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Making a Realistic Felt Cat

Making a Realistic Felt Cat

Japanese artist Yamanono makes incredibly lifelike miniature animals from felt. Here, they create a brown and white tabby cat from the fluffy textile. The whole process is fascinating to watch, from hand-painting eyeballs to painstakingly placing individual hairs on kitty’s head. They’ve got something for dog lovers too.

True Facts About Wild Pigs

True Facts About Wild Pigs

Not every pig is as cute as Babe. Some of piggy’s boar, warthog, and babirusas cousins are downright scary looking. ZeFrank takes us inside the world of wild pigs to learn about these smart and savvy animals, and the surprisingly hardcore lives they live.

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Epic Animal Migrations: Crabs and Rays

Epic Animal Migrations: Crabs and Rays

Smithsonian Channel’s Epic Animal Migrations journeys to the west coast of Mexico to witness two spectacles of nature. The first: millions of pelagic red crabs rising to the surface to dine on plankton. The second: thousands of giant eagle rays gliding beneath the waves – some emerging from the water into the air.

CLAWS

CLAWS

Hopefully, you had a happy and relaxing 4th of July, and your beach vacation wasn’t interrupted by any terrifying monsters from the ocean. While a great white shark would definitely be bad, this great black kitty could really ruin your holiday.

The Kiffness x Numnum Cat: International Mix

The Kiffness x Numnum Cat: International Mix

Musician The Kiffness continues his trend of remixing funny-sounding cats, this time creating a groovy backbeat for the gurgly Numnum Cat. After making his solo remix, he was once again joined by musicians from around to globe to add a little international flavor to the track.

Small Worlds Macro Photography

Small Worlds Macro Photography

Photographer Jens Heidler of Another Perspective offers a series of crisp close-up stills and video footage of animals and insects, revealing incredible details not visible to the naked eye. Check out his video on flash diffusers for some tips on capturing great macro images.

Making a Low-Poly Dog Sculpture

Making a Low-Poly Dog Sculpture

Andrey Kazantsev of Dirt Customs makes amazing low-polygon-count metal animal sculptures. Watch as he welds together a wonderfully pointy Doberman sculpture from dozens of pieces of precision-cut metal. He ships internationally, and his contact info is on his Instagram page. That giant panda sculpture blew our minds.

Animal: Exploring the Zoological World

Animal: Exploring the Zoological World
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This coffee table book is filled with photos, illustrations, paintings, and stories about animal diversity. The collection includes images from experts like Charles Darwin and John James Audubon, alongside works from famous artists and photographers. Consider picking up Phaidon’s Anatomy and Universe to round out your collection.

Sneeze Cat x The Kiffness

Sneeze Cat x The Kiffness

The Kiffness seems to have found a new niche – turning videos of unusual cat behavior into music. After amusing us with his Alugalug Cat remix, he’s back with a remake of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights accompanied by Sneeze Cat. Seriously, would somebody get this kitty a Zyrtec?

Backyard Squirrel Maze 2.0

Backyard Squirrel Maze 2.0

A while back, engineer Mark Rober built an obstacle course to try and keep squirrels from getting to his birdseed. Ultimately, the smart squirrels figured it out, so he decided to up his game with a far more complicated maze that’s even trickier to navigate. Will the squirrels get their claws on Mark’s nuts again?

Adorable Circle of Life Book

Adorable Circle of Life Book
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Artist Alex Solis created this hilariously warped “children’s” book which features cute and fuzzy animals doing what they do in real life – eating other smaller, cuter and fuzzier animals. Solis also made a coloring book along the same lines.

The Biggest Frog That Ever Lived

The Biggest Frog That Ever Lived

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.

Save Ralph

Save Ralph

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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Metal Animals by Andrew Chase

Metal Animals by Andrew Chase

Utah artist Andrew Chase creates truly impressive metal sculptures of animals, each of which includes, as he puts it “heavy, greasy, and lethally sharp edges.” Many of his creations even have articulated joints, so they can be put into different poses.

Reindeer Cyclones

Reindeer Cyclones

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.

Horror Music Kitty

Horror Music Kitty

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.

Lifelike Balloon Animals

Lifelike Balloon Animals

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.

Ecosystem (Trailer)

Ecosystem (Trailer)
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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.

True Facts: Deception in the Rainforest

True Facts: Deception in the Rainforest

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.

The Problem with Cheetahs

The Problem with Cheetahs

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.

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Cat Scratch Skateboard

Cat Scratch Skateboard
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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.

Bite Club

Bite Club

In the latest misadventures of Aaron’s Animals, resident kitty cat Prince Michael decides he’d prefer to live life as a dog and joins an underground group of like-minded felines known as “Bite Club.” Turn closed captions on to see what Michael is really thinking.

Wild Love

Wild Love

(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.

Hidden Home Planters

Hidden Home Planters
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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.

Stoat on a Trampoline

Stoat on a Trampoline

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.

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