9 unconvential pets you can actually own

Cats and dogs are amazing but some pet owners just want something a little more exotic. Of course for those there are a number of weird and wonderful pets available, some you may have never realised you could own.

Buzzfeed put together this list of 9.

1. Skunks
2. Teacup pigs
3. African Pygmy Hedgehogs
4. Fennec Foxes
5. Wallabies
6. Capybaras
7. Wolves
8. Muntjac Deer
9. Sugar Gliders

Of course you need to check your local state / country laws on these animals but many of them are legal USA wide and many places in the world. Along with these there are many more animals including very exotic reptiles, birds and more.

But the issue really isn’t if the pet is legal or not to own, to me it’s if you should be bringing these animals into a home.

Personally I think these kinds of animal or any wild or close to wild animal should not be bred as a pet. We should only ever have them as rescued animals.

In fact I think while dogs and cats die in shelters were probably shouldn’t be breeding any animals as pets, it’s quite a selfish endeavor!

What do you think?

17 baby elephants learning how to use their trunks Buzzfeed

If you don’t love elephants then maybe you are just a cold hearted soul! I find it nearly impossible to see how you wouldn’t love these amazing creatures!

Just like human babies elephants are not born with all the skills they need and learning to have full control of their trunks is something that takes time, experimentation and a lot of fun, or so it seems!

Buzzfeed put together 17 gifs showing these cut little critters, ok not little, learning to use their extra limb in the cutest ways!

Here are the first five:

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Amazing eh! See the rest here.

One thing that’s sad about these babies is that they are all in captivity! I know this is needed but I wish I had never seen an elephant in real life, they should be in the wild far far away from our destroying ways.

19 Reasons @CrapTaxidermy is scariest Twitter feed

Being an animal lover I don’t have much reason to be staring at Taxidermy but if you have ever come across the Twitter account @CrapTaxidermy you’ll be there scrolling through repeatedly saying why, why, why!

I get the reasons why some people have their beloved pets stuffed, I wouldn’t do it but each to their own! I don’t understand why you would kill an animal to stuff it though but then I don’t understand why you would kill an animal for any reason other than saving your own skin under an attack!

So this whole taxidermy thing, especially these freak show horrible bad attempts scare the living daylights out of me! Here are 19 images from @CrapTaxidermy which will show you why it’s a damn scary feed!

If you don’t like these kinds of images, I advise you don’t look down!

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Why oh why oh why!

Isn’t it time Taxidermy just stopped? What do you think?

11 Photos Of Twin Polar Bears That Will Make Any Crappy Day Better

Having a crappy day? Well then you might want to bookmark one of Buzzfeed’s latest posts, use it today and any crappy day to make the world seem like a better place!

Polar bears, despite the huge size and real danger if we get close (we are more dangerous to them in the scheme of things) are simply majestic. Something about the white beast draws our attention like few other fluffy creatures. Maybe it’s the ice dwelling, the solitude, their rarity, something about them is pure magic. Sadly we are destroying their habitat, so seeing babies with them gives us some hope and twin polar bear babies are just about as cute as anything else I can imagine!

These little cubs seem to like to roll around in the mud and play all day and make some stunning poses for the camera. So, I guess you want to see them eh? Head on over to Buzzfeed here: http://bzfd.it/1nPLXvn

Polar bears have one of the lowest reproductive rates amongst mammals and generally have their first litter at 5 or 6 years old, despite reaching maturity between 3-5. Males often don’t breed until they reach 8-10.

Females will have a litter about every 2-3 years and about 5 in total throughout life. Litters are around 1-4 cubs, so for the Mamma in the photo she has landed in the middle, the typical litter.

Oddly cubs are born while the female hibernates so she has to put on a lot of weight to sustain both her and the babies for this period.

Babies are born deaf and blind and hairless, they can see within a month and have hair and are walking after two. A slow process and dangerous time.

21 Babies Meeting Dogs For The First Time

I don’t know what it is about babies and dogs but there is often a connection and the dogs get protective, playful and know they are supposed to care or be friends with this entity. Babies mostly have a positive reaction too and now we have the power of YouTube and photo sharing sites like Instagram there seem to be hundreds of these first encounters committed to film for us to see.

The moments are funny, beautiful and odd at times but in most cases go very well and friends for life are made!

Of course, dogs are animals so babies need to be supervised when around man’s best friend.

Buzzfeed compiled 21 of these meetings and put together a great list with some pricesless photos which can be seen here: http://bzfd.it/1hSeo4q

But to get the live action I suggest you head to YouTube and just type in Babies Meeting Dogs For The First Time, you’ll get confronted with an amazing amount of results!

So, do you have a baby and a dog? Do you remember their first time meeting and even better did you manage to capture it?

 

79 Insane Facts That Will Change The Way You Look At The Animal Kingdom Buzzfeed

Lets face it, animal facts often amaze! There are so many unexplained and unbelievable things related to the wild kingdom that you often just have to shake your head in awe.

Everyone’s favorite list website has put together an insanely awesome list of facts, 79 of them infact, that show just how amazing animals are both physically and mentally. Below we share their first 20.

1. A chameleon’s tongue can be as long as its body.
2. Great white sharks can detect a drop of blood in 25 gallons of water and can even sense tiny amounts of blood from three miles away.
3. The blue whale’s tongue weighs as much as an adult elephant.
4. Houseflies hum in the key of F.
5. Fleas can jump distances 100 times their body length.
6. A beaver’s teeth never stop growing. It needs to chew on tree trunks and branches to keep them from getting too long.
7. Oysters can change gender multiple times during their life.
8. The water boatman can make a 105-decibel noise by rubbing its penis against its belly.
9. The howler monkey is the loudest land animal. Its call can be heard from three miles away.
10. Blue whales are the loudest mammals, producing low-frequency “pulses” that can be heard from more than 500 miles away.
11. The snapping shrimp is the loudest known living creature. It has specialized claws that shoot jets of water at up to 62 miles per hour and leaving a trail of bubbles that explode at 200 decibels — enough to stun and even kill its prey.
12. A cheetah can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in three seconds.
13. Male emperor penguins will stand without eating for up to two months in the Antarctic elements while the female goes to feed.
14. During those two months, the mother will travel up to 50 miles each way to hunt, and will return to their newly-hatched chick with a belly full of food to regurgitate.
15. Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life.
16. Seahorses are also the only animal on earth where the male bears the unborn young.
17. Polar bears have black skin under their white fur to better absorb the rays of the sun.
18. The name “jaguar” comes from a Native American word meaning “he who kills with one leap.”
19. Hippos secrete a red oily substance from their skin that acts as sunblock and a moisturizer.
20. All clownfish are born male, and will only change sex to become a dominant female.

And the remaining 59 can be seen here: http://bzfd.it/Q0dxY2

I love the fact that gender doesn’t seem to be much of an issue amongst some fish and lizards, they just change as needs be! Maybe our world would be a little easier if it was that way!

I also love the physical feats of power and speed, makes me feel very inferior!

What’s your favorite fact from the list?

Tibetan mastiff puppy sold 2million

Have you ever seen a Tibetan Mastiff before? Well they certainly are a stand out doggy but the fact that one has just reportedly sold for 2million seems absolutely insane!

The sale said to have happened in China may be the most expensive dog sale ever made.

The passing resemblance to a lion and sometimes ferocious demeanour have led the dogs to become extremely popular amongst high society China and of course around the world. This has led to prices just spiralling out of control.

A property developer in China has said to have paid 2 million for the one year old pup!

The details of the sale can be found on the Huff: http://huff.to/1l63XzH

Of course as an animal lover I find this ridiculous. These dogs don’t really know they are different to others and have no idea of their supposed worth! They are just dogs like any other, like any mutt. It makes me sad they have become a commodity.

Part of me wishes there was no breed and dogs were just allowed to breed with each other then you would hope we would just own dogs because we want to have a pet, not for a symbol of status.

What do you think?

Hippo Saves Gnu

Hippo Saves Gnu – A video is going viral showing a struggling Gnu looking as if it’s being saved by a few Hippos and then helped back to land.

The video shows a croc slowly dragging a tired gnu that’s trying to cross the water back under, then some hippos notice the struggle and close in, scaring off the croc. A large hippo then appeared to stay with the gnu and encourage it onto dry land. If it’s as it appears then it’s a truly amazing moment!

The full video can be seen below.

Some higher res stills of what seems to be an amazing rescue can be seen on Yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/hippo-saves-gnu-from-crocodile-slideshow/

Of course we project a lot onto animals but the intention in this video seems clear and I personally am not surprised. Hippos don’t exactly want crocs to thrive and they are one of the only animals that at adult size are big enough to mess with the dangerous reptiles.

I wish we could know more of what they are thinking!

911 Cat Call

911 cat call – Police get called for incidents related to cats more than they probably should but this case may have been fair!

Police in Portland, Oregon, were called to subdue a 22 pound house cat after it trapped it’s owners inside their bedroom. Luckily the baby is not injured so maybe we can sort of laugh a little at the insanity of this story!

It was said the 911 operator could hear the cat screeching in the background as the couple called in to get help! When officers arrived they used a dog snare and managed to capture the wailing beast and get it into a crate.

The cat remained with it’s owners despite having a history of violence!

This story is of course slightly sad. The cat is clearly disturbed in some way and maybe the owners really need to try and find out what’s wrong and maybe the cat needs a home away from kids. I don’t know the full history of the cat so full comment isn’t fair but I would love to hear what you think.

Bindi Irwin SeaWorld

Bindi Irwin SeaWorld - You may be wondering if Bindi Irwin has even seen Blackfish after her latest announcement that she is partnering with SeaWorld! The 15 year old is getting a lot of flack for heading saying that she is heading a new campaign for the controversial park aimed at teens. PETA especially have some very harsh words that may upset even some of their supporters but you can see where their frustration is coming from!

So while many stars run away from being involved with the park Bindi is putting her face to it! Honestly I think it’s a bad move and that she has made a bad decision.

MSN reported that Bindi said on Thursday:

“I’m so excited to be carrying on in Dad’s footsteps and making sure that everything he worked so hard for continues for the generations to come.

“That’s why I’m thrilled to be empowering kids. I’m thrilled to be partnered up with SeaWorld. Thrilled to be part of this new project Generation Nature and just encouraging kids to change the world.”

I don’t know what Steve would have said about SeaWorld but this feels all wrong to me! I won’t go as hard on her as PETA though who went after the whole Irwin family saying:

“The Irwin family has been exploiting animals for years, so it comes as no surprise that Bindi has agreed to become SeaWorld’s latest shill.

“But plastering her face on SeaWorld’s website won’t cover up the fact that orcas, dolphins, and other animals are suffering in SeaWorld’s tiny tanks after being ripped from their families. What millions have realized – through PETA’s massive campaign and the hit documentary Blackfish – is that SeaWorld is no place for anyone who truly cares about animals.”

I think maybe the press should give her a break but maybe her fans can help sway her away from this choice.

What do you think?