After Ruuxa the cheetah cub was rejected by his mother, zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park paired him up with Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. Their friendship was set up as part of the zoo’s animal ambassador program, which creates unlikely bonds between different critters. And it worked: the new buds are now over three months old and exploring new parts of the park together. They’re being raised alongside each other to create a special bond, with Raina helping Ruuxa feel relaxed in stressful settings. Some of their play fighting is training for Ruuxa to become part of the park’s Cheetah Run experience — and it’s pretty darn cute. [NBC]
If there is one thing cats hate, it’s water. If there’s two things cats hate, it’s water and Internet censorship.
A group called The Pussycat Riot (not affiliated with the band) is using famous Internet cats to draw attention to world leaders who suppress their peoples’ access to information online. It’s a project launched by Hide My Ass, a for-pay site that allows Internet users to access blocked content from anywhere in the world. Kittehs draw attention to their cause, but also to the part of their site where they sell (very expensive) Vladmir Putin and Kim Jong Un scratching posts and litter boxes featuring the faces of other despotic leaders. Can cats get people who take their freedoms for granted to pay attention to Internet censorship? Who knows. It may not help, but probably couldn’t hurt.
I know the internet is the land of hyperbole, especially when it comes to cats. But for real, everyone, anointing this kitten getting a belly rub as “The Cutest Ever Cat Video On The Internet” seems pretty spot-on to me. I dare you to disagree with me. [Love Meow]
If I were in this cat’s shoes, I can’t promise I wouldn’t do the exact same thing.
The cinematic masterpiece that is sure to be “Fifty Shades Of Grey” is still a long way off (February 2015) but you can get your kinky sex fix now with … wait for it, kittens. Yes, the erotic love affair of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey is reenacted by teeny-weeny beh beh kittehs (and their cat toys). Whoever wrote the puns in one deserves the cat video equivalent of an Oscar.
Maru, one of the greatest internet cats of our time, can now add window blinds to his list of fearless conquests.