As it turns out, we don’t need high-powered telescopes to see far into outer space. All we actually need are diving gear! In Indonesia, a recently-discovered species of crayfish is turning heads for having a shell that looks like a cosmic nebula – or one of those EDM album covers.
Normally, we’d be screaming ‘eeek’ upon seeing a rat, but in this case, we’re saying ‘awww’ instead. On Instagram, a 3-year-old therapy dog and a 3-month-old rat are showing the world that friendship comes in different shapes and sizes.
Move over, Grumpy Cat. Meet Gary, he’s an eight-week-old cat who was born with two peculiar eyebrow markings that make him look like he’s always worried, earning him the nickname Concerned Kitten. Living in Manchester with his humans Andy and Caroline Entwistle, Gary was named after ‘Take That’ star Gary Barlow, who’s known for raising his eyebrows whenever he’s singing. As for the internet-friendly nickname?
Bonus points if that frog can talk and drink tea. In the jungles of Costa Rica, scientists have discovered a species of glass frog that looks like Kermit the Frog. The new species, called ‘Hyalinobatrachium dianae’, was able to evade the watchful eyes of science for many years due to its remote location and misleading insect-like sound, ‘a single, tonal long metallic whistle-like note’.
On one windy day, a three-week-old magpie fell out of her nest and was left to die by the side of the road. Fortunately, she’d soon find a new home, albeit much different from hers – the home of her rescuers, the Bloom family from Newport, Sydney.
Apparently, you don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to see Ewoks. In the Tian Shan Mountains of China, researchers have spotted the elusive Ili Pika, an adorable creature which hasn’t been seen in two decades. Discovered back in 1983 by conservationist Li Weidong, he named the rare mammal after his hometown, and not after Pikachu.
Last week’s solar eclipse saw some amazing photos, but one very lucky photographer had the opportunity of a lifetime… and ran with it. UK photographer Amy Shore was standing in her backyard garden in the morning of the eclipse in Leicestershire when she snapped away at the incredible view.
National Geographic’s Paul Rose was filming a documentary with his crew on an island in Seychelles when they heard something peculiar: tortoise moans. They then found two 250kg tortoises doing the nasty in the bushes, and proceeded to watch – because that’s what all of us would do.
For the past 10 years, Chris Barnes aka ‘Brolga’ of the TV show Kungaroo Dundee, has taken care of 28 orphaned baby kangaroos whose mothers had been tragically killed in road accidents. In a way, he’s become their surrogate mother, sans the pouch and fur.
In case you’re having a bad day, watch the video below. At the Royal Elephant Kraal & Village in Ayutthaya, Thailand, a baby elephant named ‘Double Trouble’ lives up to his name by causing quite the ruckus as he takes a refreshing bath. While getting hosed down by a visitor, the adorable calf clumsily goes in and out of his little tub, splashing water – not to mention poo (1:44) – everywhere.
At Taronga Zoo in Sydney, 20 recently-hatched veiled chameleons have stolen the spotlight from other animals, and it’s not hard to see why (which is ironic, what with chameleons being so hard to spot).
Persistence definitely pays off, even for animals! At the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a determined baby elephant tried his best to hurdle a log over and over again, much to our delight.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! In February, Dino Ferrari caught this monstrous wels catfish in the Po River in northern Italy. The fish weighed 20 stone (127 kilograms), was 2.67 metres in length, and is believed to be the biggest catfish ever caught with a rod and reel.
Apparently, bees are not just into honey, they’re into tea as well. Designer Tomas Gabzdil of Studio Libertiny worked together with a bee colony to create a beeswax sculpture that looks like a giant teapot. The project serves as a statement about power of bees and the beauty they bring to the world.
Most wombats weigh around 57 pounds (28 kilograms) and live up to 15 years. Patrick here, however, isn’t your ordinary marsupial. He weighs in at a whopping 84 pounds (38 kilograms) and has just turned 29 years old, making him the world’s largest and oldest known living wombat.