The end of a romance usually begins with the first sly traces of resentment, jealousy or rage. For tortoise couple Bibi and Poldi, the end of their 115-year relationship began with a bite. According to their keepers at Austria’s Klagenfurt Zoo, the pair can no longer stand to be around one another, and have taken to biting and snapping at one another. Male tortoise Bibi attacked female Poldi several times — biting off a piece of her shell — before he was eventually moved to a separate enclosure. Animal experts attempted to reunite the pair by feeding them animal aphrodisiacs, but it didn’t work. “We have staff talking to and trying to engage the two in interacting, and we hope that they might find their harmony again,” says Zoo Chief Helga Happ. No luck yet, so maybe we’ve discovered that love is not forever — it’s actually for around 115 years. [The FW]
Animals are great in that sometimes they help each other out, despite the fact that in different circumstances, they would be at each other’s throats. Take for example this Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra, who was enlisted to help nurse a couple of orphaned tiger cubs at a zoo in Sochi, Russia.
“[Cleo] accepted them right away,” said zoo handlers. “She’s cleaning them and breastfeeding them as if they were her own. And they also sleep together.” The cubs are named Clyopa and Plyusha, and have thus far been non-aggressive to Cleo, probably because they rely on her for feeding.
The cubs are two of fewer than 400 known Siberian tigers left in Russia’s wild. [MSNBC]
Everyone I know is probably sick to death of hearing me talk about Karl Lagerfeld, because he is a bastard, but who could ever get tired of hearing about his Siamese cat, Choupette? Not us. Especially when he goes on at length in interviews about how spoiled she is. WWD sought out Karl at the premiere of his “Little Black Jacket” exhibit in NYC, and while his responses to inquiries about Chanel and politics were succinct in typical Karl fashion, the design superstar couldn’t stop gushing about his feline friend. I would even go so far as to say she might be his daughter. Behold:
“She is a famous beauty. She is nine months old. [Model] Baptiste [Giaconi] gave her to me for Christmas to watch for two weeks when he was away but then I refused to give her back. I thought she was too cute. She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn’t touch my food. She doesn’t want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad. She has two personal maids, for both night and day. She is beyond spoiled. … When I am not there, the maids take down, in little books, everything she did, from what she ate, to how she behaved, if she was tired, and if she wasn’t sleeping. In the nine months, we already have almost 600 pages.”
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Everyone enjoys a good photo op with a celeb, even our animal friends. This mini baby lamb looks like it’s in heaven cradled in Alexander Skarsgard’s arms. But wouldn’t you be too? Dammit. I think Bullet magazine is trying to kill us with squishes. Job well done. Click through to see more celebrities posing with animals. [Dlisted]
Meet Thomas O’Malley Flufferpants and her dog companion Murkin. Both were rescued — Thomas was a feral cat and Murkin a shelter dog — and developed a strange attraction. The pair are virtually inseparable these days, after Murkin helped nurse Thomas through surgery to remove two infected teeth. Love takes many strange forms.
Fred the ferret isn’t the first animal to be blessed with psychic abilities, but he may be the cutest. Not that ferrets are cute, per se, but in the world of psychic animals, Fred is at least a little bit fluffy. I mean, it’s hard to get excited about a psychic octopus. I’m referring to Paul, the sea creature who predicted Germany’s 2010 World Cup wins with frightening accuracy. There’s also a psychic parrot and a sheep, but I don’t care much about them. Anyhow, back to Fred. The Ukrainian rodent is on board to predict the outcomes of the Euro 2012 games. How will he do that without being able to speak you ask? He will be put in a “Fan Zone” where plates of food bearing flags of competing teams will be placed. Fred will have 15 minutes to eat off of one of the plates. Whichever one he chows will be the winner. That sounds more exciting to me than watching the actual games. I hope they are planning to televise Fred’s Fan Zone sessions. [Telegraph UK]
Okay, so ignore the annoying music, these guys are leopards that live at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, and they’re just trying to have some fun.
An unnamed guy in Israel divorced his wife this week, after she accumulated 550 cats. The guy complained that he could no longer sleep in the couple’s bed or move around their house because the cats were everywhere. The couple tried counseling, but the woman eventually chose the cats over her husband.
And here’s where I have no sympathy for this dude. Because 550 cats doesn’t just happen overnight. Guy, you had time, say around cat 20 or 30, to voice that you were uncomfortable with the situation. Maybe around cat 100 you could have thrown out an ultimatum. But you didn’t. Instead, you waited until your wife was 550 cats deep before you took some action. So this problem is just as much yours as it is hers. Just as a 1,000 pound man doesn’t just suddenly wake up and realize that he needs the fire department to come and break him out of his own living room, owning 550 cats is a problem that develops over time.
I will say though, that I’m sure the ammonia smell from the litter box was probably no picnic. [Times of Israel]
If someone is going to sit on my face, I would prefer it be Ian Somerholder. But this adorable baby penguin is a close second. [YouTube]
Inca and Rayas are a pair of Gentoo penguins who have been in a committed relationship since they first met at a Madrid zoo six years ago. Every year since then, they’ve built a nest together in the apparent hopes that they could hatch and raise a baby penguin, but every year the nest has sat empty, most likely because Inca and Rayas are both male. This year, however, a penguin egg donor is finally making their dreams come true. “We wanted them to have something to stay together for — so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed,” said their keeper, Yolanda Martin. Initial reports reveal that Inca has been perching on the egg throughout the day, while Rayas stands guard. If all goes well, their little one will make an appearance by the end of June. Now, who wants to chip in for a baby shower gift? [Huffington Post UK]