Some might argue that all dogs are in Hufflepuff and all cats are in Slytherin. I have both and I'd say that's a fair assessment! But hey, this idea of sorting shelter dogs into Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses to encourage adoption is fantastic so I'll go with it.
My dogs are pretty awesome. They might bark at a lot of things, but I like how intimidating that can sound to strangers since they're both over 50 pounds. They can catch treats out of the air, do a few tricks, listen to commands (mostly!) and otherwise be impressive. I have to admit, though, next to this dog, they sound like slackers. They certainly don't use a skateboard.
Cute animal videos, even of the weirdest critters, are a favorite pasttime of many an Internet user, even if they do tend to kill workplace productivity and cause people to waste time. Some studies show that couples who look at cute animals together are happier and closer, and who doesn't feel better after watching a cat stick its tongue out?
When you see a bunch of dogs happily playing freely in a fenced-in dog park, are you able to spot their owners? Science says that it's possible, especially if your dog is a purebred animal. The theory that dogs look like their owners suggests that people simply choose dogs that look like they do, which seems a little vain but probably true.
James "Mac" McIntyre is a trained zoologist with a lifelong career of working with animals, from zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo to a vet tech on a cattle ranch. But his passion has always been field research.
It’s okay. I’m eating it, too. National Geographic just put out a list of cool animal puke facts for you to enjoy, and one of the top facts is that honey is made from regurgitated nectar from bees. The piece discusses vomit as a defense mechanism, animals who puke because they can’t digest everything they eat and other interesting barf facts.
We all have at least one ugly critter we love to death. Whether it's a hairless rat, a pug dog, a weird spider or fish--some might call that smashed-in face cringe worthy, but you think it's adorable. Science can shine a light on why we feel this way. It turns out that any kind of animal that seems in need of protection--whether it has big eyes, a small or soft body or other traditionally baby-like qualities--is cute to us humans.
Demeter Fragrance Library is famous for concocting oddball perfumes, many of which - defying all logic - smell fantastic. But their latest venture is surely the oddest of the odd: Kitten Fur, said to smell like the fur on the back of a kitten's neck.