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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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28 Aug

Waxed Floors Are Not a Cat's Best Friend

Cats are known for their athletic abilities, from high jumps to landing on their feet no matter the fall. But, it seems that their grace is foiled by slippery floors. This poor kitty was just trying to get back into this cage but the floors were so slippery, he couldn't get enough traction to actually make his target.

JumpingCat

It sounds like the other kitties around him are cheering him on, but to no avail. Hopefully the human recording helped the kitty back into his cage!

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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

Cat Doors? Where This Cat is Going, it Doesn't Need Cat Doors (VIDEO)

For further proof that cats really just do what they want, check out this video from Philo Cat. Philo's human spent over an hour installing a brand-new cat door to make it easier for Philo to go in and out. Turns out that Philo is quite handy on his own and probably doesn't need the cat door, thankyouverymuch.

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26 Aug

Cows Act Like Puppies When They're Let Outside

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

People know the delight their pet dogs feel when stepping outside for a walk or run in a field. But some may not realize the puppy-like joy even grown-up cows show when let out of their barn.

Watching recent footage of a group of cows let outside, no one could doubt their joy. 

The delight the cows feel, having fresh grass under their feet and sunshine on their fur, is more than palpable. Young and old, the bovines bounce around in the open field before beginning to graze.

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25 Aug

Shy Octopus Turns Serious Scientists into Total Softies

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

Scientists were talking normal scientific stuff over live footage of the sea floor just off the coast of California.

"The forced feedback — it gives us a 40 pound to one ratio —," one scientist was saying.

"Can I just step in for a second?" another interrupted. "This is almost like a posed picture."

A striking image of a jellyfish floated across the screen, just above a tiny dumbo octopus.

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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:

22 Aug

Couple has 'Newborn' Photoshoot with Their New Puppy

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Plenty of new parents are willing to spend lots of time and money to get perfectly posed, professional portraits with their babies. Well this Australian couple did just that — with their furry little puppy.

Abby Lee and Matt Kay had a session with Elisha Minnette Photography to take these photos with their puppy, Humphry — and they hit all the usual tropes of a "new baby" photo shoot.

"I am not making a joke of new parents doing newborn shoots," photographer Elisha Minnette told The Dodo. "This shoot was just for a bit of afternoon fun being creative."

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21 Aug

Black Bears Have a Pool Party in New Jersey Family's Backyard

Even bears have to cool off in this heatwave! A New Jersey family got quite the surprise one morning when they looked out their window to see a mother black bear and her five cubs playing in their pool. The cubs were even using the slide and swing set.

"I thought they would get a drink and move on, but they stayed," homeowner Tim Basso told News 12. However, the family stayed for about an hour before leaving Basso's yard. 

Bears are the only animals that the pool! Check out these adorable puppies swimming for the first time: 

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21 Aug

Cat Investigates Man's Foot, Realizes He's Made a Terrible Mistake

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

video recently posted to YouTube captures the moment when a cat performs a taste-test on one man's right foot.

Holding down the foot with his paw, the cat goes face deep into the smell zone. 

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