You Otter See This! (Sam I Am)

386610_10151162146381990_360719025_n“Sutro Sam” has decided to pay the people of San Francisco a visit. Sam The River Otter gets his name from the fact he now resides, at least for the moment, at an old San Francisco landmark known as the “Sutro Baths.” SFGate.com quotes Megan Isadore, co-founder and director of outreach and education for the River Otter Ecology Project as saying, “This otter is the first otter recorded in decades and decades in San Francisco, and as far as I know he is the only otter in San Francisco.” CBS5 and KCBS Radio have more coverage here, and KGO 7’s coverage is here. Welcome, Samuel- enjoy your stay! (Of course, he has his own Twitter account.)

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Thumbnail from the River Otter Ecology Project FB; photo 2 from Jouko van der Kruijssen Wildlife Photography FB; remaining from Sean Havey, The Chronicle/SF.

This Post Is For The Birds!

No, not The Birds.

It’s National Bird Day today! So let’s celebrate with some Sooty Owls at the Taronga Zoo, eh? Bless their sooty little heart-shaped faces!

[Like how they swivel their little heads around. -Ed]

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From Zooborns, photos by Lorinda Taylor.

Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2012

top-10Back with one more 2012 Greatest Hits Rewind (sounds like MTV from back in the day, doncha’ know) AKA the OFFICIAL Cute Overload Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2012. As with our Top 10 Cutest Photos of 2012, we uploaded all the data to the DOE Twenty-Petaflop Supercomputer “Titan” to determine the list. Totally scientific and such; close prox to Silicon Valley has its perks.

#10 Cutest Video of 2012:
The Bark Side

No, they did not just trot in a whippet wearing the AT-AT costume at the end…


MobileMeeshe does it again!

#9 Cutest Video of 2012:
THIS JUST IN! Sloths in onesies!

GET OUT! [pushing you against a wall] this is PURE REDONKULOUSNESS!


Chief Sister Occifer spotted this one on our other favorite site, Dlisted.

#8 Cutest Video of 2012:
Gee, We Just Had Cupcakes at Mine

Bet your going-away party wasn’t as awesome as this: On his last day with four lion cubs, this “Men of C.O.” calendar candidate gets in some serious snuggling.

#7 Cutest Video of 2012:
The squeakingks!

The chubbular regions!

The learning to walkings!

It’s entirely too moshe! — wait, is that a poop on the floor? [facepalm]

And introducing: FAVE FRAME™ (My favorite part of this movie, the new video equivalent to the Cute Overload Xtreme Close-Up)

Super-Sender-Inner Josh N. sent this one in after emitting a Super Squeal.

#6 Cutest Video of 2012:
Somebody Switched to a New Shampoo

The kind that adds extra bounce.

Maybe this time they should’ve tested it on animals first? Sent in by Miriam who found it on DogWork

#5 Cutest Video of 2012:
The Four Stages of Waking Up

Denial. Denial. Denial. Bargaining.

Ingrid H. sent us these sleepy British Shorthair kittens looking for the snooze button.

#4 Cutest Video of 2012:
Scottish Fold Demands Pettin’

Those Scottish Folds are sooooo demanding.

[tap tap tap]


A link found and dutifully brought back to the colony by Ant.

#3 Cutest Video of 2012:
Bathtime for Sloths

OMG 28 seconds in!
OMG 28 seconds in!
OMG 28 seconds in!


Brinkie McBrinkersons sent this anerabuhl video in. Holy crap.

#2 Cutest Video of 2012:
Happy Caturday, Citizen

The cat you see before you is real. It is the happiest cat you have ever seen. You watch the video many times. Soon, it becomes hard to move. You feel a happy melting sensation in your brain. Speech becomes difficult.

Remain calm. Doctors are coming for you. They will take you to a nice room with other happy people. You will share your opinions about soft drinks and political candidates. You will rate movie trailers. The doctors will write down what you say.

When you awaken, you will be at your desk. You will remember nothing. Thank you.

#1 Cutest Video of 2012:
Rambo, the Paradox Paradog

In the webcomic The Oatmeal, cartoonist Matthew Inman sometimes shares the eccentric habits of his Shi Tzu puppy Rambo, such as in the recent comic My dog: the paradox (not safe for work and perhaps lunch). Inman recently shared a video of Rambo in a less eccentric mood from his Facebook page.

There eet is, the Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2012. We’d love to have your video in THIS SAME SPACE for next year, so keep those submissions coming! (Helpful Hint: don’t send in a whompin’ huge video file the size of New Hampsha, or link to Vimeo or sumfin’–upload to YouTube and then email the link. It’s for the best.)

Top Ten Archives! (RIP to 2008, MIA and no one knows why)
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2012
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2011
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2010
Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2010
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2009
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2007

Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2012!

top-10 (1)People! Voilà the OFFICIAL Cute Overload Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2012. How did we come up with such a ranking? With the help of the Department of Energy’s Twenty-Petaflop (20,000 trillion calculations a second) Supercomputer “Titan,” we were able to crunch tonz of data to come up with the best of the best. Here we go- fasten your lap straps, trays in the upright position!

[Top 10 Videos up next! -Ed]

Cue the Cute Lang Syne music!

#10 Cutest Photo of 2012:
Experience the Hedgie-Gro™ Difference!

We treated the hedgehog on the right with Hedgie-Gro™ brand Hedgehog Chow; the hedgehog on the left, another leading brand. And just look at the difference!


Mama hedgehog and baby hedgehog (who looks like it is riding a roller coaster and yelling “whee!”), found by Heather!

#9 Cutest Photo of 2012:
Rainforest fluffballs

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People, please check out these fluffy little Tribble-like dudes. The Honduran White Bat! According to Wikipedia, Honduran White Bats have snow-white fur and a yellow nose and ears. These bats are tiny, only 37-47 mm long. They live in leaf tents in the rainforest, natch. I’d never seen these creatures before alert Cuteporter Terri H. informed us.

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#8 Cutest Photo of 2012:
The Happiest Tortoises on the Planet

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Give You:  The Happiest Tortoises on the Planet.

“A strawberry?! My favorite!!

A strawberry?  MY FAVORITE!!

Raspberries Another strawberry?!?!?!? MY FAVORARRGTHMMGPTHOMNOMNOM!!!!!!!1!!!

RASPERRIES??!!?!!  MY FAVORITE!!!!1!!!!!1!

#7 Cutest Photo of 2012:
My parents asked me to puppy sit. This is what I sent them 15 minutes after they left.


Brilliant poster Massachoosite posted this image and cap-shons over on Reddit. Bone Appétit! [groan]

#6 Cutest Photo of 2012:
BFF’s To The Max: Misao And Fukumaru

Cuteporters Saffron & Nancy F. are reportin’ that photographer Miyoko Ihara has been taking photos of her grandmother Misao and kitteh Fukumaru for the last 13 years. One day, Grandma found an odd-eyed kitten in the shed…

It’s all captured in the new book Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat.





























Via Buzzfeed Animals.

#5 Cutest Photo of 2012:
It’s Been a Long Week


Ready to face the world again!

Thank you for sharing your sudsy buddy, 四川 成都

#4 Cutest Photo of 2012:
Wow-worthy Pet Portraiture

Amazingly creative pet-tographer Seth Casteel has a new series of Underwater pup photos:


We like it (officially, on Facebook!) See much more over at Seth’s Little Friends Photo site.

#3 Cutest Photo of 2012:
I’ll Miss You All Summer

I can’t believe that you’ll be moving up a grade and they’re holding me back, just because they say I’m… (snif!) slow! It’s not my fault! I’m supposed to be slow!


Another of Ant’s Quality Foraged Links.

#2 Cutest Photo of 2012:
Well Would You Look at That

A pig in a blanket.

…A PIG IN A BLANKET!


Brock, you sent us this picture. I do not think it means what you think it means.

#1 Cutest photo of 2012:
Seventeen Dynamic Duos

There all sorts of reasons why things pair up. We have recently received a glut of awesome duos. We have compiled and organized some of them for your viewing and squeeing pleasure.

Parent and Child Duos: Bound together by blood and love and stuff.




One sided Duos: When one is an inanimate object.




Friendship Duos: Sisters and brothers from other mothers.








Duos of Convenience: Sometimes it’s handy to hook up.



Uncertain Duos: When the outcome is unknown.



Our thanks to (in order of appearance): Ajdin Samurai, Christof Stache, 1-Ace, JChip (puppy with stuffy and girl with dog), Fanpop.com, Cutestpaw.com, Skip, JGState 1 (grey kitty with tan dog and Cavalier with tortois), No Name, Pixdaus, Isleshocky, Attack of the Cute, Ajay Vichra, Picturedude and Artemis.

There eet is, the Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2012. Lotta copying/pasting on this one, yep! We’re already hard at work on the Top Ten for 2013, so keep those submissions coming!

And how about the Top Ten Archives! (RIP to 2008, MIA and no one knows why)
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2011
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2010
Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2010
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2009
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2007

That Come Hither Look

Now, I will turn and look over my shoulder and flirt with the camera; pout, smile and eyes a-glow.

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Work it. Work it, girl!

This is beautiful baby Teva, the sea lion, born last summer at the Memphis Zoo. AP photo by Karen Pulfer Focht.

Number 1 Reason Cats Clean Themselves

Even when they get the bath water temperature to feel just right, …it still feels wet!

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Maura C., rescued a curious kitten and gave it a curious name; Squid Ink Sassafrass, who, “seems to be a bit confused about the whole “cats hate water” thing. She drinks with her right paw in the water bowl, hangs out by the bath tub and dips her tail and paws in, and can often be found staring at the drain in the tub or the shower. I blame myself for naming her after a sea animal…”

Cute Animals Beating Up Toys

Let’s see what we have here. First one, “Nico who went out for the first time. Hatch which caught the castration operation.”

Um, OK.

And the bottom one is Mika putting the big hurt on her stuffed frog.

BONUS NICO INSTAGRAM ACTION: “Contemplating The Meaning Of A Tomato.”
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Nico photo and vid from Hacth427. Mika vid from Thechellyroach16.

Who ResQte Who?

This is Mika.


Jordan tells us, “He’s about 6 weeks old and was orphaned soon after being born. We were offered him seemingly at random by his owner outside of a shopping centre, after being told that he’d be put down if no one took him. We didn’t hesitate at all to welcome him into our family.”

Mika is settling right in to his forever home.


Now that he feels secure, he’s found his voice and he’s not afraid to use it.



He’s so comfortable he’s taken control of the remote and now everyone has to watch Blue Planet all the time.


And, finally, Mika surveys his new-found territory from the safety of his Catbus.


Best wishes to Jordan O., Maxine and Mika and thanks to Patti for taking great photos.

Get It Fresh!

Finding fresh cute in the middle of winter can be tricky. But that doesn’t mean you have to go without. CO is here to supply you with fresh cute, all year ’round!

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Plump and squee-liscious Bella, brought to you by Christine D.

These ‘Tocks Speak For Themselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v98EPBNMpjY

And HEY let’s go to the Fave Frame™ Action, why not?

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Bouncing Chubbular Fur Heads from Stephanie T.

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