Animals

10 Fantastic Feline-Friendly Interior Designs

Designers and architects often ignore our animal family members when it comes to creating spaces where people and pets live. What’s a house panther to do? We searched high and low for feline-friendly interior solutions that offer pets a permanent place of their own. These catwalks, staircases, and bridges allow kitty to stretch the imagination and get a paw up on indoor… Read More

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Nude Self-Portraits in Natural History Museums

Swiss photographer Vicky Althaus has restaged the taxidermy tableaux in a natural history museum by posing within each scene, nude. The former thriving beasts have been stuffed for our “natural” education, but really, there’s nothing natural about them or the artificial landscapes they are situated in. Althaus’ presence draws attention to this in poignant and humorous ways. The photos suggest a greater dialogue about environmental and ecological visibility. Take a closer look at Althaus’ collection, which we first spotted on Beautiful/Decay, in our gallery. … Read More

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Adorable Animal Comics From a ‘Simpsons’ Animator

Liz Climo, who we learned about on HitFix, works as a storyboard revisionist for TV favorite The Simpsons. When she’s not fine-tuning the visual side of the animated sitcom, she’s busy creating a world of adorable animals inspired by the comical goings-on in her everyday life. Climo’s cute creatures enjoy dressing up in costumes, poking fun at each other, and playing pranks. And they talk just like us, too. Climo will be publishing a book of her comics with Little Brown in 2015, but until then, check out our gallery of her charming animal comics. … Read More

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Adorable Photos of Wet Dogs Mid-Bath

Bath time for dogs is a vulnerable, humiliating, and messy experience. It’s also a necessary one, and our pet pooches are good sports about the whole thing — usually. Photographer Sophie Gamand, who we first learned about on Design You Trust, captured dogs in mid-bath, and the results of her collaboration with groomer and pet stylist Ruben Santana are adorable and hilarious. The dogs’ knowing expressions and toothy grins admit defeat while expressing defiance. Gamand’s Wet Dog series reveals another layer of the human-animal bond — one with shampoo mohawks and wet fur. … Read More

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Charming Portraits of Pets and Their Owners

The law of attraction states “like attracts like.” This also applies to people and their pets. Often, humans and their animal companions share an uncanny resemblance. Sometimes it’s a deliberate choice, as the Paris Hilton’s of the world have proven, but usually it’s a subconscious decision. Even if man/woman and beast look nothing alike, shared personality traits are usually present. Hamburg-based photographer Tobias Lang (aka Mats Pitkå) has been studying people and their pets for some time. He snapped these delightful side-by-side portraits that reveal the subtleties of likeness in their relationships. Sometimes it’s a smile, posture, or even a hairstyle, but it’s clear why these humans and animals belong together. … Read More

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10 Essential Animal Documentaries

Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Blackfish is an eye-opening documentary about animals in captivity, with a special focus on the orca Tilikum, who is currently kept at SeaWorld Orlando. The controversial creature is connected to the deaths of three people, including trainer Dawn Brancheau. Blackfish calls into question the safety measures, conditions, and treatment of captive animals, and makes a strong case for the orcas’ intelligence, awareness, and emotion. As moviegoers always on the lookout for compelling animal documentaries that supersede the humdrum nature shows — Blackfish in particular unfolds like a thriller — we’ve rounded up a list of other essential documentaries that call to the wild. … Read More

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Poignant Photos of Animals Contemplating Life in Zoos

People have argued about the education and conservation benefits of zoos for ages. One observer on the matter is artist Daniel Zakharov, who we first learned about on My Modern Met. He started his Modern Wilderness series as a way to “focus on the strange and bizarre daily life of animals.” He writes on his website: “Nowadays animals are born in captivity, between concrete, tiling, cement-slab buildings, and artificial landscapes instead of the endless stretch of nature. In the meantime the zoo has become home for the animals, and they have lost the memory of their ancestral breeding grounds.” … Read More

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Adorable Photos Documenting the Friendship Between a Girl and Her Cat

Meet Katherine and her adorable British Shorthair cat named LiLu Blue Royal Lada. Andy Prokh, Katherine’s father, has been documenting his daughter’s friendship with the family pet for several years (she’s now 4, and LiLu is six). “They’ve lived their whole lives together,” he told My Modern Met. “I like to take photos of them, because I love them both, and I’ve always believed a photographer must love what he shoots.” The narrative, black-and-white portraits are a beautiful reminder of the love pets provide for us and the unique relationships we form with them. … Read More

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A ‘Game of Thrones’ Bestiary

“You can’t tame a wild thing. You can’t trust a wild thing… Wild creatures have their own rules, their own reasons, and you’ll never know them,” Kit Harington’s Jon Snow learns in season two of Game of Thrones. The HBO series is filled with wild things — mythical beasts and shadowy creatures that live in the ancient woodland of Westeros. We’ve been introduced to some of those species, many which bear a close resemblance to real-world animals and folkloric beings. Others have yet to be revealed, their presence teased in the season three trailer fans have been replaying for weeks. In anticipation of this Sunday’s premiere, we’ve compiled a Game of Thrones bestiary that collects the fascinating details about many of the animals and creatures from the George R. R. Martin books and the show. We’ve tried to avoid sharing too many plot details, but there could be spoilers. Bookmark this creature compendium for future reference, and add your own entries in the comments section. … Read More

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Whimsical Portraits of Animals Modeling Trendy Human Clothes

What’s better than wild animals and fashionable clothes? Well, wild animals modeling fashionable clothes, of course. Barcelona-based artist Yago Partal‘s Zoo Portraits, which we discovered via Fubiz,is a series of lighthearted, beautifully executed photo manipulations that place animal heads on well-dressed human shoulders. Flip through and see if your favorite animal made the cut, and visit the project’s website to order prints. … Read More

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