Meet Laura the piglet and Marina the kitten, the newest members of the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. Both adorable babies were rescued from dire situations, Laura from a factory farm and Marina alone on the streets. Each was taken to an animal sanctuary in Chile called Santuario Igualdad Interespecie where they met and immediately became inseparable friends.

“Since her arrival, Laura has been treated with the love and care a baby deserves, and has developed a deep friendship with Marina the kitten, showing by example, that when it comes to relations of friendship and respect, belonging to different species doesn’t matter,” writes the shelter.

Now Laura and Marina spend their days together cuddling, playing, eating, and taking lots of cozy naps. Follow the pair on their Facebook page as they grow up together.

[via My Modern Metropolis]


Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds salutes Dolph C. Volker, dedicated animal advocate and author of Dire Encounters - Man Meets Wolf: TOME 1. When Volker discovered an enormous European bumblebee clinging to a window in his kitchen, weakened from dehydration, he gently picked it up and placed it in the palm of his hand where he’d poured a dollop of honey. The ailing bee immediately started to consume the honey and, once it was full, Volker took it outside to set it free. But before the bee took off, human and insect shared the cutest high five we’ve ever seen:

[via Lost At E Minor]


Husky says “NNNOOOOO!”

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Penguins vs Rope: The Video You Never Knew You Needed In Your Life 

Penguins are designed for the water, where they are quick, sleek hunters. Put them on land, and these flightless birds are awkward waddling butlers. Put them on land in front of a rope, and they are hilarious.

Check out the sixth penguin to “walk the line” and who’s just shocked he was able to cross with no issues at all.

The lesson here is all those who choose to use a beach with a clear penguin population should use extra precaution when dropping an anchor line. Luckily in this video no penguins are hurt, outside of their pride, but lines like this run the risk of seriously damaging a flipper or worse.

Nonetheless, enjoy, and please someone make a gif set of this!

Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: March 21st, 2014.


Cute Animal Vine of The Week

Today we’d like to award a World’s Best Dog Trophy to Jumpy, a handsome border collie mix trained by Los Angeles-based freelance animal trainer Omar von Muller. Jumpy loves to run and jump over obstacles while carrying a selfie stick in his mouth, resulting in this awesome video which enables the viewer to be a passenger on Jumpy’s joyous runs and effortless leaps across fields and beaches in southern California:

[via Sploid]