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This Elephant Is Probably A Better Musician Than You

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It looks like animals can be just as musically inclined as humans are. I’m now a fan of Shanthi, the world’s most musical elephant. She’s not touring right now, but you can catch one of her harmonica ditties if you go visit Washington D.C.’s National Zoo, where she lives. Or you can wait for her music to become available on Spotify. Imagine how good she’d be if she had lessons. [Buzzfeed]

In Memoriam: Meow, The 39-Pound Cat, Has Died

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We knew you for such a short time, but though our moments were fleeting, you made a big impression on us. You cuddled with Anderson Cooper. You befuddled “The Today Show” and you ambled into our hearts — Meow, we will never forget you.  You lived large, and your spirit will continue to shine as a beacon for all of us. From the Santa Fe Animal Shelter: “Meow had been doing so well in his foster home: Walking up stairs and seeking affection — that it is so very hard to believe he is gone.” Gone to soon, furry friend, gone too soon. [Facebook]

Lion Tries To Eat Baby In Zebra Stripe Hoodie

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Baby Jack’s parents dressed him in a cute black and white striped hoodie and took him to the zoo. Here’s what happened when he plopped down in front of the glass at the lion exhibit. Thankfully, it’s really strong glass.

Thoughts On The Zoo Keeper Who Licked A Monkey’s Butt To Save Its Life

So, a zoo keeper in China took on the incredibly gross but selfless task of licking a monkey’s butt to save its life. A leaf monkey at the Wuhan Zoo became dangerously constipated after it ingested a peanut that had been thrown in its enclosure. Zhang Bangsheng determined that the peanut was too large to pass through the monkey’s system on its own and therefore had to be extracted manually by licking and sucking it out. After the jump, Jessica and I discuss over IM. Keep reading »

Jeans Really Do Look Good On Everyone

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I love how Mr. Ed  coordinated his jeans with his bridle. [That's So Ratchet]

Pallas Kittens Don’t Give A Damn

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Pallas cats are like the farty, pissed off cousins of your basic house cat. They are way cute, but also have a perma-scowl on their little cat faces. That might be because they are considered a near-threatened species, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Or it could be because they just don’t like you. In any case, here’s a bunch of wild pallas kittens giving you the gas face. [YouTube]

Hello There, Gracefully Falling Bear

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Actually, bears only fall like this when they’re on tranquilizers. This guy wandered into a CU-Boulder dorm complex and up into a tree, and wildlife officials had to drug him. Don’t worry, he landed safely on that mat … and looked damn cute doing it. [The Daily Beast]

The Cat Relaxation You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Cats live very stressful lives. You might not have known it, because they hide it very well, with all their fur licking, sleeping, pooping and general air of cool detachment and remove. But if this video of a cat enjoying the spoils of a neck massager is any indication, cats need all the relaxation they can get. [YouTube]

11 Animal Freaks Of Nature

Snakes are scary enough already. But give them hands and you’ve got the stuff that nightmares are made of. An elderly Chinese woman woke up in the middle of the night to find this one-handed snake climbing the wall of her bedroom. “I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound … at first I thought it was thieves … I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw,” she said. Then she did what most of us would have done: She beat it to death with a shoe. I don’t know whether to be relieved or depressed that the claw snake is dead. I love freaks of all sorts. And, while I might have died if this bitch was climbing my bedroom wall, I can’t front like I’m not impressed by it. R.I.P. claw snake. You were special. Click through for more animal freaks of nature. [9 News]

Fancy A Night In A Hamster Hotel?

I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I’m at a hotel, I look around and think, This is nice, I guess, but you know what would be better? A giant hamster cage. Apparently a lot of people share this sentiment, because a hotel in western France called Villa Hamster provides just that — yep, hamster cages for humans — and business has been booming since it opened in 2009. The hotel owner, 42-year-old Yann Falquerho, saw a void in the “animal transformation” hotel niche and pounced on the opportunity to give guests the full hamster lifestyle experience, from human-size running wheels to hay stacks to sleep on. What’s for dinner? Organic hamster grains and water in a tube, of course! Not only is the hotel often totally booked, Falquerho says many guests even spend their time at Villa Hamster on all fours. Sounds like the perfect romantic getaway, huh? [Oddity Central]

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