10 Pictures of Three-Week-Old Baby Meerkats That Will Make You Say Aww

April 10, 2014

Meerkats are pretty darn cute. With their tall, slender bodies and expressive faces, these critters are often caught perched on their two hind feet, scanning the savanna for predators. That being said, baby meerkats are even cuter. Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas recently traveled to the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana to snap pictures of the beloved creatures. While there, Burrard-Lucas had the pleasure of capturing various images of a meerkat community that included some three-week-old baby meerkats. The resulting photos are playful, adorable and sure to brighten your day.

As you can see in this short clip, the baby meerkats enjoyed the photoshoot almost as much as Burrard-Lucas did:

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A Happy Pack Of Polar Bears

April 3, 2014

Polar Bear Family

While they seem somewhat benign here, polar bears are some of the Arctic circle’s most ferocious predators. Fun fact for context’s sake: polar bears’ fur is actually transparent. It only looks white because it reflects visible light. Their skin is actually black.

12 Bizarre Facts About Jellyfish That Will Blow Your Mind

March 29, 2014

1. Some have “immortal” properties.

The immortal jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) ages like Benjamin Button—when a crisis like starvation presents itself, the jellyfish’s cells transform and revert to their earliest form, a polyp, making this type of jellyfish potentially immortal. Keep reading for more incredibly bizarre facts about jellyfish!

2. They have no “sides”.

Jellyfish have no right or left side—only a top and bottom—as they are symmetrical around a central axis that runs the length of their bodies.

3. Jellyfish are a boon to cancer research.

Green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) from the Aequorea victoria jellyfish species have transformed bio-medical research. The glow-in-the-dark proteins can illuminate specific proteins within the human body to track microscopic activity (for instance, cancer growth).

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Paul Nathan: Capturing The World Of Creative Dog Grooming

March 22, 2014

Painted with cheetah spots and cotton candy pink fur, the polished pooches in photographer Paul Nathan’s “Groomed” series are better suited for a high-fashion runway than the pet store. New York-based Nathan provides a (colorful) look into the world of creative dog grooming, which is equal parts delightful and totally bizarre.

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Belle The Hippo During The Siege Of Leningrad

March 14, 2014

Belle The Hippo Leningrad

Of all the horrors of war, a destitute hippo is one of the last sights you’d expect to see. Translated directly from the source: “Belle survived the war thanks to her caretaker, Yevdokia Dashina. In 1941 water was turned off throughout the city and Belle’s pool was empty, so her skin began to dry out and crack. Every day, Dashina would drag a 40-liter barrel of water from the Neva river and rub the suffering hippo with camphor oil. Eventually, Belle’s skin healed and she was able to hide underwater through the air raids.”

The Curious Life Of A Poodle Trainer

February 25, 2014

With puffs of bleached hair not unlike her beloved poodles, Irina Markova truly embodies the idea of how one event–positive or negative–in childhood can inform one’s future. “The Poodle Trainer” has made its rounds at several film festivals, with critics praising it for its ability to “[pack] humor and tragedy into a subtle and perfectly paced seven minutes”. Watch and see if you agree.