The Avian Heavy Metal Sounds Of Hatebeak

Few animals are as good at headbanging as the totally tough parrot, and screeching comes as naturally to them as cracking open nuts and flapping their wings.

Therefore, parrots can be thought of as the most metal animals on earth, so metal that they were born with grinding guitar riffs in their hearts and feet that curl into devil horns with ease.

One parrot named Waldo, with a little help from humans Blake Harrison of Pig Destroyer and Mark Sloan from The Index, is out to prove that parrots deserve more than crackers for their musical talent.

Waldo's the lead singer of the birdbrained grindcore band Hatebeak, who is about to release a new album called The Number Of The Beak after a six year hiatus.

Don't get your hopes up about seeing Hatebeak on tour anytime soon, because parrots are too shy to perform in front of an audience, and Hatebeak's head honcho hates ironic hipster hecklers!

-Via Dangerous Minds


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This Mama Bunny Is Willing to Protect Her Baby From Any Danger

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The bond between mother and child isn't just a human trait, but is common in all types of animals. This video shows that rabbits are absolutely in that category -when this mother bunny sees a snake trying to make a meal of her kit, she doesn't resign herself to be short one less baby, but instead hops into action and does what it takes to save her child.


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The Bulldog Bingewatcher

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This bulldog is a fan of watching videos on the iPad. Who can blame him? But when the fun is over, he's not waiting around for his human to come over and restart the process. On the contrary: this guy has things under control. Even when a switcheroo is pulled and he finds himself watching himself as life imitates art, he's not one to be thrown. Via Daily Dot


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Accidental Flying Cat

Stowaways come in all shapes and sizes. French pilot Romain Jantot did his preflight checklist, but did not specifically scan for flying cats before he took a woman for a ride in his ultralight plane in Kourou, French Guiana. The cat was well hidden, but apparently woke up during the flight and slowly approached the pilot to ask something like, “What the hell is going on?” (Que se passe-t-il? Mettez-moi en bas à droite en ce moment! Es-tu fou?)

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Jantot’s face when he notices the cat is priceless. As is the cat’s. The plane immediately heads back to the runway to offload the kitty. Jantot said, “The cat is doing well, she is still our mascot.” But she probably won’t be napping in the wing again anytime soon. -via reddit


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Ten Very Weird Looking Animals

The Aye-aye

It's a jungle out there for everyone, particularly some of these endearing yet bizarre creatures of the wild. For example, the demonic looking (yet somehow still cute) Aye-aye, a lemur native to Madagascar shown above, is endangered because the local villagers there consider him bad luck. As a result, the poor things have adapted so that they hide up in the top of the trees there. Stay safe, little guy. Via The Richest


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Self-Packing Cats

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Cats just love those enclosed spaces! Ignoramusky compiled a collection of clips featuring cats putting themselves into bags and boxes, against all odds, because that is what they want. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Corgi in for a Big Surprise when Turtle It Thought was a Rock Suddenly Moved

Rocks shouldn't move, should they? YouTube user TurboMuffin filmed her corgi Turbo chillin' in the yard next to a rock ... which suddenly moved! Oh, that sneaky turtle!


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Cat Wins Hero Dog Award

Now this is different! For the first time in 33 years, a cat has been given the "Hero Dog" award by a Los Angeles animal shelter. And wait till you hear what she did to win the award: she attacked a dog.

Last year, Tara the cat saw her owner, 6-year-old autistic boy named Jeremy Triantafilo, got attacked by a neighbor's dog. Tara body-slammed the dog and chased it away. The incident was caught on Triantafilo's home security video, which Miss C posted on Neatorama.

"We were so impressed by Tara's bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog," said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Los Angeles, to WPVI.

As you'd expect, the word "Dog" on the trophy was scratched out and replaced with "Cat."


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Stop Playing Games and Pet Me!

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Alexander Fredriksen enjoys relaxing at home and watching TV or playing video games. But his cat Nala (previously at Neatorama) sees him lying on the couch as an opportunity for some snuggles. Lots of snuggles and scratches! Cats are creatures of habit, and Nala is not giving up until she gets what she wants. See more of Nala at Instagram. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Cat Survives Two Months Trapped in Futon

Moosie the cat was always a survivor. He was rescued from a wall at three weeks of age after his mother died. Two years later, his family, Kymberly and Jesse Chelf, moved from El Paso, Texas, to Fairbanks, Alaska -and that’s when he went missing.

The family searched for their cat everywhere they could think, but came up empty time after time. They stayed in Texas for three days after the movers took their things. Several times each day they returned to the home and searched again.

At first they thought he may have jumped into one of the moving boxes, but all the boxes had been packed and sealed before he went missing. Only the furniture had been left unpacked for the loaders.

“We just assumed he had run away, which was very unlike Moosie,” Kymberly said. “He’s just a very loyal, loving cat.”

They put out the word to all their friends and neighbors. They activated his microchip in case anyone found him and reluctantly left.

The Chelfs’ furniture arrived in Fairbanks two months later, and when the movers had a futon halfway up the stairs, Moosie popped out of the mattress! Moosie was taken to Mount McKinley Animal Hospital, where veterinarians battled his dehydration and nursed him back to health. You can follow Moosie’s progress at his Facebook page. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Miracle Moosie at Facebook)


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Woman With Asperger's and the Service Dog Who Prevents Her From Self Harm


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This video, captured and shared by a woman named Danielle Jacobs who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, shows the powerful positive impact her service dog Samson has in her battle with the disorder. Danielle set up a camera in her home to record footage of her daily life, which includes frequent emotional challenges with depression and panic. She says,

“This is what really happened and it’s not easy to open myself and share what it’s like on a daily basis.”

This clip shows Danielle coming out of a depressive episode, which is met with a new bout of panic. As the emotional storm takes hold and Danielle has the urge to hurt herself, Samson takes action and does his best to soothe her. The dog's loyalty and the pair's love for each other is a heartwarming thing to witness. -Via Uproxx


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Rottweiler and Kangaroo Buddies at Play


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The man who recorded this video reports that his Rottweiler puppy Trooper has developed a friendship with Blue the 'roo, which is evident by the playful camaraderie between the two animals in this footage.

(WARNING: Annoying audio track, assumedly from heavy machinery in the background. As the audio doesn't add anything to the video, turning it off or down before playback will make for the best experience.) -Via Viral Nova


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Daughter Buys Ridiculously Small Crop Top, Mom Gives It To Cat

Parents have drastically different reactions to their children’s choice of wardrobe, especially when  it comes to teens dressing sey, and their reactions generally range from stricter rules and grounding to letting their kids dress however they’d like.

But one parent made a bold move and showed that the purr-fect way to get your teen to dress more modestly is to show her that the sexy clothes she's wearing look better on the cat.

A concerned mom didn't like the look of the crocheted crop top her daughter bought on Amazon, so she decided to take action by putting that ridiculously small top on the cat and snapping some hilarious pics.

The crocheted crop top was advertised as "one size fits all", so mom decided to help girls avoid embarrassing themselves by posting a review of the garment on Amazon, so young buyers will know what they're getting (squeezing?) into.

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Put Down The Camera And Help That Cat!

Cats generally act indifferent towards their humans, in part because they can quite easily transition from pet to wild animal.

When cats become part of the human world and learn to rely on hairless apes to feed them and clean their litter box they can start to lose their wild edge.

But when they get into trouble and need assistance they look to their humans for a helping hand, but their humans are usually too busy taking pictures of the embarrassing moment to help.

So when your kitty pals find themselves in a pickle be quick and discreet with your picture taking and help your furry little friend out!

See 13 Cats Who Can't Believe You're Taking A Picture Instead Of Helping


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Why My Cat is Sad

Author Tom Cox has five cats and writes about them. He is also the genius behind the Twitter account WHY MY CAT IS SAD. It chronicles the misadventures of his cat The Bear, who is sad for a lot of reasons.

The Bear adopts a pacifist lifestyle and prefers to spend the day following me around, staring at me with his big saucer eyes, which seem to contain all the world's sadness. I did once catch him sitting alone with a dead mouse but I think another cat had killed it, and he just wanted to read some elegiac poetry to it.

Cox also has an account called WHY MY CAT IS SMUG. This account is for Ralph, the cat who is smug most of the time, which is part of the reason The Bear is so sad. And then there’s Shipley, whose Twitter account is MY SWEARY CAT. Shipley is brash and vocal, and his Tweets are often NSFW. There are also two cats who don’t use Twitter. Read about all of them at their blog.


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Dragon Cat

Summer is coming, and in many hot places, cat owners often shave their felines to keep them cool, reduce shedding and hairballs. And if you're a Game of Thrones fan, you can humiliate, er, turn your cat into a dragon with this Dragon Cut trim by The Main Lion cat grooming salon of Paoli, Pennsylvania.

But if you choose to go this route, be wary as the night is dark and full of terror. A cat always pays its debt.


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Photographer Captures Adorable Images Of A Squirrel On A Rainy Day

The rain can dampen anyone’s day, but when you’re a little squirrel without a tree nearby to provide cover you can end up all wet. That’s why squirrels don’t like to come out when it’s raining, they prefer to keep their spirits like their tails- high and dry.

So what’s a squirrel loving photographer to do when he has a tiny umbrella and a brilliant idea for an adorable photo series?

If you’re legendary photographer and squirrel fan Max Ellis you coat the tiny umbrella in peanut butter and sunflower seeds then hang it on a fishing line on a rainy day.

Max has proven he can get a squirrel to pose for a series of great pics even on a rainy day, now where can I find a tiny umbrella?

-Via Earthporm


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Yoga with Cats


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Maybe instead of downward dog, that should be called downward cat!

We know that cats are very limber creatures so perhaps it's natural that they'd belong in a yoga studio.

Last week, no-kill animal shelter Homeward Bound partnered with Yoga at Connie's of Decatur, Illinois to raise awareness for the cat adoption month of June, and perhaps even find new homes for some of the shelter's cats.

"Now, no screaming if a cat jumps on you," said studio owner Connie Pease, who led the human-cat yoga class last week. "The ones that were really active really made the class a lot of fun. They jumped on the students and kissed them. One had their butt in my face, but we had so much fun with them."

The whole thing got started when a 12-year-old cat named Oreo jumped on shelter volunteer Jeanette Skaluba's shoulder when she was doing yoga. "Cats rule the internet," Skaluba told Herald & Review, so why not see if they can also bring some fun into a yoga class, raise some funds and perhaps find some of them a new home.

"A lot of people find shelters depressing, Skaluba told The Dodo, "By taking the cats to something like a yoga class, people have the opportunity to see and interact with them outside the shelter. It gives these cats exposure and shows their personality. I think people can envision these pets in their home easier because they're outside the shelter."

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Pet Lover Saves 2 Dogs, Posts Ad On Craigslist Directed At Uncaring Owners

Saving a stray dog from certain death can make you feel like a million bucks, but it can also cost you a bunch of money as you pay to repair all the things your rescued dog destroys.

Sometimes the dog you save winds up becoming a brilliant new addition to your furry family, but most of the time they’re trouble, which is how they ended up on the streets in the first place.

A kindhearted pet lover saved two dogs from death on the highway in Atlanta, Georgia then posted this ad on Craigslist aimed at their deadbeat owner:

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Doug The Pug Flawlessly Recreates Kim Kardashian's Selfies

Chances are you’re tired of seeing, and hearing about, Kim Kardashian and the rest of her clan, because they’ve been dominating the entertainment media for way too long.

But would you grow tired of seeing Kim K self obsessed selfies if they were immediately recreated by a pug?

No, you couldn’t possibly grow tired of that! Doug the pug is quite the poser, and he does an incredibly accurate impression of Kim when his people dress him up for a selfie.

Doug the pug is our only hope of removing the Kardashian regime from their gilded throne, so become one of Doug's followers on Instagram and Facebook and let a new dog have their day in the sun!

See many more amazing Doug the pug selfies and a behind the scenes video at Mashable (all images via Mashable)


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You Can Tame Feral Cats

Mike Fountaine bought a ranch in Santa Barbara, California, and found out it came with dozens of feral cats. Over time, he made friends with them. Not only has he tamed them, he has trained them! And he’s built elaborate doors and passageways to corral the cats, and they are caged at night to protect them from coyotes and other wildlife. The feeding thing at the beginning was “just a silly idea cos we thought it would look cute.”

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One thing you don’t see in the video is kittens. Each cat was spayed or neutered as soon as possible and it’s been ten years since any were born. Fountaine founded an organization for animals called The Lucky Few. Read more about Fountaine’s adventures in cat taming. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Meet Matilda, the Cat with Mysterious Alien Eyes


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Is that an adorable cat or our new alien overlord so cute that she's out of this world?

Meet Matilda, a regular terrestrial tabby with a mysterious condition that caused her eyes to grow into large, dark alien-like orbs. Matilda's owners adopted the cat from a rescue group that removed her from a hoarder's home as a kitten. Back then, her eyes were normal.

One day, her right eye went black. "The regular vets were for the most part stumped," Matilda's owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, told PEOPLE, "After she saw a specialist we learned that it is a spontaneous lens luxation, which means that the lens detached from the rest of the eye for no known reason. This is the mysterious part of the problem since she is an otherwise healthy cat."

Eventually, Matilda's other eye also developed the same condition, and both of her eyes grew larger, giving the cat her distinct alien look.

"Unfortunately for Matilda ... she is developing glaucoma and will inevitably have to have surgery despite the difficult healing process," the cat's owner added.

Read more about Matilda' story over at her website and Instagram.


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Denali

This is the story of a dog named Denali and his life with photographer Ben Moon. You will want to have a hankie ready, especially if you’ve ever loved a dog. Scratch that, you will cry even if you’ve never loved a dog. Denali had a wonderful life, but like that of all dogs, it was too short.

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The quote at the end is from What Our Dogs Teach us about Aging. -via Metafilter


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Baby Koala Clings to Mother Throughout Emergency Surgery

When Lizzy the Koala was hit by a car on the Warrego Highway in Australia, she suffered life threatening injuries including a collapsed lung and facial trauma. But thankfully, before the accident Lizzy had herself a good luck charm in the way of her six-month-old joey Phantom.


Lizzy underwent the surgery necessary to save her life, and tiny, one-pound Phantom clung to her throughout the procedure. Mother responded well. Both Lizzy and Phantom are spending some time in recovery at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, a facility founded by the late Steve Irwin  also known as the Crocodile Hunter  and his wife Terri.


 
See more photos of Lizzy and Phantom and get updates on their progress at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Facebook page. 

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