Having a difficult day? Then stop what you’re doing and spend the next two minutes and 22 seconds watching this video pup Odin and some of his friends sticking their heads out of car windows. Are you still in a bad mood? Didn’t think so. [YouTube]
Jane Goodall is one of my personal heroes, so I was delighted to see this pair of photos of her — one as a young researcher playing with a chimpanzee in the early 60s, and another more recent shot (below) of her and another chimp enjoying a similarly silly interaction. The only detectable change in the more than 50 years between the two snapshots? A bit of gray hair. Now 79, Goodall has studied three generations of chimpanzees and spends her time mentoring researchers and zoologists who want to follow in her footsteps. She also makes sure to visit her beloved animals at Gombe Stream National Park a couple times a year. “When I’m on my own at Gombe now, I can easily recapture how I felt at 26, when all the world was new,” she told National Geographic. “There’s still a spiritual power there. I can breathe it in.” [National Geographic]
I was having kind of a rough day, but then I saw these photos of a orphaned baby wallaby and my internal desire to SQUEE overwhelmed my desire to cry for the third time today! Four-month-old Skye lost her mom and is currently being taken care of by Donna Liversedge, a zookeeper at the New Forest Wildlife Park in the UK, who lets Skye sleep in a tote bag at the end of her bed. The totes is lined with a little bit of Skye’s mom’s fur and Donna is teaching her how to get in and out of it herself. The cuteness is beyond. Guys, I have a lot of empty tote bags that I didn’t know what to do with until now, but clearly I need a baby wallaby.
Brunete, a small town outside of Madrid, Spain, had a problem. Dog owners had become lax about scooping their pets’ poop, and sidewalks were strewn with waste. To solve the problem, town leaders teamed up with ad agency McCann Erickson to create a publicity campaign that would shock residents into following the rules. The plan? If dog owners didn’t pick up their dog’s poop, the abandoned feces would be mailed back to them. No, seriously. Keep reading »
Not so much a cat burglar as a cat smuggler, a kitty at a Russian prison facility was detained after guards found cell phones and chargers taped to the animal’s belly. Cell phones are strictly verboten in Russian prisons, and authorities believe that the cat was being used by prisoners to ferry items in and out of their cell blocks.
The technologically advanced cat was discovered near the fence at Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar, which is around 600 miles north of Moscow. The cat was detained and stripped of its expensive contraband.
Training cats to do pretty much anything is near impossible. The CIA once tried — and failed — to turn cats into spies (they spent $20 million on the attempt). So it would be pretty impressive if these inmates had been able to successfully get a cat to deliver electronics to them inside prison walls. Ah well, there’s always carrier pigeons. [Business Insider]
A llama, clearly influenced by Kanye West, led Florida cops on a nine-hour goose (llama?) chase around Leon Country Friday night, before being Tased and returned to its owner. Scooter the Llama — seen above with a couple of police officers who are like, “whaaaa?” – made it all the way to Tallahassee before being found. Their main concern, police said, was making sure that Scooter wasn’t accidentally hit by a car (bad for the llama, but likely worse for the car). “I’ve been doing this twenty years and this was the first llama I’ve ever had to chase,” said Leon County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant. Tony Drzewiecki. To get him home, police officers Tased him and guided him (rather unwillingly) into a trailer.
So what might motivate a llama to go on the lam? Did the llama have dreams of rock stardom? Of opening his own artisanal chocolate operation? Maybe he wanted to train hop around the country, bindle stick in hoof, looking for a delicious patch of alfalfa grass to chew on? In any case, Scooter’s owner said that after the traumatic Tasing, he was mostly back to normal and eating his favorite snack — Triscuits — like it was no big deal. Llamas, man, cool customers. [NBC Miami]
Squittens! It sounds like a noise that happens in your ladydrawers after a makeout session, but hell to the NO. Squittens are kittens that look like squirrels — specifically kittehs which sit up on their hind legs like squirrels peering around for nuts. Some squittens, like the cutie named Petal above, are born without bones in the elbow joint of their front legs (aww!!!!), meaning they have to sit back on their hind legs at all times. It is just too cute.
Click through and check out a few more squittens we found on the Interwebs. [Huffington Post]
When I was a kid, some friends and I wandered down to the woods at the end of our cul de sac. There, we found an old clawfoot bathtub that someone had dumped. The bathtub was full of water, and we started fishing around in there and pulled out a leech. Holy crap, that was the scariest thing I had ever seen. We threw it back in the tub, but for days I had nightmares that the leech had crawled down the street and into my house and was going to suck my blood. As a consequence, I don’t like leeches, or things that remind me in the slightest of leeches. And that includes slugs. (I hope that leech isn’t reading this right now!)
That said, guys, this is Triboniophorous graeffei (or you can call him Tribs for short). Tribs was recently discovered in the Mount Kaputar area of New South Wales, Australia. And while its nickname does sound rather terrifying, he actually only feeds on moss. (The equally disturbingly named Cannibal Snail was also discovered rooting around in the same soil as the blood slug. The cannibals are so named because they feast on the carcasses of other species of vegetarian snails.) But back to Tribs: he’s believed to have originated in Australia’s mountainous rain forest zone, around 180 million years ago. Ecologists warn that the slug, snail and all of their brethren could be endangered if their climate changed by even a degree or two. So please, leave the blood slugs and cannibal snails alone. [Daily Mail]
Cleaning up your cat’s daily hairball attack aftermath got you down? Be grateful you’re not the vet who had to remove a terrifying 4 lb. hair ball from this handsome tiger’s stomach. After his handlers noticed that he wasn’t eating, they performed surgery to remove the basketball-shaped object, and the little dude is doing just fine now. You have to see this to believe it. Check out a pic of the hairball after the jump … if you dare. (Metro UK) Keep reading »
“I love a good piece of dolphin meat on my plate, but every time I feel bad for eating an endangered animal,” 32-year-old artist, Ai Hasegawa, told Vice. “We’re soon going to be facing a global food shortage crisis. But I still want to give life, I don’t want 30 years of painful menstruation to have all been in vain. And I want to eat good meat.”
What 30-something woman hasn’t been faced with such dilemmas concerning food and reproduction? While most of us chose to avoid dolphin meat/baby making, hoping the problem would rectify itself, Ai Hasegawa got busy looking for options that were “less costly than raising a human” with “fewer responsibilities.” To reconcile both her desire to give life and her need to eat good meat, she came up with an unconventional solution: the idea of women birthing endangered species and eating them.
Hasegawa’s project, “I wanna deliver a Shark…,” tackles “the problem of human reproduction in an age of over-population and environmental crisis” with a literal attempt to birth a shark. And why a shark? Because, her initial research suggests that sharks are the most compatible with the human body and “they’re endangered, their life-span is almost as long as that of a human, and most importantly, they’re delicious.” Keep reading »