Mr. Potato Head the Octospud

Prepare to meet …. Mr. Angry Eyes! (pulls shoes out of butt) rawr rawr rawr aarrgg!

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An octopus curls up into a ball, photographed by remote sub in deep-sea canyons off the northeastern U.S. coast. CNN Deep Sea Gallery

What’s So Funny?

We happen to take our stripes seriously you know and we will thank you to show a little respect!

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“I wanted to share good news. The Lisbon Zoo in Portugal has a new baby Okapi, born in May. He was now presented to the public and he’s the only baby of his kind in Europe. And he’s such a cutie. Do you know they’re relatives to the giraffes? Hope you can give him some love.” -Vanessa (Sounds like the little dude needs a name!)

International Homeless Pets Day, ees today!

Logo_with_Name_and_Register_UpdatedFrom California to Thailand and Kentucky to Kuwait, there are 25 states and 18 countries around the world holding events today for International Homeless Pets Day. Since 1992 International Society for Animal Rights has promoted this day to educate people about homeless animals and pet overpopulation. Check out the Event Schedule posted on ISAR’s website. This is big, really big. It’s been said on CO before and it is worth repeating, Shelter Puppies are the Best Puppies! (Kitties TOO! All the pets!)

Here are a few more examples of shelters holding special events in honor of the day:

Pet Fest, Missoula, Montana

Afternoon of Fun & Fur, Roanoke, Virginia

Open House (including Human Dunk Tank) and 50% off, Dearborn, Michigan

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Image from Bonnie L. Hayes Animal Shelter, Washington County, Oregon.

Halp! The Alliance for Humane Action (AHA!) has created the cutest Spay-Neuter video evar!

Fave Frame:

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Flashback Friday

Pup in Boots: With these boots I shall gallantly charm the king with gifts and fool him into making me a great lord, and I shall never again run after mice, except for entertainment.

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“Feb. 9, 1928. Washington, D.C. – “Peter Pan, wire-haired terrier pet of the personal secretary to President Coolidge and Mrs. Edward T. Clark, arrived at the White House today attired in ‘flapper galoshes’.” You lucky dog! Via Shorpy (“Flapper galoshes”? Want!)

I, Am Cat.

You, Are Not.

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Shameless feline effrontery via Derpy Cats

Why is Sweetie Smiling?

As if being a ruthless super cute snooglypoof fluffcake wasn’t enough?

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“My Sweetie has one of the sweetest smiles in the world. She had a spectacularly rough start in life, so the fact that she smiles at all is a wonder and a daily joy to me. Even doped up after massive surgery to both of her back legs, she still had a hint of a smile for us. She’s my best friend. I’m her favorite hoomin.” -Liz Lintel

Wizard of Oz, the Pixar Version?

This is what there would be if the munchkins and the flying monkeys got together.

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“They (National Geographic?) just keep taking beautiful shots.” Lennaert R.

Is There Something in Particular You Wish?

Lemme guess. I can see it in your eyes, right now you wish to feed a red-ruffed lemur slices of yuh-huuummy banana.

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Via Redditor divellent

It Started With One Chick

After that everything is fuzzy.

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It all went real blurry.

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Rubbing eyes, blinking. It’s all out of focus. Gettin’ dizzy – thud!

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“I was told by friends to submit some pics to your site. These are chicks that I hatched out myself, and were photographed by me.” -Kaitlyn H.

No Blizzards Out There Today

But there’s an unstable area of disturbance in here!  This storm will bring a few inches of the white stuff.

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“This is my cat Tokie Wartooth. She is a lady cat and likes all types of paper in roll form.” -Ariel (Does this kitteh’s name mean something? Anybody know?) (And do you see the other kitteh in the background?)