While snorkeling in the Crystal River near Tampa, an 8-foot manatee approached him. When Mr. Darden petted it, the manatee rolled over for a belly rub and hugged his leg.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
This is the kind of thing you'll only see captured in the modern world where everyone has a video camera right there in their pocket, so you'll have to overlook the shakiness. At least it's not shot in portrait mode. A mother cat is transferring a kitten to a new home on the second floor of a building, but getting to the open window is not a feat we humans would want to attempt carrying a baby! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Most dogs don’t really appreciate their owner’s obsession with taking baths, and from the looks they give you during the torturous process you’d think they were being washed with acid rather than water.
Their hilarious expressions, and the totally artsy way their fur looks when it’s all wet, are the themes behind photographer Sophie Gamand’s series appropriately entitled Wet Dog. The premise sounds easy enough to capture, but Sophie goes beyond the basic idea and attempts to capture each dog’s individual personality in the photos. Here’s what she has to say about the series:
Wet Dog is a series on dogs being washed during their grooming sessions. The way the water plays with their hair in a very painterly manner, and their facial expressions as the water is poured on them creates striking portraits.
Via Beautiful Decay
We've shown you people rescuing deer stranded on ice on foot and by helicopter. Now we find out what really works in that situation: hovercraft!
Doug and James Kenison read about a deer being stranded on the ice in Albert Lea Lake. The father and son own MedCity Hovercraft in Rochester, Minnesota, so they decided to do something about that deer. When they got out on the lake in their hovercraft, the found not one, but three stranded deer!
“We just tied some rope to the deer the best way that we could without hurting them and we ended up just dragging them to the nearest shoreline,” James said. “At that point you could tell the deer were really exhausted. They'd been out there a couple days."
One of the deer ran off quickly while the others struggled to regain their strength.
But the Kenisons said the rescue was only made possible because of their versatile hovercrafts, which can travel on land, water, and of course, ice.
“They're a good tool, especially in situations like this where the ice, you're just not sure if it's thick enough,” James said. “We basically had the equipment so we just said why not?"
Photographer Theron Humphrey is most famous for his photos of his coonhound Maddie standing on objects while they traveled around the United States for an entire year. She’s the center of clear photos that are beautiful in their simplicity. We’ve previously seen her getting ready for Halloween, drinking her morning coffee and dozing in a guitar case. We’re still in the first week of December, but Maddie has already put up her Christmas decorations!
What’s it like to live on the road with a dog? In an interview with Daylight Books, Mr. Humphrey compared it to parenting:
When I first started this project some folks asked me how I’d travel and entire year with a dog. I was nervous. I don’t have kids yet, but I think this is a good way to explain it….I figure most folks are scared about how much their life will change when they have children. How nothing will be the same. They think about the sort of stuff they will have to sacrifice. But when their first child comes into the world they wouldn’t trade it for anything. It becomes they life they know and love.
Traveling with a dog is a tiny slice of that.
-via My Modern Met
Yes, platypuses combine mammal features and bird features, but did you know that they are also only one of two mammals that has no stomach (the other is the echnidna, which also happens to share the distinction with the platypus of being the only two mammals who lay eggs). You know what other type of animals often have no stomachs? Fish -meaning playpuses are not only a mash up of birds and mammals, but also fish.
So how do platypuses, echnidna and 25% of fish survive with their gullet attached directly to their intestines? Find out at National Geographic.
The video, by the way, might not have anything to do with platypus stomachs, but it does remind us just how adorable they are.
Or they're just having fun. Watch as one collie comes up behind another, slowly approaching, step by step. Then his prey stands and seeks out his own victim, not knowing that the hunter is also the hunted. It's a heart-pounding contest of will, courage and patience.
Harlow the weimaraner and Indi the dachshund may look like an odd coupling, but Harlow has been famous on the internet for years for being best friends with another wiener dog, Sage. Unfortunately, Sage, who was 13, recently passed away, leaving Harlow without a best friend.
But Harlow isn't all alone. While working through her grief, she has become fast friends with Sage's younger sister, Indi and the pair is now just as inseperable as they are adorable. You can keep up on their adventures on the Harlow and Sage Instagram.
Via Laughing Squid
Big Major Cay is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas that is home to a colony of feral pigs. No one knows for sure how they came to be on the island, but there are several possible theories. The pigs may be feral, but they aren't exactly wild. They love tourists, because tourists bring good things to eat!
Yet these pigs are clever. They have calculated which time the boats are most likely to arrive at the island and await them patiently on the beach each day. After all, they can always catch a few rays while they are waiting.
When a poor little pug named Kevin is left home alone while his posh puggy parents take a trip to Paris, he’s forced to deal with some nefarious teddy bear bandits on his own, and an adorable movie reboot is born.
Home Alone (Pug Puppy Version) is just what you’d expect from a short film starring pugs- it’s adorable, with very little actual animal acting but lots of squee worthy moments as little Kevin tries to figure out what the heck is going on. No pugs were harmed during the making of this silly short, but the teddy bears may have ended up a bit frayed in the end.
Hello hello! Is this thing on?
The motion-sensor camera trap was set up in May to catch freshwater crocodiles in Western Australia's Kimberley National Parks. It disappeared soon afterward. Was it stolen or eaten? Months later, someone found it seventy miles away from its original location! The camera was returned to the park rangers with its memory intact. The recorded images tell the story of what happened.
The sea eagle was probably disappointed that he couldn't crack open his found treasure and eat it, so he did what most people would do -he took a selfie.
Rangers say that after this incident, they will bolt their camera traps down. -via Tastefully Offensive
I've trained rats to find their way through a maze to get to food, but can you train a dog to negotiate a maze to find his beloved master? Andrew Himelson and his family plowed a maze through the deep snow in their yard to find out. Geno is a clever dog and promptly achieved his goal by cheating. In later sessions, he's learned the maze, and seems to understand the game, but is still not above cheating when the situation calls for it. That's a good dog. -via Viral Viral Videos
Try turning on this video and listening to the sound before you actually look at the screen. You'll be amazed at what cute little critter is making this noise.
Little Bun Bun is simply the cutest thing on four legs, whether he's meowing like a weirdo, crawling around on his side or just mugging at the camera. It's hard to look away from this squishy faced little cutie pie.
Via Pets Lady
Bowie the parrot and PaiMei the Maltese puppy race to see who can reach the top of the stairs first. Their owner tried to level the playing field by distracting PaiMei with a treat at the bottom, but the race resembles a real-life tortoise and hare race, with slow-and-steady Bowie vs. the faster dog who waits until the last minute and charges past. After such a determined effort, Bowie does not want to accept defeat. -via Viral Viral Videos
This might be an ad, but when an ad is as clever and funny as this one Ze Frank created for Tidy Cats LightWeight litter.
Since humans are good at opening canned goods and cleaning kitty litter, they need to be well taken care of by their kitties, but despite the handful of abilities that humans have, they really can't care for themselves very well. Fortunately, cats are there to help keep humans warm, mentally stimulated and to remind them the importance of tongues.
Via Laughing Squid
Loki the red fox was found abandoned at about six weeks of age. He now lives at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California. Since that song came out, park staff thought it would be educational to show kids what a fox really sounds like, so they decided to train Loki to vocalize. This is his first training session, in which we see he'd rather jump for treats than ask for them! By the time this was uploaded, he could display 28 different vocalizations. -via Arbroath
Now that Thanksgivukkah is over, it's time to enjoy Hanukkah on its own. While not everyone celebrate the holiday due to their religious beliefs, pretty much everyone can appreciate these adorable pooches in complete celebratory spirits.
Via Cute Overload
Want to be a zookeeper but don't want to put in the years of work it takes to get to that position? Then try playing a zookeeper for a day thanks to a program through the London Zoo that lets you feed, interact with and even clean up after penguins, giraffes and more. If you can't make it to London, there are plenty of other cool interactive zoo programs out there these days and Mental Floss has a great list of different ones you can try. I've actually done the San Diego Zoo backstage pass and it was amazing.
Behold this well-dressed goat of Jaipur, india, showing off his sartorial flair! Brooklyn-based artist Alexander Gorlizki works in Jaipur, and has taken photographs of many goats wearing sweaters and other pieces of clothing. Why? To stay warm! Most of the photos were taken in winter, and an extra layer of warmth helps the goats keep their body weight up ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, when they will become dinner. See a collection of goats dressed for winter at Modern Farmer.
I had the darnedest time trying to get my dog to sit, let alone teach him to balance things on his head. But I suppose once you teach your dog that, it's only one more step to get them to balance bigger and heavier items.
And when it comes to bigger, heavier item balancing, it's hard to beat Scout. He can balance just about anything on his head -even himself.
I don't know many humans who could keep this still with a flower vase on their head.
Of course, some things are harder to balance than others, at least, when it comes to trying not to eat delicious bacon.
Via Bored Panda
Patch is his name, but everyone calls him Adolf these days. At only seven weeks old, the French bulldog-shih tzu cross is white with black patches in all the right places: a short mustache under his black nose and a off-center mop on his head. Lynda Whitehead of York, England, is raising Patch and his two brothers.
Lynda said: “He’s my grandson’s dog, and none of us noticed the likeness until we put a photo on Facebook. When my eldest daughter saw it she said ‘You’ve got a little Hitler there’.
“Although he’s called Patch, everybody calls him Adolf now. My grandsons are the worst for doing the goosestep when the puppy’s around.”
Patch’s mother, Betty, a French bulldog, and father Teddy, a shih tzu, both belong to Lynda’s daughter Clare, and Patch now belongs to Clare’s 17-year-old son, Dan.
The three puppies in the litter are being reared at Lynda’s home until they reach 12 weeks old after Betty rejected her pups.
You might recall how you laughed at Dansons la Capucine, the video of two cats playing pat-a-cake in French. This video is from the same French overdubber, Parole de Chat. He offers a "scientific" classification of the reaction cats have to seeing their reflection in a mirror. If you don't understand French, you'll be kept busy switching from watching the funny cats to keeping up with the captions, but the effort will be worth it. Watch it twice if necessary. -via Metafilter
Make sure to watch this video with your sound on or you'll be missing half the fun.
Everyone wants to play here and there, but sometimes it gets a little too hard. In the meanwhile, we can all enjoy the puppy's adorable little squeaks even if they are simply whines because he doesn't want to play anymore.
Of course, this kitty just might be sorry when the little puppy grows up and has learned from the kitty that "no" doesn't mean "no" when it comes to ending play time.
Via Laughing Squid
Oh yes, the job of a videographer for a feature film is a prestigious job, but it comes with hazards unique to each situation. While filming footage for the documentary The Adventures of the Penguin King on South Georgia Island, a group of huge elephant seals decided to sit on one guy's tent. That's not a hospitable place to be homeless! -via Tastefully Offensive
Nose-vember is almost at its end, but we still have a good week left to enjoy adorable animal noses before they're all gone, so with that in mind, it's time for another fun critter poll. So who has the cutest nose in the animal kingdom?
The Pinocchio Lizard
Image Via Cute Overload
Image Via Ianchongzi [Flickr]
Pig Nose Turtle
Image Via Rachid H [Flickr]
Image Via photon_de [Flickr]
Image Via 4Neus [Flickr]
Image Via morgangilnes [Flickr]
Image Via Astrid Kopp [Flickr]
Pugs (or Just Dogs in General)
Image Via *Claudie [Flickr]
Image Via synx508 [Flickr]
Image Via Gustavo Duran [Flickr]
Of course, if there are any you think I left off the list, please share your opinion in the comments.
Not long ago, we showed you National Geographic's experience with taking pictures of lions with a remote-control robot camera. This is a different story, in a different country, in which we get to see what goes on behind the scenes. Photographer Chris McLennan and engineer Carl Hansen fashioned a robot camera to take close up photographs of lions in Botswana. The lions acted just as your house cats do when confronted by a novel toy moving seemingly on its own. The video was shot from a safe distance, but did they get the close up pictures they wanted? You betcha! -via Daily Picks and Flicks