Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds salutes Mustafa Efe, Imam at the Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque in the historical Üsküdar district of Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to his religious and community leadership work, Efe is a devoted animal lover with a great big heart. Last year he began welcoming the city’s numerous stray cats and their kittens into his mosque. Efe refers to his feline visitors as “guests” and wants them to find safety and warmth within the walls of his historic mosque, particularly during the cold winter months.

One mama cat was observed bringing her newborn kittens into the mosque one by one. She carried them in her mouth up the stairs and over to the safety of the mosque’s pulpit, where she proceeded to groom and feed them:

On Facebook Imam Efe wrote, “The kitty has found the heart of compassion and mercy.” Meanwhile other feline guests are known to sit in on Imam Efe’s sermons alongside human congregation members.

[via My Modern Metropolis, BuzzFeed, and Bored Panda]


When your jam comes on in a store

When people say shit like "omg this cow think it's a dog!" or "look at this video of pigs acting like a dog"


They are acting like their own species. You are just pretending their behavior is special (and similar to that of your valued companion animal) because god forbid you realize that omg, the animals you fucking eat have personalities and enjoy their lives.

So I dunno. If you think those videos and stories are cute maybe you should stop eating/supporting the exploitation of the subjects of those videos.


Meet Jonathan the Giant Tortoise, estimated to be 184 years old, he’s the world’s oldest known living land animal and, until just a few days ago, he may also have been the dirtiest. It seems the supreme elder Seychelles giant tortoise had never had a bath.

Jonathan lives on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. He lives at Plantation House, also the official residence of the Governor. Here you can see a photo of Jonathan on Saint Helena in 1902 beside a photo taken just last year:

We should all look so good at nearly two centuries old! Jonathan has lost his vision to cataracts and can no longer smell, but otherwise he’s doing well and is cared for by island veterinarian Dr. Joe Hollins. And now, also thanks to Dr. Hollins, Jonathan has just had his very first bath. The geriatric tortoise’s shell received a gentle, but thorough washing in preparation for a Royal Visit in May.

Consider how much has happened around the world over the last two centuries and then watch this video to see how 200 years of grime were washed away:

[via mental_floss, LiveScience, The Telegraph, and Bored Panda]


In this video from ReefID the coconut octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) demonstrates yet another way that cephalopods are awesome. These clever octopuses carry discarded coconut shells with them to use as shelter, defensive tools, and even emergency transportation.

Monty Python used coconuts as transportation, but not like this:

[via Nerdist and Wikipedia]


Cheek Rubs - Extended Edition

“We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

Hamburg, Germany-based LEGO enthusiast Moritz used an artist minifig to create “Happy Little Trees,” a delightful tribute to the singularly awesome painter Bob Ross.

Moritz used a bit of Photoshop for Ross’ hair and the painting on the easel. We choose to believe that, although it’s not visible in this photo, he also included Peapod, Ross’ baby squirrel friend (he must be hiding behind the artist’s palette):


A very helpful ferret takes out bags of recyclable ten times her size