Happily Wedding, a wedding planning company in California, has opened up a whole new market — cat weddings. In case kitten-themed seating arrangements, feline cake toppers, the “glitter box,” and stationery marked “Furrever” wasn’t enough to make the perfect wedding day for cat-loving couple Kiera and Zach, they were then treated to the surprise arrival of kittens brought in specially to witness their wedding. I hope the cats had fun and didn’t feel too much like props, but if the video is any indication, it looks like their adventure that day was just as epic as the newlyweds’. To support the homeless kitties, Happily asked that anyone looking to adopt contact the Second Hand Souls Animal Rescue and Animal Actors. For cat loving ladies like myself, this ceremony may sound too good to be true, but a day like this can be yours for a cool $25,000. (What, you didn’t just have that laying around for your someday fantasy wedding?) Congrats to the happy couple! [The Gloss]
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]
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.
Bonedigger, a disabled lion at G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, has made some unlikely BFFs in his zookeeper, John Reinke, and a Dachshund named Milo. The lion was born with a metabolic bone disease, leaving him mildly disabled in his front legs. Reinke, who is himself disabled, personally raised the lion and formed a closed relationship with him. The big cat used to live in his home, where he bottle fed him until he was too big to live indoors any longer. At 500 lbs., Bonedigger looms over both Reinke and his tiny canine friend Milo, but that hasn’t scared the pup one bit over the course of their five-year friendship. Several other Dachshunds who live at the park have joined Milo in comforting the lion, providing lots of cuddles and playtime for the cat. Reinke told the Daily Mail, “Milo does his best to copy Bonedigger when the lion tries puffing to communicate with other lions in the park…Bonedigger’s like a dog and when he hasn’t seen me for ages he gets all excited and runs up to me.” I don’t know about you, but this animal park sounds like my personal heaven. Keep reading »
Today in miserable situations: five abandon kittens zipped inside a suitcase were discovered in Cardiff, Wales. A passerby happened to see the suitcase on a back street and opened it, only to find the nine-week-old kitties peering up from inside. One of them was stuck in the bag’s zipper, another kitty had a sore eye, and all of them had fleas, but they’re lucky to have been found otherwise healthy. The three male and two female cats are now in the care of the animal organization RSPCA, and will likely be put up for adoption shortly. According to the Daily Mail, Rachel Chapman of the RSPCA said “They are lovely kittens …We would rather the person called us first instead of just being irresponsible and abandoning their pets.” She also said the kittens would be available for placement in new homes if their owners don’t come forward. It’s hard for me to imagine that this was an accident (stranger things have happened, I guess) and I sincerely hope that doesn’t mean they intend to ever place the kitties back in the care of whatever colossal asshole got bored of them and dumped them on the street. I think, rather, that the RSPCA is looking for more information to sufficiently punish the creep. It’s one thing to throw helpless kitties on the street when they could be safely dropped off at a shelter, but it’s quite another to leave them trapped in a suitcase with no way to fend for themselves. Ugh, what is wrong with people? If you’re in Cardiff and have any information to share about the kitties or their owner, you can give the RSPCA a call at 0300 1234 999. [Daily Mail UK]