The London zoo pulled out all the stops to get their Galapagos tortoises, a species under threat of extinction, in the mood to mate. They hoped that hiring French pianist, Richard Clayderman, to play his album “Romantique” would sexually arouse the creatures. No such luck.
Through “Ballade pour Adeline” and “Chariots of Fire” the tortoises “didn’t appear particularly impressed,” according to the Associated Press. They did appear to get slightly excited, however, when the zookeeper brought them carrots. Clayderman tried not to take the tough crowd too personally, acknowledging the possibility that tortoises are not big fans of “new romantic” music. Maybe they’d prefer something a bit more edgy to get it on to? Some New Order? Or maybe they’re just hitting a sexual slump. It happens. Galapagos tortoises live for over 150 years. That’s a long time to be with one mate. Here’s hoping they’ll be able to get something going on Valentine’s Day. [Yahoo]
This week, we heard about Chris P. Bacon, the piglet on wheels, and a goldfish who floats with the help of a harness. You thought you had things hard, you ain’t got nothin’ on these physically challenged animals. These dogs, cats, pigs and alpacas (yes, that’s right, alpacas) were born just a little bit different, but thanks to their kind human helpers, they’ve been given a new lease on life.
And if you want to support a non-profit that helps animals like these, check out Rolling Dog Farm. For more information on animal wheelchairs, check out: Pets With Disabilities , K-9 Cart Company, Eddieswheelz and RuffRollin.
No boyfriend? No problem. All you really need to celebrate this tres romantic Hallmark holiday is a feline friend or two. Just ask this gentleman, who spends much of his free time serenading his cat with Seal’s classic love song “Kiss From A Rose.” No shame in that, guy! If all else fails, and your cat just isn’t satisfying your emotional needs, why not browse the Purrsonals to see if you can find a mate for life? Just make sure your cat approves first. There is such a thing as emotional cheating. And listen, things could be worse; you could be Henri. Here are five things I’ll be doing with my cats this Valentine’s Day — I urge you to follow my lead and take your meow machines out to a beautiful candlelit dinner. They sure deserve it for putting up with your shit. Keep reading »
The Japanese are generally better at everything — including cats. For years, they’ve had cat cafes, where overworked people with not enough space can go to pet kittens. Now some cat-tastic enterprising Londoners are trying to take that idea global. They want to open a lovely space called Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, where cat lovers can go to sip some tea and enjoy the company of their furry friends. The furniture and style will be classic Victorian, though hopefully in some scratch-proof fabrics. And all the cats will be procured from local shelters. The owners are currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to get this cafe on its metaphorical four feet, and they need all the help they can get. Donate, if you feel so inclined, and help spread the kitty love across the pond. [IndieGoGo]
Holly is a 13-year-old fat cat that desperately needs to lose some weight, so her owner takes her for weekly swim sessions at the local YMCA. The look of utter disgust and horror on this cat’s face just says it all, doesn’t it? It’s pretty clear poor Holly is in the midst of some pretty deep existential despair. [YouTube] Keep reading »
Lately, my mom has been getting her kicks by emailing me photos of animals she thinks I’ll find terrifying and asking me if I like them. Very funny. See, she knows all about my fear of birds, and I’m pretty sure she thought my slideshow on the scariest-looking animals on earth was the funniest thing I’ve ever written. Clearly, she’s pushing me to do a followup by emailing me photos of weird looking beasts. Like this fluffy guy above. It’s hard for me to imagine a more upsetting animal — feathers, beady little eyes, the misleading vibe that it’s full of peace and tranquility — but luckily, it is imaginary. It was dreamt up by a pair of artists, thank god.
So, nice try with this one, Mom. This freak of nature may not make the cut, but these 13 other members of the Animal Kingdom do scare the shit out of me…