Earlier this week, important news broke: a mutt named Lejon adopted white lion cub JoJo after JoJo’s mom became sick and was unable to take care of her. They’re the best of friends, and oh my God, my mind is exploding from the combined cuteness. Make. It. Stop.
But Lejon is hardly the only animal to take up caring for another species in need. After the jump, we’ve got several more surprising (and super cute) inter-species adoptions.
When the hedgehog revolution comes — and it is coming — there will be no prisoners. When the hedgehog revolution comes, there will be a new world order. When the hedgehog revolution comes, it’ll be this adorable little hedgehog leading the charge.
Animals are great in that sometimes they help each other out, despite the fact that in different circumstances, they would be at each other’s throats. Take for example this Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra, who was enlisted to help nurse a couple of orphaned tiger cubs at a zoo in Sochi, Russia.
“[Cleo] accepted them right away,” said zoo handlers. “She’s cleaning them and breastfeeding them as if they were her own. And they also sleep together.” The cubs are named Clyopa and Plyusha, and have thus far been non-aggressive to Cleo, probably because they rely on her for feeding.
The cubs are two of fewer than 400 known Siberian tigers left in Russia’s wild. [MSNBC]
Meet Mitchell and Jack. They used to date, but they’re no longer together, and they’re dealing with the breakup in strikingly different ways. Jack’s a little more, shall we say, self-destructive, while Mitchell’s a bit more self-deprecating. Follow them through the six episodes of “The Outs” (so far the first two are up online) as they try and make their way post-split. It’s hard not to see parallels with that other show about hip twentysomethings living in Brooklyn, “Girls,” but somehow these guys have a bit more humanity and heart.
Omaha, Nebraska, couple Mel and Joey Schwanke have been married 65 years, and for more than half of that, they’ve been dressing alike. The pair started wearing the same clothes while on a vacation 35 years ago, and decided to make it “their thing.” They credit the success of their incredibly long union to their sartorial sensibilities. The pair have 146 custom-made outfits — Mel’s tie always matches Joey’s dress — and they can often be seen wearing their matching looks at the flower shop they own together.
“We kind of decided early in the game that he would be boss from 8 to 5, and I would be boss from 5 to 8 the next morning,” explained Joey. [Daily Mail]
Tell us: Do you and your partner dress alike? On purpose?
It might just be that I happen to own to highly evolved cats (hello Colonel Mustard and Pony), but it really sounds like this unhappy cat is saying “I don’t want it.” As in, I don’t want to go to the vet you stupid, stupid lady why are you making me? I’m inclined to agree with him. [YouTube]
It’s great the way the Russians keep innovating when it comes to weird pet tricks. Like take this guy, who blows in his dog’s face and causes the dog to “inflate.” If I blow in my parent’s dog’s face, Roxy just tries to lick me. Clearly Russian dogs are better. [Neatorama]
Note to the Yalta zoo that recently celebrated the birth of four rare white tiger cubs. Maybe you should take a cue from the guys that set up the Shiba Inu 24-hour cam and set up a similar arrangement so that I know every single thing these babies do. Also I love how the British news reporter says “Albeeno” white tiger.
Here’s a couple of things about dogs: They have no sense of size — if you put a chihuahua and a Labrador retriever together, the chihuahua will try and boss the lab around, and the lab will likely take it. Also, they think everybody else is a dog like them. Witness golden retriever Dickens playing with newborn little deerkins baby in the backyard. He has no idea that his playmate isn’t actually a dog, too. [YouTube]
Pallas cats are like the farty, pissed off cousins of your basic house cat. They are way cute, but also have a perma-scowl on their little cat faces. That might be because they are considered a near-threatened species, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Or it could be because they just don’t like you. In any case, here’s a bunch of wild pallas kittens giving you the gas face. [YouTube]