This unlikely cat and rat pairing broke all the stereotypes — and they managed to find an amazing friendship in the process.

Maggie Szpot and her family found Ranj, an orange tabby, when he was just a stray kitten in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Though Szpot had pet rats while Ranj was growing up, when she brought home two new rats, Peanut and her sister Mocha, she was worried that his that his hunting streak would come out, she told. She couldn't have been more wrong.

"Peanut first met Ranj when [Peanut] was still a baby," Szpot said. "I had brought Peanut and her sister out of their cage to play, and I put them in a fenced area for them to run around in, and Ranj actually jumped inside to get a closer look. He is always curious of new things … they quickly became good friends and Peanut followed Ranj around everywhere."

Mocha, on the other hand, never quite warmed up to Ranj — but one video shows just how inseparable Peanut and the orange cat were. In the short clip, Peanut just can't help herself and climbs over Ranj nonstop.

"If Ranj went to eat out of his food bowl, Peanut would come and eat with him," Szpot said. "I think those were the cutest moments, when Peanut was so determined to be with Ranj that she would overcome all kinds of obstacles to be with him."

Peanut also liked to snuggle in Ranj's warm fur and provide very loving licks (which the cat sometimes returned), Szpot said. Since Ranj is a cat, however, he did need to have alone time every so often.


Wild Lynx Who Was Declawed and Kept as a Pet Finally Gets Sanctuary Home She Deserves

 The Canadian lynx is a 20-pound big cat, native to North America. At one time, they ranged freely from the frozen wilds of Alaska, all the way down into the Northern United States.

With few natural predators, these animals were once found in abundance all over this snowy domain, but after being targeted for their fur in the 19th century and falling victim to deforestation in the 20th century, these days, Lynx have found themselves on the endangered species list.

Cleo is a Canadian Lynx who was adopted by a human family as a kitten and forced to live as a pet. Instead of feeling the cool wind in her fur and the snow under her feet, poor Cleo was declawed and forced to live her entire life indoors. Wild animals are not the same as domestic animals and, for this reason, they often make challenging pets. So when Cleo’s family split up, her papa did the right thing and found a home for her at The Wildcat Sanctuary.

The Wildcat Sanctuary is a non-profit located in Minnesota, that provides a lifelong home for abused, neglected and discarded big cats. Here they are given a second chance at life and a small taste of the freedoms that they have been denied. If you would like to learn more about The Wildcat Sanctuary, you can visit their website here.

Mitchell Barnett was walking past the Thunderbirds playing field on Thursday afternoon when he saw a juvenile bald eagle swoop down to the field.

 "How do I rate its soccer skills? Definitely better than me," he said. "To me, it seemed like it was trying to pick up the ball."

The bird made a few attempts to fly off with the ball, but eventually flew to a nearby tree.

Ildiko Szabo, an assistant curator at UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum, says she's seen behaviour like this before.

"Birds have been known to do crazy things like this," she said. "I don't know why it would go after a ball. It certainly doesn't look like food to me."

Note: The bald eagle's natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico. It is the only sea eagle endemic to North America. Occupying varied habitats from the bayous of Louisiana to the Sonoran Desert and the eastern deciduous forests of Quebec and New England, northern birds are migratory, while southern birds are resident, remaining on their breeding territory all year.
Eagle plays ball at UBC
A UBC student saw a juvenile bald eagle swoop down to the Thunderbirds field and start "playing" a little ball. Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/1.3436698
Posted by CBC Vancouver on Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kolima couldn't run like other dogs, so her only friend had to come to her.

According to owner Felice Caputo, the 1-year-old Anatolian shepherd was born with wobbler syndrome, a spinal condition that gives her a shaky gait and makes it painful to stand. As a result, Kolima spends most of the day crouching, even though, as a puppy, she'd rather "play and rock the world."

Luckily, Kolima's desire for companionship was noticed by Paolo, Caputo's otherwise "mischievous and stubborn" 6-year-old donkey.

"After an initial moment of indifference, Paolo saw Kolima's difficulties and took her under his wing," writes Caputo. "The only time of day Kolima finds the energy to stand up and play is when I take her to Paolo." Since then, Caputo has had to reconsider his role in the growing kinship between the grouchy donkey and disabled pup.

"I thought I adopted a puppy," writes Caputo, "but every day it becomes clearer that she was adopted by my donkey."


Lui è Kolima.Kolima è un Kangal, un Pastore dell'Anatolia, il cane più imponente che io abbia mai visto, ed è diventato membro della nostra famiglia esattamente un mese fa.Purtroppo Kolima ha una patologia maledetta che si chiama Sindrome di Wobbler, una malattia congenita neurologica per colpa della quale le vertebre del suo collo vanno a comprimere il midollo spinale e i nervi, questo gli comporta "instabilità della colonna vertebrale, con alterazioni anche a livello delle articolazioni, dei dischi intervertebrali e anche dei legamenti".In pratica Kolima si regge in piedi a fatica, cammina in modo traballante, ha difficoltà a rialzarsi da terra e passa la maggior parte della giornata accucciato.Ma Kolima è anche un cucciolo, ha poco più di un anno, e vorrebbe giocare e spaccare il mondo.Ecco, credevo di averlo adottato io, questo cucciolo, ma ogni giorno mi sembra sempre più evidente che lo abbia adottato il mio asino.Paolo è un asino di sei anni, è con me dallo svezzamento.Quando ero piccolo, mio nonno, il Felice Caputo vero, duro e un pò arrogante come le pietre che aveva spaccato per una vita, mi raccontava sempre del suo asino, di come da ragazzo lo accompagnava a lavorare dalla campagna fino ad Avellino centro, di come non gli saliva in groppa ma andava a piedi al suo fianco, al fianco di Paolo, il Paolo vero.Quando mi sono trasferito ad abitare e a vivere la stessa campagna, decisi di voler convivere a mia volta con un asino, e gli misi una "sepponta" indelebile per ricomporre "Felice e Paolo", una coppia che a quanto pare continua a funzionare.Se pensate che un asino maschio, per quanto di taglia piccola, possa avere un caratteraccio, sia dispettoso e testardo, avete ragione.Se pensate che un asino maschio sia una animale poco intelligente, di poche pretese e senza empatia, avete torto marcio.L'unico momento della giornata in cui Kolima trova le energie per alzarsi e giocare è quando lo porto da Paolo.Sono uno spettacolo: Paolo, il dispettoso e testardo Paolo, dopo un primo momento di indifferenza ha preso il cagnone sotto la sua ala protettiva, si è reso conto delle difficoltà motorie di Kolima e, per farlo giocare e dargli calore, fa cose incredibili.Si inginocchia per evitare che si sforzi, lo mordicchia, si stende vicino a lui, lo fa mettere nel suo fieno.Paolo ha adottato Kolima.(con sommo dispiacere della capra che non si fida troppo)Lungi da me estrapolare conclusioni mielose da questo fatto, solo, la prossima volta che pensate di poter insegnare a qualcuno come amare o spaccate il cazzo su come deve essere composta una famiglia, venite da me, vi metto un paio di giorni nelle stalle con Paolo e Kolima, così imparate un fatto.
Posted by Felice Caputo on Saturday, February 6, 2016


Kinta didn’t always have reason to smile. When Kinta was around a year old, Michelle found her on top of a neighbor’s car in Owasso, Oklahoma. It was a mystery how she got there but she looked hungry and thirsty. Michelle took her to the vet where it was determined she was not microchipped.

After searching for Kinta’s unknown owners for several months, Kinta became part of Michelle’s family permanently. She’s now around 8 years old.

But when did the family first notice Kinta’s “squinta”? It started off as a guilty dog expression but when she got cuddles and hugs for it, she associated the squint with love and attention. So no wonder it has become a regular thing, and something Michelle is happy to share with the rest of the world.

Kinta is now around 7 to 8 years old and loves nothing more than making her forever family laugh with her funny little smiles (and winks).

In addition to her parents, Kinta has quite the extensive furry family — there's her big sister, a cat named Honey, and three younger guinea pig sisters named Smore, Lemon and Noodles.


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