I can’t believe we need to go over this again, but animals are living, breathing beings. They are not inanimate objects into which you can store your lipgloss, wallet and cell phone, so why, why, why, would you carry a dog around like that. This woman was snapped with Dog-as-Purse in tow on the streets of New York this past Thursday. I’m not saying the dog purse contraption hurts the dog or anything — it actually looks like it might be designed for exactly that. But it hurts my soul. And no doubt, this dog finds it extremely embarrassing to be toted around like that. Just look at the contempt its dog’s face! [The Gloss]
Talk about cowardly. The Luohe zoo in the Chinese province of Henan is in trouble after it reportedly tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff dog as a lion. The dog, pictured, was placed in a cage labeled “African lion,” but the zoo’s visitors figured out something was amiss when they heard the animal, which resembles an oversized Chow, bark.
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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]
Russia’s Hermitage Museum holds more than three million works of art, and is the largest museum in the world. It’s also, likely the only museum with its own staff of stray cat security guards. The 65 badass, mice-killing cats to roam its grounds at night, killing vermin and protecting the museum’s precious works from harm. The felines have been there almost as long as the museum itself, and are taken care of by donations from museum workers and have a dedicated caregiver.
Recently, a series of portraits commemorating the cats was commissioned and produced by Uzbek artist Eldar Zakirov. The series, “Cats of Hermitage,” places the fancy felines in traditional Russian garb. The portraits will be featured in an upcoming issue of Hermitage Magazine. Check out a few others after the jump. [ArtInfo] Keep reading »
I don’t know what kind of week you’ve had, but I do know that you’ll feel a million times better than you do at right this moment if you watch a baby panda at the Taipei Zoo suck its thumb. Mommy panda Yuan Yuan gave birth to the little tyke, who doesn’t have a name yet, back in July. The zoo’s YouTube page is keeping us up-to-date with squee-dorable panda moments. And it’s only getting fuzzier from here on out! [Laughing Squid]
Is there anything more sad, more desperate, more pathetically adorable than a cat forced to wear a costume? No, probably not. Which is why we totally love the Algonquin Hotel’s annual Copy Cats Round Table. The round table is meant as a feline homage to all of the literary greats that have passed through the Algonquins vaunted doors, like Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott. What that has to do with dressing your cat up like a fairy, I don’t know, but I don’t question greatness. I just laugh and appreciate it for what it is. More cats in costumes after the jump! [Flavorwire]
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