WATCH: Slow Loris eating a rice ball

Watching this classic video of Kinako, born in a Japanese pet shop, eating a rice ball is a delightful way to start my Friday.

Noisy cover of Sgt Pepper's from Flaming Lips and friends


The Flaming Lips's With A Little Help From My Fwends drops next week, but NPR has a first listen to the noisy, funny, irreverent full-album cover produced as a charity benefit for a group that provides veterinary care for needy pet owners.

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Giant panda masturbation resolved [NSFP]

A phenomenon that had long been suspected, but never directly observed, now finally videoed by a World Wildlife Federation photographer in Sichuan province.

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WATCH: Well-trained protection dog

The dog is a great listener, but I still wouldn't want to be the guy with the padded arm. [via]

Cat enters building

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Mind-controlling parasites (and the parasites that infect them)

A great, full-body-squick-inducing article in National Geographic provides an overview of the current research on parasites that use a combination of techniques to control their hosts' behavior, making them sacrifice themselves for the sake of the parasites and their offspring.

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Monster leech swallows giant worm

"A giant red leech hunts down a 70cm long blue worm and sucks it down like spaghetti."

WATCH: The secret life of Velella jellyfish

Steve Haddock of the the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (and author of the fantastic book, Practical Computing for Biologists) sent me a link to MBARI's latest video, about the wonderfully weird Velella jellyfish, aka the by-the-wind sailor.

In the spring, beaches can be covered by thousands or even millions of blue jellyfish relatives called Velella velella, the by-the-wind sailors. Velella typically live on the surface of the open ocean far from shore, propelled by winds pushing on their tiny sails.

Velella is best described as a hydroid colony which has flipped itself over. It is unlike a traditional jellyfish (medusa), but rather like the benthic stage of a hydroid. Instead of living attached to rocks on the bottom, its "substrate" is the ocean's surface. These hydroid colonies bud off tiny medusae, little "jellyfish", just like many benthic hydroids do.

A particularly striking feature of Velella is their blue pigmentation. In fact, most animals that live on the surface of the water (snails, jellies, fish) have blue pigmentation. It may serve different purposes for different organisms, but is likely a combination of camouflage and protection from the sun's rays.

For more information on Velella and to report your own sightings go to jellywatch.org.

WATCH: Aggressive turtle plays ball with a dog

Turtle employs unfair sportsmanship against dog to gain possession of ball.

Intimidating anteater frightens baby kangaroo

The alpha-anteater pose was overkill as the baby roo was already running away and didn't see it.

If you like posts about delightful creatures like this, take a look at Boing Boing's Delightful Creatures tag!

WATCH: Crazy sheep that runs and attacks many people

Youtuber SA44 says it best: "Funny video for a Crazy sheep that runs and attacks many people and make a a lot of people scared from him , So funny video"

Baby cat/sloth hybrids

The pet dat I bought from London pet shop owner Roy Tutt in 1970 recently passed away. I will replace it with a slitten, a sloth/cat crossbreed. There are so many to choose from!

Tortoise Tardis cosplay


Photographed by Punkpixzsticks at the Minnesota Ren Faire: Angus, a tortoise dressed as a Tardis (Angus has lots of other costumes). (via Neatorama).

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WATCH: Horse regrets disturbing snapping turtles in flagrante delicto

Did General Southern Storm learn anything from this?

Chinese security forces administer rectal probes to 10,000 pigeons

All 10,000 were due to be released at the National Day celebration, and each had its anus checked for "dangerous materials" -- security theater with Chinese characteristics.

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