Blossom (pictured on the left) came into the care of the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York. Her eyes were so infected that they were ultimately removed. Blossom was taken in by Howard Stern and his wife Beth, who regularly foster cats until an adoptive home is found for them. Susan Smith and her family heard about Blossom and decided to adopt her, because they knew what they were getting into. They already had four blind cats! Now Blossom is right at home after a year with the Smiths and their other blind cats Ray, Cookie, Sabrina, and Donovan (Donovan also has cerebellar hypoplasia). The family has a seeing cat and a dog as well. Blossom and her cat colony are able to do pretty much anything sighted cats do. You can follow their lives at Instagram. -via Fark
If you think your pet is spoiled ask yourself this- does your furry family member have their own custom built, and fully furnished, room under the stairs?
If the answer is yes then you should contact Poncho the chihuahua's humans and arrange a meetup, because you're two of a kind!
I don't think the expression "it's a dog's life" applies to this particular pooch...
-Via Laughing Squid
Shanthi is a 41-year-old Asian elephant at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. She suffers from arthritis. The pain affected her stance, which led to foot problems. To give her relief, the veterinary staff approached the problem from several directions. That includes an experimental procedure used on horses ...and a set of Tevas!
According to an article at the Washington Post, Teva’s Director of Innovation went to China to supervise the making of Shanthi’s custom shoes, which were given to the zoo free of charge. She took a little while to get used to the shoes, but now obediently wears them, enabling veterinarians to keep her feet bathed in medications for extended periods. -via Metafilter
There's no telling what runs through a cat's mind as they sit there staring at humans, but if their facial expression is any indication those thoughts are rarely good.
Which is why the memes shared by the Twitter account Black Metal Cats may actually be a faithful representation of what our feline friends are thinking.
Black Metal Cats masterfully combines lyrics from heavy metal songs with the appropriate cat pictures in order to slash away human sadness with the power of kitteh-style kerrang.
Because combining cats and brutal metal is like firing a furry bazooka at the darkness lurking inside you, so Black Metal Cats are the ultimate weapon in the war against boredom and ennui.
The 2017 Guinness Book of World Records will have a new entry for the cat who can do the most tricks in one minute. That’s Didga, the skateboarding cat (previously at Neatorama). The skateboarding put her over the top, because how many other cats do that?
The secret to training cats (or any animal) is to make compliance worth the effort to them. Didga may not show it on her face, but the opportunity to have as much fun as she does, plus a spot in the record book, is a big payoff. Trainer Robert Dollwet will tell you it’s certainly not as simple as explaining fame and fortune to a cat, but his methods work. And get this: since this video was made, Didga broke her own record by performing 24 tricks in one minute! Read more about Didga’s record at the Guinness site.
A dog named Smurf also set a record for the most tricks in one minute. He did 32 of them! -via Tastefully Offensive
Herman the Cat is a little guy with big eyes and a deep soul. At least, he certainly seems to think a lot more about important matters than other kitties. Just here he seems to be wondering whether it's worth loving anyone if they're only going to die or stop loving you eventually.
And here he seems to have realized what hot dogs are really made of.
Of course, sometimes he does relax that big brain of his -and then he looks like one chill little kitty.
Via The Dodo
You know how you can tell a dog groomer loves their job? They literally dance through the work day, and if their canine client is agreeable they may even dance with the doggy.
Argentinian pet groomer Luis Antonio Caballero loves the business he's in, and while other 58-year-olds are thinking about retiring Luis is having too much fun with his furry clients to close up shop.
One day his wife Gabriela went off to make tea and came back to find Luis dancing to the B-52s with a cute little client, so she had to shoot a video and share the cuteness with the world.
Now their Buenos Aires-based business PetShop Perrito Feliz has tons of new clients who can't wait to have Luis dance with their dogs!
-Via The Dodo
Photoshoppers of the internet beware- all that digital power is starting to go to your heads, and if your creations ever come to life Weird Science style the human race is doomed!
Take these lovely Meowls you've designed for example- they're majestic and appear to be harmless enough, but combine a cat's love of the hunt with flight and an owl's talons and you'll discover appearances are deceiving.
But Meowls may be the hybrid animal this world needs, considering how few rodents would be left to invade our homes after that predator X 2 goes to work on their population.
They also look like they possess a magical ability or two, like the ability to stare straight into our souls and determine whether we're their rulers or their servants.
Hermit crabs are facing a bit of a housing crisis lately, as good shells become harder to find (arguably) because humans keep collecting shells and polluting the water.
But they're adapting to the situation by making use of the garbage we keep dumping in the sea, a survival technique being utilized by hermit crabs all over the world.
Okinawa-based photographer and nature lover Shawn M. Miller started shooting this series after he and his friends noticed a bunch of Blueberry hermit crabs walking around with trash "shells".
Shawn is hoping his photo series will raise awareness about the global plastic pollution problem by using the hermit crab as representative for the sea life affected by our wasteful ways.
Here's more from Shawn on his photo series:
It’s becoming more common to find crabs with beach trash homes. I have friends combing local beaches in search of more crabs for my series. While these are cute images, our trash is becoming a serious problem to the ocean and the animals that call the shoreline home. I often find hermit crabs using a variety of plastic caps from twist top pet bottles, laundry detergent containers, small propane tanks, sports water bottles and beauty supplies.
-Via Boing Boing
If you want a new dog, you can always look the classified ads of your local newspaper. However, you should be ready to puzzle out what the seller actually meant to say. Layout editing, autocorrect, and clueless spelling can turn a simple ad into a comedy of errors. These were all recently featured at Bad Newspaper.
Most of us take lightning for granted, thinking that as long as we aren't under a tree, out swimming or swinging a golf club, we'll be ok. But it's easy to forget how dangerous it can be. A recent tragedy in Norway reminds us just how deadly it can be.
In fact, one single strike of lightning killed a whopping 323 reindeer died all at once when a lightning strike hit the herd that was huddled together -presumably thinking that would keep them safe.
Most humans won't let another human climb all over them unless the climber is a child or potential mate, but rhinos are apparently far more patient and tolerant than humans.
Rhinos are so tolerant they'll even let a bunch of rambunctious little goats jump and climb all over them, sometimes two or three goats at a time.
This funny footage shot at South Africa's Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary left me with one question- do rhinos see goats as the massage therapists of the animal kingdom?
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* Cats can hear sounds as high as 50,000 vibrations per second— people can’t hear above the low 20,000s.
* Cats don’t have a great sense of taste, so they make food choices based on texture, scent, and appearance.
* Male cats were called rams or boars until 1760, when an anonymous writer published The Life and Adventures of a Cat. Its main character, Tom, achieved widespread popularity, and male cats got a new name: tomcats.
* Historians say you can probably thank (or blame) the Pilgrims for bringing the first domestic cats to the New World.
* Siamese cats are mostly white when they’re born. The markings come later.
* There are about 77.7 million pet cats in the United States.
* Nearly a third of all households have at least one cat. The average cat-owning home has 2.2 cats. About half of all American pet cats get presents during the holidays.
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Tourists who get lost in the mountains while traveling abroad hope to come across a mountain rescue team or, at very least, a local who speaks their language who can help them get back to their lodgings.
But chances are they wouldn't see a cat as a rescuer, that is, until they hear about the cat Redditor sc4s2cg met in Switzerland.
Sc4s2cg claims he went hiking in the mountains near his hostel and got lost, eventually coming across an abandoned town.
According to his map the only official trail back to his hostel was closed, but then a helpful little kitty guide came up to him and showed him another trail down the mountain.
These kittehs ain't no dummies- they're in it for the fish and the cream!
-Via Bored Panda
Tucker may not realize he's different from other dogs, but he suffers from MPS VI, a rare disease that causes a number of medical issues as well as certain deformities. Those deformities look different on everyone with the disease, but in Tucker's case, they happen to have created a dog that looks more like a bat.
He may not be able to walk like other dogs and he may have to wear goggles outside to protect his eyes, but Tucker is still one happy pup and he loves to make all kinds of friends -both human and K-9. You can follow his adorable adventures on his Instagram, Tuckerwearsgoogles.
Via The Dodo
Have you ever seen a picture of someone holding an animal and thought “what the hell kinda critter is that?”
It usually winds up being a cat or a dog or a ferret, or something just as basic, but the big black thing wilderness expert Coyote Peterson is holding in the picture above isn't basic at all.
It's a giant black slug, a giant black sea hare to be exact, and it can weigh up to 30 lbs.
Hunting a sea slug the size of a small dog for his new series "Beyond The Tide" is one thing, but if Coyote starts leash training one of these suckers we'll know he's in need of professional help!
-Via Laughing Squid
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compiled by Dirk Manley, Improbable Research staff
Dog Likes You Like You Like Dog?
“I Like My Dog, Does My Dog Like Me?” Therese Rehn, Ulrika Lindholm, Linda Keeling, and Björn Forkman, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, vol. 150, 2014, pp. 65– 73. The authors, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and at the University of Copenhagen, explain:
In this study, the possibility of there being an association between how an owner perceives his/her relationship to their dog and the way the dog experiences the relationship to its owner was investigated using two well-established methods... the Strange Situation Procedure (SSP)... and the Monash Dog Owner Relationship Scale...
There are plenty of dogs out there who enjoy playing chase and be chased, but only the shyest and meekest dogs hide well enough to engage in a game of hide and seek.
That doesn't stop dogs from trying to hide every time thunder starts clapping outside or they get yelled at for knocking over the trash yet again.
But try as they might they're just not very good at hiding.
Dogs are the very best seekers though, so some of their strange hiding habits may be a way of masking their scent so their canine pursuers can't sniff them out.
Either that, or dogs are just total weirdos!
Orcas eat seals -we know that. Seals know that too and they know the best way to escape is to get to dry land. When there is no dry land though, there is another option for the truly desperate -a boat. And this little terrified guy was all too willing to hop a ride on a passing by ship filled with humans as long as it meant he wasn't on the orca dinner menu.
Humans assume dogs don't appreciate fine art because they often tear any artwork they find lying around to bits, but dogs explore the world with their mouths and they mean no disrespect.
In fact, if a dog's eyes worked like ours they would definitely appreciate art and stare at it more, but they can't see colors like we do.
So dog lover and artist Dominic Wilcox decided to put together an art show both dogs and their humans would find amusing, with exhibits that appeal to canine sensibilities.
'Play More' includes- paintings with colors within the dog vision color spectrum, a giant ball pit shaped like a food bowl full of kibble, a virtual frisbee screen, simulated car window experience, and dancing water jets to delight and refresh art lovin' dogs.
What do you do when three of your friends have birthdays within one week of another? You throw a giant, joint-birthday party. And that's exactly what Washington D.C.'s National Zoo did to celebrate the birthdays of three of their four pandas. Little Bei Bei turned one on Monday (that's not him in the photo since he slept through the cake time).
Bao Bao turns three today.
And pappa Tian Tian turns 19 on Saturday.
It seems safe to say that everyone had a good time, even if little Bei Bei here didn't actually get to eat his own birthday cake.
Dean was clearly in awe of the squeaky little guy when he wrote this about the encounter:
I recorded a short clip of the defensive cry of the Desert rain frog – Breviceps macrops while walking along the sand dunes in Port Nolloth, a coastal town in the Northern Cape province, it alerted me to its presence with its fearsome war cry. I knelt down and proceeded to photograph and film this unusual creature’s behaviour.
The Desert rain frog clearly doesn't have a clue about active defenses, because if it did it would realize its ridiculously cute squeak just makes people like Dean Boshoff want to pester it more!
-Via Laughing Squid
It seems all roosters think they are the cock of the walk, but Charlie the chicken knows how to look good. He lives on Arizona’s Snodgrass family farm and while I can't find any information on why he has pants or where he got them, there's no denying that he looks great in them.
Via Fashionably Geek
If you enjoyed Pac-Dog, you’ll love watching a hamster play a hamster-sized game of Super Mario Bros! He’s not at all bad at it, too.
The hamster only gets through the first level, however. I’m sure that constructing the subterranean maze would be a huge project. Had my hopes up for a minute there, didn’t you? -via Viral Viral Videos
Simon Tofield and Nicky Trevorrow explain how cats go nuts when it’s feeding time. My cats can tell time better than I can, because if I’m the least bit late with the nightly Fancy Feast, they gang up on me. My oldest cat has nothing better to do than to guard the kibble bowl and let me know when it’s not quite full.
The best part of it is that this video ends with a new Simon’s Cat cartoon entitled Feed Me.
Some animals need their hair cut whether it's because the fur gets tangled too easily or because the pet would get too darn hot otherwise. It's not surprising then that some people figure that if their critter doesn't know what its hair cut looks like -they won't care how ridiculous it is.
While that line of reasoning seems logical enough, a look at the faces of the animals included in this top ten list of worst animal hair cuts know they are being madde to look a fool and they don't appreciate it. I anticipate that a lot of these pet owners are about to find a "present" on their pillow tomorrow.
Our pets are seen as a reflection of ourselves, and people reckon they can glean information about our personality, lifestyle and temperament from the types of pets we own.
And while this isn't always true, especially when it comes to dog owners, there's always at least one person who lives up to the stereotype in each group of owners.
People who own snakes aren't always creepy, but there's always that one guy who thinks it's fine to make out with his salmonella-infested serpent when people are over.
And then there are the people who own a bunch of cats or ferrets and refuse to acknowledge that their house always smells like animal urine.
But at least they actually own their pets and don't smell like they're covered in their own urine, that's when you start getting into a whole new level of creepiness.
Of course, you don't have to be homeless to be a totally deranged pet owner, just ask the crazy cat lady who can't remember exactly how many kitties she has roaming around in her house.
And no matter what anybody tells you human ownership is not okay and never was, so when your Gimp tells you he's yours to do with what you will he's speaking figuratively.
Take it from comic artist extraordinaire Caldwell Tanner and let the Gimps roam free!
Dogs sometimes refuse to take no for an answer when they're desperate to say hello, and no bush, wall or fence can keep them from shoving their head through to greet their neighbor face to face.
This almost manic drive to see who or what is living next door can result in wrecked fences, tunnels dug in the dirt under walls, and a sad little pooch with a stupid look on his face when he realizes he's stuck.
Of course, not all dogs are saddened by the prospect of being stuck, because they're just happy to be out of the house!
This is Doodlebug, a young eastern grey kangaroo taken in by Gillian Abbott, who cares for orphaned wildlife at her home in New South Wales. She’s raised joeys and wallabies for seven years, and has successfully released 35 of them into the wild. Abbott has several teddy bears and other toys hanging from trees to provide enrichment for the animals. She took a picture of Doodlebug hugging a teddy bear and sent it to her son, who Tweeted it. The image became a viral sensation.
"He was found abandoned and he actually walked up to a member of the public, put his arms up and asked to be picked up," she said.
The joey has been with the wildlife carer ever since and is now classified as "soft release".
"As you can see the gates are open, he can go through the bush, stay out as long as he likes but he can come home and have a feed if he's hungry," Ms Abbott said.
Abbott says she only sent the picture to make her grandchildren happy, but is glad it is also making strangers on the internet happy. -via reddit
(Image credit: Gillian Abbott)