Stop what you are doing right now and prepare to squeeeee your heart out. It’s time for a baby panda belly rub! The baby panda born in July at the San Diego Zoo had his third medical examination recently to ascertain the gender (it’s a boy!) and enjoy a good old belly rub. This sweet little guy is finally getting fuzzy and adorable, so you know what that means: time to donate to the Send Jessica To The San Diego Zoo Fund! Please give generously. [Guardian UK]
Remember the weird social experiment that was Chatroulette? It’s mostly populated with dudes who want to show their wangs to strangers, which is why we’re way more into the animal version of Chatroulette, appropriately titled Catroulette. Catroulette shows you tons of live video feeds of cats doing exactly what cats do — scratching themselves, grooming themselves, looking bored. But the best part? Every cat on Catroulette is up for adoption! Most of these cats seem to live in Germany or something (so international!). But even if you can’t adopt, it’s a great timewaster. So many adorable buddies! [Catroulette]
If you’re anything like me, you think Lil Bub is maybe the finest cat thing on the planet. The perma-kitten with stunted legs, bug eyes and a perpetually limp tongue has become an insta-celeb in influential cat video circles. Which is why Vice up and decided to make a documentary following Lil Bub’s provocative exploits. We can’t wait for the full-length Bubathon, so in the meantime, here’s a Bubful teaser. Stay tuned! [YouTube]
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It is said that pigs are intelligent creatures, an asset that would probably serve them better if they were not so delicious. But if pigs are among the smartest of beasts, which are the dumbest? We talked to a variety of experts from zoos and pet stores whose opinions helped us make up this list. Read more…
I like to think I love animals as much as the next gal, but to be honest, a lot of them scare the shit out of me. And I hate to admit it, but my fear is often based purely on looks. I am so shallow. For example, I think bears, which could kill me with just one swipe of their paw, are adorable — I just want to cuddle them! But an Aye-Aye, despite being totally harmless, sends horrified shivers down my spine. That’s why this slideshow is made up of the scariest-looking animals in the world, not necessarily the most fearsome. I’m so terrified of these 12 animals, I am actually angry about it. You’ve been warned.
Too cute! Wonder Womanatee and her superhero manatee pals are the brainchild of artist Joel Micah Harris, who is selling his quirky crime-fighting sea creatures on T-shirts and stickers. God bless you, Tumblr, for the random shit that comes across my dashboard. [TheAtlantic.Tumblr.com]
Rough week? It is nothing that a spotted baby lamb with an adopted dalmatian mommy can’t fix. And you get your mind out of the gutter, young lady — she is the cross between “a pure-bred white Dorper ram and a Doper and Van Rooy ewe.” Whatever that means, it is too cute for words. I am never eating lamb chops again! [YouTube]
Wisconsin man John Unger loves his pup Schoep a lot. He’s had the 19-year-old Husky since the dog was a puppy. So when vets told him that Schoep was suffering from painful arthritis that made it impossible for him to sleep, Unger decided to help him in the only way he could — he took Schoep swimming in nearby Lake Superior. The calming water lulls Schoep to sleep. Unger does this every night. Explains photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson:
“Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures.”
Schoep also saved Unger’s life.
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Well, it’s a sad day for Mother Nature and for my childhood. Kayna, the baby beluga whale who inspired the children’s song, “Baby Beluga,” made famous by Raffi (remember Raffi?!) has passed away at age 46. She was known to be the oldest beluga whale in captivity in North America. May she forever “swim so wide and swim so free.” Remember her in song, after the jump! [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »