Munchkin is an adorable Shih Tzu puppy who dresses like a teddy bear. He was a hit at Halloween with his costume, but watch him walk on a treadmill! It honestly looks like we’re being chased by an Ewok. This is one of those videos you keep around for a pick-me-up when you're stressed out. It bet it would work like a charm! -via Laughing Squid
Inexperienced babysitters really do need a little supervision the first time they interact with infants. That holds true even if you're a monkey. In this clip from the BBC One series Life Story, a juvenile langur monkey tries out her parenting skills for the first time -with less-than-stellar results. It's a good thing mama monkey wasn't too far away! Maybe she'll do better next time, but you can be sure that mama monkey will stay close by to make sure there are no shenanigans. -Thanks, Caragh Salisbury!
This remarkable footage shot by Arriane Christie captured her ten-month-old puppy Jackie enthusiastically joining several dolphins for a swim off the coast of Wellington's Bay in Whangarei, New Zealand. In her video description, Arriane said she thought the dolphins swam up to meet the pup. She said in an interview,
"I think she just wanted to know what they were. I think they were just wanting to play. Jackie was in the shallows and they came right up to her.
I was a little bit nervous to start with because I thought one whack of their tails and she (Jackie) could be knocked out.
The three dolphins swum around the area for about 40 minutes. They were a good size, probably up to two metres long.
Jackie was in and out of the water, watching for when the dolphins came closer.
When she wasn't in the water she was fully focused on them. If I walked in front of her she dodged out of the way so she could see them again.
They (the dolphins) were messing with her a little bit, going really slow and then when she caught up they would speed up and then circle around her."
What an exciting experience for all three species! -Via Arbroath
Research into how dogs think is yielding some amazing results, although a lot of it just confirms what we already thought from behavior observation, but did not know for sure. What’s amazing is how its done. Imagine putting a dog in an MRI machine.
The most direct brain-based evidence that dogs are hopelessly devoted to humans comes from a recent neuroimaging study about odor processing in the dog brain. Animal cognition scientists at Emory University trained dogs to lie still in an MRI machine and used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure their neural responses to the smell of people and dogs, both familiar and unknown. Because dogs navigate the world through their noses, the way they process smell offers a lot of potential insight into social behavior.
The scientists found that dog owners' aroma actually sparked activation in the "reward center" of their brains, called the caudate nucleus. Of all the wafting smells to take in, dogs actually prioritized the hint of humans over anything or anyone else.
Other studies show that dogs process information a lot like people do -and quite differently from what we know of cats and other animals. Read more about canine brain research at at Brain Mic, and do not miss the picture of the good dog waiting for his MRI. -via Metafilter
(Image credit: Borbala Ferenczy)
Which dog will eat a plate of spaghetti noodles faster: a golden retriever or a German shepherd? Recall the last competition between these breeds of dogs, in which both considered themselves winners for different reasons. Then you can probably guess which dog will win this one, but you may be surprised at the margin of victory. Unless you own that breed, of course. -via Viral Viral Videos
More than 800 cats were paraded and judged at The Supreme Cat Show in Birmingham, England, yesterday. The event, held for thirty years now, is one of the largest cat competitions in Europe. Exhibitors brought longhairs, shorthairs, Persians, Sphinxes, and more with fancy names like Sugartump Supremo Disaronno, Adzwosh Darling Doris Day, Bleugems Believe-in-me, and Leadpruuf Pruby Doo. The overall winner was a British Lilac Tortie named Premier Pinemarten Tina Sparkle, owned by Penny Hopgood.
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I love animals, but elephants are some of my favorites. They are soulful, smart and sweet to their species and others. This video provides facts about the intelligence of elephants and lists some common behaviors in the context of their brain capacity and function. I continue to hope for a world in which these noble animals are free of captivity, habitat destruction, cruelty and poaching.
Fluffy was an ordinary cat. Then, late one night while roaming through the neighborhood, he encountered a crashed alien spaceship. Now he can . . . do things . . . with his mind.
His power is growing every day. Soon the house cat lifestyle will not be enough for him.
-via David Thompson
Kitty beds don’t have to cost a fortune, especially because most cats would rather hang out in a cardboard box than on some fancy bed, but if you’re looking for purr-fect style on a budget you can’t do much better than the Duktig doll beds made by IKEA.
These wooden doll beds are all the rage among Japanese cat owners who don’t want their kitties sleeping on the floor like some stray, and there’s nothing cuter than a sleepy kitteh all curled up on a miniature pine bed complete with pillow and blanket.
Cats of all sizes are able to curl up quite comfortably on a Duktig bed, and some clever owners have even come up with ways to accomodate multiple kitties, because cat sleepovers are pawsitively awesome!
-Via Bored Panda
There’s a hidden population lurking around Disneyland unchecked, a group that owns the park at night and keeps the Magic Kingdom rodent free.
They’re the feral cats who call Disneyland home, and these welcome squatters have become the source of discussion between animal advocacy groups and Disney.
Disneyland has allowed feral cats to call the park home since the very beginning, but by 2001 the park’s feral cat population was growing out of control, so they allowed animal rescue group Best Friends Catnippers to perform TNRs (trap-neuter-return) on the furry populace.
Today there are at least 100 feral cats roaming around the park after dark, but Disney doesn’t want to discuss these guest gatos, and some naturalist groups are worried these hungry kitties are going to wreak havoc on the local wildlife.
This canine race course in Finland is designed to test a dog’s obedience, concentration, and speed. First, we see a couple of dogs show us how it’s supposed to be done. Then the Golden Retriever gives it his best shot. And this is why we love them so. A comment that sums up the dog’s thoughts: “Did you guys manage to eat everything before time ran out? I think I had a great score." -via reddit
When snow fell on November 17 at Toronto Zoo, the staff captured giant panda Da Mao's joyous mood at the sight of it. He belly-sledded down a hill, what the zoo called "bear-bogganing," with some rolls and tumbles thrown in for good measure. This same panda was featured on Neatorama in February of this year when he romped in the snow then as well. Evidently he's a big fan of the white stuff. -Via Distractify
Every year millions of turkeys are plucked, roasted and served up with a smile on Thanksgiving day, and they’ve apparently had enough of our barbaric holiday traditions.
Turkeys are gobblin’ mad about being served up with gravy and a side of sweet potatoes, and they’re taking their Thanksgiving protest to the streets to wattle their way to freedom.
The turkey revolution has begun in Wallingford, Connecticut, thanks to the efforts of two turkeys named Fred and Ethel, who have been spotted chasing cars and wreaking havoc on the roadways.
These brave turkeys know that all good revolutions start with a gobble and a march down the road, but they'd better watch out or they're liable to ruffle some commuter's feathers and fall victim to road rage!
The Peak Performance adventure racing team from Sweden competed in an adventure race in Ecuador. The team of Staffan, Mikael, Karen, and Simon finished the race in 12th place -pretty good, considering they weren’t used to the altitude- and also came back with a new team member, a dog named Arthur.
The team first encountered Arthur on the muddy trekking – the second last stage. They tried to send him off a few times but he always showed up beside the team again as they made their way through the trekking. In the beginning it went well, but when it became muddy he was having problem and the team had to help Arthur through some of the deepest mud.
Arthur followed the team all the way to TA9 and waited with the team. But then he suddenly got very worried and stressed as he realized the team would get out on the water. The organization gave the advice not to bring dog Arthur out on the last leg – a dog in the kayak didn’t seem like a great idea – and the team was going to follow this advice.
Mike, Simon, Staffan and Karen put their kayaks down in the water and set off, but Arthur refused to be left and started swimming. This was too heartbreaking for the team, and Mikael helped Arthur up in the kayak. This led to standing ovations from everyone on the shore, seeing the five (!) team mates set off.
Later, they revealed that Arthur was their constant companion after they gave him a meatball. Swedish meatballs are powerful stuff. A translation from the group’s Facebook page says they are working to take Arthur home with them to Sweden. -via reddit
(Images credit: Krister Göransson)
The latest episode in the tiny hamster series from sees our little friends eating their Thanksgiving dinner. They get mini-tart-sized pies, cranberry sauce from a thimble, and a turkey that I would guess is made of tofu. Hamsters are vegetarian, after all! They are adorable as they (and their bunny friend) eat their dinner wearing tiny Pilgrim hats! -Thanks, John Wilson!
Ivan Kislov works as a mining engineer in Russia's Chukotka region, the environment of which is arctic tundra. To relax in his spare time during long shifts at work, Kislov says he likes to observe the wildlife, often capturing it with a camera.
Kislov tells Bored Panda that he photographs a lot of foxes, due to their curious nature, as they are willing to come close to him. He also shoots with wide angle and telephoto lenses to get a more intimate feel.
See more of Kislov's wonderful photos at his website, 500px site or on Facebook.
Via Bored Panda | Images: Ivan Kislov
Poor Luke Skywalker the Great Dane. He's scared to death of his human's Halloween costume. He's not letting that Stay Puft thing near him, running up and down stairs to avoid its gaze. What else is a pup to do when presented with a Puft? Just keep running, Luke. You have the force on your side. -Via Laughing Squid
Refurb the cat is missing a hind leg--one that a cat might normally use to scratch her neck. That doesn't stop her from trying, though! Her phantom limb does the job.
When she's not scratching or playing with her human or canine friends, Refurb (that's short for "Refurbished") raises money for animal shelters. That project began last year when a Something Awful forum member paid a $10 donation to an animal shelter in exchange for a paw print autograph. Other people in that forum and on reddit wanted paw prints, too. Together, they raised about $1,000 for animal shelters.
This is just adorable. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. However, you can make the water look good to the horse if you use your noggin. Anna Paterek’s horse Magic was apprehensive about walking into the river, so she got off and showed him that it was okay by wading in herself. Once she got Magic to try it, he had a grand old time! Notice he mimicked her movements exactly, so be careful of the example you show. -via Viral Viral Videos
Garfi, "The World's Angriest Cat" | Image: Hulya Ozkok
Lately, there's been a lot of talk about "breaking the Internet." Apparently it's going to take a lot more than a large posterior to do it. Is there anything that could break the Internet? If I had to submit one guess in the way of an answer, it would be the removal of every cat image and video, and no others being allowed. The broken links alone would be "CATastrophic," as it were. Could net life as we know it continue? Who's to say but these characters, the most famous cats on the Internet? Each adds nine to the circle of Internet life, and things wouldn't be the same without them.
Bored Panda asked readers to submit and vote to rate the most famous cats on the Internet. Here are some of the highest ranked kitties. Visit this link to see the rest.
Shironeko, The Happiest/Sleepiest Cat | Image: kagonekoshiro.blog86.fc2.com
Snoopy, "The Cutest Cat Ever" | Image: www.weibo.com/snoopy409
Sam, The Cat With Eyebrows | Image: instagram.com/samhaseyebrows
LilBUB, "The Permakitten" | Image: lilbub.com
Queso is a pit bull with some issues. He suffers from phobias. According to his owner, he is afraid of “the kitchen floor, the printer, and doorways” among other things. Oh, he can face his fears; he just can’t face them head first. Speculation is that he ran into a glass door a few too many times in the past. Queso has figured out a workaround for getting through doorways, as you’ll see in this video. -via Tastefully Offensive
A new pangolin at the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan wouldn’t nurse from her mother, so zookeepers had to step in and feed the baby (yes, despite appearances, pangolins are mammals). The pangolin named Gung-wu also got washed and cuddled and photographed. See more pictures (and a video) at Laughing Squid
(Image credit: Taipei Zoo)
Ferrets Teun, Yuki, and Spike have it made, with all these toys and each other to play with. But the real fun starts when a remote control car is introduced into the mix at about 2:40. The brave ferrets can hold their own against the mechanical monster, although they seem to be more curious than intimidated. Yeah, they are living the life of Riley, in fast-forward. -via Tastefully Offensive
Smeagol the Sphynx is a hairless cat that doesn’t really look much like Smeagol’s corrupted counterpart Gollum until he’s scared of losing his nine precious lives to a werewolf attack.
When his cruel master dons a werewolf mask and decides to play a dirty trick on Smeagol you can really see the Gollum inside him rearing its ugly head!
Poor Smeagol- you get teased about being hairless, you have to wear a sweater in the winter to keep your body warm, and one of your owners is a sadistic man with a werewolf mask.
If only you had a golden ring that gives you the power of invisibility, then you could get revenge on that masked man...
German photographer Julia Christe's series "Freestyle" captures dogs in mid-air while jumping. The result is these adorable photographs of the various canines, agog, legs jumbled and hair flying. If only my dogs had been included in the series; my inability to get them to stop jumping on people could have finally paid off.
See all the photos in Christe's series, as well as the rest of her portfolio, at her website.
Via Laughing Squid | Images: Julia Christe
When we last checked in with TurboRoo, the Chihuahua born with two legs, he was a tiny puppy who had just been fitted with his first set of wheels. He was being cared for by the staff at The Downtown Veterinarian in Indianapolis.
Now this little guy has been adopted by his former foster parents and has become the self-assured, adorable young adult dog of six months shown here. With his sporty set of 3-D printed wheels, TurboRoo has no problem keeping up, as evidenced in the photo below, in which he confidently greets other dogs. TurboRoo appropriately lives in Speedway, Indiana with his two brothers, Braxton the Puggle and Navin the kitten.