Nice man drives dogs around in dog train



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The sad part about this story is that this 80-year-old retiree lives on a street where evil horrible people regularly abandon dogs (WTF, AMERICA???).

The happy part is that adopts them and drives them around on a train.

“We live down on a dead-end street, where me and my brother have a horse barn,” Eugene Bostick of Fort Worth told The Dodo. “People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve. So, we started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live.”

Over the years, Bostick has apparently taken in “countless” abandoned dogs. But wait! There’s MOAR!

“One day I was out and I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train,'” said Bostick. “I’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied them together.”

And that’s how the dog train came to be.

What a great guy. Someone should buy him a nice present.


Butterflies drinking turtle tears, and why turtles cry

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Here is a picture of Julia Butterflies (Dryas iulia) drinking the tears of turtles in Ecuador.

“The turtles placidly permit the butterflies to sip from their eyes as they bask on a log. This ‘tear-feeding’ is a phenomenon known as lachryphagy which is a type of mud-puddling.” Which leads us to the next question: What’s “mud puddling”?

Well, Wikipedia says, “Mud-puddling, or simply puddling, is behaviour most conspicuous in butterflies, but occurs in other animals as well, mainly insects; they seek out certain moist substances such as rotting plant matter, mud and carrion and they suck up the fluid.”

I have another question: why is the turtle crying?

According to Exploring Nature,  “When Sea turtles cry, it is not because they are sad. They have a gland that empties into their eyes that helps them get rid of too much salt that they collect living in the salty ocean. You can only see their tears when they are out of the water on land, of course, and the tears also help keep sand out of the turtle’s eyes.”

OK. I’m glad he didn’t just get left by his wife or something.

I have no idea why I just assumed the turtle is a boy.

This photo was recently named Wikimedia Commons 2014 Picture of the Year.

(Via Twisted Sifter)

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Dog anchors the news

Is this Japanese? It’s probably Japanese. Whatever. At 0:50 I died.

 


Tauntaun cookies spill candy guts

tauntaun-cookie-background-1024x753Someone made tauntaun cookies with candy innards that spill out.

This is the sort of thing I will never ever do myself. But if you are the kind of person who does this sort of thing, here is the recipe. Even better if you live close to me and can make them and then drop some off at my house. Just for me. My husband is “paleo,” which is synonymous with “crazy,” so he doesn’t eat cookies whether they have candy innards or not. I don’t understand it either.

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A hummingbird feeder you wear on your face

eye2eye_hummingbird_feederThis is the Eye2Eye wearable hummingbird feeder from HeatStick.  You wear it on your head and tiny little hummingbirds come and eat right in front of your face.

From the website:

“It is based on a Full-Face Face Shield with a miniaturized hummingbird feeding tube built into it on the inside. Hummingbirds feed right in front of your eyes, right between your eyes, about an inch above your nose …”

Yay.

Here is a video of it in action. What I can’t tell is how long that guy sat there waiting for a hummingbird to come and eat from his face feeder. Maybe it’s a trained hummingbird. I don’t know if that’s a thing, but it would be cool, right?

(via Incredible Things)

 


This is a slug that looks like a bunny

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It’s rare that I think slugs are kind of cute, but this one is. It’s a Jorunna Parva and he’s got little ears and everything. Sort of. Bored Panda says, “This tiny sea slug’s bunny ears are actually rhinophores, or chemosensory scent/taste organs that help them detect chemicals in the water and make their way across the ocean floor. They can be found from the Indian Ocean to the Philippines to Japan.”

Slugbunny would have been a good name for an all-girl 1990s rock band.

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(Images: Saan Rina / ダイブストアエグザイル / d.hatena.ne.jp


Kitten and owl bffs are the best bffs

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Fuku the owlet and Marimo the kitten are best friends. They like to snuggle and nap and do BFF things at the their home in the Hukulou coffee shop in Osaka, Japan (of course).

*Kerthunk*

I fainted from the sweetness.

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(via Bored Panda)


Tiny Hamster celebrates July 4 with his friends

Speaking of the Tiny Hamster, here he is having a July 4 party with his buddies the guinea pig, bunny rabbit, and hedgehog.

I dunno who invited the dude in the red shirt though. Go home man, you’re drunk.


This is not actually a snake. It’s a butterfly pupae

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This butterfly pupae makes a very convincing snake. According to Nerdist, it not only looks like a scary viper, it also can sense nearby movement and will wiggle to scare predators away. The caterpillars/butterflies are native to Trinidad. Interestingly, the Gaboon pit Viper, which is appears to be imitating, is not.

Nature is neat.

Interestingly, the butterfly itself isn’t as fancy. Clearly most of the work went into the cocoon.

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The fastest dog on two front paws!

jiff-konjoThis is Konjo. He is a chihuahua and he is the fastest dog on two paws, because that is an actual title that he won.

“Konjo has claimed the title of fastest 5 metres on front paws by a dog with a time of 2.39 sec,” says the Guinness Book of World Records website, “smashing [former title holder] Jiff [the pomeranian]’s record of 7.76 sec. The attempt took place at Tustin Sports Park, Tustin, California, USA on 22 December 2014.”

How we’re only finding out about this now is anyone’s guess.

Here are some pictures of Konjo walking on his front paws, and video.

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(via Laughing Squid)