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Puppies Meet Baby Animals: Cuteness Ensues

HuffPo partnered with Puppy Chow and created a series of videos that show a few of the "firsts" in a puppy's life. Meeting new species, for example. [all videos have cheery music]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 5, 2017 - 6 comments

I don't care who's a good boy—back away from the baby, bud

When it comes to babies, dogs are quite protective [lots of barking]. Cats (with notable exceptions) are more about the snuggles [h/t Miss Cellania].
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 3, 2017 - 30 comments


"Let dogs be dogs and do zoomies to their heart's content."
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 2, 2017 - 47 comments


The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats. […] The results of the study are described in a paper titled “Dogs have the most neurons, though not the largest brain: Trade-off between body mass and number of neurons in the cerebral cortex of large carnivoran species” accepted for publication in the open access journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 30, 2017 - 84 comments

Wolverman? Spiderine?

These are not your friendly neighborhood spiders: scientists have mixed a graphene solution that when fed to spiders allows them to spin super-strong webbing. How strong? Strong enough to carry the weight of a person. And these spiders might soon be enlisted to help manufacture enhanced ropes and cables, possibly even parachutes for skydivers, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
[more inside] posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 29, 2017 - 33 comments

"If I touch Henry’s leash, [Baloo] will start screaming at the door."

This Cat And Dog Love Travelling Together, And Their Pictures Are Absolutely Epic (Bored Panda). Also on The Dodo. Also on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 27, 2017 - 35 comments

Q: Why was the big emu so lonely? A: He was ostrich-sized.

By popular demand, here is the second in a series about disheveled animals. Emee Emu was hatched, as birds are wont to do. She was soon running about and playing with other young animals. She especially enjoys fetch. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 26, 2017 - 9 comments

Good news, everyone!

Dave Pell (Managing Editor, the Internet) has produced a special edition of his newsletter: the reader-supplied NextDraft Good News Only Pre-Thanksgiving Extravaganza. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 22, 2017 - 5 comments

"They respect each other and they can read each other."

Tanja Brandt loves photographing animals. A recent project involves Ingo, a Belgian shepherd, and Poldi (Napoleon), a one-year-old owlet.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 20, 2017 - 13 comments

this is the definitive ranking

Colin J. Carlson, part of the Parasite Extinction Assessment & Red List, couldn't sleep recently and decided to assign letter grades to the weird foxes (here's a threadreader compilation for the Twitter-averse, but it doesn't include the numerous entertaining replies). [h/t ChuraChura]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 18, 2017 - 48 comments

Beauty in Blackwater

Stunning photos of critters who only surface from the depths at night.
posted by MovableBookLady on Nov 13, 2017 - 15 comments

It is to laugh

The 2017 finalists for Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced (previouslies: 1, 2, 3)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 10, 2017 - 32 comments

We hope you’ll be happy

An animal rescue group feeding stray cats in South Korea noticed one who was a little different. She eagerly took cat food that was packaged, but tended to leave loose food alone. When presented with a choice of wrapped or unwrapped food, she selected the wrapped food and took off. [h/t Miss Cellania] [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 8, 2017 - 17 comments

To swear is human; to moo, bovine

Who can resist adorable baby cows? Not these dogs and humans. Older cows are pretty fun, too—and give excellent face baths. Aw heck, just watch this compilation of charming cows. [Most videos have cheery music]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Nov 6, 2017 - 27 comments

he was just trying to make a living

"OR4’s ancestors didn’t ask to be relocated to the lower 48. And while gray wolves have arguably restored a lost component to western ecosystems, they returned to a place much changed—a place full of people, of fat hornless cattle, of snack-sized sheep, of rubber bullets and range riders and firecrackers and helicopters and tranquilizers and traps and collars and GPS signals and government regulations. OR4 never failed as a wolf. He broke human rules. And in the 21st century, being a competent wolf isn’t enough to stay alive. You must also — impossibly — know your place."
posted by zarq on Nov 2, 2017 - 12 comments

"I think people will look at growing and killing an animal as bizarre"

The business case for clean meat, as the fledgling industry's progenitors prefer to call it, could hardly be plainer. As emerging middle classes in places like China and India adopt Western-style diets, global consumption of animal protein skyrockets. […] But the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates 90 percent of the world's fish stocks are now fully exploited or dangerously overfished. More than 25 percent of Earth's available landmass and fresh water is used for raising livestock. Only one of every 25 calories a cow ingests becomes edible beef. And meat processors often must pay disposal companies to haul away their inedible tonnage--hooves, beaks, fur, cartilage.
[more inside] posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 28, 2017 - 35 comments

Animals With Balls

Bird plays bounce with golf ball. Crow plays balance with golf ball. Baby bear plays with golf flag. Eagle steals golf ball. Squirrels too.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 28, 2017 - 9 comments

A Friendship Story

Sriracha is a rescue kitty with cerebellar hypoplasia. She soon met Batman, a rescue piglet who also lived at Rancho Relaxo [FB]. Batman comforted Sriracha during her occasional seizures. They became best friends. Unfortunately, Batman died from a congenital condition. Fortunately, Rancho Relaxo soon rescued Batman’s big brother Dragonlord. It was True Love. Sriracha was recently adopted [Instagram], but Dragonlord soon found another Best Feline Forever: Raisin. [via]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 21, 2017 - 13 comments

Am successfully passing as a cat. No one suspects a thing. Woof.

This is Nathan the Beach Cat, and she loves the beach. Video evidence [Facebook, cheery music]. Instagram
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 20, 2017 - 11 comments

Manipulative bastard, your name is C?a?t? Dog

Dogs really do turn on the puppy eyes when humans look at them, according to researchers studying canine facial expressions. Scientists have discovered that dogs produce more facial movements when a human is paying attention to them – including raising their eyebrows, making their eyes appear bigger – than when they are being ignored or presented with a tasty morsel (study).
[more inside] posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 19, 2017 - 19 comments

So pure even my mom couldn't find anything negative to say

The cutest cockatiel sneezes you will ever see

Supplemental material:
Cockatiel sings to baby (sample comment: Magical moment caught on video. "Welcome to earth little one, may your journey be blessed" the cockatiel sings.?)
Cockatiel sings Totoro theme
Cockatiel sings dubstep
Cockatiel plays the drum

posted by sunset in snow country on Oct 19, 2017 - 14 comments

Assorted cuteness

22 Dogs Who Just Want To Say Hello
20 Totally Random Animal Photos That Will Make You Pee Yourself
22 Photos That Prove It's Easier With A Second Dog
28 Bizarre Photoshopped Hybrid Animals We Wish Existed IRL
20 Dogs Who Are Doing Us A Kindness
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 15, 2017 - 7 comments

Baby Pong

No, not that kind—the smelly kind! Skunk babies are irresistible and adorable. Even mama cats like them. And no post is complete without a puppy. Bonus: 15 Skunk Facts. (Cute skunks previously)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 14, 2017 - 21 comments

Two legs are better than none

Move over, Duncan Lou Who, and make room for a couple of feline bipeds. Rocket was born without hind legs and lives in Berlin. Anakin, a feral cat like Rocket, has no pelvis or hind legs: he lives in Pensacola. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 11, 2017 - 5 comments

Dearest Woody Woodstock Yamaduki Hardy from Peachtree Georgia

Never forget that night. It was wonderful. One minute he was almost dead next terrified. Then picked up by strangers then after He had a power nap in the car, the next he’s walking with his bandy leg John Wayne strut under the strip lighted aisles of this massive pet store happy and playful. He wore a red bandana that night and from then on and drank religiously from the toilet throughout the night despite having a few bowls of water in the apartment he was every inch a survivor.
Tom Hardy talks about finding, raising and losing his beloved dog Woodstock.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 30, 2017 - 6 comments

this is the best thing i've seen today

AMAZING NATURE (twitter) for a carefully calibrated dose of fuzz-aw: one of the best things | dolphins go squirrel! | cat cuddle quartet | stray dog samaritans | dog reconsiders life choices while cat concurs
posted by spamandkimchi on Sep 30, 2017 - 17 comments

Koko the gorilla has pet kittens

Interspecies friendships? FUCK YEAH! KnowYourMeme has some better-known ones. The titular kittens. (Interspecies love previously and previously.)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 27, 2017 - 17 comments

A few phone calls later, the dead feral pigs started streaming in

How a 3-Ton Mess of Dead Pigs Transformed This Mississippi Landscape (for SCIENCE!)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 26, 2017 - 48 comments

For too long human mains have dominated the meatspace meta

TierZoo is a YouTube channel dedicated to ranking various combatants and highlighting lesser known competitors with strong builds in the high-stakes 3D persistent-world fighting game/RPG hybrid better known as Outside. This cat species tier list is a good introduction to the format, answering important questions like "Are cheetahs low-tier?" and "Are jaguars OP?" [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on Sep 26, 2017 - 11 comments

They are glowing with affection

Please Do Not Pet the Radioactive Puppies of Chernobyl.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 23, 2017 - 44 comments

"It releases a hormone called oxytocin, which reduces stress."

Voiceover artist Paul Rugg demonstrates why the best way to relax is petting your dog.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 21, 2017 - 32 comments

?? Spider paws, spider paws, so much cuter than spider jaws ??

Turns Out Spiders Have Tiny Paws, And It May Change The Way You Look At Them (adorable paws only, no full spider images)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 20, 2017 - 38 comments

If You Love the Wilderness, Keep Your Dog Out of It

An interview with backpacking guide Marjorie "Slim" Woodruff on the costs of egocentrism in the backcountry:
Education only works if people are open to change. I think hikers have to undergo a personal epiphany which changes their paradigm. Dog owners are so emotionally caught up in their animal, it is difficult to convince them to change.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 17, 2017 - 192 comments

Until now, you didn't know you needed to hear a cheetah purr

Kinji at Cheetah Experience likes meerkats but they don't like him back. However, he gets good scritches anyway. Another meerkat makes a brief appearance (as does a serval and an African wild cat) in this cheetah video from VolunteerSA. [h/t Miss Cellania]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 16, 2017 - 12 comments

Nay (I’m getting riled up now) their genitals *should* hang freely.

What does it mean to have a 2018 spring/summer line in dogswear? The Guardian's Mona Chalabi journeyed to a former synagogue in Manhattan to find out.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 13, 2017 - 10 comments

Got the wings of heaven on my shoes

What do jumping spiders and the North Korean army have in common? Moving their feet to The Bee Gees! (jumping spiders previously)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 10, 2017 - 9 comments

We forgot to tell the cat we had a baby

321+ Times Animals Did Things For The First Time, And Had The Funniest Reactions [SLBored Panda]
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 10, 2017 - 15 comments

Erik, 43. Runs an architect business in Stockholm. Doesn't own a TV.

38 Dog Bios That Will Definitely Remind You of Someone You Know
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 8, 2017 - 11 comments

Behind every great Twitter account

is a great animal control team. Deadspin rides along with San Francisco Animal Care & Control, of Officer Edith fame. Previously.
posted by Hypatia on Sep 8, 2017 - 8 comments

Paging Dr. Dolittle. Bring a microscope.

Wild dog packs vote on whether to go hunting: The "ah-choos" have it. And bacteria use brainlike bursts of electricity to communicate. I, for one, welcome our new biofilm overlords and their democratic canid shock troops.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 7, 2017 - 13 comments

One of these things is not like the others (but still adorable)

The Emergency Pupper Service featuring patented Scroll-to-Smile? technology. For when you're plumb out of evens. (h/t Miss Cellania)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 6, 2017 - 26 comments

u mad bro?

baby goat gets a bath | baby sloth hanging out | baby frog being tough
posted by phunniemee on Sep 5, 2017 - 9 comments

OoooOoooooOooO Ooh Oooh Ooooooooo

Just a lion who can sing. (Slyt)
posted by Grandysaur on Sep 5, 2017 - 14 comments

"Every year about around this time it happens."

Two guinea pigs discuss the merits of Pumpkin Spice.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 4, 2017 - 43 comments

The answer is none.

How much more creepy can you get than a wasp nest built around a baby doll? Bonus: toddlerpedes! (Jon Beinart previously, previouslier)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 2, 2017 - 24 comments

There's No Such Thing as a Good Dog

Wes Siler, Outside magazine's lifestyle columnist, writes about what it takes to be a good owner:
People love to tell me how lucky I am to have a good dog like Wiley. But they’re dead wrong—there was no luck involved. Wiley’s good behavior and good temperament are products of four years of hard work, nothing else. The more people who understand this, the more people there will be who have "good" dogs too.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 1, 2017 - 33 comments

All dogs have their Day

It's National Dog Day (previously), and what better way to celebrate our best friends than by watching Stacy play Dogcraft? How about watching rescue dogs romping? Maybe a Dog Kissing Booth at the Indiana State Fair (with slow-motion kisses!)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 26, 2017 - 8 comments

If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh.

Cats being weird adorable. [ambient noise only; h/t Miss Cellania; this is a good excuse to share Cat vs. Printer again.]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 23, 2017 - 10 comments


Dogs on trampolines [bouncy EDM soundtrack]. That is all.

Wait, there is more: Bodega Cats (previously) posted a picture that charmed the internet: This looks like the CD cover for an all-cat, sassy girl band.

Ooh, one more thing: Everyone needs a hug.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 21, 2017 - 12 comments

Ball of Confusion

Dogs who think they're cats. Cats who think they're dogs (there are, like, entire breeds of those). IMHO, the cats have the right idea: dogs are indisputably better than cats, despite the propaganda from Big Cat.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 16, 2017 - 24 comments

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