70 posts tagged Friendship
70 posts tagged Friendship
Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship presents a cornucopia of interspecies camaraderie courtesy of the Rocky Ridge Refuge in Midway, Arkansas (previously featured here). Refuge founder and lone operator Janice Wolf rescues and cares for a variety of creatures, big and small, common and exotic.
"Up to 60 animals call the refuge home at any given time, although a few of those are long-term residents. These include Cheesecake the capybara, Crouton the African Sulcata tortoise, Barcode the zebra, Butterbean the bull terrier and Bazinga the miniature horse."
These overwhelmingly heartwarming photos demonstrate that all of these different animals, warm and cold-blooded alike, don’t just get along well with each other, they appear to care for each other too. Now please excuse us while we go find a furry friend to hug.
The Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship has featured all sorts of animals over the years, but this may be the first time we’ve found a relationship involving a hippopotamus. Meet Douglas the baby hippo and his two terrier friends, Molly and Coco.
Douglas was abandoned by his mother and discovered by workers from Conservation Lower Zambezi when he was only two weeks old. They flew him to Chipembele Wildlife Rescue in South Luangwa, Zambia where the two little dogs immediately took to him as though he were just a great big terrier. While the Chipembele staff feed Douglas bottles of milk and teach him to swim, Molly and Coco are his constant companions. The staff hope that Douglas will eventually be able to join the wild hippo population in the Luangwa River. In the meantime we can be sure that he won’t be lonely.
If you’re interested in helping Douglas, you can adopt him to help fund his care via the Born Free Foundation.
Cake is awesome. No matter where you are, what day it is, time it is, what you’re wearing or what the weather is like, it’s always a good time for cake. And besides just eating it ourselves, giving cake to someone else is also awesome. You can use it to wish them a happy birthday, congratulate them, cheer them up or simply say, “I think you’re swell.” But giving someone cake isn’t always that simple. Perhaps they’re far away. Cake doesn’t generally make it through the mail unharmed.
But wait, Sandra Denneler of SheKnows.com has come up with an amazing way to send a mouthwatering slice of cake to anyone anywhere - or at least anywhere the mail goes. And thanks to her DIY
recipe tutorial, you can do it too. Sanda calls these creations Cake Postcards. They look just like the real thing, but they’ll never get crushed or spoil:
"Imagine how happy and excited you’d be, if you went to your mailbox one day and pulled out a slice of cake. Now you can surprise friends and family (and probably even your mail carrier), with this three-dimensional, mailable postcard, cleverly disguised as cake. With only five ingredients in this crafty recipe — a large sponge, spray paint, caulk, spray adhesive and heavy paper — it’s a piece of cake. Literally. Postage is around $3 per slice, but the reaction from the recipient will be priceless."
[via Design Taxi]
It’s never too soon to pay another visit to the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. This story comes with the added bonus of providing further evidence of the awesomeness of beards:
Meet Brian, Brian’s beard, and their new duckling friend Peeps. Brian decided to try his hand at incubating clutch of eggs in hopes of raising chickens. Only one of the eggs hatched, but it wasn’t a chicken. Brian took this unexpected development in stride and set about carefully raising his new duckling friend. He played surrogate mother duck as best he could, which included sheltering peeps under his bear in place of a mama duck’s wing.
As you can see from the bottom photo, taken 41 days after hatching, Peeps has grown into a handsome young duck. Brian is now incubating 3 more duck eggs in hopes of hatching more friends for Peeps.
[via Fashionably Geek]
There’s something weirdly wonderful about watching a Cheetah frolic in the snow, but watching a cheetah romp around in the snow with her BFF, who happens to be a dog, is much much better because then it’s a wintry visit to the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship.
Meet Savanna the Cheetah and her dog friend Max. Savannah was born in June 2012 at the San Diego Zoo. She and Max were introduced in September 2012 and they’ve been fun-loving friends ever since. Because they share so many similarities, zoos have been pairing cheetahs and dogs like this for years. In fact, we shared photos of a another awesome pair last year.
"The pairing process occurs with the matching of a three-month-old cheetah and a six-month-old dog. Zoologists look for shelter dogs that have a good disposition and a naturally calm demeanor when selecting cheetah companions. The first step is to very slowly make an introduction, allowing the dog and cheetah to look at and smell each other through a partition in adjacent habitats. Next, they are given the opportunity for brief supervised visits where handlers allow them to sniff and investigate each other. "Pretty soon, when someone throws a ball, they both go after it and when the people go home for the night, the cheetah gets to cuddle up to his big ball of fur friend and use him like a pillow," says senior animal trainer, Carlee Westbrook. The dog keeps the cheetah calm and relaxed and the cheetah provides companionship for the dog. It’s a win-win situation."
What could possibly be even more awesome than a photo of Sir Patrick Stewart wearing a cotton candy mustache or lounging in a bathtub while dressed as a lobster? Here it is: a photo of Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen both wearing bowler hats while sitting together on Santa’s lap. This particular Santa might just be having the best Christmas ever.
However you choose to look at it - Gandalf and Captain Picard, Magneto and Professor X, or just two amazing actors and good friends - if this isn’t a magical moment we don’t know what is.
Today the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship shows us a real life example of The Fox and the Hound currently taking place in a forest in Norway. Sniffer the wild fox and Tinni the domestic dog first met by chance while Tinni was out for a walk with his human, photographer Torgeir Berge. The unlikely pair became fast friends and now Torgeir photographs their heartwarming daily encounters. Sniffer and Tinni frolic in their secluded woodland playground until they’ve tired each other out, at which point they settle down and relax together.
The tender and playful relationship between the two is captured in these photos and Berge was so inspired by it that he decided to release a book chronicling the canine duo called The Fox and the Dog which will feature fairytales based on their friendship.
More so, Berge noted how similar his dog and Sniffer were and his thoughts on Norway’s controversial fox-fur trade changed so much that he is now campaigning to have it banned. Berge observed ‘how similar foxes and dogs actually are’ and labels the fox, the ‘dog of the forest’.
Berge will donate a large portion of the proceeds from the book to help his conservation and anti-fur trade campaign.
While we can’t say for certain that this frog and beetle are friends, we’re still filing it in the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship because it looks as though they’re in the middle of a great and noble quest. Even Nicolas Reusens Boden, the Swedish photographer who took it, entitled his awesome photo The Knight and His Steed.
Nicolas had this to say about his remarkable photo:
"Although controlled, this shot was not prepared at all, I was performing a workshop with the Agalychnis callidryas treefrog from Costa Rica when the frog managed to jump to the branch where this huge titan was sleeping…I had my gear ready so I only had to change a few settings and shoot…the rest is history.”
This photo is one of over 100,000 photos submitted to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, which is open to students, amateur photographers and professionals alike. Visit the World Photography Organisation website to view more.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Lots of people love to travel and plenty of people do, but there are also lots of people out there who, sometimes because of physical or psychological challenges, can’t get out very easily, if at all. That’s where a tender-hearted, 38-year-old, Japanese entrepreneur named Sonoe Azuma comes in. Three years ago she started a business called Unagi Travel, a self-described “travel agency for stuffed animals.” Sonoe arranges vacations and day-trips for stuffed animals, taking photos and videos all the while, so that their owners may vicariously experience the adventures of their plush friends.
Travelogues are uploaded to Facebook, where the owners can follow what activities their stuffed animals are up to.
"So far, more than 200 stuffed animals have participated in the trips, and some of them sign up regularly. I would say 40 percent of my business is repeat customers," Azuma told The Yomiuri Shimbun. She now organizes ten trips a month and has even taken stuffed animals abroad to the U.S. and Europe.
These trips aren’t just entertaining for Sonoe’s customers, some of whom suffer from depression and/or social anxiety, they also encourage people to work up the strength/courage/motivation to get out and travel themselves.
"I want to see and walk around the sights that I viewed through my stuffed animal’s journeys someday,” a 51-year-old woman from Saga Prefecture told Yomiuri. The woman had become a recluse because an illness had made walking difficult. However, she was inspired to rehabilitate her legs and go out in the world after seeing her stuffed animal on an Unagi Travel tour.
"Seeing my stuffed animal traveling encouraged me," she said. "I began to think that I should do what I can do, instead of lamenting over things that I can’t.