November 28, 2014

Cute, tiny baby wolves take their first timid steps outside the den, under the watchful eye of mum

Wolves only use dens when they have young pups that are not yet able to travel with the pack.

Wolf dens are usually located near water and dug into well-drained soil on a south-facing slope. They can be dug under a boulder, among tree roots, or in cut banks, hollow logs or other sturdy natural structures. Wolves often enlarge existing coyote or fox dens.

Wolf den entrances measure about 18 inches in diameter. The passageway, which may be straight, forked or hooked, is 4 to 18 feet long with a chamber measuring about 20 inches high by 50 inches wide by 40 inches deep. No bedding is added to the den.

If the den has been used in past years, bones will be scattered about and well-defined trails should radiate from the den. It is common for dens to be reused.


So you thought having twins were tough? This Wild dog mom suckles 15 pups

 The African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

These long-legged canines have only four toes per foot, unlike other dogs, which have five toes on their forefeet.

The dog's Latin name means "painted wolf," referring to the animal's irregular, mottled coat, which features patches of red, black, brown, white, and yellow fur. Each animal has its own unique coat pattern, and all have big, rounded ears. African wild dogs live in packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. The female has a litter of 2 to 20 pups, which are cared for by the entire pack. These dogs are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. Social interactions are common, and the dogs communicate by touch, actions, and vocalizations.


This cat and dog duo like to start the day with a little rough and tumble in their owner’s bathroom.

 Espurr the cat and Growlithe the husky may be mismatched in size but that doesn’t stop the energetic little cat from giving as good as she gets.

 Their play-fighting may look vicious but really they’re good friends.

Petting Your Alpha Cat If you’ve ever been in the middle of a petting session with your kitty only to have him suddenly scratch you, you likely have an alpha cat.

Your alpha might have had enough petting. If this is the case, he usually gives you what he probably thinks are obvious signals. If you don’t pick up on them and continue petting him, he’ll likely scratch or bite you. An alpha cat who is done with the petting narrows his eyes, thumps his tail from side to side and gives your hand a sideways glance. This is a classic alpha cat move.


They're not exactly birds of a feather, but this greyhound and his feathered friend are inseparable.

Torque, a 6-month-old greyhound, befriended a baby owl at the Ringwood Raptor and Reptile Center in New Hampshire when the owl was taken from its mother for its own protection after just three days. Keepers worried that the owl, whom they named Shrek, would be hurt by her mother if they were to become stressed.

Shrek and Torque's friendship started slowly with falconer John Picton introducing them gradually by feeding the baby owl and the puppy in the same room and by letting Torque sniff Shrek and become familiar with her scent. But within just a matter of days, Torque took Shrek under his "wing" and adopted her as his own.

Today, the two play outside with Torque closely guarding Shrek, and at Picton's home they roam the house together and often spend the evenings curled on the couch watching TV. "Their relationship is so unusual but also rather sweet," Picton says. (Source)

Check out this adorable video of Torque and his feathered friend, Shrek.



New Zealand put on a traditional Maori Haka performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the primary statue – Abraham Lincoln, 1920 – was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin.

Dedicated in 1922, it is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.

Approximately 6 million people visit the memorial annually. In 2007, the Memorial was ranked seventh in the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. The Memorial is open to the public 24 hours a day and is free to visit.