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Animals

The Origin of Dogs

The Origin of Dogs

Ever wonder how these awesome animals went from wild wolves to docile house pets? The Atlantic looks at a fascinating recent theory that dogs were domesticated not once, but twice, in different parts of the globe, then came together as their masters migrated across the globe.

What Is Love: Animal Cover

What Is Love: Animal Cover

YouTuber Insane Cherry turns his insane animal sequencing skills to Haddaway’s 1993 dance hit What Is Love, with cats on bass and drums, dogs on synth, a bird on cymbals, and rooster and seal sealing the deal on vocals. We can’t stop bobbing our heads now.

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Maru Turns 10

Maru Turns 10

It’s been a while since we posted a cat video around here, but we had to take a moment out of our busy day to celebrate an auspicious occasion – the 10th birthday of one of the Internet’s favorite cats – the curious, adorable, rotund, and box-loving Scottish Fold Maru.

Feisty Pets

Feisty Pets

They may look all cute and cuddly, but get on the wrong side of these stuffed animals, and they’ll bear their teeth, ready to attack their victim. We’re thinking you shouldn’t get them wet or feed them after midnight, just in case.

My Animal Weight

My Animal Weight

It’s easy to estimate how many boxers you are. But have you ever wondered how many animals you are by weight? That’s exactly what this simple website does. It’s surprisingly fun, though it’s sad knowing that it only takes four poodles to hold us down.

The Bucket

The Bucket

TheFieldLab mounted a camera at the bottom of a bucket filled with water, then placed it outdoors where various animals might drink from it. The unique perspective from beneath the surface is both silly and soothing.

Pelicans: Evolution of a Dive Bomber

Pelicans: Evolution of a Dive Bomber

Pelicans grab fish by swooping into shallow water at speeds up to 40 mph. Deep Look explains how these birds have evolved to help them survive and excel in their otherwise lethal hunting technique.

Cat vs. Illusion

Cat vs. Illusion

YouTuber Ryan Kotzin shows us that you don’t need a laser pointer to amuse and distract a cat. All you need is a piece of paper with a moving eye illusion printed on it. Cat, if you think that’s freaky, wait ’til you try it on catnip.

Dog: 1, Soccer Teams: 0

Dog: 1, Soccer Teams: 0

“Well that’s probably the best highlight of this game so far.” During a recent UK soccer match, a beagle decided to run on the field and join the festivities. It took more than 7 minutes to round up the energetic dog, but he certainly kept the fans amused during the long timeout.

Carrier Crab’s Spiny Shield

Carrier Crab’s Spiny Shield

National Geographic presents brief, but nonetheless fascinating look at a carrier crab, as he stomps around the ocean floor carrying a spiny sea urchin on his back to scare off predators. A few special guests hitch a ride for their own protection too.

Ducks on a Mission

Ducks on a Mission

Each day, hundreds of Indian Runner ducks make their way to their day jobs – eating snails that might otherwise damage crops at South Africa’s Vergenoegd vineyard. Benny Hill version here. Original footage via Reuters.

Literal Dog Sled

Literal Dog Sled

Truckee the labrador helps out people in distress as part of South Lake Tahoe’s Avalanche Rescue Dog Program. But when he’s not hard at work, he likes to slide down the slopes of Heavenly Mountain, occasionally chomping on the snow for a quick pupsicle.

LEGO Mechanical Bat

LEGO Mechanical Bat

LEGO builder Kristal – the “K” of JK Brickworks created this amazing kinetic sculpture, designed to mimic the wing movements of a fruit bat. Its wings flap up and down, sweep forward, and expand and contract. Jason Allemann walks us through how it works.

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Cat, Fishing

Cat, Fishing

This cat is very excited at the prospects of a delicious dinner of fish, though one small obstacle stands in its way. Will kitty find a way to get the tasty sea creatures inside the aquarium, or will the fish have the last laugh?

Dog Vortex

Dog Vortex

This group of seven dogs likes to eat their meal together. As they gather around their circular bowl, an unusual phenomenon occurs, and they start to spin. We assume that as their speed increases, a black hole is formed. Though we did miss that day in astrophysics class.

Remote-controlled Bulldog

Remote-controlled Bulldog

We already know that it’s possible to bio-mechanically steer a cockroach, but that requires surgery. So to get his bulldog to go where he wanted him to on command, engineer William Osman came up with a harmless, and much sillier approach. Doggy action at 6:10.

The Archerfish

The Archerfish

The archerfish has both the name and the ability to fit right in Pokémon. It catches land-based critters by spitting on them, causing them to fall into the water. It’s so good at aiming that a scientist tested the extent of the archerfish’s intelligence.

Sharp Shirter Animal Shirts

Sharp Shirter Animal Shirts

Animals and t-shirts go together like peanut butter and chocolate. So there’s sure to be a design you love in Sharp Shirter’s collection of animal tees, which feature everything from an a kitten with an RPG launcher to sloth on a stripper pole, and of course, bear pong.

Turkey Go-Round

Turkey Go-Round

We’re just going to file this one under the “WTF” category. What this guy captured while driving through an office parking lot is strange indeed, as a group of three turkeys decided to endlessly chase each other around a tree trunk. We can’t wait for the turkey tilt-a-whirl to open.

Ape with a Hand Saw

Ape with a Hand Saw

While filming the series Spy in the Wild, nature photographer John Downer came across a wild orangutan who figured out how to use a handsaw all on her own. Before you get any funny ideas about cheap construction labor, just remember how Planet of the Apes turned out.

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Sacchan, Who Does as He Pleases

Sacchan, Who Does as He Pleases

YouTuber funny japan shares this hilarious segment from a Japanese talk show in 1994. A housewife asked the show to find out how her free-spirited dog Sacchan got so fat. What follows is investigative reporting at its finest.

Low Poly Ceramic Safari

Low Poly Ceramic Safari

We want a personal zoo filled with these polygonal stoneware animals from Brooklyn ceramicists Bronsen Company. Choose from Gerard Giraffe, Leo Lion, Calvin Crocodile, Grayson Gorilla, or Hamilton Hippo. Available in white or black, individually or in a complete set.

Kitty Kommercial

Kitty Kommercial

“All of our cats are self-cleaning and cleaning and cleaning…” Check out all of the top-of-the-line felines being offered at FurKids’ Atlanta, GA animal shelter. They’ve even got an actual human inflatable man, and of course Sarah McLachlan playing in the background.

Who Woke Me Up?!

Who Woke Me Up?!

YouTuber Tal Solomon’s pet dog snores as loud as a human. He recorded her sleeping then gave her a rude and meta awakening. Not good enough doggo. Next time try to snore so loudly that you’ll wake yourself in real time. That’s how we do.

Why We Domesticated Chickens

Why We Domesticated Chickens

(PG-13: Language) YouTuber Sam O’Nella Academy woke up just in time for a New Year’s episode. It’s about how chickens evolved to be seasonal egg factories, and how ancient humans tricked the bird into laying eggs all the time. It involves bamboo, egg puns, and Croatia.

A Peacock Spider Christmas

A Peacock Spider Christmas

YouTuber Snake Buddies gathered and edited videos of peacock spiders from fellow YouTuber Peacockspiderman to make it seem like the Casanovas of arachnids were partaking in the Holiday spirit. The snowspiderman is somehow both cute and creepy.

Cat Loves Lamp

Cat Loves Lamp

Cats love warm places, so it’s no surprise that this kitty named Selenite loves the pleasant heat and texture of this glowing Himalayan salt lamp. It’s no wonder they use these things in spas to help people relax.

Animal Doodles

Animal Doodles

India-based artist Rohan Sharad Dahotre takes photos of wild animals and creates intricate overlays to dress them up. The resulting images give the animals a warmth and charm otherwise lacking in their more serious source material.

Slacken the Hedgehog

Slacken the Hedgehog

Add this to your playlist of feel good videos. YouTuber FrostPanic nicked a video of a hedgehog giving in to a belly rub and set it to a smooth jazz cover of the Green Hill Zone theme song from the original Sonic game. So that’s where he spends the rings.

Fox is Your Friend Now

Fox is Your Friend Now

“I love you, but you have to let me go home.” We bet YouTuber henry hoffman didn’t expect he’d be saying those words that day. Much less to a fox wandering the streets of London. We have a feeling he just missed out on a young adult fantasy adventure.

Bentley’s Big Adventure

Bentley’s Big Adventure

Need a pick-me-up from the woes of everyday life? 4 minutes of Bradley Friesen and his bulldog Bentley’s helicopter adventure is guaranteed to erase even the darkest thoughts from your mind. Bradley & Bentley should be the basis for an animated series.

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