Turkey splits up fight between roosters

Dennis Coon was unable to stop two roosters kicking off in the yard, but Officer Gobbles was having none of it. Read the rest

Angry ram battles tetherball left in forest

The best part is the other sheep patiently waiting further up the path.

"Come on, Nigel." Read the rest

Videos of Patrick Stewart being licked by his new rescue dog

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is a legendary actor, activist and baldy. Ginger is his family's new dog, a pit bull terrier adopted through ASPCA and Wags And Walks.

The X-Men actor may have outdone himself this week, though, when he posted the above tweet, welcoming his new foster dog Ginger into his home. We don’t want to belabor the point too much, but this is an internet video that combines a cute fostered pitbull and Patrick Stewart speaking in his most gentle, delighted voice, and thus represents the internet’s current stockpile of peak cute.

Here Ginger polishes the pate:

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Turkey cat funeral explained

This video of turkeys circling a dead cat went viral yesterday...

... and here's the explainer, from The Verge's Alessandra Potenza and Rachel Becker. They're a) warily inspecting a potential predator they don't realize is dead while b) getting stuck in a natural follow-the-leader pattern.
“predator inspection,” says Alan Krakauer, a biologist at the University of California, Davis, who studies the behavioral ecology of birds, in an email to The Verge. Sometimes, animals lower down in the food chain approach predators — a behavior that can be seen as risky, but can actually help the prey. Making the predator aware that the prey know it’s there can sometimes scare the predator away. ... What could be happening is that the turkeys are stuck in some kind of never-ending circle, with each bird following the tail in front of it. “It’s not unusual for them to get into those dances where they chase each other around,” Scott Gardner, a turkey expert with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, tells The Verge.
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Adorable cockroach

Gil Wizen (@Wizentrop) takes amazing macro photographs of animals and plants. Would you have guessed this was a freshly molted Madagascar hissing cockroach? [via Tettix] Read the rest

Cockatoo barks like a dog

This umbrella cockatoo is a very good puppo. Read the rest

Sir, I'm afraid you've had enough

Enjoy this vertical video of a dog insisting that its master not have another glass of wine. Read the rest

Three-legged white fox escapes petting zoo, is found

Thor, a three-legged fox, escaped from Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom in England and was free for some time before being tracked down.

"He was tracked down to a wood yesterday and last night he was caught in a trap left out for him," writes Andy Giddings of BBC Shropshire. "The wildlife centre says he 'seems very relieved to be back home'."

Four-year-old Thor went wandering after a branch fell on his enclosure. Thor managed to stay hidden long enough to generate deep concern among staff.

"He must have jumped about 8ft on to the branch, which was pretty floppy. So that is still a hell of a jump," he said.

There have been three sightings of Thor, an Arctic-silver fox cross, but staff are still searching for him.

"I am surprised there have not been more sightings of a three-legged fox who must be looking for food," Mr Dorrell said.

The Shropshire Star reported that he traveled five miles from Hoo Farm, near Telford.

Edward Dorrell, partner at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, said: "It's true we've located him, we haven't caught him yet but.

"He's very happy and very well and we hand-fed him this morning.

"We've got a house holder who's being very cooperative.

"It's a rural area and there's only one small road nearby, but there's woodland so as soon as he's had enough he might wander off into the woodland.

They recaptured him shortly thereafter.

Photo: Tracy Elliot via BBC.

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Mad hamster performs backflips

"Crazy Back Flipping Hamster keeps backflipping for no reason while the other hamsters just watch," reads the description on the YouTube video. If anything, though, the other hamsters appear to me to remain completely indifferent to their co-hamster's acrobatics. Read the rest

Dog "dancing" to Native American music

The song is "Chicken Dance 1" by Siksika Ramblers; the full track is embedded after the jump. The original "dancing dog" footage appears to be of a caged Alsatian or Eurasier trying desperately to escape from Russian pop music. Read the rest

Bird has marching orders

This brief edit of last year's wonderful Gokchin sansei Cute Caique Parrot Bird Silly Walk, embedded below in full, is doing well on Twitter today.

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Turtle vs. Herd of Cows

Who would win in a fight between a turtle-sized turtle and a dozen cow-sized-cows? [via r/funny.] Read the rest

Guinea pigs devour Brussels sprouts

Enjoy the intense wheeking joy of an entire clan of guinea pigs feasting on the remains of their defeated enemies.

Correction: An earlier version of this post referred to the noises made by the Guinea pigs as "squeaking." The noise they are making, indicative of begging at mealtime, is called "wheeking." Boing Boing regrets the error. Read the rest

Shark bites boy wearing "shark-repelling" magnetic armband

A magnetic shark-repelling armband has failed to repel a shark.

Zack Davis started surfing when he was a kid, and never had problems with sharks in that time. But he’s now recovering from a shark bite, after getting bitten for the first time while wearing his new shark repelling armband which he got for Christmas.

Now his mum wants a refund, after she asked him to wear the green band, which has magnetic technology that supposedly repels sharks.

The product, Sharkbanz, is claimed to cause an "intense" "unpleasant sensation" in sharks a meter from the swimmer, "becoming exponentially greater each inch closer." Once they enter the magnetic field," the Sharkbanz website promises, "they are quickly deterred."

They claim to have tested the bands on many species of shark, but unfortunately there's been some kind of mixup and the "research" page at the underlying tech company, Shark Defense, links to product concepts instead of peer-reviewed papers.

Some horrid cynics on the internet say it's a scam.

In any case, they charge $100 — a one hundred American dollars — for a magnet in a rubber band.

Jaws 2017

By Peter Benchley

PART 1

Chapter 1

The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail. The mouth was open just enough to permit a rush of water over the gills. The eyes were sightless in the black, other senses transmitting nothing extraordinary to the small, primitive brain.

The woman backed up a few steps, then ran at the water.

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Uplifting! USPS replaces dead canaries after live bird shipment crushed, mangled

It was supposed to be a 60th birthday present to herself, but Rhonda King's dream of sharing her life with a family of chirping birds ended when USPS delivered a boxful of crushed canaries her hair salon in Alabama.

"When my postmaster got there he told me, 'Well, your birds arrived, but they're not alive,'" King told Al.com. "This happened right in front of my clients. I was handed this box with tire tracks on it and bird carnage hanging out."

King paid a seller in Texas $600 for eight birds and an additional $100 to have them shipped. The box was supposed to ship on Dec. 5, King's 60th birthday, and arrive the following day. But, three days later, the smashed package arrived, missing two of the birds.

USPS made good on their promise to fix the situation, however, replacing the canaries and erasing what the AP calls "the avian horror of the first delivery."

"They sound like small instruments of orchestra music," she said. "It's just beautiful, soft, harmonizing, orchestrated music."

On Thursday, like seven small mythical phoenixes who rose from the ashes, the new birds arrived in Grant.

"They're beautiful birds," King said a few hours after their arrival. "They're just picture perfect!"

"It's not going to replace the other birds, but they did the next best thing and I'm proud of them," King said of the Postal Service.

All in all, a good reminder of why you should never use the postal service to transport small children. Read the rest

Pan Pan, 1985-2016

The world's oldest male panda, Pan Pan, has died in China.

Pan Pan, 31, was diagnosed with cancer six months ago, having lived almost all his life in captivity. He was captured in Sichuan as a six-month old cub. The BBC reports that his name means "Hope."

The centre described the news of the death of the "hero-father" panda as "heart-wrenching". Keepers said he had stopped moving and eating, and lost consciousness, as his health had deteriorated rapidly over the preceding three days.

In September, the International Union for Conservation of Nature announced that the status pandas had been changed from "endangered" to "vulnerable", as numbers had begun to increase.

The latest Chinese estimates show a population of 1,864 adults, as well as - according to China's State Forestry Administration - 422 in captivity.

Pan Pan is survived by 130 descendants — reportedly a quarter of the world's captive-bred pandas — with family in California, Washington D.C., Edinburgh, Brussels, Ya'an, Chengdu, Chiang Mai and Taipei. Read the rest

Delightful felt flora-fauna mashup sculptures

Hiné Mizushima creates whimsical felt sculptures that combine insects and plants into adorable new life forms, like this Venus Anttrap Beetle, or this Amanita Beetle: Read the rest

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