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JUN
01

Critically Injured Tortoise Receives World's First 3D Printed Shell

Critically Injured Tortoise Receives World's First 3D Printed Shell

A single brush fire can kill thousands of animals and decimate an area's local wildlife population. But Freddie the tortoise is luckier than most. Things looked grim for Freddie after most of his shell was burned away in a Brazilian wildfire. But a dedicated group of Homer's Heroes known as the Animal Avengers came to Freddie's rescue—and created the world's first 3D printed shell for him.

​ "Freddie was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help," said Designer Cicero Moraes, a member of the Sao Paulo-based volunteer group.A 3D computer image of Freddie's shell was constructed based on photographs that the group took of Freddie. The design was sent to dental surgeon Paulo Miamoto, who brought the design into real-world life with a 3D printer. As you can see, Freddie is happy as a clam in his new shell and enjoying some down time in a wildlife sanctuary. Well done, Avengers! To learn more about their work, click here.

Freddie the tortoise nearly lost his life in a brush fire

His shell was badly damaged so a group of volunteers made him a new one…with a 3D printer!

The new shell was a perfect fit!

Freddie's rescuers painted it by hand to make it look more natural

And, voila!

The Animal Avengers ensemble includes four vets, one dental surgeon, and a 3D designer

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE:

MAY
31

Kitten Sees Massive Peacock and Can't Believe His Eyes

Kitten Sees Massive Peacock and Can't Believe His Eyes

​There's probably nothing more regal than a puffed-up peacock in full display.  Yet who among us can maintain their dignity around a rambunctious kitten?  The kitten in this video can't believe his eyes when he sees his new feathered friend--and we're guessing that no peacock ever had to work harder to maintain his pride.  The whole encounter makes for one entertaining video--check it out for yourself!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

MAY
31

Cat Trying to Apologize to His Furiend Gives Up and Goes Rogue

Cat Trying to Apologize to His Furiend Gives Up and Goes Rogue

It's always hard to say you're sorry--especially when the person (or "purrson") you're trying to apologize to won't give you the time of day.  So we're entirely sympathetic to the poor kitty in this video trying so hard to make up with his pal, and equally understanding of his moment of crazed frustration at the end.  Who among us hasn't been there??? ;)

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MAY
31

Finally! "Lick" Your Cat Clean With This Pawsome New Brush

Finally! "Lick" Your Cat Clean With This Pawsome New Brush

They say that if you live long enough, you'll see everything--and now we have.  If you've ever found yourself wishing you could groom your cat like a cat, we've got great news for you!  The soon-to-be-released Licki Brush lets you do just that.  The tongue-shaped brush is designed to fit comfortably (or so we've been assured) in your mouth, allowing you to lick-brush your cat to your--and his--heart's content.  While the Licki Brush reminds us of "Chindogu" (the Japanese art of creating innovate, but ultimately absurd, everyday gadgets), we'll admit that our curiosity is piqued.  If yours is as well, check out the Licki Brush Kickstarter to find out how you can get your paws on one of the first Licki Brushes to roll off the assembly line.  Or you can just watch the video below to get your fix.

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MAY
30

Man Walks Into the Jungle, Ends Up With Big Cat BFF

Man Walks Into the Jungle, Ends Up With Big Cat BFF

There's nothing more special than being chosen by a cat--especially when that cat is one of the big cats.  Wildlife expert Coyote Peterson learned that first-hand the night he entered a Costa Rican jungle on an insect-research expedition and unexpectedly had an amazing encounter of the up-close-and-purrsonal kind with a stunning ocelot.  It takes a lot to make us jealous, but we'll admit we're pea-green with envy right now over this magical (if occasionally feisty) meeting--and we bet you will be too after you've seen it for yourself!

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