Can You Tell the Difference Between These Commonly Mistaken Animals?

Can you tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? How about a leopard and a cheetah? Do you know if the animal above is a llama or an alpaca? This Buzzfeed quiz tests your animal knowledge by asking you to do exactly those things. I'm a pretty big animal nerd and I only got 7 out of 10, so don't expect the test to be easy.

So test your animal identification skills here.


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Man Gives Street Dog Some Food, Which She Takes Home To Her Puppies

It's hard to say no to a stray dog begging for food on the city streets, and even though people can come up with all kinds of reasons why they shouldn't give a buck to a homeless person they can't deny a stray dog if they're animal lovers.

And, as the guy who shot this video in Bangkok, Thailand discovered, sometimes donating food to a stray means you're helping feed her family of pups as well, which we can all agree is a win-win-winwinwinwin situation!

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Why Do Cats Like Catnip?

Cats love catnip, and we love to watch cats react to catnip. It has no lasting effect on them, and they aren't operating heavy machinery anyway, so what's the harm? Simon Whistler from Today I Found Out takes a deeper look into what catnip does.

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The key ingredient is nepetalactone. That's a new one on me. It's a kind of cat pheromone, which only makes you appreciate how nature has given a gift to cats in plant form. -via Laughing Squid


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Say "Hello" to the New World's Tallest Dog

Freddy was the runt of the litter when he was born, but he's certainly grown up since then. In fact, now he's the world's tallest dog -when he stands up on his back legs, he measures a whopping 7'5" tall! Guinness announced their new record holder in late December.

Anyone interested in keeping tabs on the pooch can now follow him on his Instagram page

Via Huffington Post


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Photos Of Pets Before And After Being Praised

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Some people believe their dogs understand everything they say, while others claim dogs only understand facial expressions and emotional responses, but most animal behaviorists agree the truth is a combination of the two.

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Dogs can understand words their humans say to them repeatedly, and they begin to associate things like mealtime, praise and admonishment with those words, the most popular being the praise "good dog".

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Redditor JavaReallySucks posted a pic of his adorable dog before and after being called a good boy, to illustrate the way his dog's face lights up after being praised by his master.

The photographic exercise seemed like fun so others took to shooting before and after praise pics of their pets, which worked really well with the dogs while the cats continued to not give a crap one way or the other.

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See People Are Posting Pics Of Their Animals Before & After Being Called A Good Boy here


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The Cat That Thinks Its A Husky

Back in 2014 we featured a husky that was raised around cats and thus, thought it was a cat, but as it turns out, we now know the opposite can be true too. Meet Rosie, a cat that was abandoned at only three weeks old and raised in a home with a surrogate mother husky who happens to be good friends with a few other huskies who live in the neighborhood. The kitty survived thanks to its surrogate family, but Rosie never learned what it's like to be a cat. Instead, she thinks she's just a slightly smaller dog.

Like her dog buddies, Rosie likes to go hiking, swimming, kayaking and more -basically whatever her humans and dog friends are up to, she wants to be a part of it. 

You can keep up on this cute kitty's adventures, and those of her friends, over on Instagram.

Via Life Daily


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Thermal Cats

I have a large tomcat who sleeps  on my side of the bed. When I have to move him to get some sleep myself, he's warmed a fairly large spot. Filmed with a thermal camera, you can see how much heat a cat generates. These two cats, Lekki and Leo, even leave a little heat behind when they touch something. They also love to play with warm water. One has a cold nose.

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Lauri and Anni Vuohensilta from Tampere, Finland, launched a new YouTube channel called Thermal Guys. They are asking for suggestions on what would look good filmed through a thermal camera. They are also the couple behind the very popular the Hydraulic Press Channel. -via Metafilter


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Watch This Panda Play With His New Snowy Friend

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Da Mao is a panda at the Toronto Zoo. Earlier this month, he got a snowman in his enclosure. Maybe he has some rage issues, because Da Mao's immediate response was to start ripping his face off, climbing on him and kicking his head off. One thing's for sure -he had a great time with his snowy new roommate.

Via Incredible Things


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The Dogs of 2016

In 2016, as in every other year, dogs were ready to bring us joy. The folks at We Rate Dogs put together a compilation of the most adorable dog videos of the year.

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Those are good dogs. The song is "Center of Gravity" by Brazen Youth. -via Tastefully Offensive


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This Bunny Sees the Benefit In Arcade Games

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If you can teach a dog to drive a car or fly a plane, is it really that ambitious to teach a bunny to operate an arcade game? Bini the Bunny's owner thought to fill up an arcade game with healthy snacks and let Bini test his skills on the machine -and the bunny took to it pretty quickly. As long as he gets his treats, Bini is content.


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Ring in 2017 With the New Year's Dog

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Are you counting the minutes or even seconds until the clock strikes midnight? Then you won't want to miss this adorable human-armed pup celebrating the turn of th new year. He enjoys sparklers, counting down on the clock and drinking champagne, so it's a pretty traditional NYE celebration -other than the fact that he's a man-dog and all.

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Here it is, Your Puppy Moment of Zen

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Sometimes you need a little break from this world. When you need to relax and be distracted from whatever's bothering you, you might just want to bookmark this video. Watching this little pooch go to his happy place is entirely too satisfying. 

Personally, I'll want to watch this the most just after giving my dog a bath -aka fighting and freezing for twenty minutes.

Via Elite Daily


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This Dog Ate His Family's Entire Christmas Turkey

Most pet owners have had their dog (or cat) eat something they weren't supposed to, but while gluttonous nous pets are common, few are brave or foolish enough to eat a whole turkey. But this little tiny dog did just that this Christmas and you can pretty much see the bird sitting inside of her in the pictures. 

According to his owners, the little thief couldn't even move after the fact. Still, the look on her face says it was totally worth it.

Technically, she did leave her family a little something. Luckily, they were able to get relatives to bring another turkey so they didn't have to fight over this little slobber-covered scrap.

Owner David Barrett says the dog, Bubba, will be going on a much-needed diet in the New Year.

Via Bored Panda


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A Day In The Life Of A Dog Mom

Dog owners aren't really all that different than cat owners, but they definitely have a different kind of relationship with their pet.

Cats tend to act aloof and treat their humans like house guests, but most dogs will happily follow their human around all day long, watching their human do stuff while seeking attention, approval and a snack.

This pack dynamic makes for a strong bond between dogs and their doggy mommies and daddies, and yet it's hard to describe what it's like to live with a furry friend who sees you as the center of their world.

But illustrator Natalie Marion does a great job of capturing the feeling of being a doggy mom in this comic strip she created for Barkpost because the strip is based on her own experiences with her furry friend:

“By day, I spin plates and manage projects in GTB’s award-winning design studio The Park. By night, I illustrate and document our world.”

See These Charming Illustrations Capture A Day In The Life Of A Dog Mom here


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Dog Protects Little Girl Lost In The Forest For 11 Days

When a 4-year-old goes missing it's crucial to find the child within the first 48 hours, because they know from experience that a young child would have a hard time surviving outdoors that long without help.

So when little Karina Chikitova wandered into a forest in Siberia and got lost her family panicked, and when the hundreds of people searching for her had yet to locate her a week later they began to give up hope.

But Karina was lucky because her dog Kyrachaan had gone with her, and Kyrachaan was able to help Karina stay warm at night and defend her from wolves and bears in the forest until help arrived.

Eleven days after her disappearance Kyrachaan showed up in the village and pointed rescuers in the right direction, and four miles from the village in the tall grass they found Karina. 

Karina had survived by eating berries, and had a few scrapes and bug bites but no major injuries, and the first thing she said when she saw Kyrachaan again- "Why did you leave me?"

Read Dog Protects Girl Lost In Forest For 11 Days here


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The Cutest Animal Moments of 2016

2016 was full of terrible celebrity deaths and ugly politics and most people seem to agree that it was a pretty awful year overall. But not everything was the worst -Distractify collected the best cute animal photos of the year.

While most lists compiling what happened in 2016 show us things we wanna forget about this year, this one is a great reminder of the good things in this world.

Even if 2017 is just as terrible as this past year, bookmarking this list is a good way to cheer yourself up when everything is just plain awful.


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This Dad Gave The Neighborhood Squirrels Wrapped Presents For Christmas

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Squirrels don't know about Santa or Christmas or that it's better to give than receive, and they don't get to experience acts of human kindness as often as they should so they can get a bit skittish around people.

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But something tells me the neighborhood squirrels are willing and eager to visit Twitter user @SHESAMERICVN's house on Christmas- because her dad gives out wrapped chestnuts.

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Wrapping little presents for squirrels may seem a bit nutty to some, but to me it seems like the perfect opportunity to shoot a hilarious video for AFV!

-Via I Can Has Cheezburger?


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Cozy Creative Cat Caves

Ukrainian artist Yuliya Kosata makes felted toys and rugs and whimsical cat caves that will bring a bit of fantasy to your living room. Since they are felted, your cat will enjoy sinking his claws into it as much as hiding inside.

All products are made by hand, with the soul, in order to please you, your children and pets.

See the half-dozen felted cat caves (and other products) Kosata has available at her Etsy shop FeltField. -via Boing Boing


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Lounging by the Fire

Four cats and two dogs snuggle together peacefully in front of a warm fire. Can life get any better? Well, yes it does. The title of this video is "The end is worth the wait!" because something does happen.

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The four kittens -Cera, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike- are being fostered for Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue (VOKRA), but they've already learned the important parts of human language. You can see more of these cats and dogs at beanthechiweenie's Instagram gallery.  -via Laughing Squid


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What Happens When You Tickle A Rat?

Rats are used for all kinds of scientific experimentation, and many rats have given their lives so that scientists can figure out how to cure diseases, test theories and generally help mankind live longer and better.

But the rat in this video posted by National Geographic hit the jackpot, because he's the subject of an experiment on tickling!

Researchers at The Humboldt University of Berlin discovered rats vocally express enjoyment when they're tickled, just like humans do, and they like tickling so much they come back for more.

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This Marble-Colored Cat Used to Be Solid Black

Scrappy has an utterly amazing coat, but he wasn't born with those unique black and white markings. In fact, this nineteen year old cat was actually black at birth. It wasn't until he was around seven that his fur started to develop white spots -and it never stopped.

Eventually, her owners discovered that he has vitiligo, the same condition Michael Jackson suffered from. Vitiligo usually gives humans patches in their skin color, but it can also change hair color, the color of tissues inside the mouth and eye color. While it's most common in humans, dogs, cats and even buffalo have been diagnosed with the condition. 

Other than being a fairly old kitty and having a condition that gives him an incredible coat, Scrappy is a healthy, happy kitty and his Facebook and Instagram pictures are a testiment to his wonderful quality of life.

Via Mother Nature Network


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Woman Needed A Hiking Buddy So She Brought Her Pet Bunny

A nature lover can get mighty lonely while out hiking, so most people who regularly hit the trails seek out a hiking buddy to come along for the walk.

But unfortunately named Imgur user bunnyfornicater couldn't find a human to go hiking with her- so she brought a fluffy little bunny named Sir Quincey Isenhopper along instead.

Hiking doesn't seem like a bunny friendly activity, but Sir Quincey seems to genuinely enjoy being outdoors with his human, and she makes sure the cute little guy is comfortable and safe while they explore the wilds together

Commenters have pointed out that birds of prey might want to snack on poor Sir Quincey, and the pic at the top of the post was captioned "30 miles and 5 attempted eagle swoops later we made it home safely".

But it seems like Sir Quincey's human has enough outdoor experience to keep his little fluffy butt out of harm's way.

-Via Bored Panda


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This Boxer is Having None of Your Santa BS

I can't tell you if Santa gave him a lump of coal or if he just can't stand Santa's stupid dance, but this Boxer does not like this Santa doll. He may be naughty, but Santa better get him the pooch whole wish list next year or he'd better watch his back. 


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The World's Most Adorable Army

Watch as redditor Adamjeter addresses his troops. They hang on his every word …just in case he might actually pull some food out of his sleeve. This scene was recorded at Zao Fox Village in Japan, and the foxes are showing off their warm winter coats. They are cute, but some people looking at this picture were distracted by the moon on the horizon.


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Let's Hope Your Holidays Leave You Feeling This Relaxed

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It doesn't matter what you celebrate, the holidays can be a stressful time. A nice massage can really help you destress, but if you don't have the time or money, perhaps this video of a hedgehog enjoying a massage can help relax you instead. May your post-holiday decompression leave you feeling this chill. 

Via Incredible Things


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Trail Cam Photos Reveal What Wild Animals Do When Humans Aren't Around

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Trail cameras are set up to give rangers and scientists a way to track animal movement in the area or spot a rare and reclusive species, but they also give us a glimpse at how animals act when they know no humans are around.

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Most critters can hear a human coming a mile away, which keeps them off the trails and away from danger, but when the coast is clear the deer get to dancin'.

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Because critters let their carefree personalities shine through when there's no present danger, going from well mannered mammals to fish sucking savages.

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See 25 Animal Trail Cam Photos Reveal What They're Secretly Up To here


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Colo, The World's Oldest Gorilla, Just Turned 60

The lifespan of gorillas ranges from about 30-40, so when Colo celebrated her 60th birthday yesterday, it was kind of a big deal. The western lowland gorilla was actually the first gorilla born in human care all the way back in 1956.

When she was born, keepers knew little about the animal's pregnancy so she was born weeks earlier than expected. She was abandoned by her mom at birth, so keepers learned a lot about gorillas as they had to raise her by hand. Between giving birth to three babies and teaching keepers about gorillas' lifespan, she has helped gorilla conservation efforts considerably.

If you want to see Colo in person, you can visit her at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio and if you want to learn more about her, you can read about her at Yahoo.


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Cat-Proof Christmas Trees

Chris Poole celebrates Christmas with his cats Cole and Marmalade, and comes up with a list of alternative Christmas trees that the cats won't destroy. One solution to the cats vs. tree problem is to give in and create a tree they can destroy, made of boxes covered with Christmas wrap. That is awesome. But it's not cat-proof, just a way of catering to them.

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It's too late for you to take most of these ideas for a Christmas tree substitute, but that's not really the point. It's a nice visit to two cats enjoying Christmas to the max. -via Uproxx


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Nobody Wins In An Octopus Vs Eel Vs Human Fight

Humans should know better than to get involved in a fight between any wild animals, but an eel vs octopus battle sounds like something even sharks would avoid at all cost!

When snorkelers in Hanauma Bay, Oahu came across an underwater scrap between an aggressive moray eel and an octopus they stuck around and filmed the fight, but then the eel set its sights on the cameraman...

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National Geographic shared the video online and asked marine biologist George Burgess from the Florida Museum of Natural History for his reactions to the video, which can be summed up in one quote- never piss off a moray eel.

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What To Do If Attacked By A Mountain Lion

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Mountain lion attacks seem like something people who live near the wildcat's natural kingdom would have to deal with on a regular basis, but cougar attacks are extremely rare- there have been fewer than 100 attacks on humans in the western U.S. since 1890

But like many survival tips knowing what to do if attacked by a mountain lion is valuable advice you hope you'll never need but you'll be glad to know if you find yourself facing a cougar attack.

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First and foremost you shouldn't run away, because running will only trigger the animal's predatory instincts and make you look like prey.

You're better off standing your ground, making lots of noise and trying to look intimidating, preferably with a big stick or whatever weapon you have on hand.

And if the cougar attacks fight back, because their self preservation instinct is likely to kick in and send them running back to the hills they came from!

-Via Travel and Leisure


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