Behold this well-dressed goat of Jaipur, india, showing off his sartorial flair! Brooklyn-based artist Alexander Gorlizki works in Jaipur, and has taken photographs of many goats wearing sweaters and other pieces of clothing. Why? To stay warm! Most of the photos were taken in winter, and an extra layer of warmth helps the goats keep their body weight up ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, when they will become dinner. See a collection of goats dressed for winter at Modern Farmer.
I had the darnedest time trying to get my dog to sit, let alone teach him to balance things on his head. But I suppose once you teach your dog that, it's only one more step to get them to balance bigger and heavier items.
And when it comes to bigger, heavier item balancing, it's hard to beat Scout. He can balance just about anything on his head -even himself.
I don't know many humans who could keep this still with a flower vase on their head.
Of course, some things are harder to balance than others, at least, when it comes to trying not to eat delicious bacon.
Via Bored Panda
Patch is his name, but everyone calls him Adolf these days. At only seven weeks old, the French bulldog-shih tzu cross is white with black patches in all the right places: a short mustache under his black nose and a off-center mop on his head. Lynda Whitehead of York, England, is raising Patch and his two brothers.
Lynda said: “He’s my grandson’s dog, and none of us noticed the likeness until we put a photo on Facebook. When my eldest daughter saw it she said ‘You’ve got a little Hitler there’.
“Although he’s called Patch, everybody calls him Adolf now. My grandsons are the worst for doing the goosestep when the puppy’s around.”
Patch’s mother, Betty, a French bulldog, and father Teddy, a shih tzu, both belong to Lynda’s daughter Clare, and Patch now belongs to Clare’s 17-year-old son, Dan.
The three puppies in the litter are being reared at Lynda’s home until they reach 12 weeks old after Betty rejected her pups.
You might recall how you laughed at Dansons la Capucine, the video of two cats playing pat-a-cake in French. This video is from the same French overdubber, Parole de Chat. He offers a "scientific" classification of the reaction cats have to seeing their reflection in a mirror. If you don't understand French, you'll be kept busy switching from watching the funny cats to keeping up with the captions, but the effort will be worth it. Watch it twice if necessary. -via Metafilter
Make sure to watch this video with your sound on or you'll be missing half the fun.
Everyone wants to play here and there, but sometimes it gets a little too hard. In the meanwhile, we can all enjoy the puppy's adorable little squeaks even if they are simply whines because he doesn't want to play anymore.
Of course, this kitty just might be sorry when the little puppy grows up and has learned from the kitty that "no" doesn't mean "no" when it comes to ending play time.
Via Laughing Squid
Oh yes, the job of a videographer for a feature film is a prestigious job, but it comes with hazards unique to each situation. While filming footage for the documentary The Adventures of the Penguin King on South Georgia Island, a group of huge elephant seals decided to sit on one guy's tent. That's not a hospitable place to be homeless! -via Tastefully Offensive
Nose-vember is almost at its end, but we still have a good week left to enjoy adorable animal noses before they're all gone, so with that in mind, it's time for another fun critter poll. So who has the cutest nose in the animal kingdom?
The Pinocchio Lizard
Image Via Cute Overload
Image Via Ianchongzi [Flickr]
Pig Nose Turtle
Image Via Rachid H [Flickr]
Image Via photon_de [Flickr]
Image Via 4Neus [Flickr]
Image Via morgangilnes [Flickr]
Image Via Astrid Kopp [Flickr]
Pugs (or Just Dogs in General)
Image Via *Claudie [Flickr]
Image Via synx508 [Flickr]
Image Via Gustavo Duran [Flickr]
Of course, if there are any you think I left off the list, please share your opinion in the comments.
Not long ago, we showed you National Geographic's experience with taking pictures of lions with a remote-control robot camera. This is a different story, in a different country, in which we get to see what goes on behind the scenes. Photographer Chris McLennan and engineer Carl Hansen fashioned a robot camera to take close up photographs of lions in Botswana. The lions acted just as your house cats do when confronted by a novel toy moving seemingly on its own. The video was shot from a safe distance, but did they get the close up pictures they wanted? You betcha! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Disability assistance dogs have been trained to strip beds, help a person with dressing and undressing, and even loading washing machines. Now they can even turn the machine on! Woof to Wash is an invention by John Middleton of UJ laundry company JTM, unlocks by a foot pad and activates with a "woof."
Clients aided by the Jessops Riverside based Support Dogs charity – which provides canine assistants for people with disabilities, epileptics and children with autism – will now be able to benefit from the invention.
Two-year-old golden labrador Duffy did the honours of demonstrating at the organisation’s base on Brightside Lane.
A doggy footpad and a microphone system have been added, which recognise a dog’s bark.
That means dogs are able to unlock the machine by pressing the pad with their paw, pull a rope with their mouths to open the machine, close the machine again with their nose, then activate the cycle by barking.
Measured amounts of detergent are automatically added from a storage bottle on the machine.
The Woof to Wash machines will be manufactured by appliance company Miele. Now the only thing left to do is to get dogs to hang and fold shirts properly. -via Arbroath
Putting animals in human clothing has been a source of humor for …well, a long time. We really don't know who thought of it first, but as soon as photography got to the point that you didn't have to hold a camera's shutter open for a long time, such shenanigans have left evidence behind. io9 has a collection of 50 photos of dogs and cats dressed in clothing or otherwise put into human situations. The dog pictured above was a celebrity of 1903 named Bud.
The physician Horatio Nelson Jackson and his friend Sewall K. Crocker were the first people to drive an automobile across America. It took sixty-three days to drive from San Francisco to New York City. Somewhere in Ohio they obtained a Pit Bull named Bud.
He looks fetching in his driving goggles, doesn't he? Besides the 50 photographs by such notables as Harry Wittier Frees, Harry Pointer, and Leslie Jones, there's a video and some gifs from the Dogville Shorts. -via mental_floss
One of the worst things about having a pet is having to let go of it when it gets old or sick. These creatures are our best friends and some of the only creatures in this world who truly do love us unconditionally and saying goodbye is never easy. But the memories we are left with make it worth coping with the painful end.
Photographer Sarah Ernhart has captured a variety of images of dpgs spending their final days with their loving humans and while heart-breaking, the series is simply beautiful. It really captures the friendship and love between people and their pets.
Having just put down my best friend earlier this month, I found it particularly touching to see this lovely photo series. So if viewing the images makes you cry, know that you're not alone. And on a final note, rest in peace my wonderful Percy.
An Englewood, Colorado, student named Payton built a volcano as a school project. It was made of chocolate candy pinned to a foam base. Her dog Reggie couldn't resist, and ate the whole thing. Reggie was taken to a veterinary hospital, where x-rays showed 50 pins in the dog's gut! Many were retrieved endoscopically, but Reggie underwent surgery to remove the last few pins. Reggie has since recovered completely. Payton showed her teacher the x-ray to explain why her assignment wasn't done on time.
The science assignment has been redone and handed in for credit.
“I completely redid the project with glue the second time.”
Reggie and Payton received high praise for their first scientific endeavor.
“I got an ‘A.’ “
What's the turkey say? Apparently, meowbble and goof according to this fun Foodbeast article filled with all kinds of cats and dogs all decked out in their best turkey costumes. If you still haven't started feeling the vibe of Thanksgiving happiness permeating the air, this list will certainly help get you in the Turkey Day spirit.
Of course, this article might not get you ready for the physical demands of the food consumption required or even peak your appetite towards that purpose, but don't worry, we'll keep posting delicious food posts up until Thanksgiving so we have you covered there too.
Redditor sarcasticflower's grandma was in the hospital with a broken hip, and her cat Vincent visited her every day. I can imagine the logistics involved in such a caper, as I have snuck cats into hospitals before, just not as a daily thing. But you can see from the picture that it's worth the trouble.
This is only one of many stories of the love between people and cats. You'll see cats showing their devotion to more elderly folks, prison inmates, babies, and all kinds of people in the post 38 Pictures That Prove Cats Have Hearts Of Gold at Buzzfeed.
This is one of the strangest animal videos that I've ever seen.
My first thought was that the Australian magpie in this video is badly injured--that it can't escape the dog. But no: the bird can walk and fly easily. It keeps returning to the dog to play and cuddle with him. Then at 3:10, it gets involved with the human's laundry work.
-via David Thompson
Fifteen-year-old Jamie Gallacher took his first scuba dive off the Isle of Wight and attracted a curious grey seal. The seal just came up and wrapped its fins around Jamie's fins! Did it want to make friends or what? Jamie saw those teeth and didn't want the seal to get too close! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Marcos Carramao de Farias spotted a baby dolphin trapped in a plastic bag off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil, while fishing one day. He and a fellow fisherman helped free the dolphin and return it to the ocean. The baby dolphin then did a little happy "thank you" dance in the water that will warm your heart!
Via The Daily What
A new study from the University of Tokyo sheds some light on cat's understanding of the human voice. A team led by Atsuko Saito studied 20 house cats over eight months in their natural habitat: at home with their owners. They found that 50 to 70 percent of cats would turn their heads when they heard a human voice, regardless of who it was. Their reaction was more intense if the voice was their owner's. This shows that cats do recognize their owner's voice. However, only 10 percent of the cats gave the feline version of a reply: by meowing or moving their tails. Apparently, cats mostly choose to ignore what they hear.
There's nothing like a great photobomb -especially when it features an adorable animal. Pets Lady has a great collection of ten animal photobombs including some of the most famous ones ever taken. But don't worry, there's almost certainly some great ones you haven't seen before on the page.
Of course, that also means that many popular animal photobombs you probably enjoy won't be on the list. My personal favorite, the one above, is nowhere to be seen on the list, but that doesn't make their collection of photobombs any less fantastic.
Jeffrey is blind in his left eye and mostly blind in his right. But his brother and best friend Jermaine can see clearly. So Jermaine guides his brother around and looks out for him.
Both of them need a family. Jeffrey and Jermaine live at Operation Ava, a no-kill animal shelter in Philadelphia. To encourage some caring humans to step forward, Operation Ava hired Engagement Studios to produce this film about the pair.
Now here’s some great news: it didn’t take long for this video to produce a response. Many people turned in applications to adopt Jeffrey and Jermaine. The shelter staff is now reviewing them and checking references before deciding where the dogs will go.
-via 22 Words
We've seen a couple of videos of Clara the Irish cat and her brood of kittens and adopted ducklings. In this clip from the BBC show Animal Odd Couples, we get a little backstory of the day Clara found the ducklings and took them on as her own. It's not certain that the cat would have eaten the ducklings under any other circumstance -after all, well fed barn cats learn not to eat the livestock and poultry if they know what's good for them. Still, we can't get enough adorable tales of animal adoption. -via Viral Viral Videos
Finally, a meaty burger with a bite. Just kidding. This delicious burger may be a feast for the eyes, but not for your tummy. If you're looking for a tasty treat for your favorite turtle, head over to the Etsy shop of Katie Bradley and grab this burger cozie. Of course, if you prefer tacos, crab, apples or other foods, she still has you covered no matter what your culinary preferences.
If you're looking for something a little more seasonal, Katie also sells roast turkey, reindeer and Santa hat kozies. She also sells birthday cake outfits so you can help your little turtle celebrate his or her many birthdays in style.
Via Serious Eats
You've seen sushi cats, but you haven't lived the sushi cat life. This song gives you a brief glimpse into the life of the world's most adventurous animal. It isn't easy to be a sushi cat, but those who are never face a dull moment. Harken to their ballad by Tange and Nakimushi.
-via American Digest
Sometimes I think that I have my errands mapped out to the utmost efficiency, and then I'll have to backtrack across town because a kid needs a ride. But even without that, I probably could have found a more efficient route to all the places I needed to go -if I were as smart as a bumblebee. They do this every day, as a natural part of their lives.
Pretend it’s the weekend, and it’s time to do errands. You have to visit six stores and they’re all at six separate locations. What’s the shortest distance you can travel while visiting all six? Mathematicians call this “traveling salesman problem,” and it can even stump some computers. But for bumblebees, it’s a snap. Researchers at Royal Holloway University in London found that bumblebees fly the shortest route possible between flowers. So far, they’re the only animals known to solve the problem.
But that's just the beginning of the superpowers exhibited by bees. The fact that they pollinate crops and make honey already has bees at the top of the "most admired insects" list, but there's more to bees you should know. Read those things in the article 13 Fascinating Facts About Bees at mental_floss.
(Image credit: Sean)