Challenge Accepted!

In an article in Wired, science reporter Brandon Klein explores “self-domestication” in species like the bonobo, but notes that the trend from aggressive to peaceful lifestyles is necessarily limited in scope — or as he puts it, “Not that bonobos will soon be peeking out of cardboard boxes on Cute Overload.”

Ahem. Without further ado, we present a bonobo with a cardboard box.


Bonobo and box, from Flickr user West Chester Dumonts. Hat tip to Sparkster for the link.

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.

And Monkey Makes Three

Judging from this video, monkeys are just kittens with the optional deluxe gripping and climbing package. (Dogs, of course, are just perpetually befuddled.)

Little Amelia Plays Make-Believe

Come along, puppy. You not s’posed to akshally eat da bowl of Legos.


Amelia and her new puppy in a totally imaginary place. I mean no floors are really that clean, Eva W.

People of Earth, I Am Your Master Now.

You may call me Your Overload Overlord.

Fave Frame™

Thank you Sara P. for finding us our Francoir Langur Monkey Master.

And Now, the Song Stylings of Lenny

Fave Frame™

Friday Haiku: Never Let U Go

Friday Haiku’s back

CO haiku without u

Would only be haik


Hugs to (((Fung.leo)))

Let’s Start By Teaching Him How to Keep Everyone Awake at Night

Look, this whole “baby” thing really soils the solid reputation of miscreance that we worked so hard to create and maintain.

Yes, I rather liked being associated with something that was clearly focused on its core principles; i.e. spreading neuroses, insolence and fur.


Fivl, (2 weeks old here) lays on his changing pad along with two furkids FuiFui (the grey one) and Milkshake (the white one). Third time’s the charm, eh, Vladmir C.?

My God, It’s Full of Birdseed

One of the most enigmatic endings in film occurs in 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which Keir Dullea sees himself age and die, becoming at last the “starchild” that returns to Earth. An early draft of the script included an additional transformation into a “starbudgie” that nibbles on Australia, mistaking it for a giant cuttlefish.


Alicia E. writes: “Hi! I love this website, thanks for all the adorableness. Here is a picture of my budgie Tukey meeting my baby Sebastian when we first brought him home from the hospital.”

Is There a Point to This Post?

If you get lost while at the zoo,
The one thing you must never do
Is ask a monkey, word for word
” ‘Scuse me, can you point out the bird?”


Flickr user jinterwas notes: “Golden lion tamarin at Apenheul, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, making a well known gesture with its middle finger.”

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