Where do you store your nuts for the winter? This savvy British squirrel stashed hundreds of acorns in the exhaust pipe of a car. When the vehicle failed to start, the driver assumed there was a mechanical problem and called AA, a roadside rescue service. AA employee Andy Smith came to the scene, and was baffled when he could find no obvious issue with the car. Then, while the engine was being revved, Andy saw an air pipe collapse. Upon removing the air intake, countless acorns came pouring out. They removed the remainder of the acorn and the car was restored to working order – but, as Andy Smith said, “I just hope the wee thing has plenty of other stashes buried away for the winter,” or else he’s out of luck. He gets an “A” for intelligence. [Newslite]
Great Dane Lily was rendered blind thanks to a rare condition in which her eyelashes grew into her eyeballs. But thankfully she’s got guide dog Maddison — another Great Dane — to lead her around. Maddison stays close to Lily when they walk around, helping to guide her by touching her with his body to let her know the way. Keep reading »
As anybody who knows me can tell you, mini-horses — really all mini-animals — are in my wheelhouse. They’re what I’m into. They are my scene. So, if I see a video of a mini-horse that can slam dunk a basketball posted on CNN, you just know I’m going to click on it. And thankfully, this guy does not disappoint. [CNN]
According to the caption, this is a photo of a kitten frolicking with something called a tigrillo. What is a tigrillo? A tiger and a Brillo Pad? A tiger crossed with a BBQ grill? A tiger owned by Don Delillo? A tiger drunk on tempranillo? It’s anybody’s guess. What do you think?
Fact: baby animals learning to walk look like drunks. Drunks or teenagers on acid. But cuter! Like this baby elephant taking his first baby elephant steps ever! (Extra points for small British child yelling out in the background “It’s a baaaaaaaby!”) [YouTube]
We all felt a special bond with our childhood dogs … well those of us that had them. My apologies to those who didn’t. When I was a kid, I considered my Bichon Frise Mandy my best friend. I don’t know if that’s sweet or sad. Probably sad. Anyhow, I used to have long conversations with her, I even wrote an original song for her called “Yummy Yummy.” Sometimes we would fight. She wouldn’t lick my face for an entire day when I got a stuffed dog and started sleeping with it. I literally had to take the stuffed animal out of my room before she’d pay attention to me again. Good ol’, Mandy. We just got each other.
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Yes, he will drink it up! You know, while he’s just chillin’, upside down. [World of Wonder]
Dressing dogs up as other animals; it seems like this should have caught on a long time ago, but the Japanese have really gone whole hog into it, morphing dogs into pandas, horses, buffalo, and a potpourri of other beasts. A haircut and some strategic hair dye and accessories seems to be all it takes. Do you suppose other dogs make fun of these guys? They have to, right? After the jump, several more doggie transformations. Keep reading »
Dogs are so over. It’s all about pet llamas now. A UK couple proved that llamas can do what dogs do, maybe even more. Tim and Terri Crowfoot managed to train their pack of seven pet llamas — David, Dillon, Thomas, Oscar, Toby, Mary, and Ann — how to do all sorts of dog tricks like fetching, sitting, rolling over, shaking. They can even pull carts and jump through hoops! If you thought of llamas as spitting camel cousins with funny hairdos, think again. Llamas are highly intelligent according to the Crowfoots. They communicate by humming (hey, me too!) and using a series of body, ear, and tail postures, which has made it possible to train them so well. And they’re friendly! “They love playing fetch — their little faces just light up. Our friends think it’s hilarious — but as long as the llamas are happy and having fun, then so are we … The llamas can now do everything your average dog can do, and more,” the proud owners bragged. Okay. Sold! Pet llama it is. I can dye its hair and make it pull me around in a wagon. I just have to figure out where my llama is going to sleep. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »