There's nothing cuter than animals playing their hearts out in the snow. The Winter setting may give you the chills, but the sheer joy on these animals' faces will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. From puppies rolling around in the frost to wild horses running across a frozen meadow, we've culled the happiest animals playing in the Winter wonderland. Curl up by the fire and click on!
Fashion Week is a flurry of activity with models undergoing transformations at every turn, changing up their hair, makeup, and designer duds. In the wild, a similar metamorphosis is also taking place: in arctic regions, birds, foxes, rodents, and other creatures are beginning to molt their dark Summer fur and feathers for a Winter-appropriate white. An adaptation that allows predators to sneak up on their quarry and prey to hide amidst their surroundings, the white coats that these animals develop also help keep them warm in their frigid environments because instead of pigment, the cells in those feathers and hairs are filled with air, which serves as added insulation. Curious as to which animals I'm talking about? Then take a look through this slideshow!
If this month's sweltering weather is making it difficult for you to get excited about anything (except air conditioning), then we have some wonderful news: July is Wild About Wildlife month! We're celebrating these 31 days of frenzied fauna with a glut of gleeful wild animals, so to get your fix and learn about the amazing menagerie across our planet, just check out our slideshow!
Up until a [few] months ago, no one would believe a monkey in a shearling coat would shop at Ikea.
But ever since Darwin, the well-dressed rhesus macaque monkey, escaped from his human mom's parked car and entered a Toronto Ikea with the same panicked expression seen on humans at the furniture outlet, we've learned that nothing is impossible.
So what first-world problems is the Ikea monkey facing in 2013? There's an ugly custody battle, a new home with none of the luxuries of suburban life, and too many Facebook pages to keep track of.
"Hello world!!! Thanks for bringing me to Story Book Farm!! You all rock...I just wish I had a mommy to help me through these tough times!!" writes Darwin, or rather Darwin's Facebook "translator" at the animal sanctuary where the ten-month-old primate now resides.
Today is Pink Flamingo Day, so since we gave turtles a chance to shine, we thought we'd give these bright avians their moment in the spotlight. These long-legged and long-necked fellas are a curiosity of the bird world, causing us to wonder: where did they get their rosy color and why the heck do they stand on one leg!? If you want to know more about flamingos, you first have to test your knowledge on the wonderfully pink birds. Good luck!Take the Quiz
Sometimes you come across an animal so cute that you can't decide if you want to grab the nearest person and hug them or just crumple to the floor in the fetal position. Well, make sure you have soft Berber carpet at your feet and a loved one or two nearby, because we found 80 such creatures ready to be oohed and awwed over. Click away!
From ferocious lions to swimming penguins, this collection of artsy pictures from the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, will have you mesmerized. The zoo, which opened its gates in 1863 and has been run by the Hagenbeck family since 1907, was the first to use open enclosures surrounded by moats instead of barred cages to create a more natural setting. Encompassing several acres, the park houses animals from all over the world, including tropical sharks, Asian elephants, tigers, and lions. Click through this collection of artistic images that share the amazing beauty of the animals of this zoo.
Mom knows best, especially in the animal world. A glimpse of these mothers at work and play with their little ones is proof that the special mother-child bond is a celebration our animal friends share. Cute critters rely on mom to teach them the ways of the world, so in honor of our moms — and theirs — here's a look at some of the cutest animal moms and their babes.
Meet the most smiley animal on earth: the quokka. A native of Australia, the quokka is a marsupial in the macropod family (along with wallabies and kangaroos) with a permanently positive outlook. Its most distinct characteristic is the appearance that it is always smiling. If you're feeling blue or just having a bad day, look no further. Click through to get an instant mood-booster and learn a few fun facts about quokkas while you're at it!