In a story that seems nearly incomprehensible, actress Tippi Hedren decided back in the early 1970s that it was a good idea to move a bunch of lions into her Sherman Oaks, California home. Neil, the lion shown here, and a number of other cubs and juveniles napped on the sofa, slept in beds with the family and essentially lounged around the house at their leisure. Also living with the lions was Hedren's husband Noel Marshall, her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and two sons of Marshall's.
After a 1969 trip to Africa, Hedren, best known for her leading roles in Hitchcock's Marnie and The Birds, and husband Marshall decided they wanted to make a movie about lions. Hedren followed the advice of a man named Ron Oxley who owned an "animal rental business" (surely a "stellar" organization) in Soledad Canyon, California, who told her that in order to develop a rapport with lions, she needed to live with them. When her neighbors in Sherman Oaks complained about the family pets, Hedren and her husband moved the family to live at the remote reserve in Soledad Canyon, where filming of their movie Roar began in earnest.
Over seventeen million dollars and eleven years later, Roar wrapped, only grossing two million after its release. The carnage wasn't just financial. Two film crews walked off the set, reportedly after losing fingers to the lions. A lion pulled the skin clean off the director of photography's scalp, necessitating surgical reattachment. Young Melanie Griffith, who acted in the film, had her face gashed by a lioness, an injury for which she required fifty stitches. Hedren and her husband divorced not long afterward, and Tippi stated in an interview that she had changed her mind about lions; people shouldn't keep them as pets, she said.
Nice epiphany, Tippi. After all, they aint birds.
-Via Bored Panda | Images: Life Magazine
And the policeman said, "Why the long face?"
Monday was a quiet night at the headquarters of the Cheshire Constabulary in Winsford, Cheshire, UK. Then a horse, obviously in need of police assistance, walked in. The officers did not make him feel welcome and shooed him out.
-via Boing Boing
I just watched one minute and forty-one seconds of a corgi puppy named Maya being introduced to her first pumpkin and subsequently playing with it in the manner that a pup would. While nothing really happens in this video, surprisingly I don't wish I had the last minute and forty-one seconds of my life back, because... roly poly corgi puppy. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Redditor pbmax542 said his daughter has been sleeping on the floor to be with her kitten. The kitten Gandalf (seen in this video) cannot climb the ladder into the elevated bed like he used to because of an injury to his rear leg. So pbmax542 made the bedroom ADA compliant by building a kitten ramp! Isn’t that sweet? The discussion at reddit gives some hope that the limp may be temporary due to inflammation after Gandalf’s neutering. We wish him a speedy recovery.
See also: Cat Ladders
This little Bichon Frisé is a dancing fool! A YouTube comment mentioned that he’s dancing to the hit song “You Are My Flower” by Wu Bai & China Blue. That led me down the internet rabbit hole…
Taiwanese musician Wu Bai is a superstar in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. His 2007 song “You Are My Flower” lent its name to his Flower Tour and started a dance craze in Asia. Wu Bai demonstrates how to do the Flower Dance. You can see a dance team do it in this video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Bat Kitty | Image: Imgur
Bored Panda invited submissions for pet costume idea photos and users are voting for their favorite. So far, the collection is ridiculously cute, as you can imagine. While I'm no fan of dressing pets in costume on a daily basis, à la Paris Hilton, I think once in a long while the animals seem to at least tolerate it. Some pets are ham enough to relish the extra attention they get while in costume, thus looking forward to their dress-up days. One of my dogs has a football jersey that says "Quarterbark" on the back, which he sometimes wears on Halloween. This simple and goofy getup has him practically strutting around the house when he wears it. Of course, the treatfest he expects after the costume comes off doesn't hurt his level of enthusiasm, either.
See the rest of this great pet costume photo collection here.
Freddy Krueger Guinea Pig | Image: Flickr
Gentleman Crab | Image: Tumblr
Vampire Hedgehog | Image: Imgur
Batpug | Image:Flickr
Oh look, we have a new puppy in the house! An adult cat, voiced by Ze Frank, explains what a dog is to a young kitten in this Friskies ad. The cat has a poor opinion of dogs, although this puppy is adorable. This is the latest of the “Dear Kitten” series, which we first showed you in June. You can see several other episodes of the series at Tastefully Offensive.
YouTube user Rodney Langham posted this footage that captured over five minutes of a fight between two kangaroos in the middle of an Australian street. Aside from the kicking, they look remarkably like human boxers as they jab and dance around. I can only imagine what one of their kicks to the abdomen could do to a human. Neatorama featured an article on the brutality of kangaroo fights here; check it out, it's a good read. -Via Dangerous Minds.
Asian elephant Azizah gave birth to a male calf on September 16th at London's ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The entire herd of ten elephants witnessed the birth, which took place outside, an unusual occurrence. Normally births take place inside the sheltered area of the enclosure. The zoo was excited about the birth taking place in a natural environment. Assistant Curator of Elephants Lee Sambrook said,
“It was wonderful to be able to witness a herd birth at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We have a great track record with the elephant breeding program here, but seeing a baby born with all his aunties and uncles around in such a natural environment was an incredible privilege. Elephants are such social animals and you could see that the rest of the herd’s presence was just what Azizah needed to stay calm and do what she needed to do. The team of vets and keepers were standing by and monitoring her development, but it was so fantastic that the birth happened naturally, and with the herd’s help, rather than ours."
The Asian elephant is native to southeast Asia from India in the west to Borneo in the east. These majestic animals are tragically classified as endangered due to habitat loss and poaching for ivory, meat and leather. It's hard to comprehend that someone would value a profit or a material over such imagnificent, awe-inspiring animals. -Via Zooborns.
For 2 days, a woman in Polk County, Wisconsin heard strange animal noises from behind her home. She eventually summoned the police, who discovered two bear cubs trapped in a hollow tree (warning: auto-start). They had apparently climbed in through the top into the hollow trunk, then found themselves unable to escape. One had lodged his head in a hole.
Rescue workers cut windows into the tree trunk, which gave the bears enough room to escape.
The bears were dehydrated, so the rescuers fed them watermelon, which the bears ate eagerly. Once they could escape, the two cubs fled to the woods as quickly as they could.
After the sad passing of Colonel Meow, an internet void was created in the way of cats who look possessed. But if there's anything in which one must never lose faith, it's the Internet's ability to generate new cat celebrities.
So if Grumpy Cat seems not to be edgy enough for you, not to mention passé, say hello to Garfi. This Garfield-inspired cat resides in Turkey. His human is Hulya Ozkok, and I can only imagine he's plotting her demise if she doesn't stop making him wear little outfits.
See a collection of Garfi glamour shots here. Images: Flickr
Cats don’t think the way people do, but anyone who has a cat can see how their internal thinking is consistent within a house cat framework. There are some universal ways that cats think, without ever having learned from other cats or YouTube videos. Here, Cole & Marmalade (previously) demonstrate 14 examples of cat logic. Since it's a sponsored video, the last 30 seconds or so is an ad. -via Tastefully Offensive
You know what you NEVER see on the internet? Videos and pics of cats doing cute things. I wish I could have written the preceding sentences in a sarcasm font, alas, I need to invent one. In all seriousness, cat videos and cat pics are the fodder that keeps the internet afloat on an otherwise directionless current. Everywhere you turn, no matter how far down the rabbit hole of the internet you go, there is a cat pic or video nearby to pull you from that and make you smile.
The funny part is, you know that there are people out there just sitting and waiting for their cat to do something kooky or cute so they can catch it on film. This means they are sitting there with their camera and phones on the ready at all times. "Cat Does A Cute Thing" is a hilarious animation from YouTube User RageNineteen that shows us that exact scenario, and plays with the idea that the cat may very well be privy to it. It is a stylized animatiom that will muster a laugh from even the most stoic cat lover.
I will admit, the "dubstep" moment made me laugh out loud.
Examples abound of elephants and their caring, nurturing behavior, especially toward their young. This video shows two adults rushing to the aid of a baby who has lost his footing and lays on his back, struggling to right himself. The footage was shot by a visitor to the Zurich Zoo. It's hard to fathom the poaching and cruelty with which these noble, intelligent creatures are targeted. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Even among miniature horses, Acer stands out for being the shortest at only 22 inches tall! Mainestar Aces High was born of an imported sire, who has since been gelded, at Wolfscastle Miniature Horse Farm. The only survivor of three foals of the sire, Acer was born with dwarfism. Outside of a deformity of the rear hooves, which has been corrected with artificial hoof extensions, Acer appears to be in good health. Read his story here. The three-year-old horse is smallest in Britain! -via Viral Viral Videos
This long-haired dachshund is apparently the unicorn of dogs: one that loves to bathe. This dog adorably mimics a human in the way she throws her head back and looks up to a shower head as the relaxing warm water rolls down. I've seen dogs who like to swim, but very few who like to bathe. If my dogs were that easy to get under a faucet, I wouldn't pay to have them groomed. -Via Tastefully Offensive
The Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee evidently grew tired of the same old names for their prospective adoptees and decided to get fancy. The interesting names may have been a good strategy, as two of the cats above have been adopted; Professor PuddinPop is the only one remaining.
Not pictured but also available at the shelter are Provolone, Wampus, Mighty Mouse and Morticia the cats. None of the dogs' names stand out like the cats; however on the bunny front, there are Coco Puff and Honey Bunny.
Redditor punkpixzsticks snapped this photo at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This is Angus the tortoise, a regular at that annual event. We've previously seen him pulling an old fashioned cart around the fairgrounds. This year, he dressed up as a TARDIS and walked around the festival, collecting money for a local herpetological society.
This is only one of many costumes that he's worn over the years, including fairy wings and a kilt. You can view more of them here.
-via Fashionably Geek
This adorable kitten tries a stalking maneuver on the adult cat in his household and learns that it won't get him anywhere. In a move that reminds me of my young dog's interaction with my older dog, the kitten recoils after his foiled sneak attack and slips into "roly-poly-you-can't-resist-the-cute-I'm-throwing-down" mode, which also gets him nowhere. As a commenter on Tastefully Offensive said, "Kitten just needs to learn his place, and who's boss is all."
Can you really blame pets for hating the vet with a passion? Some of us humans aren’t very fond of going to the hospital either, and we know why we’re going to see the doctor.
Animals just don’t get the point of being forced into a room with a stranger, poked and prodded and sometimes even restrained, all to appease their owners.
Many pets learn to hate the vet when they're young, and as they’re forced to go again over the years they become hip to that vet jive- some even come up with clever ways to avoid taking that terrifying trip to the vet.
When a pet discovers they're going to the vet it makes for an extremely photographic moment, and the expression on their face as they’re being taken to see their least favorite human is priceless!
(Image via Maritime Quest)
On rare occasions, Britain's People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) awards a military decoration to an animal serving with that nation's armed forces. The Dickin Medal, as it is known, was established in 1943. At the beginning, it was mostly commonly given to pigeons that carried messages under fire. Many bomb-detecting dogs, such as this Labrador retriever, have also received this honor.
But only one cat.
That cat was Able Seacat Simon of the Royal Navy. He was the ship's cat on board HMS Amethyst, a frigate that was trapped on the Yangtse River in China for three months of 1949 during the Chinese Civil War. Simon was responsible for killing rats on the ship and maintaining morale.
At one point, the ship had been badly damaged and taken heavy casualties from Red Chinese artillery. Despite being sorely wounded, Simon kept working:
Simon was immediately taken to the medic, stitched up, and began a long healing process -- but the cat could hardly wait to get back to his military duties. The ship’s boilers and fans had shut down as a result of the onslaught, and the rats ran freely through the ventilation system; during Simon’s absence, they had infested food supplies, invaded living quarters, and made life a greater hell for surviving crew members.
Despite his injuries, Simon quickly got to business. His first night back, he had two confirmed kills, and within a few days’ time, he’d succeeded in clearing the deck of critters. But one foe remained: A gargantuan rat the crew had nicknamed “Mao Tse-tung.” For weeks, the scoundrel had avoided traps and gnawed his way through sealed food. Simon would have none of it. When the cat finally met his nemesis in the storeroom, he pounced, killed it, and proudly dropped it by the mens' boots. From then on, the crew hailed him as “Able Seacat Simon” -- the first (and so far, only) military title ever given to a feline.
When the Amethyst finally escaped to the sea, the Royal Navy awarded Simon a campaign ribbon. The PDSA bestowed a Dickin Medal on Simon. Sadly, he died before he could receive it. He was buried with full military honors at a cemetery in East London.
When you set up a camera to capture wildlife in their natural habitat, you hope they don’t know they’re being recorded. It turns out that you can’t fool critters all the time. Someone attached a GoPro to a tree just beneath an owl’s nest. The owls, being eagle-eyed, immediately noticed something new in their environment. The camera gets a thorough inspection, which leaves us with the image of an entire family of owls staring directly into our souls. The owls don’t care, once they’ve determined it’s something they can’t eat and won’t eat them. I got a little nervous when one owl chick hiked his leg, but I guess he was just stretching. Next, someone will give them funny dialogue. -via Everlasting Blort
One would think that a man as esteemed and worldly as Benedict Cumberbatch would be a master of linguistics. The subtle differences in language that seperate regions and dialects. He also clearly has been speaking English his entire life, so one might be shocked when they hear the way Sherlock pronounces penguins.
This is not in any way to make fun of the actor. The guy is awesome. It is just one of those things you notice and kind of go hmmmm to yourself. How can such a well-spoken man have trouble with the word penguins? Truth is, we all have our odd ways of pronouncing words. Sometimes, it is because someone who raised us may have said it that way, or in some cases, there may be no reason at all.
I just thought you might find it interesting that Benedict Cumberbatch can't say penguins. Like, really.
Okay, I won't lie. This video is kind of hilarious. I mean, really, who has ever called them penglings?
This cat named Bobo (previously at Neatorama) loves to be vacuumed, according to his owners. He lies there, seemingly relaxed, as the vacuum runs over him. If Bobo likes it, it's a win/win for his people, since vacuuming him is likely to eliminate a lot of cat hair that would otherwise be scattered around the house. I wonder if they are trying to get his younger sister Nikita on board? Keep up with Bobo and Nikita on Facebook. -Via Tastefully Offensive