Friday, December 20, 2013
Imagine, if you will, that you live in Amsterdam. It's a very chill time and you enjoy a comfortable existence near a canal because you're Dutch and that's a thing. One day, one of the city's many stray cats hangs out adorably near you for so long that you think, "Alright, lil' buddy, you can live with me." The cat thinks, Wat leuk! Over the next few weeks and months, you take in so many cats that they literally overrun your home and you are forced to do the only logical thing: buy a houseboat adjacent to your dwelling and fill it with dozens and dozens of homeless cats, creating the world's first and only floating cat sanctuary.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines became the tame pets we know today. Scientists believe it was the cat's appetite that led to domestication. Grain stored by ancient farmers was a magnet for rodents, which in turn attracted wild cats. Over time, the cats adapted to village life and became tame around their human hosts. This is, at least, the leading theory, derived from archaeological evidence in the Middle East, rather than China. But bones recently discovered in a Chinese village add weight to the idea that felines took on pest-control duties in ancient times, says researcher Fiona Marshall of Washington University in St. Louis.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A brave seeing-eye dog loyally leaped to the subway tracks when his owner tumbled off a Harlem platform Wednesday — and they both survived getting run over by a train, according to witnesses. Cecil Williams, 60, was heading to the dentist when he felt faint about 9:30 a.m. on the uptown A train platform. His guide dog, a black labrador named Orlando, was trained to keep him from going over the edge — and tried to hold him up. The dog was barking and trying to pull him , but Williams fell, according to witnesses. Matthew Martin, 54, said that the dog never hesitated.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
We've all had those days -- the ones where nothing seems to go right and we have a to-do list that continues to grow by the minute. Stress is a natural response, so it's important to have go-to tricks to banish our anxieties -- whether that's a few calming meditations or something as simple as cute photos to put a smile on our face. Luckily, these seven stressed animals know exactly how we feel -- and if a kind gesture can make them feel better, then maybe it can for us, too.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Watch what happens when the family cat takes on an ornery backyard alligator.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
From a gorilla who loves cats to an elephant with its own dog, check out these astonishing stories of interspecies affection. For many of us, pets aren't just casual companions. They are cherished members of the family. (Sometimes it even feels like we're the pets, and our pets are the masters.) So it’s worth asking: Are humans the only animals that keep pets? Or do other animals also keep pets and form deep companionships with other species?
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
On the second day of a four-day trek to Cape Melville a team led by Dr Conrad Hoskin, from James Cook University, and Dr Tim Laman, from Harvard University, discovered three reptile species, including a "bizarre-looking" leaf-tailed gecko, a golden-coloured skink and a boulder-dwelling frog — species that have been isolated from their closest cousins for millions of years. "We're talking about animals that are ancient — they would have been around in the rainforest of Gondwana... rainforest that's been there for all time," said Dr Hoskin.
Monday, December 9, 2013
A creative photographer has come up with an unusual pet project – snapping pictures of ecstatic dogs as they hang their heads out car windows. Lara Jo Regan, 48, took on the venture for her 2014 calendar “Dogs In Cars.”