Almost 100,000 dogs are euthanised every year in Taiwan. The dogs caught on the street are kept in the kennel for twelve days waiting for adoption. If nobody rescues them over that period of time, they are put down. The ones who are seriously ill and suffering are put down immediately. Yun-Fei Tou is the author of Memento Mori, a series of portraits of these Taiwanese stray dogs taken just before being euthanised. [more inside]
Jumping spiders don't have ears—but they can still hear you coming. This may only apply to hunting spiders. However, orb weavers can control their web’s tension and stiffness to help them identify potential partners as well as prey. [more inside]
Dogs are too amazing to let go, but sometimes it happens and they will forgive you. — For about two months Hannah has been having seizures, they were small and nothing to worry about, but they gradually got worse. (Alternate link) [more inside]
Tinykittens is livestreaming a two-day Trap-Neuter-Release "fixathon" to humanely care for a feral cat colony. [more inside]
18 Times Doggie Day Care Was The Happiest Place On Earth — because who's a good weblog? Huh? Who's a good weblog? You are, MetaFilter! [more inside]
"A prominent animal rights activist in New Delhi, explaining her relentlessness on behalf of animals, said to me the following: "I only wish there were a slaughterhouse next door. To witness that violence, to hear those screams... I would never be able to rest." She was not alone among animal welfare activists in India in linking the witnessing of violence against an animal to the creation of a profound bond that demanded from her a life of responsibility. I argue in this article that this moment of witnessing constitutes an intimate event in tethering human to nonhuman, expanding ordinary understandings of the self and its possible social relations, potentially blowing the conceit of humanity apart." Witness: Humans, Animals, and the Politics of Becoming, an essay by Naisargi N. Dave. [cw: contains vivid text/visuals describing non-human animal suffering and death*] [more inside]
20 Cats That Fell Asleep and Look Ridiculous — that is all.
Let's close out Happy Fun September with the heretofore unknown parts of the creation story.
Photographer Kevin Horan took portrait photos of goats. Who could say "No" to that face? [more inside]
Mumble the Chicken was born without eyes. A year later, Mumble — who lives with the dogs, cats, rabbits, humans and other chickens of the Cummings family in North Somerset, U.K. — has become an ambassador for disabled creatures everywhere. [more inside]
No, not the scary kind of crocs. Spencer the Irish Bulldog gets stylish prosthetics—you won't BELIEVE what happens at the end! [more inside]
Meg, an 11-year-old yellow Lab and her human, David Jackson, found a tiny baby bunny in the back yard—and two ravens looming overhead. Because Jackson was raised near the woods and knew the birds were a threat, he decided to hang around with Meg and watch the bunny until the ravens were gone. While they waited, Meg and the bunny began to play. [more inside]
The Atlas of Living Australia contains information on all the known species (animals, plants and more) in Australia, aggregated from a wide range of data providers: museums, herbaria, community groups, government departments, individuals and universities. It contains more than 50 million occurrence records, based on specimens, field observations and surveys. These records are enriched by additional information including molecular data, photographs, maps, sound recordings and literature. Explore your area! [more inside]
Anne-Marie and Xavier Michel Hubert Brierre with Michel Guiss Djomou set a large mirror up in the forest of Gabon and recorded animal's encounter with it [SLYT]
Charlie Bear, a 15-year-old black lab mix with a brain tumor, lived to see his person happily married. (SL Washington Post) [more inside]
The mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) is an Indo-Pacific species of octopus capable of impersonating other local species…The mimic octopus is the only currently known marine animal to be able to mimic such a wide variety of animals. Many animals can imitate a different species to avoid or intimidate predators, but the mimic octopus is the only one that can imitate as diverse a range of forms in order to elude predators. [more inside]
Strange Breeds is a web comic by David Ostow. It has irony. It has pathos. It has truth (proof). It has not been updated in a while, sadly. [more inside]
Watch This Tiny Rainbow Peacock Spider Dance the Performance of His Life — Peacock Spider 9 (Maratus amabilis) shows the little dandies doing their best to hook up with the ladies (via Atlas Obscura). [more inside]
When you woke up this morning, I'm confident your first thought was: "What is the most ridiculous antelope?" Well, obviously it's the Dik Dik. Whether they are squeaking, fighting, or just being beautiful weirdos, Dik Diks have few competitors. But what do researchers find strangest about the Dik Dik? Well, it's monogamous. [more inside]
Enjoy this video of a cat giving his dog buddy a massage and some hypnotherapy. Perhaps he's working his way up to enlisting the dog's aid against the parrots. [more inside]
The Secret Life Of Hedgehogs — Elena Eremina is an up-and-coming photographer based in St Petersburg, Russia, whose portfolio comprises cute critters including hamsters and hedgehogs. [more inside]
The Secret Nazi Attempt to Breed the Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts. [Longreads] The bestselling author of ‘The Eighty Dollar Champion’ describes the Nazis’ secret stud farm, where dubious visionaries imagined a breed of perfect (and perfectly white) horse. [more inside]
Like to watch baby tortoises eating watermelon, strawberries, or tiny pancakes? They've become a huge problem.
Alaska is Having Its Hottest Year Since Records Began - "After a spring that was a full ten degrees hotter than normal, the northern state is on track for the most sweltering year on record." (via) [more inside]
“I told Pierre that hedgehogs love baths but he said no, People love hedgehogs having baths. There is a difference.” Officer Edith is: a) a green parrot, b) the office bird and mascot of San Francisco Animal Care & Control, and c) the persona behind what may be the best account on twitter dot com. [more inside]
On the one hand, physicists sure do love cute baby animals and clever puns. On the other hand, animals can really mess things up sometimes.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdCast: Bird Migration Forecasts in Real-Time. When, where, and how far will birds migrate? Our migration forecasts will answer these questions for the first time.
The mysterious and useful Vegetable Lamb of Tartary: a plant whose ripe seed-pods yield tiny live lambs. Or was it a plant growing in the shape of a full-size lamb, but with an umbilical tether to the ground? (Oh, and do you know about the barnacle goose?) A tale from the medieval science grapevine. [more inside]
"...parrots, among the oldest victims of human acquisitiveness and vainglory, have become some of the most empathic readers of our troubled minds. Their deep need to connect is drawing the most severely wounded and isolated PTSD sufferers out of themselves. In an extraordinary example of symbiosis, two entirely different outcasts of human aggression — war and entrapment — are somehow helping each other to find their way again." What Does A Parrot Know About PTSD? [NYT] [more inside]