What better way to kick off Halloween than with a photo of a squirrel trying to steal a carved pumpkin? This brilliant image was captured by British photographer Max Ellis. It was made possible by placing a treat inside the pumpkin, making the carving irresistible to at least one of the squirrels. According to the photographer, no squirrels were harmed in this shoot, and that they were probably "much better fed than any other wild squirrels on the planet!". Continue reading for more images.
No, this isn't an optical illusion, or a stuffed animal, but rather a real rabbit being used as an iPhone case. This image went viral online a few weeks ago, and since then, other iPhone owners have begun using their own pets in the same way. While most of the images you're about to see feature iPhones, this works with just about any brand, given that it's not a tablet or laptop. Continue reading for more.
Oregon-based photographer Carli Davidson is back at it again, and her latest photo series is a shaker that involves lots of puppies to say the least. Here's what she has to say: "I was also drawn to the idea of surrounding myself with puppies. It was almost medicinal-spending the day overdosing on cuteness. I love making books that focus on animals. I love knowing that these pictures can make people smile. While I feel a strong ethical responsibility to keep up with current events, these feel good creative projects to keep me from feeling hardened. They are mini escapes from the important but harsh realities we have in our faces 24/7." Continue reading for more.
You've all probably seen the life cycles of moths and butterflies either in school or online, but rarely is this process captured by professional photographers. Above, we have the Brahmin Moth. These images will show you just how beautiful the transformation can be. The adult, also called the imago, emerges from its pupal cuticle with a swollen abdomen and shriveled wings. For the first few hours of its adult life, the butterfly or moth will pump hemolymph into the veins in its wings to expand them. Continue reading for more.
The chicken you see above has not been Photoshopped, it's just the extremely rare Ayam Cemani Chicken of Indonesia, also known as the "Lamborghini of Poultry," and rightfully so. If you happen to be in the area, and there is one available, expect to shell out $2,500USD. Unlike other black chickens, everything about the Ayem Cemani is black - its feathers, organs, even the bones. The coloring is due to a genetic trait known as fibromelanosis. Continue reading for more.
Bobby Brown, a former student from Northwest Missouri State University, recently captured a gigantic wolf spider on camera, which he says measures around four inches (10cm) in diameter when its legs were fully extended. Unlike other spiders, female wolf spiders carry their eggs by attaching a spherical silk egg sac to their spinnerets at the end of their abdomens, to allow them to carry their unborn young with them. They are great mothers because immediately after the spiderlings emerge from the egg sac, a mother will allow them to clamber up her legs and live on her abdomen where they are safely camouflaged from predators for the best chance of survival. Continue reading for the video - not safe for work language.
Earlier this week, the top awards for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year were announced at a ceremony held in London's Natural History Museum. This wasn't any ordinary contest, as the winners received their awards from the Museum Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin and renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. Michael Nichols' photograph came out on top amongst 42,000 entries from 96 countries to take home the grand title award. To capture the shot you're about to see, he followed lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Parkpride for nearly 6-months and then photographed them in infrared, which "transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost." Continue reading to see more.
While capturing puppies underwater sounds cooler, Toronto-based photographer Pete Thorn decided to go the intimate route for his latest series, titled "Old Faithful". As you might've already guessed, this gallery features lots of dogs at the end of their lifespan, with each face telling "the story of a life filled with ups and downs." There is currently a line of owners wanting portraits of their old dog to be taken, believe it or not. Continue reading for more images.
While small dogs and cats can survive comfortably with three legs, larger dogs, horses, and farm animals require the limb to support their weight. Surgery has also been done on birds that are used for breeding purposes. Each prosthetic limb is custom-made to fit the individual needs of the specific animal. Dudley (above) lost a leg as a wee duckling when attacked by aggressive chickens. While he could still swim, Dudley had trouble getting around on land. So, mechanical engineer Terence Loring partnered with 3-D printing company Proto3000 to help fabricate an artificial leg. Continue reading for more.
Most dog beds are designed purely for function rather than form, but this one aims to combine it with some luxury. This particular creation was modeled after a bed you'd find in IKEA, complete with miniature pillow, blanket, night stands, and cups. However, when dogs aren't sleeping, they tend to keep their owner(s) very busy, and that's why we've rounded up some creative gadgets, along with accessories, that every geek should have for their pets. Continue reading for more.