The heart wants what it wants, and in the case of a mysterious monkey that popped up in a Toronto Ikea parking lot, the heart apparently wanted Swedish meatballs and cheaply made TV consoles. The Rhesus Macaque monkey was apparently in a crate in a car in the store’s parking lot when it escaped, wandering around the lot in an adorable coat. Toronto Police Sgt. Ed Dzingala stated the obvious about the situation, noting that, “It’s a smart monkey.” Keep reading »
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This adorable elephant calf was born at 2:17 a.m. today at the Oregon Zoo. If her cute little elephant beard isn’t enough to brighten up your dreary Friday, well, consider the fact that no matter how crappy your day might seem, you almost certainly didn’t spend the past 30 hours in labor with a 300-pound baby. Props to her mom, 18-year-old elephant Rose-Tu, and welcome to the world, little(ish) one! [Oregon Zoo]
Where dogs seem just happy to be fed and petted, cats lead much more complicated emotional lives. They hate passionately and love fearfully — though admittedly not often. These photos from England’s Supreme Championship Cat Show, held in Birmingham, England, this past weekend, show the whole range of complex, existential feelings these felines possess.
Black cats have it pretty rough. Not only do they have the stigma of a negative superstition around them, but tons of people adopt or buy the cats for Halloween, only to discard them days after. And shelters report that it’s often difficult to get good photos of animals with black fur. But a cheeky new Black Friday promotion is hoping to give black cats — and other animals with black fur — a second chance. The Oregon Humane Society — and other shelters around the country — is offering to cut adoption fees in half for those who adopt black cats and other black animals. And the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia is running a similar promotion, allowing pet lovers to adopt black cats and dogs for free. They’re also running a separate promotion, called “Feast With A Fat Feline,” offering free adoptoins on cats weighing 13 pounds or more. I want one!
Similar adoption events and discounts are being offered in Riverside, California, San Antonio, Texas, and Witchita, Kansas, and several other cities and towns around the country. Check with your local shelter to see if they’re offering similar adoption deals!
Spencer the pup’s legs were crushed when he was just a baby, rendering his back legs totally useless. So his owners took him to a Tampa, Florida, prosthetic clinic to see if it might be possible to make new legs for him. The hilarious solution? Prosthetic paws with Crocs shoes for covers. [ABC News]
“What happens to a dream deferred,” asked the poet Langston Hughes. It’s the overarching theme to the new Catdance Film Festival hit, “8 To Go,” about a cat whose DJ dreams are waylaid by his catnip addiction. The Catdance Film Festival, held this year in Park City, Utah (natch), offers the best in scripted cat cinema. And Catdance has partnered with Fresh Step to offer viewers sneak peeks at some of these cinematic masterpieces. And if you’re a fledgling filmmaker yourself, submit your own cat-focused movie into this year’s festival – deadline for submissions is December 7. [Fresh Step] Keep reading »
Shepherd Wolfgang Grensens decided to adopt 6-week-old Wally after his mother died. I am supposed to be thinking about things I’m grateful for since Thanksgiving is coming soon, so, I pick this. Just try to be disgruntled about life while looking at this picture. It’s extremely difficult. I want to bury my face in Wally’s wooly body and live there forever. [Buzzfeed]