Cats are masters at letting their humans know exactly what they want. But some cats are better than others, as Bruno the ginger tabby so aptly demonstrates.
According to his owner Patrick: “Our cat Bruno lets us know he wants in by ringing the doorbell. He only does it when he knows we’re awake and not in bed, so the bell never goes off at 4 in the morning. Smart cat.”
I didn't believe it when I saw it, and neither will you. Watch the video here!
Animals. They've been around for longer than us, and they'll probably be around long after we've gone. Why? Because animals know the secret of life. And what, I hear you ask, is that secret? It's happiness. Simple, unadulterated happiness. Take a look at these pictures to see just what we mean. If they don't put a smile on your face today then we really don't know what will!
Sometimes I wish I loved anything as much as my cats love little toy mice, catnip, the twisty tie from a loaf of bread, and so on. Boomer's humans probably felt the same way watching what a ball (hee!) their boy had with his brand-new ball pit.
If you haven't seen it yet--or even if you have--do yourself a favor and check out the video below!
The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL just released this insanely adorable video of twin clouded leopard cubs, born on February 29th. These two gorgeous girls, Aiya and Shigu, are making their first explorations of the outside world, a crucial stage in the development of clouded leopards, who are among the smallest of the big cats.
Clouded leopards are listed as a "vulnerable" species, due to human encroachment--in the form of poaching and deforestation--on their native Southeast Asian forest habitats, which is why breeding them in captivity is considered an essential step in their long-term preservation.
The two petite beauties at the Lowry Zoo are expected to weigh between 30 and 60 pounds when fully grown and measure about five feet from tip to tail. They're shy around humans (and rightfully so), but check out the video below to catch a rare glimpse of a napping cub. And feel free to "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!" to your heart's content!
When German photographer Julie Marie Werner found a scruffy homeless dog hunting for scraps of food in her garbage in Spain, she fell in love with him immediately. While other people saw nothing but a homeless mutt, she saw a brave little lion, and she now wants the world to share her vision with this heartwarming series of photographs.
The cute canine model is named Tschikko Leopold von Werner, and the project is called Grossstadtlowe, which means “Big City Lion”. And as you can see from these pictures, he really does look like the king of the (urban) jungle! Julie believes that Tschikko was left to fend for himself after being thrown from a car in Spain. He’s come a long way since then, not just emotionally but also geographically, as after deciding to adopt him Julie brought Tschikko back to live with her in Germany.
At more than 26 years old, a feline named Corduroy has been declared the oldest living cat in the world by Guinness World Records. Born August 1, 1989, in Oregon, he's lived with Ashley Reed Okura since she picked him from a litter when she was 6 years old.
"He is such a mellow, cool old cat and it is wonderful to share him with the world," says Okura. "Corduroy has been through all of my life's major events and I feel blessed he is still healthy and enjoying life. We hope to continue to give him a good life for years to come."
Swans are not particularly affectionate or approachable animals. They’re territorial and can be quite intimidating. Which is why the moment when an injured swan hugged Richard Wiese, the host of the television show “Born to Explore” is so touching.
A few years back, Wiese was visiting the U.K.’s Abbotsbury Swannery when he ran into the swan who had been injured after flying into a chain-link fence. Wiese helped to examine the swan by holding her.
“When I put it next to me I could feel its heart beating and it just relaxed its neck and wrapped it around mine,” Wiese told ABC News. “It’s a wonderful moment when an animal totally trusts you.”
Of course, animal activists have condemned the keychains as unnaturally cruel, as the animals inevitably die once their oxygen wears off.
In the best case scenario, they're freed from their prisons and end up as pets to people who aren't prepared to care for them.
There's also the psychological cruelty of trapping a sentient animal in a living grave.
This video shows a tiny turtle spinning around and trying to escape — but there's no way out.
Unfortunately it's not the first time animals have featured in unusual fashion trends. In South America, living beetles are covered in gems and worn as brooches. And earlier this year, a watch company unveiled a watch filled with live ants; after receiving widespread public backlash, the company said it was an early April Fool's joke.
You can watch a video of the desperate little keychain animals below.
Gertie Cleary compared the experience to a child with a splinter. "[W]hen you pull a splinter out, they holler and screech and pull their hand away," she told CTV News.
The young raven fledgling who visited Cleary's Nova Scotia home last month had just borne the brunt of a porcupine attack, and was clearly reaching out to Cleary for help in extracting the painful quills that were attached to its face.
These baby bats from Australia lost their mom while they were still too young to fend for themselves. But thanks to a group of caring humans at a wildlife rehabilitation center (true #HomersHeroes!), they'll receive plenty of food and TLC until they're old enough to fly on their own.
Watch the video here:
Soon, they'll be strong enough to fly on their own.
Personal space? Who needs personal space when you have cats! Cats are known for protecting their own privacy, but when it's time to respect the boundaries of their humans, they couldn't care less. These 21 cats below are hilariously invading their human’s personal space, making for these funny and awesome pictures.
Stockings had a rough start at life. The orange tabby was born with a severe birth defect that left him unable to stand or walk.
He was only a few weeks old when he was brought in to Chicago's Tree House Humane Society. Despite his handicap, Stockings just wanted to run and play like any other kitten!
His first surgery was in October of 2014; this would be the first of multiple procedures to correct his tendons and the direction of his feet.
Stockings' right leg didn't respond well to surgery at first. He would go on to have two more operations. “We went forward with surgery knowing we could never make him normal,” said Dr. Steve Neihaus. “Our goal was to make his feet functional so he could live a happy, pain-free life.”
He was a little wobbly at first, but soon enough Stockings was was walking and running on his own. His foster mom, one of the vet techs at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, decided to adopt him officially.
Stockings is one of thousands of kittens rescued, treated, and homed by the wonderful people of Tree House Humane in Chicago. Homer's mom is proud to serve on their advisory board!
In 2011, 71-year-old former bricklayer and fisher Joao Pereira de Souza found a South American Magellanic penguin covered in oil and fighting for its life. The kind man nursed the penguin back to health and called him Dindim. After some time, Dindim was ready for the world out there, however, he wouldn’t leave Joao’s side. When he did, people said that he’d never come back. Amazingly, Dindim has returned to visit the man every year.
“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” Joao told Globo TV. “No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.”