Deliver unpleasant news to your friends with these delightfully-sketched animal cuties. [Say it With Sea Otters via Metafilter]
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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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.
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.
"Lindt Bunny Family," a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Paul J. "Leave them alone, and they multiply."
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
We found this cat in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Bill Benson shot this photo, and the one below.
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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!)
What is a Scottie Pinwheel? Glad you asked. (HT: Joe Sabia)
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!)
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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About this cockatiel
giving Skrillex a run for his money, Youtuber Rainykauke says, "Just my bird Harvey dropping some fat beats. Sorry about the poor cropping filmed this on a phone." (thanks, Chris!)
: "Our 6 month old lab mix rescue pup taught our 8 week old foster pup from Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue in Winnipeg to go down the stairs once she got up and couldn't get down!"
(via David Daniel)
* Yes, it's so cute I forgive the shooter for holding their smartphone vertically while shooting video.
"I think Teddy's had a happy new year," observes his handler. More about "Teddy Bear
," Zooniversity's talking porcupine, in Zooniversity.org
's YouTube channel
. (Thanks, Dean Putney!)