Jessica is out on vacation this week, and that’s left me to cover the amazingly cute panda cub beat. I don’t mind though, because these twin panda cubs, born at the Atlanta Zoo, exist somewhere on the scale between mind-blowingly cute and breathtakingly adorable. The little buggers are about a month old, and weigh just four pounds, which is huge compared to their wee size when they were born. Zoo staff have to rotate them out of their mother’s care every four hours, which means that a few lucky Atlanta Zoo staffers get to spend all their time with these little buggers. I’m so jealous. [CNN]
Cat-holding! You’re doing it wrong. Let Macklemore show you how to properly wrangle and pet a cat — especially one who displays a shocking level of indifference/hatred regarding your very existence. It can be done, and Macklemore can help you do it, but you’ve got to be careful. Other suggested future Macklemore how-to videos include “How To Be Macklemore’s Girlfriend” and “How to Get Macklemore To Make Out With You.” Just a suggestion. [YouTube]
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 »
Foxes are so cute! But they’re underrated in the animal kingdom. You forget how adorable their little half-dog meets sort-of-cat faces can be. Thankfully, we have this video of a baby fox in a box to help get us through this Tuesday. Please listen with the sound up so you can hear his cute little fox yelps. [Have You Seen This?]
Well, I’ve just found a new place to add to my travel bucket list: Assateague Island, a gorgeous strip of land located off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. With beautiful white sand beaches, Assateague attracts a fair share of human tourists, but it’s also home to a large herd of wild ponies (I repeat: WILD PONIES), who spend their time prancing in the streets, taking leisurely swims in the ocean, and sunning themselves on the beach right alongside families building sandcastles and slathering on Coppertone. The photo above, for example, was taken on a crowded Saturday afternoon. I’m grabbing my swimsuit now. Who’s coming with me? [Neatorama]
Bo has a sister! The White House announced on Monday that they have added a furry new friend to their brood, a female puppy named Sunny! A Portuguese water dog just like Bo, Sunny was born in Michigan in June and, said the White House, ”is the perfect little sister for Bo – full of energy and very affectionate – and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality.” Check out an adooooorable video of Sunny and Bo frolicking on the White House lawn after the jump! [White House] Keep reading »