Max Gets a Drink

Did you pay a couple grand for a state-of-the-art refrigerator with in-door ice and water dispensers and fancy electronic controls? Maybe you ought to invest in a security camera, too, to determine whether you are drinking water from a nozzle drenched in dog drool.

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Max discovered how to activate the water dispenser on the refrigerator so he can get a drink anytime he wants. Smart dog, expensive drinking fountain. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Butterfly Drinking the Tears of a Turtle


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Butterfly's revenge was sweet. Oh, yes, so very, very sweet. Turtle had finally paid for his crimes in full. He wept at what was to become of him and the life he had built--as the empire he had forged with his own claws crumbled around him.

Butterfly savored the moment in the most literal way possible by drinking the tears of his most hated enemy. Years later, he would, while reminiscing of this perfect moment, claim that he could still taste them in his mouth.

Turtle remembered, too. He couldn't ever forget that time of supreme humiliation while down in the gahenna where Butterfly had left him. It was carved into his soul.

He had learned something from that horrible moment. It was something important. It was something that he would one day teach to Butterfly.

Never leave an enemy behind you.

Actually, there's no reason to think that this Julia Butterfly (Dryas iulia) and turtle in Ecuador know each other. The butterfly is engaging in lachryphagy, which is the insect practice of drinking tears from larger animals. The butterfly is doing this for nutritional purposes only--as far as we know.

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Husky Heaven



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Erica Tcogoeva, based in St. Petersburg, has filled her Instagram and Tumblr updates with nothing but the most adorable shots and videos of Siberian Huskies I've ever seen. Certainly if you're a Siberian Husky lover, Tcogoeva's work will have you in Husky Heaven.

Every time you think you've seen her most adorable puppy shot, you see another that is just as sweet or sweeter. Check them all out on Instagram (@erikaeasy) or Tumblr

A photo posted by Erica Tcogoeva (@erikaeasy) on Jul 22, 2015 at 4:52pm PDT

A photo posted by Erica Tcogoeva (@erikaeasy) on Jul 24, 2015 at 7:27am PDT

A photo posted by Erica Tcogoeva (@erikaeasy) on Jul 22, 2015 at 1:41pm PDT


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Man Builds Feline Feeding Machine, Cat Hunts For the Key to His Dinner


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Self described “aspiring geek” Ben Millam got impressively creative when it came to feeding his cat. He built this clever cat feeder that releases food upon recognition of RFID-tagged plastic balls. Millam places the balls all over the house, giving his cat Monkey a bit of a game with his noms. Monkey finds the hidden balls, drops them into a bowl fitted on top and bam, kitty chow!

Cat lover Millam says he built the device in order to give Monkey extra excitement and fun in his daily life. 

"This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal. So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence."

Bravo Ben!

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Animals in Vehicles


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It's always an amusing sight to see animals taking on the everyday tasks of humans. This compilation video features a number of animal species somehow making use of a vehicle, whether it's for treats, pure fun or other. And whether or not these little guys can steer is another matter altogether. Careful, critters! Via Tastefully Offensive


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Royal Titles Fit Pets Better Than People

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John Oliver recently discussed the British House of Lords, which is something few Americans are familiar with. One of the oddest aspects (at least, to Americans) of the House of Lords is their official titles that sound equally pompous and preposterous. Never has this point been quite so well illustrated than in the "And Now" segment of the show, where he demonstrated that these names actually work better for adorable pet names than actual titles for people.


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Little Puppy Goes Wolf

When it comes to hearing the call of wolves, this pup is at first frightened, but then apparently feels the call is too strong not to heed. She eventually throws her head back and howls with the big guys. That's the way to hang, little pup. You know what they say, if you can't run with the big dogs... Via Viral Nova


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This Cat Looks Like It Has Seen Something It Cannot Unsee

There sure are plenty of things that we wish we can unsee on the Interwebs! So when it happens again, I'll have this picture handy. By the way, that's Jasper, the "fanciest, fluffiest Himalayan around." Jasper's so fancy and cute he has his own Instagram page.

Now, what do you think that Jasper has seen that he can't unsee? (Bonus points if you work in a story about John).


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Dogs With Their Adorable Mini-Mes

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Mothers and fathers with their beloved babies  rarely is there a scene that's so naturally sweet and meaningful. These Animal Kingdom moms and pops of the canine variety don't need language to express the love they feel for their offspring: it's found in their body language, eyes and faces.

See a large and undeniably adorable collection of dogs bonding with their new puppies here. 

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Baby Giraffe in Dreamland


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Kiango the baby giraffe was born on June 14, 2015 at The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana. Staff members captured this sweet footage of Kiango dreaming giraffe calf dreams in his downtime. According to his zookeepers, adult giraffes typically sleep in a standing position, perhaps lying down briefly on occasion. Babies, however, generally do their sleeping lying down. Sweet dreams, Kiango. Via Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Facebook page


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Hulk, the World's Largest Pitbull Has a Litter of Pricey Puppies

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You may remember a previous Neatorama post about 173-pound Hulk, thought to be the largest pitbull in the world. The famous gentle giant is the pride, joy and family dog of owner Marlon Grannon, who breeds and trains protection and police dogs at Dark Dynasty K9 in New Hampshire.

There is an update in the world of Hulk since that post went live: he is now the doting father of eight adorable puppies. The litter may be naturally precious to Hulk and his puppy mama, but in the human world where money talks, each pup is akin to pitbull royalty, with a monetary value of between $30,000 and $55,000. 

By the time the puppies were born, most were already sold at a price of $30,000. Yet if the pups would go on to be trained by Grannon, their value would be in the neighborhood of $55,000 each.

Grannon's business caters to celebrities and other wealthy clientele worldwide, as well as law enforcement. Each dog is trained from birth and "lives together in a pack without fences, barriers or physical restrictions.” See Hulk and his puppies in action in the video below, and read more about him and his newly expanded canine and human family at the Daily Mail. 



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Tiny Crosswalks for Animals

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Clinic 212, an ad agency in Vilnius, Lithuania, wants people to take care that our animals friends don’t get squashed when they cross human roads and pathways. To “show that we are not the only ones living in the city,” the agency made little road signs and crosswalks in the spaces that humans and animals share. 

Martynas Karpovicius came up with the idea when he saw a taxi driver almost run over a hedgehog. He and his colleagues responded on behalf of pigeons, cats, and ducks, as well as hedgehogs. You can see more photos and read about the project at the Huffington Post.

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The Impressive Tricks of Rats Named Pepper, Blue and Puffin


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Abby Roeser demonstrates the cool tricks she’s trained her rats Blue, Puffin and Pepper to perform. The rats, who are happy to do the tricks in exchange for rewards like dog treats and dinner leftovers such as peas, are trained using a clicker. Very impressive! Now, hopefully I can remember how smart and cute that rats can be when one steps into the light in front of me as I'm walking around New York or some other large city at night! Via Laughing Squid


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Animals Who Want To Be Photographers

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Animals are getting used to being in front of the camera, which means they’re starting to do research into taking their own selfies.

But until we humans invent cameras made for critters to control they’re going to have to share our equipment.

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Maybe a photographic partnership with animalkind would be a good thing for both parties, since they’ll be able to get their furry friends to come out and pose for us and we can teach them how to use the equipment.

But animals can be really pushy sometimes, so don’t be surprised if your photo partner tries to push you out of the way and do all the shooting themselves!

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See 21+ Animals That Want To Be Photographers at Bored Panda


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Cat Not Impressed by Baby Goats

Moo is a barn cat at Sunflower Farm Creamery. She’s a dedicated barn cat, keeping watch out for vermin and even sits and supervises goats when they give birth. When week-old kids Lady Bug and Princess Leia try to make friends, Moo makes it clear she just wants a little nap. While Moo has seen lots of goats come and go, everything is new to the bouncy goats.

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What impressed me in this video is the relative size of the goats and the cat. Those are tiny little kids! Well, Moo is a pretty healthy size for a barn cat. After all, she lives in a creamery, and apparently gets her share of goat’s milk. -via HuffPo

See more of the goats from Sunflower Farm Creamery.


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This Hermit Crab Lives in a LEGO Brick

YouTube user Albizu Garcia visited a beach in Puerto Rico and found that a hermit crab had discarded a conventional shell for a stylish and functional LEGO brick. This should give him the ability to join with other LEGO crabs to create a larger structure. You can see the video here. Make sure that you don’t step on this crab, which is now a double threat to your feet.

-via Incredible Things


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Inside a Dog Retirement Home

In 2006, Joe and Sher Polvinale turned their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, into a pet sanctuary. Joe has since passed away, but Sher continues to run House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary, a retirement home for elderly and special needs dogs.

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These dogs have a permanent and loving home for the rest of their lives. With the help of volunteers, every one gets individual care and lots of affection. -via Metafilter   


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