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.
Darius, measuring a whopping 4ft 4in (1.3m) and 22.2kg (48.9lb), is currently the world's largest rabbit, but he'll soon be trumped by his son, Jeff, who is currently 3ft 8in (1.1m) and has 6-months left of his growing phase. The father and son duo are both a part of the Continental Giant breed, which make great house pets by the way, if you can over look their food costs. Both of them can devour 2,000 carrots and 700 apples a year, as well as specially formulated rabbit food, all of which costs around £5,000. Continue reading for more images and information.
Selfies are becoming more popular by day, and there's no stopping the movement, but these animals would rather you not take them. On a related note, did you know that some people hate seeing their own photo because of the mirror factor. In other words, a nonreversed image in a photo may seem odd because people to prefer things that they've been exposed to more often. As selfies become more common, will more people like seeing their photos but hate themselves in the mirror? Continue reading for more.
When many people think of rats, adorable and cute aren't the words that usually come to mind, but these images just might change your mind, or at least if you're an animal-lover. Call it perfect timing, or just plain luck, all of these rodents were captured at the right moment to make them appear as if they were just another friendly house pet. On a related note, did you know that rats have excellent memories? Once they learn a navigation route, will not forget it. Continue reading for more.
Reddit user "Manychairs" apparently forgot to tell Roxy the cat about the new baby, and when it finally came time for them to meet, this hilarious expression ensued. Despite the confused look, the two are best friends now and always find time to relax together. On a related note, did you know one trick that may help the cat more quickly accept the baby is to pet your kitty with the baby's socks and then have the infant wear them (fur-side out)? That way, the baby smells like the cat, causing the feline to identify the infant as part of his family from the get-go. Continue reading for more pictures.
Sure, not everyone believes in multiple lives (reincarnation), but for those that do, these animals just might have been photographers in a past life, starting off with these two kittens. Their images may not turn out the greatest, or at all, but capturing them tinkering with a Nikon DSLR is more than enough to win the internet. Continue reading to see more animals who might have been shutterbugs in past lives.