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Oooh, goody!
Something to watch besides British nuptials.
posted by likeso at 7:04 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


The story of Shirley & Jenny is both heart-breaking & heart-warming. Thank you for posting these. Talk about an emotional start to the day!
posted by PepperMax at 7:14 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


The fat cat on the treadmill underwater could easily become a new rickroll without context...

But yeah, good on its owners for trying to help it, too.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:16 AM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


My favorite part of the fat kitty video was probably from 0:00 to 2:08, when he's doing the exercise program.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:16 AM on April 29, 2011 [6 favorites]


I like the part where they play the Rocky theme.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:17 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


The love that dare not speak its name.
posted by puny human at 7:19 AM on April 29, 2011 [5 favorites]


Elephants Reunited After 20 Years.
Heart: Warmed.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 7:23 AM on April 29, 2011


Glad I'm the only one here in the shared office here this morning, because the elephant video made tears stream down my face.

Here's a follow-up about Shirley and Jenny. It is heartbreaking, but also quite beautiful.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 7:26 AM on April 29, 2011 [7 favorites]


Okay palmcorder_yajina's link just destroyed me. Such an emotional story.
posted by dog food sugar at 7:32 AM on April 29, 2011


Oh god, the exercise cat looks like it wants to kill every single thing in the room.

Doggie licking kitty for the win. Awww.
posted by The Whelk at 7:34 AM on April 29, 2011


A thing I did not know about myself before the Internet:

I have an insatiable itch to watch videos of cats falling asleep.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:35 AM on April 29, 2011


Is it too late to change my life and work on an elephant sanctuary? I have no previous experience working with animals, I just think that elephants are the besst.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 7:39 AM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


The elephant video was beautiful.

Thanks for sharing this, nickyskye.
posted by bwg at 7:40 AM on April 29, 2011


From the elephant video: "I don't know who was the first to put a chain on her, but I'm glad to know I was the last to take it off".

Yep. That officially made me lose my shit. Elephants, man. So great.
posted by chara at 7:42 AM on April 29, 2011 [5 favorites]


Oh man, I could only get a third of the way into the fat cat on a treadmill before they ran out of bandwidth or something :(
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 7:45 AM on April 29, 2011


I WASN'T DONE YET.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 7:45 AM on April 29, 2011


The elephant video was beautiful.

Kind of reminded me of the Shawshank Redemption towards the end...what with the freedom, 2 old friends being reunited, the music......and me crying.
posted by therubettes at 7:51 AM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh god, elephants. Something is really wrong with our conception of the world if we don't see them as our emotional if not intellectual equals. So great.

That exercising cat - if you ever wondered what a nervous cat looked like, there's a great example - dilated pupils, forward-swept whiskers, nervous lip-licking and the classic "slow blink" that usually says "I'm peaceful!" (and my neurotic one always means "...so please don't eat me!")
posted by restless_nomad at 8:05 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hey, "Slow Motion Dog" was a commercial advertisement for a product. I would've liked some warning. I am allergic to those.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 8:24 AM on April 29, 2011


The elephant video made me feel all tingly and then cry a little bit. It probably would have been a little bit more had it not been so smothered in american cheese.
posted by ollybee at 8:47 AM on April 29, 2011


The treatment of elephants is one of those things that inspires a certain amount of melancholy homicidal rage within me from time to time.
posted by edgeways at 8:55 AM on April 29, 2011 [5 favorites]


If you're interested, here's more on Shirley & Jenny's story.
posted by PepperMax at 9:00 AM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


From the elephant video: "I don't know who was the first to put a chain on her, but I'm glad to know I was the last to take it off".

That's what got me too. I am straight sobbing at my desk at work.
posted by penduluum at 9:01 AM on April 29, 2011


Huh, I have a treadmill and a fat cat—though not this fat, so the water wouldn't be necessary. Maybe I should try putting the cat on the treadmill.

Of course, there IS that little voice in the back of my head predicting some unimaginable disaster.
posted by AugieAugustus at 9:03 AM on April 29, 2011


I was crying my eyes out too. Who could watch such a thing and not be truly moved? It's difficult & emotional on so many levels.
posted by PepperMax at 9:04 AM on April 29, 2011


This site is chock full of awesome videos!

I love:

Peek-a-boo Cat

Dog/Duck Agility/Herding Course

Dog Attacking Incoming Mail

Best of the web, fo' shizzle.
posted by chara at 9:16 AM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm sorry I can't leave this alone. More about Shirley and Jenny from The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenneesse.
posted by PepperMax at 9:21 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Elephants Reunited After 20 Years

This should really be marked NSFW unless you're okay with crying at work.
posted by lumpenprole at 9:43 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also cried through the elephant vid, but what a beautiful way to start the day. Great post.
posted by puddinghead at 9:52 AM on April 29, 2011


Man, I am glad to see so many people crying at the elephant video. I saw it a few years ago and bawled my eyes out. Then I watched it a while later and sobbed. Then it came on TV and I watched it yet again and, surprise!, cried a river. So heads up, IT WILL JUST KEEP DOING THAT TO YOU, BUT YOU WILL KEEP WATCHING IT BECAUSE IT IS SO GOOD. I skipped it today, having finally learned my lesson, but couldn't resist the update links. Oh guess what? CRYING.

On the other hand exercise cat will brighten even the darkest day, so maybe go with that one.
posted by troublewithwolves at 10:18 AM on April 29, 2011 [4 favorites]


The elephants got me too.
posted by doctor_negative at 10:40 AM on April 29, 2011


there IS that little voice in the back of my head predicting some unimaginable disaster.

There's a whole youtube genre of cat/treadmill videos. To help with your imagining.
posted by Zed at 10:55 AM on April 29, 2011


I HATE YOU!

I HATE YOU FOR MAKING ME CRY IN THE MIDDLE OF DAY!

DAMN YOU AND YOUR HEARTWARMING STORIES OF RESCUED ELEPHANTS!











*sob*
posted by liza at 11:32 AM on April 29, 2011


Tenneesse, plural of Tennoose.
posted by Cheminatrix at 12:09 PM on April 29, 2011


Dog trying to swim with dolphins: http://www.dogwork.com/ovd7/

Comedy gold!
posted by chara at 1:08 PM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]



If the elephant video has created in you an insatiable need to follow the lives of rescued elephants, you can read snippets about what's happening with Shirley and her friends at the Elephant Sanctuary here.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 1:12 PM on April 29, 2011


One more person weeping at elephants. What beautiful amazing creatures.
posted by OolooKitty at 5:25 PM on April 29, 2011


Aww, the elephant weeping thread. You guys are very lovable.
posted by nickyskye at 5:43 PM on April 29, 2011


Elephants cry, too.

(Their tear ducts are on their cheeks, though, which is kind of weird.)
posted by Sys Rq at 5:46 PM on April 29, 2011


I made the mistake of going to the elephant santuary website, brace yourselves:

September 9, 2003
This dear note was sent by a three year old after he met Shirley on our site.

Dear Shirley:
I will give you ice cream on a plate.
I will give you one motorcycle. ONLY ONE!
I will kiss you on your ear.

Love Cyrus

posted by tristeza at 6:52 PM on April 29, 2011 [8 favorites]


Another video on the site that may cause waterworks.
posted by bwg at 12:42 AM on April 30, 2011


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