We've all seen dogs who are really good skaters, but as it turns out cats are totally rad thrashers too, and they were either too lazy or too cool to show off their skills for the sake of human amusement.
But in this video Boomer the Bengal finally relents and shows off his sk8 or die side while his famous skater sister Didga, as well as a few dumbfounded dogs, cheer him on.
Boomer is definitely the laid back beach cruiser type, and unlike those easily sidetracked canines he looks like he'd be happy to push that board around all day long!
-Via Laughing Squid
See more videos of Boomer and his sister Didga.
This Craigslist ad originated in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where this kind of thing probably happens more it than does where you live. If you had a picture like that, you’d be tempted to do the same thing. I wonder how many responses they got. -via reddit
Earlier this month, we got to see three new Scottish wildcat kittens at a British zoo. Now there’s one at the Chester Zoo in Chester, UK, as well. The single kitten was born in May to mother Einich, but had only recently emerged from its den for the first time. This event was caught on camera as the kitten heard its mother warn people away.
She’s letting you know she’s definitely a wildcat -but the two-month-old kitten is adorable. The cats, Einich and her mate Cromarty and the kitten, are not on public display, but zoo visitors can watch them on a webcam feed. Read more about the Scottish wildcats at the zoo’s website. -via mental_floss
(Image credit: Winchendon Fire Department)
Passersby noticed a cat stuck in a grate over a storm drain in Winchendon, Massachusetts, last Thursday. The Winchendon Fire Department responded and found the cat with its body hanging inside the grate, and its head stuck. They believe the cat was inside the storm and drain and was trying to get out. However, it’s also possible that cat’s body slipped through from above. The fire department reported:
When we arrived the cat was barely breathing and moving as she was hanging from the grate. Lieutenant Peters, Firefighter/Medic Harding, and myself removed the grate and uprighted the grate so the cat could breath.
When the owner arrived we had him get some dish soap from his house and we applied it around the cats neck, we slowly worked his head back into the grate and within a couple minutes we freed the cat.
(Image credit: Winchendon Fire Department)
The one-year-old female cat was taken home by its owner, soapy but safe. -via HuffPo
People love to teach their pets how to do tricks, and some pets love to perform tricks because they get extra treats and extra attention from their humans.
Dogs are (arguably) the easiest pets to teach, because tricks such as the army crawl, speaking and fetching just click with them on an instinctual level.
But just because they have the ability to do these tricks within them doesn't mean those tricks come easy to them!
Watching tiny Gracie struggle to fetch a Sunday edition-sized newspaper is truly inspirational, although something tells me she's going to be just fine with the death of the printed page.
This is Sumatra, a giant albino Burmese python. She works with Redding Reptile Parties, an event service in Redding, California that brings reptiles to parties. In this video, Sumatra enjoys a hot summer day in the pool with two young friends.
Don't worry about the girls! They're safe. Corey Williams, Sumatra's owner, describes how gentle she is:
She has been to over 500 birthday parties and many schools, she has been around kids since she was a baby, she has never killed anything she even likes our dogs and cat. funny story I have found the most humane way to kill a rabbit or chicken is to give them a strong hit to the back of the neck with a hard object this normally kills them instantly for I don't like to see any animal suffer. Anyway I came in later to see if Sumatra had eaten and the chicken was walking around her cage, she would not touch it unless it was dead so I killed it for sure this time and she ate it right away.
James Dickson was driving a country road, windows down, music up, and the song “I’m Broken” by Pantera was playing. He pulled up next to a pastured horse wearing a raincoat who appreciated Dickson’s taste in music. The horse started head banging, then tapping his hoof, and if the car had stuck around a bit longer, we’d probably see him try crowdsurfing. Note that Dickson named the video after the 1992 Pantera album Vulgar Display of Power. -via Tastefully Offensive
Newly-hatched ducklings are known for “imprinting,” or latching on to the first thing they see as their mother. That way they know who to follow and who will protect them. Imprinting is considered to be instinct, and ducklings have been known to imprint on animals and even objects that are not their mother. A recent experiment hijacked the imprinting period to determine how intelligent ducklings are, as in whether they can distinguish the abstract concepts of “same” and “different.”
To explore how ducks think, researchers exposed newborn ducklings to a variety of objects, showing them pairs that were either the same or different, in characteristics like shape or color. Later, when shown completely different objects, three-fourths of the ducks got up and followed the pair that had the same relation they'd originally seen—whether it was one of color or shape, sameness or difference—parading after them the same way they'd line up and follow Mrs. Mallard.
For example, newborn mallards who were first exposed to two spheres (same), later chose to follow a pair or triangles (same) rather than a cube and a cuboid (different). “We hatch them, we give them about 12 hours to dry off, and once they able to walk they are able to do this and learn it with great accuracy,” says Antone Martinho a cognitive scientist at the University of Oxford and co-author of the new study.
This kind of relational matching behavior has been observed in certain primates, like monkeys and apes (and of course humans), and a few other birds, like parrots and crows. But again, these animals are all generally considered to be far more intelligent than ducks.
This experiment brings up a few thoughts. 1. Who is going to care for those experimental ducklings and show them how to duck? B. If newborn ducklings can distinguish same from different, maybe that concept isn’t really “abstract thought.” 3. Could this have been an ancient observation that led to the story of The Ugly Duckling? After all, the ducklings were aware of how different the cygnet was. Read more about the duckling experiment at Smithsonian.
(Image credit: Alexey Gomankov)
Celine Chasteen and a friend were paddleboarding in Jupiter, Florida last week. To her surprise, a charming and bold manatee popped up out of the water, placed his flippers on her board, and made eyes at her.
Chasteen was delighted. And although the manatee didn't get her number, his chances are excellent. The Dodo quotes her:
I thought he was really cute. He was really nice and stuff. I hope he drops by again.
-via Huffington Post
Attend a bird of prey show and you expect to see magnificent animals stretching out their wings and snatching up prey for the sake of human amusement.
Spectators might even get hit in the face with a wing, or get a scare when a bird comes flying towards their head, but nobody expects to see a bird trying to take off with one of their kids.
But that's what happened at the Alice Springs Desert Park in Central Australia- a wedge-tailed eagle swooped down and sunk his claws into the head of a boy wearing a green hoodie, acting like he wanted to carry the kid off.
The eagle looked a bit confused about the situation as well afterwards, and witnesses say the boy was playing with his zipper during the show, which may have initiated the attack.
We all wonder what our pet's non-domestic ancestors would look like, but what if you go a little bit further back -to the Ice Age, for example? Thanks to the famous film franchise, now you can actually help visualize what your fur baby would look like in the distant past (and learn which Ice Age character they most closely resemble.
I went ahead and did my two pups on the site and as you can see, the results are pretty insightful as well as delightful. So check out your pet's pre-historic roots at AnimalAncestry.com.
Cody is an undersized alpaca who thinks she’s a member of the family. Because that’s how Amber Isaac treats her. She’s been a house pet for two years, since Isaac took her in as a newborn when her alpaca mother wouldn’t care for her. Cody doesn’t look like your average house pet.
Before there was radio or TV, we used to sit around and laugh at the cat. Then we got movies, TV, and then the internet, and now we sit around and watch other people’s cats do funny cat stuff.
Cats love boxes, and kittens are playful, so a kitten in a box its a double delight! Enjoy this compilation from CrazyFunnyStuff. -via Tastefully Offensive
It's rare to come across a dog who actually likes to take a bath, and even rarer to find a dog who doesn't immediately run outside and roll in the dirt after getting clean.
But Brady the golden retriever is such a clean freak he gives himself a bath every day, then Brady wraps himself in a towel afterwards rather than shaking water everywhere like a cur.
Brady's humans should hire him out so he can teach other dogs the value of bathing regularly!
The African Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) is the biggest in Africa and noted for his aggressiveness. He's big and tough, but a complete sweetheart when it comes to caring for his kids.
In this video from the TV series Nature, his tadpoles grow up in a puddle next to a pond. The sun is drying up the puddle, placing his kids in mortal peril. So he digs a channel from the puddle to the main pond, providing them a means of escape.
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Cockatiels can whistle and sing pretty well if you train them early in life. This cockatiel learned the theme to the TV series The Addams Family, including the finger snapping part! For that, he raps his beak. A friend almost joins in, but with one searing look, he goes back to a solo performance. -via Tastefully Offensive
In every pack there are alpha leaders and omega followers, canines who are the first to jump into the pool and show the others how to act and those who doggy paddle in a blind panic.
Can you guess whether Beja, the “non-swimming” dog in this video, is an alpha or an omega?
Beja is a regular at the Happy Tails resort in Norfolk, Virginia, and even though she has been coming to the resort for years, and knows how to swim, she'd rather stand in the shallow water and stare. Way to make the doggy pool party awkward, Beja!
-Via Boing Boing
Three rare Scottish Wildcat kittens were introduced to the public this week at Wildwood Wildlife Park in Kent, UK. The 11-week-old kittens are named Oban (male) and his sisters Fearn and Little Rhu. The mother Carna and the kittens have been separated from the father, RJ, for their safety, but will be reunited when the kittens are bigger. Scottish Wildcats were once numerous in Britain, but were hunted to near-extinction and now only exist in the Highlands of Scotland. They have a tendency to interbreed with house cats, so Wildwood does DNA studies on their cats in order to use the purest wildcat specimens for their breeding program, which is conducted by the organization Scottish Wildcat Action. Read more about the kittens at Kent Online. -via Fark
(Image credit: The Wildwood Trust at Facebook)
He shares some bologna-like sausage with his cat. She is excited about that nice, thick slab of meaty goodness. She wants to take it upstairs to eat, but the vacuum cleaner is on, and that’s terrifying. And then she gets the bologna stuck in her mouth in a weird manner. Why doesn’t she just eat it downstairs?
Well, it is tempting, since she has to wait for so long. Just a bite. Or two. But then the infernal noise goes away, and she can finally go upstairs! That’s when we see why she didn’t just gobble it all down. Sparta is a good cat. And beautiful, too! -via Tastefully Offensive
Kyle is just your every day adorable, grumpy-looking mustchioed kitty with a few minor distinctions -for example, he witnessed a domestic violence murder and was even held in evidence by the police before being handed over to the local animal shelter.
Of course, like many other famous internet kitties, he has a few health issues that seem to make him even more adorable -he has only three teeth, a permanently crooked ear that is dirty all the time and causes his foot to get dirty from scratching it. He also has absurdly scraggly whiskers that seem to go in all directions all at once.
And did I mention he looks fantastic in a hat?
In various wars since the advent of photography, in units from many nations, soldiers have adopted animals and kept them as mascots. Sometimes they are government issue, like horses, and other times they are strays that are looking for a meal. These include dogs, cats, goats, sheep, rabbits, birds, turtles, kangaroos, and more. Shown here is a young fox that took up with the Royal Air Force during World War I, and was said to enjoy flying. See a gallery of these mascots, and click on an image to get what story is known of them. -via History Buff
Eric is a Australian bare-eyed cockatoo. The veterinarian recommended that Eric eat more broccoli. Have you ever tried to get a kid to eat broccoli? Eric is kinda like a little kid.
However, a child who acted like this would be sent to their room. His owner swears he usually likes broccoli. Apparently he doesn’t like being told what to do. -via Tastefully Offensive
(Photos: Kittitas County Fire & Rescue #7)
Her name is Buttons. She's well known to the people of Kittitas County, Washington. She likes to hang out with the local cows, goats, and humans. When firefighters set up a command post while putting out wildfire, Buttons decided to pay a visit to them. The Associated Press reports:
Kittitas County Fire District spokeswoman Richelle Risdon says she arrived at the scene on Saturday to see the elk nuzzling up to everyone in the command post area and resting her head on people's shoulders.
Batman v Superman turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment. What could have saved the movie? Casting. They should have put cats into the roles of the superheroes. Kaipotainment did just that, with this remake.
The movie would have been much shorter without any dialogue. And cuter, too. I can’t wait to see the sequel, possibly starring Catwoman. -via Uproxx
Redditor mystadobalina and his/her friends were enjoying the July 4th festivities on Swann Creek in Chesapeake Bay. They heard a mewling sound and found a baby raccoon in the water. The poor little fella was treading water, desperately trying to stay afloat.
The humans knew better than to try to pick him up. So they attached a life vest to a rope and dropped the vest into the water. The raccoon held on to it as they towed him back to shore with a dingy.
-via Laughing Squid
(Photo: Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary)
Sequoia, a 550-pound black bear, lives at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary in Folsom, California. Zookeepers commonly leave dog food in his enclosure for him to eat. This attracted a feral cat, which eventually decided that Sequoia's den would be a good place to live. Zookeepers have since named her Little Bear.
Little Bear the cat tolerates the other bears that live at the zoo, but she has a "special relationship" with Sequoia, according to the zookeepers. They stay close together, like friends should.