If you own a cat, you are probably acutely aware that they are mad, mischievous mysteries. These curious critters do some incredibly bizarre things that appear to have no immediate explanation remarkably often. Why do they like sitting inside boxes all the time? Whats the deal with them digging their claws into your skin as you diligently pet them? Why do they revel in murderous activity so much?
Scientists have deciphered some of the domesticated felines more errant behaviors. We know that they see us as incapable furless kittens and somewhat competent landlords at the same time. They are, generally speaking, quick-to-enrage control-freaks that act without care or moral fortitude, all in a quest to prove that they are, essentially, tiny lions seeking dominance.
Why do cats act so weird? TED-Ed via YouTube
This new animation from TED-Ed goes into the evolutionary back story of the domesticated cats, offering up some possible explanations as to why theyre so thoroughly weird today. Perhaps most remarkably, it explains how their purring may be used to help regenerate damaged tissue.
In any case, theres a lot we still dont know about our furry companions. Inarguably, the most tantalizing question that is still yet to receive a definitive answer is: Are they really terrified of cucumbers?
Forget the “cone of shame;” this clever cat has transformed her uncomfortable appendage into a collar of thirst-quenching efficiency.
Redditor Error2k says his cat, who recently underwent surgery, “hates the cone” but has figured out “one good use for it.”
Earlier this year, another enterprising feline enjoyed viral success when a video emerged showing it using its cone for a similar purpose.
Turtles may look a little bit like grumpy old men, but don’t let those looks fool you. Underneath the tough exterior, they’re all heart. It turns out that turtles are actually really good at friendship, especially when one of them gets in a bind like the turtle seen here.
Somehow, he’s managed to get himself stuck on a rock that’s lifted him high enough that he can’t get his flippers a solid foothold to get back down. He’s struggling in vain when all of a sudden, his buddy comes crawling in from the right and helps push him off – because that’s what friends are for.
Sometimes we take for granted the simple wonders of life. For example, every so often water will fall from the sky and we usually just find it annoying. Not this English Bulldog though. This pup experiences rain for the first time and reacts with nothing but joy and amazement. He spins around in circles, tries to catch some raindrops in his mouth and loses all his cool. This puppy should be a role model to us all.
This dolphin doesn’t care if you want to stay dry or have a working iPad.
A video taken at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, shows a dolphin leaping out of the water to grab a woman’s iPad right out of her hands.
The woman who appeared to be filming or photographing the dolphin quickly retrieved her beloved technology from the pool and went on her way.
Though his iPad destruction got some laughs, the dolphin still had some spunk left in him, so he decided to heavily splash everyone in the surrounding area.
Just another reason why you shouldn’t take public pictures with your iPad.
Puppies plus late night television is always the recipe for a great video.
On Thursday night’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert decided to help some cute puppers out by airing a segment called Rescue Dog Rescue with Aubrey Plaza. The two took turns cradling adoptable puppies and fabricating ridiculous personalities for them so as to make them more attractive to potential owners.
Honestly, we don’t need funny backstories to love these pups. Just one glimpse at their tiny faces will do. But laughing while we awww is always a welcome addition.
To be fair, this sounds like a fun game to play, if you’re a dog.
Angela Cipriano from Sydney, Australia, knew that one of her dogs were stealing clothes off the washing line in her backyard, but didn’t realise that both her beloved, cheeky doggos were involved. But she learnt, thanks to the magic of CCTV.
Doges causing absolute havoc, like a pair of naughty, scheming clothes bandits we’ll never get sick of it.
Much clothing. Such washing line. Wow.
Have you ever been chopping logs out in the woods and wondered, brushing sweat from your brow, “Why is this axe made from boring wood instead of colorful gummy bear candies?” Well, it exists now.
This gummy bear axe handle is an unusual DIY from Youtuber Peter Brown, a self-described “geek with a full set of power tools.” But it ends up giving the handle a unique stained glass effect. And now that we live in a post-gummy-bear-axe world, you have no excuse not to fill your axe with tiny, colorful bears.
Warning, though: Brown says that the gummy bears aren’t strong enough to make the axe particularly sturdy. So it’s just for show, until someone invents industrial-strength gummy bears.
The Proclaimers would walk 500 miles, and then they’d walk 500 more, just to be the type of people who would walk 1,000 miles. Which is admirable, though relatively tame compared to the antics of the albatross. This enormous bird rides the wind for up to 10,000 miles. Check out this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures to learn more!
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When we hear stories about rescue animals, we often think about them just being about the animal that’s no longer in a shelter. Sometimes, however, the stories involve more than one rescue. Sometimes the animal helps the person who adopts it just as much as its new owner.
Take the story of Owen and Haatchi. Owen, a young boy with a rare medical condition he was self-conscious about in public, needed a friend. Haatchi, a dog whose abusive early years left him missing a leg and his tail, needed someone to love. Together these two souls have built a bond of friendship that has helped them both overcome some of the darkest elements of their lives. Enjoy.
Seeing a baby bird in distress is never a pleasant experience, and often the more kindhearted among us rescue them, tend to them, and hope theyll be strong enough to fly away and fend for themselves. However, insome instances, its not always a good idea, and adopting wild birds, whether temporarily or permanently, can sometimes do them more harm than good.
As featured by Slate, this video informed by the New York Wild Bird Fund, the National Aubudon Society, and naturalist and author Leslie Day will give you all the information you need with regards to avian rescue.
Bird and Moon, a purveyor and producer of science and nature-themed comics and cartoons, has also helpfully manufactured a flow chart that illustrates whether or not you should retrieve a vulnerable-looking baby songbird. If you happen to find a baby dromaeosaur a distant, usually extinct relative to modern birds they suggest that you run away before you get eaten.
Should you rescue that baby bird? Bird and Moon
While you’re scared by the mere thought of a snake, this little fella is mastering their capture without breaking sweat.
Two-year-old Jenson Harrison has been busy catching snakes on the Gold Coast in Australia, and he’s been dubbed “little snake boy” for his reptile-handling efforts.
His parents, Tony and Brooke, are professional snake catchers. Jenson has been following them around on the job while also juggling kindergarten.
“Within 24 hours of being born he was under Brooke’s arm, catching snakes … every single day since then he’s been surrounded by snakes one way or another,” Tony told 7 News.
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It’s not just snakes: Jenson can handle various other scaly beings, including goannas and blue tongue lizards.
Being creepy AF animals to most of us, it’s no surprise that some people haven’t been super approving.
“A lot of people are concerned, they look at it and think that it’s dangerous,” Tony told the news outlet. “We watch him like a hawk, because he is very enthusiastic and if we didn’t watch him it wouldn’t be long before he went and grabbed something that would grab him back.”
Jenson only gets to touch harmless snakes, while his dad handles the more dangerous ones.
But the little cutie is getting an important life lesson, thanks to his dad: That “all creatures and all life is very, very precious.”
Seems like all you can do is laugh when you get whacked by a dolphin.
Surfer Sam Yoon was ecstatic when he was knocked off his board by the aquatic mammal off Duranbah Beach, in Australia’s Tweed Heads. The dolphin was leaping in front of a wave and collided with Yoon as it dived back into the water.
“You see that? It landed on my head, shoulders and the back. It was like, full on,” Yoon told 9 News Thursday, while reacting to iPhone footage of the collision.
The animal can be seen trying to avoid Yoon, tilting to its right mid-air. Yoon tried to get out of the way too, but it was too late.
“I knew that he realised he’s gotta do something too. I was like, f*ck this, no way I can get away from this,” he laughed.
Yoon was not injured, and kept surfing after the collision occurred. He thinks the dolphins might’ve communicated with each other after the incident, avoiding him every time he was paddling.
That’s one cool surfing story to tell the mates, we admit.
OMG! My babies! My babies! All my babies are here!
If this ecstatic mama dog could speak, those would probably be the words she’d have said when she saw her puppies after an anxiety-filled separation.
A video of the dog’s reunion with her babies was shared online by the Marin Humane Society this week. The Bay Area group explained that the dog, named Cora, was surrendered by her owner on Saturday. After an examination, it became clear that Cora had recently given birth.
The Humane Society told SFGate that Cora’s former owner was “evasive and unwilling to admit” that the dog had had any puppies. Eventually, however, the group managed to convince the owner to surrender the four pups, who were still too young to be separated from their mom.
Prior to the reunion on Monday, Cora had been skittish and “frightened.” The dog’s transformation at the sight of her puppies was captured on camera.
At the beginning of the video, Cora can be seen standing timidly in a corner. Once she realized that her puppies were there, she rushed forward to greet them, her tail wagging with delight.
“We captured the moment when sad and scared mom got to see her puppies again. Tears of joy all around at this happy reunion,” the Marin Humane Society wrote on Facebook.
According to SFGate, the puppies were all named after Downton Abbey characters. The three male pups became Branson, Carson and Molesley while the female was named Edith. (“Cora” is also a character on the popular TV show.)
The Marin Humane Society said Cora and her puppies were all doing very well. They’ve been placed in a foster home, and will eventually be put up for adoption.
Visit Petfinder.com or your local SPCA to find out how you can adopt a forever furry friend of your own.