After Ruuxa the cheetah cub was rejected by his mother, zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park paired him up with Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. Their friendship was set up as part of the zoo’s animal ambassador program, which creates unlikely bonds between different critters. And it worked: the new buds are now over three months old and exploring new parts of the park together. They’re being raised alongside each other to create a special bond, with Raina helping Ruuxa feel relaxed in stressful settings. Some of their play fighting is training for Ruuxa to become part of the park’s Cheetah Run experience — and it’s pretty darn cute. [NBC]
I know the internet is the land of hyperbole, especially when it comes to cats. But for real, everyone, anointing this kitten getting a belly rub as “The Cutest Ever Cat Video On The Internet” seems pretty spot-on to me. I dare you to disagree with me. [Love Meow]
If I were in this cat’s shoes, I can’t promise I wouldn’t do the exact same thing.
Maru, one of the greatest internet cats of our time, can now add window blinds to his list of fearless conquests.
I vaguely remember being a toddler taking baths with my older brother and I recall lotsa splashing and crying. These bear cubs are the very picture of good hygiene, and behavior, as they sit in a row and groom. Their mama bear must be very proud. [Laughing Squid]
Maybe you’re having a bad day. Perhaps you’re super hungover, just got fired, or can’t make the rent. No matter what’s eating at you right now, I can guarantee that this compilation of puppies gleefully and mindlessly tumbling down hills will instantly cheer you up at least a little. It’s a good thing pups are 90 percent fluff and fat rolls. [Tastefully Offensive]