Category - Animals

Penguin returns every year to see the man who saved it

In 2011, Joao Pereira de Souza found a Magellanic penguin near death and covered in oil on a beach near Rio de Janeiro. The 71-year-old retired bricklayer and part time fisherman took the bird in and nursed it back to health. Pereira housed Dindim for 11 months as it recovered and changed its coat. After that, it suddenly took off, seemingly never to be seen again. “Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years,” Pereira said.

Now the doting bird, which Pereira named Dindim, comes to visit him every year, swimming 8,000 km across the ocean just to do so.

“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” said Pereira in an interview with Globo TV. Whenever Dindim recognizes his human companion, he will immediately honk and wag his tail with excitement. “He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.” [source]ad199222519brazilian-man-an

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Check out the crazy cool upholstered taxidermy trophies from artist Kelly Rene Jelinek

Kelly Rene Jelinek creates her own artistic version of taxidermy busts using the same foam mounts actual taxidermists use along with scraps of materials, glass eyes, resin, and upholstery fabric. The Wisconsin native calls upon her childhood growing up around the Midwestern hunting culture to create these exquisitely detailed busts.

So if you’ve ever been tempted by the idea of a stuffed deer head or rhino bust for your living room but don’t want to, you know, kill an animal for it, Jelinek’s upholstered versions are the perfect alternative. She uses bright colors, vibrant prints and lots of texture to make her wall mounts whimsical and fun rather than morbid and serious. She manages to maintain the animal’s natural majesty and grace while imbuing it with her own artistic vision. [h/t]little_stag_studio_taxidermy_1 little_stag_studio_taxidermy_2 little_stag_studio_taxidermy_3 little_stag_studio_taxidermy_4 little_stag_studio_taxidermy_5 little_stag_studio_taxidermy_6 little_stag_studio_taxidermy_7 little_stag_studio_taxidermy_8 little_stag_studio_taxidermy_9

Professional panda hugger just became a real job in China

It looks like a new employment opportunity has opened for anyone exceptionally skilled at hugging pandas. China’s Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre just created an opening for professional panda hugger. The job description states: “Your work has only one mission: spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows.” Salaries start at $32,000 a year and involve cuddling, feeding, cleaning, and playing with adorable baby pandas.

Job recruiter Ye Mingxin outlined some stipulations, “You need perseverance for this job. We expect that the applicants will be mainly white-collar workers from big cities. They are used to eating whatever they want, but inside the giant panda base, the choices will not be plentiful.” Still, it’s a great opportunity for anyone looking to increase their daily intake of cute. [h/t:] PandaCuddle1PandaCuddle2