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  Meet Peter, an elephant and resident of the Royal Elephant Kraal & Village’s non-profit program Elephantstay in Thailand. He also likes to play the piano. Peter’s human companion, a Mr. PaulBartonPiano, submitted a video of his beautiful concert with our favorite pianist. He says of the experience, “I’ve noticed elephants such as Peter have moods at different times of day. Usually in the cooler evening before nightfall [...] they ... Read More
It's the start of another week, which means it's time to face the struggles of life anew. What better to combat that with than videos of small and fuzzy animals doing ridiculous stuff?! There's nothing that says "I'll worry about those taxes later!" quite like a clip of a hamster stuffing ten carrots into his cheek pouches. In that spirit, we've prepared for you a clip-a-day to keep productivity away! Happy squealing.  MONDAY: On Monday, we are all a Bun ... Read More
  Self-taught taxidermist Nicola Hebson has been doing taxidermy for approximately two years. She decided to take up the craft after pondering how she could make use of her collection of natural objects, and is now is on course to help others take up her unusual craft. The 23-year-old, who runs her own taxidermy business, is launching a "Taxidermy for Beginners" class at her local Museum in Blackburn, England.     As a ... Read More
Today is the best day in the world because today you can have a super cute and cuddly and perfect kitten delivered RIGHT TO YOUR DOORSTEP. Yes, that’s right—if you live in New York, San Francisco or Seattle, and use the app “Uber,” you can, with the push of a button, have a kitten driven directly to you! To promote National Cat Day, Uber has teamed up with the popular meme site, Cheezburger in this amazingly brilliant marketing stunt to ... Read More
  One of my first two-syllable words was “whisper;” I whispered it to my mother. Whispering is one of the most human ways of communicating; it can convey intimacy, fear, love. Until now, no species except humans have ever been caught mid-whisper.    A group of tamarin moneys were captured and their communication studied at The Central Park Zoo. The squirrel-sized tamarins are some of the most community-oriented primates around, and their ... Read More
Warning: Keep preparatory tissues at hand. This one is a tear-jerker.   On August 30th, a newborn elephant at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Nature Reserve in China was repeatedly stomped on by his mother. The zookeepers initially felt that this had to be an accident, and removed Zhuangzhuang (the baby elephant's proper name) from the area to tend to his wounds. However, upon returning Zhuanghzhuang to his habitat, the mother began her stomping again. The ... Read More
  As a child, I fell in love with the Harry Potter series in large part because of its animals, its giant spiders and hissing snakes. Remember the magical Thestral, the winged horse visible only to those who have seen death? They are my personal favorite, and the image my young self conjured while reading the books still haunts me.    Here’s some good news for all you Harry-animal lovers: J.K. Rowling is writing a screenplay for Warner Bros. ... Read More
Whenever I come across an article about the world’s latest wonder-child, I think back to how my ten-year-old self was incapable of accomplishing little more than consuming every episode of Sailor Moon. But the youths of today are a whole different story. Motivation? Vegetables? Science?! This time, a 13-year-old has revolutionized the way humans and pets can interact with each other at long-distances. Brooke Martin, who just started the ninth grade, is the ... Read More
  Do you gals know about the slow loris? About five minutes ago, I didn't either. Turns out, slow lorises might be the best primates to grace the internet thus far. Seriously, they have the expressiveness of a monkey, the cuddliness a sloth, and the soul of a human being (just look into those eyes)! We’ve rounded up some of the sweetest slow lorises around for your enjoyment, starting with Sonya, the tickle fiend who enjoys her mom’s gentle ... Read More
Meet Tsunami, the cancer-fighting dog You’ve heard stories about dogs saving lives (my own dog shielded me from a fire when I was a newborn!), but here’s a new one for you: some really amazing dogs are learning how to detect ovarian cancer before modern medicine can. That’s right: dogs can detect faint odors associated with the disease.    The dogs over at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center are being trained to ... Read More