This just in: Australia’s been taken over by enormous cats. Well, sort of: The country’s Northern Territory is apparently overrun with feral cats that weigh up to 45 lbs; to smaller creatures, they’re basically killing machines, Vice reports, alongside a pretty stunning image. It’s posing a threat to the area’s biodiversity. “Even a small cat will eat several birds, reptiles, or mammals in a 24-hour period,” says a land official. “So you do the math on that, one cat might be eating 2,000 animals a year.” Read more at Newser…
Colonel Meow is revered among Internet cat obsessives for his perpetually smug scowl, and now he has even more reason to sneer at his adoring public.
Guinness World Records has officially recognized the two-year-old Himalayan-Persian crossbreed as the cat with the longest fur.
In order to get the hair-raising honor, three independent vets each meticulously measured 10 strands of kitty fur and came up with an average length that was submitted to Guinness. Read more at Huffington Post…
Today in sad animal news (which, in my opinion, is often the saddest kind of sad news): Gus, the beloved polar bear who called the Central Park Zoo his home since 1988, has passed away at age 27. Arguably one of the most iconic animals of all time (he was once served tilapia by Rachael Ray), Gus first dominated news headlines in 1994 when it was discovered that boredom and depression caused him to swim endless laps back and forth in his pool. He was euthanized while undergoing a medical procedure, during which veterinarians found an inoperable tumor in his thyroid.
Said Jim Breheny, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Vice President of Zoos and Aquariums, “Gus was an icon at the Central Park Zoo and a great source of joy for our visitors and staff. He was an important ambassador for his species bringing attention to the problems these bears face in the wild due to a changing environment.” Keep reading »
Love is a funny thing. It urges us to do things we’d never imagine possible. It is what make us open our hearts to another creature, and this trait doesn’t belong to humans alone. Sometimes animals form unusual bonds that bend our understanding of the wild kingdom. Read more at Your Tango…
I’m all for cute animals. But something about this new species, dubbed the Olinguito, and discovered in Ecuador and Colombia, is suspect. Maybe it’s his beady little eyes, or his old lady hands, but the Olinguito looks like he’s up to no good.
Of course, it can’t be easy to be an Olinguito. You’re one of the first new mammalian carnivore species discovered in the Americas in 35 years. That’s a lot of pressure to live up to! Researchers say that the Olinguito is the smallest member of the raccoon family. It had previously been mistaken for its close cousin, the Olingo, but is actually somewhat smaller, weighing around two pounds, on average.
Whatever, we know it must be annoying being constantly mistaken for your cousin. But could you tone down the intensity a little bit, dude? Your eyes are freaking me out. [CNN]
Artist Bart Jansen thrilled us all with his dead cat helicopter. Well, now he’s back, with a much bigger, more bizarre (is that possible?) dead animal ‘copter project. Jansen and his buddy Arjen Beltman took a dead ostrich that had died at a nearby ostrich farm, strapped a bunch of motorized propellers on it, and created a truly terrifying flying beast. This is definitely Amelia’s worst nightmare. [Oddity Central]
Love is a many-splendored thing, and it can exist in a variety of permutations. I mean, who are we to judge the love shared between a man and his raccoon? It’s unclear just how ”Coon Rippy,” a self-described “hillbillly,” came upon a raccoon and Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.” But whatever the circumstances, for this brief minute, the stars aligned and brought these three magical things together. Who are we to question the brilliance of the universe?
It turns out Coon Rippy is not only a skilled overalls-wearer and beard-grower, he’s also pretty good at dancing with a raccoon––even after the clingy raccoon (maybe it has abandonment issues) wraps its talons around his leg. Bravo, Coon Rippy, for keeping the beat, and enjoying some quality time with your fat little dancing partner. If you need us, we’ll be checking out Coon Rippy’s 40 other YouTube videos, including one in which he’s caught taking a shower with the raccoon and using Hannah Montana body wash. Now that really is devotion. [YouTube]
There are really only two ways to deal with super hot summer weather: 1) learn to own your boob sweat, because there’s just no way to avoid it, and 2) eat ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream. This mini pig knows what’s up, and its facial expression is one we’ve all made before after making a desperate visit to Baskin Robbins for a couple scoops of that cool, creamy relief. Aaaahhhh. [Laughing Squid]
Kitten Wasabi-chan was brutally injured by an errant crow attack as a stray on the streets of Japan. A kind passerby picked up Wasabi-chan and decided to care for her. Wasabi’s jaw was damaged and she required regular tube feedings, but hated having the tube stuck down her throat. So her owners came up with a novel solution: knit cute-as-hell costumes for Wasabi-chan to wear while being fed, that would prevent her from pulling her feeding tube out. In addition to her cheeky mushroom look, Wasabi-chan’s also worn hot pink and more — peep them after the jump. [Metro] Keep reading »