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Abstract Stag Painting

Abstract Stag Painting
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You could hang a hunter’s trophy on your wall, or perhaps choose something a little more friendly to animals with this colorful, abstract image of a powerful stag. Created by artist Koby Feldmos, this original 67″x 34″ painting has an almost sculptural feel to it thanks to its thick layers of oil paint.

Sealed Loop

Sealed Loop

We’re both baffled and intrigued by this video footage of a seal as it emerges from a pool in Hokkaido, Japan into a see-through ring that rises above the surface. It looks like the adorable marine animal has entered an anti-gravity chamber, but we think that it’s just filled with water. More floating seal goodness here.

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Are Crocodilians OP?

Are Crocodilians OP?

Crocodiles and alligators have been around in some form for nearly 100 million years, proving that their survival strategies work. Between its crushing bite, muscular body, and stealthy approach, these reptiles are among the most impressive predators in the meta. TierZoo dives into murky waters for a look at these grapplers’ key stats.

Ducks Destroy Peas

Ducks Destroy Peas

Today we learned that ducks like peas. Watch as Pepé and Arnold, a friendly duo of water birds, attack a bowl of the green veggies like it was their last meal ever before being served up a l’Orange. Also, ducks have some really foul fowl mouths.

Pulp Fiction with a Cat

Pulp Fiction with a Cat

Quentin Tarantino’s movies have a certain flair for the dramatic, but we can only imagine the chaos that would have ensued in Pulp Fiction if Vincent and Jules had to supervise a mischievous cat with everything else going on. OwlKitty gives us a glimpse into what that movie might have looked like.

Robot Spy Turtle

Robot Spy Turtle

The nature film experts at John Downer Productions show off another one of their animatronic camera spies. As an eagle drone flies overhead, a robot turtle on the ground infiltrates a bale of 20,000 olive ridley sea turtles coming ashore on a Costa Rican beach to lay their eggs. From “The Tropics” episode of Spy in the Wild 2.

True Facts About Macaques

True Facts About Macaques

Let’s face it, there’s no good way to pronounce the name of the animals featured in ZeFrank’s latest nature video. But the Japanese macaque is a unique and interesting primate nonetheless. Learn about the so-called “snow monkey,” its love for cold weather, hot springs, and why it has hair everywhere but its butt.

True Facts: Cats’ Killer Senses

True Facts: Cats’ Killer Senses

“Follow me, while we go inside behind the tiger.” While your average house cat might not be an expert predator, felines do have some pretty impressive skills when left in the wild. ZeFrank’s nature video explains how cats have evolved to be so good at hunting down their prey.

The Runaway Duck

The Runaway Duck

Cats and birds aren’t supposed to get along, but in the world of Aaron’s Animals, resident kitty Prince Michael has been raising a bunch of ducklings. But when one of the fuzzy little guys struggles to be accepted by his brothers, he makes a break for it, and falls in with a bad crowd. Best watched with Closed Captions on.

Robot Spy Pig vs. Komodo Dragons

Robot Spy Pig vs. Komodo Dragons

The nature photographers at John Downer Productions are known for building all kinds of creative rigs to get up close and personal with wild animals. But this clip from BBC’s Spy in the Wild proves that their robotic camera pig is no match for a gang of hostile komodo dragons.

The Office (with a Cat)

The Office (with a Cat)

YouTuber OwlKitty likes to imagine the world with more cats. In this clip, they envision a reboot of NBC’s comedy classic The Office, but with 100% more kitties working at Dunder-Mifflin. We bet that cat would use all of the paper in the warehouse as a scratching post.

Are Parrots OP?

Are Parrots OP?

In the grand scheme of the meta, birds seem like they wouldn’t rank very highly, and parrots’ flamboyant looks are anything but stealthy. TierZoo explains how the colorful birds are quite capable of holding their own, thanks to their sharp claws and beaks, agility, and superior smarts.

True Facts About Batfishes

True Facts About Batfishes

“He lives on the floor of the sea, not on the roof like a duck do.” If there’s one thing you can count on at the bottom of the ocean, its weird looking stuff. ZeFrank introduces us to a funky fish that scurries about with fins that resemble stubby little legs, munching on shellfish, and grumping about other fish that have the same name.

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Seals Sing Seal

Seals Sing Seal

These days, we’ll take laughs any way we can get them. Take, for example, Real Big Boys‘ video of Seal’s 1994 hit Kiss from a Rose being sung by a choir of barking seals. We feel like the track could have used some penguin background singers, so here’s something to get you started.

Voice Actor Mimics Animals

Voice Actor Mimics Animals

Dee Bradley Baker has brought characters to life on everything from American Dad! to Samurai Jack. He also has the ability to imitate the sounds of all kinds of creatures, from birds to pigs to angry squirrels. Great Big Story sat down with Dee and asked him to improvise some animal noises. Those alien sounds were insane.

Taddy Goes Snowskating

Taddy Goes Snowskating

We’ve featured of skateboarding, snowboarding, and even a few cat videos over the years. But this is the first time we can recall seeing a video that combines all three. Smagical’s kitty Taddy loves to take a ride in the snow, and he’s got just the music video to go with his extreme winter sports.

Tire Tread Animals

Tire Tread Animals

Artist Blake McFarland shows off a pair of sculptures he built for the 2019 Cotton Bowl. He created versions of Penn State’s Nittany Lion and the University of Memphis Tiger out of Goodyear tires, wrapped around a foam and fiberglass structure. The sculptures weigh about 200 lb each, and used pieces from 400 tires combined.

Gymnopédies: Animal Edition

Gymnopédies: Animal Edition

Musician Florent Ghys isn’t what you’d call your “average” classical musician. After all, he’s played music with a game of Pong and a weather forecast. So it’s not exactly surprising that he made a virtual choir out of cats, goats, and cows, then made them perform a rendition of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies.

Vegan Friends Enamel Pins

Vegan Friends Enamel Pins

Whether you’re a strict vegan, or just want to see a chicken wielding a switchblade, you’ll love the design of these enamel pins from Creator Toronto. The gold-plated enamel pins also include a pig with boxing gloves, a cow with a machine gun, and a bunny rabbit with a bomb, each designed to help raise awareness of animal cruelty.

Pets in Isolation

Pets in Isolation

A month into sheltering in place, and like many of you, we’re starting to feel pretty antsy. Thankfully, ZeFrank’s video of animals talking about being stuck in isolation gave us some much needed laughs. Though we can no longer tell if its the cabin fever that made us break out into laughter when the shrimp started typing.

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True Facts: The Wacky Giraffe

True Facts: The Wacky Giraffe

“Although the face of the giraffe can resemble a horse that’s been vacuum-sealed, it is not a horse.” ZeFrank spends a little time educating us on these goofy-looking mammals. With their stubby head bumps, prehensile tongues, and ridiculously long necks, and gangly legs, they’re a true evolutionary oddity.

True Facts About Nudibranchs

True Facts About Nudibranchs

Despite their name sounding like an adult movie house, the nudibranch is actually a creature that lives in the ocean. These strange and squishy gastropod molluscs start out in a shell, then bop around the sea floor without one in adulthood. The always informative Zefrank introduces us to a few of these odd little critters.

Bird on a Skateboard

Bird on a Skateboard

2020 is off to a hell of a vicious start, and it’s The Awesomer’s job to offer up some distractions from the madness around us. This video of a bird riding a skateboard should help distract you for the next 40 seconds or so. Meanwhile, we’ll get back to work filling your web browser with more innocuous stuff.

The City Animal Tier List

The City Animal Tier List

To date, TierZoo has focused its RPG-style analysis mostly on how animals survive in the wild. This time out, they’ve decided to look at their relative strengths and abilities should they make their way into cities, along with identifying which creatures are most effective in urban environments.

10-Hour Oceanscape

10-Hour Oceanscape

If your TV can stream YouTube, you’ll want to load up this vid from BBC Earth and OceanX Media which features 10 straight hours of incredible footage of undersea creatures. It’s so much easier to care for than an actual aquarium, and the fish are cooler too.

Tennis Ball Dog House

Tennis Ball Dog House

Dogs love tennis balls. To celebrate this cherished relationship, architecture firm CallisonRTKL created a very special doghouse, covered with 1,019 tennis balls – each of which can be removed to play with. The 3D-printed doghouse was auctioned off to benefit the SPCA of Texas, but we’d love to see this sold in kit form.

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