Japan-based photographer Hisakata Hiroyuki has been capturing action photos of cats in martial arts poses and posting them on Instagram. To date, he's amassed thousands of fans, and now, he even turned some of the images into lenticular creations that show motion. "Each of the pictures freezes leaping cats in time and makes them look like they're practicing fighting techniques and sparring with other cats," according to Peta Pixel. Continue reading for more, including a video of the lenticular creations.
Azuki, a hedgehog who lives in Japan, recently went on a camping trip, and his owner posted the adventure on Instagram. Yes, the tiny hedgehog got his own set of miniature Coleman camping gear, complete with a tent, kayak, and barbecue. The food may have been plastic, but we're sure he got plenty of treats after the shoot. Continue reading for more pictures.
IKEA's Lurvig pet furniture collection has nothing on these custom-built Indiana Jones cat bridges by Catastropic Creations. They can be customized to your liking to include several platforms, resting areas, and even a yarn boulder inspired by the famous scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The only thing left to add is a small speaker that plays the The Raiders March on command. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.
IKEA offers computer desks, television stands, and now, an entire line of pet furniture. It's called the "Lurvig" collection, and for those wondering, the word means hairy is Swedish. The lineup includes dog beds, pet carriers, couch covers, cat tunnels, and even scratching posts. You'll be able to find the pieces now at stores in the US, Canada, France and Japan. Other locations around the world can expect it around March 2018. Continue reading for more pictures.
Yes, Aoshima, also known as Cat Island, is a real-life island in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, and no optical illusion. As the name suggests, it's best known for its large number of feline residents. The cats here outnumber humans by a ratio of approximately 6:1, and they were first introduced on ships in the area, but remained on the island and vastly repopulated. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
It's that time again, time for the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, and while the overall winner hasn't been selected yet, there are already plenty of notable entries, including the falling owl by Tibor Kercz. "The last two years have seen some fantastic entries. We want to see even more animals represented than before. Go out and photograph, wherever you are... a squirrel could win the competition. We want to raise awareness of conservation of all animals all over the world, so wherever you are, take pictures of those wilder things," said contest officials. Continue reading for more pictures.
Police dogs are nothing new, but when a photographer captured images of new K-9 recruits Lucky Star, Schumann, Feida, Brother, AJ and Full Moon for Taiwan's National Police Agency, the internet went crazy. When they grow into their uniforms, they'll be assigned to the agency's K-9 Anti Bomb & Drug force and Blood Detection units in Taipei City. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
You could either spend $200,000 on a new house in many parts of the world, or a luxury dog mansion. They feature oak / beech hardwood floors, marble balconies, indoor / outdoor lighting, automated food systems, a television, surround sound system, and even solar panels. "Why wouldn't a dog house be as elegant and beautiful as its owner's? Why shouldn't an architect design a house for the dog? What if it could be beautiful, stylish and also practical? What if it had miniature engravings, windows, doors etc all in proportion with the dog house? Why is it that during a time when a dog is considered to be a family member can't a dog also have its own dog mansion equal to its owner's, where he can lie comfortably when outdoors," said Alice Willimas, Creative Director at Hecate Verona. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Japan-based Samurai Age may not receive any military contracts, but they do get lots of orders for their handmade samurai armor for cats and dogs. Though the company offers a one-size-fits-all set, pet owners can also place a custom order for that fits like a glove. Want your pet to really stand out? They can also handcraft armor modeled after the legendary Japanese warriors, including the Sengoku hero Sanada Yukimura. Continue reading for more pictures and information, as well as a link to order your own set.
Camouflage is basically the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, or by disguising them as something else. The great horned owl is generally colored for camouflage. The underparts of the species are usually light with some brown horizontal barring; the upper parts and upper wings are generally a mottled brown usually bearing heavy, complex darker markings. Continue reading for more incredible instances of animal camouflage in nature. Click here for a few bonus images.