Adorable Pics Of Pets Stealing Their Owner's Significant Other

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Humans who get jealous when their lover spends time with other humans are often dealing with issues of insecurity and abandonment, which is why they care so much that their significant other is spending time with someone else.

But you're taking your personal issues a bit too far if you get jealous of a pet, except when that pet is actively and aggressively trying to break the two of you up and steal your significant other.

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That's when you have to wonder how deep your pet's feelings for your boyfriend or girlfriend run, and whether you should be thinking about finding them a furry partner of their own- for safety's sake.

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No matter how crazy in love your pet becomes keep repeating these words to yourself- it's only a phase, they're just being a (insert species here), they don't live that long, it's probably all in your head...

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See 30+ Shameless Pets That Stole Owner's Partner And Didn't Even Feel Sorry here

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Scientists Discover Sharks Living Inside An Active Volcano

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Sharks can be scary as hell when encountered while swimming around in the ocean, so imagine how terrifying it would be to come across them inside an active volcano!

It may sound like the plot of a cheesy sci-fi movie like Sharknado but it's true- back in 2015 scientists discovered living sharks inside Kavachi, an active underwater volcano in the Solomon Islands.

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Researchers sent down a robotic camera that captured the stunning footage of a Pacific sleeper shark, hammerhead sharks and silky sharks swimming around inside the acidic and super-heated environment like it's no big deal:

“Divers who have gotten close to the outer edge of the volcano have had to back away because of how hot it is or because they were getting mild skin burns from the acid water,” Phillips said. “These large animals are living in what you have to assume is much hotter and much more acidic water, and they’re just hanging out. It makes you question what type of extreme environment these animals are adapted to. What sort of changes have they undergone? Are there only certain animals that can withstand it?

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-Via Did You Know?

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A Fascinating Timelapse Video Showing The Metamorphosis Of A Dragonfly

Dragonflies are absolutely gorgeous insects, with vibrantly-colored bodies and magically iridescent wings that shimmer in the light, but did you know they start out as ugly little bugs called nymphs before they become beautiful?

Just kidding, dragonflies even look cool in their nymph stage, and as cool as it is to see a dragonfly up close it's even cooler to watch one transform from a plain-colored nymph to a colorful adult in this video from Beauty of Science:

This short film documented the magical transformation (metamorphosis) of a dragonfly from its nymph to an adult. All footages were captured with an iPhone 6s from May 25th 11pm to May 26th 7am. This transformation is a wonder of nature.

The Metamorphosis of a Dragonfly from Beauty of Science on Vimeo.

-Via Laughing Squid

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A Lively Reunion

Tom has been gone for ten months. My guess is that he was away at school. When he finally returned home, the two family dogs got a bit excited to see him. You know the phrase "love you to death"? That's what this looks like, as they knock him down completely, and almost suffocate him with affection.

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Even afterward, the two dogs keep pouncing on him in tender places. Tom's father can't stop laughing long enough to frame the event correctly. Poor Tom -at least the dogs are happy! -via Digg

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The Best Pet Videos of 2017

The Pet Collective has issued their retrospective of the best pet videos of 2017. These aren't just dogs and cats, either (although there are dogs and cats). Enjoy watching raccoons, foxes, geckos, hamsters, ferrets, birds, dragons, lions, and insects! There's even a wild animal or two thrown in for good measure

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Yes, there are some that you've seen here on Neatorama this past year, but they are worth seeing again. You have not seen all of them, though! -via Tastefully Offensive 

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Meet Dobby Cat

He goes by Dobby Cat on Facebook because he looks so much like the Harry Potter character, but his real name is Teddy. Teddy is an oriental shorthair who lives in a household with three other cats of the same breed (Bindi, Stache, and Dexter), but Teddy has the biggest ears, the longest nose, and legs that go on for days. Those slightly crossed but soulful eyes are full of love and contentment. He's got a meow that they describe as a "honk," but it sounds more like a "beep."  

See more of Teddy the Dobby Cat at Instagram and Facebook. -via reddit

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Academics With Cats Award Winners

The winners have been selected in Academia Obscura's Academics With Cats competition. A cat hiding in a bookshelf won Best In Show. The kitten shown here is the winner in the Research Assistant category. His name is Benny, and he belongs to Anthony Bale. We can see Benny is hard at work editing a thesis draft. At least I hope it's a draft. See the winners in each category and several runners-up at Academia Obscura. See all the entries at Twitter.

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Bettie Bee, the Two-Faced Kitten

A kitten was born with two faces a couple of weeks ago in South Africa. The scientific term is diprosopus, or craniofacial duplication. It is attributed to abnormal activity of the sonic hedgehog protein. Cats with the condition are known as Janus cats.

Bettie Bee appears to be healthy so far. Since this picture was taken a couple of days ago, her two normal eyes have opened, while the connected eye where the two faces meet has remained mostly shut. Chantal Rushmer of Purrfect Friends Foundation has been feeding Bettie Bee by hand since birth, because she couldn't nurse properly. While she has two functioning mouths, they lead to the same stomach. You can follow Bettie Bee's progress at her Facebook page. -via Boing Boing

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A Cute And Funny Baby Goats Compilation

Some people still refuse to accept that goats are cute critters, and a few of these haters claim baby goats are too strange looking to be considered cute, which we know to be a straight up lie.

But I defy the haters to maintain their position on the cuteness of goats after watching this compilation video full of baby goats doing what they do best- acting like adorable little kids!

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Rotating Your Cat

Alma T. C. Boykin has a blog called Cat Rotator's Quarterly. The blog is not about rotating cats, or even about cats in general. The name makes sense when you know the secret.

Rotating one’s cat is a writer euphemism for pure procrastination.

Gotcha. However, a recent post addressed the need to rotate one's cat occasionally. When a cat stays in one position long enough, he may become flat on one side.

The ideal is a well-rounded cat, with symmetrical spherosity.

Further research may be needed to reconcile this observation with the fact that cats are liquid. Have you rotated your cat today? See plenty of visual aids at Cat Rotator's Quarterly. Now, excuse me, I have to go rotate my cats. -via Strange Company

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7 Times Animals Bit Off More Than They Could Chew in 2017

National Geographic News came up with a cute idea for a year-end list. There were quite a few animal stories about creatures eating, including a couple that thought they could chew up an automobile. Most of the stories are in video form, and some are cute while others are a bit cringe-inducing. The puffin above stood still just long enough to get his photograph made before he gulped down a whole school of fish he'd caught all at once. See the rest of the stories at NatGeo.

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A Deer Goes to the Store

Lori Jones works at Horsetooth Inn and RV Park in Stout, Colorado. Last month she watched a deer walk into the gift shop like it owned the place. The doe looked around at all the wares, while Jones snapped pictures. She then got a peanut bar to lure the deer back outside. But that wasn't the end of the story.

“Later, I was in the office checking the store stock,” Lori wrote. “I walked out and there she was with her twins and a lone buck that she nursed. I just used my phone to snap the pics. I laughed so hard!”  

It's like that old saying, if you give a man a fish, he'll be back tomorrow for another fish. You can see the entire sequence of images at 9news. They'll display larger here. -via Mr. Drinks On Me

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Big Cat Christmas Party

Chris Poole spends a lot of time recording videos of his cats Cole and Marmalade, but he also works to bring awareness to the plight of homeless cats and big cats, too. Watch some big cats opening their Christmas gifts, wrapped up in boxes, bags, tires, and dangling toys on a string! Like house cats, they enjoy the wrapping as much as they enjoy the food inside.  

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This video was made at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.

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Lucky the Scheming Cockatiel

Lucky the cockatiel has learned to sing what he hears more than anything else: the Apple default ringtone. For me, this is the FaceTime alert. Lucky sings whenever he feels he's not getting enough attention, like when his human gets ready to leave the house. After all, it works for that device he carries!

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That video went viral this week, and we have a followup video of Lucky seeing (or rather, hearing) his own singing. He is not at all impressed. What can he do to stop this madness?

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Yeah, he knows eating the ESC key would do it. Now, there is no escape! -via reddit 

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Man Captures The Moment A Shark Bites His Wife On Video

Shark attacks are a pretty rare occurrence, and a shark attack caught on video is even rarer, but that's just what Sarah and Evan Carroll received as a wedding present from the denizens of the deep.

Sarah and Evan were honeymooning in the Caribbean when they decided to go scuba diving, and for some reason Sarah's arms looked appetizing to a nearby nurse shark- so it rushed in and took a bite:

According to PEOPLE, Evan happened to be filming at the time and Sarah later shared video and pictures of her injury.

"I felt a strong whoosh of water, something clamp down on my arm and assumed my husband was playing a prank on me," Sarah, 25, told the magazine. "Less than a second later I realized how much it hurt and looked … to see the shark latched onto my arm."

The New York Daily News reports it was a 5-foot nurse shark that bit Sarah. Sarah accompanied pictures of the bite with the Facebook caption "Ended the honeymoon with a bang (bite)."

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These Beautiful Siberian Cats Have Taken Over Their Humans' Farm

Cats love farms because they have lots of food (and rodents) for them to snack on, and farmers love cats because they help keep the farm rodent free.

But having too many cats on your farm seems like a bad idea, what with all of those plump chickens strutting around.

So how do Russian farmer Alla Lebedeva and her husband Sergey raise those big and beautiful Siberian cats and keep her farm animals from becoming a feline buffet?

Alla says the Siberian cats actually protect her animals from rodents:

"How many do we have now? To such a question I usually answer 'a million, maybe more,'" Lebedeva tells DesignYouTrust. "They live in the henhouse... They have three ‘little bedrooms’ there where can they sleep according to how they feel. Our cats protect the chickens and rabbits from rats and mice."

By the look of them there must be quite a few rats raiding her farm- because these cats look like they have a healthy appetite for fresh meat.

These little lions are often mistaken for Norwegian Forest cats, but Alla wants everyone to know that her Siberian cats are a different species, which she and her husband have been raising for over a decade on the farm they call "Catland":

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See more Siberian Farm Cats Have Absolutely Taken Over This Farmer's Land here

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The New Pet

What on earth inspired this guy to bring in an Eldritch Insanity Drake as a new member of the household? We all build our families in our own ways, but you have to take the feelings of existing members into consideration. But you also have to teach the young ones how to treat strangers. This is only the beginning; you can see the rest of the comic by noobtheloser at imgur. The story is really going somewhere, I promise, but you have to read it to the end. The punchline is worth the confusion on the way there. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Silly Cat Tries To Snatch A Piece Of Bread Off The Table

When a cat sets their mind to getting something they rarely give up until they get it, and cats have been known to bite the hand that feeds them if that something is food.

But I've never met a cat who liked bread, especially when their humans try to stick it on their heads like a mask, so we must assume Kelley Fultz's cat Mew Mew is trying to snatch her bread simply out of spite.

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-Via Laughing Squid

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DIY Gingerbread House for Cats

Chris and Jess Poole decided it was asking for too much trouble to put up a Christmas tree this year, because Cole and Marmalade (previously at Neatorama) would just trash it again. Instead, they built a cat-friendly gingerbread house out of cardboard! They decorated it so festively that they don't miss having a tree. And the cats love it.

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Watch them build the Christmas cardboard gingerbread house in this video. -via Laughing Squid

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Parrot Uses Alexa

Petra the African grey parrot has learned to get what she wants, just by asking. A human can say no, but Google's Alexa is programmed to carry out your wishes. This video is essentially over at two minutes.  

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Petra made a shopping list on the Amazon Echo. We are having Alexa tell us what the list contains then when we ask Petra WHY she made a list, All she can say is "I want a Peanut"

Yeah, voice recognition in a household assistant is a wonderful thing, but you have to remember that parrots learn your voice and use it. Making a shopping list is not the only thing Petra uses Alexa for.

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-via Bits and Pieces

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Hard-Working Dog Gleefully Clears Birds From Airport Runway To Prevent Aircraft Bird Strikes

Some dogs are lazy bums who can't be bothered to lift a paw to help their owners, but working dogs love to stay busy doing the important job they were trained to do, and they genuinely seem to have fun while at work.

For instance, K-9 Piper (previously on Neatorama) is employed by the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan and has a very important job to do- scare off the birds that hang around the runway in order to prevent aircraft bird strikes.

But Piper doesn't stress out about doing his job or impressing his owner, Brian Edwards, because he is too busy having fun chasing those birds away to worry about quotas or looking good in front of the boss.

And besides, Brian loves him so much that Piper can do no wrong in his eyes!

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This Great Big Story video shows the important, life saving job being performed by dogs and showcases Piper's ability to have fun and get the job done, all while wearing some super cool doggles. Good boy Piper!

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Insights from a Sled Dog Veterinarian

A comment thread about snow dogs led me to an interesting interview with Dr. Susan Whiton, an Alaskan veterinarian who is married to a champion musher who runs a sled dog kennel. She talked about how Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies, Malamutes, and other dogs bred specifically for cold weather are different from other dogs. Their ability to tolerate cold is amazing, as long as they are healthy, well-fed, and are in their prime.  

Q. What diet should they eat if they are outside for long periods during the day?

A. The calories in most commercial dog foods come from carbohydrates. In very cold weather, the dogs do better with a higher amount of fat calories. A study indicated a sled dog racing the Iditarod required 10,000 calories a day to meet their metabolic needs. The only way to meet that high caloric need is with a diet high in fat calories. Most pet dogs do not need that many calories and may get very sick from a high fat diet.

When I ran the Yukon Quest in 1987 we encountered -55° F temperatures at night and -20° F during the day. The sled dogs did fine at those temperatures. They were being fed a very high fat, high calorie diet up to four times a day during the rest periods and often got fatty meat snacks during the runs.

Q. How are dogs with a thick undercoat able to keep warm when sleeping?

A. When they sleep they curl up with their tail over their nose, which traps the heat against their bodies. There are lots of photos of resting sled dogs covered with snow. They are holding their heat well since the snow is not melted. The dogs that are not doing well will have ice on their fur. It indicates that they are losing enough body heat to melt the snow. Because their coat is not insulating well more ice will build up making the hair less lofty and less insulating. The thick undercoat of the Northern Breeds provides loft, like a fuzzy mohair sweater, and keeps the warmth next to the animal rather than allowing it to escape. The Iditarod sled dog race only allows Northern Breeds in the race because other breeds can’t retain heat well. So when the ice hits their coat it melts and then freezes.

There's more to read about sled dogs and cold-weather breeds here.  -via a comment at reddit

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Gentle Bat Waits Patiently While Human Snips Off Netting That Entangled Him

Bats got a bad reputation when they became associated with vampires, witches and horror movies like Cujo, but in reality bats are gentle, and often skittish, critters who just want to hang with their bat buds in peace.

So when a human offers to help them out they'll usually accept without a fight, but wild bats normally aren't as cute or patient about it as Harry the bat is while a human from Batzilla the Bat gently removes the netting

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The Batzilla the Bat netting fund spreads awareness about how dangerous most netting gardeners use to protect their crops is for the wild bats of Australia and around the world:

As we live in a sub tropical climate we have massive problems with gardeners using cheap killer netting to protect their fruit trees from predation from bats, birds and possums and thousands of animals are tortured and killed each year in large aperture netting.

Never use any netting you can poke a finger through as it is deadly to wildlife.

-Via Laughing Squid

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The Many Moods of Merlin -Or Just One

Why is this cat so grumpy? Was someone a little late with the kibble? Or is he passing judgement on the photographer? The truth is that Merlin looks like this all the time, whether he's chilling in the sink, playing with his toys, or chatting with the dog. Merlin is a ragdoll/Himalayan mix with beautiful blue eyes that are always partially shaded by his overly stern eyebrows.

You can see more of Merlin at his Instagram gallery, where he gives his many followers the stink-eye on a regular basis. Believe it or not, he didn't look grumpy at all when he was a kitten. If you go back far enough in the gallery, you'll find that Merlin's kitten pictures are quite charming. -via Bored Panda

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Christmas Tree If You Have a Cat

This picture is from a Tweet by @juliettebaba. It's not clear whether this is a deliberate alteration to accommodate a cat-centric household, an art piece, or possibly the natural result of having cats around a normal Christmas tree. But a clue came into the comments underneath that Tweet.

The cats in the two pictures look like they may be related to each other, too. They must have a really destructive gene in the family. This was found in a collection of photos of cats in Christmas trees you can see at Mashable.

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Comedian Demonstrates How Cats Act In The Middle Of The Night

Cats don't have to adhere to a 9 to 5 schedule like their poor overworked humans, and because they're free to do their feline thang whenever they want many cats think the middle of the night is the best time to get frisky.

This naturally bugs the hell out of their humans, who are trying to sleep so they can make the most of the daylight, but cats are too busy scurrying around the house, knocking stuff over and tearing up the couch to care how their humans feel.

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Comedian Gus Johnson put on a pair of ears and some whiskers so he could properly channel the spirit of a cat when they're at their most rambunctious- at 3 a.m. when their humans dare try to dream.

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Thieving Squirrel Takes Christmas Treats

Michele Boudreaux set out a box of treats for delivery drivers who are working hard this Christmas season. The local wildlife noticed, and a squirrel decided the box was fair game. Boudreaux tells the story of the thieving squirrel at her blog.

On Monday, I put out this year’s treat table and—NO JOKE—within a few hours, ALL the Ghirardelli chocolate squares were gone. I couldn’t believe it. Why would someone do such a thing? And why would they take the most expensive chocolate on the tray? Why not rob us blind of all the Reese’s and Mini Snickers since I can’t seem to stop eating them because holy crap, trash candy is so damn good and I totally don’t choose Us Weekly over Time while in the waiting room.

But, no. This thief took the good stuff. And I wanted to cry. It was day one and already two packs, like 25 pieces, of Ghirardelli squares had been taken from us.

A video camera caught the thief in action.

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The chocolate is now in a jar that requires opposable thumbs to open. -via Tastefully Offensive

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The LOLcats of 1911

LOLcats are much older than the internet, and even older than current copyrights. The children's book Kittens and Cats: A First Reader (1911) was written by Eulalie Osgood Grover. The simple captions tell the story of a cat throwing a party for all her friends.

The images are attributed to the Rotograph Company, which lead us to believe they were the work of a young Harry Whittier Frees before he began selling cat pictures under his own name. His talent for posing cats in clothing would develop far beyond what is contained in the 1911 primer.  

See more cats from the book at The Public Domain Review. -via Metafilter

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If You Ever Feel Sad Just Remember This- Horses Can Grow Moustaches

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Horses are noble and elegant creatures and truly one of the most beautiful animals in the world, but did you know they're also the hirsute heroes of the animal kingdom?

With beautiful manes and tails that can be braided and styled their hair game is undeniably strong, but what truly makes them hirsute heroes is the fact that both males and females can grow amazing moustaches.

And unlike other animals with hair on their upper lip the horse's moustache comes in many styles, from the hairy hippie to the dapper dan to the horsey handlebar.

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So why aren't horses allowed to enter the World Beard and Moustache Competitions? Because humans are afraid of being shown up by their steeds!

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See more from If You Ever Feel Sad Just Remember That Horses Can Grow Moustaches here

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Animals Hugging Humans

It's time for a little warm-and-fuzzy break! Take a few minutes and revel in seeing all kinds of animals giving hugs to people (or vice-versa). We have cows, chimpanzees, parrots, fish, elephants, poultry, bears, pigs, goats, cats, dogs, and ferocious wild animals -some you may not even be familiar with. Need we say it? Don't try this with just any animal.   

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When you feel the world is falling apart, enjoy the power of touch and the pure signs of affection from critters who don't care about our wealth or our pasts or our politics. -via Tastefully Offensive

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