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.

Search and ResQte

During the war in Afghanistan, three US marine soldiers took on a special mission: Rescue some of the war’s smallest and cutest victims. According to the blog Unique Scoop, two orphaned kittens have been shipped stateside to loving homes.

We salute you, anonymous sender-inner.

By the Way, You’re a Quart Low

While most pups respond to the words “car ride?” with unhinged glee, here’s one who may think twice: A cute black lab who took a 30-mile drive while trapped under the hood. Warning: You may wince a little, but the video has a happy ending (and bonus cute rescue-y guy; maybe not Jamin-level cute, but in the ballpark).

Next Week, on The Guiding Leash

Dr. Flangstone reveals to Jessica that her sex-change reversal surgery has left her legally genderless. Meanwhile, aspiring evil real estate tycoon Blake van Drake accidentally forecloses on a casino and turns it into a day-care center.

While across town, in the sanguine Boogerman household, young Timmy Boogerman begins to suspect that he may have been adopted…

OK, the real story, from the Daily Breeze: A dog rescue volunteer took home an added bonus with her chihuahua mom and pups — an orphan kitten who started to nurse right along with his new brothers and sisters.

Little Orphan Angelo

Born on a truck headed for a slaughterhouse, Angelo was on his way to lamb-chop Heaven when a sharp-eyed passerby begged the driver to set him free. Now in the care of Farm Sanctuary, he’s a sproinging, munching, pig-sniffing bundle of joy.

Video provided by Farm Sanctuary.

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