Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to complain about this choice photograph of Robert De Niro clutching Lil Bub at the Tribeca Film Festival Directors Brunch. However. As an animal lover, I do have my concerns that Bub’s saturation level has passed the point of Internet sensation and entered exploitation territory. Bub is but a very brief, very lovely shooting star in our mortal universe, not meant to stick around long, and I fear for her well-being when she is being paraded around at huge events with large crowds like so. But nobody else seems to be worried about this, so I should probably just shut my mouth. At least Mr. De Niro seems to be handling her with care.
Frisky readers, you know I would never steer you wrong where adorable animals are concerned. And that’s why I’m telling you to hop the first plane the Australia and find a koala to hug. Snuggle the shit out of that koala. It might be the last chance you ever get. We knew the koala population had been chopped nearly in half by the STD chlamydia, but the marsupials are also suffering from koala retrovirus, KoRV, an “AIDs-like virus” that decimates their immune system. In some areas of Australia, koalas are more badly infected than other areas, but a University of Queensland study last year suspected that “ultimately” all koala bears will have chlamydia. Together the chlamydia and KoRV mean koalas on the path to extinction. Scientists are working hard — overtime, one hopes — to map the koala genome and ascertain how best to protect the little guys. In the mean time, you should go snuggle a koala while you still can … and both of the Hemworth brothers, if you can shake it. [Guardian UK] [Photo of a koala from Shutterstock]
How this baby hedgehog feels wrestling this t-shirt is pretty much exactly how I felt about this week. I just kept chewing and chewing and chewing and the t-shirt wouldn’t give. It’s been a crappy one but it’s almost over. In the end, the baby hedgehog prevails, I think. At least that’s the way I’m interpreting it. I don’t know. I’m gonna go pop a few Tylenol and watch this video again. That should do the trick. [Huffington Post]
The state of Florida continues to prove that end times are nigh with an infestation of giant African land snails.
This species of snail is a very special one that can grow as large as a rat and subsist on stucco and plaster to keep their shells healthy. (That means they will be devouring Floridians’ homes.) A typical African land snail produces about 1,200 eggs a year, which means that lots more are on the way. AND — added bonus! –they carry a parasitic rat lungworm that can cause illness in humans, including a form of meningitis. (Try to stifle your cheers.) Keep reading »
Gasoline huffing has become a serious problem for brown bears living on the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in Russia. The bear population has gotten into the kerosene and gasoline, which is used to power the reserve’s helicopters and generators, and have become addicted. The 1,200 pound creatures have taken to stealing fuel barrels, sniffing them until they get woozy and digging holes to pass out in.
Photographer Igor Shpilenok spent seven months documenting these bears and captured them in various stages gasoline use. According to Shpilenok, some of the bears have become so hard up to feed their addiction that they stalk departing helicopters so they can sniff the fumes at takeoff. That sounds like rock bottom to me. Maybe Jeff VanVonderen or Candy Finnigan can help. No bear deserves to live that way. [The Fixx] [Photo credit: Igor Shpilenok]
Rojo, a 5-foot-tall llama, was happily accepting hugs from passersby at a fair when someone suggested his calm demeanor would make him a great therapist. That’s when a lightbulb went on for his owner, Lori Gregory. She started Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas, and now takes Rojo, along with his alpaca BFF Napoleon and a few other furry camelids to visit children’s hospitals and retirement homes throughout the Portland area. The animals always get a great response from patients and caregivers, and help people forget their worries for awhile. “Everybody has their gifts that they’re given,” says Gregory. “And I believe our llamas are our gift that we share with the community and world.” Check out the sweet video to see Rojo and Napoleon in action! [KOIN 6]
I said it couldn’t be done. I was wrong. Here, my friends, is a cat in pantyhose, just chilling with his control top like it’s no big deal. [TruTV]
Dear Goat Thief,
Listen, I get it. There is nary a time when I watch a funny goat video or walk by the urban goat sanctuary by my house (I live in Portland) and don’t plot a way to steal the adorable goats and make them my pets. My eventual life goal is to have a herd of a thousand pygmy goats who all wear coordinating sweaters, and it can be frustrating that my current lifestyle does not allow for that. Stealing just one goat often seems like a quick fix for my sad, goat-less life.
Perhaps you felt the same way when you abducted a pygmy goat from a Montana petting zoo. The next part though, the part where you took said goat to a bar at 1:30 in the morning, that’s the part I don’t really understand. Keep reading »