I was having kind of a rough day, but then I saw these photos of a orphaned baby wallaby and my internal desire to SQUEE overwhelmed my desire to cry for the third time today! Four-month-old Skye lost her mom and is currently being taken care of by Donna Liversedge, a zookeeper at the New Forest Wildlife Park in the UK, who lets Skye sleep in a tote bag at the end of her bed. The totes is lined with a little bit of Skye’s mom’s fur and Donna is teaching her how to get in and out of it herself. The cuteness is beyond. Guys, I have a lot of empty tote bags that I didn’t know what to do with until now, but clearly I need a baby wallaby.
Not so much a cat burglar as a cat smuggler, a kitty at a Russian prison facility was detained after guards found cell phones and chargers taped to the animal’s belly. Cell phones are strictly verboten in Russian prisons, and authorities believe that the cat was being used by prisoners to ferry items in and out of their cell blocks.
The technologically advanced cat was discovered near the fence at Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar, which is around 600 miles north of Moscow. The cat was detained and stripped of its expensive contraband.
Training cats to do pretty much anything is near impossible. The CIA once tried — and failed — to turn cats into spies (they spent $20 million on the attempt). So it would be pretty impressive if these inmates had been able to successfully get a cat to deliver electronics to them inside prison walls. Ah well, there’s always carrier pigeons. [Business Insider]
Everybody loves a screaming goat, not to mention a screaming goat music video. But we’re about to take it to the next level with Cody the screaming dog. This dog. This dog’s scream will haunt your frickin’ soul. This little guy screams like he’s getting drawn and quartered or something. Cody, pup, it’s gonna be okay. [YouTube]
Squittens! It sounds like a noise that happens in your ladydrawers after a makeout session, but hell to the NO. Squittens are kittens that look like squirrels — specifically kittehs which sit up on their hind legs like squirrels peering around for nuts. Some squittens, like the cutie named Petal above, are born without bones in the elbow joint of their front legs (aww!!!!), meaning they have to sit back on their hind legs at all times. It is just too cute.
Click through and check out a few more squittens we found on the Interwebs. [Huffington Post]
This little Siberian eagle owl — which really, owls are highly underrated in the cuteness department don’t you think? — lives at the Screech Owl Sanctuary in Newquay, Cornwall, England. Here, he’s adorably communing with the mop used to clean up his little owl living space. according to one of the sanctuary’s workers, who is named — I shit you not — Caroline Screech. “As soon as our workers begin to mop the floor, he is out of his cage helping,” she says. “He absolutely adores that mop. He’s got lots of cuddly toys, but that is his preferred plaything.” Love takes a lot of forms, and who are we to judge if this baby owl has fallen for a mop? Though, from the looks of it, the owl seems a tad disappointed in the mop. Like maybe they got in a fight? Give it some time, owl, give it some time. [This Is Cornwall]
Manatees are my favorite animal. They are large and kind-looking, not aggressive and we share common interests — namely swimming in warm water very slowly and seaweed salad. A manatee has never pushed you out of the way to get on the train, or asked you to “keep it down,” or taken your seat on the bus. They are gentle souls. That’s why this footage of a woman riding a manatee in Florida is so awful. The most recent incident in a spate of human-on-manatee assault, the unnamed woman and her friends harassed this gentle herd until they finally swam away. A gentle reminder as we lead into this Memorial Day weekend — admire wild animals from afar. [WFLA]