Awesome Animals

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.

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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.

DNA My Dog Breed Identification and Genetic Screening

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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.

Bat Flight in Slow-Motion

Bat Flight in Slow-Motion

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).

Fox Goes Fishing

Fox Goes Fishing

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.

Duck Plays the Drums

Duck Plays the Drums

Winter blues getting you down? This clip of a duck playing a drum is guaranteed to cheer you up in 11 seconds or less. We’re impressed with the beats he’s able to lay down with his webbed feet. Can’t get enough? Check out ducky’s encore performance here.

Do You Look Like Your Cat?

Do You Look Like Your Cat?
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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.

Home Alone with a Cat

Home Alone with a Cat

As we’ve seen before, OwlKitty thinks their cat belongs in every movie and TV show. To celebrate the holidays, the mischevious black kitty got into the action with Kevin McCallister in the holiday classic Home Alone. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!

Google Search AR Animals

Google Search AR Animals

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.

Low Poly Animals

Low Poly Animals

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.

The Lizard Tier List

The Lizard Tier List

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.

LEGO Hamster Obstacle Course

LEGO Hamster Obstacle Course

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.

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Illuminated Apparel Dog Collars

Illuminated Apparel Dog Collars
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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.

Why Are Cat Claws So Sharp?

Why Are Cat Claws So Sharp?

If you’ve ever gotten gored by your adorable little kitty cat’s hook-like claws, you know how sharp they can be. Science educator Kyle Hill explains the biology behind cat claws, what makes them different from our fingernails, and how they manage to stay so razor-sharp.

Mobbed by Raccoons

Mobbed by Raccoons

James Blackwood is a retired RCMP constable with a love for animals. With winter bearing down on the Great White North, he sat down on his deck to greet some of the local wildlife, playing Santa Claus to more than 30 raccoons by handing out grapes, hot dogs, and other snacks to the hungry horde. (Thanks Rob!)

Chill with a Polar Bear

Chill with a Polar Bear

The PBS Nature series Spy in the Wild 2 used hidden cameras to get gets up close and personal with a polar bear. Watch in awe as the majestic white beast wanders the ice and takes a dip in the chilly waters. If it weren’t for the risk of hypothermia and being eaten by a bear, we’d love to join him for a swim.

Are Iguanas OP?

Are Iguanas OP?

While they look pretty badass, iguanas are pretty innocuous creatures, feasting on crickets, and lazing around under a heat lamp. But TierZoo asks us to reconsider our opinions, as they evaluate the mid-tier lizard’s skills to see if the they’re more impressive than you might think.

Dog Agility Course Master

Dog Agility Course Master

We have two dogs here at The Awesomer HQ, and all they know how to do is bark and demand belly rubs. But Omar von Muller’s Belgian Malinois dog, Monkey, is a bit more of a show-off, having honed his skills on this challenging obstacle course that includes balancing between two ropes and doing paw-stands along a beam.

Wall-climbing Goats

Wall-climbing Goats

Most animals need a certain amount of salt and calcium in their diets to survive. Because their need for these minerals is so strong, these wild goats known as ibexes are willing to risk it all and climb the sheer face of a dam so they can get in some licks of its salt-covered rocks. From the BBC series Forces of Nature.

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Animals with Autotune

Animals with Autotune

Autotuning vocals in music is pretty much played out. While humans have had their fill of the effect, animals haven’t used it quite as much. Cpt. Autotune has taken care of that for us, with a silly series of videos in which cats, dogs, cows, chickens, and other animals get their vocals digitally smoothed out.

Birds in Bubbles

Birds in Bubbles

Researchers in London, England used a fascinating method to view the aerodynamic properties of flight. Using helium-filled soap bubbles, they were able to visualize the vortices created by birds’ wings, and made interesting observations about the role their tail feathers play in flight. Details here.

The Fish Tier List

The Fish Tier List

Fish represent one of the largest and most diverse collections of species on the planet. But are you better off as a goldfish or a catfish? A flying fish or a flounder? TierZoo looks at handful of these popular underwater vertebrates, and how they’ve had to adapt to survive in the marine meta.

Fat Bear Week

Fat Bear Week

Fat Bear Week is an annual celebration of the thriving wildlife in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. Their website features images and stories about these roly-poly, hirsute salmon fishermen so you can learn about the candidates. From September 30 to October 6, 2020, you can vote for your favorite bulbous bear.

Pointilist Dog Wall Sculptures

Pointilist Dog Wall Sculptures
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Artist Yoni Alter creates these awesome abstract pointillist portraits of dogs by printing colorful circles onto a wooden silhouette in the shape of a dog. They come in a variety of breeds, and limited-edition art prints are available for each dog as well. We also love his 3D-printed bearded collie miniatures.

When Rodents Had Horns

When Rodents Had Horns

Despite the massive number of rodents alive today, none of them have horns. But millions of years ago, some did. The so-called “horned gopher” had a pair of bony protrusions on its head, making it look pretty silly if you ask us. PBS Eons explains their purpose, and how they might still be useful if rodents had them today.

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