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You Don’t Think Too Much About This… Until You See These Pictures. Then It Hits You Hard.

This series of photographs of primates living in captivity named ‘Behind Glass’ is by Atlanta-based photographer Anne Berry. From South Africa to Belgium she traveled the world to capture photos of apes and monkeys living in small zoos, in hopes of truly reflecting and capturing life on the other side of the glass/barrier. Most of the captive primates in Anne’s photographs look quite sad, but she insists her work is not to advocate against zoos. “I think zoos are doing a better and better job of keeping animals and replicating habitats that don’t exist in the wild anymore,” Berry said. “It’s not the best that you’d like, but it’s keeping species alive.”

The name ‘Behind Glass’ refers both to the glass or boundaries of an enclosure and to the glass of the camera lens. The somber mood of the photographs isn’t accidental either, she shoots them in black and white and uses a wide aperture on her 80mm lens. She does this as the black and white images feel both aged and emotional, each photo clearly showing the solitude of the animal. “I think it makes people have more empathy for them and stop and look at the picture. If they feel sadness and nostalgia, they might think about what’s happening and the challenges the animals face in the wild due to the increasing loss of their natural habitat,” she said. You can Like Anne Berry on Facebook or Visit Her Web Site. Source: Anne Berry  Via LensCulture

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A Man And His Son Were Sailing When Suddenly They Spotted… WHAT? The Ending Is Awesome.

While sailing on Somerset Reservoir in Vermont with his son, a man spotted a young squirrel trying to swim across the lake. The distance from one side to the other was about 3/4 of a mile and the squirrel was right in the middle of the lake. After trying to get him to climb aboard without success, the man decided to jump into the water to save the little guy.

I just love this video! It’s so heartwarming to see people helping even the smallest of creatures. Source: LiftlineRedcoat Share this fantastic animal rescue video with your friends and family below.

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I Can’t Decide If This Is Morbid Or Beautiful. Look At The Photos And Judge For Yourself.

Russian photographer Maris Ionona-Gribina has a gift. But whether that’s good or bad, you’ll be the judge. The way she memorializes the dead is intriguing to say the least. You’re about to see why.

“I found these dead animals during bicycle rides to the sea in the summer. I wanted to find a way to save them for world of art. They were so unprotected… One or two days more and they would be eaten by worms.”

“I remembered my childhood. When I with my brother found a dead mole, bird or bug we buried them on the border of a forest.”

“And we decorated the grave with flowers and stones. Why we did it that way? Probably it was a children’s curiosity, our first studies of mortality.”

“In this project I work with my childhood memories and with the subject of life and death.”

“All animals died naturally or after accidents with cars. The flowers were gathered near dead animals and in my garden.”

What’s the verdict? In the end, we’ll take this as a beautiful attempt to give peace and beauty to these fallen animals. And we can only hope to have such dedication from those around us when our time comes. If you want to see more of Maria’s work, check out her website and see what else she has up her sleeve. Source: Muybridge’s Horse via Bored Panda

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She Loved Her Forever Home, But What Happened Will Break Your Heart In Two

Mighty Mutts in Toronto, Canada, provides training for dogs looking to join the canine work force or rehabilitate bad behavior. They also board rescue pups, most saved from death row at other shelters, but the facility has limited space.

This sweet girl named Lana was brought in about a year ago when she was just 10 weeks old. The rough life that led to her ending up in their care made her a bit skittish when meeting new people, but once she warmed up to someone she was content to follow them around anywhere.

They posted these photos of the cutie, hoping to attract a forever home adoption.

Because of her nerves, they wanted to find a home without any small children.

Finally, the happy day arrived when a family came to bring her into their home. They had children, but they hoped over time that Lana would be able to adjust.

Sadly, that never happened. After a year of trying to give her a happy life, the family and folks at Mighty Mutts agreed it would be better for Lana to return to the shelter and find an adults-only home.

Unfortunately, this took a depressing toll on the pup, as can be clearly seen in this heartbreaking photo of her taken a few days ago.

All of Lana’s old fears and anxieties returned in full force. She is so reluctant to leave her cage, only doing so when two specific people are there to coax her out. The crew is working on solving her resurfaced guarding issues and nervousness while they pray for a foster or forever home for the poor girl.

“When she is with people she knows and trusts,” they explain on Facebook, “she is a silly and sweet [girl]. Lana is great left alone, good with other animals (cats/dogs), however, she will exhibit guarding behaviours around food with other animals. She LOVES to go hiking and is […] very good on leash. She also likes car rides…well, she will still fall asleep almost as soon as the car begins to move, just like when she was a tiny pup.”

You can help her find the urgent home she so desperately deserves by sharing her story and donating to the Mighty Mutts to help fund her boarding. Hopefully she won’t be spending too much more time in her sad condition.

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Can You Spot What’s Hidden In All Of These Photos? (Hint: You’ll Want To Kiss It When You See It)

Do you think you can find Momo? Momo is a border collie and his owner is graphic designer Andrew Knapp. Andrew noticed that when Momo would play fetch with him, the dog would do something a little different. After getting the stick, instead of returning it, he’d hide with it. So Andrew started taking pictures of him. Over time, the adorable photography started to gain attention online. The “can you spot the dog” pictures are fun… and so cute.

Look carefully…

Because Momo is hiding in every one of these photos.

But where?

HMMM….

Here, Momo…

Source: Go Find Momo via Bored Panda Finding adorable Momo in each picture is so satisfying… and sweet. To see more of Momo’s pictures, check out Find Momo on Amazon. Not only are these pictures fun, but they are adorable. Share them with others.

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This Baby Fox Was In Deep Trouble, Until A Helpful Man Showed Up To Free Him.

This poor fox cub somehow became severely tangled in a soccer net. He was so badly entwined in the ropes, he almost strangled himself. Luckily, Simon from Wildlife Aid Foundation stepped in.

The rescue was tense, but by the end of it you’ll be so happy:

(Source: Wildlife Aid)

Remember, things like this can be easily avoided. Roll up sports nets, equipment, and other items when you’re not using them. Otherwise, some wildlife could end up in quite the situation.

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The One Minute Mark Of This Absolutely Crushed Me. Just Watch What This Baby Goat Does.

When Edgar’s Mission discovered Frostie, he was a sweet little baby snow goat that just cried out for his mama. He was severely dehydrated, infested with lice and couldn’t walk. He was unable to use his hind legs because he was born with a life-threatening condition called joint navel ill. Joint navel ill is a disease that is seen in very young calves and kid goats. It’s caused from an infection that enters the body via the umbilical cord. For Frostie, this meant the bacteria settled in his hind limbs… and they became so painful, he couldn’t use them.

Instead of giving up on Frostie, Edgar’s Mission rushed to help him.

They gave him food and water, rid him of his lice…

Then they gave him antibiotics and medication for pain.

Before, his limbs were filled with pus. They were hot, swollen and painful.

Now, Frostie is fighting against his condition.

They’re encouraging him to move with the help of a special wheelchair so that the toxins can be flushed out of his system.

A piglet at the sanctuary, Leon Trotsky, let Frostie borrow his adorable custom wheelchair.

Edgar’s Mission helps give animals like Frostie a second chance at life, when the odds are stacked against them.

We couldn’t be more thankful for their hard work.

Frostie is a fighter. To see him use his adorable wheelchair with one of his caregivers, watch the video below. His tiny bleats will melt your heart. It seems impossible that  they are able to stop cuddling this adorable goat kid long enough to help him walk (he’s that cute).

Source: Edgar’s Mission via Bored Panda Thank you to Edgar’s Mission and other rescues that give animals a fighting chance. Without these organizations, babies like Frostie would be doomed to a short, painful life. Frostie’s journey is both adorable and inspirational… so share it.

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If You Notice A Bee Inside Your Home, Don’t Assume That It’s The Only One

Watching bees buzz around is usually a pretty calming experience, but bees that get stuck inside people’s homes aren’t usually so docile. If you think dealing with one trapped, angry bee sounds like a nightmare, how would you feel about contending with a whole colony of them?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Redditor underdog106 a few years ago. He was greeted with a nasty surprise after work one day when he discovered that the ceiling in his bathroom had collapsed. Worse still was the fact that a massive bee colony had been living up there the whole time.

This was the scene he found when he got home. The Redditor said that he had been noticing an unusually large number of bees in his apartment, but he didn’t really think anything of it.

The first course of action was to call a beekeeper and try to get the situation under control. Here we have underdog106 and the beekeeper suiting up.

Once inside, they started gathering up the nest in an effort to save as many of the bees as they could.

The beekeeper estimated that the colony was home to around 30,000 bees, but they were only able to save 12,000.

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When the ceiling collapsed, honey coated the floor below.

Just a handful of bees. Nothing to see here.

As they worked, the bees continued to swarm. Surprisingly, though, both underdog106 and the beekeeper escaped without being stung.

Here’s a nice photo of the aftermath.

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This must have been horrible to clean up.

At the end of it all, underdog106 was left with a few souvenirs.

(source: Reddit)

Well, that’s certainly not what you want to come home to after a long day at work. What a nightmare.

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Curious And Playful Bears Investigate A Balloon That Drifted Into Their Enclosure

However much you enjoy playing with the latest gadgets, you probably won’t get as big a kick out of them as these adorable bears do when they play with their pink balloon.

The three sloth bears were captivated when a balloon floated into their enclosure at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park in the Netherlands. After they chased it around for a while on their hind legs, one of the bears got a little too excited and…well, they got to experience the inevitable letdown as it popped under the bear’s enormous paw.

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"Beren maken kennis met een ballon!" Wilde deze video graag delen omdat je de beren maar weinig op deze manier ziet 󾌵 (we hebben in de gaten gehouden dat de beren en apen de ballon niet op aten). Groeten Xaviera Simons

Posted by Xaviera Simons on Tuesday, 8 March 2016

What is it about bears walking on their hind legs that I find so adorably amusing? It never ceases to make me laugh.

I felt so bad when it popped…someone get these guys another balloon, stat!

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They Wanted To Know What Made A Rattlesnake Rattle, So They Cut It Open

Rattlesnakes are considered some of the most sophisticated creatures in the world, and they have the tails to prove it.

Scientists believe these defense mechanisms to be highly sophisticated warning signals, which makes rattlesnakes uniquely terrifying. It’s a one-of-a-kind trait that not many people understand, so let’s take a closer look at what’s really going on when these serpents defend themselves.

The noises that they generate ward off predators. Their tails rattle about 50 times per second, and they can keep that up for hours on end if necessary.

The rattles are made of keratin, and every time snakes molt, their tails get a bit longer. When rattlesnakes travel, they keep their tails up to avoid damaging them, since they rely on those noisemakers for survival.

The guys in this video wanted to learn more, so they went ahead and cut a rattlesnake’s tail open.

And there you have it, folks. It’s never a bad idea to learn about creatures that pose a threat to humans. You never know when you’ll hear that telltale rattle.

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Animal Rescues Are Always Great. But This One Has a Surprise No One Saw Coming.

It all started back in September when a farm sanctuary  in Australia called Edgar’s Mission rescued 3 runaway pigs. While heroic in itself, there ended up being a surprise no one saw coming. And it’ll melt your heart.

The 3 pigs were named Wonder Woman, Captain Courageous, and Super Girl. Wonder Woman started putting on weight faster than the others because…

…she was pregnant! With 8 adorable little piglets.

On December 6th, she gave birth to all these cuties. All of them completely healthy.

Edgar’s Mission had no idea they were actually rescuing 11 lives, not 3.

Wonder Woman is doing well, too.

What’s even cuter are the names they gave the little ones.

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer…

Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.

Cute.

SO CUTE.

WAY TOO CUTE.

Compassion toward animals is a beautiful thing. And sometimes, not only do you save one life…but a whole bunch of others. You can follow their progress and see more on the Edgar’s Mission Web Site. Spread this rescue with your friends by sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.

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