Watch: Kitty thinks it can scare a rat, but the rat turns out to be the bully who goes after the cat

Size doesn't really matter, at least not for this feisty rat. Watch how it doesn't take any guff from the cat who thought it could bully a much tinier creature. Turns out the rat is the bully, and doesn't let up as it chases the cat out of town. Read the rest

Time lapse of a kitten growing up

A photographer embarked on a multi-year project to photograph a kitten as it matured.

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Watch: 'Dogs' trailer for Netflix docuseries brings us heartwarming dog stories the world needs right now

Although I am a cat person, this trailer makes me want to rush out and get myself a dog. This docuseries by Netflix tells six stories of people and their dogs from around the world. It launches on Netflix November 16th. Read the rest

An extinct dog breed once labored in our kitchens, running on spit-turning wheels

The Vernepator Cur was once a ubiquitous dog breed in the UK and the American colonies, and it had a job: for six days a week, it ran tirelessly in a wheel in the kitchen that was geared to turn a meat-spit over the fire (on Sundays it went to church with its owners and served as their foot-warmer). Read the rest

Watch frisky puppy knock 11 soap and shampoo bottles into a bathtub

This playful puppy has made it his mission to knock every shampoo and soap bottle into the tub – 11 bottles in all. His excitement is contagious. To see more of this guy, check out his Instagram page, little_leo_the_cavapoo. Read the rest

Extremely realistic 3D painting of a cat

It almost seems alive.

An Extremely Realistic 3D Painting of a Cat

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Baby rhino skips and jumps like his lamb buddy

LOooOooook! This baby rhino learned how to jump and skip from it's lamb buddy. I needed this today.

I think this video would be a great way to illustrate why multiculturalism is so awesome: when we're exposed to thoughts, food and cultures other than our own, our horizons are broadened. Our lives are enriched. It gives us new, joyful ways to frolic. Read the rest

Peace-loving dog breaks up cockfight

When a disagreement between two roosters escalated to violence, a pit bull intervened by running in between the sparring foul, quickly ending the fight.

Good boy does not allow violence on his watch

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Man plays trick on his dogs

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Watch this pair of brown bears fight over an elk carcass

I mean, it looks like an elk to me, but it could be a deer, too. In any event, I don't think I've ever felt as strong about leftovers as these two beasts do. I'm not advocating that anyone go out and take a bite out of a chunk of festering roadkill, but it does make you think. Read the rest

Watch: Bucking race horse charges into a betting bar

People were enjoying drinks while watching horse races on a screen at a betting bar north of Paris when a real-life race horse charged into the bar. It galloped and bucked its way alongside the bar counter, where patrons ran for their lives.

According to the Independent:

The horse's trainer, Jean-Marie Beguigne, said the horse had dumped her rider at the Chantilly race course stables, less than a mile away, and made a run for it.

Mr Beguigne said the horse had a tendency of trying to escape but said it was “exceptional” that it had made it as far as the bar.

The horse broke a table and a couple of chairs, but nobody was injured, and the feisty horse seemed just fine after its romp in the bar. Read the rest

Cow plays fetch

This cow bellows with pleasure while playing fetch with a human. Read the rest

This baby rhino trying to play with its mom is the purest thing you'll see all week

When was the last time your eyeballs feasted on something that wasn't a part of the dumpster fire we call a news cycle? It's been a while for me and I'm betting the same can be said for you too. Here: get a load of this greater one-horned rhino calf pestering its mother to play with him. There is running. There are head butts. There is so much joy here that you won't know what to do with yourself. Read the rest

A wayward narwhal got adopted by a pod of beluga whales

A unicorn of the sea somehow ended up separated from other narwhals. Luckily, the lost narwhal was welcomed into a pod of beluga whales, where they were spotted frolicking in the St. Lawrence River. Read the rest

Nice dog allows its little friends to eat first

A very good dog directs its human companion to give treats to its friends.

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Watch wild turkeys play with a deer

"I never considered that the wild turkey was a playful bird, but in fact they are playful," says Joe Hutto, who raised 16 wild turkeys from egghood to adulthood. In this video from BBC Earth we see Hutto's turkeys playing with a young deer.

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These domesticated foxes came from a famous Russian experiment

In the 1950s, Soviet zoologist Dmitry Belyayev began selectively breeding wild foxes based on how friendly they were. The result is a semi-domesticated red fox, five of which now live in California. Read the rest

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