Amy Sinatra Ayres
Only Henri could pull off being so sad and so funny all at once.
Our favorite black-and-white bastion of ennui is back with his seventh short film, in which the poor kitty is left with — gasp — a caretaker. As you may have guessed, this guy is not up to the task of taking care of a fine feline like Henri.
Le Chat Noir (and his person/filmmaker, Will Braden) debuted their latest masterpiece on Wednesday night at the second annual International Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minnesota. You may recall that last year, Henri’s famed Paw de Deux was selected as the best cat video on the Internet.
Below, check out Henri’s latest — dubbed “The Cat Is Sat” — and decide for yourself whether stardom has gone to his head.
Thanks to the folks at Big Cat Rescue in Florida, two feisty bobcats have been treated and released into their natural habitat.
Staff, volunteers and spectators were on hand to watch as they were let go into a 5,000-acre expanse in Florida in the spring, and now BCR has documented their story in a YouTube video (below).
Gator was about 3 months old when he was found by a dog on a family’s 4,000-acre ranch in Gainesville, Fla. Named for the University of Florida’s Gators, the emaciated and dehydrated kitten was brought to BCR for treatment.
Staff members at the Cameron Park Zoo in Texas were in for a surprise when Maya, a 14-year-old ocelot, gave birth to a male kitten in May.
Just last November, the zoo had brought in veterinary specialists from the Cincinnati Zoo to do a reproductive assessment on the aging dwarf leopard. Although Maya was past her breeding prime, the doctors thought there was some chance she could become pregnant, and tried to artificially inseminate her with sperm from her partner, 6-year-old Gustavo.
It didn’t work, and the team assumed Maya was too old to become pregnant. Then, on the morning of May 31, Maya didn’t seem to be feeling well, and was left in her night house. When her keepers went to check on her, they were shocked to discover someone else in there with her: a baby ocelot!
The zoo says that Maya and Gustavo must have decided to conceive the baby boy, named Aztec, “the old fashioned way.”
Here’s lookin’ at you, pup.
This adorable fuzzy baby Northern fur seal was born at the New England Aquarium to mom Ursula on Aug. 7.
It was just before midnight when an overnight engineer at the aquarium realized the 15-year-old mom was in labor, and called marine mammal coordinator Kathy Streeter.
“I could hear Ursula calling as I walked down the hallway,” said Streeter. “I thought she was still in labor, but when I entered I saw the pup laying a foot or so away from Ursula. Shortly thereafter, the pup and Ursula called to each other, but Ursula seemed exhausted and lay on her side so that the baby could find her and nurse.”
The aquarium’s staff hasn’t yet been able to get a close enough look at the baby to determine its gender.
Streeter says mom and pup bonded well early on, and were already calling back and forth to each other, as they do in the wild, when she arrived.
You can see how cute they are together in the video below.
We have no doubt your heart is full of love for the furry creature curled up beside you on the couch.
But have you ever wondered what your dog really makes of you? Or thought about how he manages to get (at least some) water from his bowl into his mouth? (And why, exactly, does so much of it ends up everywhere but in his mouth?)
National Geographic’s special, The Secret Life of Dogs, which airs on Sunday, seeks to answer some of those questions — along with some others you might not have thought about.
It’s been five months since this endangered Matchie’s tree kangaroo was born at Zoo Miami, but only now is the public beginning to get a look at the little one.
Like most marsupials, tree kangaroos are only about the size of a jellybean when they’re born. They spend the next few months nursing and developing in mom’s pouch.
The joey has begun to stick its head outside, but it’s still hairless and will stay snuggled inside for several more months until it’s ready to leave the comfort of mom’s pouch, reports Zooborns.
Joeys aren’t completely weaned until they’re about a year old.
Although the joey will continue to develop a strong bond with its mom, it won’t have much social interaction after that. Matchie’s tree kangaroos, who are native to Papua New Guinea, spend most of their days hidden away in the tops of trees, munching on leaves, bark and moss. They’re mostly solitary animals, according to Zooborns.