Openpuppies is a web toy created by Olivia Cheng. Press the space bar to load a new puppy. (It may not work correctly on mobile devices.)
A photographer in London did a new-baby photo shoot with an adorable puppy named Humphry standing in for a human infant in order to send a message. (SLBuzzfeed)
Bath time! A little kitten tries to mimic mama kitty. [SLYT]
Fawn frolics with rabbit (SLYT) (no cats, sorry, but at least it's filmed in landscape).
To start your weekend off right, here are 8 opossums eating banana pieces all at the same time. It's hypnotic.
"Mossariums are simple, low maintenance and fun. They're durable and will last a long time. You can get moss from your backyard, from your favorite trips, or delivered in the mail. Here's all you need..." From Mefi's own jessamyn. [via mefi projects]
Animal Planet presents The Cute Channel, with clips from their show Too Cute. Caution: With this much concentrated cuteness, you may be rendered temporarily speechless. [more inside]
Tama, the feline station master and mascot of Kishi Station, has passed away at the age of 16. [more inside]
Catgrid. A grid of cats.
Corgi puppies in slo-mo. [SLYT]
Frankie is a sphynx (hairless) cat. She enjoys treats. Sometimes she is cold and needs a sweater. (MLYT, turn up the volume) [more inside]
Did you know that wombats poop in cube shape? It's true. But why? And...how? Here's an explanation, complete with a wombat digestive tract model and jello poops. [more inside]
Who says romance is dead? SLYT. Previously. And also hot dog eating contest and Thanksgiving. I missed some.
The search for cute just got better with Bing: At Bing, we’re always looking for ways to improve your experience. And the search for cute—be it for bunnies, kittens, teacup pigs, or hedgehogs—is no different. That’s why today Bing is proud to announce its partnership with the Cute Cloud—a cloud-based data store created by Microsoft Research (MSR) to host the web’s massive stock of cute images and videos, from portraits of cherub-cheeked toddlers and bespoke pets to GIFs featuring panicked squirrels and sleepy puppies.
Doggie DNA test. You gotta do it!
That's right - it's time for Mammal March Madness! "Battle outcome is a function of the two species' attributes within the battle environment. Attributes considered in calculating battle outcome include temperament, weaponry, armor, body mass, fight style, and other fun facts that are relevant to the outcome. These are one on one- head to head combat situations- um except for the mythical mammals that have multiple heads. Some random error has been introduced into calculating battle outcome & the amount of that error is scaled to the disparity in rankings between combatants. Early rounds, the battle occurs in the better-ranked species' habitat (home court advantage). BUT once we get to the ELITE EIGHT, battle location will be random: forest, semi-arid desert, intertidal zone, or snowy tundra." Action kicks off on March 9 with the wildcard match up between the pygmy jerboa and the bumblebee bat (Kitti's Hognosed Bat). You can follow the action on twitter using the hashtag #2015MMM or on the blog Mammals Suck. In the meantime, start filling out your brackets - common names or binomial nomenclature.
Tiny pigs eating an apple. Tiny pigs eating grapes. Tiny pigs eating mixed veggies. Tiny pig eating oatmeal.
Shortly after meeting my wife, she introduced me to the nuanced meaning that the Spanish word nervio had acquired in the lexicon of her family. As used in their Chilean home, the word could be defined as a feeling of such intense affection that one trembles or grits his teeth with restraint so as not to harm the object of his affection. I have heard others allude to the sensation in seemingly bizarre phrases such as, "It's so cute [that] I want to squeeze it to death." I often ask people about nervio. For those like me who have experienced it frequently throughout their lives, a complete definition is unnecessary and the word fills a void in their vocabulary. With others, my description is often greeted with bewilderment. Having never felt such a sensation, it is hard for them to imagine.More? Tagalog's gigil, corporal cuddling, and some scientific insights into the "cute aggression" phenomenon
Bellyflopping penguins (slyoutube) Photographer Paul Nicklen, in the Ross Sea: "It became quite comical to see hundreds of penguins flying out of the water and knocking the air out of themselves when they landed on their bellies. I felt a little bit sorry for them, but they were fine. This is what their bodies are designed to do. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in my career."
HeroRats: "If people step on landmines, they will get hurt, but the HeroRats are too small to press the button that explodes the bomb. Then people can dig up the landmine without it exploding and no one gets hurt." (PDF document). The associated Twitter account: @HeroRATs. They tweet at celebrities for the LOLs and to raise awareness, as well as interacting with fellow Tweeters. [more inside]
Farm Animal Winter Wear from modern farmer. What the coziest animals are wearing this season.
A different Star Wars Kid watches the opening to Episode IV A New Hope for the first time. [SLYT] [more inside]
Animals sing "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" SLYT. What it says on the Xmas tin.
The Descent of the Barnacle Goose, a gosling makes a long freefall and bouncy trip down a cliff-face to leave the nest. It is all sorts of wrong, and unexpectedly cute. [via]
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!
"These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret “compartments” that are gradually revealed as you flip through the books. There are several books in the series published by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo and you can pick them up on Amazon. Here’s the bug one. (via Travelry)"
An offbeat & off-key remix of "Let it Go" as performed by Emily Mandelbaum, age 8. NSFW.
The Happiest Dog EVAR (SLHUFFPO)
"You poked my heart." SLYT. A group of tow headed toddlers get in a row about the weather, adorableness ensues.
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.