Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, Rodrigo Santoro, and Tricia Helfer lent their voices to this animated short film that shines a light on the horrific practice of testing cosmetics on animals. Created for The Humane Society of the United States. Written and directed by Spencer Susser.
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Reindeer have been known to walk together in a circular formation in order to fend off predators and to protect their herd. This incredible aerial footage of hundreds of swirling deer was captured by filmmaker Andrei Golovnev on Russia’s Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle.
When it comes to superstitions, letting a black cat cross your path right up there on the list. Mitzi the black cat comes with her own soundtrack as she walks across a keyboard, performing an appropriately creepy and dissonant piece of horror movie music to set the stage for any bad luck she might be bringing.
Masayoshi Matsumoto is no birthday party balloon artist. Nope, his specialty is creating complex balloon animals that belong in an art gallery. His inflatable sculptures require many more bends and twists than typical balloon art, resulting in greater detail and realism. Check out his YouTube channel for tutorials.
This quiet and contemplative sim game from indie developer Slug Disco Studios makes you god of an underwater ecosystem. Every creature you create in the game’s habitat evolves on its own, with each subsequent generation changing and adapting to its environment. Available on Steam Early Access 3.16.2021.
Among the awesome creatures in the rainforests are animals and insects that can camouflage into their surroundings, along with ones designed to scare off predators. Zefrank talks about these amazing evolutionary traits, accompanied by incredible imagery by photographers David Weiller and Thomas Marent.
Following up on their comprehensive Cat Tier List, animal analyst TierZoo delves deeper into the pros and cons of cheetahs, who ranked quite poorly. While these big cats are incredibly fast, they don’t have the defensive properties and strength of cats like lions, tigers, and jaguars.
Stop your cat from clawing up your couch, and train them to do a 360 Varial Kickflip instead. While we’re not certain that SuckUK’s skateboard cat scratcher will turn your kitty into the next Tony Hawk or Bob Burnquist, it should keep their claws trimmed and their desire to destroy your furniture to a minimum.
(Gore) While camping in the woods, a couple inadvertently leaves their mark in a horrific way. Their crime won’t go unpunished, though, as they also left behind photographic evidence. Nature strikes back with a vengeance in this darkly-comic short film from animation students at Ecole des Nouvelles Images.
Could you use some more cuteness in your life? Look no further than these adorable little planters which feature scenes of animals who dwell beneath the ground. They come in a rabbit version and a hedgehog version and are perfect for small house plants like cacti and other succulents. Made from painted resin.
Like most of you, we didn’t know what a stoat looked like until now. Fortunately, our introduction to the short-tailed weasel is while he’s enjoying a good day. The little dude seems to be having the time of his life on this backyard tarp that serves as the perfect stoat-sized trampoline.
As pet parents, we want our insurance company to have our backs when something goes wrong. Lemonade is making it easy to score major savings on tests, vaccines, and essential care, all for as low as $10 a month (and you can craft your coverage yourself). Get a quote.
Curious to know what breeds are in your dog’s DNA? This test not only will give you that information with 99.97% accuracy but can also provide details on their genetics and any health risks they may face. Just want to know your dog’s breed and age? There’s a less expensive kit for that. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.
With the help of some high-tech camera gear, BBC series Inside the Bat Cave gives us a rare look at the way that bats move through the air. The anatomy of each bat affects the speed at which it can fly, topping out with the incredible Brazilian free-tailed bat, which can fly at speeds up to 160 km/h (~100 mph).
In this brief but highly satisfying video posted by Scott Galloway, a fox shows off exactly why they have a reputation for grace and intelligence, especially when it comes to hunting their prey. Watch as this little fella waits by a hole in the ice, then fishes out its meal like a champ.
Whiskers on kittens aren’t the only attribute felines share with humans. Gerrard Gethings’ animal portraits make the case. For the memory card game Do You Look Like Your Cat? Gethings found 25 people and their furry lookalikes. Just place the cards face down and collect pawsome matching pairs.
Looking for something fun to do today? Why not visit with a giraffe, a zebra, or maybe a penguin? Thanks to Google, you can enjoy the company of 50 new animals using augmented reality tech on your phone. Using the Google mobile app, search for an animal, then tap “View in 3D” to invite these virtual pets into your world.
One of the sillier Twitter accounts we’ve come across in a while, low poly animals captures and presents images of some of the most rudimentary animals in the history of gaming. From the paper airplane-like seagulls in Daytona USA to the deranged rat-with-a-gun from Max Payne, there’s a new avatar for everyone.
TierZoo has previously spent some time exploring the stats of iguanas. Now they look more broadly at their brothers in the reptilian world, from the tiny and almost defenseless skink to the color-changing chameleon to the terrifyingly powerful and and venomous komodo dragon.
One of the most entertaining things to do with a pet hamster is to set it loose in some kind of a maze. Using LEGO Duplo bricks, The Secret Life of my Hamster built a wonderfully colorful and complex obstacle course, and then let their fluffy white pet Marshmallow take it for a spin.
While it’s nowhere nearly as large as the world’s largest penguin, the 16″ long, 10-pound frog known as Beelzebufo was still an impressive creature. PBS Eons explains the few things we know about this giant, blobby amphibian that was native to Madagascar.
Help keep your dog visible on night walks or running around your yard with one of these bright LED collars from Illuminated Apparel. They have reflective stitching for added visibility, are water-resistant, and can run for up to a day on a charge. Available in blue, pink, or green, and S/M or M/L sizes.