Here kitty, kitty…

April 3rd, 2014

Just some kitties…

Tigers galore

Follow the link for several more pictures of a pack of happy, if slightly peckish, tigers frolicking in the snow in China.

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Animals Sucking at Jumping

March 12th, 2014

Animals Sucking at Jumping caused me to laugh so hard I neglected to breathe.

For some reason, watching all those cats fail to stick a landing didn't worry me one bit, but seeing horses and rabbits and racoons do the same left me wishing there was a 'No animals were hurt…' notice to reassure me at the end of each video.1

Oh, and for the record, I reckon this cat knew exactly what he was doing:

Soft landing

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  1. Is it because cats are haughty aliens who don't care about humans so why should I care about them, or just that cats always land safely, if not necessarily gracefully?

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Cute Animals. Bad Dates.

January 18th, 2014

Cute Animals. Bad Dates.

These are actual quotes taken from online dating profiles and Craigslist personal ads. Brought to you by cute animals, because that makes everything that much better.

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The horror. The horror.

November 12th, 2013

Taxidermy done so horrible it is beautiful.

Nope, actually it's still horrible. With every new image that came into view as I scrolled down the page in that gallery, I burst out laughing, flinched or whimpered "Please, no more!"

Simultaneously, in some cases.

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Mouse vs Cracker

November 1st, 2013

Mouse vs Cracker.1 You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer our hero on as he refuses to give up on his quest:

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  1. Google Translate says 'Mouse vs Cookie', but that's no cookie.

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Inter-species communication

June 22nd, 2013

Girl meets manatee at Seaworld, Orlando:

Greetings, Earthling

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Pretty (Wildlife) pictures

April 21st, 2013

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Wheeeeeeeeee!

September 5th, 2012

Crazy hamsters playing!

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Wombats are the original dice-makers

August 4th, 2012

Stuff I learned on the internet today: Why you should give a square shit about wombats.

[Via MeFi user tempestuoso, commenting here]

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Pigeons vs (non-ninja, non-mutant) turtles

June 25th, 2012

Why Aren't Cities Littered With Dead Pigeons? It turns out that the answer, in part, is … turtles.

Yes, there's a video. A deeply unsettling video, the memory of which is likely to keep me from getting to sleep tonight.

[Via LinkMachineGo!]

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TYOFB

November 1st, 2011

The Law of Unintended Consequences was in full effect in Canada in 1923:

At 2:00am on Sunday, 15 April 1923, the "rule of the road" changed, in Nova Scotia. After this day, all traffic moves on the right-hand side of the road. Previously, automobiles, streetcars, horses, bicyclists, and all other vehicles and travellers adhered to the left-hand side of the road. [...]

[...] In Lunenburg County, 1923 is still known as The Year of Free Beef; the price of beef dropped precipitously because oxen which had been trained to keep to the left could not be retrained – oxen are notoriously slow-witted – and many teamsters had to replace their oxen with new ones trained to keep to the right; the displaced oxen were sent to slaughter.

[Via James Nicoll]

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Guinea pig hire

September 20th, 2011

Abroad: they do things differently there

Swiss animal lover Priska Küng runs a kind of matchmaking agency — for lonely guinea pigs that have lost their partners. She lives with around 80 of the furry, squeaky little creatures, in addition to six cats, a number of rabbits, hamsters and mice in the village of Hadlikon, some 30 kilometers from Zürich.

Küng, 41, rents out her guinea pigs, a service that has been in high demand in the Alpine nation ever since animal welfare rules were tightened up a few years ago. Switzerland has forbidden people from keeping lone guinea pigs because the animals are sociable and need each other's company.

As a result, the sudden death of a guinea pig, shocking enough in itself, can also place the hapless owners outside the law if they only had two of the pets. [...]

[Via The Awl]

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(Big) cats and little children

June 16th, 2011

Lioness tries to eat baby at the zoo. Utterly adorable and very funny. Really.

[Via James Nicoll]

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"I have challenged the lion, and I will defeat it."

June 9th, 2011

How can you not want to read an interview which includes the question…

When is fighting a lion not a matter of life or death?

… and the statement1 that …

[...] the lion will probably not let me punch its crotch.

[Via FP Passport]

  1. In response to a later question.

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Scary, sexy beasts

March 27th, 2011

Meet Buster:

Buster is feeling shy, as usual. Buster is so acutely shy that researchers at the Seattle Aquarium can't tell whether this giant Pacific octopus is a boy or a girl. If Buster is a boy, he'll have a special tentacle (the third to the right, going clockwise, from the front of its mantle) that is both an arm and a dick. And, since the suction cups on octopuses* also function as taste buds, his special tentacle will be an arm and a dick and a tongue – making all octopus sex fisting and intercourse and cunnilingus, simultaneously. The young blonde giving the "feeding demonstration" to a large pack of squirming schoolchildren explains these facts more delicately.

"What if you tasted everything you touched?" she asks. The children are silent. "When you open the bathroom door? When you tie your shoes?" The kids offer a few ewws to her and each other. An assistant perched on top of Buster's tank, her feet dangling above the water, skewers some oily herring onto a spear. While the assistant submerges and gently jiggles the herring in front of Buster's cave (the only things visible are an eye and an indistinct bulge of octopus flesh), the guide gives her spiel about octopuses – how the only bony part of their body is a beak, allowing them to squeeze into small places; how octopuses have three hearts in their mantles; how they squirt ink at predators to disorient them; how they are masters of disguise. They have three sets of camouflage cells that can mimic almost any pattern behind them – a checkerboard, multicolored coral, the moving shadow of a passing cloud – and they can flatten and pucker the texture of their skin to blend into most surfaces. (Compared to octopuses, chameleons are pikers.) Despite the vast palette of their skins, octopuses are colorblind. [...]

[Via The Essayist]

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Slow loris is ticklish

March 15th, 2011

Slow loris loves getting tickled. The title says it all: seriously cute.

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ZooBorns

November 7th, 2010

ZooBorns. So much cuteness it hurts. (Some are less cute, but still interesting.)

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Bless you

May 19th, 2010

Who'd have thought that a baby panda could sneeze that loudly?

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I was an extra in 'Lion Disembowels Gazelle.'

February 19th, 2010

Coming to the extras disc of the next David Attenborough box set?

Moderator: Before we begin this panel discussion, I'd just like to say that it's always a pleasure to witness great artists collaborating together on film, and with this film in particular, the result was a remarkably profound experience. So without further ado, please welcome the stars of the film: Lion, Wildebeest, and the Hyenas.

[Audience applauds.]

Moderator: Lion, let's start with you. What did you see in this project that made you want to be a part of it?

Lion: When I learned that British Human Who Smells Like Ham was going to direct I immediately knew this was something I wanted to do. Whenever I get an opportunity to participate in what I believe will gratifying work, I leap at the chance.

[...]

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Numbers and weight count for a lot

November 17th, 2009

Just because you're at the top of a food chain, doesn't mean you'll win.1

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  1. Link text borrowed stolen from this comment.

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