Mother's Day is right around the corner--and where would our furry friends be without those frequently unsung Homer's Heroes: The Cat Mom. We couldn't have said it better ourselves than this beautiful video does. Watch and rejoice!
You've gotta be KITTEN me! You may think dogs have the crime-fighting racket all sewn up ("Turner and Hooch," anyone?), but that's only because you've never met Squirt the Crime-Fighting Kitty. Squirt started life as a street-wise stray, but his fortunes changed for the much-much-better the day he crossed paths with a kindly police officer (who goes by the name of DonutOperator on Instagram). Found beneath a Dumpster in desperate need of some TLC, Squirt was taken in by the big-hearted policeman...and the rest is history.
Nothing can beat a cat when it comes to pure obsessiveness–and this cat's more obsessed than most! We're not sure this poor, innocent trash can deserves all the…attention…this frolic-y feline is bestowing on it, but we're positive you'll laugh as hard as we did watching him go to town!
That cats love cardboard boxes isn't news to anyone who's ever lived with a cat. Most cats prefer curling up in a comfy old shoe box to any of the more elaborate bedding options we humans, as their faithful servants, bring home for their approval.
But, at long last, cat parents have an option for a cardboard box that's actually aesthetically pleasing! Poopy Cat, a design company based in Amsterdam, is launching a line of cardboard play houses for cats based on famous landmarks from around the world. The seven current designs Poopy Cat's working on include the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the White House, and Russia's St. Basil. Made entirely from recycled materials, the houses are double-layered for extra durability. Your cat's always known he deserves to live like a king--and now he can have the palace to prove it!
Didn't the Ancient Egyptians worship cats?
Not even the Taj Mahal's too regal for this royal kitty!
Think your cat would like to live inside Russia’s Saint Basil’s Cathedral?
Lions are some of the most beautiful animals on earth. Perhaps that's why generations of humans have been obsessed with hunting them or kidnapping them to perform in circuses. But, on Monday, one cargo plane carrying 33 lions from Lima, Peru, to Johannesburg, South Africa finally reversed that trend.
The lions, all rescued from illegal circuses in South America, were part of the biggest lion rescue effort Animal Defenders International (ADI) has ever organized.
Operation Spirit of Freedom, more than simply rescuing these majestic creatures from a life of captivity and suffering, will give them the chance to live the lives they were always meant to--in the wild and out of human hands.
"Before ADI rescued them, these animals had never felt the grass beneath their feet or the sun over their heads. Yesterday, they were in the African bush," Jan Creamer, president of ADI, said in a statement. "This has been a really important mission because it has eliminated circus suffering in Peru, saving future generations of animals."
The year-long effort hit more than a few snags. Many of the circuses, which are banned in Peru, fled with the lions and hid from authorities in an effort to maintain their illegal operations. ADI worked closely with local authorities to find and account for the animals at enormous expense--roughly $10,000 per lion. But donations were raised from around the world to cover the costs.
After months in a rehabilitation facility, where they received the medical care they desperately needed but had been denied for so long, the lions were finally flown to a sanctuary in South Africa. Many of the lions were declawed and de-fanged by their captors, meaning they'll never be able to hunt the way lions are meant to. But they'll get to live the remainder of their lives in their natural habitat, free from threats by poachers and circuses.
"African sun, African night skies, African bush and sounds, clouds, summer thunderstorms, large enclosures in a natural setting where they can remember who they are," Savannah Heuser, founder of Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, said in a statement.