The Evolution Of Animal Genitalia

Unless you're a biologist or a bit of a freak you probably don't spare much thought to how animal genitalia has evolved over the centuries, but it turns out the private parts of animals are pretty interesting.

And as you can see in this animated short featuring a TED talk on the evolution of animal genitalia given by Dutch biologist/research scientist Menno Schilthuizen "genitals are the fastest-evolving organs in the animal kingdom" and they're all super duper strange.

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1910: A Cat, A Bulldog, and a Lobster Walk into a Harlem Restaurant…

Fay's Restaurant in New York City was the spot for a fight that made the papers in May of 1910. The eatery kept a container of lobsters on the sidewalk for diners to select for their dinner. A cat named Mattie lived at the restaurant for pest control, but she was always more fascinated with the lobsters. And Miss Rose Leland came in to eat with her bulldog Gus, who was allowed to stay as long as he behaved and his leash was wrapped about Leland's chair.

On this particular spring night, one of the lobsters fell on the sidewalk after the waiter had gone inside. Naturally, Mattie jumped at the opportunity. She had no idea what she was up against.

The lobster clamped its claw onto Mattie’s tail, sending her howling and scurrying through the front door and into the restaurant. Not about to be left out of the fun, Gus the bulldog pulled wildly at his leash–and Miss Leland’s chair–to join in the melee.

Down went Miss Leland, who screamed in horror and then reportedly fainted. Gus caught up with cat and lobster as they ran around the other diners. The lobster released its claw on Mattie and grabbed Gus by the hind leg.

The resulting melee and the punchline from the newspaper story can be found at The Hatching Cat, as well as the history of the Harlem neighborhood in which it took place.

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Houdini Cat Encounters Water Trap

Sven has a cat named Muldar who is a genius. He wants what he wants and no human shenanigans are going to stop him. Closing the door? Pfft! Muldar will just open it. Set a pan of water in front of the door? Not a problem. For Muldar. For Sven, it's a problem.

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Sven noted that the water pan was added to keep Muldar from scratching at the door, and that putting a round knob on the door (as has been recently suggested) would make no difference. I concur; Muldar would just figure out how to open a door with a round knob. -via reddit

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Tinklebury Bingo at the Crufts Dog Show

Last weekend at the annual Crufts Dog Show, a Papillion named Tinklebury Bingo had a memorable second round run in the agility course. The dog was suffering from either stage fright or a brain fart, but once the clock ensured that there was really no competition in the balance, the judge took things into his own hands, literally.

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Honestly, this cute little doggo may have done this on purpose to get back at Melissa for naming him Tinklebury Bingo. A good time was had by all.   

Also, if you recall Olly, the Jack Russell rescue that stole the show last year, you'll want to see him perform at this year's competition. -via Metafilter

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How Do Animals Experience Pain?

My dog has a hard time telling me when he's in pain, and he tries to go about his business as usual no matter what's wrong with him as if admitting to pain would disappoint the alpha.

Meanwhile other pets I've had would yelp and holler and wail at the slightest twinge of pain, flipping out like the world is ending over something minor. This difference in how animals react to pain has always made me wonder- how do animals experience pain?

As usual there's a TED Talk for that, this one hosted by biologist Robyn J. Crook.

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Cat Leaps Off Cabinet With Bed In Mouth, Lands Perfectly In Bed Like A Boss

Cats are the ultimate stunt critters, and their acrobatic feats never cease to amaze humans who underestimate the tiny panthers living in their house.

Sometimes their stunts look like a scene from a movie, and when they make the stunt look as smooth and effortless as the cat in this video does you can't help but wonder whether you actually witnessed the stunt at all.

But since the vet's office employee who shot this video shared by Daily Mail UK knew to film the cat's leap of faith this daring kitteh must have practiced this stunt at least a few times before. That doesn't make it any less impressive though!

-Via Geekologie

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The Unreal Sound Of A Kookaburra Laughing In Slow Motion

The song of the laughing kookaburra is one of the most distinctive bird songs in nature, and it's one of the standard sound effects used whenever footage of the Australian bush is shown on film.

That signature kookaburra sound is so unique and such a rich, full-bodied sound that it even sounds cool when it's played in slow motion, as demonstrated in this video of Dacelo the kookaburra shot by his human Connor Margetts.

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-Via Laughing Squid

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Photographing Finnish Forest Animals Like They're Supermodels

Wild animals don't think of their fellow critters as much more than noisy neighbors, predators or prey, but to humans who adore animals these wonderful creatures are seen as superstars.

We love looking at pictures of them, view videos of them doing their thing in the wild with wonder, and we see them as some of the most beautiful residents of planet Earth.

So when former landscape photographer Joachim Munter decided to start shooting the critters that inhabited each natural scene instead of the scene as a whole he felt it only right to shoot them like you'd shoot a super model.

Joachim's fabulous portraits of the critters who live in the forests around Helsinki, Finland almost seem staged, but that's because Joachim takes the time to make his wild models feel comfortable around him:

Upon first glance, these animals look like they were trained. From a curious fox to a hungry squirrel, Munter builds such a strong bond with the creatures, they look perfectly comfortable while in front of his lens. "Wildlife photography is all about gaining the trust of the animals," Munter said. "The most important thing - in my opinion - is not to chase the animals. You just need time and patience; let the animal become comfortable around you."

See more at Bored Panda

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A Song Made by Dogs

These doggos are very good boys. They've been spending plenty of their time practicing their instruments and composing an original tune.

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Okay, maybe they got a little help from the editing powers of YouTuber Smoothes. And some backing tracks from Chunk Funko. But they are still very good dogs. -via Digg

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Faithful Dog Waits for Owner Outside Hospital for Months

A homeless man was stabbed and taken to Santa Casa de Novo Horizonte hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His dog chased the ambulance to the hospital, and waited outside the entrance. The man soon died of his injuries, but the dog remained for more than four months, waiting for his man to come out the door. Local lawyer Cristine Sardella asked about the dog's story and posted it to Facebook. The Dodo contacted her.  

Hospital staff have been providing food and water for the dog since then, but Sardella hoped more could be done to help him. Having taken in two dogs already, she's unable to provide a home for him herself, so she decided instead to spread the word on social media. The response was overwhelming.

Shortly after, a local rescuer picked up the dog and carried him to a kennel while arrangements were made to find him a forever home. But before that happened, he escaped.

"He fled across the city," Sardella said. "He walked over 3 kilometers and returned to the hospital."

Read more of the dog's story at The Dodo. That article is from Thursday. Since then, Sardella has posted happy news. A Google translation of the linked article says,

Before adoption, the animal was taken to a veterinary clinic by Marco Antônio Rodrigues, who learned of the situation and decided to rescue him.

"He stood at the hospital door every day, but the important thing is that the hospital staff gave him support. Most of the time people drive the animal out. I hope he can now have a happy life with these new owners, "he says.

At the clinic, Champion went through treatment, showered and put the vaccines up. The man who paid the expenses was a woman who was also sensitized by his fidelity.

In an interview with G1 , the new owner, Leticia Fatima Nawas Botoluci, 30, who works at the hospital, said she chose the name because she considered him a winner.

The image at Mundo Pet shows Champion looking much better. -via reddit

(Image credit: Cristine Sardella)

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Bentley Does His Business

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Bentley the goldendoodle is a good boy. He always goes outside to pee. But I think he has some security issues about it. He always takes a toy with him. Or a towel, a blanket, or something that will give him a little comfort and courage. Maybe it's his "buddy system." Or maybe it's just a habit. Anyway, his human, Kelly Brown, made this compilation video of the various things Bentley takes on his trips outside. You can see more of Bentley at Instagram. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Dog The Munchkin Cat Likes To Wear Costumes

Cats look comically cool in costumes yet have a hard time keeping their cool while dressed up, but some kitties actually seem to enjoy wearing costumes, like this adorable Scottish fold munchkin cat named "Dog".

A post shared by Cho (@dog1501) on Jan 11, 2018 at 3:28am PST

Dog genuinely likes wearing the costumes his owner Lê Quoc Phong puts on him, and because of his mellow mood and snazzy outfits Dog is able to go to work with fish vendor Lê and help him bring in customers.

A post shared by Cho (@dog1501) on Sep 21, 2017 at 6:22pm PDT

Even though he has an ironic name Dog is one cool cat, and according to Lê  he's the kinda cat who gets around town:

Dog feels very cosy [in these costumes] and can walk normally. …Dog loves ice cream, traveling and sleeping. He also has a lot of girlfriends and a lot of children in the country.

A post shared by Cho (@dog1501) on Feb 26, 2017 at 1:09am PST

-Via Laughing Squid

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After the Vet

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Cats and dogs are often high on life, but that is nothing compared to being high on drugs. It's nice to be able to laugh at goofy pictures of cats and dogs, and also know that they are okay, and even under a doctor's supervision.

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The Mind Circle compiled a bunch of pet pictures taken during or after a veterinary visit. Some are sedated, some are angry, but all are adorable in their own way. -via Metafilter

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Cat Goes Ice Fishing

A young cat has discovered a miracle in winter time. He can walk on water! The ice-covered pond lets him get really close to those tempting, wriggly fishies!

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The problem is, he got his sporting activites mixed up. He thought he was fishing, but he's really ice skating! He's about as good at it as I am. -via reddit

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A Quartet Of Pigs And A Pug Ride Around In A Red Shopping Cart

Pigs will eat practically any type of food you put in their trough, and even though vegans hate to hear this pigs will even eat pork, or any kind of meat for that matter, without hesitation or a second thought.

That's why pigs don't make very good shopping partners when you're heading to the grocery store, and if you don't hook them up with snacks the whole time they're in the store they will start to squeal.

But Priscilla and Poppleton aren't your average porcine shoppers, and when their human takes them to the store along with their two piggy partners and Pigtail the pug they stay on their best behavior- even though that food smells really good.

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Priscilla, Poppleton and Pigtail do all kinds of stuff together, like riding around in a wagon and hanging out by the swimming pool, and the quartet plus one will even take a bath together when they start to smell a bit ripe.

A post shared by Prissy and Pop (@prissy_pig) on Sep 5, 2017 at 7:26am PDT

-Via Laughing Squid

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Get Happy By Watching This Video Of A Puppy Discovering Snow

Seeing snow fall for the first time generally blows a child's mind, and adults who have never seen flakes of snow fall from the sky are often quite tripped out by the experience as well.

However, no human can ever know how mind blowing it must be for a puppy to see snow fall for the first time, nor will we ever experience the pleasure of leaping into the air and snapping at snowflakes with our maws.

But watching this video of a 4-month-old English Springer Spaniel from Wales leaping around catching snowflakes in mid-air will give you some idea of how amazing snowfall seems to a tiny puppy's brain!

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Six Boxes, Seven Cats

The premise is right in the title. This is an elaborate cat trap, situated so that the feline stars will be facing the camera. The first cat gets his choice of box, and the rest can select from the leftovers. I like the little glance the sixth cat gave to the camera as he was deciding to double up on the lower tier instead of jumping to the higher tier. The seventh cat, who should be named Groucho, will learn that snoozing means losing.

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The Shironeko cats (previously at Neatorama) are really into boxes as well as baskets. You can see them on the Kagonekoshiro blog or at their YouTube channel. -via Metafilter

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Dachshund Negotiates a Maze

Chobi is a long-haired dachshund just trying to get through this water bottle maze his human left in the hallway. When he comes to a part he's not so sure about, there's a real problem backing up, because his body is too long to just turn around!

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What's amazing is how this little doggo even tries to get through without toppling the bottles. My dog would just crash through without a thought, while Chobi honestly looks sad about the few he accidentally knocked over. Luckily, the next maze was easier.

You can see more of Chobi at Instagram. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Jasmine, The Scared Rescue Dog Who Became A Brave Animal Ambassador

Rescue dogs often have a hard time trusting humans after their harrowing experience, which makes their story that much sadder when shared with other dog lovers.

But Jasmine the Greyhound's story only started out sad, and once she was rescued from her garden shed prison cell she found a new home at a wildlife sanctuary.

There Jasmine discovered she had a gift for calming other rescued animals and making them feel safe, so she became a brave animal ambassador and healer who never turned away a fellow animal in need.

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JASMINE is a sweet story of hope and redemption animated by Feeln that'll definitely give animal lovers all the warm, fuzzy feels, and it might just inspire you to get out there and adopt a new best friend from your local animal shelter!

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Lucas the Spider and the Polar Bear

In the latest episode Lucas the Spider, the adorable little arachnid discovers a huge creature living in his house. He doesn't know what it is, but suspects it may be a polar bear. Is he afraid of it? Not nearly enough.

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This video has a guest star, Dexter, who animator Joshua Slice assures us is spider-friendly. -via Tastefully Offensive

See more of Lucas the Spider.

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Dog Builds a Snowman

When the snow conditions are just right, the classic way to build a snowman is to roll up a ball of snow, and then another, like the video game Katamari Damacy. YouTuber ImDranzR caught his border collie doing just that a couple of weeks ago.  

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Don't even know how he got it started, nobody but him and my other dog been in the back garden

Border collies are smart. I bet he saw someone do this on TV. But he's not really thinking of a snowman; he's just excited to have a big ball to play with! I sure wish we'd caught the beginning of this adventure. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Fennec Fox And Cat Are Best Of Friends

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Kuzma the Fennec fox and Zima the cat live together in Moscow. Kuzma is small, energetic, and has a little trouble with the slippery floor. Zima is relatively calm and placid, but he does enjoy playing with his fox friend. And in the end, he's bigger and will get his way! -via Tastefully Offensive

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This Man Loves His Dog

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It's a wet day in Davao City, Philippines, and this elderly man is at the market with his dog. Before taking off on his bike, he lovingly tends to the pooch, to make sure he stays dry all through the ride. The dog would probably be okay with getting wet, but he allows himself to be pampered, because he loves his man, too. Besides, neither of them wants to smell a wet dog. -via reddit

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Puffy, the Hypnotist Cat

In 1945, the American Feline Society bestowed the title of "King of All Cats" to a Persian cat belonging to Arthur Newman. Puffy had a peculiar talent for hypnotizing people, always for benign purposes, after which they felt relaxed and even relieved of headaches. By then, Puffy was credited with hypnotizing over 300 people. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer:    

It was one night last fall that Puffy, then a kitten, first demonstrated his powers. "He was sitting on the end of a night club bar," Newman recalls, his voice becoming hushed, "and a couple of girls came up to pet him. I didn't pay much attention until one of the girls nudged me and whispered, "Look at my friend!'

"Well, sir, that girl was simply out on her feet. It wasn't from drinking, either. I'm something of a hypnotist myself and I quickly realized that she was in a real hypnotic trance, brought on by Puffy's staring into her eyes."

Newman, who had bought Puffy in a pet shop for purposes of demonstrating that people should relax like cats, immediately started training him to stare even more fixedly, with such success that Puffy now can stare Newman down any time.

No one these days is astonished that staring into a cat's eyes can bring relaxation, but Puffy was a sensation. Puffy was honored with articles in several newspapers of the time, and may have been the original therapy cat. Read more about Puffy at Strange Company.

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Why Do Animals Have Such Different Lifespans?

Some pets that seem very similar, like parrots, cockatiels and parakeets, have vastly different lifespans- parrots can live 50 years or more, cockatiels live about half as long and parakeets live about 5-8 years.

So why do animals have such different lifespans? On a base level it has to do with environment and body size, with colder environments slowing down metabolic rates and heartbeats and thereby allow animals to live longer.

But if you dig deeper you'll find that an animal's lifespan is also affected by the mechanics of their cell division- animals that have cells that can divide and are replaced when damaged live longer.

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This TED talk by Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães breaks down all the reasons why animals have such vastly different lifespans, explaining that similar animals age at different rates due to genetic differences, like how their cells respond to threats. So while parakeets don't live long enough to become teenagers cockatoos live long enough to join AARP!

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Poignant Portraits Of Endangered Animals

It's hard for some people to understand the value of an animal's life until they come face to face with that animal, because the animals they encounter in the human world are either pets or pests.

Because of this detachment from nature many humans have a hard time caring about the fact that certain animal species are endangered or going extinct, like the Shoebill (only 5-8,000 in the wild) and the Saiga (critically endangered) above.

And look at how handsome this Iberian Lynx is, can you believe there are only 326 of them left in the wild?

British photographer Tim Flach felt seeing a portrait of these disappearing species might be just the thing to make people care, so he spent two years taking perfectly poignant portraits of the world's endangered species.

Look these Ring-Tailed Lemurs (pop. 2000 as of 2017) in the eyes and tell them you don't care if they live or die or disappear from the planet entirely. Go on, I'll wait...

Couldn't do it, could ya?! Check out the rest of Tim's series Endangered at his site and you'll see dozens more reasons to care about the plight of endangered animals like these poor White-Bellied Pangolins, current population unknown.

See Photographer Spends Years Taking Photos Of Endangered Animals, They're Heartbreakingly Beautiful here

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A Reptile Dysfunction

Meowsondeck posted a picture of a friend's cat that had been playing with a lizard. I believe the lizard won that game. SchnoodleDoodleDo had to write a poem about it

my name is cat

i play wif liz

i don tink he

knoze wat fun is -

you bite my lip

il getchu back

n eatchu for

a little schmack

don test my skills

i fas n punctual

how qwik youl be

a reptile disfunctual

You'll have to forgive her for the lack of capitalization and punctuation. Cats are not good at those things. Of course, she's referencing an earlier meme.

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A Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog

You might fall in love with pictures of a certain breed of dog and get it in your head that you want one of those. But do you know what that really entails? Personality matters more than over the long run, and adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. That said, most mutts are pretty sweet and normal, even though they each have their own personality. But if you are pining for a particular breed, you need to be informed about what you are in for. Comic artist Grace Gogarty, who goes by little tunny on her Tumblr blog, captures what these breeds are generally like in hilarious cartoon form.   

See a gallery of 24 different breeds, illustrated, at Bored Panda. See more of little tunny's work at Instagram.

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The Wiener 500

You've seen wiener dog racing, but you've never seen it like this! The Daytona 500 race is coming up, and the dachshunds Crusoe and Oakley are getting into the spirit. Watch them race around in their little wiener dog cars!

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See more of Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund in previous posts. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Cats Destroying Everything That Gets In Their Way

Dogs can destroy tough stuff like boots, furniture and wooden fences in no time flat, but dogs usually destroy in short bursts unlike cats, who usually like to go slow and shred stuff over time.

Cats also normally like to hide the destruction from their humans so they don't get in trouble, but when kittehs stop caring about what their humans think they go paws to the wall and act like little furry wrecking balls.

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This hilarious compilation by Tiger Productions reminds us our stuff is only in one piece because our cats haven't decided to destroy it yet, so be kind to your kitty and make with the treats...or else!

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