Disabled Dog Runs in the Weiner Race

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Go, dog, go! Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, held a Wiener Dog Race sponsored by the local radio station. Among the dachshunds was the delightfully-named Anderson Pooper, who is disabled and uses wheels. Anderson Pooper didn’t win, but he made it to the finish line (which is more than you can say for some of the racers) and won the hearts and minds of the spectators. And now the internet. That’s a good dog. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

Bonus: Here’s another video of Anderson Pooper competing in an earlier race while wearing a GoPro on his harness.


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Bear with a Batman Logo on His Chest


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He's the bear we deserve, but not the bear we need right now because it's just too hot. Rescuers saved this bear, who is named Georges when he does not wear the cowl of the bat, from bear bile farmers.

(Apparently bear bile is an ingredient in the traditional medical practices of certain East Asian cultures.)

Georges has escaped that awful fate. He's now trying to beat the summer heat in a rescue facility in Vĩnh Phúc, Vietnam.

-via The Mary Sue


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Found: Cat Snake

A found pet ad was posted at Craiglist for Richmond, Virginia. If it’s yours, you should go get it. The accompanying text:

Found (assuming) pet. Some sort of cat snake? Long and nimble but with dryish fur and cat teeth. Seems to like cat food, but isn't a cat. Please come take this off my hands it smells weird.

Sure, it could be a prank, but even so, it made me laugh. Or maybe it’s possible that someone could attain adulthood without ever hearing about ferrets. And monkeys might fly out of my butt. -via Uproxx


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Brave Kitten Faces Windshield Wipers

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In this video, a Russian family is stuck on a highway during a rainstorm. It's a good thing they have this heroic kitty to stand between them and the evil black things moving back and forth behind their windshield. Via Unique Daily.


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Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby


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Charlie the beagle took a toy away from this baby girl. She cried at her loss. Charlie is not made of stone and apologized for his misdeed. He compensated her for her loss by piling toys on top of her. One of them (0:30) appears to be a video game controller. There's a dog who gets it!

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Angry Ram Attacks Motorcyclist Over And Over Again

Animals generally aren’t fond of those noisy vehicles we humans love to ride around, and when they’re not scared of the noisy device they’re steaming mad at its very presence:

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This angry animal reaction to motor vehicles was captured by New Zealander Marty Todd on his GoPro HD Hero3+ camera, as an angry ram that lives on his property attacks him repeatedly while he tries to ride his dirtbike.

The ram was clearly not impressed by Marty’s sweet bike, and seemed unfazed by the fact that the entire incident was filmed from both Marty and the ram's point of view, but I guess even rams have issues with road rage!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Cat Stuck in Wall for 26 Days

Guy Mantha and his wife Linda Jardine-Mantha of Toronto had their air-conditioning unit changed out in June. It was about that time that their cat Stuffi went missing. Stuffi usually hides from strangers, so they assumed she was hiding from the A/C guys and would come back eventually. But she didn’t, and Jardine-Mantha posted notices about her missing cat. After a few days, she started hearing noises coming from inside the house, but could not find the source. Even a search with an infrared camera detected nothing.

Last Friday, Jardine-Mantha could hear sounds inside the house again.

"She called me at work and she said I think I heard it inside the wall ... oh my god, I said," Mantha said.

They called the friend with the infrared camera and began another search.

They broke a hole in the wall in the closet, and they put a light in there. Her husband's friend looked in and saw the cat.

"So they ripped out the wall and sure enough she was in there, all scrunched up, where she'd been for three and a half weeks, and so we rushed her to the hospital," she said.

The veterinarian found Stuffi to be weak, but had none of the expected liver damage after being confined for 26 days. She is recovering well. -via Arbroath

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Cat Drinks from Bottle

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From my long experience with cats, I can assure you they will detect milk at a distance of about a half-mile, unless it's hidden in the refrigerator. This young cat wants her share, and she doesn’t want to wait for it! Watch her drink like a human baby, and when it’s gone, she has a hard time believing there is no more. The commentary is in Portuguese, I think, so I don’t know if there is any NSFW language. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Black-Footed Cat Kittens Play with Crickets

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Zoos find themselves in the strange position of buying animals for other animals. In this case, the Philadelphia Zoo got a shipment of live crickets for the Black-footed Cat kittens to play with. You remember when they were little. They’ve grown a lot, and now are almost as big as their mother! Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal are three months old now.

It seems weird to call them Black-foot Cat kittens, instead of just Black-footed kittens. But “Black-footed Cat” is the species. It’s like saying “Sand Cat cubs” instead of just Sand cubs. But wait- at what point do you classifying wild cats as cubs instead of kittens? Black-footed cats are smaller than domestic cats, but they are still wildcats! -via Uproxx


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Photo Series Shows Animals Eating Their Prey- Food Chain

It’s almost unbearable to watch some humans shovel food into their faces, and we may even call those who make a huge mess or smack loudly while they eat "animals", but watching messy humans eat can’t even compare to the disgusting way most animals devour their prey:

Photographer Catherine Chalmers is fascinated by the different ways animals eat their prey, so she created a photo series entitled Food Chain to show us how much more disturbing meal time can be.

Here's a bit of what Catherine has to say about her delicious photo series:

The project grew out of a desire to be more engaged with the natural world. Over time, I became fascinated by the strange disconnect between what people seem to want to believe happens in nature and what actually does. Humans are incredibly efficient killers, yet we are remarkably queasy at facing, or acknowledging, what we do. I’m an omnivore. Eating a chicken running around the yard is an ecologically sustainable thing to do. But supporting the industrial feedlot system of mass produced chickens, for example, is gross and distressing. I try to eat in a way that is easy on the planet. Unfortunately, though, there is really no innocence in eating. Something dies for us to live.

-Via Vice


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A Cat and Her Water Cooler

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Peaches the cat isn't averse to water. On the contrary — she produces waterfalls, to the amusement of her human companion. I can only hope her next move is to figure out the icemaker in the refrigerator door. Surely she doesn't expect her people to consume un-iced water cooler fare.  Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Two Chimps Went On An Outing To See The New Planet Of The Apes Movie

The latest entry in the ape dystopia franchise Planet of the Apes is called Dawn of…, and even though it doesn't feature any real primates, aside from those studied and photographed while making the CGI character models, doesn’t mean this new film won't appeal to our real life primate cousins.

In fact, two chimpanzees named Vali and Sugrive from the Myrtle Beach Safari took in a showing of Dawn of… at their local movie theater, complete with popcorn and juice, and they seemed quite taken with the film:

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Some may see this as an adorable and innocent outing for the chimps, but we know the truth: these chimps are being taught how to take over the world by careless Hollywood filmmakers, and it's only a matter of time before they share this information with their fellow primates...

-Via Geekologie


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Raccoon Steals Bag of Cat Food

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This little guy must’ve thought he’d stumbled on the Holy Grail of raccoon loot. He managed to make off with the entire 28-pound bag of cat food. That’s a strong raccoon!

Pro tip: Don’t leave an entire bag of cat food sitting on the lawn. Even if no one takes it, there will be rain sooner or later. That is, unless you’re trying to get a viral video of a raccoon thief, and feed all your downstairs neighbors at the same time. -via Arbroath 


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21 Big Dogs That Insist They Are Lap Dogs

If you look closely at this picture, you might notice that there’s a woman under all that dog. I’ve said it to my kids, and maybe you have as well: “You’re never too big to sit in Mommy’s lap.” That goes for dogs, too, because they love you, even when they become large enough to crush you! Jeff Wysaski at Pleated-Jeans collected photographs of 21 oversized dogs who still want a little lap time.


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Infographic Demonstrates That Nature Really Bites

Backpacking and hiking can be a fun, relaxing way to spend some quality time outdoors, and every nature lover knows it’s the best way to see critters up close and personal like.

That’s where the trouble begins- getting close to animals that see your presence in their neck of the woods as an intrusion, or a threat.

Bears, snakes, and mountain lions sometimes lash out at uninvited human visitors, and the little guys just love to bite too- spiders, ticks and scorpions are by far the biggest biters of the bunch.

Prepare for what may try to chomp down on you with this fully illustrated infographic created by Backpacker magazine, it’s handy to have around when you’re exploring the great outdoors, and it serves as a colorful reminder of why homebodies like to stay indoors…

-Via Lifehacker


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The Unveiling of Ellen

The Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago posted a story about a dog they found. At least they were pretty sure it was a dog -that’s about all they knew at first.  

On July 13th, TAF went and picked up a clump of pungent urine soaked matted fur from an open access shelter… we couldn’t even figure out if the dog was a male or female. When we first saw this dog in it’s cage, we didn’t know which end was front or back. We had to get a treat to see which end lifted up to sniff.

A volunteer groomer came in and spent an hour and a half removing hair from the dog. They discovered it was a girl, a very petite and patient girl, underneath two pounds of filthy, matted fur that weighed the tiny 8.5-pound dog down. They named her Ellen.



You can read Ellen’s story and see a series of pictures from the grooming session, which amounts to an “unveiling,” at TAF’s Facebook post. The final picture, of Ellen sleeping on a pink blanket, is priceless. If you live in the Illinois/Indiana/Wisconsin/Michigan area, applications for her adoption are being taken through Project Rescue. -via reddit


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Nefari the Baby Giraffe Delights Onlookers

Lion Country Safari announced their first giraffe birth of 2014 on June 24th. The male calf, born weighing 141.5 pounds and measuring 70 inches, was named Nafari ("first-born” in Swahili). The healthy calf and his mother are spending time bonding together in the maternity enclosure, away from the herd for three months.

Once Nefari has his one-on-one time with mama, the two will rejoin the herd. Soon afterward, the calf will have the opportunity to play with other young companions, as several other female giraffes at the facility are expecting. 

The gestation period of a giraffe is approximately fifteen months. Giraffe calves are born with the mother in a standing position and they drop to the ground head first. Life expectancy of a giraffe is twenty-five years.

Adult giraffes stand fifteen to twenty feet tall. The average weight of an adult giraffe is 2,628 pounds for a male and 1,825 pounds for a female

The large eyes of giraffes provide them with excellent vision, and they see in color. Their hearing and sense of smell is also well developed. Their prehensile tongue is approximately 20 inches long and purplish-black in color, possibly to protect against sunburn. The animals use their long tongues to grasp acacia leaves, a main ingredient of their diet, as well as for grooming and cleaning.

See more pictures and a video of Nefari at Zooborns. 

Images Credit: Lion Country Safari.


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Dogs vs. Physics

Dogs are so happy to fetch a stick. They are happy to find a stick, especially if they know it will impress their alpha, the guy who throws sticks. And the average dog is particularly proud to find a really big stick! But getting that stick home is sometimes outside of their experience, especially when they need to fit it through a gate or doorway.

Here are a whole slew of dogs confronting that problem in a compilation from HuffPo. Since the video may auoplay for some people, continue reading to see it.

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Fun Ad Series Featuring Animals Performing Crazy Stunts

Some humans love to live life on the edge, performing death defying stunts and risking it all for an adrenaline rush.

We’re used to seeing people performing crazy stunts, so they don’t look quite as crazy anymore, but when you see elephants, giraffes and ostriches performing the same stunts they suddenly look totally crazy again!

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Of course, the creators of these clever ads for France 3 didn't really make elephants jump out of an airplane, or walk on a tightrope high above the city streets- these fantastic adverts were created with a little help from CGI software and a bit of zoological imagination.

Looks like the skydiving cats have some big time competition!

-Via Sploid


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Somewhere Underneath This Giant Fluff of Cuteness is a Rabbit. Somewhere.


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Somewhere underneath this giant fluff of cuteness is a rabbit. Somewhere.

Pictured above is Lilianna, an English Angora rabbit that belonged to Betty Chu of San Jose, California (previously on Neatorama). Chu, a retired Economics Professor, has a passion of raising and showing her prize animals in shows across the country as part of the Northern California Angora Guild.

There's no money in raising and breeding these rabbits, Chu said to Huffington Post, but they are "very lovable [and] can be litterbox trained like cats and would follow their owners like dogs."

If cute photos of these rabbits have got you hoppin' with excitement, you're in luck. The Northern California Angora Guild has many more photos of those amazingly fluffy English Angora rabbits:


13-month-old English Angora rabbit named Ida


A junior tort English Angora rabbit


An agouti English Angora rabbit named Chestnut

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Cheetah and Dog Get Birthday Popsicle

This is how you celebrate a birthday in the hot Texas sun! The Dallas Zoo threw a little party for their cheetah Winspear and his best friend Amani the black Labrador retriever. The two were born only three days apart, a year ago, and have been constant companions since they were two months old. Winspear and Amani were treated to matching decorated tubs of water for dunking balls or taking a dip, and what appears to be the world’s largest Bomb Pop. The huge popsicle was made from “30 gallons of water, 2% milk, and low-sodium chicken broth for flavoring, they LOVED it!” See more pictures of the two at the Dallas Zoo’s Facebook page. -via Time


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This Is the Fastest Tortoise in the World

In the classic fable, the tortoise beat the hare by being persistent. But Bertie may be able to win through speed alone.

Bertie is a tortoise who lives at Adventure Valley, a theme park in Durham, UK. Visitors commented that he seemed to move quickly--faster than you might expect from a tortoise. So animal caretakers at Adventure Valley decided to see what Bertie could do if he trained as a runner.


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The standard sprinting distance in competitive tortoise racing is 18 feet. A tortoise named Charlie set a world record in 1977 by running that distance in 43.7 seconds. Bertie smashed that record by crossing the finish line in only 19.59 seconds. That's a lightning fast pace of 0.6 miles per hour!

Guinness World Record officials were on site to witness and confirm the event, so Bertie should get an official record soon.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Tumblr Users Love Capybaras

Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is one of the largest tennis stars in the world, at least in terms of popularity and the fact he's an eleven time Grand Slam tournament champion, and thanks to the ridiculousness of the internet we are shown Capybaras That Look Like Rafael Nadal:

Despite their large size, their big, gnashy teeth and stout build capybaras are very gentle critters, preferring to take a swim and lay around on the shore all day rather than running around town causing trouble.

They're so easygoing that other animals consider them nature's chairs, as seen on the Tumblr site Animals Sitting on Capybaras:

Capybaras look like they'd be quite comfortable to sit on, provided you don't mind sitting on a soggy rodent, and despite their semiaquatic nature they don't stink because their wiry fur and lack of an undercoat keeps them stench free.

Since they're one of the least stinky animals living in their native habitat capybaras have become rather judgmental towards other critters, which inspired the creation of a Tumblr site called Capybara Is Judging You:

Where does all that capybara attitude come from? It stems from the fact that they're internet famous, of course!

They live a life of privilege, which some non-capybaras feel is an injustice, so a site featuring photos of posh capybaras living the good life was created, complete with colorful commentary, called This Is Capybara Privilege:

It's clear the internet adores the look of the majestic capybara, and the trend of capybara adoration (arguably) began with one Tumblr with an explicit name- F%#@ Yeah Capybara:

-Via Pleated Jeans, Smithsonian


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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -Starring Pugs!

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This movie recreation starring adorable little pug puppies contains no spoilers for the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, at least nothing more than the trailer would tell you. What you get is an attack scene that will bring a big grin to your face -because it’s PUGS! Enjoy the latest film parody from The Pet Collective. -via Viral Viral Videos


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This Is What a Flock of Hummingbirds Looks Like


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YouTube user Ivan Paras calls it an "infestation" and writes that "I think I have a hummingbird problem." Watch an ever increasing number of hummingbirds visit his two nectar feeders. One of those feeders rests in his hand, but the hummingbirds show no fear.

What would be a good title for a hummingbird-themed horror movie?

-via Twisted Sifter


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Real Life Fox and Hound Story


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This fox was found malnourished and minus his tail at age four weeks. The vets who treated him dubbed him "Forrest Stump." Wildlife ranger Gary Zammit, employed by Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel an Mor in Cornwall, England, was known in the area for his conservation work and his appreciation for foxes. Tipped off about Forrest, Zammit gave him a home at the wildlife center. 

Forrest the tailless fox became fast friends with Barney, Zammit's (mostly) tailless dog. The adorable duo loves to spend their days together at play. Said Zammit,

"It really was love at first sight with them both. Barney is so gentle with him and they play for hours and hours. They are exhausting to watch. I think they might be kindred spirits - even without tails to wag you can tell they are happiest when they are together!"

To learn more about Forrest and see additional videos, visit the "Meet Forrest Stump" section of the Gwel an Mor website, as well as their Facebook page. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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"Ma'am, There's a Lemur on Your Baby."

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All parents dread that, someday, they will hear those words spoken to them. For Angie Widener, that possibility became a reality when she visited the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kansas. There, animals roam a bit more freely than at conventional zoos.

The park doesn't allow visitors to bring in strollers, so Widener brought her nine week-old daughter Finley in with her car seat. She and her other children were having a great time. Then a passerby noticed that Finley had made a new friend:

She told HuffPost over e-mail that she was watching her two older children feed the animals when she heard a stranger laugh and say, "Um, ma'am, there is a lemur on your baby."

"I was shocked, but the zookeeper assured me she was safe, so my two older daughters and I got a few laughs and we snapped some pictures," Widener said. Pictures that have now made our day.

-via Dave Barry


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