The Science Behind Why Cats Meow Is Oddly Touching (And Very Surprising)

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.

That certainly explains a lot. Here’s what veterinarian Dr. John Bradshaw of Bristol University had to say:

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!


Adorable little kid attempts to fend off attack by 3 adorable puppies

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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Rogue cats steals the spotlight in interview with Latvian mayor

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.



This Animal Shelter Is Encouraging Adoptions With Puppy Pajama Parties

No one can resist a cute dog dressed in pajamas, and volunteers from one shelter use that to their advantage.

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.

But at the end of the day, LifeLine hopes that these pajama parties will help people see the dogs’ true colors and understand the fact that all they want is a little love in return.

That’s it. I’m scrapping my Saturday night plans. I’ll be hosting a puppy sleepover instead.


Baby polar bear adorably struggles to roll over

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.

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Finnish Photographer Shoots Foxes, And We Cant Finnish Looking At Them

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.


Jerusalem’s Old City’s Own “Cat Lady”

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. 

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    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,”. 

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    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! 


Stampede Of Golden Retriever Puppies Tumble Down A Slide And Right Into Our Hearts

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.



Two-Legged Puppy Walks Again Thanks To 3D Printing

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! :-D 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


When Her Baby Falls In The Water, Momma Bear Rushes To Save The Day

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!

“Oh, crap, not again.”

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.


Russian Photographer Captures The Cutest Squirrel Photo Session Ever

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.

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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!