'The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed,' from Jonathan Mann's 'Animals' album

[Video Link] "The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed," an animated ditty from the Album "Animals" by Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann. Give him some dough if you like his work.

How to massage and feed strawberries to your opossum

[Video Link] This is an old internet gem, but it's still fabulous. More possum care tips: mepearl.com. Below, a delightful classic we've shared before, well worth watching: Possum Eating Strawberries.

Deer fell from sky onto car

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A deer that seemingly fell from the sky smashed a woman's minivan as she drove along a Chicago highway; turns out, it actually leapt from an overpass, according to the Associated Press.

Your daily dose of baby goats

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Derek Powazek has a lovely photo-essay on his blog about meeting baby goats in Lompoc, California. "The Kids are Alright." [Photo: Derek Powazek]

Flying rhinoceros

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In South Africa, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife used a Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter to relocate a rhino threatened by poachers, a process incredibly documented by Emma Gatland and featured on National Geographic.

Hot chicks (Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

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"Cute Chick Faces," "Tyler Giving the Chicks a Pep Talk," and "Chicks Exploring the Grass," photographs shared by reader Nicholas Longtin of Minneapolis, in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool. You can share your shots there, too!

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Animals growing up: 'before and after' photos

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Jason's post about his Great Pyrenees pup Nemo growing up reminded me of this wonderful image gallery of side-by-side photos of pets as babies, next to photos of those same pets in the same position all grown up.

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Caturday

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Boing Boing reader Benjamin G. Levy shares this photo in our Flickr Pool. "Hannah relaxes with her bear friend."

Wet Dogs

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Sophie Gamand's “Wet Dog” is a series of portraits of dogs photographed during their least favorite activity: bath time. (2013)

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China trains monkey soldiers

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China's air force has trained macaques to fight off birds nesting at an air base. The risk is that birds could interfere with the planes' engines. According to a CNN translation of a post on the People's Liberation Army Air Force site, "The monkeys are loyal bodyguards who defend the safety of our comrades."

Pinnipède: animation about elephant seals

Victor Caire's "Pinnipède," a delightful homage to elephant seals, is the director's first 3D animated film.

'How to Be Happy,' by Natalya Lobanova

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Dogs playing bluegrass (video)

The classic 'Dueling Banjos," played badly by dogs, but played by dogs. Sort of. Video Link. [Thanks, Dean!]

Now Entering Hy-fur-space

Shoop: XJ.


Shoop: XJ.

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Turkey to require pet owners to undergo mandatory certification

Via Reddit, photographer unknown.


Via Reddit, photographer unknown.

Under a new law in Turkey:

Anybody who wants to have a pet at home will need to undergo training. They will also have to provide suitable accommodation for the welfare of the animal, as well as meeting its ethological needs and care for its health. With the new arrangement, sales of all kinds of pets and animals except for fish and birds will be banned in pet shops. Also, prison sentences will be introduced for torture and ill-treatment of animals.
Also, zoophilia gets you 2 years in jail. [hurriyetdailynews.com]