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Cartoon Eyes Cats

Another day, another batch cat pictures that have gone viral overnight. This time, they're from Japan, and cat owners are basically placing strips of hand-drawn cartoon / anime eyes in front of their cats. The official term is "cat montage" (neko montaaju), and it's strange to say the least. Want to find more? Just search for the Japanese term on Twitter. Continue reading to see some of the best so far.

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Baby and Sloth

Five-month-old Alia has an unusual best friend, Daisy the sloth. They met when Alia was just two days old, Daisy, three months old, and the duo have been inseparable ever since. Alia's parents, Julia and Jason Heckathorn, say that both of them love to play and take naps together. This family also have a kangaroo called Boomeroo, an anteater called Noche, sugar gliders and a cat called Larry. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Angler Fish

You've probably seen images and even video of the deep-sea anglerfish, but here's an up-close look, in its natural habitat 2,000-feet underwater. This video was captured by MBARI's ROV Doc Ricketts at 600m (1968.5 ft) on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. Sea devils are the family of deep-sea anglerfish known as the Ceratiidae, from the Greek keras, "horn", referring to the bioluminescent lure that projects from the fishes' forehead. Continue reading to watch.

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Coffee Cup Animals

Animals may not drink coffee every morning, but some of the tiniest creatures love spending their free time in the cups we use for our morning brew. For example, the dwarf rabbit - caused by the effects of a single dwarfing gene - fits perfectly in a normal-sized coffee cup. On a related note, did you know that the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi Muslim monasteries around Mocha in Yemen? It was here in Arabia that coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, in a similar way to how it is now prepared. Continue reading for more.

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IKEA Cat Bed

Geeky cat lovers are probably guessing that it's the empty cardboard boxes, but the $20 Duktig doll bed is apparently their favorite piece of IKEA furniture. It's officially a toy bed for children's dolls, but the slot at either end lets them stick their tails out if they want to relax. There are even some rabbits and dogs that are using them now too. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Arctic Fox Photography

When you're a mining engineer stationed in Russia's remote north-eastern Chukotka region, there's not much you can do in your free time, other than sleep, eat, and walk around the frozen landscape. Fortunately, Ivan Kislov has a passion for photography, and loves capturing wild foxes. Other hobbies include: "hikes to inaccessible places, rafting, and observ[ing] the wildlife." Continue reading to see some more of his work.

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Zeus Owl Stars in Eyes

The beautiful Western Screech Owl that you see above was discovered one morning by a Southern California resident. It turned out to be blind, but with cloudy eyes that resembled a real starry night. The owl found a new permanent home at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California after a trip to the vet to make sure he was healthy. He was then named "Zeus", the Greek god of sky and thunder," due to his unique eyes. Continue reading for more images.

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Dog Portrait

Photo credit: Alicja Zmyslowska

Let's face it, getting dogs to hold poses isn't the easiest of tasks, but pet photographer Alicja Zmyslowska from Poland has mastered the art. In the skilled hands of Zmyslowska, regular dogs are placed is beautiful outdoor settings, and used to create fantasy-like images. She focuses on each dog as an individual to showcase their individual characteristics and personalities. Some of the lenses used in these shoots include the : f/2.8L Canon 70-200mm USM telephoto, f/1.8 85mm medium telephoto and f/1.4 50mm medium telephoto lenses.Continue reading for more.

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The Batman Cat

You know how sometimes random objects start appearing in the clouds? Well, the same can be said for cats, as in if you look long enough, you'll probably capture them in a certain pose or with a certain facial expressions that resembles something else. For example, the cat you see above unmistakeably resembles The Dark Knight himself, complete with pointy ears. Continue reading for more.

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Munchkin Shih Tzu

Munchkin the Shih-Tzu's owners didn't want to buy a traditional costume for their dog on Halloween. So, they came up with this custom teddy bear suit, which has won over the internet. Here's how they did it: "Measure your dog in the front from feet to top of head (Munchkin is 14"). Buy a teddy bear in similar color to your dog in their size (I got hers on Amazon for $30). Cut the face off, cut the bottom of the feet off, cut open the back. Take all the stuffing out except for the arms. Bear only goes on front part of their body/legs and back half is exposed. Put a string or velcro through the back behind the neck to tie/close. The bear's arms hung down, so I sewed them up a bit higher so they stuck out to sides more instead of hanging down. Took me maybe 15 minutes to make!" Continue reading for the video.

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