New panda movie opens in April

March 9, 2018 • 2:30 pm

Yes, I’m a sucker for cute animals, and everyone—save my friend Melissa Chen, who hates pandas and thinks they should be allowed to go extinct—thinks the panda is among the Top Five Cutest Animals.  On April 6, Warner Brothers will release the IMAX movie “Pandas”, which follows the life of  Qian Qian, a panda born in captivity but released in the wild to swell the shrinking population.

It’s narrated by Kristen Bell, and here’s the trailer:

I didn’t steer you wrong about Kedi, did I? (And if you haven’t seen it, you’re a reprobate.)

Oh, and here’s the Latin name of the giant panda: Ailuropoda melanoleuca, which means “black and white cat-foot”. There will be a quiz.

Unruly baby raccoon finally corralled by mom

August 24, 2017 • 2:30 pm

This is a great video showing a renegade baby raccoon refusing to enter its tree hole den. Mom is frustrated and makes repeated attempts to stuff the little bugger in, going so far as to grab it on the head with her teeth (this doesn’t look like a felid scruff carry!). She finally wins after a long struggle—after all, that baby carries half of her genes and has to be secured.

End of the day squee: Joey (aka baby kangaroo) takes some first hops, rescues of bears stuck in stuff

July 9, 2017 • 2:30 pm

This video clearly doesn’t show the real first hops of the joey, but it’s still ineffably cute. The YouTube notes are below:

The Australian Reptile Park has had a bumper year for new arrivals with 8 month old Jellybean the eastern grey kangaroo joey being the latest bouncing bundle of joy showing off at the wildlife sanctuary only an hour north of Sydney

Jellybean is a part of The Australian Reptile Park’s eastern grey kangaroo family which visitors to the Park are able to walk freely amongst and hand-feed them. This hands-on interaction with an Aussie icon is often a highlight to both domestic and international guests.

And two “stuck bear” rescue videos sent by reader Tyler. Humans can be nice, especially when rescuing bears! The first video shows a big bear with its head stuck in a bucket, the second a bear stuck in a barrel. In both cases things end well.

Hips don’t lie: Fat squirrel stuck in manhole cover rescued; then eats more

December 8, 2016 • 3:15 pm

I’m going to shamelessly steal this entire story from the BBC site because it’s so damn funny. Click on the headline to go to it, but the entire text is below:


A red squirrel who got stuck halfway through a manhole cover thanks to his curvy hips is recovering after a lengthy rescue operation in Munich.

Initial attempts to free the animal by slathering him in olive oil failed, with his huge behind preventing him from squeezing his way out.

He was finally freed after animal rescue services lifted off the cover and eased his head through the hole.

Locals have nicknamed the squirrel “Olivio” after his oily encounter.

After the ordeal on Friday, an exhausted Olivio was wrapped in a warm towel and fed glucose, local media report.

Staff at a local animal shelter say Olivio is recovering well and has now moved on to a diet of Christmas nuts.

“He was almost dead,” Sabine Gallenberger from the Squirrel Protection Association told German media.

“Now he is eating a lot and sleeps all the time.”

The BBC was unable to verify the size of Olivio’s behind.


That last line is a classic.

Here’s the original headline from the German paper online, with the lovely German word for squirrel (click on screenshot to go to story auf Deutsch):


My translation:

Hips too wide

Squirrel stuck fast in manhole cover

Olivio can no longer free himself from the hole

h/t: Michael

Afternoon squee: capybara with ducklings on its back

May 18, 2016 • 2:45 pm

I’ve noticed that the evening news on television always ends on an upbeat note, clearly designed to leave the audience feeling good—and perhaps to tune in the next day. So today I’ll do the same, showing two adorable beasts interacting in the bathtub. The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), is, of course, the world’s largest rodent, and can weigh up to 66 kg (145 pounds!). I’m told they’re good to eat, but they’re too cute to kill. They’re South American and largely aquatic, and so could be on the way to becoming hippo-like, or even whale-like. But on to the squee:

From boingboing, which notes:

“This is JoeJoe the Capybara, enjoys baths and hanging out with baby ducks.”

In addition to his YouTube Channel, Joe has an instagram account and a Facebook page.

That’s a chill rodent.

h/t: Grania