A cat's eyes well up as she lays her head on a metal table. The tears build until a single one begins to roll down her face.
The video was posted without any further context, so we know only what we can see. In the 20-second clip, the cat appears to be on a veterinarian's table. She has oxygen tubes running into her nose to help her breathe. Off-screen, a woman is making noises to comfort the cat.
As her heavy eyes look beyond the camera, she demonstrates the emotional depth that all cats have.
While cats do use tears to protect their eyes from irritants and dryness, they don't cry to express sadness in the same way as humans.
"It is just eye discharge, which is not uncommon in cats," Mikel Delgado, a Ph.D. candidate and certified cat behavior consultant at the University of California–Berkeley, told The Dodo. "I assume something else is going on with this cat (hence the oxygen) — it could be a response to an irritant or allergen in the air."
Concerned neighbors gathered around a devastating house fire in White House, Tennessee, on Saturday — there was a terrified dog trapped inside the blaze, but no one knew how to get him to safety.
Until a mystery hero showed up, and, without a moment's hesitation, rushed in to save the dog.
"This guy in a gray Mustang pulls up, says, 'I do this for a living,' and he runs in and he comes out about two minutes later with this beautiful dog in his arms, and it was incredible to see," Jimmy Nichols, a neighbor who caught the whole thing on video, told local outlet WSMV.
Bullet, a black-and white service dog, was by owner Sarena Dawn Moore's side when a gunman opened fire on the classroom at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1. Moore, who was in a wheelchair, was killed — and her loving dog was there with her the whole time.
They grow up so fast, don't they? Seriously. Not kidding.
Just look at this incredible series of photos from proud pet owner Ashley Lewis, showing what time and love does to a dog. In only 6 months, her lil' 8-week-old German Shepherd blossomed from a wee puppy who could easily fit her arms to a hulking big puppy who probably has trouble fitting on the couch. And the once-little is probably still not done growing.
"She's a big puppy but doesn't know it," Lewis told The Dodo. "She still loves to be picked up for a cuddle and squeeze onto the couch with us as well. To be honest, we didn't really notice her growing as quickly as everyone else did since we see her everyday, not until we looked back through photos anyway!"
While it may be impossible to prevent a little puppy from ballooning into a full-sized adult eventually, the caring heart of a loving pet owner will invariably get bigger too to accommodate their joyful presence. After all, they'll always be our furry babies.
The Hamptonburgh, NY property was rented to people who run a restaurant serving farm fresh meat. The animals at the farm were intended to be future meat dishes. Adjacent to the filthy barns, rescuers found a makeshift slaughterhouse where chainsaws appeared to be used to kill the sick and ailing animals.
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Fourteen elephants in Zimbabwe were killed over the past two weeks after being poisoned with cyanide, according to the country’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
Three elephants were found dead in Matusadona National Park, while the other 11 were killed in Hwange National Park, according to a report from the Associated Press. Six of the 11 dead elephants in Hwange were found without their tusks, suggesting that they may have been killed for their ivory.
It's just a little water and soap, so why fight it?
That's the mantra adopted by one particularly portly pet who has evidently decided to just go ahead and embrace bath time without all the drama so typical of his kind. Indeed, unlike your more cantankerous cats, for whom a scrub in some soapy suds seems tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment, Jonny here appears to be quite enjoying himself.
It should be noted that cats are often cleanly enough on their own to not need baths, but on those occasions when they are dirty or stinky and require soap and water, it's best for everyone involved to provide the bath thoughtfully.
By the time Kayla was rescued, she'd cruelly had her leg cut off with a knife, and her eye poked out. But even though she came to her rescuers in absolutely horrific condition, she showed no fear of humans, and just wanted to be loved.