This cutie is named Putter, and she loves ice cream!
One day they saw Putter for the first time, and watched in amazement as she took to a customer’s ice cream cone! When the owners watched this, they decided to invest in their own ice cream cones to serve squirrel-sized ice cream to Putter.
About twice a day the couple only has to call Putter’s name, and she will come running down for her cone. Ensuring they don’t overload Putter, they give her sugar-free or vanilla ice cream.
Check out the scene yourself with this video:
Do you know any animals with a peculiar sweet tooth? Leave a comment below with your stories!
YES BEES! Scientists recently conducted a study on bee’s “cognitive flexibility” and “observed complex behavior”. Basically they wanted to see how well they could critically think and understand, as well as observe how they behaved in response. So they came up with a soccer experiment!
Here you can see exactly how they do this with a basic reward system. This type of experiment has been performed among several mammals to evaluate the same things: critical thinking and behavior. In this case they provide a pseudo bee to show other bees how to obtain the reward. You can see that the bees watch, experience, and learn from that bee and are capable of figuring out the reward system.
On top of this, they are able to teach other bees what they learn! This isn’t too surprising if you consider their waggle dance, a form of communication honey bees have to tell them where a new source of food is in relation to the sun. The excitement over this is really about being able to teach an unknown method to a bee, and watching those bees teach it to other bees, AND THEN seeing bees innovate better ways to obtain the reward.
Bees have been facing a rough time for a while now, so every bit of good news is exciting for these guys. If you’re interested in helping bees, the EPA has plenty of information on how the public can help. Check it out and help a bee today!
The internet has been taken by storm over a Reddit user’s post of a dog’s before and after pictures from being called a “Good Boy!’ The post inspired boredpanda.com to create a user submission article that featured their own pet’s before and after photos from being called a good boy. There are currently 459 submissions, so you can check out the link to see them all for yourself; however, we’ve done a bunch of the work for you and picked these top “Whose a Good Boy” before and afters:
#7 Ollie “Not Really a Good Dog“
Maybe it has something to do with the title submission Melody gave to Ollie, or maybe it’s when he stands upright onto his butt, but something about this reaction wouldn’t leave me to rest while going through the other 459 submissions. He’s so pleased, but also looks like a sweet doofus who has no idea he’s not really a good boy.
#6 “Good Dragon!“
Were crickets involved? Probably, but I’m sure for many pet owners, the word treat was used to get that extra cute reaction. No fowl, no harm! Though I couldn’t even tell you if the side by side is the same reptile, it’s still such a cute lizard-about-to-eat-dinner smile.
Clearly posted by a proud mother, this is easily the perfect transition into “Yes! I am a Good Boy!” Titus was featured in one other article on the main website, explaining that Titus is a victim of the well known crisis known as Resting B*tch Face.
#4 A Good GIRL
I personally dislike snakes more than spiders, but the cute little “ooo” that can be seen in this snake’s after photo is just too good. It’s worth pointing out that Greta is the original author of the post, so there’s no telling if this was one of multiple “perfect” submissions, as she also posts several articles to the website regularly. All that said, it doesn’t matter, this good girl is still loved.
#3 A Good and Happy Boy
There are several people who don’t consider cats capable of happiness, so if you’re among them and have wondered what a happy cat looks like: here it is! Forward whiskers, closed/narrow eyes, ears perked upright, this is one happy cat. Top rated cats on the article itself were ones who seemed to react terribly to the news, or not at all. This guy couldn’t be left to unseen in the far back, and not get the recognition a sweetie like this deserves.
#2 Calypso, a Good Girl?
As compared to the prior cat, Calypso here just doesn’t really know what to respond with. Already preoccupied with nothing, the words of praise fell short on this one. Perhaps Calypso knows a truth that Jordie has yet to discover.
This delight! Such happiness! Simona IS a good girl! Thanks to Camila for capturing this sweetheart’s reaction. Although it’s entirely possible Simona is about to sneeze, this photo captures something completely adorable.
If you’re interested in seeing these photos enlarged, you can click on any of them to be directed to the original image. There were several candidates, and if you have some time to burn, going through the list is worthwhile.
Do you agree or disagree with this list? Comment with your thoughts on our list, or tell us from the original who would make your list instead!
If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a Bull Elephant named Ben who is taking people’s hearts by storm. They say that elephants are one of the smartest animals among mammals, and Ben’s story shows to prove that point.
These are pictures of Ben as he showed up at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Kariba, Zimbabwe. Ben approached with a Limp, indicating to the staff that there was something not quite right with the Bull Elephant. The vet of the lodge wasn’t currently in, so Ben patiently waited grazing on grass and drinking water.
The lodge called for a vet that had to be jetted in, which took a total of 6 hours. Once he arrived the tranquilized Ben and were able to properly assess what was going on with him.
The photo above is Ben’s ear, showing that the he had taken on gunfire from poachers. The vet found a bullet in Ben’s shoulder, which is what had been causing his limp. With the team aiding the vet, they successfully removed the bullet and helped Ben get back on his feet. The images of the bullet’s removal are a bit graphic, so if you’re interested in viewing more pictures of Ben’s surgery, you can see them here.
Above is Ben after everything was said and done. They released him once he had stabilized from the bullet’s removal, but also gave him a tracking device so that they could monitor him. This way if anything seems to be wrong with Ben, the lodge can jump into action and help Ben as soon as possible.
If you want to help, the lodge is currently asking for donations to help cover costs for monitoring and tending to Ben. You can donate here at #HelpBen
So maybe you’ve heard of this show on BBC called Planet Earth II. The show is a nature documentary, and actually a sequel to Planet Earth. It’s most likely you heard about it due to the first episode airing, and the intense scene between a baby iguana and a hoard of snakes.
An interview with the show’s producer Elizabeth White reveals the filming was much more graphic than was revealed. To quote, “Some of it was quite horrific. Because actually the snakes are not pack hunting – for the snakes, it’s very much every snake for themselves. We did see snakes eating other snakes and all fighting. We were like nah, that can’t go in. It’s too horrific!” Nope, no thank you. Not about this snake eat snake world.
However what they did release of the scene has gone viral, as watching the struggle between lizard and snake is probably more relatable than we thought. How often do we feel as though we’re barely escaping the clutches of several snakes wrapping around us in a ball? Maybe it’s just me, but if you want to know what that looks like you should definitely check out the video:
Everyone loves a rescue story with a happy ending, especially when it features pure and innocent creatures like dogs and cats. When we hear tales of animals overcoming tragedy, it’s hopeful and reaffirming that the earth we live on is a good one. While there are many rescue stories that may go untold, here are some which feature the less than expected to receive a helping hand. For all of these rescues, click on the picture to learn the whole story.
Camels are known to be resilient to the elements, as they can survive days in a desert without sustenance. They eat and drink in excessive amounts to store it as fat in their hump, and even have the ability to regulate their body temperature according to environmental conditions. This is why Sydney’s story is unusual, but also a common result of bad care takers. Sydney was born in a Petting Zoo and not given the proper care needed as a baby camel. The above picture is Sydney at his new home with new care takers that have helped him go from 118 lbs to 1400 lbs in 3 years.
You may have seen the video above, what with 3 million views and all. This video of a man helping remove a can from a skunk’s head went viral last month, but is still worth noting as an unlikely rescue. I don’t know how many people would try to do the same as this guy, especially with the risk of being sprayed.
These bees were found huddled to a fire hydrant without a queen in Toronto, Canada. Thanks to the efforts of Facebook, the man who found these bees was able to successfully gather them into a cardboard box and transport them to a Beekeeper. The keeper has since reported that they are happy and doing well in their new home!
This isn’t the story of just one opossum, but a shelter that saves an average of 100-200 of them a year. The website, WildCare, features a video of releasing a family of rescued opossums back into the wild. For the most part we think of these guys as regular home intruders or vermin, but opossums are a natural predator to several unwanted pests, such as cockroaches, beetles, even rats or deceased animals.
Perhaps the most unexpected rescue of them all is Charlotte, a gigantic huntsman spider found where you’d expect to find giant spiders: Australia. While spiders don’t both me in particular, there’s no way I’d have the ability to do what this woman from Barnyard Betty’s Rescue did. She rescued Charlotte from another person which revealed intent to kill the spider outright, but Betty wasn’t about to have any of it. Charlotte was released on the rescue grounds, and even as wonderful as this story is, I’m still glad to know Charlotte is over in Australia and not in my backyard.