Sometimes it’s other people’s stories that inspire us, but sometimes our animal friends can enliven our spirits. Ramen Noodle is my inspiration today. The teacup poodle, who has survived against all odds, is the subject of a new photo series by animal photographer Carli Davidson. As you can see, little Ramen has no front legs. He suffered a broken arm when he was eight months old. His first owner didn’t care for it properly, and he lost his arm to a case of gangrene. He eventually made a full recovery and ended up being adopted by his clinic caretaker Jamie Salata Van Tassel. But Ramen Noodle’s struggles weren’t over yet. He jumped off a chair and broke his other arm so badly that it also had to be removed. Keep reading »
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]
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]
Paper Magazine knows what’s up. For their latest editorial fashion shoot, they paired models with puppy dogs, ensuring that even the most hardened fashion cynic would just have to pause and take a look. The photos, shot by photographer Emily Shur, feature models (facing away from the camera, so you never see their faces) cradling pups while wearing some of the latest cool accessories. Take a look!
In 1915, Harry Whittier Frees published a book called The Little Folks of Animal Land. In it, Frees dressed up kittens and puppies in a bunch of human scenarios and created comical scenes. Because people have generally always loved laughing at animals in people clothes — long before ICanHazCheeseburger figured it out. Click through for a bunch of cute photos of pups and kitties from ye olde times.
There’s no midweek malaise that can’t be cured by a cute animal video. Without further ado, I present to you The Incredible Leaping Lamb. OMG, I’m dying. Does it have springs on its feet? Is it part kangaroo? How does it catch so much air? A kernel of joy just bloomed in my heart and my life makes sense again. I didn’t know you could keep lambs as pets. Crap, I might need one now. But it has to be one that leaps. I long to engage in this type of lamb play. [Buzzfeed]
This is Cocoa, a three-year-old Alpine Pygmy goat who lives in Summit, New Jersey, but enjoys frequent trips into Manhattan (I guess that makes her a bridge and tunnel goat?). While in the city, she accompanies her owner into shops, takes long walks around Soho, rides the subway, and lounges in Central Park. Says her owner: “She doesn’t like goats, she doesn’t like farms, she likes the people and the city.” I’ve always wanted a pygmy goat, but now I want a chic, urban pygmy goat who will sip cosmos with me. Click here to see a photo slideshow of Cocoa’s latest adventures in the Big Apple. [Reuters]
When you’re a baby, everything seems exciting and new. Take this baby lemur, who just discovered that he could climb a rope. How awesome is that? Pretty great — and also a little bit scary, right? [HolyCuteness]