Can you make it through this post without squealing? Plus hedgehog bath time! & other moments of squee, within [more inside]
Last year, after Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel had parents troll their kids for cheap laughs by telling them that they had eaten all their candy. While many observers, including some Mefites, felt that lying to your kids in this way was being willfully-mean, it garnered 34 million hits on YouTube, so naturally, he did it again. Whether you think this is funny or not is definitely debatable; but if you're an old curmudgeon, like me, perhaps 3 year-old Madeline might just restore your hope for humanity.
What's in the bear row and the wolf column? A wolf cub wrestling a bear cub. What's at the intersection of monkey and raccoon? This meeting of rascals. Just some of the many videos you will find at the amazing Animal Matrix.
Tired of cute kitty videos? Here's a cute baby elephant video with a dramatic confrontation, a car chase, a saved-in-the-nick-of-time rescue and a happy ending (SL BBC).
Just four minutes of a domesticated fox being aggressively cute. (SLYT)
The Power of Kawaii: Viewing Cute Images Promotes a Careful Behavior and Narrows Attentional Focus This is interpreted as the result of a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion that is associated with approach motivation and the tendency toward systematic processing.
Would you like to see the first disc of Final Fantasy VII recreated in LittleBigPlanet 2? It's terribly cute. More info here.
A kangaroo and a lemur playing tag (or at the very least, chasing each other adorably). [slyt]
Shunsuke is a Japanese Pomeranian guaranteed to brighten your day. He's amassed a considerable fanbase; his owner's Twitter feed is followed by more than a hundred thousand people, and he's got a calendar and photo book. Here he is riding a snow shovel. Here he is dressed as a bee.
How to Walk Your Human: by Kodi the Kitten [slyt]
Stubbs is a Good Dog. [slyt]
Hulk vs Thor (SLYT)
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.
"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]
Brain Storm - "The smartest mouse in the world", runs through an intricate home-made agility course.
Pandas on a Slide: 46 seconds of happiness. [SLYT]
When you need to get past that cat bully in the alley, you must be willing to have a Cat Fight!
Photographer Ondrej Pakan takes macro pictures of insects. Pakan's portfolio on 500px. (completely SFW in spite of the "nudity" warning, unless you work with prudish insects) [more inside]
Top 10 cutest photos of sleeping cats. UK charity Cats Protection has released its top ten pictures of sleeping cats, to coincide with National Sleep Awareness Week. [more inside]
French photographer Malo imagines a single baby in a number of different jobs with delightful results. [more inside]
Maddie the coonhound and her owner travel around, she stands on things, he takes pictures. The result is wonderful.
Sharon Montrose does lovely, wonderful, and sometimes whimsical portrait photography of rescued baby animals. [more inside]
Beautiful Day at the Dog Park - Dogs playing in slow motion.
Play ChatChat. Description: A multiplayer game about being a cat. Instructions: Be a cat. (By Terry Cavanagh, who brought you VVVVVV).
Here's a 30-second Video of a Snoring Dormouse. [SLYT]
Sloth Sanctuary is a documentary about a sloth orphanage in Costa Rica that will air on Animal Planet on December 18th. Trailer
An artist named Zac Gorman asked "What if Sonic Ran like an idiot?" The answer spawned this little gif. This inspired Nedroid to urge others to make Sonic look doofy. [more inside]