Posts Tagged: animals
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A Game of Ice and Fire and Costumes and Staffs

"They dress in bear heads and bells, and behave like beasts."

Right when you think you've been starting to pull things together.

[Thanks, Natalie!]

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The Quick Brown Fox Tripped Over the Cuddly Sloth

Because most of the chocolate-tasting jobs are already taken.

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And the Winner of the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Is…

…Banana Joe, this nine-year-old Affenpinscher from the Netherlands. In the video above, he's winning Best in Breed (Toy); yesterday he won it all. According to the American Kennel Club, the Affenpinscher is known as "a peppy dog that has the face and impish nature of a monkey," and was originally used for killing rats and mice. (Which would actually make for a spectacular live-competition category.) The AKC also ranks breeds by popularity, if you're interested.

And then, because first thing in the morning is definitely the right time for it, Petfinder.

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Nom Nom Nom Crunch

"Dyer said she and her colleagues aren't yet sure why cuteness seems to trigger expressions of aggression, even relatively harmless ones. It's possible that seeing a wide-eyed baby or roly-poly pup triggers our drive to care for that creature, Dyer said. But since the animal is just a picture, and since even in real life we might not be able to care for the creature as much as we want, this urge may be frustrated, she said. That frustration could lead to aggression." The science behind "IMMA EAT YOU UPPP."

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Inteview With a Gunnison Sage Grouse

As part of our ongoing series of conversations with animals on policy and population control issues, we recently sat down with Anne, a Gunnison sage grouse living in Utah.

Us: Hi, Anne.

Anne: O THE ROSY-FINGERED DAWN! O HERALD OF THE MORNING!

Us: Is this a bad time? Who's he?

Anne's Special Friend: MY DARLING! LET US GREET THIS NEW DAY TOGETHER!

Us: Oh. Ohhhh. Um, we can come back?

Anne: POP THOSE AIR SACS AT ME.

Anne's Special Friend: You want me to fan my tail, too?

Anne: You know it, baby.

Us: I mean, we only have an hour or so in Moab to get this interview [...]

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Unfortunate Week for Meat

South Africa study finds donkey meat sold as beef.

What will they find in meat tomorrow? Somewhere an olive oil wizard and his public relations team are sharing seven celebratory glasses of wine and a handful of nuts.

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Interview With a Whale

As part of our ongoing series of conversations with animals on policy and population control issues, we recently sat down with Whale, a humpback whale currently based off the coast of Alaska.

Us: Hi, Whale.

Whale: Long time no talk, huh? It's been…twenty years?

Us: I know! I'm sorry. I grew up.

Whale: It's okay. This is what happens. Being a whale, particularly being, you know, more of a metaphor for childish wonder and exploration, I'm used to it. 30 Rock! That movie with Jeff Daniels. It's like being the Velveteen Rabbit, or something. What brought you back?

Us: The baby had a stomach bug, so I found a bunch [...]

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Cube Fish, Inverted Hedgehogs, and Other Animals

Illustrator/animator Guillermo García Carsí's Doomed: A Biological Cartoon! tells a story of "the failures of the natural selection" process (per production company El Señor Studio) and won lots of awards in the past couple years, but is only just recently online in full. Lovely and odd.

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Goats Screaming Like Humans

Worse than the human-faced dog. Substantially worse.

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And the Puppy Bowl IX Contestants Are…

"And just like a biscuit, [Biscuit] always rises to the occasion." —The 2013 Puppy Bowl lineup has been announced, and my money's on Aurora and Juniper, although Biscuit, Eli, and Tuck seem to be ones to keep a cold, appraising eye on as well. (Full gallery here.)