1259 posts tagged Animals
1259 posts tagged Animals
New Knoxville, Ohio-based artist Gary Hovey sees silverware as much more than household utensils that simply sit in a draw when they aren’t in use. Hovey instead uses silverware - forks, knives and spoons alike - to create elaborate stainless steel animals sculptures.
"Upon first glance, the many wildlife figures, like birds, fish, and bears, have realistic shapes. It is only upon closer inspection that the details and texture of the materials become more clear. Each piece of flatware contributes unique qualities: fork prongs create layers of feathers and fur; spoons add rounded curves; and knives produce a shiny flat surface."
Visit Gary Hovey’s website to check out many more of his awesome cutlery creatures.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Anke designed an adorable teapot cozy that accentuates the teapot’s resemblance to a snail’s shell and adds a pair of eye stalks to complete the transformation. They really do look like cute snails, but with the added bonus that these charming mollusks won’t eat your garden plants.
It’s no secret that the Geyser of Awesome loves a good sweater, particularly when they’re impressively ugly and/or being worn by cute animals. We’ve seen sweaters on Shetland ponies, cats, pugs, turtles, mini pigs, lambs and even snakes. There was also that unforgettably upsetting clown sweater worn by wilwheaton, but let’s try to stay on track.
Let’s talk about penguins, penguins that don’t just look cute in little sweaters, but who desperately need them to help recover from the potentially lethal affects of oil pollution. When their feathers become coated with oil, penguins lose their ability to keep warm. And when they try to preen their dirty feathers they end up ingesting the toxic oil. As a result oiled penguins frequently die from exposure and starvation. The Penguin Foundation at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria, Australia takes in oiled penguins and uses knitted sweaters to keep the birds warm and prevent them from preening until their feathers can be properly cleaned.
And you can help them.
If you’re a knitter you can download the penguin sweater pattern here and send in sweaters. But wait, if you aren’t a knitter but still want to help, you can support the foundation by clicking here to donate or adopt a penguin. Put a penguin in a sweater and you’ve not only made the world a cuter place, you’ve also helped save a penguin.
Click here to learn more about the Penguin Foundation and their awesomely good work.
[via Fashionably Geek]
Thought to derive from the Latin monoculus (“one-eyed”), the dogocle rose to popularity in the mid-19th century. Like a delicate ocular pet, the lens is attached to a wearer’s collar by means of a silk string or chain. Early frames were made of luxury materials, such as bone or horn.
Like all costly technologies, the dogocle quickly become a status symbol. The look was especially favored by wealthy dogs, who used dogocles for activities such as examining wine lists and counting piles of gold.
In 1897 a journalist observed, with disapproval, that such dogs were “putting on airs” and “growing too big for their breeches”; ignoring the truth that dogs do not wear breeches
You’ll either be disappointed or relieved to learn that both this canine monocle and the Warby Barker brand were part of an April Fools’ Day joke put on in 2012 by Warby Parker, makers of actual human eyewear. Still, it’s an awesomely cute photo and we’re suckers for a dapper pug.
[via Laughing Squid]
The speckled egg in this hypnotic gif is demonstrating an amazing evolutionary advancement. It’s a strangely pointy egg and it belongs to a Common Murre or Guillemot, a seabird that congregates in large colonies on rocky cliff shores and does not make nests. Instead the birds lay their eggs directly on bare rock ledges. And that’s one of the reasons their eggs have evolved such an unusual shape - so that when they roll, instead of rolling away from their parents and into the sea, they roll in a tight little circle. It’s further proof that nature is awesome.
Head over to io9 to learn more about Guillemots and their wonderfully unusual eggs.
It’s no secret that dogs like to hang out with each other and play poker. But what about cats? Cats are notoriously mysterious and secretive, but The Oatmeal (previously featured here) has revealed exactly what cats do when they have time to get together: They wear festive party hats and play Hungry Hungry Hippos while snacking on sushi and Goldfish crackers.
So now we know and it’s one of the funniest things we’ve ever tried to imagine our own cats doing. Prints of this awesome illustration are available here.
[via The Oatmeal]
A man in Goleta, CA loves his 18 (yes, 18) cats so very much that he transformed his 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home into a feline playground. The $35,000 remodeling project was carried out by Trillium Enterprises who describe the house as:
"A peaceful place to getaway from it all; this four bedroom, two and a half bathroom home has been transformed into an oasis full of life. Plants, animals, playful colors, and every electronic gadget you can think of has been incorporated into every aspect of this home. From the underwater camera in the Koi pond, to the built in cat walks and fully integrated appliances this home meets every imagination."
The house now features a long spiral walkway, plenty of cat beds, climbing poles (which double as scratching posts) and lots of ramps, ledges, tunnels and aerial walkways. They also installed a new ventilation system, which probably helps make it less noticeable that so many kitties share the same home.
It’s a pussycat’s paradise. We’re guessing the humans who live in this house are pretty pleased with it too.
Photos via Trillium Enterprises
[via Nerd Approved]
Last week we met a young great dane who may grow up to be the World’s Largest Dog. Now we’d like to introduce to you a cat so large that he’s been nicknamed Catasaurus Rex, although people usually just call him Pickles.
Pickles measures over three feet long and weighs 21 lbs. He was found abandoned in a cat carrier on the side of a Massachusetts road and taken in by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They put him up for adoption on Petfinder, which is where Boston couple Andrew Milicia and Emily Zarvos found and adopted the gargantuan kitty. They were actually selected by the MSPCA from 50 different applicants who all wanted to adopt Pickles.
They say that it was love at first sight and now Pickles spends his days cuddling with his humans and hogging the sofa.
Andrew, a graphic designer, said: ‘When we first saw Pickles he looked like such a beast - but he looked really cool. He’s actually bigger than some dogs. It didn’t take him long to make himself at home and now he takes up most of the couch when he’s laid out.’
Emily said: ‘I struggle to pick him up sometimes cause he weighs so much. He loves hiding in the closet so when we go to work we put a stone statue in front of it to keep him out. But when we come back the statue has been moved and he’s in the closet.’
If these photos aren’t quite enough Catasaurus Rex for you, visit Dailymail.co.uk for a short video.
It’s another Cat Day on Geyser of Awesome!
You know what’s awesome? The simultaneously thrilling and terrifying sight of the impossibly massive talons belonging to a mighty Harpy Eagle. This humbling photo was recently shared by Redditor louiebaur. To get an even better sense of just how big these talons are, click here for a comparison image.
And remember, it’s not just the length and sharpness of those talons that are fearsome, the strength of the eagle’s grip is enough to break arm bones or crush a hand. So yes, that’s a lot of avian awesomeness in one photo. Let’s hope that whoever is touching those talons with their fragile human fingers is awfully good friends with that particular eagle.