, and acts as a mascot for the library’s various fundraising activities. But the White Settlement City Council has voted 2-1 to remove the library cat, giving Browser has 30 days to find a new home.  

On Tuesday, the White Settlement City Council voted to remove Browser, the cat that has lived in the library for the past six years.  This came despite an outpouring of support for the cat.  The council chambers were full, with most in attendance there to voice their support for Browser.

Discussions on this item began with Mayor Ronald A. White, who spoke in support of Browser. Council member Dave Mann also voiced his support of keeping the cat in the library.  Eight members of the audience also spoke, each of them voicing their approval for keeping Browser in the library.  Reasons given were his pest control abilities, his ability to draw children to the library, and the fact that he is loved by the people of the city.  A petition signed by 618 people who support keeping the cat in the library was also mentioned.  

The reason given was that some people may be allergic to cats, although a few people who are allergic spoke in favor of keeping Browser. Browser has until July 14th to find a new home. The cat’s supporters want his fate to be put to a vote in a city-wide referendum. Some reminded the council members that their positions are also up to a vote in November. -via Buzzfeed

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World's Laziest Wolf Howls

"Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m expected to join in, and my instincts tell me I should, but honestly, guys, I’d just as soon take a nap. Maybe just a little 'woo' will do."

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Her name is Alawa, and she’s a gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, New York. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Duck and Dog Play Chase

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The duck's only chance is to outwit his much faster opponent. Perhaps he could double back and catch the dog behind him Or, like Khan in Star Trek II, his opponent may be thinking in 2 dimensions instead of 3. He could fly over the rock to catch his foe from above.

-via Jonah Goldberg

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Beware Kangaroos Claiming To Be Window Washers

People who live in a kangaroo-less country don't realize how dangerous those muscular marsupials can be when they're mad, but there's a reason they call a group of kangaroos a mob.

And thanks to this terrifying but true video footage shared by Gem 106 we're reminded why the world is better off without a bunch of bounding brutes banging on our windows.

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And you thought door-to-door salesmen were the most annoying creatures on the planet!

-Via FAILBlog

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News Anchor Comes Across Dog Locked In Hot Car, Shames Owner On Live TV

What would you do if you came across a whimpering dog locked in a hot car in a parking lot?

If you're NBC news anchor Kyle Clark you think about bashing the window open with a rock then decide to shame the owner on the nightly news instead.

Kyle came across a poor little dog locked in a Honda CRV on a 90 degree day while he was out running errands, and he couldn't just sit by and let the owner get away with this cruel act.

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He tried to call 311 to report the cruelty but was left on hold, and when he confronted the dog's owner about the situation the owner just laughed it all off.

So Kyle did the only thing that felt right- he used the incident as a teachable moment, and apologized to the poor dog for not breaking him out of the CRV when he had the chance.

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Treat your pets like any other member of your family- don't leave them to die in a hot car!

-Via Boing Boing

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World’s Ugliest Dog 2016


This is Sweepee Rambo, the newly crowned World’s Ugliest Dog. He won the competition yesterday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Sweepee Rambo is a 17-year-old blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix. She accompanies Jason Wurtz of Encino, California, to work every day.  

"I've had girlfriends over the years and they were jealous of her and like I told them, she was here when you came and she'll be here when you leave, that's the best friend I have," Wurtz told TODAY.

Does this dog remind you of anyone? See more pictures of Sweepee Rambo and her competition at Buzzfeed.

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Dog Is Fascinated with iPad Game

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Maya the Golden Retriever loves to play games on her iPad. Here she is, fascinated by a little bird that flies back and forth on the screen. She pauses now and then to howl in delight.

Her less--shall we say--intellectual sibling prefers a squeaky toy.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Squirrel Pulls Loose Tooth

David Freiheit of Montreal enlisted the help of a wild squirrel in a city park to help pull his daughter’s loose tooth. He tied a length of dental floss to the tooth on one end, and attached a chunk of granola to the other end.

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Freiheit is pretty excited about getting this stunt on video, while Stacy is concerned about retrieving her tooth! Don’t fret, Stacy, the Tooth Fairy probably reaped enough reward from the Viral Video to leave something under your pillow. -via Dave Barry

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Burglar Runs Afoul of the Law

A pun-filled Facebook post from the Martin County (Florida) Sheriff's Office tells of an investigation into a report of an intruder. A homeowner called and said she returned home from walking her dog and the front door of her house was open. She could hear noises inside, so she called police.

Deputy Becky Brady and Deputy Erick Day entered the home and immediately located the suspect.

Deputy Brady advised that the suspect tried to duck out on her several times, but they were able to apprehend him wihtout ratteling any feathers. Despite a fowl attitude, the univited house guest was released and not charged. Another MCSO case quacked.

Yes, it was a duck. Its motives in the home intrusion were not disclosed. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Martin County Sheriff's Office)

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Dog Casually Watches Movies On His Human's Laptop

Most dogs don't watch videos on their human's laptop because they can't remember the network password and don't know how to delete the browsing history, so they always get caught red pawed.

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But as Doge demonstrated, Shiba Inus just don't give a crap, so they'll use their human's laptop to watch videos for hours on end, never bothering to delete the browser history because they think they're the pack leader.

Watch Chiko the Shiba Inu set a bad example for canine kind.

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Chiko's owner is lucky dogs don't understand how credit cards work!

-Via Daily Dot

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Roadside C-section on a Deer

Sean and Michele Steele of Alberta were on the highway to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, when they saw a truck hit a deer. Sean pulled his truck over, and went to pull the deer off the road -and possibly put it out of its misery. He dragged the deer carcass into a ditch

“And then that’s when I seen the feet coming out the side of the doe.”

Steele pulled out his knife and performed a cesarian section on the deceased deer. It took less than three minutes, and the fawn started breathing on its own. The couple looked up a local wildlife shelter, the Northern Lights Wildlife Society. They wrapped the fawn in blankets and put her in the back seat.  

The young fawn was dazed on the side of the road, working to get her legs under her and not realizing what had become of her mother until she was loaded into the back of the Steeles truck.

“She had life in her right away,” Sean said. “She started squirming around, and she did start calling for her mother when she was in my truck.”

The shelter says that Friday, as the fawn was named, has been doing well in the week since she was born in such unusual circumstances. -via Metafilter  

(Image credit: Stephanie Steele at Facebook)

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Man Casually Tells Bear to Get out of His Dumpster

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Enormous bears are a nuisance to the humans of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It's necessary to shoo them away from time to time. This man takes care of business in the morning by politely but firmly ejecting an ursine squatter from his dumpster.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Death Sucks

The death of a beloved pet can rock your entire family's world, and as we deal with the grief of losing our furry friend we realize polite speech isn't strong enough to express our true feelings.

As this comic from Brian Gordon of Fowl Language Comics shows we're allowed to let the sucks (or worse) flow freely when we're in mourning, especially if the deceased is the family dog.

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Raccoon Family Uses Teamwork to Climb Wall

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Mommy raccoon and her two baby raccoons must scale a wall. One little raccoon holds onto mommy's tail while mommy hangs down to pick up the other sibling. The trio are now offering consulting services to organizations in need of staff development.

Police officer Chris Williams recorded this footage at Camdenton High School in Camdenton, Missouri.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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10 Surprisingly Dangerous Animals

Everyone knows that lions and tigers and bears (oh my) are cute but dangerous, but there are a lot of critters out there that seem entirely harmless but are actually every bit as deadly as those previously mentioned beasts.

1. Squirrels

Squirrels are adorable little fuzzballs that just want to eat nuts and play all day right? Well, for the most part, yes. But there have been stories of rogue squirrels attacking people and pets. In Florida, a three year old boy was attacked by a squirrel and he had to be hospitalized after receiving nine bites. In California, an elderly couple was sent to the hospital after being scratched and bitten by a crazed squirrel that had previously attacked at least six other people. While no humans have been killed by squirrels (that we know of) but in Russia, eight of them worked together to kill a stray dog that was barking at them -according to the newspaper report, "they are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh." If that doesn't leave you with a whole new image of the fluffy-tailed rodents, I don't know what will.

Sources: Wesh, Daily Mail, BBC

Image Via Nathan Rupert [Fllickr]

2. Giant Anteaters

You probably wouldn't be intimidated just looking at one, but giant anteaters can defend themselves surprisingly well. The large mammals have powerful , sharp claws that they use to dig up termite hills. These claws can kill humans. When they feel threatened, the animals stand on their hind legs and extend their arms in what looks like a hug -but you do not want to take them up on a cuddle.

Source: Live Science

Image Via Allan Hopkins [Flickr]

3. Swans

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Injured Elephant Approaches Humans for Help

(Photo: Bumi Hills Foundation)

A wild bull elephant approached the Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe. He looked inside the windows and then waited.

The local humans saw that he appeared to be injured and dehydrated. So they called in a veterinarian, who tranquilized the elephant and examined him. He found that the elephant had been shot, probably by a poacher. Now Ben, as they have named the elephant, is on the mend. The Telegraph reports:

It was not clear when the incident took place but Ben survived the attempts on his life after the vet treated him and disinfected his wounds. Ben now wears a tracking device to ensure his improvement can be monitored as it continues healing on the property.

-via Sarah Hoyt

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I Recreated Pusheen Stickers with My Fat Cat

The post is in French, but I could translate the title well enough. Julien Therrien admires the adorable cartoon cat Pusheen and the Pusheen “digital stickers.” So he recreated them using his own cat. The results are tres adorable. See all eleven pictures at Les Populaires. -via Metafilter

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