From several years ago at the Columbus Zoo. No matter, otter pups are still very cute.

If youve spent any time watching the Zoo's North American river otters or our Asian small-clawed otters, you've probably noticed that otters seem almost as home in the water as most fish. But, did you know that otters have to be taught how to swim? Otter pups arent born with any innate knowledge of how to swim or handle themselves in the water. And since otters depend on water to survive, mom has to teach her babies how to be as home in the water as they are on land.

In March, Audrey, the Zoos North American river otter female, gave birth to three healthy male pups. At around 30 days old, the pups are strong enough to begin their swimming lessons although sometimes, theyre not the most enthusiastic students much like kids everywhere.
By: spam_vigilante
Saturday, Sep 30th 2017 (12:00am)
It's autumn. Pumpkin spice is everywhere. Leave it to a couple of cavies to discuss in great detail.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Sep 22nd 2017 (12:33am)
Well, unmentioned in this article is the fact that when they jump to take off, they jump backwards and we stupid humans keep trying to whack them from the front.
But alas, there is a better reason. Read on.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Sep 20th 2017 (3:37am)
Here is a brief list of things that have made me quite happy recently:
· Sticks
· Water
· When I can see the moon and the sun at the same time and they are not fighting as I would otherwise expect
By: dave
Tuesday, Sep 19th 2017 (5:17am) | Thanks: have patience
A cat in Tulsa, Oklahoma is doing his part to help his community and having fun playing with passersby at the same time. So far he has donated over $100 to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless by grabbing money from strangers.
By: dave
Monday, Sep 18th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Sunny
Oysters, a delicacy eaten on most coastlines of the world, are a multi-billion-dollar industry. They also are intriguing to study from a health perspective. Today a deadly herpes virus is threatening Pacific oysters, the world’s most popular and valuable oyster species. It is almost certain to spread more widely in our globally connected world.
By: dave
Thursday, Sep 14th 2017 (12:00am)
In this amazing video from Baruta, Caracas, Venezuela, over a dozen beautiful blue-and-gold macaws make their daily morning visit to a family's balcony to enjoy some breakfast treats.
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Friday, Sep 8th 2017 (12:00am)
First, we have a bunch of ferrets in a kiddie pool filled with packing peanuts. Trust me, I've had a couple of these guys and their curiosity is both endless and amusing.

Next, we have a trio of housecats that have been trained to react to their humans shaking up a can of ready made whipped cream. Obviously, just as addicting as catnip.
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Monday, Sep 4th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
Many people in Texas relied on the kindness of others to evacuate and stay safe during the Category 4 hurricane. The same can be said for Harvey the Hurricane Hawk.
By: dave
Tuesday, Aug 29th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: heinzeketchum
When she was just a 23-year-old grad student, Linda Koebner opened the cages of two chimps, named Doll and Swing. Freed from a laboratory, Linda was present when the two apes saw daylight for the first time in their lives. Linda helped to get them back to a normal life in the outdoors, which wasn’t immediately easy for two poor creatures who had spent the first six years of their lives completely stuck in cramped metal prisons.

She worked with Doll and Swing for four years. When they were ready, Linda had to move on. The apes were released into a natural habitat and Linda wouldn’t return for 18 years. She was sure that the two would have forgotten all about her by then.

But, when she paid them a visit, Doll and Swing immediately recognized their surrogate mom and the response is simply beyond words. From the moment Swing takes her hand, to the very end of the video, it’s one of the most heartwarming moments we’ve ever seen. It really goes to show – apes or humans, we’re all much closer to each other than we realize.

Watch this touching clip.
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Monday, Aug 14th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Nan
A bear broke into an SUV and took it for a joyride in Colorado - before crashing it, trashing the interior and pooping inside, according to new reports. "It would have taken a human being hours to do what this bear did in a couple minutes," said Ron Cornelius, who found the car after the animal mowed down his mailbox.
By: dave
Friday, Aug 11th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: rabbs
As 2016 gave way to 2017, a turkey moved into the left turn lane of a major intersection in my hometown. Some say he arrived in January of this year; others are sure he was around in late 2016. But regardless, once he was there, he was there to stay. The turkey’s constant presence in this busy spot made him a local celebrity, and the unlikely, or perhaps inevitable, epicenter of a community in which humanity’s best and worst instincts played out.
By: dave
Monday, Aug 7th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
First, we have the strange situation of a fish that enjoys being petted by his owner.

And now, we get to see the antics of an elephant and a goose annoying the Hell out of each other. Personally, I don't blame the elephant. I especially hate Canada geese.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Aug 7th 2017 (12:00am)
It was a woolly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep and surfing to safety on their backs. Ferg Horne, a farmer from Mosgiel, New Zealand, captured an image of the sight after going to rescue a neighbour's sheep from the floodwaters.
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 3rd 2017 (12:02am)
The Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon shared this amusing video of their young asian elephant, Samudra, having the best time ever in her own personal mud pit.

'You can't spell Samudra without mud."

Previously: Samudra Shows Off Her Swimming Skills
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Saturday, Jul 22nd 2017 (2:12am)
Hummingbirds flap their wings about 50 times per second, so all we ever see is a blur around them as they zip around the yard. The folks from National Geographic mounted a high-speed camera on a hummingbird feeder to get some incredible footage of the tiny birds. Not only do we get to see them flap their wings, but also slip their tongues into the nectar up close!
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Jul 19th 2017 (5:57pm) | Thanks: Squid
Better still, watch many animals hugging each other. CAUTION: viewing may turn your icy heart into warm pudding.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jul 18th 2017 (6:51am) | Thanks: mefi
Cats are jerks. You asked for proof? How about history?
For future reference, some kewl guy named Dave posted proof in the more modern era.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Jul 12th 2017 (12:00am)
Entitled, arrogant, lazy, spoiled, narcissistic. That's all we hear about young cats today. In the good old days, our cats were happy to hunt for mice and live in the barn. Now they expect to be fed organic freeze-dried turkey treats while they spend all day snapchatting, watching themselves on youtube, and doing things we generally consider to be a "waste of time".
By: dave
Monday, Jul 10th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: medium
As part of his very funny Twitter feed, Reverend Scott has hilariously imagined what dogs would say if they could call 911, what constitutes an emergency to a dog and what the 911 operators would say back to the dog in each situation.
By: spam_vigilante
Saturday, Jul 1st 2017 (12:01am)
When you lose your pet snake, all you have to do is put a heating pad out in the middle of an empty room - chances are Mr. Slithers be parked on top of it the next time you look. Apparently you can do the same for lost dogs, by frying up some sausages the last place you saw them.
By: dave
Thursday, Jun 29th 2017 (12:00am)
She's been posting videos to YouTube for the last six years featuring her opossum and sometimes a squirrel. Her two most viewed videos are below. You can also check out her website.

ME Pearl Presents PROPER OPOSSUM MASSAGE -and- Proper Opossum Alien Alert
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Jun 15th 2017 (3:27am)
Ed Annunziata, the creator of Sega’s Ecco the Dolphin series, once tweeted that while he himself has never taken LSD, he did draw inspiration from the work of neuroscientist John C. Lilly when conceptualizing his cosmic cetaceans. Back in the 1960s, Lilly ran a NASA-funded research unit where humans attempted to communicate with dolphins. Somewhere along the line, LSD got thrown into the mix, a researcher became sexually involved with a dolphin, and things generally got a bit weird.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Jun 13th 2017 (12:00am)
Long-tailed macaques living near an Indonesian temple have figured out how to run a ransom racket on visiting tourists. The monkeys grab valuables, such as glasses, hats, cameras or, in one case, a wad of cash from the ticket booth, then wait for temple staff to offer them food before dropping their ill-gotten gains and dashing off with the tasty prize.
By: dave
Monday, Jun 5th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
A gay vulture couple has hatched a baby chick at a Dutch zoo, marking a momentous milestone for the lovebirds that had been trying to start a family for months, their caretaker said Thursday.
By: dave
Friday, Jun 2nd 2017 (7:11am)

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