Curious Owls

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When you set up a camera to capture wildlife in their natural habitat, you hope they don’t know they’re being recorded. It turns out that you can’t fool critters all the time. Someone attached a GoPro to a tree just beneath an owl’s nest. The owls, being eagle-eyed, immediately noticed something new in their environment. The camera gets a thorough inspection, which leaves us with the image of an entire family of owls staring directly into our souls. The owls don’t care, once they’ve determined it’s something they can’t eat and won’t eat them. I got a little nervous when one owl chick hiked his leg, but I guess he was just stretching. Next, someone will give them funny dialogue. -via Everlasting Blort  


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Benedict Cumberbatch Can't Say "Penguins"

One would think that a man as esteemed and worldly as Benedict Cumberbatch would be a master of linguistics. The subtle differences in language that seperate regions and dialects. He also clearly has been speaking English his entire life, so one might be shocked when they hear the way Sherlock pronounces penguins.

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This is not in any way to make fun of the actor. The guy is awesome. It is just one of those things you notice and kind of go hmmmm to yourself. How can such a well-spoken man have trouble with the word penguins? Truth is, we all have our odd ways of pronouncing words. Sometimes, it is because someone who raised us may have said it that way, or in some cases, there may be no reason at all.

I just thought you might find it interesting that Benedict Cumberbatch can't say penguins. Like, really.

Okay, I won't lie. This video is kind of hilarious. I mean, really, who has ever called them penglings?


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To Do: Dishes, Laundry, Vacuum Cat...

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This cat named Bobo (previously at Neatorama) loves to be vacuumed, according to his owners. He lies there, seemingly relaxed, as the vacuum runs over him. If Bobo likes it, it's a win/win for his people, since vacuuming him is likely to eliminate a lot of cat hair that would otherwise be scattered around the house. I wonder if they are trying to get his younger sister Nikita on board? Keep up with Bobo and Nikita on Facebook. -Via Tastefully Offensive 


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Bull Born with the Number 7 on His Head


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This is Baby Ben, a calf born at Vale Woods Farm in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He’s named after Ben Roethlisberger, a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger wears the #7 jersey on that football team. It’s this bull’s lucky number!

Carissa Itle-Westrick, one of the farm’s managers, says that’s it’s not the first time they've had an animal born with a stylish mark. They once had a cow that sported a Nike swoosh on her shoulder.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Photo: Firefighter Reviving a Baby Hamster

Firefighters in Lacey, Washington extinguished a fire in a mobile home on Friday. Inside, they found five hamsters in a cage: Oreo, Madonna, and three unnamed baby hamsters.

They quickly consulted a pocket guide that they keep on hand for animal emergencies. They found suitable instructions, then administered oxygen to the five hamsters. Thankfully, four of animals survived.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath | Photo: Lacey Fire District 3


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Trapped in a Game of Fetch

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This guy sees a dog’s ball that unfortunately fell outside the fence. Like any good Samaritan and dog lover, he gives it back to the poor puppy. He soon realizes that he’s been outsmarted by a clever border collie who wants to play. I’m sure he’s not the first passer-by who’s been fooled into throwing the ball for this smart, energetic, and adorable dog. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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JoeJoe the Capybara Wolfs Popsicles, Cavorts with Puppies

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Who among us doesn't like to enjoy a nice frozen treat from time to time? JoeJoe the capybara (previously at Neatorama) is certainly not pooping on the popsicle party. He munches a red popsicle with gusto, barely pausing to swallow. This is a capybara who knows what he likes! Popsicles and puppies are two of JoeJoe's passions, as seen in the video below of the patient capybara playing with a bunch of adorable, rambunctious pups. Cap life is sweet. 

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Have You Ever Heard A Kookaburra Before?

You ever heard the varying cries and calls of the Kookaburra bird? Trust me, this is one of those questions you would know the answer to if you had. These particular birds have a call that is quite unlike any other bird you have ever heard.

Though these birds are indigenous to New Guinea and Australia, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens got their hands on one and decided to show us just how this remarkable bird communicates.

It may not be music to your ears, but it is quite an aural spectacle.

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To me, it sounds like that is the sound the Joker would make if he were a bird. Just saying.

Wimp


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Bears Enjoys Cookies

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In the US, you see a bear at the window and you 1. shut the window, 2. make sure your kids are inside, and 3. call authorities. In Russia? Hand feed the bear! This bear sure likes the sweet pastries he’s getting, even though with a mere leap or swipe of the paw, he could be eating a sturdy human. Things are different in Russia. Of course, we can assume the men know this bear, but you have to wonder how that came to be. The real question is, what happens when you run out of cookies? -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Cheetah Cub Sister Duo at San Diego Zoo

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These two cheetah cub sisters, born on September 1, are being hand raised by the staff at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, because their mother was unsuccessful in raising her two previous litters. Eileen Neff, lead keeper of the cubs said,

"Every baby's different, but these cheetahs really seem to be developing quickly in our eyes. They are great eaters and they started playing when they were just three or four days old. They could barely walk at that time, so it was pretty interesting seeing them tumbling around with each other."

Like all animal ambassador cheetahs at the San Diego Zoo, these cubs will be paired with domestic dogs as companions, which keeps them calm and well socialized. Read more about the San Diego Zoo's cheetahs here. Via Zooborns.  


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Dog Saved by Doorbell

Henry is a 7-year-old border terrier who lives in Prestbury, UK. Earlier this week, he went down a rabbit hole and became stuck, unknown to his owner, Beverley Leonard. When she couldn’t find the dog, Leonard called the local fire department, but after looking for Henry for three days, the animal rescue unit had to abandon the search.

A crew member said that if Henry would just bark they would have much more chance. A distraught Beverley remembered that the one thing Henry did bark at was her doorbell. She raced home, ripped the door bell off her front door, grabbed the amplifier, raced back to the fields and played it into every rabbit hole they could find.

“It must have been just about the last hole in the last field, and we were about to give up, when we heard him,” said Beverley.

The rescuers sawed through a bush and then dug down about five feet to reach Henry. Despite four days wedged in a rabbit hole underground, Henry is now doing fine. -via Arbroath

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Jebediah the Goat is Looking for Love

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Jebediah is a Boer goat who is in rut, a term used to describe the mating season of ruminant animals such as goats, deer, sheep, elk and moose. As his owner says,

"He sounds so goofy! This is how intact male goats act and sound when the weather gets cooler and they are looking for love."

Now, now. That's not showing Jebediah the proper respect, is it? To add insult to injury, the owner says he's stinky, too. Perhaps that's what Jebediah is trying to vocalize here. He needs to protect his male goat card in any way possible, in the face of such abuse. 

I've watched this video twice now, and at :38, I've burst out laughing both times. Thanks for the laughs, Jeb. -Via Tastefully Offensive


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Syrian Man Cares for Abandoned Pet Cats

A Syrian ambulance driver named Alaa has been taking care of the cities' cats, abandoned by their owners in the midst of constant shelling over the city of Aleppo, the largest in the war-torn country. 

Alaa spends what amounts to $4.00 USD to purchase raw meat, after which he drives to Masaken Hanano, an area now uninhabited due to bombing. Hundreds of domestic cats, unaccustomed to procuring food for themselves, come running when Alaa appears. 

It's always uplifting to witness the selflessness, empathy and heroism that the human spirit is capable of, even in tragic and desperate circumstances. Via Lost in E Minor

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Groomers Make a Dragon-Cat and a Bee-Dog

We all want a pet dragon, but we also don't want to die. This presents a conundrum, unless you can visit Dara Gotz's animal salon in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She dyes and trims cats and dogs to look like other animals. The dyes remain in place for several months, so you'll have plenty of time to embarrass your pets.


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The cat pictured is supposed to look like a dragon, but I see shades of Battle Cat from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

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Camera Traps Capture Bizarre Animal Hitchhiking Behavior

Many animals work together to improve each other’s lives, like the oxpecker birds who ride on rhinos and other large mammals in Sub-Saharan Africa, keeping their ride tick free and staying safely out of harms way at the same time.

These animals know that together they’ll go farther in life, but it seems like some of these critters are using these symbiotic relationships to their own ends.

A camera trap set up by conservationists from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa captured these bizarre examples of animal teamwork- a spotted genet riding on the back of a buffalo, using the big galoot like his own personal taxi service.

So what’s the big deal?

Mammals don’t usually hitch rides on the backs of other mammals in the wild, but it seems this innovative genet is trying to rewrite the rules in his favor, even daring to hitch a ride on the back of a rhino.

Here's what the conservationists wrote about this wily genet on their blog Wildlife Act Team:

This series of photographs depicts a large spotted genet on top of two individual buffalo. One of the buffalo seemed to be unimpressed with the genet and can be seen turning around and thus shaking the genet off. The other buffalo was quite content to let the genet "tag along" for an evening stroll. The genet seemed to have spent this particular evening riding buffalo!

What's even more bizarre is that the same particular genet has a habit of hitch-hiking on other larger beasts and this rhino seemed an ideal taxi service one evening! He decided to jump on this rhino on the very same night that he was seen riding on the back of two separate buffalo.

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Horse is All About That Bass

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Just horsin’ around the stable, this young lady has some jams going and can’t help but dance. The horse studies a bit and then joins in. But the horse doesn’t want to dance with her, he wants a dance battle-type handoff, so he can watch her anytime she dances. This horse has rhythm! -via Buzzfeed


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KLM’s Lost & Found Service

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When you want to find a person, and all you have is one of their possessions, what’s the fastest way to identify them? A sniffer dog! In this case, an adorable little beagle named Sherlock who works for Dutch airline KLM at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. It’s an ingenious idea, but don’t make your plans now to leave something behind on KLM. Sherlock, as the program’s mascot, doesn’t work all the time, and he has other duties to look after in addition to finding passengers to return their belongings: mainly, promoting KLM’s Lost & Found team and their 80% record of returning lost items to their owners. -via reddit


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Can You Imagine Getting A Massive Hug From A Lioness?

I am not quite sure who this Jay Hawk Daily guy is, but he posts some amazing videos to his YouTube on the regular of him doing stuff that most of us would either love to do, or die in fear and refuse to do. Take, for example, this video of him showing up and hanging out with a lioness who just cannot seem to stop giving him love and hugs. 99% of us will live our entire lives never knowing what a lioness hug feels like (and being somewhat grateful for that), but to see the bond these two obviously have is amazing. She just acts like a giant kitten around him. 

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My rational sense of self-preservation knows better than to be jealous or envy him, but it is still wonderful to see just how gentle and loving wild animals can be towards certain humans. I have said it before and will say it again. I often think humans could take a lesson in humanity away from some animals.

But keep in mind, were this anyone but him, they probably would have been mauled. Never let these vids lull you into a false sense about what these animals can do. Just saying.

Wimp


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Dogs That Look Like Someone (or Something) Else

Dog looks like Richard Branson

Bored Panda asked their readers to submit photos of dogs who look like someone (or something) else. Here are some of the submissions they received. There's the old adage that dogs begin to resemble their owners... but who could anticipate them looking like their owners' favorite venture capitalist, cartoon character or most oft-used bath towel? Are these people just seeing things? See the remaining photos to be the best judge. 


Greyhound looks like Sid from Ice Age

Dog looks like Vladimir Putin

Dog looks like Dumbo the elephant

Pug looks like Jabba the Hutt

Shar Pei looks like a fluffy towel 


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Dog Tries to Not Get Caught Looking at His Human's Food


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Whatever the human is eating, the Pomeranian wants it. He stalks his prey--the fabled watermelon chunk. He studiously avoids eye contact, for he must give the appearance of disinterest if he is to close the distance without arousing suspicion. It's clearly working.

Note the Dr. Seuss quote on the wall. It reads:

Today you are You,
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive
who is Youer than You.

Be You, Pomeranian. Be the hunter that is You.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Twin Red Panda Cubs at Play

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These red panda cub twins were born on July 1st at Lincoln Zoo. The as yet unnamed cubs are a brother and sister, raised by zoo staff, as their mother was unable to care for them properly. According to the zoo's website, the female cub has a stuffed animal frog that she's quite fond of, and on which she naps regularly. The male likes to engage his sister in wrestling matches. What sweet faces on these little ones! They certainly made me smile. -Via Tastefully Offensive


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Puppies Playing in Leaf Piles

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In certain parts of the country, with the change of seasons comes leaves turning brilliant jewel tones and eventually falling to the ground. For homeowners, that means yard work. Thus begins the task of raking, leaf-blowing, and, in some neighborhoods, bagging for pickup.

Dogs also see additional demands on their time during the fall. According to the canine handbook, any dog who lives within reach of a leaf pile must romp through said leaf pile, or risk surrendering their dog card. This compilation shows a number of adorable puppies getting initiated in this vital ritual. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Kitty Action Shots

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These fun captures of kitties in action are a great representation of the spirit of the species. Cats are nimble, graceful and capable of reaching impressive heights when they jump. Part of the fun of having a cat is their unpredictability; one never quite knows their next move. Kudos to the photographers who were quick enough to snap the shutter in time to catch these kitties in midair. See more photos here. 


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Sully the Dog Pins Her Owner For Some Epic "I Missed You" Hugs

One of the funniest things about big dogs is that they don't seem to understand that they are big dogs. Take Sully the Saint Bernard for example. A massive dog by any means, but it seems everytime "daddy" gets home, Sully tackles him and forces some quality hug time on him to let him know how much he was missed.

I will be honest with you. I would be delighted if something ever missed me that much.

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While the thought of a massive Saint Bernard tackling you and pinning you might inspire images of Cujo in your head, it is quite clear to see Sully is just a big teddy bear. And really, what is better than a big teddy bear that loves to give hugs?

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German Shepherd Unlocks the Maltese

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Julie Taylor couldn’t figure out how her Maltese Sophie was getting out of her kennel, but every time she was confined, the dog was soon seen playing with Twitch, the German shepherd. Setting up a camera was all it took to find out what happened. Overlooking the question of why a one-year-old dog would be confined to a small cage, they sure look happy to be out and about together! -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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