Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

A Honey Badger in a South African Wildlife Center built towers out of rocks and sticks so he could climb over the wall and fight lions in the exhibit next to his.

 

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Check out the Mangalitsa Pig, man. Dude looks a little sheepish to me. These bros hail from Hungary and are also known as Wooly Pigs or Sheep Pigs, for obvious reasons. They almost went extinct in the early 90s with their population dwindling to out 150, but have since made a comeback. Thank God for that, amirite? The world needs more hairy pigs. Anywho, Mangalitsa Pig.

PS- These porkers are supposedly quite the delicacy in Hungarian foodie circles.

Why would a Pufferfish work so hard to make such beautiful designs, you ask? To attract a mate of course.

Here’s the story. A stray dog had been sleeping in front of a bookstore in Brazil. He never bothered anyone, was friendly, and from time-to-time people would give him a scrap of food. Then one day he made his move. He snuck into the bookstore completely unnoticed and headed right to the shelves as if he was a normal customer. He then casually grabbed a book that he wanted and trotted out of the store. Eventually, somebody noticed him with the book and took it from him. As they did they were shocked to find out that the book that this lonely dog had stolen from the store was titled “Days of Abandonment,” which undoubtedly described the poor guy’s life perfectly. Coincidence? Probably. Fate? Maybe. Awesome? Hell yes. Bottom line, the dog became famous overnight and was adopted into a loving forever home. Check out the video and photos below. Way to go, dog.

Rays sometimes swim in schools which can number in the thousands, feeding on crustaceans and small schools of fish. These Rays can form, without warning, huge schools, creating a spectacular natural phenomenon. In the video below a group of about 10,000 Rays were filmed off the coast of Baja, California. And et this –  nobody knows why they gathered there or where they went afterwards. That’s nuts, man. Nature, doin’ it big per usual.

Pretty wild video that takes a dark turn at the end.

Check out that Humphead Parrotfish, man. Dude has chompers like a damn horse. Humpheads can weigh up to 100-pounds and cruise the reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Fun Fact: Humphead Parrotfish can live up to 40 freakin’ years of age. That’s cray-cray. Anywho, Humphead Parrotfish.

PS- Check out the video of this guy munching on some coral. Wild stuff.

Looks like a disembodied head and tail. Love it.

Check out the Plover Bird, man. Little dude is just sitting in that croc’s mouth like a boss. Fearless like you read about. Here’s the dilly – after a meal of a warthog, a bird or maybe a fisherman from a nearby village a crocodile will mosey up onto the bank and sit there with its mouth open. This action signals the little Plover Bird to enter the crocodile’s mouth and pick off tiny bits of food that remain in the huge reptile’s teeth. See, old food can cause infections and whatnot in the croc’s mouth. This is called a Symbiotic Relationship between animals, because both benefit from it. The Plover Bird gets a meal and the crocodile gets a free dental check-up and teeth cleaning. In addition, if the Plover Bird senses danger it lets out a screech and bolts, warning the croc something is nearby. Nature, man. Doin’ it up big per usual. Anywho, Plover Bird.

Check it out, man. These Flying Foxes, which are actually big freakin’ bats, get really hot and they need to get wet in order to cool off and survive. All they have to do is get their chest a little wet and that’ll save them. The problem is, when they dive bomb the river there are crocodiles waiting to leap out and snatch them. That’s diabolical, man. Anywho, it’s all explained in the video. Enjoy . . .

Miniature donkeys, man.

Those who have read this site regularly over the past 6-years know well of the exploits of my beloved Sparky. The little guy has battled coyotes,  a horse-fly, sweepers, hobos, stingrays, the list is a long one. Little dude would battle a lion for me if he thought I was in danger.

Which brings me to his latest heroics.

This morning I let him out for a bit, then brought him back in to give him breakfast. Spark trotted off to the kitchen for a drink, and I stood there for a minute to turn on the TV. It was then I thought I felt something on my neck, but I reached up and nothing was there. I just figured it was a thread on my shirt or something and forgot about it. However, about a minute later I felt something on my left hand. I glanced down and to my horror, there on the back of my hand, was a spider the size of a golf ball. It was just sitting there looking up at me with its 12 damn eyes. I swear to God it was all swollen up like one of those you see on a YouTube video that people step on and a million little spiders come crawling out. Just horrifying, man.

We locked eyes for what seemed like an eternity, and at that point I may or may not have shrieked like a 9-year old girl. Then I violently shook my hand, trying to shake the monster off of me. It disappeared, but then a God-awful thing occurred – the beast was attached by a web strand and bounced right back at me. First it landed back on my chest, and I knocked it off. Then it dropped about halfway to the ground and snapped right back up at me, right towards my face. Luckily I batted it away, but it popped right back at me again like a freakin’ 8-legged yo-yo. The web was a like a rubber band I tell ya. It was an absolute nightmare come to life. .

Enter the Spark.

My best friend, who’d been in the kitchen getting a drink, had heard his buddy wailing away like a madman in the living room. He came bursting around the corner like a canine possessed, assessed the situation in about .3 seconds, and went into action. Before the fiend could launch another attack, land on my neck and administer a life-threatening bite, he met his match. Spark leapt up, grabbed it, and whipped it away. Hey, that web was strong but it was no match for the Spark’s fangs.

After he tossed it aside he immediately turned and found it on the floor, picked it up, and tossed it again. This happened 2 or 3 times. Now you know the Spark is smart, so what he did next shouldn’t surprise you. I opened the door, and he instinctively picked the monster up, ran outside and whipped it away into oblivion.

I actually went out and looked for it, but the demon was nowhere to be found. In my mind it’s still out there, planning its next attack.

Better think again, spider mutant. The Spark will be waiting.

PS- I swear Sparky knew not to actually bite the thing. He would sort of pick it up with his teeth and whip it away quickly. Spark, man.

Check out those eyes. Sparky knows things.

I know, I know. More people die more from falling soda machines than from sharks every year, blah-blah-blah. But holy Mother of God that beast is the size of a 2009 Toyota Camry. Dude could have taken that boat down in seconds and consumed everything in it. Hey, I saw Jaws. Don’t tell me it couldn’t. That’s a 2,000-pound killing machine, man. And I love how the guys in the boat are laughing nervously. You do that when you’re 5-seconds from getting ripped to shreds by rows of razor-sharp teeth. I honestly can’t say how I’d have reacted, though. I’d have probably just wept.

PS- The ocean has to be the scariest freaking place on earth, man. 

The Portuguese Man of War is one of the badasses of the sea. It’s tentacles can grow up to 160-feet long and deliver one helluva paralyzing sting. It pops up that sail-looking thingy and sails across the ocean like a ship, hence the name. Bottom line, if you see one on the beach, although it looks real purty do not pick it up or you’ll feel like you grabbed a live electric cable. And get this – they reproduce sexually via a method known as broadcast spawning. Large groups of individuals come together, where females release their eggs and males release their sperm into the water column, all at the same time, sorta like your parents did back in the 60s. That’s cray, man. Anywho, Portuguese Man of War.

So here’s the story. A man in St. Louis bought a house only to find a Pit Bull had been left in the basement. Turns out a squatter had been living in the house, then took off and abandoned this poor dog for God knows how long. The guy immediately called Stray Rescue of St. Louis, who showed up to save this poor pup. Due to the dog’s sheer joy of being rescued and her constant leaping about, the rescuers dubbed her Jumping Bean. How could anyone leave a dog behind like this? Unimaginable. Glad this story had a happy ending, man. Here’s to Jumping Bean.

Check out the Blackspot Tuskfish, man. What makes this guy so special, you ask? Oh, he’s just the first wild fish ever to be filmed using a tool, that’s all. That’s right, kids, the Blackspot Tuskfish was seen holding a clam in its mouth and whacking it against a rock. Soon the shell gave way, the fish gobbled up the tasty clam, spat out the shell fragments, and swam off like the little boss that it is. Check out the video below for this guy in all his awesome glory. Anywho, Blackspot Tuskfish.

Note: For more animal awesomeness, just type “Cool Animal” into the search box on the left there and enjoy. 

One day, when we look back from our cells in which the apes have imprisoned us, we will realize that it all began with Louis, the first ape to have the audacity to behave such as us. Louis did not care. He was the leader of the Great Takeover of 2023. Louis, just strutting around human-like like the boss that he was. Louis, man. King of the Apes, and soon us.

Boom. Stay out of my territory.

Dogs develop “bite inhibition”, the ability to control the strength of  bite, as puppies after learning that too harsh of a bite will interrupt play.

That little bird is so cute I’ve included a bonus video in its honor. You’re welcome, little bird.

So I ran across a collection of photos that someone had taken of beautiful chickens. Stunning really. Not stunning that someone would photograph chickens, but stunningly beautiful. Since this is my site, I also have taken the liberty of naming each chicken, along with a totally fictional description of said chicken. You’re welcome.

PS- I’m pretty sure some of these chickens are roosters. Anywho, click on the chicken to see the captions.

Yep. Leela is crazy, man. Also adorable. Her owner posted some pics on Imgur along with some absolutely priceless comments so I had to share. I’ll show the photos, with his comments below them:

“She frequently sits like this as if it’s normal.”

“She ALWAYS lays on the floor like this. Doesn’t seem to have brain damage, but who can really tell?”

“Whenever I tell her she is weird she gives me the side-eye.”

“She absolutely hates the cold. This is the only way she’ll go outside when it’s under 30 degrees.”

“She simply cannot sleep unless you wedge her head and practically smother her.”

Leela is awesome, man. Arranging a play date with Sparky as we speak.

Note: I got some of this info from the folks over at Bored Panda.

Gus and Beemo.

Gus Kenworthy is an American freestyle skier from Colorado who recently made headlines not related to sports. Why? Because he rescued 91-dogs from a dog meat farm in South Korea while participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

You read that right. 91.

“This morning I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” he wrote on Instagram. “Across the country, there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home.”

So, Gus decided to do something about it. “I adopted one of the pups, named her Beemo, and she’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!”

Gus arranged for 90 other dogs from the farm are taken from the facility to the United States and Canada for adoption with the help of Humane Society International.

Atta boy, Gus Kenworthy. Gold medals are great, but rescuing 91-dogs puts you on another level. You are a true American hero.

If these don’t make you smile you have no soul. Click on the first photo to scroll through the awesomeness.