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.

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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

Remove All Excrement From Pets Pursuant

Joseph Kimble noticed this peculiarly-worded sign. I'm not sure of the jurisdiction but, to he honest, I would move elsewhere if I ran into a sign like this.

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Kittens photographed mid-pounce

As promised by the headline, nothing more, nothing less, just kittens photographed mid-pounce. The raw adorable feed: Seth Casteel. Read the rest

Dog nervous but unruffled as odd goat licks it

"Haha look at this goat!!!" writes nevadamountains. "He is funny, and the dog doesn't care!!!" [via] Read the rest

Dogs left in car crash it into Walmart

Two dogs left in a car in the Fort Wayne, W. Va., Walmart subsequently crashed it into the supermarket. WSAZ reports that a witness thought someone was messing with her "until she noticed the face of the driver was a dog's."

She says a second dog was in the passenger seat, and after the wreck that dog somehow managed to roll the window down. The store paged the owner of the car, who turned out to be a woman the witness described as looking to be in her late 70s. The car owner said she left the car running while she went into the store so the dogs could stay cool, and the dog had managed the get the car out of park.

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