On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert spoke about the name that its been given: A New Foundation for American Greatness. Hes building that foundation out of the ground-up bones of poor people, he joked.
The budget proposes cuts to programs that wold help feed and provide medical care to children. I know this is an unpopular opinion these days, but I believe that children should go to the doctor and eat, he said.
What he found strange is that the whole thing is particularly cruel to one minority group in particular: Trumps voters, which led Colbert to develop a new slogan for Trump: Make the poor live on squirrel meat again.
He also spoke about the proposed reduction to the National Cancer Institute. Trump said wed be sick of winning and hes ready to deliver on the first half of that sentence, he said.
Another cut would be to the Centers for Disease Control. Whenever that thing inside of Steve Bannon bursts out and goes airborne, we will not be prepared to handle it, Colbert joked.
He briefly discussed new reports that Trump had hoped to muddy the waters in regards to the Russia investigation. Muddy the waters also Trumps environmental policy, he said.
On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host spoke about the former CIA chief John Brennan confirming that there was contact between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. However, still no contact between Donald and Melania, Meyers said.
He also took aim at the grand title of the new budget. Boy, you can tell that from the name Trump loves this budget, he said. When he doesnt love something, hell give it a boring name like Eric.
Trumps first foreign visit is also to include a visit with the pope. I cant wait to ask him why he wears that ridiculous thing on his head, said the pope, Meyers joked.
Finally, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host spoke about how Sean Spicer feels about having Trump leave the country. Lets just say he had the first good week on the job in quite some time, he said.
He then showcased a spoof trailer, imagining Spicer as Tom Cruises character in Risky Business as the freaker of the house. It was called Spicy Business.
On Monday, Daniel Hollenback who goes by the username Sublimebro uploaded photos to Reddit of a turtle whose injuries were healed thanks to his father’s efforts. The tiny turtle came back a year later looking better than ever.
Creator of marmalade-loving bear from Peru, whose last story was published in April, has died after a short illness
Michael Bond, the creator of the beloved childrens character Paddington Bear, has died aged 91.
Bond, who published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, about the marmalade-loving bear from deepest, darkest Peru, in 1958, died at home after a short illness.
The author, born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, kept writing until his death. His most recent Paddington story, Paddingtons Finest Hour, was published in April.
His daughter, Karen Jankel, told the Guardian the whole world was lucky to have had her father, whose legacy would live on for ever through his creation.
A statement from publisher HarperCollins said: It is with great sadness that we announce that Michael Bond, CBE, the creator of one of Britains best-loved childrens characters, Paddington, died at home yesterday aged 91 following a short illness.
Jankel said: Its a shock to everybody. For me, he was the most wonderful father you can imagine, so obviously our loss is personal. But its wonderful that hes left the legacy of his books and Paddington that will live on for ever, which is really very special.
The whole world is lucky to have had him Paddington himself is so real to all of us. Hes still a part of our family and were very lucky.
Jankel said it was incredible that her father was still writing up until his death.
For him, writing was his life. It was wonderful he could continue writing until the end, she said. Because Paddington and his other characters were so real to him, he became alive to everybody else.
You can tell just by reading his books what a lovely person he was. I never came across anybody who disliked my father. He was one of those people that people instinctively warmed to and he was as funny as a person and delightful as he was in his writing and as a father.
Tributes poured in from figures in the literary and entertainment industry.
Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown in the film adaptation and its sequel, set for release later this year, said in a statement: It seems particularly poignant that we should learn of dear Michael Bonds death on the last day of shooting our second film about his unique, loveable creation.
In Paddington, Michael created a character whose enthusiasm and optimism has given pleasure to millions across the generations.
Michael will be greatly missed by his legions of fans and especially by his wife, Sue, his family and of course by his beloved guinea pigs. He leaves a special legacy: long live the bear from darkest Peru.
Presenter and writer Stephen Fry tweeted: So sorry to hear that Michael Bond has departed. He was as kindly, dignified, charming & lovable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us.
Childrens author and comedian David Walliams wrote: I had the great pleasure of spending time with #MichaelBond A dazzling wit & perfect gentleman.
On meeting him I realised he was #Paddington.
Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series, said: Michael Bond created that infinitely rare thing: an iconic, utterly original, instantly recognisable and memorable character. He was one of the greats.
The novelist Matt Haig, who worked on the Paddington film, said: Michael Bond created an icon of childrens fiction. The Peruvian immigrant bear is one of the quirkiest but somehow most emotionally real childrens characters, both fantastical and domestic. We should all have a marmalade sandwich in honour of his creator.
As well as Paddington, Bond created characters including Olga da Polgaand A Mouse Called Thursday along with a series of novels for adults, featuring the detective Monsieur Pamplemousse.
More than 35m Paddington books have been sold worldwide, spawning toys, TV programmes and most recently the films.
Ann-Janine Murtagh, HarperCollinss executive publisher of childrens books, said: I feel privileged to have been Michael Bonds publisher he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers.
He will be for ever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffel coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations. My thoughts and love are with his wife, Sue, and his children, Karen and Anthony.
Residents in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, are on high alert for an tiny rodent terrorizing the neighborhood.
New York City Health Department warns locals that there is a potentially rabid squirrel on the loose that has attacked and bitten at least five people on separate occasions. Although squirrels rarely have rabies, officials urge those who have been bitten to seek medical treatment.
According to the New York Daily News, all the squirrel attacks occurred near the Parkside and Ocean Ave. entrance to the park. Four of the five bite victims have been identified, and authorities want the fifth person, bitten while jogging, to come forward to help catch this crazed creature.
One of the bite victims is 7-year-old Maria Guerrero. According to WABC7, Guerrero’s family said the squirrel leaped into the air and sank its teeth into the child’s arm, completely unprovoked. When Guerrero’s dad tried to pry the animal from his daughter’s arm, it relentlessly came back for more, attacking two more times before climbing up a nearby tree. WABC7 correspondent N. J. Burkett tweeted photos of Guerrero’s bitten and bandaged arm following the attack.
The young girl said that the creature looked like a “flying squirrel” because of the way it leaped onto her arm. She needed stitches and is being treated preventably for rabies.
Another victim, Leku Percival, shot a video feeding the squirrel when it bit him on the fingertip. He said he’s convinced that this is the same crazed squirrel that is terrorizing the neighborhood. Although he has not seen a doctor, after hearing warnings from health officials, he plans to get checked out within the next 24 hours.
City officials have begun posting flyers around the neighborhood urging residents to report any other squirrel attacks, and to seek medical attention immediately if bitten.
Volunteers help shelter dogs out of flooded Houston.
After Hurricane Harvey made landfall last week it wasn’t just the people scrambling to safety and away from rising flood waters — pets, farm animals, and wildlife needed help, too.
Stories and heartwarming images keep coming in of dogs gathered onto boats, horses freed from flooded paddocks, and pets reunited with their families. Good Samaritans are all about saving the furry creatures of Houston.
A load of 35 shelter dogs were flown from Texas to Seattle to make room in Texas shelters for displaced pets. The rescue transfer helps families find their pets amid the flooding and keeps shelter dogs out of the flood zone.
A dog stranded on a car roof outside a Houston home was also brought to safety after a few rescue attempts.
We found him stranded on a car surrounded by floodwater. But I’m glad to report this dog abandoned by his owners has been rescued! pic.twitter.com/6Ggqe64GY9
Pet-slaughter prohibitions would be be extended nationwide
Dog-and-cat eating rare in U.S., angers animal-welfare groups
Making a meal out of a dog or a cat may soon land you in jail.
An amendment added Wednesday to a farm bill that was approved by the House Agriculture Committee would bar people from "knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption," as well as transporting or participating in other commercial activity related to eating pet meat.
Dog and cat slaughter is extremely rare in the U.S. and already prohibited in commercial slaughterhouses. But consumption of animals commonly considered as pets and companions in American culture still takes place among some immigrant groups. Only a handful of states, including New York, New Jersey and California, ban such small-scale butchering.
Violators would be subject to up to a year of imprisonment, a fine, or both. The proposal would be part of a reauthorization of Agriculture Department programs.
Organizations including the Humane Society of the United States have been crusading against dog-and-cat slaughter worldwide, with acting President Kitty Block calling the farm bill an "ideal vehicle" for advancing the ban. The amendment by Republican Representative Jeff Denham of California is similar to a bill introduced by Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida that has 239 co-sponsors.
The $867 billion farm bill approved by the House Agriculture panel would reauthorize all U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, including farm subsidies and food stamps. A new law is due by Sept. 30, when existing programs begin to expire. The Senate Agriculture Committee has yet to consider a proposal.
Marooning a pack of dogs on a dystopian Japanese island, the auteurs new animation is an inspiringly detailed and surprisingly rough-edged treat
Its well known that for Wes Anderson, the world is one big toy box. The prodigious American auteur proved that with his last feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which turned its human cast into comic puppets placed in a gorgeously crafted train-set universe. Now he proves it again if anything, more extravagantly with Isle of Dogs, an animation which, like its predecessor, opens the Berlin film festival in scintillating style.
Anderson has tried his hand at stop-motion animation before with the Roald Dahl adaptation Fantastic Mr Fox, but this new talking-animal entertainment is considerably more sophisticated and ambitious. Its set in a near-future Japan, where Kobayashi (voiced by Kunichi Nomura, one of the films co-writers), the corrupt mayor of fictional city Megasaki, has taken draconian measures to curb the spread of various canine diseases, including the dreaded snout fever. He orders all Megasakis dogs to be exiled to a bleak island, essentially a huge offshore trashpile.
Life there looks hopeless for its exiles until they get a visit from Kobayashis intrepid 12-year-old ward Atari (Koyu Rankin), in search of his beloved, long-lost Spots. A band of mutts led by battle-scarred stray Chief (Bryan Cranston) help Atari on his mission, which involves exploring the scarier parts of the island, a mix of industrial wasteland and abandoned funfair, with fully functioning mechanised parts. Meanwhile, a pro-dog student group including moppet-like American visitor Tracy (Greta Gerwig) are rising up against Kobayashi, with the help of research scientist Yoko Ono (voiced by Yoko Ono).
Visually and thematically, Isle of Dogs is steeped in contemporary Japanese pop culture and futuristic iconography, but it also draws on traditional influences not least in its witty allusions to Hokusai and other classic art. The result could have come across as shameless cultural tourism, but the film suggests real immersion in Japanese culture and cinema, with Akira Kurosawas epics an avowed model. Anderson also plays his linguistic hand subtly and wittily, leaving the Japanese dialogue largely untranslated rather than cater too obviously to the western audience.
Meanwhile, the dogs dialogue is performed in English by assorted western stars, including Anderson alumni Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton, along with Jeff Goldblum as the gossip-loving Duke. Scarlett Johansson also voices Nutmeg, a former show dog whos tougher than her silky fur suggests. She is Chiefs opposite number in a tentative Lady and the Tramp courtship, but their banter has a hardboiled edge of Bogart and Bacall.
The bands third album is alternately intriguing and irritating, garlanded with wonderful orchestrations, gorgeous melodies and their trademark pretensions
Over on genius.com a website where music fans annotate lyrics Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold has recently been hard at work explaining his own song Third of May/daigahara. A track from the bands latest album, it now features 27 annotations in Pecknolds hand, covering everything from its allusions to the paintings of Goya to its use of homophones. There are even three paragraphs devoted to the songs structure: The first section of Third of May progresses linearly in time, describing events that did unfold but from some time in the future, until the final breakdown, when I sing the Was I too slow / Did I change overnight down an octave. Thats a voice that is meant to be from even later in time than the voice that has been singing the first section of the song, that the character isnt introspective to that extent until later on.
There is a compelling argument that Pecknold might have used the time he spent explaining his lyrics to instead write something more straightforward. But you can see why he felt he needed to offer some clarification of whats going on on Crack-Up. The album was recorded after a four-year hiatus, during which Pecknold studied at Columbia University and Fleet Foxes former drummer Josh Tillman unexpectedly became one of alt-rocks most intriguing stars. Understandably, some critics have been keen to contrast Crack-Up with Pure Comedy, Tillmans latest album as Father John Misty, but it seems to bear more comparison to Bon Ivers 22, A Million, another wilfully abstruse record made by an American alt-rocker who is disproportionately unsettled by a modicum of fame. On Crack-Ups predecessor, Helplessness Blues, Pecknold spent a lot of time fantasising about jacking it all in to live on a deserted island, or to run an orchard. Now, he seems to have decided he can continue but only if the music he makes takes a determined left turn.
The lyrics on both albums are elliptical and dense Crack-Up is clotted with literary and historical references, to F Scott Fitzgerald, Knut Hamsun, the US civil war, ancient Egypt, the philippics of Cicero, Katie Prices Perfect Ponies: Ponies to the Rescue, Book 6, etc. But while 22, A Million saw Justin Vernon warping his music and voice with electronic effects borrowed from cutting-edge R&B and dance music, Crack-Up takes a more organic approach to alienation. Unable to stop himself writing gorgeous melodies the album is full of beautiful passages of music, garlanded with Fleet Foxes trademark luscious harmonies and wonderful orchestrations Pecknold instead opts to repeatedly short-circuit them. At its most straightforward, Crack-Up features a digressive, segmented, prog-rock-style take on the sound of the bands first two albums, with mixed results. The most uncomplicated song here, Kept Woman, might also be the best, but theres no doubt that sometimes, abandoning the standard verse-chorus structure in favour of a more episodic approach leads to stunning juxtapositions. Take the lovely moment when Fools Errand suddenly shifts tempo midway through, slowing down as if exhaling; the way Naiads, Cassadies drifts into a wonderfully orchestrated instrumental passage; and the slow dissolve at the end of If You Need to, Keep Time on Me, where the song vanishes beneath a twinkling piano figure.
On other occasions, songs are allowed to ramble without really going anywhere. More than once, the listener is subjected to the depressing sensation of looking at the time elapsed and realising that the track seems to have been playing a lot longer than it actually has. And sometimes Fleet Foxes feel as if they might be buckling under the weight of their own pretensions. Its not entirely clear whether Pecknolds solemn intoning of the lyric on I Should See Memphis sybarite women stood at attention, pacing the basement like Cassius in Rome, or in KINSHASA! is intended to be as funny as it is, whether its a parody of a portentous self-important singer-songwriter, or just sounds like one.
Other tracks are more aggressively disjointed, jumping from one section to another in a style that a charitable voice might suggest recalls the daring splices Brian Wilson made on the Beach Boys Smile always a Fleet Foxes touchstone and a less charitable voice might say sounds remarkably like someone randomly jabbing at the pause button. I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar, plonked at the start of the album in you-have-been-warned style, cuts from (deep breath) a lo-fi recording of dirgelike acoustic guitar and mumbled vocals, to discordant strings to a melange of propulsive rhythms and harmonies interpolated seemingly at random with more lo-fi acoustic mumbling to a hushed guitar and vocal interlude, to a field recording of Pecknold singing to himself as walks, to the sound of splashing water, to a recording of schoolchildren singing White Winter Hymnal, a song from Fleet Foxes eponymous debut album. It is alternately beautiful, intriguing and quite irritating, as bands turning inward and indulgent are wont to be. Indeed, you can say the same thing about Crack-Up as a whole.
Anyone who’s ever been on Tinder knows having a cute animal in the photo is usually a big hit.
But what if Tinder profile photos only featured that cute animal? And what if, instead of a millennial would-be hooker-upper, it was the adorable dog or cat itself looking for true love?
That’s an idea some animal shelters are toying with.
“We are always trying to come up with … creative new ways to get our shelter dogs out in front of potential adopters,” says Karen Hirsch, public relations director at LifeLine Animal Project in Georgia.
And experimenting with online dating for dogs and cats might just be working.
The harsh world of pet adoption is extremely competitive: About 6.5 million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters every year, each seeking a good forever home. It’s too big a need for shelter operators to just sit back and hope they all get adopted.
That’s why you see adorable dogs on display outside the grocery store, partnerships with Uber that will bring puppies directly to you for playtime, and aww-inspiring social media campaigns like dogs in pajamas.
After all, people using online dating apps are already looking for love and companionship — just maybe a slightly different kind.
Hirsch says they recently created profiles for 22 of their dogs and cats.
Photo by LifeLine Animal Project, used with permission.
Animal profiles are also showing up on Bumble, which is home to another 20 million users or so.
Like sweet Penelope here.
Photo by LifeLine Animal Project, used with permission.
Each pet is assigned to a volunteer who creates the profile and handles the conversations after a match.
“In a crowded shelter, pets often get overlooked, but on a dating app, the animal becomes an individual,” Hirsch says. “People learn about them and form a ‘virtual’ attachment.”
Photo by LifeLine Animal Project, used with permission.
Plus the witty banter is oodles of fun.
Photo by LifeLine Animal Project, used with permission.
For LifeLine, the experiment is still new. But Hirsch says people are responding to it incredibly well so far.
At the very least, Tinder and Bumble have proven to be great for word-of-mouth awareness-building on the importance of adopting shelter pets. The animals are getting dozens of matches. Hirsch says there have been more than a few online adoption inquiries, as well as people coming into the shelter to meet their “match” in person.
She also notes that one of the matches even became a regular volunteer at LifeLine.
This new animal dating idea has another upside for apps — and the people using them, too.
“The shelter was founded in 1921 and continues to care for a wide variety of domestic animals to this day,” CEO Kim Intino told Mashable. “Ms. Rook, upon supervisor permission, brought Sofia to help out during a bring your daughter to work day.”
According to Rook, little Sofia accompanied her to work at the shelter to help feed and offer company to the animals before they were adopted.
“This is not typical since the official age to volunteer is 12,” Rook told Mashable. “Sofia helps me with the fosters we take in.”
Rook and Sofia have been fostering four-legged friends for more than four years and currently host 10 foster animals, many of which have come from neglectful and abusive homes or shelters.
Sofia’s love for animals prompted her to take on different roles in caring for her furry friends, including feeding kittens and playing with animals in need of socialization and rehabilitation.
“She is truly an animal whisperer and connects with them in a way that still amazes me,” said Rook.
According to Rook, Sofia’s plans for the future have animal care written all over it.
“Sofia wants to always foster animals that need help and would like to work in the shelter environment when she gets older after getting a veterinarian degree,” Rook said.
We certainly have no doubt this little hero will do great things.
While Snapchat has been around for a while now, filters and their popularity have definitely grown recently. The technology allows you to digitally transform your face with everything from ears to full-on goofy disguises. At times, the results are hilarious…but sometimes, it’s just plain weird.
Just as taking selfies made its way to the animal kingdom, so have Snapchat filters. As you could imagine, the photos are pretty ridiculous:
Now give me sultry.
“I wear my sunglasses at night.”
“How do ya like my ‘stache?”
Everyone looks pretty unsure here.
This might give me nightmares.
This cat-bunny is a lil’ scary.
This is what happens when the cat pulls an all-nighter.
This dog is going to Coachella.
No one should use this panda filter.
If you’ve ever considered putting makeup on your dog, here’s proof for why you shouldn’t.
He groaned at Valkyrie and despaired at Saving Private Ryan. The award-winning historian takes aim at the war films that make him furious and reveals his own favourite
For a long time now, my wife has refused to watch a war movie with me. This is because I cannot stop grinding my teeth with annoyance at major historical mistakes, or harrumphing over errors of period detail. She only made an exception when Valkyrie came out, with Tom Cruise playing Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg. Such a folly of miscasting was bound to be a hoot, and we were not disappointed, especially when Cruise saluted in that downward cutaway style as if he were still in Top Gun. But I was soon grinding away again when the director and screenwriter felt compelled to improve on history, by making it look as if the 20 July plot to blow up Hitler had still very nearly succeeded.
I despair at the way American and British movie-makers feel they have every right to play fast and loose with the facts, yet have the arrogance to imply that their version is as good as the truth. Continental film-makers are on the whole far more scrupulous. The German film Downfall, about Hitlers last days in the bunker, respected historical events and recreated them accurately.
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer received $35.3 million in compensation last fiscal year after acquiring Starz LLC and signing an employment contract that keeps him on the job until May 2023.
Feltheimer, 65, got a $1.5 million salary and a $12 million in cash bonus for the year ended March 31, according to a regulatory filing Friday. He also received 2.3 million stock options with a grant-date value of $16.3 million. His package includes a $5.4 million award of restricted stock that was his bonus for the prior fiscal year.
Lions Gate stock jumped 22 percent in the 12 months ended March 31. The studio is riding high on the success of its December release “La La Land,” which generated $445 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
Half of the CEO’s options have a strike price that’s 25 percent higher than the closing price on the day the contracts were awarded. All of the award vests annually over five years, starting in May.
An executive at the Santa Monica, California-based company typically only receives an equity award in the year a new employment agreement is signed, the board said in the filing, indicating that Feltheimer’s compensation package will likely be smaller in the 12 months that will end March 31.
Of Feltheimer’s bonus, $7 million was tied to adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and other goals. The remaining $5 million was a special payment after Lions Gate completed its acquisition of Starz in December.
Vice Chairman Michael Burns, who entered into a new job contract keeping him until October 2022, received a $26.9 million pay package.
Homeless animals are a major problem all over the world.
In the U.S., our shelters are jam-packed with millions of cats, dogs, and other furry friends in desperate need of a home. Sadly, far too many of them never find one.
But in recent years, a powerful slogan has caught on in a major way: “Adopt, don’t shop.”
Campaigns from places like PETA and the ASPCA encourage families to take home needy animals from shelters instead of buying designer pets from breeders. At least one recent survey shows that it might be working; the majority of Americans considering adding a pet to the family would reportedly be more likely to adopt from a shelter.
It’s progress, at least.
Now the idea of adoption as a way to fight animal homelessness is making its way to other parts of the world.
India, for example home to a mind-boggling 30 million or so stray dogs is in desperate need of a way to shift the way people think about homeless animals.
That’s why one organization staged a brilliant and emotional photo shoot to combat the problem.
The photos, shot by World for All, show happy families two parents with a new baby, a young couple in love, a pair of giggling kids.
But there’s something missing in each photo. Can you spot it?
The eye-catching ads were created to promote a giant Adoptathon in Mumbai and brought in a ton of extra foot traffic. According to PetaPixel, the Adoptathon was a big success, with over 40 homeless animals finding new homes in just one day.
Not to mention, the images were a big hit in the photography/design community and with internet users all over the world.
The message? Pets aren’t accessories. They’re members of our families.
They need food and shelter. They need affection. But most of all, they need your love.
If you’ve decided that something’s “missing” from your own family and that a four-legged friend might just fill the void, just know there are millions of them out there with plenty of love to give right back.
All they need is a chance.
*Campaign by McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai, Prasoon Joshi, executive chairman and regional ED AP, Pradyumna Chauhan, national creative director, Sharmad Khambekar, creative director, Pranav Bhide, art director, Pranav Bhide, copywriter, Archit Gadiyar, copywriter, and Amol Jadhav, photographer.
As a creature who is expected to look effortlessly cute at all hours of the day or night, and is subject to infinite number of pets and pictures, puppies really do deserve all the naps they randomly lapse into.
So when we see Gordo, the puppy in this video, fall asleep literally in the middle of playing, we completely get it. You have a tough job, Gordo. Get all the sleep you can.
Today reports that the dolphin had been brought back to the beach by a local after being found washed all the way to a sidewalk.
Sanders reports the surges as measuring 4 feet, enough to wash wildlife ashore. After finding the exhausted dolphin on the beach, Sanders teamed up with a passing tourist to help it back into the Gulf of Mexico.
Sanders stands on the shore cheering the dolphin on. “Come on buddy, you can do it,” he cheers. “It’s a struggle. I see him trying, he really wants to make it out there, he’s just really disoriented no doubt.”
Sanders came across several other dolphins along the beach, including an adult needing a group of local Florida residents to assist in its rescue:
Today pointed out Sanders’ lengthy career in hurricane reporting (he’s covered over 60) and the fact that he’s been part of dolphin rescue stories before, so serendipitously, he knew how to perform a rescue.
Precisely where Sanders was standing hours earlier, a group of Florida residents rescued yet another dolphin, picked up by Fox 4:
Looks like Sanders has started something.
Reporter Kerry Sanders is an excellent human. He’s stopped being a reporter 4 NBC & is trying to return a beached baby dolphin to the sea.
Two weeks have passed since a deadly mass shooting killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the resilient students and faculty are beginning to come back to their classrooms.
The return comes after several tough days spent organizing to fight for increased gun control and mourning the teenagers, football coach, and athletic director who lost their lives during the tragedy.
In wake of the traumatic event, the school’s principal, Ty Thompson, thought some therapy dogs would help provide extra comfort upon return, and the photographs are pretty precious.
Thompson’s been very active on Twitter sharing updates and encouragement in the days following the shooting.
He was sure to post photos of the first days back in February, inculding several of faculty members cuddling the therapy dogs, and one of students smiling with a dog in class. He explained that the dogs have been “a major source of healing.”
Staff came back to campus today: it was a great start to the healing process. Thank you to the therapy dogs; that really helped a lot of us; 🦅🦅🦅 pic.twitter.com/Teu0vQuiK5
Nine of the dogs are from Lutheran Church Charities in Illinois and have reportedly been a big hit with the students. Some students showed their love for the dogs on social media, sharing photographs and thanks.
In fact, the pups were such a big hit that Thompson invited them back, increasing the number so more students could benefit from the animals.
Good morning Eagles: today, Mar 1, is a silver day on a PSD schedule, dismissal at 11:40 again. Another day of healing, so no need for backpacks! BTW: I increased the number of therapy dogs 🐕 #MSDStrong 🦅🦅 pic.twitter.com/el60Dm5kl6
The official Instagram account for Humane Broward’s Animal Assisted Therapy also shared several photos of students smiling with the animals, explaining the dogs “participated in classes all day, made lots of new friends and provided unconditional love and comfort.”
In movies, wolves are often depicted as terrifying, snarling creatures that threaten our heroes.
What kid can forget the pack of growling wolves that chase Belle’s father right up to the Beast’s castle?
Authors such as Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, and Charles Perrault all wrote children’s stories where the “big bad wolf” was the ravening villain, willing to do anything to fill his belly even impersonate grandma for a chance to eat Little Red Riding Hood!
Over and over throughout history, literature, and movies, the wolf was used as a metaphor for trickery, evil, and cruelty. As a result, it’s easy to assume that these animals are actually something to fear.
Here are 23 other interesting and important things you might not know about the gray wolf:
1. Gray wolves are the largest member of the wild dog, or Canid, family.
Also known as the timber wolf, common wolf, or, in scientific circles, Canis lupus, the gray wolf is an ancestor to domesticated dogs. As adults, they can be four to six feet long and weigh up to 175 pounds.
2. Despite their name, they do not always have gray fur.
They can also have white, brownish-gray, or black coats.
3. They were once the worlds most widely distributed large mammal.
Gray wolves were found all across the Northern Hemisphere, including in North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
4. But they lost much of their former range because of conflict with humans.
Usually, only the alphas breed, in order to keep pack numbers down. They mate once a year, from late January through March, and the mother usually gives birth to four to six pups in a den about 63 days later.
12. Pups only start learning to hunt with the pack when they are six months old.
They practice their hunting skills first by playing with both their siblings and with “toys” (bones and feathers). Then they start using the skills they learned from playing to hunt small animals before joining the pack on larger hunts.
13. When pups are fully mature, they often disperse from the pack.
The eight-year-old actor received a heros welcome as he returned home to a slum from the Oscars. His family are dealing with the fame from his role in Lion
Its 11am and the Pawar family are dressed to impress. The women have put on sparkling saris and the men are in clean, ironed shirts. The man of the moment, eight-year-old Sunny, the child star of the Oscar-nominated film Lion, is inside the house, getting his face aggressively powdered by an aunt, while an uncle sprays him with perfume and adjusts his oversized jacket. Ive come at a bad time, clearly, but the family are polite enough to invite me to stay as they prepare for a photo op with a local politician.
The domestic chaos is a stark contrast to the glitzy, star-studded life Sunny has led for the past three months while touring America to promote the film. Sunny plays a young Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his biological mother aged five before being adopted by Australian parents. The film, based on Brierleys autobiography, A Long Way Home, has received international acclaim, including six Academy Award nominations and two Bafta wins.
Sitting outside his family home in the Kunchi Kurve Nagar slum near Mumbais airport, Sunny recalls being whisked around the world with an international film crew. It was like a dream, he says. Neither he nor his father had left India. First Kolkata, then Indore, then Australia and then America for three months.
Sunny and his father returned to India on a flight that landed at 2am on Wednesday. A swarm of local news crews and journalists greeted them at the airport along with a mob of relatives. He has brought a good name to our whole family, says Raviraj, a distant relative who was there. We all went and nobody knew where the arrival gate was, so all of us were squashed in that airport lift, going up and down until we found him.
They beat drums, they set off fireworks, says Dilip, Sunnys father. They brought flowers and covered him with garlands. The reporters crowded around him, Sunny look here, Sunny do this. They even came back to our house with us, and they stayed until 4am. They wouldnt leave until Sunnys grandfather shouted at them for harassing the kid, he says.
In Mumbai, home to the worlds most prolific film industry, making it into the movies is the epitome of success. Thousands of people travel to the city from small towns and villages around the country every day, hoping to be cast in a Bollywood blockbuster. But with a tightly knit, powerful film fraternity that rarely embraces outsiders, successes like Sunnys are few and precious. He was selected from over 2,000 children, says Dilip. They came to his school to do auditions, and the director says he was a natural in front of the camera.
Sunnys family are from humble origins. His father used to sweep streets, but was fired for having too many days off to take Sunny to auditions. For the past two years, he has been Sunnys business manager, touring the world and helping him practise lines on set. I never, ever thought Id reach this point in my life, says Dilip. My first son, and he has made me so proud.
The film has turned Sunny into a local hero. Posters slapped on the slums walls read: Congratulations Sunny on your achievement. Outside the house, the family have set up a stage, carpeted in red and covered in confetti left over from a welcome home ceremony. There is a floor-to-ceiling photo montage of Sunny meeting American celebrities, as well as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
Children from the slum who wander past after school point excitedly at the pictures, whispering, Thats Sunny meeting the Rock, referring to the WWE wrestler-turned-actor, Dwayne Johnson. All of them claim theyve watched Sunnys film, though its easy to call their bluff as none of them recognises Dev Patel, the films lead actor, who also starred in Slumdog Millionaire. He must be some singer or something, says one child. No, hes Sunnys acting coach, says another.
He was just a normal little boy, says Vasu, Sunnys mother. Now everybody says, Oh, a Hollywood star lives in our neighbourhood. Overnight, Ive become the mother of a movie star. She admits she hasnt seen the film yet. I was waiting for Sunny and his dad to come home so we could watch it together, as a family. But Im so proud.
Sunny was only five when he started auditioning for the role of Saroo. Between travelling to locations for shoots, he attends the government-run Air India Modern school where, he says, he gets none of the benefits of being a movie star. None of the kids treat me differently. Its exactly the same as before. They havent even seen the film, he says.
The role has given Sunny new ambitions. I want to work in Hollywood, Bollywood, everything, he says. Ive learned so much, like the sign language of the director for example. When he signals, I know I have to be sad, he says. Its hard work. You have to follow all their instructions and you have to try to show real emotion, from the heart.
Nobody ever taught him to act. He learned it on his own by watching TV, says Dilip. He loves watching Rajinikanth, he says, referring to a south Indian actor whose film release dates have been declared holidays by companies in an effort to avoid hundreds of staff requests for leave.
I like his action scenes, says Sunny, jumping in. I hope I can work in an action movie like that one day.
Though Dilip and Sunnys tour of America coincided with Donald Trumps arrival in the White House, they remained oblivious to rising anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping the country. We got there when Obama was still president so we didnt have any visa troubles like I know others have, Dilip says, in reference to Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian film-maker who could not travel to America to receive his Oscar because of Trumps travel ban. We did not feel for a second like foreigners there. The people there have done so much for us, says Dilip. When you go to work, they give you so much respect and love. The whole public is appreciating Sunny, they made him a suit to wear, they took him to the Oscars. They treated us like we were members of their family, really. There was no question about race or religion.
Despite their new fame, the family still live in their same small house. I ask naively to see Sunnys bedroom. Dilip laughs. This is chawl, madam. There are no bedrooms here, he says, referring to labourers accommodation. He shows me a brightly coloured room with peeling paint and bare walls, except a Ganesh-themed calendar. Here we roll out mattresses and sleep.
Outside, in a metal cupboard, the family keep their valuables. Perfumes and jewellery are pulled out, tested and replaced, as they rush to get ready to visit the local politician who has asked to meet Kunchi Kurve Nagars new star. I ask how many people live under the same roof. Its our whole extended family, Dilip says. Ive never counted but it must be more than 50 of us.
Sunnys family were initially reluctant to let him work in the film. One of Sunnys aunts had cancer, she was very sick. At that time, we were trying to sort out all his passport, visas, so he could travel. Then she died, and in our tradition, you have to spend a month in mourning. So we were going to pull out of the whole thing, Dilip recalls. I had told the producers no, we cant come. But then the family really supported us. They said, no you have to go, its such a big opportunity for Sunny. And he really wanted to do it. So we went.
Two taxis pull up outside the house and the family pile in. The politician is waiting, one relative says, hinting that our interview has concluded. I ask Dilip what he plans for Sunnys future, and whether he will go back to work. Lets see, he says. For now, all our days are filled with doing interviews and meet-and-greets. Sunny will go back to school, he will take his exams. But maybe he will get more film work. Who knows? We havent planned anything.
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The announcement, made by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, came after a documented 17% rise in the wild panda population over about the last decade.
“The recovery of the panda shows that when science, political will and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity,” stated Marco Lambertini, the director general of World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The public’s reaction to an increase in baby pandas? “Awwwwwww.”
GIF via Disneynature’s “Born in China.”
But there’s someone else behind the scenes of these cute baby pandas and all the conservation efforts: the mother bears.
Panda cubs at breeding centers and zoos get a lot of help from their human caretakers. But for pandas in the wild, a strong mother-cub relationship is necessary for survival. Without it, all the international efforts to save the species would have no effect.
Here are a few things that make the mother-cub bond in pandas so special:
When baby pandas are born, they’re about 1/900th of their mother’s weight.
Newborn panda cubs average 3.5 ounces about the size of a stick of butter. Yes, a stick of butter! They don’t open their eyes for up to two months, and they’re basically immobile for three.
Panda biologist Dr. David Kersey, an associate professor at Western University of Health Sciences, explains in an email, “Among mammals with placentas, the giant panda cub is the smallest offspring compared to the mother.”
Because they’re born so early, wild panda cubs spend up to two years with just their mothers.
Newborn pandas are altricial, which means they’re essentially helpless. For the first couple of weeks, Kersey writes, the mother rarely ventures outside the den, “spending nearly every waking moment rearing and nursing the cub.” During this time,”she relies solely on energy reserves to sustain herself and milk production.”
Even as the cub ages and the mother returns to foraging, it still relies on her for warmth, protection, food, and more.
Giant pandas don’t live in groups and the males never stick around after mating, so the cubs spend time exclusively with their mother until they reach independence. For two years, the pair does everything together; every day is a lesson in survival.
By the time a wild panda cub leaves its mother, it has all the skills and knowledge it needs to survive on its own.
At around 14 months, cubs begin eating bamboo on their own. Between 18 and 24 months, they wean from the mother and the pair separates.
Giant pandas are still a vulnerable species, but their numbers are improving.
The WWF estimates that there are about 1,864 pandas left in the wild, spread across 20 or so pockets of bamboo forest. The species’ biggest threat is habitat loss due to development in the region and climate change.
Despite their low numbers, the progress that pandas have made over the past decade is a great sign for the future.
But as Kersey writes: “Our work is certainly not done. The protections and efforts afforded to the giant panda while it was endangered helped in improving the species numbers.” The future of the giant panda shouldn’t have to rest solely on those mother bears. The species is going to need our help, too.
Want to learn more about these amazing animals? See “Born in China” during opening week and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to the World Wildlife Fund to benefit wild pandas and other threatened species.
Mashable reached out Grammys to find out where the puppies were sourced and what happened to them after the ceremony but they were unavailable for comment. We will update the story accordingly when we receive a response.
Oh, tiny cats. You have the DNA of the big cats, so why not challenge them as if they’re your equals?
YouTube user BigCatDerek uploaded a video of his cat Baggy challenging a lion named Noey who lives in his animal rescue facility. It’s like the cat version of David and Goliath, if the two were separated by a wire fence.
“Baggy,” her owner called out. “You will lose!”
But she didn’t listen. Because Baggy’s a brave, courageous kitty who’s just ready to pounce.
The love and loyalty between a pet and its owner is like no other, and thankfully, Judge Judy knows it.
On a super emotional episode of Judge Judy a dog owner fought to get his lost dog back from a woman who claimed that she bought the dog legally from someone on the street, implying the dog is rightfully hers.
After Judge Judy ordered the dog to be brought into the courtroom and placed on the floor, it became obvious who the dog’s real owner was. The tearful reunion between the pup and the man was all Judge Judy needed to rule that these two be together once again. She couldn’t ignore the happy little jumps of the doggie when he saw his owner. Even the woman who allegedly bought the dog knew it, too she knew that once the dog was put before his rightful owner, it would be a done deal.
We’re so happy these two are back together again. We love to see people, and pups, this happy.
Works in an exhibition of Chinese art that included reptiles eating insects and dogs on a treadmill are removed from show in New York following outcry
New Yorks Guggenheim Museum will remove three art pieces from an upcoming show featuring Chinese conceptual artists, amid accusations of animal cruelty and repeated threats of violence.
The museum will not exhibit three pieces during Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World two videos featuring live animals and a sculpture that includes live insects and lizards over concern for the safety of its staff, visitors and participating artists.
The Guggenheim has been embroiled in controversy since the show was publicised, with animal rights groups calling for the the works to be pulled and a chorus of celebrities condemning the museum.
One of the videos, titled Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other, is a recording of a 2003 live performance in which two pairs of pit bulls faced each other on treadmills, held back by harnesses so they could never make contact. Over the course of the video, created by artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, the dogs grow weary and can be seen salivating more and more.
Although these works have been exhibited in museums in Asia, Europe, and the United States, the Guggenheim regrets that explicit and repeated threats of violence have made our decision necessary, the museum said. As an arts institution committed to presenting a multiplicity of voices, we are dismayed that we must withhold works of art.
The shows signature piece Theatre of the World involves an enclosure housing hundreds of insects and reptiles that devour each other over the course of the show. A reference to the animals eating each other was removed from the Guggenheims website.
The artist, Huang Yong Ping, withdrew the artwork from a show in Vancouver in 2007 after a local animal rights group requested modifications.
A second video, A Case Study of Transference, made in 1994 by Xu Bing, features a boar and a sow mating, both stamped with gibberish made by mixing Chinese characters and the Roman alphabet and is meant to represent the contrast between complex writing systems and the wild nature of the animals.
The three artworks are a tiny fraction of the roughly 150 pieces that are part of the exhibition, which is set to open in October.
Just last week the Guggenheim defended showing Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other, saying it was an intentionally challenging and provocative artwork that seeks to examine and critique systems of power and control.
Contrary to some reports, no fighting occurred in the original performance, it added.
But those comments failed to assuage the anger of animal rights activists, with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saying the performance caused the dogs pain and distress.
Such treadmills are typical of brutal dog fighting training regimens, and the mere positioning of animals to face each other and encourage aggression often meets the definition of illegal dog-fighting in most states, the ASPCA said in a statement.
A petition condemning the exhibition had over 550,000 signatures by the time the Guggenheim decided to pull the works and accused the institution of several distinct instances of unmistakable cruelty against animals in the name of art.
Only sick individuals would enjoy watching Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other and the Guggenheim should not cater to their twisted whims, Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), wrote in an open letter to the museum.
Celebrities including comedian Ricky Gervais and singer Richard Marx also accused the museum of animal cruelty.
For creatives looking to do a little good, a new collection of stock photos featuring rescue animals lets licensees donate to a Los Angeles-based animal shelter with each download.
The project is a collaboration between Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Getty Images, and the Amanda Foundation, a Beverly Hills animal hospital and nonprofit rescue organization that saves animals from kill shelters throughout the city and puts them up for adoption. The collection includes 60 images starring some of the foundation’s neediest residents, all in search of forever homes.
According to Saatchi & Saatchi LA, every licensing dollar earned off the collection will benefit the nonprofit.
Photographer Christopher Nelson – who has two rescue dogs of his own – shot the collection over the course of a 12-hour day with the Amanda Foundation.
“I’ve had nothing but rescue dogs my whole life, and I would recommend it,” he told Mashable. “They’re very appreciative when you save them, and it’s just nice to have them around.”
In a park near the rescue facility, Nelson and his assistant photographed a group of high-energy rescues thrilled by a day in the sun.
“I would just sit on the ground, and they’d just jump all over me— it was a riot,” he said. “I’ve shot animals before, but they’re all trained, so shooting untrained animals was quite the experience.”
Nelson was particularly taken with a three-legged boxer mix named Oli, who he says was just a few hours from euthanasia when the Amanda Foundation rescued him.
“If I didn’t have two street dogs myself, I would have taken him home,” he said.
Though Nelson also shot Amanda Foundation rescues on a seamless background set up at the facility, casual photographers looking to shoot their own pets should stick with natural settings, he said. As for how to get a shot you’ll love, Nelson says composure is key: “Get down to their level and just be patient.”
But above all, Nelson’s key advice is to stay calm: “Be calm – if you’re calm, the dog or cat will be calm.”
This is Boomer. No, not Michael Phelps’ adorable baby Boomer, but Boomer, the Bengali cat who skateboards.
Yes, this cat skateboards. And skateboards really well. Boomer’s probably better at skateboarding than most people. He’s also most definitely more talented than most cats, whose skills mostly consist of eating, sleeping, and playing games on iPad.
Just look at how cool and collected Boomer is while he skates through a semi-crowded street. Observe his kicking technique, leaving one front leg on the board and kicking with his others, to keep the acceleration. It’s like he’s the Tony Hawk of cats.
If you’re a cat owner, now’s the time to look at him/her, feel ashamed, and start teaching them how to skateboard, ride a bike, or maybe even drive a car.
This post is part of Mashable’sMasturbation Week. May is National Masturbation Month, so we’re celebrating by exploring the many facets of self-love.
As Dr. Ian Malcolm says in the original Jurassic Park, “Nature finds a way.”
Yes, nature does find a way to flourish, to spread, to evolve — and even to masturbate.
But what about all those animals that aren’t primates? How can species that lack hands perform this tender act of self-love? Think of the whales and the turtles.
Here are seven animals that bravely find pretty NSFW ways to get their rocks off — and we mean actual rocks — without the use of hands.
Even though penguins can’t fly, they have found ways to get off. If you’ve seen March of the Penguins, you know things can get really dire and lonely out there on the ice.
The sensual side of Adélie penguins was first detailed in the 1912 journal of scientist George Murray Levick. While exploring Antarctica, he found the birds stimulating their genitals against rocks, and, as you would, by sliding on ice. The journal was deemed too scandalous for public consumption and was only unearthed in 2012.
But other penguins since then have been observed exhibiting the same behavior. It’s nice that they have a way to keep warm in the cold.
If you didn’t know that turtles masturbate, then you clearly haven’t seen this actually adorable video of a little turtle making sweet love to a Croc sandal.
There are actually a surprising number of videos on YouTube of turtles masturbating by rubbing their privatest parts on everything from rocks to gravel. And one thing really stands out: Slow and steady wins the race.
It’s pretty well known that dolphins are very sex-positive creatures.
They’ve been known to have orgies and regularly engage in male-male and female-female oral sex. So masturbation should be no big surprise.
As seen in the video above, basically they find things to rub themselves on. That could be anything from the bit of fabric that this playful dolphin uses on its member to the bottlenose dolphin’s practice of wrapping “a live, wriggling eel” around its penis. Oh, and they also sometimes insert their penis’ in each others’ blowholes. Nature!
Yes, hedgehogs masturbate. And they do so with a little skill called “self-fellatio” — no doubt making them the envy of the entire animal kingdom.
It makes a lot of sense, since they can roll up into a little ball, that they’d be able to reach their genitalia. And they do! Apparently, with some regularity.
This was definitely never featured in any of the Sonic games.
Us humans have been obsessed with dildos, dongs, fleshlights, and vibrators for too long. If we can learn anything about self pleasure from other landlocked animals, rocks are where it’s at. Hmm.
Male elephants are the perfect teachers for this lesson. Without any flexible digits, they’re left to rub their large penises against anything they can find — and that definitely includes rocks.
Walruses may not have a need for arms and legs, but they still have the need to masturbate.
Luckily, the flippers that walruses use to swim through the frigid ocean can also easily reach down and stroke whatever needs stroking.
The above video shows a randy beast who tried to woo a female and was turned down. Luckily, he had a plan B.
Squirrels, and other rodents, often indulge in a little self-love, and they really want you to know about it.
As evidenced by the above video, squirrels rub themselves against their surroundings. This particular squirrel chose the branch of a tree. It also chose to squeak as loud as possible with each thrust. It sounds kind of like a dog who got ahold of an annoying chew toy. But it also sounds like he’s having a lot of fun.
Stephen Shore was an Instagram artist way before there was Instagram. He shot to prominence in the ’70s with carefully composed snapshots of parking lots, pancake breakfasts, and camping trips, beautiful banalities that future Instagrammers would try to emulate. Now that Shore is actually on the platform, he averages a post a day—and a retrospective of his work, opening at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in November, shows off three years’ worth of his ’grams. Including (obviously) a portrait of his beloved Himalayan cat, Oscar.
Visitors will scan Shore’s feed on iPads, preserving the social media experience of the finger-flicking scroll and the luminous screen. Oh, and don’t compare his animal photography to your own. “When I take a photo of my cat, I’m well aware that there are millions of cat pictures on Instagram,” he says. “The image has to be strong and not depend on it simply being a cat picture.” In this moment with Oscar, the light was just right to highlight the deep pools of his eyes and the ferocity of his gaze. Shore assures us his cat doesn’t look this scary IRL.
“Back in the day,” the presence of a balloon artist was the sign of a truly over-the-top birthday party.
Photo via iStock.
Remember those artists? It was pure magic watching these craftsmen and women take skinny, noodle-like balloons and, with a few twists and a few puffs of air, presto! You had your very own dog. Or sword. Or flower. And you could keep it forever and ever and ever (or, at least, until the air leaked out).
If this was all going down at a Chuck E. Cheese’s, all the better.
A Japanese artist named Masayoshi Matsumoto wanted to revive and elevate the decades-old art of balloon twisting though. And what he came up with is pretty incredible.
“I’ve liked creatures since I was small,” Masayoshi told Upworthy in an email. It took him four painstaking years to learn how to craft perfect models of his favorite animals in balloon form, but the work speaks for itself.
When people tell him his art made entirely from balloons, no markers or tape allowed is incredibly lifelike, he knows he’s done his job.
Here are 11 of Masayoshi’s creations that are like nothing you ever saw as a kid, except maybe that they look like pure magic:
1. This eery frilled lizard.
All photos by Masayoshi Matsumoto, used with permission.
2. This scorpionfish.
3. This angry-looking octopus.
4. This phoenix I totally wish was real.
5. This bush cricket.
6. This snake.
7. This (standing!) ostrich.
9. This snow monkey.
10. This ant, complete with antennae.
11. And this brightly colored hermit crab.
What does Masayoshi do with his balloon creations after he photographs them? “I usually pop them,” he said.
It seems like such a waste. But then again, maybe Masayoshi knows there is always something new to explore, something new to create, something new to be in awe of.
If that’s the case, then he’s perfectly captured the spirit of what always made balloon animals so magical.
You can see more incredible balloon creations over at Masayoshi’s Facebook page.
“I’m Scott Madaus, live in Hernando, Mississippi where there have been spottings of a cougar,” the man said into the camera. “And that’s not it, that looks like a house cat,” he continued as the shot panned to a very normal cat, and stayed on it for the remainder of the recording.
On the screen, the chyron reads: “LARGE CAT SPOTTED.”
The news team’s use of the random cat in the field was instant comedic gold, and the clip quickly spread on Twitter, where it received over 30,000 retweets.
Andrew Hill, an Australian paddleboarder, came face-to-face (er, body-to-body?) with a dolphin while boarding off the coast of Gracetown, West Australia.
The moment was captured by photographer Lucas Englert, the man behind surfing Instagram account lubricatedsurf. Englert was getting ready to film some surfers when he caught footage of Hill’s encounter with the small pod of dolphins.
The group of eight or nine dolphins decided to catch the same wave as Hill. As the wave picked up, one of the dolphins leapt out of the water and crashed right into the paddleboarder and knock him right off the board.
But don’t fear — Hill told that the injury was no worse than what he’s experienced playing rugby.
“Hats off to him,” said Hill about the dolphin. “He collected me really well.”
Presumably, “collected” means something like a tackle in Australia?
Either way, hats off to them both.
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One of the most heart-pounding moments of the BBC’s Planet Earth series has to be the baby sea turtles.
In the last episode of the show’s second series, viewers watched cute baby sea turtles emerge from their nests in the sand. Then, our hearts collectively dropped as Sir David Attenborough’s voiceover cut in to inform us that the tiny turtles, confused by nearby city lights, were headed the wrong way — straight into traffic.
It’s a harrowing scene. The series didn’t show how it ended for the babies, but after viewer outcry, the BBC confirmed via Twitter that — in defiance of normal standards — the filmmakers intervened to help direct the turtles back to the sea.
Unfortunately, not every sea turtle has a film crew watching its back, and many species have found themselves in trouble.
Sea turtles face a lot of threats — from poaching, to fishing gear, to habitat destruction. Climate change affects how they nest and breed. A 2015 report suggested that more than half of all the world’s sea turtles have accidentally eaten plastic debris.
The IUCN, a world authority on nature conservation, lists three of the world’s seven sea turtle species as “endangered” or “critically endangered” and three more as “vulnerable.”
Since the 1950s, conservation efforts have tried to address these threats. But have they worked?
A new study shows that sea turtle protection efforts have indeed paid off.
A team of researchers at Greece’s Aristotle University headed by Antonios Mazaris analyzed over 4,400 existing estimates of sea turtle numbers, in a report published Sept. 20 in Science Advances.
Their conclusion? Overall, sea turtle numbers around the world are growing. Of the 17 major regions they examined where sea turtle numbers were changing, 12 had seen growth. Only five had significant decreases.
Changes to fishing regulations, beach protections, and other efforts have helped ensure that more baby sea turtles have a chance to see adulthood and that the ocean will be a safer place for adult sea turtles to live.
There’s still a lot of work to do, the researchers were careful to note. Some sea turtle populations are still dwindling, there’s still a lot to learn, and we definitely shouldn’t slack off if we want to see their numbers keep going up.
This study is a reminder that, while humans might cause problems for animals like sea turtles, we also have the power to help fix them as well.
Did you know that if just 10% of the families who plan to get pets in the next year choose to adopt, all the dogs and cats currently entering shelters will have homes? You could help make a big difference!
“Most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own … meaning shelters and rescue groups are full of wonderful, family-ready pets,” writes Kenny Lamberti, acting vice president of the companion animals department at The Humane Society of the United States in an email.
Rescue pets are every bit as cuddly, lovable, and ready to fit into your home as any animal out there. And, says Lamberti, “whether you want a dog, cat, rabbit, parakeet or hamster, shelters often have the best selection of animals anywhere.”
See for yourself: Use The Shelter Pet Project’s site to find adoptable dogs and cats or shelters near you and see who’s out there looking for a new home. (And even if you’re not ready to adopt, lots of shelters need fosters and volunteers, so there are plenty of ways to help out.)
Bears don’t have any interest in your miserable standing desks, thank you very much.
Mandy Stantic was visiting a garbage dump in Northern Manitoba last spring when she came upon a black bear sitting on a discarded sofa. Stantic, whose photos just recently went viral, had specifically driven to the dump with her daughter to see the dump (god bless Canadian road trips) when she discovered the bear just lounging.
Extracting a rat from a bathroom when you’ve got a cat seems like a pretty reasonable solution. Cats are natural predators, and they often catch small rodents.
Turns out, though, rats are probably a little too big for a house cat.
Shortly after using a broom to scare the rat out from behind the sink, this dude realizes that he has made a very, very large mistake. He promptly screams bloody murder, as his poor cat tries desperately to search for higher ground.
Eventually the two escape the bathroom; the fate of the rat is still unknown. Let’s be real though — it’s the rat’s house now. This is how rat kings are crowned.
After Hurricane Harvey, a group of good Samaritans came to the rescue of dozens of good dogs.
Houston resident Betty Walter found herself stranded in floodwaters in the wake of the storm. She was also sheltering 21 dogs (some of which belonged to her neighbors) and wasn’t sure how they would all get to safety.
Luckily, the dog rescue crew came along. They loaded all 21 dogs on the boat — Walter walked alongside — and hauled everyone away.
“I was worried there was too many dogs on the boat and it would tipped [sic] over,” Walter wrote in a Facebook post. “I told them I would stay behind and for them to make 2 trips. They said NO we are taking all and you. We had 21 dogs on this boat.”
To get out, the humans had to slog through water higher than her head, she added.
Eventually, Walter and all 21 took shelter at a crew member’s house in nearby Kemah, Texas. At the time of writing, they were all doing fine.
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Philip Pullman, whose His Dark Materials trilogy is celebrated the world over, has finally produced a new instalment in Lyras story. As La Belle Sauvage hits the shops, he answers questions from famous fans and Observer readers
Philip Pullman opens the door to his 16th-century Oxfordshire farmhouse looking pale and slightly washed-out in his crisp, white shirt and nut-brown waistcoat. Is he under the weather? No, no, Im perfectly fine, he reassures me. Just a bit apprehensive, perhaps, about whats to come. We are meeting a week before the launch of his new novel, so what is to come in the next few days is a whirlwind of book signings, public appearances, glad-handing, readings and interviews: Im doing the minimum possible but it is still going to be absolute pandemonium, he smiles ruefully.
In truth, Pullman feels fitter and more energetic than he has for a long while. He spent much of the past couple of years in constant pain, until surgery restored him to full health last spring. Im a great deal better now, but thats one reason Im trying to keep the fuss to a minimum, he says. You sense he might feel short-changed with no fuss at all, however, and Pullman grants that he is looking forward to sitting down in his book-lined study and getting to grips with my very long list of questions from Observer readers, writers, theatre directors, clergy and other distinguished folk.
But first things first. Come and say hello to the dogs, he bids me, leading the way to the kitchen, where Coco and Mixie, his 18-month-old cockapoos are scratching frantically at the closed door. The pair of them spring out barking, then jump up and paw us deliriously before skittering off around the house in pursuit of each other. Pullman grins: they are obviously the apple of his eye. The next five minutes are spent recapturing the dogs and banishing them once more to the kitchen. Then were almost ready to begin.
It is no exaggeration to say Pullman devotees the world over have been almost as excited as his dogs at the prospect of his new novel, La Belle Sauvage, which arrived in bookshops last Thursday. A young woman on the tube practically hyperventilated when she spotted me reading an advance copy and confided that she had named her daughter Lyra after the brave heroine of Pullmans bestselling trilogy, His Dark Materials. The book is no run-of-the-mill publication (but then, nor is anything he writes): it is the long-awaited first volume of The Book of Dust, a new fantasy trilogy intended to stand alongside His Dark Materials. Fans of all ages have been waiting 17 years for him to return to the magical world ofNorthern Lights,The Subtle KnifeandThe Amber Spyglass, which have together sold more than 17.5m copies around the world and been translated into 40 languages.
The new series is not a sequel or a prequel, but an equel, Pullman told the Todayprogramme on Radio 4 when it was first announced (how many other new novels make the 8am news?). It starts 10 years before His Dark Materials when Lyra is a baby, with the next two books moving forward 10 years from HDM to when she is an adult. Once again, the theme is growing up and adolescence as an initiation into the difficult and confusing realities of the world. The first volume features a flood of biblical proportions, a pair of brave young rescuers, a cast of sinister spies and is a darkly brilliant, epic read.
Pullman came late to fame. He studied English at Exeter College, Oxford and graduated with a third because, he has said, he was having a wonderful time but no one took the trouble to let him know he was doing really badly at his degree. He worked at Moss Bros in Oxford for a while and then became a teacher for 15 years, living with his wife, Jude, in a modest suburban house in Oxford. They are still contentedly married and have two grown-up sons. He became a childrens writer in 1982 with Count Karlstein, followed by the Ruby in the Smoke series, but it was not until he was almost 50 that His Dark Materials aimed at young people but finding equal popularity with adults shot him to literary superstardom.
Since then, Pullman has established himself not just as a world-class writer but an outspoken public figure, a paid-up member of the great and the good. As president of the Royal Society of Authors he has campaigned for payment for authors appearing at literary festivals and for ebook library loans. He has battled against the closure of libraries and opposed the labelling of books according to age and gender. Only last week he scandalised the Daily Mail by dismissing Winnie the Pooh as sickly nostalgia, saying he has no time for its author, AA Milne. I cant stand the man, he told Sunday Times interviewer Bryan Appleyard.
A humanist and an honorary member of the National Secular Society, Pullman is also a persistent and vocal scourge of the Christian church. An agnostic rather than an atheist, he has infuriated religious groups with such declarations as: Im trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief. His Dark Materials, which ends with his cruel and intolerant God-figure being destroyed, was considered blasphemous by some Catholic organisations when it was first published. And although Pullman numbers Rowan Williams and Justin Welby among his supporters, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, published in 2010 which retells the story of Jesus as if he were two brothers, Jesus and Christ, with contrasting personalities was seen in some quarters as fanning the flames.
The publication date of La Belle Sauvage on his 71st birthday was a happy accident rather than a deliberate plan, his publicist claimed, but a rejuvenated Pullman shows no signs of quietening down. His current bte noire is Brexit, of which he has been an outspoken critic. Sixteen months on from the referendum, he remains more convinced than ever that it is a terrible mistake. It is a quarrel between public schoolboys magnified by circumstances in the media into a gigantic existential crisis for the whole nation. The leaders of the Leave side are the most dishonest. Its frightening, really. If you can get someone like Michael Gove saying people have had enough of expertsits alarming to think were in a society where that can be said and not instantlyscoffed at.
This brings us rather neatly to our first question, which is, perhaps not surprisingly, on the same godforsakensubject.
To own an animal is to learn about the inevitability of dying not that loved ones can be replicated in a lab if we cough up enough cash, writes Guardian columnist Stuart Heritage
Barbra Streisand might not brim with the white-hot cultural relevance she used to, but nobody can deny that shes a trier. For example, when everyones back was turned, she went off and created her very own Black Mirror episode.
In her episode, a broken-hearted millionaire realises that she cannot bear to part with her sick dog, so she spends an inordinate amount of money to have it cloned. However, with every passing day, the millionaire realises the futility of her gesture. The clones dont behave like the original, and the differences between old and new tear at her soul until she drowns the puppies in a lake.
Apart from the last part (it wouldnt be Black Mirror unless it ended on a note of harrowing violence) this has all actually happened. In a recent Variety interview, Streisand revealed that her Coton de Tulear dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were created in a lab. She had them made, at great expense, from genetic material taken from her dog Samantha, who died last year.
Tragically, she now hints that it might have been a mistake. The new dogs might look like Samantha, but dont behave like her. Im waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness, she said.
Without sounding too solipsistic, a big part of owning a pet is to learn about death. You take custody of an animal knowing that youre likely to outlive it. While its alive you swaddle it in as much love as you possibly can, and then it dies, and then youre bereft, and then, slowly, you learn how to move on. Little by little, pets equip you with the tools to deal with grief.
This determined little boy just sent out an urgent PSA on behalf of a beloved four-legged friend.
Six-year-old Roman is calling on his followers to rescue Legend, a deaf and lovable Labrador retriever currently at Skagit Valley Humane Society in Burlington, Washington. The adorable video has more than 18,000 views, and counting.
Roman’s passion for rescuing canines began when he was just 4-years-old, according to mom, Jennifer McConn.
“He opted to forego receiving presents on his fourth birthday and instead asked for donations so he could give those to a local rescue in Texas,” McConn told Mashable. “It’s kind of taken off since then.”
McConn said Roman typically enjoys interacting with dogs. He and his mom often make videos to spread the word about pups in need.
Now, for his latest mission, Roman is determined to find a home for Legend.
Legend is just one of many dogs McConn and Roman have helped.
In fact, McConn runs her own animal rescue organizations, PAWS & Read and Project Freedom Ride, dedicated to caring for, sheltering, and rescuing dogs from kill shelters in Texas.
“We transport dogs up to rescues and humane societies such as Skagit Valley Humane Society or to our direct adopters,” said McConn.
“Typically dogs that are in the humane society are our first priority to visit but there is always one or two non-Project Freedom Ride dogs that pull on our heart strings, like Legend.”
Roman is a true example that you can be a hero at any age.
After nursing an injured squirrel back to life, a kind family from Collierville, Tennessee, decided it was time to return their little buddy to the wild.
But Tom the cat had other plans.
After placing the baby squirrel on a tree in their yard, the man in the clip affectionately rubs its back.
“There you go. Go on up that tree,” the man says. Then, out of nowhere, Tom swoops in and rips the poor little squirrel right off the tree.
According to the YouTube description, Tom did drop the squirrel at the family’s front door, as cats do. Unfortunately, the poor little thing did eventually succumb to its initial injuries — though Tom totally had nothing to do with it.
David Teie from University of Maryland creates Music for Cats featuring purring, suckling noises and cello to calm felines
They are a particularly tough audience picky, moody, often impossible to please but cats represent an untapped music market, according to one of the worlds biggest record labels.
Universal Music has announced it will be the first major label to release an album that is not for human consumption although, until cats get bank accounts, humans will have to pay for it.
David Teie, an American cellist and music researcher based at the University of Maryland, has created Music for Cats, saying it is an absolutely serious undertaking . He said: It is the biggest challenge with this, people think it is silly. But I think it is the way the brain works . If I look at a door and say thats a fish, you are going to say thats a door . Everybody knows what music is and animals are not included. If you really look into it, whats silly is the idea that only one species could have music available for it.
The dogs must have known something was wrong. As hours, then days passed, they must have waited by the door, listening to the town’s sudden silence, wondering when their masters would return home.
In the early hours of April 27, 1986, the people of Pripyat were told to evacuate their town. Something had gone wrong at the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. People were already getting sick. They could take their important documents and food with them. Nothing more.
As nearly 50,000of them climbed onto buses, many ended up leaving their family pets behind. It probably didn’t seem like such a big deal — officials had told them they could return in just a couple of days.
But they’d never come home again.
That was 31 years ago. Today, the original inhabitants of Pripyat are long since gone. But the pets — the pets are still there.
Two stray dogs with an old cooling tower in the background. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
Well, their descendants are, at least. About 900 stray dogs live in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone — 1,000 square miles of restricted, still-partially contaminatedUkrainian forest about two hours north of Kiev. The radiation is high enough that visitors are limited in the amount of time they’re allowed to stay.
An abandoned building in Pripyat, within the exclusion zone. Photo from Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
Many of the dogs live around the power plant, which puts them in contact with the men and women working on sealing it. And that’s a problem.
Several thousand people work in the exclusion zone every day. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
The workers are there to build the sarcophagus, a huge steel and concrete structure that will seal off the still-dangerous former nuclear power plant. The dogs have learned to rely on the workers and the increasing number of tourists for food.
Without humans, the dogs would have to compete with other forest animals for food. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
But for every pup who is friendly towards or at least tolerates humans, there are many more who shy away or could even be dangerous. There’s also the risk that they could catch and spread rabies or other diseases from the wolves and other animals that live in the zone.
Radiation isn’t the only danger in Chernobyl. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
But one group in particular wants to change this. Meet the Dogs of Chernobyl.
The campaign runs for several weeks each year. During that time, vets capture the dogs and give them check ups and shots.
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
Rabies vaccines in particular will help keep both the dogs and humans safe.
Not all of the dogs are people-friendly. Tranquilizer darts help the process along for the shyer animals.
The man with the blowgun is Pavel “Pasho” Burkatsky, a professional dog catcher from Kiev. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
The pups also get spayed and neutered in order to keep the population in check…
Bob Barker would approve. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
… and given a radiation check.
A Geiger counter reveals this dog has had about 20 times the normal dose of radiation. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
Researchers are still learning what the long-term effects of the radiation have been on animals and plants.
Ultimately, they are tagged and released.
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
Some of the dogs are also getting collars with radiation sensors and GPS receivers in order to map radiation levels and help researchers learn more about the inside of the exclusion zone.
Locals were initially suspicious of the group but warmed up when they saw how well the animals were being treated.
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
The old, official method of dealing with the dogs had been to shoot them. The vets’ presence put a stop to that. Within a week, the vets were canteen celebrities, says Lucas Hixson, the group’s co-founder.
When they held a weekend event in the city to help spay and neuter stray cats, so many locals showed up to help they had to turn some away.
The campaigns run for several weeks a year, with this year being the first run. Two more are planned, although more might be in the works, Hixson says. They’re raising money to hire a full-time veterinarian to stay year-round.
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
They might even be able to help the dogs find their way back to the homes and families they have lost.
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
In the future, young animals might be able to be adopted or trained as service or therapy dogs, Hixson says. The descendants of those abandoned pups might once again find themselves waiting eagerly at the door.
Only this time, there’s someone coming home to them.
An enormous adult humpback whale was filmed breaching fully out of the water off the southeastern coast of South Africa in early July. The massive whale propels its full body out of the water, like it’s some kind of fit young dolphin or something.
The impressive sight was captured by scuba diver Craig Capehart and witnessed by three other divers in his boat.
“It seems that never before has a recording been made of an adult humpback whale leaping entirely out of the water! A very rare event, indeed,” Capehart writes although not confirmed in the video’s Youtube description.
Asking a celebrity to hold your baby might otherwise get you detained by security, but not at a celebrity golf tournament apparently.
In this video uploaded to Reddit by user , a dad tries desperately to get every star that walks by at a celebrity golf tournament to hold his baby. He first asks NBA star Steph Curry, who walks by without a glance. He desperately tries for Dallas Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo, all while holding his unfazed child in the air. He then spots Justin Timberlake, who he knows might play along.
The dad puts Justin under pressure as the crowd starts a convincing “Hold the baby” chant. Justin stops in his tracks, compelled by the voices, and blesses the baby by holding him in his arms.
Not only does Justin cuddle the baby like the natural father he is, but then Steph joins in (after first refusing the baby, mind you) and suggests raising the baby Lion King-style and singing the iconic opening line of “Circle of Life,” solidifying this baby as their new king.
This baby doesn’t realize, or care for that matter, that this is by far the best thing that’s happened to him in his very short life.
Bringing a baby to a golf tournament might not be the best idea, but had this baby not been there, he wouldn’t have had the chance to be cradled by Justin Timberlake.
Happily, David Gonzales, the museum’s curator, told MSNBC on Sunday that all 54 cats had successfully weathered the storm. Gonzales and other employees spent Saturday night in the museum with the cats.
“The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us. We all hung out together,” Gonzales said.
The curator told The Washington Post he felt confident that the museum’s humans and animals would remain safe. “We are not in a flood zone. This is an 18-inch block-limestone building that has been here since 1851 and is still standing,” Gonzales said of the Spanish Colonial style home.
Hemingway lived in the house in the 1930s and continued to visit Key West until his death in 1961, according to the museum. The cats are one of the museum’s most popular attractions and spend their days lounging in the home or garden.
Not all of the cats have six toes, but they all carry the polydactyl gene, the museum says. Most of the cats have six toes (instead of the normal five) on their front feet. Some have extra toes on their back feet as well, where most cats have only four toes.
Some of these famous felines have famous namesakes.Cats named Kim Novak, William Scott, and Gremlin, among others, are buried beneath marked headstones in the home’s cat cemeteries in the garden.
In addition to their extra digits, these cats may be extraordinary in other ways. Gonzales told MSNBC the cats were aware of the impending storm, and “some of them actually ran inside, knowing it was time to take shelter. Sometimes I think they’re smarter than the human beings.”
Greta Gerwig and her film “Lady Bird” had a big night the Golden Globe Awards.
The film landed the award for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), and star Saoirse Ronan nabbed that category’s Best Actress designation. Though Gerwig, who wrote and directed the film, was snubbed when it came to Best Director honors — somehow, she wasn’t even nominated — it was a great night for her work.
Gerwig, flanked by “Lady Bird” stars Laurie Metcalf (L) and Saoirse Ronan (R) take photos after winning the award for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, during the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Photo by Frederick J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images.
Like many in Hollywood, Gerwig wore black to the awards in solidarity with others pushing back on sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry — which made one of the post-awards questions she received a bit awkward.
“It’s something that I have thought deeply about, and I care deeply about … and I haven’t had the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion where I come down on one side or the other, but it’s something that I’ve definitely taken to heart,” she told Cheng.
Before the show, Farrow wondered why Time’s Up and the #MeToo movement had spared her father.
“I thought it would make a difference,” she wrote, referring to a 2014 post detailing the abuse Allen had inflicted on her. “I thought things would change. I learned quickly (and painfully) that my optimism was misplaced. His time wasn’t up.”
I thought it would make a difference. I thought things would change. I learned quickly (and painfully) that my optimism was misplaced. His time wasn’t up. /2
But I have to wonder – is time really up now? Is this really the turning point? I have no doubt it can be. I have no doubt the time is right. But in order for things to meaningfully change, they need to change unequivocally. /4
I will be watching tonight with a very different feeling than I had at this time four years ago. I will watch with optimism, with hope, and with the firm belief that there is a brighter future ahead. And I will watch to see if now, finally, time is up for my predator too. /6 end.
“The people who join this movement without taking any kind of personal accountability for the ways in which their own words and decisions have helped to perpetuate the culture they are fighting against, that’s hard for me to reconcile,” she told BuzzFeed, a nod to many of the actors who’ve continued to work alongside her father.
Gerwig and Allen at the 2012 premiere of “To Rome With Love.” Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.
On Jan. 9, Gerwig finally addressed the issue head-on in an interview with The New York Times, acknowledging the cognitive dissonance involved in some of her past statements.
Asked whether people who’ve been outed as sexual predators — such as Allen, Kevin Spacey, and Roman Polanski — should ever work again, Gerwig seized the opportunity to issue a firm, unambiguous statement on her personal employment history with Allen.
“I would like to speak specifically to the Woody Allen question, which I have been asked about a couple of times recently, as I worked for him on a film that came out in 2012. It is something that I take very seriously and have been thinking deeply about, and it has taken me time to gather my thoughts and say what I mean to say. I can only speak for myself and what I’ve come to is this: If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization. I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward.“
Gerwig speaks on stage after winning Best Picture, Comedy or Musical, at the Golden Globe Awards. Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images.
Compared to what usually passes for a statement of clarification or apology in the entertainment industry, this was really, really good. A lot has changed in the world since 2012, and even since November 2017, and it’s fair to say that Gerwig has grown a lot in the years after “To Rome With Love” came out. She can’t change her decision to work with Allen in the past, but she can commit to using what she now knows to inform what she does in the future.
Zoos are giving animals Amazon-esque species ratings, and it’s honestly kind of great.
The trend started Friday with the Oregon Zoo in a tweet hashtagged #rateaspecies. Other animal conservancies got in on the fun – including aquariums – providing informative ratings for people looking to, er, buy the products.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ FIRST IMPRESSIONS Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me. #rateaspeciespic.twitter.com/IK99ODsTPT
⭐️⭐️⭐️ otter be 4 stars but ok first of all i’m very satisfied much improved over river edition. extremely warm insulation which adds buoyancy. if u like kelp the UrchinCrusher+ is a must on coastal trips. minus one star because it’s actually a weasel lol?! #rateaspeciespic.twitter.com/oCGV3aGlZ0
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ A+ VINTAGE ROADSTER Despite few major design updates since the Ice Age, a worthy investment for current and future aficionados. Oxygen-processing and sustained land speed unparalleled. Extremely rare, though hopefully not for long.#rateaspeciespic.twitter.com/Dqa0Gp7Q7m
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Pleasantly surprised. Thought I had ordered a Roomba, but this did an excellent job of cleaning up my ecosystem. Only downside is the projectile vomiting. Overall 5 stars, would drunkenly purchase again. #rateaspeciespic.twitter.com/5fDfHiaWNq
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ VERY HAPPY Not to be confused with a smiling leaf. Very bouncy and keeps cricket population under control. Offers eye antennas for improved smile signal. #rateaspeciespic.twitter.com/qz4frTnoqL
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ THESE FISH ARE NOT BROKEN Anyone who says otherwise didn’t read the instructions. A+ globiform, not supposed to swim well just look cute, does as promised. #rateaspeciespic.twitter.com/86q4PFhM83