Snow Leopards Love Nomming On Their Fluffy Tails (12 Pics)

Snow Leopards can’t roar like other big cats but they have the most majestic tails ever to compensate. Their tails are almost as long as they are – somewhere between 80 to 105 centimetres long! They are mainly used to help them balance, however, they can also serve as a perfect object to OM NOM NOM on!

While Snow Leopards wrap their tails around their noses to protect themselves from cold in their natural habitat (they are Snow Leopards after all), it hardly explains why they’d do that when in captivity. Maybe it’s simply genetic, or maybe they just can’t resist the fluff? Just look at those tails. SO. MUCH. FLUFF.

 

Image credits: Sujit Mahapatra

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/snow-leopards-biting-tail-funny-cats/

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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/

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/

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/

22+ Reasons Why You Should Visit China

The Chinese civilization is one of the oldest in the world, and these photos will prove it is also one of the most beautiful.

If it’s your first time visiting China, then Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian are a must-see. The famous Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace are found in Beijing; Shanghai is a world-renowned metropolis with a stunning skyline; and Xian, on the Yellow River, is home to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

Have you ever been to China? Post your photos, of vote on your favorite submissions below!

 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/amazing-places-china/

Panda Babies Sleeping In Baskets Make Their First Public Appearance At Chinese Panda Breeding Center

These baby pandas are a cause to celebrate! Ten pandas were born this year at the Ya’an Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding Center, and this past Friday, they made their debut public appearance. The pandas range in age from two weeks to two months old. The deputy minister of Animal Management at the China Conservation and Research Centre, Luo Bo, reports that there has been a healthy boom in the birth of panda cubs, especially the number of twin cubs, this year.

Giant panda births are celebrated because females are able to breed for only 2-3 days a year, and they only give birth to one cub every two years. Around 75% of the world’s giant pandas live in Sichuan province, with the Chengdu Research Base being one of the primary conservation sites. If you’d like to see some of our other posts about baby pandas, click here.

 

Image credits: Li Qiaoqiao / Corbis

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/baby-panda-basket-yaan-debut-appearance-breeding-center-china/