In an effort to make Paris a greener city, this week, city officials introduced a group of two-foot-tall Bretton sheep to “eco-graze” their way through half an acre of park in the in the 19th Arrondissement. These adorable lawnmowers will be keeping the grass well-maintained until October at which time they’ll be moved to a warmer climate. I didn’t know it was possible for me to love Paris more, but I do. The world would be a happier place if sheep replaced all lawnmowers. [The Atlantic]
Earlier this week, important news broke: a mutt named Lejon adopted white lion cub JoJo after JoJo’s mom became sick and was unable to take care of her. They’re the best of friends, and oh my God, my mind is exploding from the combined cuteness. Make. It. Stop.
But Lejon is hardly the only animal to take up caring for another species in need. After the jump, we’ve got several more surprising (and super cute) inter-species adoptions.
We love sloths, and we couldn’t be happier that the slow little buggers will be getting their own one hour television show on Animal Planet, debuting this Saturday evening. Mark your calendars!
Oh, the things I learn in a day of trolling the interweb for penis stories. Today, oh glorious day, I learned that the ostrich hard-on, unlike other bird erections, is of the blood vascular variety as opposed to a lymphatic type. If you are learned in the science realm, then you’ll know that reptiles and humans (proud members of the mammal family) also get blood vascular erections. Meaning blood flows to the penis and makes it hard. Interesting point being that ostriches may be the evolutionary erection link in the penile tree. Other important discovery: the most common form of bird sex is known as the “cloacal kiss.” This is when the girl and boy birds touch their cloaca (the small all-purpose orifices in the butt region) together so sperm can pass. In conclusion, I mostly just wrote this post to freak Amelia out. She hates birds and their penises. [io9]
While filming the Brit TV show “Wild at Heart,” Lucy the pregnant giraffe, who stars in the series, broke into the pool area and got in, but wasn’t able to get out. Crew members drained the pool, and even attempted to get her out by building steps. But when that didn’t work, the staff eventually had to demolish a wall in the pool in order to create an area from which Lucy could hobble out. The bigger they come, the harder it is to get them outta the pool, I guess. [ITV]
I could look at alpacas all day, because I consider alpacas, just like corgi dogs, to be Nature’s Comedy. Like, HOW DID THE UNIVERSE COME UP WITH SUCH A FUNNY, WEIRD THING? Apparently the folks at Yestadt Millinery agree. They took some of their hats to Raspberry Hill Alpaca Farm and tried to get the alpacas to wear them, but no dice. Because hello, they’re alpacas, not hat-wearing fools. [Buzzfeed]
The ’70s were a wild ride, man. The dogs were going crazy. Everybody was dancing. The party never ended. And then the suddenly the ball dropped and it was the ’80s, and everybody was in banking. Total bummer, dude. [YouTube]
Oscar the Kitten was born without formed eyeballs, and was adopted from a shelter at just five weeks old. The poor little guy had a tough time adjusting to his new environment, until his owners brought out new toys for him to play with — balls with jingle bells in them so that Oscar could follow the sounds they made. This video is Oscar’s first experience “playing!” [YouTube]
Well this just seems like a colossally bad idea. A woman in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, was attempting to give away her koala on Craigslist. Wait a second, just back it up. How did she come in possession of a koala in the first place? That seems … highly illegal? And dangerous — to both animal and human. Come on, people. (The ad has since been taken down. Maybe the lil’ guy sold?)