The Mineko Club, a volunteer group in Hitachi City, Japan, is selling jeans personally shredded by animals to raise money for wildlife conservation. Lions, tigers and bears at the Kamine Zoo were given toys covered in the denim to tear into, creating a “worn-in” look. The denim was then sewn to create the pants, Zoo Jeans, which are being auctioned online through Monday. The tiger-designed pair’s current price is well into the thousands, which proves this bizarre fundraising idea was brilliant. As a person who gets beyond annoyed when I see “distressed” jeans going for triple the price because some factory machine or employee ripped them up for show, it’s awesome to see a pair of pants that were torn up in a more, well, authentic way. [Uproxx, Australia Network News]
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]
This morning I saw a news story in a tawdry tabloid that I read (just for fun, I swear!) about some restaurant in Arizona that was serving lion burgers and getting the meat from a “free-range farm in Illinois.” A free-range lion farm? Ha-ha, I thought. People who edit tabloids sure are gullible and dumb.
But now slightly more credible news outlets — like, the Associated Press — are reporting lion burgers are a “thing” and Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Arizona, is serving burgers made from African lion meat in honor of the World Cup. (Because nothing says “let’s hear it for Africa” like eating their wild animals?) Keep reading »
Two little girls in New Zealand are living my dream — they are helping to raise a lion cub in their home. Three-month-old Chase was the only one in the litter and had to be separated from his mother after her milk dried up. Tear. Check out another photo of the girls feeding Chase with a bottle, after the jump… Keep reading »
Um, have you all seen this video? It’s taken from a DVD called Christian The Lion: At World’s End, about a lion cub raised by two men and then reintroduced into the wild, and if it does not make you cry, you are probably dead inside. I’m currently sitting in a puddle of my own tears. Keep reading »