Jan. 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day, and we're here to help you celebrate with some funny videos starring the bushy-tailed creatures. In addition to learning some amazing facts about these ubiquitous critters, why not celebrate them by taking a look at how they've touched our lives? Over the years, there has been no shortage of squirrelly influence on pop culture. In honor of the holiday, we're reliving all of our favorite squirrel moments, everything from countless car commercials to Carrie Bradshaw's hilarious but apt comparison to their less-cute cousins. Click on and go nuts!
Although my tolerance for too much barking is pretty low (I do live in an apartment, you know — too much noise and my neighbors would be knocking on my door), I could watch videos of "singing" dogs all day long. A clip of one of my favorites is below: a Frenchie that sings along with the harmonica! I'm not much of a singer myself, so I gotta give credit where credit is due, this little guy can really carry a tune . . . or would it be carry a bark? Either way, check out the adorable video and then share your singing dog stories in the comments!
I've heard of exercising with your pets . . .but this is straight up ridiculous. If you have a dog, aren't you supposed to do things it can accompany you on, like walks or runs? This guy has somehow figured out how to get his dog to do squats with him — that's right, squats! And how enthusiastic this little doggie is. I had to watch this twice.
Pygmy hogs, described by one conservationist as shy and "enigmatic," stand only 10 inches tall and weigh only about 13-20 pounds. Few are thought to exist in the wild.
"The practice of indiscriminate dry-season annual burning and uncontrolled livestock grazing," said conservationist William Oliver, "threatens the last surviving wild population of pygmy hogs in Manas [National Park in Assam, a northeastern state in India] and, if continued, will doubtless also affect many other threatened and sensitive grassland species."
So in 1996, a captive-breeding program was started, and in 2008, 16 of the pygmy pigs were released into the Sonai Rupai wildlife sanctuary. While they're captive, they're largely left alone and fed very little so that they'll forage; this assures scientists that when they're let loose, they'll be able to survive. Here's to the survival of the cutest! We wish the little enigmatic piggies the best.
Sometimes, when the news is all about the Craigslist Killer and Swine Flu, a story involving a 6-pound Chihuahua named Tinker Bell, 70-mile-an-hour winds, and pet psychics is just what the doctor ordered. And, of course, there's a happy ending!
The Utleys of Waterford Township, MI had set up a booth at a flea market when Tinker Bell, who had been standing on top of it, just flew away like a flimsy piece of paper. (OK, that's my embellishment, but let's go with the visual.)
The good news is that, with the aid of a pet psychic (!), Dorothy and Lavern found a "dirty and hungry" Tinker Bell in a wooded area about a mile away. Don't say I never gave you any good news!
No, really. Your life will improve in ways you never dreamed of. I guarantee it. Would I lie to you?
OMG. This little guy is really going to town on that carrot! He's like a cartoon. The quills on his tiny forehead are moving around, and it looks like he's smiling. Good lord he's cute. But one question: where the heck do people get hedgehog pets?!
Oh, yes, he did. It's a first. Dog: 1. Cat: 0. (How does anyone even capture this amazing moment?)