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Step #4: Hope it doesn't seek revenge.

Worried that your feline house-mates will ruin Thanksgiving with their evil kitty machinations? Fear not! Once you learn How To Trap A Cat In 3 Easy Steps, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your furry ball of mischief is safely jailed by cat psychology!
posted by quin on Nov 26, 2014 - 24 comments

"Bonding with owners is much more important for dogs than other pets,"

"Dogs don't just seem to pick up on our subtle mood changes — they are actually physically wired to pick up on them." A recent neuroimaging study shows how closely tied to humans dogs have become over the last 30,000 years.
posted by quin on Nov 24, 2014 - 57 comments

The Tiger of Paris

In the year 1450, a pack of man-eating wolves invaded Paris. Dozen of Parisians died, until the people lured the wolves into the Île de la Cité and stoned them to death. This year, a new beast was sighted prowling the suburbs of Paris. Was it a tiger? Or was it something else?
posted by mbrubeck on Nov 15, 2014 - 58 comments

Weasels Ripped My Car

What happens when a group of adorable but destructive martens is unleashed on an Audi A3 Cabriolet wired with cameras throughout? Teutonic quality control produces viral gold, that's what. (SLYT Audi/GoProBlue, but with martens.) [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Nov 7, 2014 - 49 comments

Poking penguins with sticks, for science

"I have to approach the bird very slowly - it takes about ten minutes. In many cases the bird wakes up first." h/t reddit
posted by heyforfour on Nov 6, 2014 - 16 comments

THUD

A baby rhino unaware he is not also a small lamb. (SLYT)
posted by griphus on Oct 27, 2014 - 67 comments

Menagerie Phantasmagoria

The fantastic animal sculptures of Ellen Jewett.
posted by cenoxo on Oct 26, 2014 - 4 comments

Adorable Animal Family Portraits

Animals (especially wild animals) don't have the vanity or the discipline to pose for organized family photos, but wildlife photographers will still do their best to capture photos that look like they could be corny family holiday post-cards.
posted by JujuB on Oct 13, 2014 - 7 comments

Get ready! Fight!

Street-fighting 'roos. Irritable marsupials duke it out. Who will be crowned king of the cul-de-sac?
posted by Mayor Curley on Oct 8, 2014 - 31 comments

Cowspiracy is a documentary now being screened

Cowspiracy is a crowdfunded documentary now being screened that examines the environmental impact of animal agriculture and seeks to examine why prominent environmental groups have apparently not made it a focus of their efforts. David Robinson Simon, the author of Meatonomics who appears in the film, interviews filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Oct 4, 2014 - 32 comments

They have grown so big they no longer simply suck blood

This absolutely horrifying clip from forthcoming BBC documentary Wonders of the Monsoon shows a giant red leech sucking down a giant blue earthworm like spaghetti, deep in the forests of Borneo. [more inside]
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED on Sep 28, 2014 - 103 comments

A Mighty Roar (of purrs)

Having a rough day? Need something to make you feel better? May I present you with A DEN OF KITTENS, a video where the roar of their purring is punctuated by the occasional "Meep" as one after another pops up to discover the camera.
posted by quin on Sep 16, 2014 - 37 comments

Standing around, chewing mouthfuls of cud, gazing at nothing.

Physically, intellectually and emotionally, cows are far more complex than we give them credit for.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 13, 2014 - 42 comments

Help scientists categorise whale song... also, why do whales sing?

Whale.fm is a project (which you can contribute to!) to help "marine researchers understand what whales are saying." - really it's a project looking at the effects that manmade sound has on marine life, but what whales are communicating with their songs is still a really interesting question, so I've listed some relevant links in extended description. [more inside]
posted by hanachronism on Sep 5, 2014 - 5 comments

Bah!

Ram is not fond of quadcopter, quadcopter pilot. (SLYT)
posted by griphus on Sep 3, 2014 - 35 comments

shhh, it's sleeping.

Tiny embroidered animals by Chloe Giordano. (via Kate Beaton)
posted by moonmilk on Aug 22, 2014 - 7 comments

“A Shocking Sabbath Carnival of Death”

On November 9, 1874, one of the worse incidents in New York history occurred when a polar bear, a panther, a Numidian lion, several hyenas, and a Bengal tiger, slipped their cages from the Central Park Zoo. "The animals, some of which had first attacked each other, then turned on nearby pedestrians who happened to be strolling through Central Park. People were trampled, mauled, dismembered—and worse." [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Aug 14, 2014 - 25 comments

Because they are cute little assholes. That's why.

Cats Knocking Shit Over. [slyt | via]
posted by quin on Aug 6, 2014 - 57 comments

"We lost our deposit."

Robot vs. Shark (not a made for SyFy movie)
posted by brundlefly on Aug 4, 2014 - 15 comments

"I see you're using the clever 'not moving' ploy..."

Kitten vs Statue. [slyt | cute]
posted by quin on Jul 26, 2014 - 42 comments

Naughty Nuns & Flatulent Monks: Surprises of Sacred Medieval Manuscripts

The images vary widely, but they tend to be very strange and even disturbing—overt sexual acts, defecation, monsters, human-monster hybrids, animals acting like humans. There’s also examples of clergy behaving very badly, the sort of thing you would not expect to see in the margins of a sacred book.
Kaitlin Manning of B & L Rootenberg Rare Books and Manuscripts talks to Collector's Weekly (previously) about the exquisitely detailed religious texts surrounded by all manner of illustrated commentary, known today as marginalia.
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 25, 2014 - 13 comments

Stay. Stay. Nope! Nope! Nope! Nope! NOPE!

Pets Interrupting Yoga. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 12, 2014 - 24 comments

"it was clear, immediately, they wanted to be together"

For these endangered lemurs, it was love at first sight
There's puppy love, there's muskrat love, but there is nothing like the love of two middle-aged, critically endangered lemurs.… Dern, 17, had lost her mate at the Waco, Texas, zoo several months ago, and Anthony, 16, had recently been separated from his brother when he was sent to another zoo. Although both were accustomed to living with ring-tailed lemurs, it wasn't the same…. Both were lonely.

posted by Lexica on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 comments

I wasn’t preparing to survive another attack, but rather to execute one.

(tw: rape) Kathleen Hale reflects on her assault, the subsequent trial, and the relationship between predators and prey.
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 28, 2014 - 28 comments

I Love Lions. Don't You?

Explorer Shivani Bhalla Helps People and Lions Coexist (and in turn helps those people as well) It's articles like this that make me smile. If only there were more arrangements like this for other endangered animals as well.
posted by moonphases on Jun 20, 2014 - 3 comments

They are either adorable, or kinda terrifying.

Hairless Animals: some are born that way, some suffer from stress or alopecia. All look quite a bit different from their furry or feathered kin.
posted by quin on Jun 15, 2014 - 51 comments

World Cup for People Who Would Rather Watch Cute Goats

Not enough kicking of balls around to watch? Here is some more kicking of balls around. Moose playing with ball. Other moose playing with ball. Horse playing with ball. More horses playing with balls. Crow and Dog play with ball. Elephant plays with ball. Squirrel plays with ball. Deer plays with ball. Goat plays with ball. Rhinoceros plays with ball. Tiny parrot plays with ball.
posted by Erasmouse on Jun 13, 2014 - 18 comments

Ducklings Going Up Stairs

Ducklings vs. Stairs. Link text pretty much sums it up.
posted by KathrynT on May 22, 2014 - 62 comments

Looking at us looking at animals

Why are humans so fascinated with other animals? Looking to psychology and evolution to find out.
posted by rcraniac on May 20, 2014 - 13 comments

THE SOUL IS BONE

Educationally bizarre: Current events, medicine, animals, forensics, oddities, teeth, eyes, deformities, funerals, cemeteries, blood, albinism and such ........ It's The Soul is Bone. Not necessarily disturbing, but not necessarily not disturbing. Not necessarily NSFW, but not necessarily not NSFW.
posted by Think_Long on May 20, 2014 - 25 comments

Meatfilter

Meat Atlas: facts and figures about the animals we eat
posted by Gyan on May 14, 2014 - 29 comments

Remarkable!

Photographer gets hugs from baby seals. (SLYT)
posted by griphus on May 10, 2014 - 42 comments

Sad Panda No More

After being separated from her long time companion, who was sent to another zoo in China, Sijia the panda started showing worrying signs of depression. So the staff at Yunnan Safari Park decided to make things a bit more fun for her, and built an amusement park in her enclosure, including a plasma television showing her feeds from other pandas around the world. [more inside]
posted by quin on Apr 20, 2014 - 13 comments

Baby elephants are the new cats [slreddit]

Crank up the Henry Mancini. At Baby Elephant GIFs, one of reddit's fastest growing new communities, over 20,000 Elephanthusiasts come together to share the joy of puerile pachyderms figuring out how to charge and how to eat, among other important life lessons. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 8, 2014 - 21 comments

The Beastmasters

GQ visits the Cute Animal Viral Machine at the heart of Buzzfeed. "One joke in the BuzzFeed offices is that no one employed there can quite explain to their parents what exactly it is they do. To those parents, I would like to say: I can't entirely explain it, either, but whatever it is, these men and women are so fucking good at it. They have thought hard about who looks at what and why. Jack has done entire studies on why cats have triumphed over dogs on the Internet. (The answer involves 'path dependency,' the fancy economics term for when one product, like VHS, conquers another equally legitimate one, like Betamax.) He can tell you with some certainty that a reader of BuzzFeed is equally inclined to click on a photo of a dog or a cat—but that he or she is significantly more likely to share the photo of the cat with others. (Why? 'Totally non-data-driven theory is that dogs are trying too hard,' Jack says.)"
posted by bl1nk on Mar 20, 2014 - 24 comments

"We had an office full of people sitting with our jaws on the table..."

"I had heard about this film through various channels off and on through the years. It had gotten to the point where it was almost apocryphal in my mind.... Nobody knew where it was, nobody had ever seen it, but I was aware it existed. It was like the holy grail." said Wayne Petersen, director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas program for Mass. Audubon on the archival footage of the extinct heath hen discovered, restored and premiering at the Mass Audubon Birders Meeting this month. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Mar 12, 2014 - 20 comments

Missed it by THAT much.

Many animals, cats in particular, are graceful creatures capable of leaping high and far with remarkable precision. But sometimes they miss. (SLAnimalGIFsTumblr)
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Mar 10, 2014 - 76 comments

pffffppfpffft

stetson (the horse) rolling in the snow (SLYT)
posted by griphus on Mar 4, 2014 - 20 comments

"It's not something you see every day"

There Can Be Only One Snake v Crocodile in Northern Queensland
posted by modernnomad on Mar 3, 2014 - 37 comments

Mutato

Perhaps you would like many pictures of mutant vegetables, or a look back on how animals have been perceived or a short guide to the museum of supernatural history. If so, Uli Westphal has you covered.
posted by frimble on Feb 26, 2014 - 7 comments

That's why you don't let the puppy sleep on your head

22 Adorable Before And After Pictures Of Animals Growing Up [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Feb 25, 2014 - 47 comments

"You're a mean little girl!"

"First time I ever got beat up by a baby moose." -- Maine moose trapper/tagger Wes Livingston gets mauled by an ungrateful juvenile moose on video. [via 9MSN; TW: animal mauling; Livingston is ok] [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Feb 22, 2014 - 21 comments

Accuracy Rate

The US Olympic Cat Curling Team (SLYT)
posted by griphus on Feb 14, 2014 - 43 comments

Awww... Australian fauna.

Peacock Spiders don't hurt humans (they're tiny and 'insignificant'). Here's one on a human fingernail in Western Australia where they live. Peacock Spiders (Flickr image search results) are quite something. (Previously). The still images don't capture the mating performances properly. [more inside]
posted by panaceanot on Feb 11, 2014 - 31 comments

Clap!

Horses with hand ears.
posted by griphus on Feb 8, 2014 - 18 comments

ANIMAL FRIENDS

The Rocky Ridge Refuge is home to a lot of animals and a lot of interspecies friendship. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 6, 2014 - 21 comments

Paul is Dead. There will never be another.

Every psychic animal dreams of claiming the throne vacated by the late Paul the Octopus. Super Bowl XLVIII crushed many of those dreams. Especially disappointing was the fall of Buffett the Manatee who, from his tank at Sarasota, Florida's Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, had correctly called the last six Super Bowls.
posted by Naberius on Feb 3, 2014 - 31 comments

Red Light, Green Light, and Belly Rubs

Playing with Baby Wombats [slyt | cute | via]
posted by quin on Jan 31, 2014 - 21 comments

Year of the Wood Horse and other trojan's tales

Chinese New Year's eve and its the Year of the Wood Horse according to the annual rotation of 12 animals and 5 elements followed by Chinese geomancers. Horse babies are always welcome, especially boys. Less known however is the stigma attached to the girl child born in the year of the Fire Horse. [more inside]
posted by infini on Jan 30, 2014 - 29 comments

Looking Deep Inside Nature

X-ray photography of plants and animals by physicist Arie van’t Riet. [via]
posted by brundlefly on Jan 27, 2014 - 5 comments

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