As Labor Day hits, one thing becomes clear: summertime is nearly over. If you’ve made the mistake of spending it indoors, try to live vicariously through the galloping horses and yoga-loving French bulldogs who know how to hit the beach for a good time. Browse through the photos for your daily dose of silly penguins, swimming pigs and crazy-eyed crabs.
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World, meet Patrick. He’s 29 years old and single, and today is his birthday. This means that not only is he the world’s oldest living wombat, he’s also–as our sources at Imgur say, the oldest living wombat who is also a virgin. Typically, these nocturnal creatures live for about 15 years in the wild, which means that Pat is essentially the wombat version of Methuselah.
The natural world is capable of producing some really weird (and powerful) creatures. It’s no wonder that so many of our fictional superheroes are based on animals. A lot of them possess powers that would make even the most daring of us think twice before taking them on.
Don’t be fooled by this little guy’s diminutive size or colorful appearance – he packs quite a punch. In fact, the mantis shrimp has, pound for pound, one of the most powerful (and fastest) punches in the animal world. The various species of mantis shrimp are usually categorized based on how they hunt. Spearers have sharp claws with barbed tips which are usually used to stab prey. Smashers have club-like front claws and mostly rely on brute strength.
You can thank us later. From National Geographic: “When orphaned baby sloths are hungry or adults lose their habitat, Yiscel Yángüez and Néstor Correa are on the case. They run an animal rescue center in Gamboa, Panama, and specialize in sloth rehabilitation and relocation. For the two of them, releasing healthy sloths back into the wild can be a bittersweet experience.”
Ugliest Animals: Pangolin
The pangolin is named after the Malay word, pengguling, which literally translates as “something that rolls up” – an apt title for this prickly creature. The pangolin’s aesthetically challenged “shell” is actually an amalgam of large, hardened, overlapping plate-like scales, which are made of keratin. The scales might not look so appealing, but they allow the pangolin to curl up into a ball when threatened, acting as armor.
YouTube would be nothing without its endless supply of adorable animal videos. With an array of sleepy puppies, fuzzy cats and unlikely friendships, there are enough videos to keep any animal enthusiast occupied for hours. To save you the trouble, we’ve rounded up May’s most adorable animal videos.
Mother Elephant Keeps Baby From Floating Away
While most adult elephants are superb swimmers, this elephant calf was almost swept away when crossing Kenya’s Ewaso Nyiro. Being the community-driven animals that they are, members of the herd quickly stepped in to rescue the calf from floating downstream. Despite weighing more than the average human being, treacherous waters can be a dangerous obstacle for young elephants. Check out the incredibly adorable animal video below: