Funny & Cute Animals

Bold canary shares bread with tourists at the breakfast table37s

Bold canary shares bread with tourists at the breakfast table

The Galapagos Islands are home to a wide range of animal and bird species. Among them are the finches and canaries that inspired Charles Darwin to come up with the theory of evolution after his famous visit in 1837. His theories changed the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves. This beautiful yellow canary lives on San Cristobal Island and he makes his home near the Casa Playa Mann Hotel, a small tourist dwelling nestled in the trees near the beach. He’s a crafty little bird and he understands that breakfast is served on the patio each morning. He also understands that some of the tables have crumbs and and leftover buns that are unattended. If none are in sight, he’s confident enough that he can charm a tourist into sharing a few bites. Boldly hopping around the table, he hops right up to the croissant on the plate and has a few pieces. He hops away with a chunk and then comes back for more. He’s much too cute to resist and tame enough that the tourists sitting right at the table don’t intimidate him. The Galapagos Islands are a perfect example of the balance of nature, with each species occupying a very delicate position in this balance. To interfere with an animal’s struggle, even to help, would be improper and could have consequences that we don’t fully understand. The people here take this responsibility very seriously and they encourage tourists to never feed the animals. So, with a gentle finger wag and a quiet reprimand, this little canary is sent on his way. Bread is also not an ideal food for tiny birds. He is far better off with the seeds and small insects that make up his natural diet.

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Dogs and cat "help" owner make the bed

Mikey and Ellie the Great Danes and Jack the cat love to be part of what is going on. Watch and laugh as the funny trio "help" their owner change the sheets on the king size bed. Everybody wants to be part of the game! Jack gives Mikey the "don't make me get up" look to keep him off the bed. Laundry day is fun day!

Sea lion lazily rolls to water after chasing rival bull from his women1m18s

Sea lion lazily rolls to water after chasing rival bull from his women

Adult male sea lions are called bulls, and for good reason. They can be eight feet long and tip the scales at over five hundred pounds. It is common for them to be seven feet long and as heavy as three hundred. Armed with powerful jaws and a massive set of teeth, they are capable of defending themselves and their turf. They live in colonies, with one male and several adult females, along with many young sea lions. Young males are permitted to remain in the group but they will be chased off by the alpha male when they reach sexual maturity. This large sea lion has been patrolling his beach, barking at everyone and everything, constantly alerting the masses that he is the king of this stretch of sand. But he has noticed an intruder. Another male sea lion is strolling down the beach and threatening his position in the colony. Recognizable by their immense size, as well as the large forehead and heavier skull, males stand out in the crowd like a sore thumb. Our sea lion king makes a hasty, although awkward beeline for the rival male and his bark sends a clear message that he should be gone or be prepared for battle. Wisely, the newcomer assesses the situation and makes his way quickly over the sand dune and down the beach. The dominant male gives chase and barks aggressively until the rival is well clear of the snoozing females. They aren’t affected by the display of testosterone. They are content to sleep and let the males battle it out. After the chase is over, the dominant male takes a look at the beach and the stretch of sand between him and the water. He’s not designed for travel on land and walking on his flippers over uneven ground is fatiguing and awkward. Giving chase has taken more energy than he intended and he has little left for a hike. Instead of waddling back down the hill, he decides to let gravity do the work for him. He flops down on the sand and begins to roll like a some great sausage, making his way to the water with less effort. He stops to cough and snort, then resumes the ridiculous roll to the waves. The bull enjoys a quick visit with a napping female and then reaches the edge of the water. A short waddle and a slide puts him in water deep enough to swim through. Before reaching deeper water, he takes a minute to investigate a pair of feet and a set of legs in his path. It is a tourist who is posing for some beach pictures, but she is not eager to meet this furry man. Although he approaches her completely out of curiosity, the sight of his whiskered snout near her feet drives her from the water in a hurry.

Ocelot cub discovers rescued manatees, tries to play with them1m27s

Ocelot cub discovers rescued manatees, tries to play with them

At first, this adorable rescued Ocelot cub was just checking out the water, but Manatees are very curious animals, and they know that when we tap the water is to give them their bottles, so when she did it, they went to her. As every kitten, she is also very curious, and was fascinated by the young Manatees, and she soon learned that they came when she tapped the water, so she would do it, then wait for them to come over, and observe them until they swam away... and then do it all over again! Both the Ocelot and the Manatees are orphans, and had to be rescued at a very early age, and now live at a rescue center. They are all still young, which makes them even more curious and wanting to make new friends and play. The Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is a small wild cat, but it is the biggest member of the genus Leopardus, which also includes the Margay (Leopardus wiedii), the Northern Tiger Cat (Leopardus tigrinus), the Andean Mountain Cat (Leopardus jacobita), the Kodkod (Leopardus guigna), the Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi), Pampas Cat (Leopardus colocolo), and the Southern Tiger Cat (Leopardus guttulus). It is native to the Americas and can be found in various habits, such as tropical forests, thorn scrub regions, savannah grasslands, marshes and mangrove forests. The Amazonian Manatee (Trichechus inunguis), as the name suggests, is native to the Amazonian rivers of South America. It is the smallest species of manatee described so far, although there is the possibility of a smaller one, the Dwarf Manatee (Trichechus pygmaeus), but it is not recognized as a species at the moment. The Amazonian Manatee shares the Trichechus genus with the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) and the West African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis), but is the only species that lives exclusively in freshwater.

Published: November 11, 20182,395 plays$2.46 earned
Great Dane puppy shares meal with cats1m41s

Great Dane puppy shares meal with cats

Mikey the Great Dane is working on his sit and stay skills. However, sitting while cats Jack and Ally are enjoying a can of cat food is just a little too distracting. Watch and laugh as Mikey and the cats enough a snack together!

Capuchin monkey finds clever way to drink from bottle18s

Capuchin monkey finds clever way to drink from bottle

This Capuchin monkey decides he does not want to drink out of the bottle. He uses his sharp little mind to make a cup out of the lid! Capuchin monkeys are often known as helper monkeys. They will actually share things with you and, if asked to, they will even pour you a drink!

Published: November 8, 2018285 plays$0.81 earned
Gorilla brothers engage in heartwarming playtime58s

Gorilla brothers engage in heartwarming playtime

The chase is on for gorilla siblings Lope and Shufai. Shufai is chasing Lope around the enclosure. He really enjoys chasing after his big brother and Lope loves the attention. The siblings are running around so much that both of them just fall to the ground by the end of it all and have a well deserved rest.

Whimsical monkey thinks he's a window cleaner36s

Whimsical monkey thinks he's a window cleaner

During a cold front, a friendly vervet monkey took refuge on this person's windowsill in Durban, South Africa. We have no idea why he licks the window... Possibly raindrops or salt from ocean air? Whatever the reason, it's hilarious to watch!

Sea lion has fun body surfing during sunset1m19s

Sea lion has fun body surfing during sunset

The Galapagos Islands are home to many unique and amazing creatures. The islands were formed by volcanic eruptions caused by shifting tectonic plates. Mountains of rock, formed by cooling lava formed the islands that we know today. Life has found this harsh, yet beautiful world and has flourished, despite incredible challenges. Among those creatures are sea lions, the puppy dogs of the ocean. Fun loving and curious, they are endearing and entertaining to watch. This young sea lion is still at an age where it relies on mother's milk. Too young to hunt on its own, it will remain on the safety of the beach or in the shallows until its mother returns from hunting for fish. While it waits, the sea lion is happy to play and explore. Here, it can be seen rolling down the slope of sand to the crashing waves so it can be carried up onto the beach. It then rolls down again, only to catch the next wave up. The fun will continue for hours. Sea lions also spend a lot of time playing with each other, on the sand and in the tide pools or shallow water in the bay. They would be a tasty treat for sharks if they ventured out into the deep. Sea lions grow to be massive, powerful creatures with teeth like a huge dog. Extremely agile swimmers, they have no trouble hunting or defending themselves once mature, but at this size, they are very vulnerable. A large male sea lion can be seen patrolling the shallows just offshore. Approximately seven feet in length and over 500lbs, there are few predators that would take a chance at trying to eat him. His huge teeth and powerful jaws are formidable and his agility in the water makes him a capable threat to even a large shark. Sea lions are fiercely protected by law, and by the people of Ecuador. Their value as a tourism attraction, and as a crucial part of the delicate balance of nature and wildlife on these islands, encourages strict rules regarding human interaction and interference. Authorities on the beach will correct any tourist who violates the strictly enforced rule of maintaining a two meter distance from the animals. The sea lions seem to understand that they are in no danger and they do not mind being observed respectfully as they play. While in the water, humans are often a curiosity for sea lions and young ones will approach swimmers to play and mimic their movements. This is the one exception to the two meter rule and it is the sea lions who often break it, much to the swimmers' delight. Having sea lions circle and play with you in the water is a delightful experience. Their whiskered faces seem to be perpetually smiling and their desire for fun is obvious.

Great Danes love their stuffed alligator toy1m12s

Great Danes love their stuffed alligator toy

Mikey and Ellie the Great Danes love their stuffed animals. Watch and laugh as Mr. Alligator gets tossed and tugged as they play with him during their afternoon walk. Despite all the tugging, Mikey and Ellie take very good care of their toys and there have been very few de-stuffings!