For at least ten years now, a duck has made her nest in the inner courtyard of Glover Elementary School in Milton, Massachusetts. When the ducklings hatch, the students eagerly watch for her to decide that it’s time to lead them to water, which means they must pass through the building to get outside. This year's event was captured on video.
More than 500 students sat cross-legged in the hallway and on the playground for the annual duck walk. Many of their faces lit up when the mother and her 10 newly hatched ducklings waddled by. The entire episode was documented on video.
Principal Sheila Kukstis said in an interview that the walk is a tradition for the elder duck, as well.
“The mother knows where she’s going because she’s done it before,” she said.
The kindergarten-through-fifth-grade students monitor the family through the spring and summer. -via Atlas Obscura
In this compilation video, cats encounter hairbrushes. They all seem to have the same reaction: “What is that? Get that thing away from me! Kill it! Or at least slap it silly!” My cats would probably have the same reaction, since I don’t use a hair brush, just combs. -via Tastefully Offensive
Kronenbourg 1664, a French beer brand from Alsace, is launching a pop-up bar in London called Bar D'Alsace-tian. It will, appropriately, be staffed by Alsatian dogs. UPI reports:
"We're absolutely delighted to be opening the doors on the world's first bar staffed by dogs," Kronenbourg 1664 brand director Ifeoma Dozie said. "It provides customers with a truly unique experience and is the ideal way for us to bring the 'Alsace-tians' to Kronenbourg fans."
Never mind what you've heard about your cat not actually loving you. This kitten dearly loves her human. When she sees him, she dances with joy! If only all cats had such regard for their bipedal servants.
YouTube user Ekram Cagala spotted this cat in his backyard. He greeted him with a backscratch. The cat's vocal outputs malfunctioned, emitting an odd warbly chirping sound. Like most things cats do, it's weird but adorable.
He was a stray who lived a hard life of fighting other dogs and killing cats on the streets. Then Ed Gernon of Whittier, California rescued him.
Having been rescued, Rex pushed on the cycle of kindness. He brought Gernon's attention to a sick hummingbird, lying on the ground and covered with ants.
The pair nursed the bird, whom they named Hummer, back to health. Now Hummer lives with Gernon and Rex. She's Rex's constant companion. You can read more about them at CBS News Los Angeles (auto-start video).
Trude's human Kimora Hidetoshi enjoys sharing videos of the strange little bathing owl online so people can see what it's like to have a floating sack of feathers stare at you when you're lying naked in the tub. *shivers*
Viva Frei took his GoPro to a park in Montreal to record the friendly squirrels. One got bold enough to take the camera! The squirrel jumps up in a nearby bush, but when he sees the man coming for his camera, the squirrel takes off and finds a bigger tree.
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Send your pup out with as many advantages as possible.
Etsy seller Lebovski's Cocker Spaniel is ready for anything. He's wearing a suit of aluminum plate and mail armor. It has a ferocious-looking helmet featuring tusks for close-quarters combat. Now he will rule the dogpark with no rival to challenge him.
Neatorama is proud to bring you an excerpt from the new book The True Tails of Baker and Taylor by Jan Louch and Lisa Rogak (previously at Neatorama). It's the true story of two library cats who brought an entire community together beginning in 1983.
It all started with mice in the library.
Assistant librarian Jan Louch and a coworker decided that what the library needed was a cat. Or, even better, two cats. Soon, they found a pair of Scottish Folds who were perfect for the job. Jan named them Baker and Taylor, and they took up residence in the library.
But these cats were much more than mousers. Visitors to the library fell in love with Baker and Taylor and their antics just as Jan had. And then, after Jan let the cats be photographed for a poster, they became feline celebrities. Children from across the country wrote them letters, fans traveled from far and wide to meet them, and they became the most famous library cats in the world.
In The True Tails of Baker and Taylor, Jan Louch looks back and tells the remarkable story of these two marvelous cats and the people―readers, librarians, and cat lovers of all ages―who came together around them.
The patrons who loved Baker and Taylor were a diverse lot. From the young mothers and toddlers who came in for story time to the retired business executives who came in each morning as soon as the doors opened and headed straight for the reading room where they could read the newspaper for an hour or two, a cross-section of the community walked through the door every day, and I loved that about the library.
(Image courtesy of Jan Louch)
In the early afternoon, there was usually a bit of a lull at the library; the patrons who came in the morning and others who returned a few books on their lunch hour were gone. The next rush consisted of the high school kids who would come in to do their homework.
Baker was a people cat – the staff’s nickname for him was “Library Slut.”
A Chihuahua puppy named Bobby was only two days old when his mother was hit by a car and killed. The Michigan Humane Society took him in, but he was so young, what to do? They had a cat in residence with a litter of young kittens, and they just gave Bobby to her. Gwen the mother cat took to him like he was just another kitten.
A 6-month-old cat named Boots became stuck high in a tree in Melbourne, Australia, early on Wednesday morning. The RSPCA and the local fire brigade declined to help. The cat’s owner couldn’t afford to hire a professional animal rescue service, and the tree branches were too spindly for anyone to climb.
To raise the money needed, neighbor Susie Butler started a Go Fund Me account. The required $205 was raised within a day, and Thursday morning Nigel's Animal Rescue managed to get Boots out of the tree. He had been there over 24 hours by then. You can see video of the rescue operation here. -via Arbroath
The home of police officer Margo Feaser of Longwood, Florida caught on fire on Monday night. Neighbors smashed in windows to give Feaser an escape route from the home, which was rapidly filling with smoke.
Feaser got out, as did her dog and her husband, who promptly collapsed on the front lawn. But their 4 and 2-year old children were still inside.
Maxx, the family's German Shepherd mix, led firefighters back inside to the location of the kids. The entire family, including the dog, suffered severe smoke inhalation. But they're all alive, thanks to Maxx the dog. The Orlando Sentinel quotes Deputy Sheriff Dennis Lemma:
"The family canine was just absolutely remarkable leading firefighters inside," Lemma said. "It absolutely saved their lives."
Lemma said the Sheriff's Office is grateful for the quick-actions of neighbors and fire crews, but also called the deputy a hero.
"She came out and her No.1 concern was to get back in there and save those kids," Lemma said. "She's a hero and acted as such."
A lamb born without fleece at a farm in Chilton Foliat in Wiltshire, UK, was rejected by his mother. It was just too odd. Farmhand Sally-Ann Fisher says they named the lamb Skippy because he looks like a kangaroo. He’s now being hand-raised by humans.
Ms Fisher, who farms with her partner near Ramsbury, said the lamb had been born 10 days ago but they were "not aware" that its lack of wool was a condition or a "health problem".
"He's just unlucky, but he's doing great," she said.
This dramatic video shows the angst and desperation of a helpless cat trapped in a hexagon taped to the floor. He cannot escape on his own, but needs a little help from a friend. Together, they create an opening in the infernal trap and allow escape. Yay! -via Boing Boing
This is a Western Barred Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta). During molting, our little friend needs to drink water. So YouTube user Частный экзотариум feeds him water from a glass. Then, after he's back in his tank, he gives him pats on the back. So apparently cobras are like dogs in that they liked to be petted.
Twice a day, you can see a parade of ducks in Stellenbosch, South Africa, when hundreds of ducks go to work at 9:45 AM, and when they come home at 3:45 PM. The Vergenoegd Wine Estate keeps 700-800 ducks as pest control specialists for the vines.
The ducks eat slugs, bugs, and other pests that threaten the vineyards. They have been employed since 1984 (not the same ducks), and have proven invaluable. Since no chemical pesticides are needed, the vineyard has a WWF biodiversity certificate. -via the Presurfer
Whenever Greg Baskwell needs a helping paw, he can count on Finley. Finley will do anything to contribute. Need to wash the car? Finley is there. Need a helicopter landing pad? Count on Finley. Need bail money? You're on your own. Sorry, but there are limits.
This is PuiPui, a Holland Lop and celebrity in the rabbit world. He's a fashion model without equal, dressing in only the most perfecty designed and crafted outfits. Whatever PuiPui wears is guaranteed to be the new look, so pay close attention.
That is one fat ‘possum. Redditor P_bryant562 has a friend who works at a pet store and had to snap this customer. If it wasn’t a marsupial, you’d call this a Rodent Of Unusual Size. She’s obviously raised this opossum from a very young age, or else it would be skinny, bitey, and would not be wearing a tutu. In the discussion under this picture, there are many tales of more common, yet funny, encounters with yard vermin.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of the famous comedy duo Key & Peele bring us this promotional video for their new movie Keanu. The roughest, toughest, most muscle-bound and tatted thugs face off against the cutest kittens in a staring contest. Who will prevail?
This is Poldi, a pet owl. He's just one and a half years old.
Poldi lives with Tanya Brandt, a photographer. Recently, when Poldi and Brandt went out together, it started to train. Poldi sought shelter under a mushroom. The resulting photo is like something out of a fantasy movie!
You can see more photos of Poldi at play at Bored Panda.
Robert Dollwet took his Bengal cat Boomer (previously at Neatorama) to a dog show. Boomer is on a leash, and all those dogs acted like that was a cue that he’s just another dog, although at least one seems to have caught on.