12:31 PM EDT 02/26/2014
Originally posted 10/02/2013 02:30PM
When the government shut down on Tuesday, so did our hearts. (Insert violin.)
You see, amid all of the uncertainty and talk of furloughing that, to our surprise, has nothing to do with furry animals, we no longer can watch the Smithsonian's National Zoo panda cam. Or the octopus cam. Or the cheetah cam. We'd take the naked mole rat cam at this point, but that's gone dark, too.
With no end in sight, here are seven images (including the one on the left) of pandas being pandas because pandas. Panda cam, our love, you've gotten us through so many bad hair days, sleepless nights and breakups, but for now, we just have to focus on filling this void. We know this doesn't change anything, but it's all we have right now.
Originally posted 09/24/2013 03:10PM
And the entire world said: Aww!
It was panda-monium – well, the kind you can sleep through – at the Chengdu Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding on Monday, when 14 artificially bred cubs were placed together in a crib for the first time since their birth a few months ago.
While the fluffy babies weren't particularly into posing for pictures, they managed to make a memorable debut nonetheless, adorably snoozing through their time in the spotlight. Other times, keepers held up the tiny black and white cubs, whose eyesight is not yet fully developed.
Originally posted 09/06/2013 08:00AM
Like the coolest of New Yorkers – hashtag Hannah Horvath! – the kittens recently rescued from the city's subway tracks are living it up in Brooklyn.
And while we don't expect them to shut down the club with the cast of Girls like they shut down the B and Q lines for more than an hour last Thursday, the kittens, named Arthur and August, are adjusting to their new Bushwick foster home.
"They're still really shy. I think they've been stray for a while," Steven Liu, 25, who's fostering the felines in his duplex, tells New York's Daily News. "We're not thinking about giving them a bath yet – they're still really scared."
Originally posted 09/03/2013 12:50PM
Cats apparently aren't the only ones with nine lives.
Actress Melissa Gilbert saved a tiny rabbit from the clutches of her feline, and she plans to nurse the critter back to health.
"Rescued from the jaws of death," Gilbert, 49, wrote alongside an Instagram photo of the small animal, which she has named Hazel. Cuddling the bunny in another pic, she wrote, "Look what the cat brought in. Going to get her big and strong then release her in the garden."
Originally posted 08/28/2013 07:00PM
Fur's flying for Internet sensation Colonel Meow – and we're not just referring to the Grumpy Cat-like expression on his face.
The Himalayan-Persian mix with fur measuring 9 inches broke the record for the cat with the longest fur, reports the Guinness World Records.
That's a whole lot of vacuuming.
"Literally everything has hair on it in the house," say Los Angeles-based owners Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario in a joint statement. They add that they "proudly display to others that you are a proud cat owner by the copious amount of hair on our clothes."
Originally posted 08/24/2013 10:15AM
A giant panda gave birth at Washington's National Zoo on Friday, causing buzz among fans as they flocked to a panda cam's live feed to hear the cub squeal and watch the mother immediately start caring for it.
The zoo said Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:32 p.m. Friday, two hours after her water broke. Zoo officials said the panda team heard the cub vocalize and that the mother picked it up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.
"WE HAVE A CUB!! Born at 5:32 p.m. this evening," the zoo Tweeted.
"I'm glued to the new panda cams and thrilled to hear the squeals, which appear healthy, of our newborn cub," said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Originally posted 08/19/2013 02:45PM
All hail King Rambo?
With more than 300,000 followers, this 4-year-old Holland Lop bunny is definitely ruling Instagram. He and his brother Eddy, a 7-year-old Lionhead mix, have attracted friends from all over the world for their cottontail cuteness, which they happily show off in more than 2,000 photos and videos (including this one of Rambo looking royally awesome in a bejeweled gold crown).
Originally posted 08/15/2013 01:25PM
We know the last thing you want to hold is that black and white fiend called a raccoon that rummages through your trash at night. But what if we told you there's a cuter, cuddlier version of it?
Well, start spreading your arms.
Researchers have discovered a new species of mammal called the olinguito, a teddy bear-faced creature that's most similar to a dog, cat or bear, reports the Associated Press. Though new species are regularly discovered, this kind of find, a mammal, is far rarer and hasn't happened in about 35 years.
The raccoon-sized animals travel by jumping from tree to tree in the forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night – but that's not the reason why they haven't been identified earlier.
Originally posted 08/09/2013 02:10PM
Is that cat performing at New York's Shakespeare in the Park?
No, that would be a stretch. But what is literally a stretch is this British Shorthair jumping eight inches off the ground in desperate pursuit of a tortoiseshell butterfly in Denmark.
And lucky for 8-year-old Misha, her owner, and photographer, Kemal Selimovic was there to bear witness.
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