Alyssa Antal recently uploaded this video of her dog who loves ticklish fringe – or getting petted by it while going under it. 200.000 views after one day.
Everyone knows that dogs bark and cats meow, but we really didn’t know why. That’s what inspired this group of scientists to dig around and figure out what causes the cat’s meow.
The answer that they found is pretty flattering, and so surprising. When you learn the truth, you’ll never look at your feline friends the same way again.
The meow starts off as a kitten vocalization. It’s something they use in order to call their mothers over…the mother is very attentive to those meows. And then as the kitten grows up, it gradually stops meowing, presumably because it just stops working. The mother wants to wean the kittens and stops responding. A pet cat is constantly meowing at its owner. It’s a way of getting the owner’s attention.
Pretty cute, am I right? They’re just trying to talk to us!
New puppy day is an exciting day for anyone, especially a kid.
So, when AJ’s parents were introducing the boy to his new puppy, they decided to hit him with cuteness overload.
After surviving the beagle puppy tackle, AJ eventually left with his new puppy, which he named DJ.
The two seem to be getting along just fine.
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An online Q&A session with Nils Uakovs, the mayor of Latvia’s capital, Riga, was all well and dandy until a fluffy feline made its debut and casually crashed the interview.
Uakovs is an animal lover and has two cats living at Riga’s Town Hall building, so sometimes this means things can get a bit unpredictable. The cat got a little thirsty, strutted onto the scene, and boldly sipped out of the mayor’s cup like it owned the place.
You can see Uakovs trying to stare his pet down so it’d get the hint. He tries to remain cool, but can’t keep a straight face after the adorable interruption.
Cats rule everything around us, even Latvian government work.
The LifeLine Animal Project, a rescue group in Atlanta, has come up with an adorable way to get people interested in adopting their rescue dogs. They throw pajama parties with the pups!
The foolproof idea has been causing quite the buzz and dogs that had been waiting a long, long time to find their new families have now been adopted. Not only can visitors to the shelter have sleepovers on site, but they’re also allowed to take dogs home for overnight stays to form bonds. However, the overnight visits aren’t just tryouts for potential adopters. They’re also intended to give these dogs a break from the stressful shelter environment.
It’s a brave new world for baby animals. They have to learn where they fit in their species society, prepare for eventual reproduction, and, of course, master the art of rolling over.
One young polar bear‘s struggle to turn over was thankfully caught on video for all of us to squeal in delight over. He eventually rolls to success at 1:26, but not before tossing and fussing quite a bit.
Definitely cuter than when a dog rolls over.
Remember the Finnish photographer Ossi Saarinen, the guy who captures “angry birds” in real life? It turns out that he also has huge love with wild foxes, and his photos say it all.
Ossi has photographed wild foxes since last summer. In an early morning, when he was just wandering around countryside with his camera, Ossi luckily encountered baby foxes. The cubs noticed his presence, but without any fear, they curiously come close to check out this human with their eye wide opened. He quietly took photos of them, enjoyed watching them playing with each other, and felt the emergence of a special connection to this animal. Since that unforgettable moment, fox has become an endless inspiring topic for his photos.
Ossi’s pictures show foxes as mysterious and charming creatures. The photos make people feel like they are living in beautiful fairytales. While curious fox cubs melt our heart, sleeping foxes behind bushes give us a relaxing feeling, and lonely fox walking in the night makes us thrilled. In these photos, it seems like foxes have more personality than ever. Hopefully, you can enjoy his photos and fall in love more with this subtle but lovely animal.
Many cities are crawling with strays. They roam around and try to survive. And through the years more and more appear. This isn’t because they are leaving other cities for a new one. No, they are reproducing at an alarming rate, and it’s only natural. The problem is that their living situation doesn’t get any better, nor easier.
But, luckily the stray cats in the Old City of Jerusalem have Tova Saul. Saul, an Orthodox Jew, has been caring and feeding the strays of Jerusalem for nearly two decades. Caring for hundreds of cats, people started calling her “Cat Lady”. Saul however, did not enjoy that nickname. She told AFP, “When people refer to me as the cat lady, they are actually defining everybody else as people who won’t lift a finger to help an animal in need. So really it’s an insult to the human race,”.
Saul came to Israel from the United States around the 1980’s. She has been voluntarily caring for not only cats but all animals ever since.
Across Jerusalem alone there is estimated to be more than 100,000 strays. However, the government doesn’t have a plan set to deal with the overwhelming cat population. So it’s up to volunteers like Saul to help.
Saul, whose in her 50s, is also a tour guide and Airbnb host. Because of Jerusalem’s poor population, the budget is very tight. So any care taking for the cats is all paid by Saul herself. Just last year alone, Saul spent $15,000 dollars of her own money for the cats. Luckily she was able to make $7,000 back thanks to generous donations.
Saul started in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter. Where she actually lives now with 5 cats and 6 kittens. Within just a couple years, she was able to spay all the female cats in that area. She usually beings her routine late a night and onto the early hours of the morning. She also goes to the Muslim Quarter in hopes that she will be able to save more and more cats. She sets up traps around the areas and just waits. When she captures the cats she takes them home for the night, and in the morning brings them to the vet.
Since she starting counting in 2009 Saul has said to have captured and neutered over 600 cats, while continuously feeding thousands more.
It only takes one person to make such a difference!
Still a better lovestory than Twilight.
Training puppies can be hard work. Extremely adorable hard work. Especially when they’re fluffy, wriggly golden retriever puppies.
As a way to help socialize them, this litter of of golden puppies at Enchanted Retrievers are given an obstacle to tackle before their feeding time. The result is one adorable stampede that comes to a momentary halt as the puppies take turns going down a slide. Some even need a friendly nudge to make it to the bottom in time for dinner.
I just love how brave the first little puppy is. Diving head-first towards that delicious food bowl.
Meet Tumbles. Thanks to the use of 3D-printing, this very lucky little puppy is able to walk again.
The puppy was taken to the Friends of the Shelter Dogs (FOSD) in Athens, Ohio, when he was just 2weeks old. The 0.7-kilogram (1.5-pound) terrier mix was born without his front legs. His disability left him struggling to compete for milk from his mother, so staff at the shelter had to provide him with extra care and bottle-feed him.
A couple came across a photo of Tumbles on the shelters Facebook page. With their hearts well and truly melted, they decided to work with the shelter to create a wheelchair to get him back onto his feet. After putting a design together, the pair contacted the Ohio University Innovation Centerto ask for their expertise and 3D printer to create the device.
Joe Jollick, lab director of the Innovation Center, explained that the 3D printer took 14 hours to constructTumbles new ride.
He told ABC News, “Everyone is real enthusiastic. Our main goal [was] to get him off the ground. The second thing is to get him used to it.”
Speaking to Buzzfeed News, FOSD board President Angela Marx said, Hes a little sweetheart and doesnt act as if he has any limitations.
As you can see in the videobelow, Tumbles is still getting used to his new wheelchair. However, the shelter isoptimistic about his progress. Hes been fully embraced by his foster mother who (quite understandably) is besotted with him.
Marx added, Since he is so little and still growing he needs to learn how to walk properly. Once the wheelchair is properly fitted he will need to go through physical therapy.
Its going to be a process.
This is not the first instance of 3D printing being used to help animals in need. Earlier this year, a toucan received a 3D-printed billafter being attacked by kids in Brazil, and just last month Cassidy the cat was given a 3D-printed wheelchair.
November 10, 2015. Tumbles at his first wheelchair fitting! I think it’s so cute and funny when Little Silly tips forward on his cute little nose! Karen Pilcher, Angela Marx, Michele Summers Friends of the Shelter Dogs The Ohio University Innovation Center made his wheelchair using a 3D printer! It took about 14 HOURS print!***NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION AT THIS TIME.***
Posted by Crystal Richmond on Thursday, 12 November 2015
Milk is an adorable baby polar bear living at the Oga Aquarium Gao with her mom, Walnut, in Japan. Unfortunately, like a lot of four-month-old kiddos, Milk is also pretty darn clumsy.
The silly little girl slips right into the water as she tries to innocently play in the nearby snow. Since she hasn’t quite learned to swim yet, her mom quickly rushes to help bring her back to dry land. Thank goodness Milk can always count on momma to have her back!
Maybe mom should start the swimming lessons early for this little one. I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it in no time, Milk.
Talented Russian nature photographer Vadim Trunov has had close encounters with squirrels before, but this is the first time we’ve seen his photos of squirrels playing or shooting photos of each other! The photographer recently published some photos he’s captured of squirrels that seem to be building snowmen or playing volleyball with nuts.
The truth is a bit different, however – it’s winter, these squirrels are hungry, and they want food! In fact, the ones with the pine cone and the nut are fighting over the winter food, which Trunov left in a clearing so he could photograph the squirrels.
Trunov takes wonderful wildlife photos whether it’s winter or summer – check out his macro nature photography as well!
Puppies are cute, and bear cubs are cute, but puppies that look like bear cubs are the cutest of them all. Some time ago we posted a list of these adorable creatures, and the response was overwhelmingwe had no idea that there were so many teddy bear pups out there?
As a new year’s treat, we’ve gathered the top images submitted by pandas like you, and made a new, mega list! Which puppy teddy bear do you think is the cutest? Do you have a puffy pooch at home that you want to share with the world? Vote and submit your photos below!
“We’ll get along just fine, little slimy friend. Now where is my lunch money!?”
All Eric the cockatoo wanted, was to go for a walk. Is that really too much to ask?
Unfortunately for him, on this particular rainy day it was. Stuck inside, cooped up, Eric was pretty annoyed. And he decided to show his annoyance by throwinga pretty impressive strop.
As his owner watches on, Eric rips the lid off a jar of money, and starts throwing coins all over the place. Squawking away, we’re not sure if this can actually be classed as a tantrum. It looks to us like Eric was just trying to ‘make it rain’.
Eric’s ‘tantrum’ (if that’s what we’re going to call it) lasts for about two minutes. The poor cockatoo, who just wanted to get some exercise, then calms down a bit. In any case, we’re totally on his side.
You can watch it all kick off here:
That’ll show them!
And now his cute baby son has joined in on the action. So cute!
Cute aggression is a particularly strange phenomenon. When we see something so cute, or even think about it like a baby kitten, stumbling across the floor we first experience a tsunami of positivity, an overwhelming accumulation of fuzzy happiness. Then, somewhat perplexingly, this feeling sometimes coexists with the urge to squeeze the kitten to death. This effect is recognized by scientists, and a study published earlier this year in the journal Psychological Science explains that this secondary, negative response may be trying to counteract the out-of-control positive one.
The research group from Yale University coined the term cute aggression, and it is thought to belong to one of a series of paradoxical combinations of positive and negative emotions, which also include nervous laughter or tears of joy. These are known as dimorphous expressions.
Cute aggression was first scientifically documented by Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon in 2012. In their experiment 109 participants were asked to hold bubble wrap as a slideshow of animals with funny, cute or neutralexpressions was shown. Although an uptick in bubble popping was expected for the cute animals, the researchers found that the participants went a little bonkers, popping far more bubbles than the other two groups.
Interestingly enough, this feeling is amplified when the cute animals in question arent physically accessible. The same effect applies to pictures of babies, with further studies indicating that the younger and cuter the babies look, the greater the urge of the participants to experience both a positive emotion explaining how they want to look after it and an aggressive feeling,describing the urge to want to pinch its cheeks.
Image credit: We can’t handle this. ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock
For the latest study, several hundred participants were initially asked about a variety of dimorphous expressions, involving both cute (seeing baby kittens) and non-cute stimuli (crying during a piece of happy music), and asked to record how powerful each emotion was during these types of events.
For example, the participants had to decide whether or not they were the type of person that upon seeing something cute they often clenched their hands into fists. This allowed the researchers to produce a numerical scale of dimorphous expression. The study then gave participants the baby test, which again showed that more infantile babies produced the most extreme cute aggressive response.
A puzzle unrelated to cute babies was then undertaken by the participants, before they took the baby test again. Although the same cute aggression effect was seen, those that initially showed the most aggression also showed the greatest immediate post-exposure decline in positive emotions. Essentially, those with the more aggressive response were able to more rapidly counteract their overwhelming positive emotional cascade.
But why would anyone want to temper this explosion of happiness? The authors think that the negative emotion is designed to support the immediate well-being of the [participant]. Any emotional spike uses up considerable energy, so our brains have to be able to regulate their own emotional responses.
Anna Brooks, a senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience from Southern Cross University, told Vice that The ability to regulate one’s strength of emotional response is highly adaptive: It stops us from investing too much energy into things.
So if you see a puppy and want to squash it to pieces, dont worry, youre perfectly normal its just your brain trying to stop itself exploding.
Cats are known for their independence and stoic faces, both things which make it hard to tell if you’re really bonding with your furry feline friend. Are they doing that thing your ex did where they act all distant but really, deep down, they love you? Or do they secretly talk smack about you to the dog when you aren’t looking?
While they remain mysterious for the most part, these gestures of affection are a sure sign that your kitty is totally smitten.
1. Sometimes they think you knead a massage.
They just want to return the favor for all those cuddles you provide.
2. A gift is a gift, no matter how gross we think it is.
They’re trying to show off their hunting prowess and make you proud.
3. Head butts are, like, totally their way of saying, “I love you, man.”
It’s like a fist bump, but so much cuter, dude.
4. They aren’t staring at you to freak you out.
In fact, it’s the opposite. To them, the prolonged eye contact is like a smooch.
5. Showing off his belly is a huge sign of trust.
Since animals prefer to keep their vulnerable sides hidden, seeing your kitty lying around with his tum exposed is a sure sign he feels comfortable and at home.
6. Their tails can tell a lot of tales.
When it fluffs up at the base and curls at the end, you’ve definitely got one happy little guy on your hands.
7. They don’t mean to hurt you with their bites.
It’s a love bite! They’re used to the thicker skin of their fellow felines, though, so sometimes they’re a bit too aggressive with their affection.
8. They aren’t trying to trip you all the time so you break your legs and have to stay home.
Not that they’d mind that, of course, but they’re really just nuzzling up to you to mark you with their scent.
9. The power of the purr is real.
The volume and tone of your cat’s purr can indicate just how content they are with your snuggles.
10. If she’s always up in your business, it’s because she loves you.
You might find it kind of annoying when you’re just trying to get things done, but they simply can’t stand the idea of being so far from you! How cute is that?
Sure, some of their tokens of affection may seem strange or disgusting, but underneath that? It’s all about the love. And tuna. They might just want you to buy more tuna.
Cute little clip uploaded by Viralhog.
“Going shopping for a toy with Lucy is something we do quite often. We always let her pick out the toy she wants… she actually will get up on the lower shelf (it’s one that she can reach easily) and she will sniff and search for what she thinks is the perfect toy! She will sniff several before she makes her decision. As soon as she finds what she thinks is the perfect toy, she latches onto it and is ready to leave. We let her take it to the register counter and she really tries to be patient while the clerk is ringing up her toy. She watches contently and as soon as her Papa hands down the toy to her she grabs it and is ready for the front door!”
The only thing cuter than a puppy is, of course, a dozen puppies! You’ll know exactly how true that is once you see this overjoyed woman get swarmed by twelve adorably fluffy wolfdog puppies, who jump all over her while giving her the sweetest little puppy kisses.
If only our mornings could start like this…this would be the best alarm clock ever!
This adorable litter of Czechoslovakian wolfdog puppies are currently being taught how to hunt at their woodland home in Slovakia. Although, it seemed like all they wanted to do that morning was cuddle and play in the snow.