Get an Ocean, You Two

A pair of rescued elephant seals got a taste of freedom — and each other — when the Pacific Marine Mammal Center sent them back into the wild last Saturday. With well-wishers cheering, the pups shared a kiss before being shooed into the ocean.

Puffy Powers Are Go!

Faster than a speeding puff pastry!


Chicklet teh Squirrel was rescued by Heather and photographed by Lynn T. Chicklet suffered head trauma as a baby and is half the size of other grey squirrels but twice as round (even though she’s on a strict diet.) Chicklet’s admirers call her the ‘Perfectly Spherical Squirrel.’

You’re my puppy

According a story floating around the Internets, this little ginger foster kitten named Cheech was introduced to a teeny tiny five-day old orphaned chihuahua puppy named Casanova.


Cheech took to the little puppy, immediately grooming and cleaning him.


The puppy responded to his every touch, snuggling up to his new friend like a pup to his mother.


When Cheech was tired, he would climb into the puppy’s box and cuddle, sharing the heating blanket.


To Cheech, he was “his” puppy and best friend.


You have GOT to be kidding me [cross-eyed head tilt], Holly F. Photos may be by Kimberly J, we’re not sure…

[ooh ooh, lookit who popped up in the comments! the original story!]

WAIT—Can possums be cute?

We’ve been vacillating in a quagmire of indecision for too long!

Help us, alert readers: are possums cute enough to deserve a Rule of Cuteness, or are they gnarly little ankle-biters!?

Even this possum seems a little on the fence about it.

Can possums be cute, pet photographer Mimi B.? Sender-inner PJ M. is undecided. Second photo by animal advocate Jessica B.

Twice Upon a Time in a Land Far, Far Away

Many strange legends are told of the land down under, but none so strange as the story of the koala twins. You see, koala twins are rare. Rarer than a wombat in a billabong, Ugg boots in the Outback, lips on a platypus, a dingo in the old gum tree!

It all began when the Aussie hinterland heard an unfamiliar sound…

It was a sound like one never heard before. Had we known how deeply we would squee, we would’ve obeyed our first impulse and walked away with our hearts intact.


Fair dinkum to Chris H. for this incredible photo essay.

The heartwarming back story: “Hi, It is not common for a Koala to bear twins, and regrettably in this instance the Mum was struck and killed by a passing car. Fortunately, the driver stopped, and took the mother to the local vet – where it was discovered she had these twins in her pouch. It’s so nice to see a story that has a happy ending in these troubled times that we live in. Taking care of others is a great way to forget about our own problems and difficulties!”

I’m… I’m Free to Go?

Really? You don’t have any more questions? Not even where I was the night of the robbery? Or how the stolen halibut wound up in my fridge? Or the dead zookeeper in the trunk of… but, you know, I’ve said too much already. Later!

Now the real story: This Northern Fur Seal was rehabilitated at the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre in British Columbia and can’t seem to believe its luck at being released back to Nature.

Welcome to Happystown – Population: 2

All this clip needs is a fuzzy unicorn riding a rainbow to an all-you-can buffet of stars.

The Tale of Piwi the Kiwi

This is too cool for jokes, so we’ll let the YouTube notes tell the story:

Wildlife experts found Piwi and transported him to a wildlife park to mend his broken leg. The vets decided to use a treadmill to help with Piwi’s recovery. At first, Piwi wasn’t too thrilled to be on the treadmill, but the vets have said that his workout has drastically improved his muscle tone and great chance of surviving out in the wild again.

Posted to our Twitter feed by Sunny. Good onya, mate!

Update: If you cannot view this video, try here instead. Thanks to The_Swede.

Oh, the Hugged Manatee!

This little orphan isn’t a huge manatee, but she will be, thanks to the round-the-clock care of Sea World, which has rescued 23 manatees in 2010. The park hopes to return her to the wild once she’s big enough.

Nice work, Nick G. and everyone at Sea World.

Update: Scroll down for video! Thanks, X-girl!

Another Round?

Our new Rule of Cuteness is on a roll, with these two yin-yang baby raccoons, submitted by AnimalAdvocates.us, big wheels in the wildlife rescue business.

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