Make way for the VIPs: Chinese panda bears get a warm welcome in Belgium

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Hao Hao and Xing Hui are no ordinary visitors to Belgium. These furry animals are China’s favourite pandas and have just arrived in Belgium on a 15-year loan from China. They traveled in a pagoda-style cage onboard a cargo plane from China and were taxied into their arriving terminal through an arc of water from […]

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Injured animals keep moving with state-of-the-art prosthetics

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 14 March 2014

Isn’t technology great? These animals have been given a second chance at a normal life, thanks to extraordinary prosthetic technology. From an elephant that was maimed by a landmine to Hoppa, a four-year-old dog born without front legs, these prosthetics are working wonders all over the world.

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Party cups that will give you an instant nose job

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Thursday 6 March 2014

It’s time to ditch those red, frat boy party cups and move on to something more mature: party cups with photo-realistic noses printed on the side. ‘Pick Your Nose Party Cups’, are a set of 24 paper drinking cups with a sense of humour. They have noses printed on the side, such that when someone takes a drink, they’ll look like they have a different nose and mouth. It’s hilarious when the ladies pick the ones with the moustache design, giving prowling guys the chance to use the pick-up line: ‘Excuse me, but I moustache you something’.

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Artist illustrates animals with human personalities

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Thursday 23 January 2014

Anthros is an eye-catching collection of anthropomorphic animal illustrations by US-based digital artist Kim Nguyen. What exactly is anthropomorphic? (Don’t fret, I had to look that one up too.) According to Merriam-Webster, anthropomorphic is defined as, ‘described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes’. So in this case, we have animals that take on human personalities and form.

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These adorable invertebrates are getting ready for bed

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 22 January 2014

Squids and octopi are not exactly what you’d call cute and adorable. They aren’t also the animals that you’d love to cuddle in bed with. Unless, you have a thing for that. But Tokyo-born, Vancouver-based illustrator and needle-felter Hine Mizushima has created a collection of eight hand-felted invertebrates that are so plush, you might just […]

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Attention, all cat owners: Your cat thinks you are just an oversized cat

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 20 January 2014

As if it wasn’t depressing enough to know that our feline pals aren’t really that attached to us, biologist Dr. John Bradshaw, who has over 30 years of experience in domesticated animal behavior, has revealed in his book Cat Sense that cats really think of their owners as a ‘larger, non-hostile’ cat. In other words, […]

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The Giant Gippsland: Australia’s monster earthworms

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 16 January 2014

First spiders, then crocodiles, now Anaconda-sized earthworms? Australia is really making it hard for me to pay them a visit. The Giant Gippsland, which can be found in Gippsland in the south-eastern part of Australia, is 31 inches long and one inch thick. That makes it the world’s largest species of earthworms. But worry not, […]

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Landforms created and transformed by animals

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 January 2014

Humans and Sims aren’t the only ones who can change the environment around them. Animals can, too. In Kenya, elephants have helped shape the walls of a cave called Kitum Cave. The pitch black cave is covered in salt, making it a delectable snack for hungry elephants. For thousands of years, these giant beasts have […]

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You can now buy your cat battle armour

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Tuesday 14 January 2014

Protect your beloved cat from all that threaten its furry nine lives! Etsy shop Schnabuble, purveyor of fine human wear, created a $500 suit of armour for your feline friend. Schnabuble passionately describes the battle armour on his Etsy page, ‘100% wearable, flexible, and comfortable, the Cat Battle Armor is a for-reals armor harness for your kitty.

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Best of 2013: Pig Beach, the Bahamas island where pigs and humans swim together

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 23 December 2013

Pig Beach, also known as Pig Island (yes, pigs have an island named after them and you don’t), was one of our favourite discoveries in 2013. It’s an uninhabited island located in the Bahamas. The video below shows pigs enjoying the island life and swimming with passing tourists. The pigs, despite being raised in the wild, appear friendly (dog-like even).

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Origami artist to fold a life-size replica of an elephant

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Saturday 14 December 2013

There’s a bunch of artistic projects on Indiegogo that are cool, but this one might just be at the top of the heap. White Elephant is a project founded by professional origami artist Sipho Mabona, where he’s aiming to fold an uncut square piece of paper into, yes, a life-size elephant.

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Tippi Degré: the little girl who grew up in the African wild

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Friday 13 December 2013

Tippi Degré had quite the amazing childhood. Imagine growing up with wildlife photographers as parents, roaming the African landscape, and making friends with wild animals wherever you go.

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Goats That Are Stuck: photos of goats that may be, er, stuck

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Websites on Friday 29 November 2013

Cats might own the Internet, but goats are a close second. Hell, we’ve just stumbled into the evil lair of Goats that be Stuck, a Facebook page dedicated to our bleating friends and succinctly described as containing ‘pictures of goats that may possibly be stuck’. It’s an understatement, because the captions that accompany the pictures have goat to be some of the daftest AND wittiest lines we’ve seen around. It’s an achievement in its own right.

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Bad, taxidermy! Bad!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 19 November 2013

Don’t know about you, but we can’t find much reason to be hooked on a site that showcases ‘the absolute worst of the taxidermic art’. It’s just one of these things you can’t tear yourself away from because it’s so unbelievably bad. However, when you finally do look away, it’s amazing how anything you set […]

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The smallest Armadillo species in the world: the Pink Fairy Armadillo

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 18 November 2013

It looks more like a mythical creature but this is in fact the smallest armadillo in the world. It weighs in around 100 grams (3.5 oz) and fits into your hand (if you’d want to touch it, that is). It’s covered in silky, white hair and its hard outer covering is rich in blood vessels […]

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