Internet meme experts know photobombing as a practical joke that involves trespassing in the foreground or background of a picture during a shoot, typically unbeknownst to the photographer. It became a widespread phenomenon following the technological transition from traditional film to digital photography in the early 2000s, along with the emergence of social media (MySpace, Friendster, etc.). Continue reading for a few more strange animals who have become experts at this art of distraction.
Another day, another internet star, and this time, it's George, a cat who might have been a human in his past life. Unlike other cats, George prefers standing on 2-legs, just like his owner, and might actually be prepping to take over the world. His owner recently shared a few of his most popular photos on Reddit, and said, "he is the sweetest cat I've ever known. Really bizarre, but sweet." Continue reading for more pictures.
Researcher Brian Kubicki discovered a new species of glass frog that looks just like Kermit from The Muppets, complete with translucent skin so you can see its insides. Officially named Hyalinobatrachium dianae, it was found in the mountains of eastern Costa Rica Its 'advertisement call' consists of 'a single tonal long metallic whistle-like note with a duration of 0.40-0.55 s...and a dominant frequency of 3.35-3.44 kHz'. This call is used to find a mate in the mountain forests. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
At first glance, this looks like any other vending / recycling machine, but upon closer inspection, you'll realize that it dispenses food for stray animals in exchange for plastic bottles. Istanbul, Turkey is known for its high number of strays, with some estimating as many as 150,000 stray dogs alone. Pudgeon has built a vending machine just to take care of that problem, dispensing food and water in exchange for recycled plastic bottles. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
Animal geeks know that domestic cats are all historically descended from African wildcats, and over the course of millennia, they've spread to all corners of the globe and established themselves into distinctive breed categories as a result. Consequently, different breeds and types of cats all appear significantly different to each other, with one of them being build and size. If you're wondering which breeds of domestic cats are the feline giants, or the largest domestic cats commonly kept as pets today, continue reading to see some pets that have appeared online.
Yes, that really is a koala being served sparkling seltzer water on a Qantas flight. This lucky animal sat in first class on a trip from from Brisbane to Singapore as Australian airline Qantas celebrated the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence. The flight saw four koalas - Idalia, Chan, Pellita and Paddle - travel to the Southeast Asian city-state for a 6-month staycation at the Singapore Zoo, in an effort to strengthen ties between the nations, said a news release from Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. At least one of the koalas enjoyed the perks of business class on the trip, as it chewed eucalyptus and received a towel and a drink from a Qantas stewardess.
US army veteran Kinessa Johnson has become an Instagram star after leaving the US to protect endangered wildlife in Africa. After a tour in Afghanistan, serving four years as a weapons instructor and mechanic, Kinessa joined Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) as an anti-poaching advisor. The team refrain from using force, but have permission to use their weapons if they feel threatened. Johnson says: "We work side by side with park rangers and it's truly a learning experience for not only park rangers but also our team. Our intention is not to harm anyone; we're here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Sony's new water-resistant camera at Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand. The octopus is more intelligent than one would think, and the creature has led more scientists to believe that humans may not be the only ones capable of solving complex problems. Whether it be opening jars or predicting soccer matches, at least one octopus can now take photographs. Continue reading for the video and more information.
Rupert (above), a tiny muntjac fawn, was born three weeks early after his mother was hit by a car. The little orphan, delivered by Caesarean section, was just 6-inches tall and, at 500-grams, weighed slightly more than a bag of sugar. The present-day species are native to south-east Asia and can be found in India, Sri Lanka, southern China, Taiwan, Japan, the Indonesian islands, as well as some areas of England. Continue reading for more tiny animals destined to become social media rockstars.
Spring may already be here, but when the sun is out, or a toasty laptop is nearby, be on the lookout for random animals trying to keep warm. Above, we have a bird who has found the perfect spot on a laptop and couldn't be more satisfied. On a related note, did you know that birds tend to get puffier in winter, just like the coats people wear? A bird's body heat warms the air between its feathers, so they fluff up in the cold to trap as much air in their feathers as possible. The more trapped air, the warmer the bird. Continue reading for more.