This brief but eventful video was shot by Melbourne Aerial Video, who wants to assure everyone that the eagle wasn’t harmed in the making of this video:
"Eagle was fine — she was massive, and used talon's to 'punch' the drone out of the sky. Hung around overhead so I got a really good look," the video's description states. "Eagle's health was my main concern also."
And they have these wise words for future drone pilots:
"Do not fly drones near birds of prey, they clearly attack seeing you as a threat or the right sized dinner. This will cost you money and potentially harm to the bird. This one was fine ... the drone needed some attention before it could fly again."
Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia is a beautiful getaway for human occupants, but it also serves at least one family of elephants annually. Three generations of elephants return each year from late October to mid-December, taking the shortcut through the lodge in order to feast on the fallen mangos from the trees on the grounds. This footage catches the elephants' shortcut beautifully and features the entire family, with baby in tow. What an interesting amenity of the lodge! Via Arbroath
Is your cat getting in between you and your computer? Don’t just prod him away. Give him a computer of his own! This is the Cat Scratch Laptop, a toy computer for your feline companions. It has a customizable wallpaper that slides in and out. The keyboard consists of a scratching surface. A mouse plugs in on the left (sorry, it’s not wireless). There are no details about memory or processing speed, so you’re taking a chance there. Presumably they’re upgrade-able, though.
Many cats have bold, vibrant personalities, and just because a cat isn’t interested in playing or entertaining their humans doesn’t mean they don’t dish out cattitude on a daily basis.
But the internet generation demands classifications for everything, so see if you can sit your cat down in front of your computer and have them take a fun, interactive quiz.
The Intercative Experiment by Poopy Cat will help you determine whether your cat is a poser, a busy bee or a cuddle bug, thereby bringing you one step closer to answering that age old question- what the heck is my cat thinking?!
No, he doesn’t do Disney like people do -the tiny hamster gets his own tiny rides and his own tiny concessions. And his own tiny Mickey Mouse ears. Watch him take a tour throughout the Haunted Mansion and eat churros and Doel whips! The best moment is at 1:05, when he realizes he’s on camera. Check out the behind-the-scene video here. -Thanks, Elijah Jones!
Ivette Ivens of Chicago adopted a French bulldog pup when she realized that he was born on the same day as her infant son Dilan, thinking it was a sign that the pup should be in her family. Ever since, the bulldog, which the family named Farley, has been like a brother to little Dilan. Ivans said,
“I’m pretty sure Dilan thinks they’re both the same species, as they walk at the same level and are both going through the stage of chewing on everything.”
Ivans is a photographer specializing in family shoots. She has a book on breasfeeding coming out soon called Breastfeeding Goddess. See more adorable photos of Dilan and Farley here. (Includes one NSFW-ish breastfeeding shot.) Keep up with Ivens' projects at her website, Facebook and Instagram.
In a world where so many cats get by on their looks alone, Hamilton is doubly blessed. Hamilton was born with the most magnificent facial markings a cat can ask for. What a mustache! Hamilton, or Hammy, doesn’t mind posing for lots of pictures. His Facebook page has plenty of them, and of other cats who have great mustaches, too. His Instagram account has even more photos. -via reddit
Flying is for suckers. When Stanley, an African grey parrot, wants to go downstairs, he just slides down the bannister. Janice Jensen, an animal care advocate in Hong Kong, recorded this video and notes the approval of the resident dogs when Stanley reaches the bottom.
Edward Scissorhands is a seven-week-old Linnaeus’ two-toed sloth being raised by zookeepers at the London Zoo. The zoo staff had to take over Edward's care and feeding on a diet of goat's milk when his mother was not producing the milk necessary for his development.
Edward will be reunited with mama in several weeks. As of now, a tool used in his development is a sloth stuffed animal supplied by his keepers. Through playtime with the stuffed animal, Edward is learning to hang and develop muscles he'll need to eventually live a sloth's life in the trees. Learn more about Edward at the London Zoo. Via Slate
This video compilation has some hilarious footage of dogs using their most creative approaches to execute raids on the chows in the kitchen, behind their humans' backs. It's pretty amazing to see the ways in which they boost themselves up to high countertops and navigate the shelves and drawers of refrigerators. If I saw similar footage of my dogs, I'd figure any foods they obtained by such impressive means were well deserved. Via Tastefully Offensive
Gosha is a pet, but she’s also a typical raccoon. They wash things. That’s what they do. Gosha has her own tub, and plenty of toys she can wash in addition to her food, but she’s found other things to wash. What is she washing now?
According to Jennifer McLean of Brisbane, Australia, her two English Staffordshire bull terriers named Darren and Phillip need their PJs to get into the sleepy mood. Once outfitted in their cottony sleep casual attire, "The Blueboys" as McLean calls them, get in the mood to cuddle themselves to sleep. McLean said,
"Whenever I dress them in their onesies, they immediately want to snuggle. Phillip has restless nights if I don't put his jammies on first. I think it's become a bit of a comfort thing for him."
Read more about The Blueboys, including the special, formal event they'll be attending, in this article.
Winnie is a beautiful, long-haired polydactyl kitten who was one of six lucky fosters from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Virginia. Prior to being saved by the Welfare League, all six kittens were abandoned. Now that they've been taken in, forever homes look promising. Perhaps so promising that Winnie feels the need to get down to some Uptown Funk. Her moves are so sharp she'll be relaxing in permanent digs in no time. Via Laughing Squid
Did you pay a couple grand for a state-of-the-art refrigerator with in-door ice and water dispensers and fancy electronic controls? Maybe you ought to invest in a security camera, too, to determine whether you are drinking water from a nozzle drenched in dog drool.
Butterfly's revenge was sweet. Oh, yes, so very, very sweet. Turtle had finally paid for his crimes in full. He wept at what was to become of him and the life he had built--as the empire he had forged with his own claws crumbled around him.
Butterfly savored the moment in the most literal way possible by drinking the tears of his most hated enemy. Years later, he would, while reminiscing of this perfect moment, claim that he could still taste them in his mouth.
Turtle remembered, too. He couldn't ever forget that time of supreme humiliation while down in the gahenna where Butterfly had left him. It was carved into his soul.
He had learned something from that horrible moment. It was something important. It was something that he would one day teach to Butterfly.
Never leave an enemy behind you.
Actually, there's no reason to think that this Julia Butterfly (Dryas iulia) and turtle in Ecuador know each other. The butterfly is engaging in lachryphagy, which is the insect practice of drinking tears from larger animals. The butterfly is doing this for nutritional purposes only--as far as we know.
Photographer Erica Tcogoeva, based in St. Petersburg, has filled her Instagram and Tumblr updates with nothing but the most adorable shots and videos of Siberian Huskies I've ever seen. Certainly if you're a Siberian Husky lover, Tcogoeva's work will have you in Husky Heaven.
Every time you think you've seen her most adorable puppy shot, you see another that is just as sweet or sweeter. Check them all out on Instagram (@erikaeasy) or Tumblr.
Self described “aspiring geek” Ben Millam got impressively creative when it came to feeding his cat. He built this clever cat feeder that releases food upon recognition of RFID-tagged plastic balls. Millam places the balls all over the house, giving his cat Monkey a bit of a game with his noms. Monkey finds the hidden balls, drops them into a bowl fitted on top and bam, kitty chow!
Cat lover Millam says he built the device in order to give Monkey extra excitement and fun in his daily life.
"This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal. So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence."
Carina Blofield of Africa Geographic recently visited elephant habitats in Botswana and Zimbabwe. On the safari, she stayed at the Elephant Sands Lodge in Botswana. It's located at a popular elephant watering hole, so it's a great place to see these giant animals up close.
It's always an amusing sight to see animals taking on the everyday tasks of humans. This compilation video features a number of animal species somehow making use of a vehicle, whether it's for treats, pure fun or other. And whether or not these little guys can steer is another matter altogether. Careful, critters! Via Tastefully Offensive
John Oliver recently discussed the British House of Lords, which is something few Americans are familiar with. One of the oddest aspects (at least, to Americans) of the House of Lords is their official titles that sound equally pompous and preposterous. Never has this point been quite so well illustrated than in the "And Now" segment of the show, where he demonstrated that these names actually work better for adorable pet names than actual titles for people.
When it comes to hearing the call of wolves, this pup is at first frightened, but then apparently feels the call is too strong not to heed. She eventually throws her head back and howls with the big guys. That's the way to hang, little pup. You know what they say, if you can't run with the big dogs... Via Viral Nova
There sure are plenty of things that we wish we can unsee on the Interwebs! So when it happens again, I'll have this picture handy. By the way, that's Jasper, the "fanciest, fluffiest Himalayan around." Jasper's so fancy and cute he has his own Instagram page.
Now, what do you think that Jasper has seen that he can't unsee? (Bonus points if you work in a story about John).
Twitter user Tim Beshara of Tasmania sends along this photo by Gillian Abbot, a wildlife caretaker. It shows Doodlebug, an orphaned wallaby. He doesn’t have his family anymore, so he hugs his teddy bear.
Mothers and fathers with their beloved babies — rarely is there a scene that's so naturally sweet and meaningful. These Animal Kingdom moms and pops of the canine variety don't need language to express the love they feel for their offspring: it's found in their body language, eyes and faces.
See a large and undeniably adorable collection of dogs bonding with their new puppies here.
His name is Ben and he’s only three weeks old. Sure, he can still get milk from his mommy, but he’s ahead of the game. He just doesn’t have all the skills yet. Curiosity gave the kitty a drink! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Kiango the baby giraffe was born on June 14, 2015 at The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana. Staff members captured this sweet footage of Kiango dreaming giraffe calf dreams in his downtime. According to his zookeepers, adult giraffes typically sleep in a standing position, perhaps lying down briefly on occasion. Babies, however, generally do their sleeping lying down. Sweet dreams, Kiango. Via Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Facebook page