The Stunning Gifts Every Cat Lover Wants to Have

Anyone who has a cat in their life knows that it can quickly become an obsession. In that case, what you need is a stunning cat gift to move your obsession onto the next, even scarier level.

A Cat Lion Wig

Stunning Gifts Every Cat Lover Wants to Have

If you want to transform your gentle cat into a roaring, ferocious lion the best approach is to pump him full of steroids and feed him raw meat. A more practical approach is to stick on a lion wig and see if he gets instantly transformed into the king of the jungle in this way.

The Cat Fountain

Stunning Gifts Every Cat Lover Wants to Have

You don’t want your faithful feline buddy to suffer the indignity of having to sip out of a common plate, do you? With this convenient, decorative cat fountain he can quench his thirst while appearing to be elegant and refined.

The Cat Glass

Stunning Gifts for Cat Lovers

Of course, the best cat gifts aren’t just for our whiskered friends to use. As cat owners we also demand gifts that make us look as though we are cats, even if it is just for a fleeting second while supping a glass of warm milk. This glass is pretty cute.

The Cat Hanger

Stunning Gifts Every Cat Lover Wants to Have

You knew that some weird and slightly scary cat gifts were on their way, didn’t you? Well, the wait is now over, as you can see from this horrendously bizarre cat clothes hanger. To be fair, the shirt is probably even worse than the hanger.

The Giant Play Area

Stunning Gifts Every Cat Lover Wants to Have

What genius came up with the idea of play areas for cats in the first place? Did they think that the little feline devils were bored sitting about all day? Sitting about all day is what they love most of all. If I put my feckless puss onto this thing he would just look for the most comfortable place to lie down all day.

The Cat Lover’s Clothes

Stunning Gifts Every Cat Lover Wants to Have

So, you love cats and you want to let the whole world to know about it. The first option to consider is that of pushing a shopping trolley filled with dozens of mangy moggies around busy pedestrian shopping areas. If that doesn’t appeal to you for some reason then the next best thing to do is to wear some cat lover clothing like this.

The Cat Plane

Stunning Gifts Every Cat Lover Wants to Have

I’m not going to even attempt to lie to you by claiming to know what this car gift is. Sure, it’s a plane and –look! – there’s a cat in it. I guess that what I want to say is that I haven’t got the faintest idea why you would treat your favourite feline flier to this treat. Is it a bed or somewhere comfortable for him to pass some quality leisure time?

More Cat Wigs

Stunning Gifts for Cat Lovers

Isn’t it a shame that cats often have to go through their lives with exactly the same hairstyle? For example, you very rarely, if ever, see a moggy with a perm or dreadlocks. The beauty of these cat wigs is that they make a perfect gift for the discerning cat that wants a different look but isn’t too keen on spending hours in a beauty salon.

The Cat Mug

Stunning Gifts Every Cat Lover Wants to Have

If you want something more traditional and less freaky then what about a mug as a cat gift? This one would look great with some hot chocolate and a dollop of cream in it. As would just about anything, to be honest.

5 Fun Facts About Teacup Pigs

These super cute tiny creatures make the most adorable pets in the whole Universe. They are called “teacup” pigs because, as the name implies, when they are born, these piglets are so small that they can fit into a teacup. How lovely is that? Fancy a cup of piglets, darling? The teacup pigs do not belong to a specific breed, it’s just that some are born small and do not grow up to be as big as a normal pig. If you want to have them as a pet here are some fun facts about teacup pigs.

1. Recognizing a Teacup Pig

cute teacup pig

The teacup pig has many names: miniature pigs, micropigs or the mini pig. When they are born, they weigh about 9 ounces. These pigs are a combination of several pig breeds like the Kune Kune, the potbellied pig, the Tamworth pig and the Gloucester Old Spot. They come in different colors including white, black, silver, red, tan or rusty. Some teacup pigs are spotted with black, white or red. The average life span of a teacup pig is between five and twenty years.

2. The Size of a Teacup Pig

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Although these special pigs are born very small they don’t stay that way for too long. The teacup pig can grow up to 16 inches in height and weigh 65 pounds or more. There are teacup pigs that reach 95 pounds. This is actually small compared to normal pigs which can grow up to weigh between 800 and 1,200 pounds. Imagine having a pig that big running around your living room. Luckily, the teacup piggies don’t get that big (or that fat).

3. Facts About Teacup Pigs – Characteristics

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If you’re thinking of getting a teacup pig, keep in mind that they need a lot of attention. Well, any pet does for that matter. The teacup pig work well for people who suffer from allergies because these pigs don’t have fur, they have bristle. They shed them in the summer and grow them back in winter. Just like their bigger brothers, the teacup pigs enjoy to roll in the mud but they also enjoy a good bath. They have straight tails, tusks and flat snouts. The teacup pig squeals, barks, honks and grunts.

4. How To Take Care of a Teacup Pig

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These little pigs are very intelligent animals. They can be trained to use the litter box, but make sure it’s one with low sides so the piggy can enter and exit it. You can teach you pig to potty outside and walk it on a leash, just like a dog. Just like you would train a dog, use treats like vegetables and fruits. Your pig will love it. The teacup pig needs to have a small pool in which to bather and cool because they don’t sweat and can become overheated.

5. Considerations

teacup pigs

On our list of fun facts about teacup pigs we need to mention that not every city allows teacup pigs because they consider it livestock and not house pets. You need to take them regularly to the vet, one who is specialized in treating pigs and livestock animals. Teacup pigs need to be spayed or neutered, just like you would do with a dog or a cat.

There are plenty of videos on Youtube with adorable teacup pigs. One of the most important fun fact about the teacup pig is that they love to have fun. They are very playful and bring a smile on everyone’s face when they do they little stunts with their little, stocky bodies. If you decide to get one, make sure you have it needs to take care of a teacup pig.

 

5 of the Rarest Snake Species in the World

Fear of snakes is not an unusual phobia and many people have it. I know someone that cringes when I mention these creepy crawling creatures. Personally, I think they are beautiful, mysterious creatures that just have a bad reputation. Unfortunately, there are many species of snakes that are on the verge of being extinct due to the gradual destruction of their natural habitat. If they are not bothered, snakes are not a real threat to humans. Let’s take a look at the rarest snake species in the world:

1. St. Lucia Racer Snake

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The St. Lucia Racer snake is officially one of the rarest snake species in the world. It lives on a small island in the Caribbean, near the St. Lucia coast, hence its name. This snake species has been massively eradicated by predators like the black rat and the mongoose. The predators have killed the snakes and poached the eggs. In 1936 the St. Lucia Racer snake has been declared extinct but in 1973 it has been rediscovered on the island Maria Major. This is a non-venomous snake that can reach 1 meter in length and currently there are only 18 of this snake on the island.

2. Orlov’s Viper

orlov viper endangered

This beautiful creature is one of the rarest snake species in the world at the moment. It lives in the Russian Black Sea region. It’s a close relative of the Caucasian viper and it’s extremely venomous. It has been estimated that there are only 250 Orlov vipers in the wild, and the major reason for its extinction is the widespread poaching.

3. The Aruba Island Rattlesnake

aruba island rattlesnake

This rattlesnake species lives in the Caribbean islands of Aruba, off the coast of Venezuela. This is a nocturnal snake with a light brown or gray color. The rattlesnake gives birth to live young (viviparous) rather than laying eggs like other snake species. It can live up to 20 years and it feeds mostly on birds, rodents and lizards. At the moment, there are only 230 Aruba Island rattlesnakes in the wild, which makes it one of the rarest snake species on the planet. Their habitat is threatened by human development, which left these snakes with only 25 square km of natural space. Another threatening factor is the introduction of goats that destroy the vegetation on the island.

4. Round Island Boa

round island boa snake

When we hear about Boa snakes we automatically think about those huge constrictor snakes. This Boa snake lives on the Round Island in Mauritius and it’s not a big snake, reaching up to 1,5 m in length. Fortunately, their numbers have increased recently because back in 1996 there were only about 250 adult snakes living in the wild. At the moment there are around 1,000 Round Island Boa snakes but they’re not out of danger of being extinct. One of the main reasons for its disappearing is the introduction of rabbits and goats in the snake’s natural habitat. Luckily, the Round Island Boa is part of a breeding program that will help with their survival as a species.

5. The Short-Nosed Sea Snake

Short-Nosed Sea Snake endaangered

The short-nosed sea snake, also known as the Shul reef snake, is one of the rarest snake species living right now. Their natural habitat is somewhere off the coast of North Western part of Australia. The reasons for this species’ increasing disappearance are not known but researchers believe the severe coral degradation might be one of the causes.

Other rare snake species that face extinction are: the Darevsky’s Viper, the Antiguan Racer, the Santa Catalina Island Rattlesnake, the Alcatrazes Lancehead and Wagner’s Viper.

We need to take better care of our planet and the wonderful creatures that inhabit it otherwise we will lose many of the living species.

 

 

 

Top 5 of the World’s Deadliest Sharks

Sharks are some of the most dangerous creatures in the world. One would better think twice before diving in the waters where these deadly predators dwell. Sharks are perfect killing machines: they’re big, they’re fast, they’re super intelligent and they have several rows of razor-sharp teeth. There are about 400 species of sharks living in the oceans of the world and not all of them are “man-eating”. But there are some sharks that are, according to statistics, a real threat to humans. Let’s take a look at the world’s deadliest sharks and learn which ones are the most dangerous to us.

1. The Great White Shark

great white shark deadliest shark

You might recognize this big guy from the 1970s movie that terrified us all, Jaws. That movie didn’t put this shark species in a very good light, but it couldn’t have had. This is one of the world’s deadliest sharks and it’s known to kill without a second thought. The Great White shark can reach 6 meters in length and can weigh as much as 3 tons. They have rows of triangular teeth that are 3 inches long and serrated on all sides for a deadly effect. These sharks tear their prey by shaking their head from side to side and they can reach a speed of up to 56 km per hour. They mostly live around the shores of Australia, South Africa, California, the Mediterranean and Japan. The Great White shark is without a doubt the most dangerous shark species, with more than 400 human attacks, of which many have been lethal.

2. The Bull Shark

bull shark swimming

Another one of the world’s deadliest sharks is the Bull shark. This one’s no little fishy either. It can measure up to 3.5 m and weigh more than 300kg. You might wonder why this big fish is called a “bull” shark. They get their name from their flat “nose” and stocky build. They also have a short temper and can get extremely aggressive in the blink of an eye. Just like the Great White, the Bull shark has several rows of triangular, sharp teeth. The Bull shark is very territorial and it will attack any other species that will invade his privacy. Unlike other shark species, the Bull shark can tolerate fresh waters which make the human encounters more often than with other sharks. They can live in both rivers and lakes, something that many sharks cannot do. Statistically, the Bulls shark is responsible for 104 human attacks, with more than a third fatal ones.

3. The Tiger Shark

tiger shark

Any animal that has “tiger” in its name is not something you would like to cuddle with. The Tiger shark is no exception. This is one of the deadliest sharks in the world, famous for its aggressiveness and for the fact that it swallows anything that comes in its way: tires, bottles, clothes, pigs, cats, etc. Their common prey are dolphins, turtles, seals and birds.

4. Oceanic White Tip Shark

Oceanic White Tip Shark

This deadly shark has killed more people than any other shark species in world. They are classified as “man-eaters” and some say that these sharks are responsible for hundreds of human deaths when ships sunk in the World War II. Although they are slow moving, the white tip shark is very aggressive and also very persistent.

5. The Shortfin Mako

Shortfin Mako

One of the deadliest sharks known to attack humans is the shortfin mako shark. It comes from the same family as the great white and the prehistoric megalodon. The shortfin mako can measure up to 3 m and weigh nearly a ton. This shark is responsible for at least three known human deaths.

 

 

8 Newly Discovered Animals You Should Know

The Earth is full of fascinating animals, most of them probably unknown to us. Some are adorable, some are creepy, and some of them we never heard of nor did we know they existed. Here are 8 newly discovered animals you can teach your little brother about.

1. Tuco-tuco

New species of these adorable rodents were discovered in Bolivia. Tuco-tucos live underground and they have very preeminent teeth. Their name is not only funny, but also very naturally driven from the sound they make when they communicate to one another, a sort of loud “tuc-tuc” sound. The discovery is very huge, since new species of mammals are rarely discovered, mostly because given their large size, they are hard to miss.

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2.  Transparent snail

newly discovered animals

This transparent snail has no eyes, no colored pigments and, also, has almost no ability to move. It was discovered in Croatia by scientists from Goethe University in a dark underground cave named Lukina-Jama Trojama, one of the deepest in the world. The cave systems have an unusual microclimate with various temperatures distributed in layers, which makes the possibly of new discoveries even greater.

3.  Lesula

newly discovered animals

Lesula is a monkey discovered in Congo.  As you can see, it has human eyes. Another distinctive sign is its blue bottom. You can find it in a small number so the possibility of the lesula of becoming an endangered species in a few years is very serious. Currently it’s enlisted as “vulnerable” because the monkey faces serious threats.  Lesula looks really adorable with its human gaze and pose, so, maybe, besides the diversity threat caused by its disappearance would, it is so difficult not to feel that we are also threatened as human beings.

4. Olinguito

newly discovered animals

This sounds like something really small in Spanish. Olinguito is a “bear-cat”, an adorable one, which was discovered in Colombia and Ecuador. Olinguito eats fruits, nectar and small insects, but it also appears to be a shy animal, which makes it one of the most likeable from the newly discovered animals.

5.  Pea-sized Frog

newly discovered animals

This frog was discovered in 2010 in Borneo, Southeast Asia. As you can see, it is really small and in the beginning, scientists thought they saw baby frogs. They later realized these were adults.To understand the scale, you need to know that the adult size of this frog is somewhere between 10.6 to 12.8 milimetres.

6. Vampire Frog

newly discovered animals

It is exactly what you think, a frog that eats hot blooded animals. This adorable looking frog actually eats birds and it was discovered in Southeast Asia. The male frogs are really aggressive. They fight each other and most of the time ending with limbs being cut or injured.

7. Caqueta monkey

newly discovered animals

What is so adorable about this monkey is that it purrs like a cat and it’s really tiny. Although it is a newly discovered animal according to international scientific community, its existence was somehow guessed back in 1976. Colombia, the country where the animal was first observed, was in conflict at the time, so the confirmation arrived much later. Now it’s enlisted as being critically endangered, with less than 250 individuals.

8.  Blossom Bat

newly discovered animals

This little guy was discovered during an expedition in New Guinea, Indonesia. The cute looking bat feeds on nectar using the tongue to reach the trees for it. For this reason it is known as the “hummingbird of the bat world”.  Because of their feeding behavior, blossom bats are very small, just 60 millimeters long, which means they can fit really nice in the palm of your hand. Their enemies are honey bees, for obvious reasons.