Theres A Sloth Institute Which Looks After Baby Sloths That Lost Their Moms

Sam Trull, co founder of the Sloth Institute in Costa Rica, has been helping sloths return to the wild since 2013. The Institute has three main goals: 1. RESEARCH of captive and wild sloths; 2. COLLABORATION with other institutions that work with sloths around the world; and 3. EDUCATION to generate and disseminate responsible and balanced information about sloths to the public. Trull is also the author of Slothlove, a book about her beloved sloths.

“I think one of my favorite things about sloths is that they mind their own business,” Trill told the Manhattan Book Review. “I realize that the ‘circle of life’ requires all kinds of species of animals, including mischievous monkeys and carnivorous cats, and no offense to those animals that need to eat other animals to survive. But how can I not be drawn to species that just want to eat their leaves, relax in the sunshine and the breeze and have a good scratch?! In addition, they have a very curious and playful side, something most people have never and will never see, but it is definitely the most endearing thing I have ever seen.”

Human encroachment is a huge threat to sloth populations

 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-baby-sloth-institute-costa-rica-sam-trull/

20+ Adorable Pics To Celebrate Hedgehog Day

Did you know that hedgehog’s spikes are actually hair stiffened by keratin? Better be easy on that new keratin shampoo that you bought. But we’re sure you won’t be surprised by a definitely scientific fact that hedgehogs are absolutely adorable.

We have gathered some empirical data to ground our claim. Today is Hedgehog Appreciation Day, what better time to spread the message? So here it is. Help us collect more evidence of cute by uploading your photos of these tiny creatures!

 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-hedgehogs/

Cute Tiny Owl Goes Viral So We Interviewed The Photographer (10 Pics)

After this super adorable photo of an owl hiding from rain took the internet by storm, we decided to reach out to the photographer Tanja Brandt to tell us more about it.

“Poldi, our little owl is 1,5 years old. I got him when he was five months old. He didn’t want to come out his egg and he was very small, the smallest. His six sisters were all hatched, and as he was the last to be born, days after the others, he was very small. I also have a Harris Hawk named Phönix, a Weissgesichtseule named Gandalf, and a snow owl named Uschi,” Tanja Brandt told Bored Panda.

“I think my animals like to be photographed. Why? Because I am always outside with my camera and with my animals. So we get to walk together, have fun, go on adventures, have little breaks… We take some pictures and after the animals can play again as we keep going. I know my animals very well and I can see their state of mind. If I go out with just one of my animals, the other get antsy and want to be with us. We have lot of fun together.”

“I’ve always loved animals, since I was a baby, unlike the rest of my family. When I was little, I found every sort of pet and then hid it for my parents. I love the beauty, power, loyalty, courage and friendship of animals. Many people could learn from them.”

 

Thank you, Tanja Brandt for the interview and the images!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/owl-hiding-from-rain-mushroom-podli-tanja-brandt/

Day Old Otter Pup Falls Asleep On Its Floating Mothers Belly

This footage of a one-day-old baby otters sleeping on his mother’s belly was captured by photographer Connie Levenhagen. The two were spotted in a pool outside the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in California.

“This baby sea otter was born in the ‘Great Tide Pool’ at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on 12/20/15,” said a zoo employee. “Her mom is a wild, Californian sea otter that sought refuge in the pool to shield her against other animals and the stormy day.”

 

Image credits: Tyson V. Rininger

Watch the otter pup in action below:

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/baby-otter-sleeps-mother-belly-monterey-bay-aquarium/

Photographer Captures Hungry Dogs Hilarious Expressions When They Catch Treats

Christian Vieler from Waltrop, Germany takes hilarious photos of dogs trying to catch food. The photographer aims to capture the many faces of doggies depicting such emotions as excitement, sadness or confusion.

“Every shoot I am looking for that specific moment when the dog is looking as cute or funny as they can be,” said Vieler. “That cannot be seen without the power of freezing motion – dog’s faces with magnificent lineaments, telling us stories of panic, desire and joy.” He told Bored Panda that he is inspired by “every dog-personality and a good portion of humor.”

Vieler, 45, is a journalist and became interested in photography in 2012 with a purchase of a new camera. “My snapshots are not really a project, so you can say: everlasting and ongoing. I shoot a snapshot with every dog-guest in my studio. Some are pretty good, some not and a few are really gorgeous.”

 

Thank you, Christian Vieler, for talking to Bored Panda about your wonderful work!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-dogs-catching-food-fotos-frei-schnauze-christian-vieler/

Daughter Asks for Newborn Photoshoot For Her Stray Kitty, Mother Delivers

We’ve already seen this dog’s maternity and post-partum photo shoots, so it was only a matter of time for cats to step in. So here it is, the most purrfect newborn photo-shoot-inspired stray kitty’s photo series!

His mom Cassie Borcherding of Missouri, who is also a professional photographer, shot the kitty, named Elsa, after her daughter begged her to do a newborn photo shoot. The result is paw-sitively adorable! ” It wasn’t easy at first, but once i got her wrapped she purred the entire time,” Borcherding told Bored Panda. Sadly, the pictures are now rather bittersweet for the family.

They welcomed Elsa right from the streets to their loving home, having made sure that she has no owner. Sadly, the kitten has recently disappeared. But since Elsa was a stray, Borcherding hopes that she will find the way back to their home. “We hope she’s safe and being fed somewhere. And we hope she finds her way back to us.”

“She came to us not long ago as a stray kitten who had wandered into our garage”

 

Thank you, Cassie Borcherding, for talking to Bored Panda about this lovely photo shoot!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/adopted-cat-photoshoot-newborn-storybook-moments/

This Potato Is Taking Instagram By Storm, And Its Photos Are Just Too Cute

Just when you thought Instagram had reached its maximum capacity for adorable puppies, Puffie the Chow came along. We’re not really sure if he’s a dog, a teddy bear, or a marshmallow, but he’s probably going to run away with your heart, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Puffie was born in China on February 13th, 2017, but it wasn’t until early June that he arrived at his forever home in Malaysia as a birthday gift. His new mom fell in love with him at first sight, and immediately began sharing his daily adventures on Instagram – as well as the lengthy naps that always follow them, of course. His audience of now 42.8 thousand dotes on his every pounce, and he hasn’t even been here for a year yet.

Chow Chows are known for more than just their excessive, luscious fur and dark blue tongues. They have unique spirits, and are famously stubborn when it comes to training, change, and dealing with people they don’t know. Though they can also be lazy, shy, and overly attached to their owners, for the lucky owners of this ancient Chinese breed, it’s all part of the Chow Chow charm.

Get to know Puffie the Chow below, and let us know if you have one of your own at home!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/fluffy-dog-chowchow-puffie-the-chow/

Harbin 2016: World’s most stunning winter festival now underway

(CNN)Looking for inspiration to liven up your snow fort-building sessions with the kids?

 

The legendary Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival, famous for its spectacular sculptures and giant replicas, is now officially underway in northern China.

 

The annual event, now in its 32nd year, is made up of several themed zones including a sculpture art expo and a lantern fair.

The main attraction is the Harbin Ice and Snow World, which covers more than 750,000 square meters. Its magnificent structures required more than 330,000 cubic meters of ice and snow to create, according to a report in Chinese media.

This year’s theme is “Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow.”

 

Stunning as the works are in all their white glory, the best time to go is at night, when when the sculptures are lit from the inside.

China’s “Ice City”

Enjoying that icy beauty doesn’t come warmly.

The capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Harbin is a bitingly cold city with January daytime temperatures ranging from minus 13 to minus 23 Celsius.

Due to Harbin’s close proximity to Russia, its northern neighbor’s influence permeates everything from architecture to food.

Since 1985, the Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival has grown to become one of the biggest snow festival destinations in the world, joining the ranks of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Canada’s Quebec Winter Carnival and Norway’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival.

Depending on weather conditions, the festival usually lasts until late February.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/05/travel/harbin-ice-festival/index.html

I Reshot Old Photos Of China To Show How It Changed In 100 Years

When most people travel, they think of travelling in space. Whether it’s hiking through a national park or learning about a distant culture, it’s usually about the destination. This time, I decided to travel in time. Here are some scenes from China as they looked over the past hundred years. The old pictures were pulled from various books and websites. I then re-took each of them, matching the angle and focal length as closely as possible.

It’s interesting to see what humans are able to change and what humans are utterly incapable of changing. On one hand, a city may rise out of nowhere in just a matter of a decade or two, showing how powerful China’s economy has become, and how advanced engineering has enabled us to build so rapidly. At the same time, the profile of the mountains and rivers don’t budge, a constant reminder that we are still powerless compared to Mother Nature.

Lanzhou (1930; 2016)

 

Historically, it was not common for Chinese cities to be built on the coast. Shanghai, however, in the past 100 years grew from a mere fishing village to the largest city in the world (old picture by unknown; new picture – D. Venkatraman)

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/100-years-of-time-travelling-in-china-dheera-venkatraman/

English T-Shirts In Asia (20+ Pics)

One of the great things about the world we live in is the rich and diverse variety of languages that you can find across the globe. The only problem is that, as you can see from these pictures, sometimes these languages don’t quite translate…

In homage to hilarious translation fails, Bored Panda has compiled this list of t-shirts from East Asia that don’t quite say what they should (“Texas state it’s a triangle OMG so hipster triangle”, for example). Some of them don’t say anything at all (well, not unless “temmby woroing terrislylastly” means anything to anyone?). But while all of them may have failed as far as translation is concerned, they have all definitely succeeded in making us laugh. Hard.

Seen any brilliant t-shirt translations that we might have missed? Then add to them to the list below and don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-english-translations-t-shirt-fail-asia-broken-engrish/