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Pazhitnov Home for Wayward Cubs

When baby bears are orphaned in Russia, it's up to the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Dr. Valentin Pazhitnov to raise them to maturity while realizing they must not become too comfortable with humans. Observe as the cubs discover their natural instincts and dine al fresco and, well, eat some more. Have fun, little guys!
posted by griphus on Aug 27, 2012 - 10 comments

Bird Brains

Staying_On-Topic in r/intelligentanimals posts a huge number of links explaining why Corvids (crows, ravens, magpies, etc) are amazing.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 26, 2012 - 33 comments

splash splash splash

Baby Elephant Bath [via] [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 24, 2012 - 31 comments

"The animals were in hell”

Marineland is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Niagara Falls. It features the world's largest habitat for viewing orcas, houses a world record 41 beluga whales in their exhibits, and offers a variety of daily shows featuring bottlenose dolphins, harbor seals, sea lions and walruses. On Tuesday, the Toronto Star published the results of an extensive investigation, alleging "a pattern of neglect that has repeatedly resulted in animal suffering." Video. Slideshow. Demonstration protests are scheduled for Saturday. Marineland denies mistreatment.
posted by zarq on Aug 16, 2012 - 41 comments

nom nom fart

Dog Steal Cabbage
posted by griphus on Aug 11, 2012 - 79 comments

The top ten new species 2012

The top ten new species 2012 The International Institute for Species Exploration has come up with a list of top ten new species; among them the snub nosed monkey that sneezes when it rains, a wasp that attacks ants in less than 0.05 of a second, and a psychedelic jellyfish. (previously on MeFi)
posted by dhruva on Aug 8, 2012 - 32 comments

200 Pounds of Cute

Rescued Alaskan Walrus Calf Charms Caretakers (YouTube, bad music warning)"He’s sweet, snuggly and loves a good bottle," writes Amy Sinatra Ayres, for VetStreet.com. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Aug 4, 2012 - 33 comments

Anzac and Peggy!? OOOOOOHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO!

This baby kangaroo and this baby wombat are friends. BEST FRIENDS. Warning: near-unparalleled levels of OMFGCUTE.
posted by davidjmcgee on Aug 3, 2012 - 58 comments

Skitter skitter thud skitter gruff

Hammie the French Bulldog chases a laser pointer.
posted by griphus on Jul 31, 2012 - 41 comments

In Soviet Russia... something something... cats are lazy.

Apathetic cat carried home by enthusiastic dog. [slyt]
posted by quin on Jul 31, 2012 - 27 comments

Boxer vs. Tortoise

Tortoise chases dog FUNNY
posted by griphus on Jul 12, 2012 - 58 comments

Animated Absurd Animal Anatomy

The Frog's Bollocks (and Other Assorted Bollocks) NSFW. Not Shown To Scale. Not Narrated by Richard Attenborough. NOT related to this story (I hope). Blame Drawn.
posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 23, 2012 - 17 comments

Charlie the duck's face at 38 seconds is the best thing you may see today.

Being Chased by a Baby Duck [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by quin on Jun 21, 2012 - 68 comments

"Point at Absolutely Nothing"

Stubbs is a Good Dog. [slyt]
posted by quin on Jun 9, 2012 - 41 comments

...and now I want to hug an armadillo.

Rare: Portraits of America's Endangered Species is a short video featuring close-up wildlife footage by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore.
posted by quin on Jun 4, 2012 - 18 comments

"Although sometimes, they're not the most enthusiastic students"

Otter pups learning how to swim. Absurdly cute footage of a mother otter teaching her less-than-thrilled little ones how to get around in the water.
posted by quin on Jun 1, 2012 - 41 comments

"I've been lucky enough to film with elephants, gorillas, bears and none of them have ever sat on my head."

Magic Meerkat Moments: In this clip from BBC's Planet Earth Live, we get to see meerkats, which have become so acclimated to film crews that they now view them as part of the landscape and use them for shade and as vantage points. [via]
posted by quin on May 24, 2012 - 35 comments

Animalarium

Spider Women. The animal illustration of Eileen Mayo. Book Week. Animals on Bikes. Alphabet Soup 1, Alphabet Soup 2. Steinlen's Cats. Let's Dance. Cats in Advertisements. Art Deco Animals. Jacques Hnizdovsky's prints. Emmanuelle Houdart's creatures. Turn of the century bird illustrations. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on May 23, 2012 - 4 comments

La photo, le dessin, les deux à la fois. mais pas tout le temps.

Sarah Esteje does amazing ballpoint pen and pencil illustrations of animals. [more inside]
posted by quin on May 21, 2012 - 14 comments

Camels

Galleries of old photographs of camels in America, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, China, Mongolia and India, in war | camel breeds | How the Camel Got His Hump from Camel Tales, Folklore & Legends| baby camels and lots more at this one stop site all about Camels. Previously.
posted by nickyskye on May 14, 2012 - 17 comments

PHOTON PUSH-PULL RADIATION DETECTOR FOR USE IN CHROMATICALLY SELECTIVE CAT FLAP CONTROL AND 1000 MEGATON EARTH-ORBITAL PEACE-KEEPING BOMB

PHOTON PUSH-PULL RADIATION DETECTOR FOR USE IN CHROMATICALLY SELECTIVE CAT FLAP CONTROL AND 1000 MEGATON EARTH-ORBITAL PEACE-KEEPING BOMB by prolific inventor Arthur Paul Pedrick [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 4, 2012 - 38 comments

Are you sure you want to do that?

33 Animals that are Extremely disappointed in you.
posted by blue_beetle on Apr 13, 2012 - 76 comments

Thriller Bees

Bees have different “personalities”, with some showing a stronger willingness or desire to seek adventure than others, according to a study by entomologists at the University of Illinois.
posted by Trurl on Mar 12, 2012 - 16 comments

Dogs sing and play piano in a manner somewhat reminiscent of people

Have you melancholia? Watch therefore, as: Dogs sing and play piano in a manner somewhat reminiscent of people
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Mar 6, 2012 - 21 comments

Wwwwoooofffff

BBBBbbbaaassseeeettttt HHHHhhhhooooouuuunnnnddddd (SSSLLLYYYTTTT)
posted by griphus on Feb 17, 2012 - 43 comments

ANIMALS DOING PEOPLE THINGS

Animals Doing People Things
posted by griphus on Feb 15, 2012 - 39 comments

"I don't understand how you evolved. You are too goofy,"

"The idea that a species domesticated itself is a bit crazy, but there are some species that outcompeted others by becoming nicer." Wired examines the phenomena of self-domestication. [more inside]
posted by quin on Feb 8, 2012 - 38 comments

We Lost a Zoo

On the other side of the flimsy fence separating them from his neighbor Terry Thompson's property, Kopchak noticed that Thompson's horses seemed even more agitated. They were circling, and in the center of their troubled orbit there was some kind of dark shape. Only when the shape broke out of the circle could Kopchak see that it was a black bear.

Yesterday, Esquire and GQ each published lengthy pieces on the suicide of Terry Thompson and the crisis at his exotic animal zoo in Zanesville, OH. (Previously) [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Feb 7, 2012 - 35 comments

Bookstore cats

Bookstore Cats from Different Parts of the World [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Feb 4, 2012 - 78 comments

Other Noises Include Roaring, Chuffing, and... Miscellaneous

Do tigers, lions, leopards and other species of big cats purr like domestic cats? - Big Cat Rescue takes a look at this surprisingly complicated question.
posted by quin on Feb 3, 2012 - 18 comments

Also: Lions, Tigers, and Even a Bear

Sharon Montrose does lovely, wonderful, and sometimes whimsical portrait photography of rescued baby animals. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jan 30, 2012 - 14 comments

Are animal rescues doing animals a disservice?

No pet for you. Want to adopt a dog or cat? Prepare for an inquisition at the animal rescue.
posted by Dasein on Jan 30, 2012 - 368 comments

Endangered Animal Photographer Joel Sartore's Biodiveristy Project

Stunning portraits of endangered zoo animals by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore. Part of The Biodiversity Project. Previously. (via)
posted by roaring beast on Jan 24, 2012 - 17 comments

Do, Do, Do The Funky Gibbon

Marching Band For Geese. Beethoven For Elephants. Mariachi For A Beluga Whale (previously). Heavy Metal For Parrots. Jazz For Horses.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Jan 13, 2012 - 13 comments

The short, unique life of Zombie Pidge

Step 1: Compose your post to MetaFilter: Description: An inspirational Holiday Tale from Peter Watts. Step 2: Justify using the words "inspirational", "holiday", and "Peter Watts" in the same sentence: I'm grading on a curve. Step 3: Do you want to warn us about any pictures? Yes, I'm warning you. (Remember last time?) Seriously, some animal lovers may want to skip this.
posted by maudlin on Jan 6, 2012 - 18 comments

Blame it on the beasts

Bugs and Beasts Before the Law - "Murderous pigs sent to the gallows, sparrows prosecuted for chattering in Church, a gang of thieving rats let off on a wholly technical acquittal – theoretical psychologist and author Nicholas Humphrey explores the strange world of medieval animal trials." More on the theme of barnyard scapegoats from the BBC podcast documentary: Animals on Trial.
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 5, 2012 - 22 comments

Long Live Cheeta

News organizations from around the world are reporting on the death of Cheetah-Mike, the chimp who purportedly played Cheeta, the companion to Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan from the MGM and RKO film series of the 30s and 40s. If this is one of the original film Cheetas, it would make Cheetah-Mike, at 80, the longest-lived captive chimp on record. But there’s reason to doubt he’s both that old and was in the films with Weissmuller. First, because this is significantly longer than chimps usually live, and second because this has happened once before.
posted by Toekneesan on Dec 28, 2011 - 34 comments

Various animals in a drainage pipe

Various animals crossing a drainage pipe at night. Some background.
posted by twoleftfeet on Dec 21, 2011 - 29 comments

Buncha muncha cruncha humans

Dear Humanity, I'm afraid I have some bad news. Nature wants to eat you. SLTumblr. NSFPeople who are frightened of pictures of terrifying organisms.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 16, 2011 - 80 comments

The 5 Most Horrifyingly Wasteful Film Shoots

The 5 Most Horrifyingly Wasteful Film Shoots.
posted by John Cohen on Dec 15, 2011 - 75 comments

Not Even A Nibble

Don't castrate lambs with your teeth.
posted by Ideefixe on Dec 8, 2011 - 53 comments

Awkward Family Pet Photos

Awkward Family Pet Photos, from the people who brought you Awkward Family Photos. The Huffington Post offers a bit of a backstory on the creators.
posted by gman on Dec 1, 2011 - 45 comments

Animals Talking in All Caps

Sometimes animals talk in ALL CAPS. [more inside]
posted by pts on Nov 28, 2011 - 49 comments

The Mouse Trap

That's the drawback of the modern lab mouse. It's cheap, efficient, and highly standardized—all of which qualities have made it the favorite tool of large-scale biomedical research. But as Mattson points out, there's a danger to taking so much of our knowledge straight from the animal assembly line. The inbred, factory-farmed rodents in use today—raised by the millions in germ-free barrier rooms, overfed and understimulated and in some cases pumped through with antibiotics—may be placing unseen constraints on what we know and learn.
Slate has just finished a three part series on the pitfalls and promises of laboratory animals. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) [more inside]
posted by tocts on Nov 18, 2011 - 21 comments

[insert wampa sound effect here]

What do you get when you cross a pug with the Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back? Behold The Wampug. (SLYT 36 seconds of cute)
posted by quin on Nov 14, 2011 - 21 comments

Forbidden Love

A famous gay couple has decided to separate, citing irreconcilable differences force by zookeepers.
posted by hermitosis on Nov 7, 2011 - 35 comments

It's the Eye of the Tiger

Photographer Suren Manvelyan posted a gallery of close-up photos he took of animals' eyes. [more inside]
posted by gman on Oct 14, 2011 - 26 comments

Stubborn as a Muledog

Gus, the bulldog, decides he wants his pool inside the house.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Oct 13, 2011 - 46 comments

OWL FOND OF EVERYONE

Rescued Owl returns to care for other injured birds (ands one cat)
posted by The Whelk on Oct 9, 2011 - 93 comments

Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide...

Since 1977, Nikon has held a Small World Photomicrography Competition, to showcase that which cannot be seen with the naked eye. This year's winner will be announced in November, but until October 31, we have been invited to vote for one of this years' 115 finalists to receive the 'Small World Popular Vote Award.' [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 26, 2011 - 13 comments

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