Cat at a Dog Show

Robert Dollwet took his Bengal cat Boomer (previously at Neatorama) to a dog show. Boomer is on a leash, and all those dogs acted like that was a cue that he’s just another dog, although at least one seems to have caught on. 

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It ended up as an adorable encounter. Remember, this is a well-trained cat and the dogs are show dogs, so you can bet they are well-disciplined, too.  -via reddit


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This Is Why You Should Let Sleeping Tigers Sleep

Tigers are like all cats in that they need to squeeze in eighteen plus hours a day of beauty sleep, and they really don't like to be disturbed while they're catching some z's.

But unlike most other cats a tiger will launch a furious attack at anyone who dares disturb their sleep, even if that attack leads to an awkward tension between bros in a shared enclosure.

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Is that the tiger from The Hangover? Looks like Mike Tyson has taught him some moves!

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Toddler Blames Batman for the Mess He Made


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Laura Hopkins of Inverness, Scotland found lipstick drawings on a mirror in her home. She confronted her 2-year old son Noel.

Noel knew the truth: his favorite superhero, Batman, had gone bad, broken into their home, and drawn the doodles!

Oh, for shame, Batman!

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Italian Grocery Store Introduces Dog Friendly Shopping Carts

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It's a bummer dogs can't go grocery shopping with us because they'd be great at picking out snacks, although they'd probably force us to buy a cartload of both real and squeaky steaks so maybe we're better off.

But if and/or when grocery stores allow dogs to come along they'll ride comfortably in a cool dog friendly shopping cart, like this one introduced by Gianfranco Galantini in his grocery store Unes.

 

Now Gianfranco should consider dedicating one entire aisle to Snausages and other dog treats, so his new fleet of furry shoppers can spend their human's hard earned cash.

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Think Your Cat Is Lazy? Look At All The Jobs They Do For You!

The feline pet population has it way too easy- they're asked to do nothing more than catch mice, eat on the floor, poop in a box and allow humans to dote on them, which is why all the working dogs are so jealous.

But this video by Sho Ko seems to indicate that our cats are actually overworked, and with all they do in a day it's a wonder they have time to squeeze in sixteen hours of sleep!

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10 Disgusting Animal Defense Mechanisms

You always hear about the beauty and majesty of nature, but it's not always pretty. Sometimes nature is just plain icky. Here are some of the grossest ways animals protect themselves from predators.

1. Turkey Vultures

Image: Kevin Cole [Wikipedia]

Generally speaking, vomit may be gross, but it's not much of a defensive mechanism. That is, unless we're talking about the turkey vulture. These birds gorge themselves so much that if they have just eaten, they can no longer fly. That's why vomiting is one of their best lines of defense -it not only disgusts a potential predator with the foul-smelling, acidic substance but it also allows the vulture the chance to move way faster and possibly even fly. In fact, the regurgitation is so gross that the vulture will sometimes vomit right in the eyes of its enemies, which causes a horrible stinging sensation. Oddly, bald eagles will happily eat the regurgitated mess because apparently they would rather eat rotting meat covered in stinky stomach acid than hunt for themselves.

Sources: Wikipedia, Nature Mapping Foundation, How Stuff Works and Beauty of Birds

2. Fulmars

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Another bird that has mastered the art of defensive vomiting is the fulmar. The innocent-looking birds have a nasty talent -the ability to projectile vomit a foul-smelling, oily secretion on anyone that threatens them. They can even spray the junk up to ten feet. The orange oil not only smells like rotten fish, but also will not come off and even sticks to the feathers of other birds, making them unable to fly or swim so they either end up falling to their death or diving into the water only to drown. As you might imagine, the fulmar itself is immune to the sticky oil globbing up its feathers and in fact, it actually uses the secretion as a high-energy food source for both the young and adults.

Sources: Wikipedia and FMSA

3. Hagfishes

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Hagfish aren't just ugly fish with an appropriately ugly name, they also have one of the most unique defense abilities in the world -the ability to ooze massive amounts of slime. This might not seem like a super helpful defense, but the goo makes it difficult for predators to grip the hagfish and it can also smother their gills, suffocating underwater predators. The slime is so thick that the hagfish themselves sometimes die if they cannot squeeze off the excess slop fast enough -which they do by tying themselves in knots. A typical fish can emit up to 5.25 gallons of the sticky glop.

Sources: Wired, Wikipedia and Sea and Sky

4. Hairy Frogs

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Cats Who Collect Things

Some cats love bottle caps, while other concentrate on milk rings or q-tips or ink pens or rubber bands. This is redditor jasonripp’s cat Cersei, after he found out where she hid her collection of bottle caps. She looks like she’s terrified he might take them away. My cat Marshmallow collects chopsticks, but when she can’t find any more, she’ll gather hair ties. She puts the hair ties in the cat food bowls, or even the water container, which all the cats share, and it aggravates the rest of them to no end. Continue reading to see more cats who collect things. 

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Surprise Wallaby Joey Shows Up a Year After Mating

Mica is a brush-tailed rock wallaby at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. She’s been doing her job for the endangered species by giving birth. However, the only male wallaby in the zoo was moved away in March of 2015. Mica’s joey emerged from the pouch about six months later. But zookeepers were surprised to find that there’s another baby in there! The new joey recently peeked out from Mica’s pouch, and appears to be about six months old. How did that happen? Wallaby keeper Tony-Britt Lewis explained

The birth is the result of a phenomenon known as embryonic diapause, which enables certain mammals to extend their gestation period and time the birth of their young.

The reproductive strategy, which is used by a number of marsupial species including kangaroos, wallabies and wombats, usually occurs when adverse environmental conditions threaten the survival of the mother and her newborn.

“It’s an interesting survival mechanism that allows the mother to delay the development of the embryo in drought conditions or if she already has a joey in the pouch,” said Tony.

Read more about embryonic diapause at Wikipedia. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)


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Hippo Gets Its Teeth Cleaned

I'm filing this post under "Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly" even though, Smithsonian magazine informs us:

[...] lore has it that hippos kill more people each year than lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes and rhinos combined.

Hippopotami can and have swallowed people whole. But that does not deter this worker at the Tennoji Zoo in Osaka from cleaning a hippo's mouth and teeth with his hands and a brush. 


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When Dogs Can Fly...Oh Wait, They Already Can

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Remember that time when the New Zealand SPCA taught dogs to drive to show how smart pooches are and that yes, you can teach an older dog new tricks? Well those crazy kiwis are at it again and this time they're teaching dogs to fly the friendly skies. 

The pups spent four months in a flight simulator before trying the real thing and were, of course, always under the protection and supervision of trainer Mark Vette.


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Will Corgis Make Good Police Dogs?

In an experimental program, the Moscow Police canine unit will train a group of Welsh corgi puppies to do police work. According to state news agency RIA Novosti, two puppies are in training already, a two-month-old and a six-month-old. Elena Haikova, head of the canine unit, said there is no guarantee the experiment will yield Corgi police dogs.

She explained that the relatively low height of the corgi means they may prove effective in sniffing out objects close to the ground, and move in tight spaces, searching for bombs or contraband goods.

“They still need to grow, be trained and undergo every test,” Haikova said. “The dogs may buckle under the workload.”

We should know within a year whether corgis turn out to be effective for the tasks they are training for. -via HuffPo

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Swarming Crabs Look Like An Oceanic Alien Invasion

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Swarms of pretty much anything are scary to see swarming, terrifying when the swarm is coming towards you and totally panic inducing when the swarm actually makes contact with your body.

But thanks to this amazing(ly unsettling) footage shot by Jesús Pineda of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) you can just watch the massive swarm of red crabs scuttle along the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama.

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This video documents a few significant discoveries- the red crabs had never been seen so far south (they typically hang out around Baja California), and nobody had ever documented red crabs swarming before.

It's almost like the crabs knew Jesús Pineda and his team were coming...

Read about Thousands Of Swarming Crabs Look Like A Horrifying Alien Invasion here


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Snapchat Filters on a Hamster

Snapchat is a social media app that lets people share photos. It includes fun filters that let users edit the images, such as giving people animal ears.

Twitter user @twentyonedorks applied them to her hamster, Murphy. Now he's even cuter than before!

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Owl Riding a Toy Horse

Chaco the Owl lives a quiet, domesticated life. But this only conceals his inner cowboy who is ready for wild west adventures. He mounts his trusty steed, which is a singing toy horse, and prepares to battle gunfighters, cattle rustlers, and the lonesome range.


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Circumstantial Evidence

The description at imgur said, “A family went to movie for 3 hrs come back to this.” Whoever left these prints apparently found a stock of ink and had a grand old time.



The evidence leads through the home. Who could have committed such a crime?

The perpetrator didn’t get in the bed, but he obviously thought about it.  



I believe we have found the guilty party. The good news is that the floor was fairly simple to clean, and the ink was non-toxic. The bedspread will be a permanent reminder to put the ink away where unauthorized users cannot get to it. There are 11 pictures of the carnage in the imgur gallery.

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Firefighters Give Oxygen to Guinea Pig

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A house in Mulberry, Florida caught on fire. Firefighters put it out, rescuing the man and guinea pig who lived there. Once they got the guinea pig out, the firefighters administered oxygen to it. The guinea pig was reported in adorable condition.

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Why Did the Seal Cross the Road? To Get to the Seafood Restaurant.

This is Sammy the Seal. He lives in the harbor of Howth, Ireland. Every day, he climbs out of the water to beg for fish at The Lighthouse Seafood Restaurant.


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In this video, Sammy rises from the water, patiently waits for a car to drive past, then crawls toward the restaurant. A worker there comes out with a chair to dissuade him. But Sammy is determined. It pays off, as the man eventually gives him fish to eat.

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Pig Thinks That She's a Sheep


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This little pet pig in Twynholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland escaped from her home. But she didn't wander far. Instead, she became a member of the flock of sheep at the adjoining farm. They've taken her in as one of their own--or at least tolerate her.

So far, the local humans have been unable to trap her. She may become a sheep for life.

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A Viking Funeral Fit for a Fish

Imgur user chilly911 lost his pet fish of 6 1/2 years last week. Since the fish, Peeping Tom, lived in his bathroom, watching him use the toilet, shower and more, chilly911 thought he deserved a funeral of a warrior. 

He built the fish a tiny ship loaded with matches in order to provide him with a proper viking funeral and the result was perfect for helping him to rise up to Valhalla. Oddly, this is not the first viking funeral for fishes we've seen.

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Dachshunds Play Hockey

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund (previously at Neatorama) and his brother Oakley don ridiculous little uniforms to play a game of street hockey. They’re not very good players, but no one cares because they are so funny!

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These dogs have little trouble aiming their sticks, and tend to succumb to temptation and eat the puck. But you won’t find better dachshund hockey players anywhere! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Museum Hires Feline Doorman

A stray cat started hanging around the Serpukhov Museum of History and Art in Serpukhov, Russia, a couple of years ago. The museum staff took him in, and Maray became quite popular with museum visitors. For April Fool’s Day, the museum sent an “application letter” from Maray asking for a job to the local press. In English, it said:

Application. As I am a direct relative of [Anna] Maraeva, I ask you to give me a job in ​ your museum. Maray The Cat.

Anna Maraeva is the former owner of the building, and inspired Maray’s name. The letter was accompanied by a press release that announced he had been hired. The museum staff got a laugh, but the media pounced on the story and made inquiries about the cat. So the museum had to make good on the “joke” and gave Maray the official title of doorman. He is paid in food and affection. See pictures of Maray at work at Buzzfeed.

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Pet_Disneyfication

A new reddit account popped up in just the last 24 hours from an artist who goes by Pet_Disneyfication. He or she takes pet pictures uploaded by others and draws them in an adorable Disney-like style. The above picture is from the post I love my job but the cat doesn’t.

Continue reading to check out the illustrations Pet_Disneyfication has contributed so far.

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A Farmer Monkey Visits his Goat and Chickens

Only in Russia. A farmer monkey checks out his livestock. And since it is Russia, he’s wearing a serious snowsuit.

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The second time you watch this, turn on the auto-translate (under settings) and marvel at the narration that accompanies this bizarre video. I get that they're filming a viral video, but most of it is just plain bizarre. -via Metafilter


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Our Pets' Wallets


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What's in your dog's wallet? His mind is always on you, so he carries appropriate mementos. What about your cat? Well, he's thinking about you, too. Just in a different way.


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Dog Wants to Play Fetch

This dog really wants to play fetch, but that’s not a child! That’s a doll! Elsa’s not going to throw that toy for you.

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Must be a pretty good likeness to the dog. I wonder how many people in this house he already solicited for the game. I hope after this clip was recorded, someone took pity on the pup and threw the toy for him.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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Tokyo’s Commuter Cat

This cat rides the Seibu Ikebukuro railway line in Tokyo all by itself. And this is not the first time. Passengers have been taking pictures of the cat riding the subway since 2013! Railway regulations stipulate that all animals must be in carriers, but they can’t cite the cat’s owners, because no one knows who they are.

The various people seated next to the cat show that it’s not accompanying its owner on an excursion into the city, but that it is indeed hopping on the train somewhere along the line all on its own. It even seems to be learning the basics of train etiquette, as in recent photos it’s generally perched on the bench seat in a compact manner, leaving room for others who want to sit down.

The staff of the Seibu Ikebukuro line are apparently turning a blind eye to the commuter cat, at least as long as no one complains. You can see more pictures this cat at RocketNews24. -via The Daily Dot


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Tug-of-War: Dachshund vs. Two Giant Dogs

Kera is an 11-pound, 15-year-old dachshund. She decided she wanted in on a tug-of-war between two 100-pound Bernese mountain dogs pulling on a thick rope. Does little Kera stand a chance against these giants? She think she does!

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It turns out that a little dog with some years on her knows a thing or two. Determination and tenacity will win over brute strength, especially if your opponents are not too bright and have to stop and bark every once in a while. Way to go, Kera! -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Procession of the Cats

Optina Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox refuge in Kozelsk, Russia. The monks who live there follow the rituals of their spiritual ancestors, including a daily procession of blessings. Father Sergey Kuzmich walks the grounds, giving blessings to the monks. And the cats. The monastery has become home to ten stray cats who found shelter there in return for their pest control services. The cats follow Kuzmich as he does his daily procession.  

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Kuzmich doesn’t call the cats, but he manages to give them a blessing along the way. The walk just became a habit for them. The monastery found it charming, and made a video to show “something simple and kind.” -via Buzzfeed


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Why Do Other Animals Like Capybaras So Much?

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Many humans think of capybaras as nothing more than overgrown rodents or some sort of rat-pig hybrid, but apparently all the other animals in the world see capybaras as cuddly companions.

They all want to snuggle up on the lazy rodents and inhale their mellow vibe like second hand smoke, losing all fear and all track of time while they lapse into a capy-induced coma.

Capybara cool is so potent, in fact, that it can even make a predator meathead chill enough to hang out with, now that's some mighty mojo!

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If these pics aren't proof enough of how much all kinds of animals adore capybaras Google their name and you'll find this image:

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That's basically a rat large enough to eat a cat and yet kitties aren't afraid- because capybaras are the living embodiment of catnip.

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Falling Cat in Slow Motion

We know cats almost always land on their feet. How they do it has fascinated cat owners and scientists since we first started watching cats. The BBC gives us a slow-motion view with some commentary on the kinetics involved in a fall by a caracal from the new TV show Life in the Air.  

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This is fascinating, but we still have questions. Did they throw a caracal to get this footage? Drop it from a helicopter? Was the cat upset about it afterward? Were there injuries to the camera crew? -via Digg


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