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30 Aug

Kitten Plays Game of 'Duck, Duck, Goose' with Actual Geese

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Cats are infamous for their love of chasing birds, but this little guy has a way to go before he becomes an expert.

He starts out strong, closing in on these three ducks as fast as his little body will carry him.

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28 Aug

Whales Gather Around Music, Have a Dance Party

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Humans aren't the only animals captivated by music. As it turns out, whales seem to enjoy the soft melody of a peaceful tune just as much as we do.

Explore.org, an organization that honors people who have had dedicated their lives to "extraordinary causes," posted a video to its Facebook page showing a beluga whale happily swimming along to the melody a cello.

A man in a boat plays the instrument while an excited friend looks on and motions to the water. There, we see and hear the beluga bellowing with excitement and making noises that are certainly sounds of joy.

As the big, beautiful creature chirps with happiness, we see that he's joined by a whole group of his friends below. They had a dance party under the sea!

It's no surprise these fellas enjoy a good song. Research has shown that not only do animals understand and enjoy music, but they can time their movements to the beat and "dance." Don't believe us? Check out this list of videos where animals are captivated by music!

Beluga whales seem as enchanted by the soulful sounds of the cello as we are. http://goo.gl/MhaeaI

Posted by explore.org on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Those belugas love listening to music, but these belugas love PLAYING music! Watch them perform here:

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27 Aug

Cat Knows Precisely How to be a Pig's Perfect Cuddle Buddy

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some, snuggling is merely a pleasant way to pass the time — for others, it's a passion. 

Here's a sweet kitty who clearly falls into that latter camp. Scoffing at any undue prejudices some may have toward pigs, this skillfully affectionate feline couldn't possibly be a better cuddle buddy to his curly-tailed friend. As the dozing swine snores away, the cat sticks close by to keep the pig feeling cozy and safe, gently stroking his sleepy face with an ever-loving paw.

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27 Aug

You Too Can Make Yourself Look Like a Siberian Husky

We have to applaud Ilana, a YouTuber who shares makeup and special effects tutorials on her channel, for this stunning tutorial on how to do makeup to look like a Siberian Husky. If you're a committed animal lover, this would be a great look for Halloween!

Look at how much detail goes into making the eyes look just right:

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25 Aug

Dog and Her Soldier Were Separated, But He Never Stopped Looking

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

When Army Specialist Tyler Roberts and his bomb-sniffing dog, Cpl. Donna, were in Afghanistan together, the two were inseparable.

"We were there for a year together, spent 24 hours a day together," Roberts told Denver's KUSA.

But when his tour was up, Roberts returned to the U.S., and had to say goodbye to his best friend. He believed that Donna, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, was being retrained and would serve another tour of duty with a different handler — but the truth was much more tragic.

Donna's program had actually been retired by the U.S. military, and she was sent to work for a private contractor.

But instead of traveling the world as a working dog, Donna and 11 other former military dogs wound up abandoned in a kennel in Virginia.

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24 Aug

WATCH: 5 Truths Only Bunny Owners Know

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(Guest post by April Son from thedodo.com)

Hare you go!

Want more bunnies? Check out the Bunny Cam on Animal Planet Live!


Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

22 Aug

‘Missing’ Cat's Owner May Not Realize the Joke's On Him

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Someone went to the trouble of writing up and printing this "missing" poster, but he may want to just check under his nose instead.

As this Instagram post shows, a cat who was recently declared "missing" has been found ...

... sitting in her own home ...

... directly next to the poster ...

... and striking the same pose as she did in the photo.

 

#foundphoto

A photo posted by Brian M. Cassidy (@brian_m_cassidy) on Aug 17, 2015 at 11:01am PDT

Is it possible that the owner still doesn't realize that his "missing" cat is not missing at all?

Milo might not be missing, but these cats were! Watch some amazing cat rescues from Treetop Cat Rescue here:

21 Aug

Fierce Little Puppy is Determined to Run on Two Legs

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Scooter was dropped off at a shelter right after he was born, abandoned in a box on the doorstep just because he was different from other puppies. The tiny poodle mix was born without any front legs, but other than that he was a sweet, normal pup.

Scooter wound up in the care of Pitty Paws Bully Rescue, in Phoenix, Arizona, where volunteers knew that, with a little extra support, he had the chance at a great life.

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21 Aug

Ryer the Otter Just Doesn't Want to Wake Up (VIDEO)

http://aquaristlifeforme.tumblr.com/post/126136190234/ryer-and-i-do-exactly-the-same-thing-when-someone

Um, excuse us, Ryer. You're just too cute, even if you are being woken up from a nap! Cheer up, little guy. It's finally Friday!

Ryer is a river otter at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. Learn more about him and his pals on the Aquarium's YouTube and Facebook pages.

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20 Aug

From Instagram: Loki the Vampire Cat

Straight from Instagram, a hot bed of adorable cat photos, comes Loki the vampire cat! No, she doesn't thirst for blood, just cuddles! Her overhanging canines are Loki's claim to fame and make her the cutest vampire we've ever seen. 

Loki was rescued from Chittenden County Humane Society in Burlington, Vermont by Kaetlyn, a sheltter volunteer. However, she wasn't always so friendly. Kaetlyn told the Huffington Post that Loki was trusting of very few people and when she was adopted, she hid under the bed for months. However, a love connection was eventually made and Loki is now described as "the most affectionate cat Kaetlyn has ever had."

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