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.
Redditor CharlotteScarlet posted this picture of her cat under the title "Annie thinks this is her ferocious face." Oh, we believe that is definitely a ferocious cat face, alright, because we have seen it before:
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.
Sure it's a Halloween video -the cauldron is evidence enough of that, but seeing Teddy the porcupine enjoy a tasty bucket of mini pumpkins is always a fun treat any time of year. Besides, I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to get some pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, especially since I have a whole pile of fresh pumpkin puree in my fridge right now. Of course, I won't look nearly as cute munching down as little Teddy here, nor will I make nearly as much noise while doing so.
A barn cat goes to see a horse. As adorable as this is, it's only one of a sequence of pictures. A little nuzzling ends with the cat realizing just how much bigger and more powerful a horse really is. See the rest of the photos at Livin' the Peanut Butter Life. -via Buzzfeed
You might think you have a good fashion sense, but chances are that Trotter, the best dressed pooch on Instagram is still infinately more fashionable than you. You probably have seen the precious little French bulldog in her top hat and pipe since the image has been around the net for a while now, but that's only one of Trotter's amazing fashions. Above she shows off her Spring Break Mexico ensemble and below is her take on Richie Tenenbaum of The Royal Tenenbaums -though she should have a tennis ball rather than a soccer ball.
Ozzy is a full grown least weasel (Mustela nivalis). Ozzy is a rescue that was hand-raised, but generally weasels do not make good pets, and are illegal to own in many places. Least weasels in the wild can kill rabbits that are much bigger than they are, so imagine what one would do to your finger if it didn't know you. See more videos of Ozzy at his YouTube channel. -via Metafilter
My apologies about leaving your guys without your weekly great pics, but I had some personal things come up. Ignore our lapse and instead enjoy these fantastic animal photos sure to make you smile -and giggle.
Official Facebook Photo Vs Your Tagged Photo
I don't know about you guys, but I feel like this is what I look like when people tell me to say "cheese" for a photo.
In case you haven't found time to watch all the cat videos coming out of Russia, Ignoramusky has compiled the best into one for you. He titled it That's Why I Love Cats (volume 2). You can find volume one here. It's just the best parts of videos showing cats doing funny, confounding, and adorable things. -via Tastefully Offensive
Did you know that you can walk a cheetah on the beach of South Africa at the Cheetah Outreach education and conservation center? Or that you can hold hands with a chimp at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda? And these are only two of the great up close encounters you can have with animals as rounded up by The Daily Beast.
Unfortunately, the list does leave out my personal favorite experience -eating breakfast with a giraffe in your hotel room at the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. It can't get much better than that.
If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then monkeys are from Mercury and cats are from Neptune. Even so, like men and women, they've been known to find common ground with one another. In fact, we've previously seen a monkey grooming a cat and the two species playing together, and it turns out they are also inclined to dine together as one YouTuber found while hiking through Northern Thailand. Aside from that, this video also teaches us that cats seem to enjoy potato chips, which is another thing I was not aware of.
Rupee was a homeless, starved and dying dog living in a garbage dump in northern India. Three months later, he reached one of the Mount Everest base camps located at 17,598 feet above sea level. He was the first dog to ever visit.
Joanne Lefson of South Africa found him at that garbage dump. Rupee was so sick that he was barely able to walk. Ms. Lefson nursed him back to health on a diet of boiled rice and eggs. A veterinarian cleared Rupee to make the ascent, as he had lived all of him life at high altitudes. The trip took 10 days. Ms. Lefson reports that Rupee had a fun time. You can see more photos of their adventure here and here.
If you've been having a bad day and are tempted to think the world's gone to hell in a hand basket, take five minutes to watch these Valais Blacknose lambs gamboling about the barn. -via Everlasting Blort
What would happen if history was written by critters instead of people? Well, things would be pretty much the same, but our old portraits would be a lot more interesting (and adorable).
At least that's what the works of artist Christina Hess teaches us with these adorable historical portraits featuring cats, dogs, ferrets and more. Best of all, she covers all time periods of history, stretching from ancient Egyptian Pharaohs to Elvis. You can buy a calendar of her historical art from her Etsy shop for only $6.
We all know how much Maru loves boxes and sliding across floors, but did you know he's also quite the climber? In fact, he can even go up a ladder as well as a professional roofer. I didn't even know cats could actually climb ladders -especially not this well.
To be honest, I'm not sure that he knew cats could climb ladders, which is why he seems to be doing it over and over just to make sure he can actually climb a ladder. Even so, he does seem a little hesitant about that top step though.
Cooky the cat has a sheep toy that "talks," so she talks back to it. After all, Cooky knows the squeaky wheel gets the attention! Then again, if you're as pretty and cuddly as Cooky, you're going to get all the attention you want, whether you ask for it or not. -via Daily of the Day
Balloons are a strange thing when you think about it -especially when they're filled with liquid. Look at this giant bowl of water balloons from a cat's perspective and it's easy to see why Khan the munchkin kitty just had to learn more about these weird jiggly balls. And when they pop, why that's yet another strange thing to discover.
I think I'd rather watch Khan play with water balloons than throw them at my friends -as a bonus, I don't get wet this way.
Our favorite little cat meets another challenger! This is going to be a grouchy meeting. or maybe a grumpy meeting. Either way, you know it isn't going to be happy, just like when Grumpy Cat met Grumpy the Dwarf at Disneyland. This competition was arranged by Mashable. -Thanks, David!
This little fluffy monkey was recently discovered in the Amazon back in 2010, but there's more than one reason to be excited about the discovery of this adorable endangered critter -that's because it has babies that purr like kittens. Caqueta titi monkey (Callicebus caquetensis) lives in Colombia and it is estimated that there are only around 250 of these animals in existence, so if you ever want to get to see purring monkey babies either in the wild or in the zoo, you'd better help by donating to conservation efforts immediately. Conservation International is a good source to support the monkeys, but there are plenty of other worthy groups out there as well.
by Alice Shirell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff
Sloth, sloth, sloth. Sloths. Yes, their name is synonymous and homonymous with a certain style of sin. But scientists pursue them for other reasons, too.
The animals move—something they do on occasion—in what can seem to be mysterious ways. They hang upside down from tree limbs, and sometimes amble that way, there. On the ground, ambling right side up is their preferred way to get from here to slightly over there. They often snooze.
A study called "Three-Dimensional Kinematic Analysis of the Pectoral Girdle During Upside-Down Locomotion of Two-Toed Sloths" appeared two years ago in the journal Frontiers in Zoology.
"Three-Dimensional Kinematic Analysis of the Pectoral Girdle During Upside-Down Locomotion of Two-Toed Sloths (Choloepus didactylus, Linné 1758)," John A. Nyakatura and Martin S. Fischer, Frontiers in Zoology, vol. 12, no. 7, July 12, 2010, p. 21–36.
John Nyakatura and Martin Fischer of Friedrich-Schiller- Universität in Germany analyzed the "suspensory quadrupedal locomotion" of two sloths. They concluded that an earlier biologist had exaggerated, but only slightly, in proclaiming that "of all mammals the sloths have probably the strangest mode of progression."
Others hesitated less to say more. A 2007 book called Victorian Animal Dreams: Representations of Animals in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture gets a bit slothful about facts. It says: "As the early Victorians well knew, the living descendants of the sloth family not only spend their lives suspended upside down in trees, but are also incapable of walking, and are, in fact, so slow that moss grows on their fur."
Victorian Animal Dreams: Representations of Animals in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Deborah Denenholz Morse and Martin A. Danahay, Ashgate Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-0- 7546-5511-4.
What's better than a petting zoo? How about a petting zoo filled with only miniature animals? Welcome to the wonderful world of Georgia's Tanglewood Farms and while they operate a petting zoo, the farm is a full-scale, real farm...only with miniature versions of animals only.
The farm features mini goats, ponies, cows, alpaca, chickens, sheep and pigs, making it a perfect place for kids to visit and meet animals closer to their size.
Modern Farmer has a great story on the farm's founder about her work and why she chose mini animals, but if you live in Georgia, you ought to just visit the farm in person if you want to learn more.
We all know that cats love boxes and bags -often more than the goodies and gifts that come inside them, but did you know putting a small hole at the end of a bag can make it even more incredibly fun for your feline? Here's Munchkin proving how fun a small vantage point can be in the end of a gift bag. If only it were this easy to please everyone on your Christmas list, but hey, at least now you know what to do with the wrappings.
You probably didn't realize it, but cancer currently takes the lives of a quarter of all dogs and one out of every eight cats. In a video from Ontario Veterinary College, dogs sing "We Could Be Heroes" in a campaign to raise fund to fight canine cancer. If you donate to Pet Trust, Purina will match your donation. There's a widget at the site in which you can add pictures of your own pet to this video. -via Cute Overload
What's better than a usual animal rescue story? How about one that also involves LEGOs? That's just what you get when you read about Schildi, a pet turtle that was found wandering the streets of Germany.
Unfortunately, during his journey, Schildi lost one of his legs. Vets were able to amputate it and to help the little turtle get around, they gave him a wheel that uses a LEGO base glued to the bottom of his shell. The vet expects to have to change his wheel once a year as it wears down, but the LEGO detail should make that process fairly easy and painless for everyone involved.
A young leopard is curious about this strange-looking animal that isn't afraid of him. The porcupine might be afraid, but he has his own defense system. Neither seems to be aware or care that the encounter takes place in the middle of a road with tourists on both sides. I believe this all takes place in Kruger National Park in South Africa. -via Say OMG
I don't know about you guys, but I've been disappointed with the quality of Animal Planet programing as of late, as it lacks the whole animal perspective I am looking for. But it sounds like they're trying to woo us animal program lovers back now -at least, for a short while. That's because they're introducing a new 8-part show called Meet the Sloths that takes place at the Costa Rica Sloth Sanctuary we've covered before.
The show is supposed to be in the style of Meerkat Manor, which means it will be highly animal-focused, so if you're like me and miss the animal side of Animal Planet, you might just want to tune in.