Do you know what a rat king is? It’s a half-myth, sort-of, kind-of real thing where a bunch of rats get their tails stuck together. You can click here to see an actual specimen, but warning, it’s one of those things — like a snake opening a fucking door by itself — that you can’t unsee.
According to folklore, rat kings are considered a bad omen. A very gross, bad omen. But what of the Squirrel King?
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This week, we were dismayed to learn that large snakes can open doors on their own now. But there is a silver lining. Before you get swallowed in one gulp by a python, The Little Prince-style, this adorable otter can crawl into a vending machine and fetch you an icy cold Diet Coke. So, kind of a wash. [Laughing Squid]
Wild! That’s the only word for the insane haircuts and dye jobs this collection of pups received in order to compete in an annual extreme dog grooming competition, held each year in Pasadena, Florida. The winning groomer receives $5,000, but what does the winning dog get? Humiliation? Ridicule from his fellow doggy friends?
This year’s winner (pictured) was Kobe the poodle (it seems there’s a disproportionate number of poodles stuck competing in these things), who was groomed into an array of Sesame Street characters and accompanied by his very own Oscar the Grouch. Groomer Catherine “Cat” Opson was inspired to create the design to encourage her fellow groomers to be nice to each other. “I wanted to remind people that we could live a little more like children and get along,” she said.
How nice! But we’re not quite sure how the dogs feel about it. Above, more shots from the competition.
“Is your pet guinea pig tired of wandering around the house unarmored and vulnerable? Do they get picked on by other guinea pigs? Has your guinea pig ever wanted to go with you to a Renaissance Faire but had nothing to wear? Fear not! A solution is here!”
This is the text of an eBay listing for the majestic suit of guinea pig armor and matching helmet shown above. Apparently the suit was handmade for the guinea pig in the photo, Lucky, who unfortunately passed away before he was able to use his armor for anything other than a couple photoshoots. His owner is now auctioning off Lucky’s outfit to the highest bidder, and donating all proceeds to Virginia’s Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue. The current winning bid? Over $8,000. Yes, seriously. Lucky’s legacy will live on for quite some time. [eBay via Digital Spy]
Having a difficult day? Then stop what you’re doing and spend the next two minutes and 22 seconds watching this video pup Odin and some of his friends sticking their heads out of car windows. Are you still in a bad mood? Didn’t think so. [YouTube]
All aboard! Baby seals! Next stop: Cutest Thing Ever. A baby seal wandered on board J.R. Gilkinson’s boat while it was anchored in Newport Beach, California. The seal pulled its way onto the boat’s hull and wandered around for a bit before coming to nuzzle Gilkinson’s knee. It’s all pretty good, but things get really great around the 2:30 mark. [YouTube]