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Peaceful Panda Planet


'shoop: @xeni. We've been @darth'd.

Rabbit Rainbow

Shoop: XJ

Diction-fairy

Behold! The Diction-fairy! From This City's Lungs/Kelsey Parks.

"Diction-fairy" (via Seanan McGuire)

Animals from 60 different species are best pals at this Arkansas critter refuge (photos)

Via Bored Panda, photographs from Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas, a facility that cares for abused and abandoned animals from some 60 domestic and wild species. [Facebook, website].

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Say it with sea otters

Deliver unpleasant news to your friends with these delightfully-sketched animal cuties. [Say it With Sea Otters via Metafilter]

Please enjoy this cute platypus video

So adorable, it almost makes me forget that I'm still pregnant over a week past my due date.

More on-topic, if you're like me, your first thought watching this was probably something like, "Wait! What about the platypus' poison barbs!"

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Snark Week - a compendium of cute things that can (and will) kill you

Last week was Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. All this week, the awesome science blog Last Word on Nothing has been running a Snark Week series — highlighting cute animals doing horrific things. Go back and check out the full series, which includes features on bunnies, pudgy little crustaceans called gribbles, and fluffy-but-destructive parrots from New Zealand. Maggie 3

The men who tickle rats

Apparently, if you tickle a rat it will respond with vocalizations that scientists have good reason to interpret as happy ones. Basically, it's the rat equivalent of laughter, only at ultrasonic frequencies that the human ear can't detect on its own. What's more, tickling rats on a regular basis appears to reduce the negative effects of stress in their lives. Scicurious' write up of this research includes the amazing quote: "For the “tickling treatment”, rats were tickled once daily, in two sessions of two minutes each, for two weeks." Also, there is video of this. Maggie

Chocolate Bunny family (photo)

"Lindt Bunny Family," a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Paul J. "Leave them alone, and they multiply."

YouTube's Harlem Shake easter egg

Harlem Shake is a bit February 2013 and all, but here's one more snippet: a great YouTube easter-egg. Wait for it. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) Cory

Boing Boing reader's cat photos should probably become a meme

We found this cat in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Bill Benson shot this photo, and the one below.

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Toddler can't seem to get to sleep, despite it totally being naptime

About this video, the parents say: "We popped open our baby monitor app in time to see what really happens when Jude is 'trying to go to sleep.' Hilarious." (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)

Scottie Puppy Pinwheel

What is a Scottie Pinwheel? Glad you asked. (HT: Joe Sabia)

A cat encounters snow for the first time

Oh, my goodness this video is sweet. Uploader "jefcharles" explains,
After being sent home from work the first thing I did on getting home was to check outside the back door to see if there were any cat paw prints. There weren't, so I thought I'd introduce Fletcher to the snow and film the results..

(thanks, Joe Sabia!)

Cuteness break: Hey, how's that baby panda at the San Diego Zoo doing?

Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo

The Los Angeles Times has a cute photo slideshow up with fresh shots of Xiao Liwu, the 5 1/2-month-old male panda at the San Diego Zoo, who has been receiving some health check-ups recently. The little guy was born at the zoo, and has been "on display" since last week for a few hours each day. If only... if only I could figure out who that shot above reminds me of.

Oh yeah, here it is.

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