A cat with a bigger brain might have tried to find another way up to the table. This little guy is just stubborn -not that stubborness is always a bad thing. Perseverance and practice will get you to your goal. Eventually. Even if you have to grow up a little to make it. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Often animals do things that relate to human behavior so well that it feels like we're more alike than different. There could be no better example than an animal who is awakened before he feels he's had sufficient sleep. Who among us doesn't know the feeling?
In this clip, Ryer the otter is awakened by one of his humans. It may not necessarily be a rude awakening, but that isn't the issue. This otter needs more shut-eye, and he's not afraid to say so in his grouchiest Otter Speak. Via Daily Dot
Dogs will go to great lengths for a tasty treat to chew on, especially if it's human food instead of their boring old kibble, but dressing up to look like stuffed animals is a truly innovative technique.
I'm not sure if Noc the beluga whale has been watching too much human TV, or if it's a simple case of humans thinking everything sounds human, but Noc really has the whole chattering human routine down pat!
Noc was tamed by the United States Navy in the 1970s so he could help locate and retrieve sunken torpedos and mines, and he has not taken to working with humans like a fish out of water because he loves his human pals.
He likes his human friends so much that Noc even likes to play tricks on them, making divers think they've heard radio chatter telling them to get out of the water, with playful Noc laughing all the while.
Baby koala Imogen at Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, New South Wales, Australia was being filmed as she was introduced into a newly built koala sanctuary. At first Imogen tested out one of the trees in her new enclosure, but she quickly realized that she didn't want to stray too far from the love of her nearby humans. The joey quickly went from climbing the tree to climbing the cameraman for a hug.
Los Angeles-based artist Lili Chin (featured previously at Neatorama) created posters entitled "Doggie Language" and "Cat Language." The prints illustrate various physical stances of canines and felines and offer interpretations of their meanings. Chin's "Doggie Language" print is done with a personal touch, as it stars her own Boston terrier named Boogie.
Bilbo the nine-week-old corgi is facing down one of his first true puppy challenges: a mini pumpkin. What's a corgi pup to make of this bumpy, stripey orange meddler? Suspicion is certainly warranted. Giving the offending intruder a number of "I mean business" barks is appropos as well. Way to go, baby Bilbo!
One wonderful trait of dogs is their ability to sense when humans need comfort and respond appropriately. If I cry, my two dogs immediately come to my side and cuddle up next to me. Such a reaction is common with pet dogs. Baron the German Shepherd is no different: when he gets the message that his human has "had a long day," he immediately reacts in a way that will comfort her. So what if he hits her up for a favor at the end? He's done his duty. Via Viral Nova
The fox cub wandered alone, helpless to extract himself from the cat food can stuck on his head. A human in Freienagen, Thuringia, Germany, rescued him. He named the fox Chappie.
Chappie loves the dogs who live on the farm--especially Merle, who dug a burrow for Chappie to live in. When he reaches the age of six months, Chappie will be able to choose to stay or leave. If he stays with his human and dog friends, then he'll be taught how to herd cattle--the first fox to do so.
Cats and dogs can actually get along, and this cameraderie may seem like a good thing, but when cats and dogs are actively engaged in battling each other they don't have time to tear up your house.
Boston based comedy group FATAWESOME have been proving cats and dogs should be versus instead of plus with their fur realz video series Cat-Friend Vs. Dog-Friend, here's barely NSFW due to language installment number 3:
If there's one thing you should take away from this video it's that cat-friend is aloof and constantly staring at walls, but at least he's not actively engaged in destroying your home, except for that cozy laptop chair you set out for him.
Walking the dogs is like a military operation, with over 120 poop scoops. They spend two hours a day preparing meals for the dogs, and it costs them about $46,000 a year in dog food, pet accessories, and vet bills. But they love every minute they get to spend with their dogs, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Feeding time takes two hours, there are 41 dinners to prepare and 41 bowls to wash after,” Lynn said. “I have to remember who eats what as some have beef and the other have chicken. You have to be there when they’re eating so they don’t argue.”
Veterinary bills are expensive, too. Lyn uses her dogs for stud service to pay the food and vet bills. She’s tempted to keep the puppies, but the local council has forbidden her from adding more to the pack. -via Uproxx
We all tend to feel comfortable when we know we're among friends, and this meerkat is no different. She's surrounded by friends, and so comfortable that she's downright sleepy — even if her friends are of the stuffed variety. Stuffed friends make for wonderful pillows, do they not? (We'll need to ask that question of another cute creature, because this one's pretty much out cold.) Via Laughing Squid
You know those days when you're definitely NOT in the mood to go to the gym? Or to go jogging, or on a brisk walk? When the couch and the remote control are calling your name ever so seductively? Well here's a pup who will understand the plight of anti-exercisers everywhere.
For some reason or another, this English bulldog's human thinks he should walk on the treadmill. But it's safe to say that the dog's not liking the idea whatsoever. I wonder what would happen if he went outside and saw a squirrel dart past him? Via Laughing Squid
What? This cat lets himself in by turning the door handle, like a human. Then he walks through the cat flap, like a cat. He could be confused, or he could be a creature of habit. Personally, I think he’s just showing off. -via Tastefully Offensive
This poor cat has to deal with a cone and all that hair at once. At least we got a ridiculous photograph out of his misery. This was posted by redditor ANTIVAX_JUGGALETTE. What’s the funniest thing you can say about this picture? Here are some examples.
dustin_pledge: It looks like a furry water cooler.
SatNav: Don't let it out in the rain like that...
toketasticninja: "The lamp is running away!" - Grandpa Simpson
DickDover: I think there is something clogging your coffee filter.
These two Basset Hounds from Jennie Hibbert's Maple Street Bassets start out at the same tempo, but alternating beats. They gradually blend their rhythms until they're wagging their tails synchronously. They look like two furiously fast-paced orchestra conductors.
Guinness the cat lives in a high-rise apartment building. The highlight of his week (or however often the windows are washed) is when the window washer comes by. The guy like Guinness, too, and plays with him a little through the glass.
Officers of the California Highway Patrol pulled over car on Wednesday in San Francisco. The police determined that the vehicle had been stolen, and the driver fled from the scene. The unnamed suspect jumped a fence and into a two-story building. He perched on the ledge of a second-floor window and threatened to jump. San Francisco police climbed a fire escape to negotiate with him, and set up mats on the ground beneath him. The standoff lasted several hours. But the turning point was when they brought in the man’s kitty.
The suspect’s cat was brought to the scene by family, Gatpandan said.
The cat “assisted” with “negotiating” the suspect off the ledge, according to Gatpandan, and the cat’s presence was “paramount” in getting him down safely.
A hamster is feeling relaxed and in a safe environment among his humans when it happens: sleep overcomes him. Once he passes out, the cute little hairball rolls off his perch like a tiny bowling ball, to the laughter and delight of his audience. Via Uproxx
And all of our lives are better for it. We need more hamsters walking out in the world to bring smiles to our faces. You can find more videos of this one posted by Twitter user @born_okss. They show Pico, our newest little friend. His leash seems light enough that it doesn't give him any trouble.
Youtuber John Hubble's golden retriever Zack is the consummate shopper. Give that pup money and he knows just how to spend it — on ice cream, of course! Hubble hands over the cash and Zack carefully totes it in his mouth over to the ice cream truck, where the ice cream man is happy to oblige and give Zack his goodies. Zack loves the process so much, it's hard to tear him away from the truck! Now that's a canine after my own heart. Via Arbroath
Staff at the Richmond Zoo quickly took over when two-week-old cheetah Kumbali's mother wasn't producing enough milk for him to thrive. After the keepers' bottle feeding regimen was successful, the cub needed to be socialized. That's when he was introduced to a rescue puppy they named Kago. Kumbali and Kago, now inseparable, have formed a sibling-like bond. Watch this adorable pair romp and play in this footage. Via Uproxx
Little Bird (yes, that’s his name) is a 2-year old caique. That’s a kind of parrot I’d never heard of before. If you have one, maybe you should give him a paper towel. It will make his day. -via Arbroath
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
by Marc Abrahams, Improbable Research staff
Domestic cats roll. Oh, they roll and roll and roll—not constantly, but often enough that the behavior eventually caught the attention of scientists. In 1994, Hilary N. Feldman of Cambridge University’s Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour did a formal study of the phenomenon. Feldman’s monograph, called “Domestic Cats and Passive Submission,” appeared in the journal Animal Behaviour.
Other scientists had made little leaping swats at the question. Feldman commends J.M. Baerends-Van Roon and G.P. Baerends’ book The Morphogenesis of the Behaviour of the Domestic Cat, and also L.K. Corbett’s University of Aberdeen Ph.D. thesis, “Feeding ecology and social organization of wildcats (Felis silvestris) and domestic cats (Felis catus) in Scotland.” Both came out in 1979, marking that year as the previous high point in cat-rolling scholarship.
You have a cat. Now what beer should you get? Not just any cheap party fuel will work for a cat of quality. The Instagram account Beer Cats is filled with pictures of cats next to craft beers. In this case, Rosie the cat is best enjoyed with Prairie Ales Limo Tint, a chocolate beer.
When two young bears enter the gated area leading to this French bulldog's home, he springs into action. Without hesitation, the Frenchie descends upon the bears like the proverbial Bat Out of Hell. The dog doesn't let up with the scare tactics until both bears are off the premises. Someone give that canine a steak! Via Tastefully Offensive
Oliver has a tiny electric car just big enough for himself, but he’s managed to squeeze in Daisy the dog, too. Mom has a remote that can kill the power any time. On this day, Daisy is the one doing the steering! -via Viral Viral Videos