Most dogs do not look like their owners, but after seeing these portraits by German photographer Ines Opifanti, you might think otherwise. "I photographed the dogs first, letting them sit on a small podium. Owners had to interact with them, telling them phrases they know the dogs will react to. Of course they got lots and lots of praise and treats so they quickly stopped caring about the lights or the camera. It's important that dogs are calm and relaxed, so they can show their natural behavior and are not frightened. After the dogs were photographed, the owners have to interpret and mimic. I noticed that dog people get really good in interpreting their own dogs. It's really a fascinating thing because we're two completely different species after all," said Opifanti. Continue reading for more pictures.
It's not everyday that you see a polar bear, even as a wildlife photographer, but Dennis Fast stumbled upon something truly remarkable near the lodges run by Churchill Wild in Northern Canada's Hudson Bay: a group of polar bears playing in a field of fireweed flowers. "[I]t's not just their color that makes them a favorite target of my camera. They have a slow, ambling gait as they drift about looking for anything that moves. It looks like they don't have a care in the world, and that there is nothing they are afraid off. It's not arrogance, exactly, but a quiet confidence that we often respect in humans and that translates well to the polar bear," said Fast. Continue reading for more pictures.
It's not everyday you see a bear or wolf, but Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen managed to capture these two friends every night for 10-days straight. They were even photographed sharing food with each other. "It's very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this. No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends. I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone...It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see," said Rautiainen. Continue reading for more photos.
Being able to capture a butterfly resting on another animal is an incredible feat already, but this perfectly timed photo, captured in Ecuador, shows a pair of Julia Butterflies drinking tears from the eyes of two turtles. Scientifically speaking, "tear-feeding" is referred to as "lachryphagy" in nature, and by the looks of things, the turtles are used to it. Click here to view the first image in this weeks funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of NASA testing the rocket that will eventually take humans to Mars.
Shark researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla has just released new footage of Deep Blue, a 20-foot-long great white shark believed to be the largest of its kind in the world, swimming near researchers in steel cages. It was captured off Mexico's Guadalupe Island in 2013, but the researcher just recently found the recording on his computer. Near the end of the clip, you'll see the shark bumping into one of the cages with its nose, showing off it's rows of razor-sharp teeth to the camera below. Continue reading for another video of Deep Blue.
Ivette Ivens, a 25-year-old mother from Chicago, saw a French bulldog puppy - whom she later named Farley - that was born on the same day as her baby son Dilan about 8-months ago, she knew it was a sign. "I saw Farley's birth date and just knew it's meant. I'm pretty sure Dilan thinks they're both the same species, as they walk at the same level and are both going through the stage of chewing on everything," said Ivens. Continue reading for more pictures.
Geek and cat lover Ben Millam decided to make things interesting around the house. So, he built an Arduino-powered machine that dispenses food when a ball is dropped into the chute. His cat, Monkey, basically runs around the house, hunting for a ball, and once found, he brings it over to the funnel. "It's partly to establish and survey their territory, but they're also practicing 'mobile' hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal. So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence," said Millam. In related news, continue reading for a viral video of 10 awesome cat facts.
Brick artist Chris McVeigh decided to make use of a fun group of chipmunks he found wandering his parent's backyard, and started "Chipmunk Adventures". This photo series depicts plastic Star Wars action figures interacting with the small creatures, with everything from Darth Vader taking a joyride to Chewbacca offering a rodent an almond. He became so familiar with these little critters that certain chipmunks would return to the lawn when he whistled. Continue reading for more pictures.
There are skateboarding dogs, cats that can play keyboards, and apparently, animals who just might have been camera operators / photographers in past lives. Above, we have a koala that seems to have taken over a television broadcast, and filled in for whoever was there before. Not every animal is capable of using such complex equipment, but having a pet that knows how to operate a point-and-shoot camera would be good enough for most road trips. Continue reading for more.
At first glance, this appears to be an other-worldly alien creature, but it's just a Costasiella kuroshimae, also known as a "Leaf Sheep". Unlike other sea slugs, the cartoon-like kuroshimae feeds on algae, and is one of the only animals in the world that can photosynthesize. In other words, they suck out the chloroplasts from algate and incorporate them into their own bodies in a process called kleptoplasty, essentially making them solar-powered slugs. They can be found in waters near Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.