We all love wolves for being the wild relatives of the doggos we’re proud to be best friends with. While wolves are already awesome, there is a rare group of extra badass “sea wolves” found on Canada’s Vancouver Island. Genetically distinct from the usually land-based wolves, these wolves swim from island to island and hunt sea animals for around 90% of their diet.
It’s still a mystery how these lucky porkers retired to a leisurely life on a tropical island, but we do know we’re super jealous. Found on Big Major Cay in the Exumas islands of the Bahamas, there are two theories on their origin. Bunch of pigs 🐷 A post shared by The Swimming Pigs (@theswimmingpigs) on Jun 20, 2017 at 5:56am PDT 🐽 A post shared by The Swimming Pigs (@theswimmingpigs) on May 27, 2017 at 10:27am PDT One is they were left many years ago by pirates, who planned to return and bbq them.
Still championing environmentalism from the grave, Steve Irwin (you may know him as the Crocodile Hunter) will be posthumously honoured on the 2018 Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television. Alongside his wife Terri, Irwin was the face of the documentary nature show The Crocodile Hunter, subsequent Crocodile Hunter films and the owner/operator of the iconic Australia Zoo in Queensland. Steve Irwin was a dedicated conservationist who was known internationally for his television persona.
Animal lovers can celebrate a huge win this year; in certain US states and counties, animal abusers are now registered in an online database, much like sex offenders. The law has been growing in popularity across the country, while some states have voted no, Illinois, New York and Tennessee are amongst the first to enact the registries. Tennessee adopted a statewide animal abuse registry in 2016, while New York and Illinois are implementing them on a county level.
Gigi, a great horned owl, was close to death when she was brought to the Wild at Heart Rescue in Mississippi. The staff thought she must have been hit by a car and suffered head trauma. This led to her losing half her weight, getting parasites and a type of owl pneumonia.
Suffering from a painful ear condition, life was getting tough for this 10-year-old cat. But thanks to a rescue center and a kind new mom, he’s inspiring others to adopt older and special needs animals. His previous humans didn’t get him treatment for his condition and then weren’t able to afford surgery.
Gavel, a German Shepherd from Queensland, Australia, came from a proud pedigree of police puppers and was destined to also join the force. To become a furry officer of the law, you need discipline, bravery and when the situation calls for it, you need to be tough on criminals. In Gavel’s case, the police trainers found he was just too friendly to be taking down bad guys.
George and Amal Clooney have just welcomed twins into their home with Ella and Alexander. They already have several rescued fur babies at home, with two cocker spaniels and one basset hound. Last month, Camp Cocker Rescue announced they rescued nine cocker spaniels and needed help, which was where the Clooney’s adopted their spaniels.
This is Hunter, a black and tan shiba inu with a passion for painting. While we’ve nicknamed him Vincent van Doge, judging by his abstract expressionist style, he’s more of a Jackson Pollock with extra hair. Living in Alberta, Canada, his humans Kenny and Denise make sure Hunter always gets exercise, either physically or creatively.
A creative human named Chris Newsome has a daily visitor to his porch, who happens to be a toad. After many evenings spent chilling together on his porch, Chris thought his toad buddy could use a hat or two. Using colored foam paper, he started with a top hat, being a classic toad fashion staple.