Feb 6, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Can a lion, a tiger and a bear be friends? How about best friends? You wouldn't think so, but check out this cute, amazing story I got in an email yesterday...

They make an unlikely trio, but Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger have forged an unusually strong bond. Considering that they would be mortal enemies if they ever were to meet in the wild, it is stunning to see their unique and genuine friendship in these intimate pictures.

Rescued eight years ago during a police drug raid in Atlanta, Georgia, the three friends were only cubs at the time at barely two months old.

They had been kept as status symbol pets by the drug barons.

Delivered to the Noah's Ark Animal Rescue Center in Locust Grove, Georgia the decision was made to keep the youngsters together, because of their budding rapport. "We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together," said Diane Smith, assistant director, of Noah's Ark. "To our knowledge, this is the only place where you'll find this combination of animals together."

Living with the zoo's founders for the past eight years, Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose-built habitat where the U.S. public can now witness first hand their touching relationships.

"We didn't have the money to move them at first," said Diane. "Now their habitat is sorted and they have been moved away from the children's zoo areas where the public couldn't really get a good look. It is possible to see Baloo, who is a 1,000-lb bear; Shere Khan, a 350-lb tiger; and Leo, who is also 350 lbs, messing around like brothers. They are totally oblivious to the fact that in any other circumstance they would not be friends."

Handled by Charles and Jama Hedgecoth, the zoo's owners and founders, the three friendly giants appear to have no comprehension of their animal differences.

"Baloo and Shere Khan are very close," says Diane. "That is because they rise early, and as Leo is a lion, he likes to spend most of the day sleeping. It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American Black Bear put his arm around a Bengal and then to see the tiger nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat. When Leo wakes up the three of them mess around for most of the day before they settle down to some food."

Surprisingly for three apex predators with the power to kill with a single bite or swipe of a paw, they are very relaxed around each other. "They eat, sleep and play together," said Jama. "As they treat each other as siblings they will lie on top of each other for heat and simply for affection."

"At the moment they are getting used to their new habitat. Shere Khan is being quite reticent about the move, but Baloo, the bear, is very good at leading him on and making him feel comfortable and safe."

Explaining that the three "brothers" have always seemed to share a unique bond, Charles said: "Noah's Ark is their home and they could not possibly be separated from each other. You just have to remember who you're dealing with when you are with them. It's when you forget that these fellows are wild animals that you get yourself in trouble."

The trio's new habitat had to be constructed carefully, in order to accommodate its occupants. Jama said: "The clubhouse had to be very sturdy for the guys, because they all sleep in it together. We had to include a creek, because the tiger and the bear both like to be in water."

Special thanks to Cute's friend, Cyndi, for sending this cute email!

Feb 5, 2010

Lookout Cat Keeps Watch

Maybe the cats aren't supposed to be on the couch, or maybe they're planning a surprise purr attack... Whatever the reason, they've put Felix on lookout duty so they know when someone's coming.

Looks like they picked the right cat for the job!

More standing kittens, please.

Feb 4, 2010

Epic Battle of Cat vs. Fish

Once upon a time, there was a cat who's name we don't know (CWNWDK) because it's written in Japanese. CWNWDK had a huge vendetta against a stuffed fish. Again, we don't know why because it's written in Japanese...

But what we DO know is that he fights this fish, and he fights him good. CWNWDK gives that fishy all he's got -- wham! smack! toss! thwap! -- and it's really cute. And "cute" is a language we definitely know around here!

Feb 3, 2010

Cute Kitten Bunny-Hops Up the Stairs

Pingu is just learning how to navigate the stairs. You see, he's just a little guy and the stairs themselves are big guys, so hopping from one to the other is the only way right now until his little-guy legs grow some more -- but it's so darn cute!

He does have a little oopsie, but gets right back up and goes for it again! Go Pingu!

Feb 2, 2010

Two Cats Tuesday: We're in Our New House!

Happy Two Cats Tuesday, Cuteheads! Man, has this week been crazy for me, Pimp and Moo -- we moved on Saturday, so we've been doing nothing but packing and unpacking for over a week! (Remember how Moo was such a big help last week?)

Pimp and Moo are doing pretty well adjusting. It took Moo at least a full day to feel comfortable enough to come out from under the bed, but now he seems back to his usual menace self. Pimp is a moving pro, so he was back in his routine by Sunday.

The boys wanted to show you around our new place...

This is the bed, a.k.a. "Home Base" -- it's the same bed from our other place, so we know it's ours and this is we spend most of our time. We were trying to nap when mom pulled out the flashy box!

This is our new couch! It's an aqua color and it's MICROFIBER, which is supposed to be some kind of super-fabric that me and Pimp won't or can't scratch... We'll see about that. MOL!

And it didn't take long for us to find this closet! This is where mom keeps the noms...

...and the treats! We just sit outside the pantry and stare at it, stare at mom, stare at it, stare at mom...

And this is the view from our balcony! But mom says we're not allowed out there. Something about being on the 5th floor and not wanting us to get on that rail and go crash boom to the ground below. But she LOVES it!

Hope you enjoyed the tour of our new place! We still have a bunch of boxes to unpack and a ton of stuff to organize, but we're getting there. Hopefully we'll be fully settled by next Two Cats Tuesday!

Have a great day, everyone!

Feb 1, 2010

The Drama of the Nip Cigar

When I watch this video, I feel like I'm watching some kind of dramatic silent movie... The music is phenomenal (and perfectly timed!), and the mounting suspense, together with bittersweet ending, is just supurrb.

This is Cute's Twitter friend, @BrewskieButt, and his catnip cigar that he got from Cute's favorite online pet shop NipandBones.com (formerly suppliesjust4pets.com). Enjoy as the drama builds -- and don't worry, it has a happy ending! :)

Jan 31, 2010

Dachshund Road Rage!

Let's pretend this is a regular-sized F-150... and let's pretend these are GIANT dachshunds...

If that's the case, I don't know what the person in the truck did, but he's really in for it with this herd of giant dachshunds after him like that! Woof!

More cute dachshunds please!

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