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Bears. And etymology!

An animated history of the word "bear"
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Jun 7, 2013 - 27 comments

Here comes a tall, thin, yellow human!

After more than 25 years of studying the calls of prairie dog in the field, one researcher managed to decode just what these animals are saying. And the results show that prairie dogs aren't only extremely effective communicators, they also pay close attention to detail.
posted by cthuljew on Jun 2, 2013 - 33 comments

"But the grass is so warm!"

Baby elephant tries to get up. Fails for a bit. [slyt | cute | via]
posted by quin on May 31, 2013 - 23 comments

But does the dog die?

Do you turn off Old Yeller before the end so you can pretend that he lived a long and happy life? Did a cute pet on a movie poster make you think it would be a fun comedy but it turned out to be a pet-with-a-terminal-illness tearjerker instead? Are you unable to enjoy the human body count in a horror movie because you're wondering whether the dog's going to kick the bucket? Have you ever Googled "Does the [dog/cat/horse/Klingon targ] die in [movie title]?" If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then welcome - DoestheDogDie.com is here for you! [more inside]
posted by jedicus on May 29, 2013 - 142 comments

for when Watership Down isn't available at the video shop

English singer-songwriter Keaton Henson's video for Small Hands, directed by Joseph Mann. [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 27, 2013 - 8 comments

"I will keep stepping on your head till you leave my kittens alone."

Brave Chihuahua protects Kittens from Evil Puppy. [slyt | cute]
posted by quin on May 21, 2013 - 59 comments

The Human's Mistake was Believing that the Ice Cream was Ever His.

Kitten Eats Ice Cream. [slyt | cute]
posted by quin on May 17, 2013 - 76 comments

"Peaches the Cat is Kind of a Dick"

Peaches the cat and Lucky the one eared dog battle in slow motion. [slyt | via]
posted by quin on May 14, 2013 - 44 comments

"Go Baby Go!"

While visiting Mexico on their 20th anniversary, one lucky couple captured a rare moment of wonder: Several killer whales frolicking in the wake of their boat. [via]
posted by quin on May 13, 2013 - 46 comments

"The story of Grizzly Adams is big and powerful. Beautiful!"

"Now, my friend Adams was accused of a crime he didn't commit, so he escaped into the mountains, leaving behind the only life that he ever knew." In 1977, three years after the popular movie The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams introduced the story of John "Grizzly" Adams to the public, a TV show of the same name premiered. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 8, 2013 - 45 comments

Halfcat

Halfcat. The magic of Google Street view is that it has shown us a new animal. A good animal. Thank you, science magic. Bonus: Top Ten Google Street View animals.
posted by Greg Nog on May 7, 2013 - 64 comments

Hooray a new friend!

Frenchie and police horse are friends.
posted by griphus on Apr 24, 2013 - 40 comments

Getting Stuffed

David Sedaris buys an owl.
posted by Artw on Apr 14, 2013 - 22 comments

More amusing than it has any right to be.

Deep-Sea Fauna with Googly Eyes. [via] [more inside]
posted by quin on Apr 12, 2013 - 10 comments

More evidence that cats can sleep anywhere at any time.

Cat sleeps on its head. [slyt]
posted by quin on Apr 11, 2013 - 41 comments

'Lizard'

How Animals Eat Their Food (SLYT)
posted by ominous_paws on Apr 11, 2013 - 16 comments

The Llama Stares Back

Animal Eyes
posted by bigbigdog on Apr 4, 2013 - 45 comments

Boom!

PANDA TACKLE!! [slyt]
posted by quin on Apr 3, 2013 - 21 comments

Mmm. Crickets.

Dumbo the Owl seems to like living with his people. [via]
posted by quin on Apr 2, 2013 - 15 comments

DENIED!

Goalie Cat is keeping you from scoring. [slyt]
posted by quin on Apr 1, 2013 - 14 comments

Eagle-Hawk Death Match in New Jersey

Eagle vs. Hawk to the Death (video, cue to ca. 1:16:50, UStream, violentce alert). Article.
posted by spitbull on Mar 29, 2013 - 45 comments

AMBUSH!

Cat Assassin [slyt | cute]
posted by quin on Mar 28, 2013 - 36 comments

Mass Hysteria

Cat leads dog home by its leash. [slyt | via]
posted by quin on Mar 27, 2013 - 35 comments

"...What sweet music they make."

Visitors to Indiana’s Wolf Creek Habitat were fortunate to capture some eerie and wonderful footage when a chain reaction started all 30 wolves howling at the same time. [via]
posted by quin on Mar 26, 2013 - 29 comments

Not-so dumb animals

Frans de Waal argues that animals are smarter than we might think. "Experiments with animals have long been handicapped by our anthropocentric attitude: We often test them in ways that work fine with humans but not so well with other species." [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Mar 24, 2013 - 67 comments

where the wild things are

Wilder Mann - photos of traditional animal costumes of Europe, by Charles Freger. Also in National Geographic, and in the New York Times' Lens Blog:
“These traditions come from Neolithic times — from shamanism — and they have never stopped,” said Mr. Fréger, 38. “For a few nights you can behave like a goat, drink a lot and forget about being civilized. You can be a wild animal for three days and then you go back to controlling your wildness.”

posted by moonmilk on Mar 18, 2013 - 29 comments

Come on little guy, you can make it, no no, too far, try again!

Newly weaned harbor seal pups attempting to climb onto a surfboard with a camera attached: Seal Pup Slip n' Slide [slyt | adorable ]
posted by quin on Mar 12, 2013 - 21 comments

Happiness is Moms and a Mud Puddle.

Baby elephant Navann plays in the mud pit and takes a dip in the river with his mother and nanny at Elephant Nature Park in Mae Tang, Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. [slyt]
posted by quin on Mar 8, 2013 - 23 comments

Not Tentacle Porn (well, kinda tentacle porn...)

The sex lives of octopuses is often difficult to photograph in the wild, however Dr. Roy Caldwell got very fortunate with a pair in his lab. Here are some very rare pictures of the Abdopus aculeatus octopus mating, with a photo by photo explanation of what is happening.
posted by quin on Feb 25, 2013 - 54 comments

Tiny, Blind, Swarming, Ruthless, Regimented Sisters

This is a sausage fly. As soon as he steps foot on the trail he is overtaken by the sisterhood. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Feb 23, 2013 - 35 comments

Truck-surfing raven

While it's well known that dolphins will surf in the bow waves of ships, at least one wild raven has learned to 'surf' on the pressure wave in front of trucks (second video). [more inside]
posted by Pyry on Feb 20, 2013 - 38 comments

"This is the Amazon as one imagines it as a child"

"Hi, my name is Paul Rosolie. I'm a naturalist based out of southern Peru and today I'm headed into the jungle to show you a place that very few people have gotten to see. I'm in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, this is the far western Amazon and some of the deepest jungle on earth."
posted by stbalbach on Feb 20, 2013 - 10 comments

A Wild Cat x A Domestic Cat = A Hybrid Cat

A Serval x Domestic Cat = Savannah Cat
Where F=generations from wild. F1 through F3 are not recommended as pets. F4 are considered loyal and well-behaved, like dogs.

An Asian Leopard Cat x A Domestic Cat = A Bengal Cat
Named after the Leopard Cat’s species, P. bengalensis, not the distant Tiger relative

A Bengal Cat x Oriental Shorthair = A Serengeti Cat
Looks like a small Serval, but no Serval bloodline, fully domesticated. See also the Toyger and the Cheetoh [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Feb 16, 2013 - 62 comments

Dogs On A Treadmill

For your Friday enjoyment here's a whole bunch of dogs on a treadmill.
posted by griphus on Feb 15, 2013 - 32 comments

This is no domestic moggy.

Earthflight is a BBC nature documentary narrated by David Tennant that takes a breathtaking flight on the wings of birds across six continents and experiences some of the world's greatest natural spectacles from a bird's-eye view. There are some full episodes up on YouTube (including South America, Africa, and the Making Of), but in particular these two clips caught my eye: Feral Cat Hunting and Peregrine Falcon Hunting.
posted by lazaruslong on Feb 14, 2013 - 9 comments

Bucket of Sloths.

From Lucy Cooke's Slothville comes a bucket of sloths in support of her new book, A Little Book of Sloth.
posted by Rock Steady on Feb 14, 2013 - 19 comments

"Veegan, not Veejan"

In November 1944, as Hitler's V-2 rockets rained down on England, Donald Watson's mind was elsewhere. Together with Elsie Shrigley and 23 others, he was starting a new society of ethical vegetarians who avoided dairy and eggs as well as meat -- an unheard-of innovation. The earliest issues of the group's magazine are now available online and provide a glimpse into the humble beginnings of what became a global movement. In its pages, members discuss animal ethics, health, wartime rationing, recipes and the thorny issue of what adherents should call themselves. (Donald Watson coined "vegan" in issue 1, but some members were unimpressed and wrote in with their own suggestions including Vitan, Dairyban, Benevore, Sanivore and Beaumangeur).
posted by dontjumplarry on Feb 13, 2013 - 48 comments

This is Giphy. You're welcome.

A search engine for animated gifs.
posted by frimble on Feb 9, 2013 - 16 comments

Thankfully unrelated to the NIN song.

Head Like An Orange is a tumblr dedicated to posting beautiful gifs from various nature documentaries.
posted by flatluigi on Feb 8, 2013 - 24 comments

Are you crazy to follow your dreams?

Little Octopus Climbing Over That Rock! [slyt] [via]
posted by quin on Feb 8, 2013 - 29 comments

The Squeaking!

[Adorable Warning]: Children Playing with a Wild Fennec Fox. [slyt]
posted by quin on Feb 5, 2013 - 21 comments

PICK UP THE SOCK, THEN THROW THE SOCK, I'LL CATCH THE SOCK, AND BRING BA

Dogs Like Socks [slyt]
posted by quin on Jan 22, 2013 - 35 comments

Deflector Shields are Down To 35%!

Corgi puppy attempts to eat treat. [slyt]
posted by quin on Jan 19, 2013 - 42 comments

Ground Bud

Two dogs join footballers at Galatasaray - Aalen. (Previously)
posted by griphus on Jan 17, 2013 - 22 comments

I'll be your mirror

Pug imitates owner. For a bit.
posted by griphus on Jan 16, 2013 - 17 comments

Next up: Kido shills to fleece a mark.

Kido the Kitty playing (and winning) the shell game [slyt]
posted by quin on Jan 16, 2013 - 16 comments

Lil B loves you

Lil B' plays with cute animals and raps about why it's okay to cry.
posted by femmegrrr on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 comments

Adult cat, ridin' on a ram

A cat rides backward on a ram.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 12, 2013 - 40 comments

Don't mock a quokka

When 17th-century Dutch captain Willem de Vlamingh encountered what he described as "a kind of rat as big as a common cat" on on island off the western coast of Australia, he quickly dubbed it "Rats' Nest". Despite the insult, these marsupials aren't known to hold a grudge: the Quokkas, native to what is still known as Rottnest Island and nearby isles, are some of the happiest-looking, most inquisitive furry critters around.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jan 11, 2013 - 25 comments

Maternal Instinct

Animals Adopting Other Animals (SLYPlaylist)
posted by empath on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 comments

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