Women Are Swooning for This Handsome Gorilla

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On the left is American actor George Clooney. On the right is Japanese gorilla Shabani. Both have sent many female hearts aflutter with their rakishly good looks. The BBC calls Shabani the "metrosexual gorilla."

Well, hello there, miss. Welcome to my cage. Would you care for a drink?

Shabani, 18, lives at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. In March, he came to the attention of young Japanese women on social media. The BBC reports how women describe him:

Ikemen: It's the Japanese slang for "handsome guy". The word is a combination of "I-ke" (pronounced "ee-kay"), which is an abbreviation of a word meaning "cool" or just "good", and "men" derived from the English. […]

Dark and brooding: According to local media reports, many women who flock to see Shabani in action are using words of admiration often attributed to the likes of George Clooney or Hugh Jackman or Japan's own Ken Watanabe - "shibui" (meaning "bitter") and "nihiru" (derived from the English "nihilistic") both used to describe "dark and brooding" men.

Unfortunately, ladies, Shabani is taken. He's already married--to another gorilla 24 years his senior! He has a son, too. But you're welcome to visit him at the zoo. Just expect cold stares from his wife.

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Dog Rescues Baby Dolphin


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Rich Wilcock was photographing the beach at Gwynedd, Wales. He was accompanied by Leia, his Cocker Spaniel. Leia kept on barking at and nudging Wilcock, drawing his attention to a spot on the beach. There, Leia had found a beached baby dolphin. The Daily Post quotes Wilcock:

“At first I thought it was a baby shark, it was only about one and half foot but on a closer inspection I could see the blow hole on top of his head and realised it was a dolphin.

“There was nobody around for miles so I did what I could as gently as possible. I lifted him gently under the belly and popped him back amongst the waves and he swam away into deeper water.

The video above shows the entire rescue.

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Otis the Pig is a Bit Too Chub For the Doggie Door


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Porcine protagonist Otis nearly gets himself into a bind when opting to use the doggy door to gain entrance into his home. So what if, according to his human, he'd just snuck into the garage to scam for snacks? That's neither here nor there. Someone needs to show Otis some respect and install the piggy door his fluffy self so rightfully deserves! See more adventures of Otis and his friend Bella the Pug at their YouTube channel. -Via Laughing Squid


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Melanie the Raccoon Bikes, Scoots and Skateboards


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Melanie the raccoon may not necessarily be — as her human bills her — the "smartest raccoon in the world," but she's certainly bright enough to know that if she gets on these effeminately colored little wheeled vehicles and rides from point A to B, she's going to get some of her favorite chows. And that's good enough for her! Good onya, Mel!


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Doing What Mommy Does

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Little Neo is 25 days old in this video. She’s had her eyes open long enough to know that Mom is the bomb, and a kitten can learn by copy-catting what Mom does- even when she doesn’t understand why. Keep doing that, Neo, and you’ll learn to cat just fine. One day you’ll look in the mirror and realize that you not only act like Mom, but you look just like her, too! -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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This Dog Bed Is Designed to Simulate a Human Lap

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My Papillon will crawl onto any open lap that he can find. He’s bred to be a lapdog, so it’s what he expects. Perhaps this new bed design by the Japanese pet supply company Unihabitat will be an adequate substitute when a real lap isn’t available. It contains gel-filled packets arranged like a pair of human thighs. Think of it as the canine equivalent of this home mainstay:

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Cucumber Surprises Cat

“I swear, man, that monster came out of nowhere!”


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This poor cat was just minding his own business and eating his lunch. While he dined, his human servant sneaked a huge cucumber right behind him, just out of his field of view. When the cat turned and noticed the cucumber about to attack him, he justifiably panicked.

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Brace Yourself (for Cute): It's Panda Cub Daycare

These sweet baby panda photos were captured at the Chengdu Research Base in China, a place where there's no shortage of cute around every corner. The facility also plays a huge role in the well-being of this highly endangered species.

Shown here are photos of their breeding center and nursery. With a species whose total head count is thought to be as low as 1,864, each birth that occurs and is subsequently nurtured there is precious. Female adult pandas only breed for two to three days a year, and they give birth to one cub every two years.

To learn more about the organization, see videos and more, visit panda.org.cn. See a gallery of adorable baby panda photos from them here.


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Pinocchio the Blind Shelter Cat Met Feline Pal Jiminy Cricket, and All Was Right With Their World


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Pinocchio was found abandoned at an airport as a kitten. Both his eyes were badly infected and they had to be surgically removed. Blind and transferred to a shelter, Pinocchio may have been losing hope, until he met fellow shelter kitten Jiminy Cricket. The two male cats became inseparable and were eventually adopted out together into the beautiful and obviously loving home seen in this video. Now the two cats not only have each other, but they have toys, cardboard boxes and backyard to explore to their hearts' content. Don't miss the adorable shots of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket together in this uplifting footage.


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This Dog’s Best Friends Are 8 Birds and a Hamster

Everyone, meet Bob. He’s a kindly Golden Retriever who shares a home in Brazil with not just humans, but also 8 birds and a hamster. He’s got to be the chillest dog who ever lived because he’s perfectly content to let his little friends climb all over him, even when he’s napping. The pictures that result are supremely adorable. You can follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

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Cats and Dogs Getting Along Like Cats and Dogs

Cats and dogs can get along together at times, especially if they know each other well. But they’re still different species, and that can cause conflict. Dogs are rambunctious, and cats are pointy on five out of six ends.

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Here we have a compilation of clips featuring cats and dogs not trying to get along from America’s Funniest Home Videos. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Ducklings Rescued from Storm Drain

High school students in Leonia, New Jersey noticed that eight ducklings had fallen into a storm drain. Their anxious and agitated mother stood nearby, unable to help. They summoned the police, who blocked off the flow of water, then reached down into the drain to scoop up the ducklings with a net. North Jersey reports:

To catch the remaining three, Garris said they called in Police Officer Erik Goodell, who at 6’6” and with “very long arms” was a natural for this unique rescue operation. The officers pried open the grate of the adjoining storm drain and used a cardboard box to block the entrance to the tunnel, said Garris.

After doing so, the officers were able to reach down and grab the last three ducklings, said Garris.

The officers then motioned the ducklings toward their mother, who had been hiding in some bushes during all the commotion, said Garris.


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20+ Puppies That Can Sleep Anywhere at Anytime

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Puppies are perhaps some of the sleepiest creatures on the planet, and who can complain. Because if there's one thing cuter than a puppy, it's a puppy who has fallen asleep. It also doesn't hurt that when puppies are awake, they're almost guaranteed to be up to some kind of mischief. But when they're sleeping, the angelic side comes to the forefront.

Bored Panda has a user-submitted post wherein people supply pictures of puppies who have managed to fall asleep in the most unlikely of places and positions. Check out the collection here. It's worth its weight in cute. 

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Puppy Experiences Air Conditioning for the First Time


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Air conditioning: it's one of the greatest inventions in the history of humanity. This is especially true on a hot summer day.

When he rides with me, my dog likes to get as close as he can to an air vent. This dog, a black Labrador puppy, is experiencing that joy for the first time. He knows how to get the most out of it.

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Undercats: Cats Dressed as Their Owners are a Lot of Fun



Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani was featured previously at Neatorama for these funny portraits of dogs dressed as their humans. Now Magnani is back with a follow-up series called Undercats, in which he has given cats the same human stylings, with equally amusing results. Magnani's portraits of humans and their pet cats are digitally merged, giving them their similar overall shapes and otherworldly quality.

Visit the photographer's website to see the rest of the hilarious photos in his series.

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Three Bear Cubs Up in a Tree


Photo: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Wildlife photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen snapped this photo of three bear cubs climbing up a tree in Suomussalmi, Finland, while mama bear waited below.

No, the cute cubs aren't playing hide-and-seek with their mom. Rather, they were actually hiding from a male bear that's nearby. Mulkahainen told Ilta-Sanomat that the three cubs climbed up the tree for safety, while the female bear stayed on guard below. The cubs stayed in the tree for quite some time, but the male never showed up.


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Dog Learns the Joy of Jumping on the Bed

Loco the pit bull sees his girls having fun jumping on a mattress, and he wants to get in on the fun, too!

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When you think about it, this dog has a great life: he’s got a mattress on the floor, two little girls to play with, and parents who are laid back about things like jumping on a mattress. What else could a puppy want? A T-bone, maybe? Then Loco’s life would be perfect! -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Kitten and Owl Napping Together

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Hukulou Coffee in Osaka, Japan is an owl café. That’s like a cat café, but with owls. But sometimes other animals visit, such a rabbit and this cat. One of the resident owls has already made friends with the kitten. Together, they’ve become darlings of the internet. You can see more photos of this supremely adorable couple at Rocket News 24.


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Historically Accurate Civil War Uniforms for Dogs

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Well, technically speaking, dogs on either side usually did not wear regulation uniforms. But if you want your pooch to look like a Union or Confederate soldier with the precision that a Civil War reenactor would appreciate, then Stephanie Honodel can outfit your dog.

Honodel has been making custom pet clothing for 15 years. About 5 years ago, a Civil War reenactor asked her to make a Confederate general’s uniform for his miniature pinscher. Word about her work spread and she’s since made hundreds of Civil War dog costumes. To accommodate her business, she’s just opened a shop called the Dogs of Gettysburg, which is helpfully located near the battlefield site.

If you don’t have a dog, you can still throw your pet back in time. Honodel also makes costumes for cats, pigs, tortoises, and snakes. You can read more about her work at the Huffington Post.


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Zoo Basel's Gorilla Troop Welcomes New Baby

For the first time in ten years, a Western Lowland Gorilla has been born at Zoo Basel in Switzerland. On May 19, 26-year-old mom Joas and 16-year-old father M’Tonge welcomed their newborn. The baby, whose sex has yet to be determined, has been cause for excitement in the entire troop of Western Lowland Gorillas at Zoo Basel: Faddama, Quarta, Zungu, and Goma. Like a family, they all embraced the youngster.

As is evident from the video below, mom Joas keeps her baby close and handles it lovingly and gently. Infant gorillas are wholly dependent on their mothers, suckling at least once an hour and sleeping with them in the same nest. Fathers don't take an active role in caring for the young, but they help socialize them to other gorillas and protect them from aggression. 

Read more about these fascinating animals and see additional pictures at Zooborns. 

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Famous Men And Their Feline Friends, Illustrated

Cats are beloved by both sexes, and yet they’ve become the subject of a cultural misconception that states women are more inclined to own cats than men.

However, everyone knows this is false, and many of the most famous and most macho men in history have had a pet cat they loved like a member of the family.

Brooklyn-based artist Sam Kalda has created some wonderful portraits of famous men hanging out with their cats and collected them all in an MFA book project appropriately entitled Men and Cats: An Illustrated History.

The book is Sam's way of showing that men like cats and cats get along just fine with men, and we don't have to be crazy to be a self described "cat-fancier", we just have to be crazy about cats!

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The Funniest Way to Wash Your Dog

It's called the Woof Washer 360. This As Seen on TV product is a clever approach to washing a dog. I want one, but to use on my kids. It would make bath time so much faster!


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The Woof Washer 360 is a perforated garden hose that sprays water from the interior of a circle. You can channel soapy water through it, as well as clean water for rinsing.

One woman in the video says that it's helpful for washing "parts you don't want to touch." Sorry, but I think that's not actually optional, even with this handy tool.


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Tree Kangaroo Fostered by Wallaby Mother

We’ve seen plenty of nursing mammals take in orphan babies of a different species, but it’s a totally different story with marsupials. Kangaroos and wallabies are born very underdeveloped, and stay in their mother’s pouch for months while nursing and growing. At the Adelaide Zoo, a Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo died while nursing a joey. Zookeepers transferred the baby to the pouch of a a Yellow-foot rock wallaby, a completely different species. That had never been done before, but the joey, named Makaia, survived and thrived with his surrogate wallaby mother.

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Now he’s a healthy and adorable young kangaroo being spoiled and fostered by zoo staff. -via Metafilter 


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