This week, we heard about Chris P. Bacon, the piglet on wheels, and a goldfish who floats with the help of a harness. You thought you had things hard, you ain’t got nothin’ on these physically challenged animals. These dogs, cats, pigs and alpacas (yes, that’s right, alpacas) were born just a little bit different, but thanks to their kind human helpers, they’ve been given a new lease on life.
And if you want to support a non-profit that helps animals like these, check out Rolling Dog Farm. For more information on animal wheelchairs, check out: Pets With Disabilities , K-9 Cart Company, Eddieswheelz and RuffRollin.
Flipper the cat was born with a twisted spine (boo!) that makes it impossible to get all of her legs working in the right direction. Instead, as she moves forward, her legs move sideways (double boo). But the nice kids at Blitz Robotic Club at Conifer High School in Conifer, Colorado, decided to help Flipper out. They designed a special set of wheels that, when strapped to her, would allow the little kitty to motor around with ease. “This is just the neatest thing,” said Jan Gurney, of the Aspen Park Vet Hospital. “She loves kicking her back legs to help power the cat-traption around, it gives her so much mobility and in time her legs will get stronger and her spine may also loosen up to allow for her to one day get around on her own.” In the meantime, Flipper’s got a cool set of wheels… [Neatorama]
Look at this guy, all excited to be pushed in his swing, waiting patiently for the moment some kind person will come along and give him a nice strong push. Yeah guy, I totally feel you. [Reddit]
White lions are incredibly rare: a majority of their population is kept in zoos because of a (recently-dispelled) belief that they could not survive in the wild, and another large part are bred in South African camps for “canned hunting” purposes, which makes me want to say, “Fuck this whole being human thing.” There are only about 200 of them in the world, but these numbers got a healthy boost recently when twin female white lions gave birth to six cubs between them. They are, as you can imagine, to die for — and it’s easy to see why indigenous African priests recognize these beautiful creatures as direct messengers of the divine. Check out the cubs in this video, then hop on over to White Lions Homeland to learn more, and see what you can do to protect their future. [BuzzFeed]
Seven-year-old Luka Apps was distraught (!) when he lost his special JayZX figure at the local grocery store. The JayZX is a key component of the LEGO Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider set, and as a devout LEGO fanatic, Luka needed the piece. So his dad helped him write an email to LEGO explaining the situation. Keep reading »
Would that we could all have the nonchalant attitude of Claw Crane Cat, nonplussed by the large grabby crane that seems to be continually invading his personal space. This Russian kitty just keeps on idly grooming himself amidst the arcade hubbub. What a zen pro. [The Daily What]
Babies, man. They’re real terrors. Just check out Dan Milano’s infant daughter, dressed as a terrifying baby Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, wreaking havoc on the plastic people of her small hamlet. Where are the baby Ghostbusters when you need them? [Twitter]
This video of a bunch of ragdoll kittens (18 of them!) playing with a bunch of ducklings is almost too much. It’s kind of the cutest mosh pit ever. [Neatorama]
This is Wu Conghan and Wu Sognshi. They were married in 1924 in Nanchong, Sichuan province, China, but there were no photographers on their big day, and so the couple never had wedding photos taken. Well, 88 years later, the pair finally decided to remedy the situation and posed for the pictures they never got to take. They are 101- and 103-years-old, respectively. How friggin cute are they!? [Daily Mail UK]
A week out from Hurricane Sandy, the East Coast has been hit by a new storm — a snowy, slushy Nor’easter. Dear Mayan Prophecy, we get it! We get it! It’s with that in mind that I think all of us over in these here parts (and heck, just about everyone) would benefit frm adding a little yoga into their routines. No, not people yoga — personally, I find people yoga to be insanely boring — but pups doing the famous stretch for which a yoga move was named. So commencing henceforth: an assortment of dogs doing downward dog stretches!