Kayakers lifted out of the ocean by huge whales struggle to stay upright, absolutely love it

July 23, 2014 | No comments

Paddling through the waters of Golfo Nuevo off the Atlantic Ocean in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, a kayaking duo was excited to see a pod of massive southern right whales. As they paddled closer to the giant creatures, the whales turned towards the kayakers and their encounter got a lot more intimate than they’d anticipated…

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Mother giraffe bravely fends off a pride of lions, saving her newborn calf

July 22, 2014 | No comments

For nearly half an hour, visitors to Kenya’s Olare Motorogi Conservancy Kicheche Bush Camp witnessed an incredible face-off between a pride of young lions and a mother giraffe protecting her newborn calf. The lions saw dinner in the weak calf, who was just days old, but were eventually forced to look elsewhere for a meal as the mother held her ground.

This minute-long video highlights several moments from the tense stand-off…

(via Twisted Sifter)

Squirrels navigate intense backyard obstacle courses (complete with British commentary)

July 22, 2014 | No comments

Steve Barley likes squirrels and assault courses. Using a bit of ingenuity and some household scraps, he combined his two interests and hung obstacle courses for squirrels across his backyard.

Then he got up early and waited. Soon enough two squirrels were more than happy to complete the test he set up if it meant reaching the food at the end…

(via Twisted Sifter)

Beagle steals baby’s toy, but then tries to make up for it (perhaps too much)

July 21, 2014 | No comments

After Charlie the Beagle took his little friend’s toy, he tried to apologize. But he might have overdone it…

(via TO)

Since a few of the millions who have seen this video have complained that it’s faked, dad posted a response.

Hamster wheel for cats wildly exceeds Kickstarter goal, because…it’s a hamster wheel for cats

July 20, 2014 | No comments

With the simple goal to “make cats happy,” a few days ago, One Fast Cat launched their campaign to raise $10,000 for the first run of their lightweight, inexpensive, relatively aesthetically pleasing exercise wheel for cats…

Not surprisingly, despite having fewer than 500 backers at this point, they are already nearing 10 times their goal.

If you’re riding this elephant, don’t worry about dropping your camera… He’s got it.

July 20, 2014 | No comments

Adrian Fowler was riding Jack the elephant on a safari in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, when he dropped his camera on the ground. Jack didn’t waste any time putting his trunk to use to retrieve the fallen camera…

Pit bull saves a sleeping deaf boy from his burning home

July 18, 2014 | 1 comment

When a fire broke out in 13-year-old Nich Lamb’s Indianapolis home on Wednesday, he was sleeping without his cochlear implants, unable to hear the fire alarms. Fortunately, Nich’s 2-year-old pit bull Ace was there to save him…

(via Most Watched Today)

This rescue dog is sleeping, but his happy tail sure isn’t

July 18, 2014 | No comments

Rafael Borges said that when he and his wife adopted Frank the dachshund, the 5-month-old dog “was afraid of shadows, glimmerings, peed [on] everything (including himself), no tail wagging and [was] fearful.” He was also deaf as a result of the horrible mistreatment he had endured.

A year after adopting him, Borges filmed his beloved pet sleeping to show just how happy he is now…