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Tiny Owl Rescued From Christmas Tree Is Set Free

A story truly fitting the Christmas cheer. A tiny little owl was found inside of a Christmas tree. Yup. Inside of the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree, workers discovered the tiny owl "clinging for its life to the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce". After surviving a 200 mile journey from Oneonta to Manhattan, the owl was found as the crews that were about to erect the tree were unwrapping it. 

The New York Post reports that strangely, though the bird is tiny and looks like a baby owlet, since owls are born in the spring, it was immediately understood that this owl is not actually a baby. She is a northern saw-whet, a bird that only grows to about 5 inches tall and 2 to 3 ounces in weight. "I thought it was such a heartwarming Christmas story, that there was this secret in the Christmas tree," said Ellen Kalish, the director and founder of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in New York. 

Workers at the Rockefeller Center, after the New York Post reached out for a comment, said: "We inspect each branch of the tree individually before it's wrapped, but birds sometimes can find their way into it on the journey." For three whole days, the owl didn't have any food or water, but once in the hands of Kalish, she got all the mice she wanted. 

Today, in an update to the story, we found out that the little birdy has been set free at last to its natural habitat to continue her migratory journey. And though her journey was harrowing and incredibly long, she's gotten herself a little Christmas miracle in not only being found and rescued but also in making a full recovery and getting to continue her life in the wild as she was meant to. 

Check out pictures of the owl and her release below. And for another story of an incredibly feisty owl with singed wings getting rescued from a fire, click right here

story about an owl that was rescued from inside of a Christmas tree getting released back into the wild thumbnail includes two pictures including an owl inside a box surrounded by Christmas tree parts and another of a woman letting a tiny owl go and the owl flying away
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One of our ultimate favorite cat owners, Walter Santi, has done it once again, melting our hearts with some adorable outdoor kitties being treated with all the love in the world. Last time, he has made the huge step of building an indoor room for all of his many outdoor cats and letting them live in that room in his house so they have a warm place to be in the winter and building a whole bunch of beds for them.

Today, he has outdone even himself, getting these adorable cats a huge new cat tree AND turning on his especially installed heated floors for the cats. And well, some of them don't even want the beds anymore now that the floor oh oh so cozy, and we can't even blame them. So, here you have it, another most wholesome outdoor/indoor cats video to warm your heart and your floors.

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Carefully Curated Cute Cat Collection (33 Gifs)

Ah, yes, the five C's have gathered once more to bring you this delightful compilation of cute (and very silly) cats. Is there anything better in this world than that? Don't answer, it was rhetorical. 

Looking at adorable cats doing their strange adorable cat-like things is much more than we could ever as for. It simply brings us joy and we hope that watching the following gifs will bring you joy as well. As we always say, cat gifs are a gift and that is the gift that keeps on giving! And with Thanksgiving coming up, we just can't help the gratitude we feel when we come across such cuteness. 

If you're finding yourself in a less-than-cheerful mood after seeing these cats, perhaps you'd benefit from even more cuteness

gallery of adorable and funny cat gifs - thumbnail includes two images of of a cat communicating with its deaf owner using sign language and one of a cute cat family
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Blurry Mid-Scream Animals Pics

AHHH!

If 2020 had a face, we'd imagine something along the lines of these blurry screaming pics. The following images may be ones you've seen before, they are highly expressive and most were used as meme templates. Let's face it, screaming animals make for an excellent meme. 

These pics are of a sophisticated new style that really captures a moment in time that expresses the truth. The truth being confusion, anger, more confusion, shock, frustration, and finally, just a lot more confusion. We feel these expressions down to our bones, they have become one with us. 

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Cheezburger Facebook Users Show Off Their BFF Cats And Doggos

Poetry about animals can truly be inspiring. And apparently a tiny little poem about a dog from the perspective of a cat, written by yours truly (hi)(just kidding, it's totally a cat who wrote that, not me) has made our Facebook users excited to show off their own cat and dog bffs, and we couldn't be happier!

A friendship for the ages between our favorite animals - kitties and doggos, and so many of them too! Whoever said cats and dogs don't get along definitely hasn't met any of these besties. Big and small, cuddling, protecting each other from storms, they're best friends, and we want to be their best friends too.

pictures from facebook of cats and dogs who are friends thumbnail includes two pictures including one of a cat sleeping on a dog and another of a cat and dog sleeping with their heads pressed together
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People Create 3D Hats For Sea Urchins After Finding Out They Use Shells As Hats

When Twitter user, @ok_girlfriend, who also happens to be a biologist, revealed that she just discovered that, "sea urchins naturally use shells as hats to make them feel safer and camouflaged so some aquarist had the genius idea to make them tiny hats." The aquarists 3D printed hats for these little sea creatures and it's indeed genius! We can't get enough of these little sea urchins donning tiny hats! 

Lately, we've been bunnies in hats, snakes in hats, and even hedgehogs in hats -- seems like we have another animal to add to the tiny hat-wearing collection

sea urchins wearing 3d printed hats for protection - thumbnail of sea urchins wearing tiny hats "I was today years old when I learned that sea urchins naturally use shells as hats to make them feel safer and camouflaged so some aquarists had the genius idea to make them tiny hats"
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Twitter User Purrsents Cats In Places They Shouldn't Be

Cats do truly have a tendency to find themselves in places that they have no reason to be. They'll sit in weird places, like your ceiling fan, and they'll show up in places that they are deeeefinitely not welcome, like on a runway or on a football field. We see them there, and we're shocked for a moment, but then we're like haha yeah, they're cats. 

An up an coming twitter user by the name of Cats Where They Shouldn't Be, @catsnoplace, has decided to purrsent just that - all of the funniest, most ridiculous places cats find themselves in. And we enjoyed going through them so much, we're decided that you should definitely get to laugh at these kitties too.

tweets from the twitter user Cats Where They Shouldn't Be @catsnoplace of cats being in places that they shouldn't be thumbnail includes two pictures including a cat inside of a food dispenser and another of a cat sitting in a bird's nest as well as a screenshot of the name of the twitter user
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Time To Take In The Weekly Dose Of Cute (#110)

It's Tuesday. The second Monday, as we like to call it. Thankfully, this is the day we decided to refill the dose of cuteness prescription, ensuring you with some major aww's to get you through today, and hopefully, the rest of the week!

Once a week, we refill the cuteness prescription dose so it's overwhelmingly adorable. We do this when we sense the cuteness energy may be running low and need a good ol' boost. This week's gathering of the cutes has been quite successful. Your dose is now filled, please be cautious of the one major side-effect -- cuteness overload

Other than that -- enjoy!

pics and vids of the cutest animals of the week - thumbnail of a sand cat and her baby kitten "a sand cat and her baby meow"
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Canadian Officials Warn People To Not Let Moose Lick Their Cars

Though the sign itself may seem funny, and it is, there's a serious reason behind why officials in Canada put it up. Salt it a snack that moose absolutely love, and apparently, they have realized that they can get it off our cars. 

"They're obsessed with salt, it's one of the things they need for the minerals in their body," a spokesman from Jasper National Park in Canada, Steve Young, told CNN. "They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars."

CNN reports that at the Jasper National Park, people often park their cars on the side of the road, hoping to get a look at the moose, but that actually letting the moose near the cars is very dangerous. If you allow moose to lick salt of your car, you run the risk of them becoming habituated with being around cars, and that's risky not only for the moose but for the drivers too. 

"Moose and cars are not a good mix. If you hit the moose with your car, you take the legs out from under it and it's going through your windshield," Young explained, adding that it is simply best to drive away when you see a moose approaching you. He also stressed that it's important to stay in your car and not interact with the wildlife, especially the moose, who will charge you if they feel threatened. 

"We've been seeing a lot more moose lately. The wolf population is decreasing, which means there's fewer predators and the moose population is going up as a result," Young said. "This also means people need to be respectful and give them space."

And though the wolf population in Canada is decreasing, you can read about 2 new gliders discovered in Australia and and watch an endangered black rhino being born in England.

story about a sign in that Canadians officials have put up that warns people not to let moose lick salt off their cars thumbnail includes two pictures of a sign standing up in the snow in the first picture it says 'DO NOT LET MOOSE' and in the second it finishes 'LICK YOUR CAR'
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Nom nom nom!

A video of a tiny black kitten with a mighty appetite is making the rounds on social media and we couldn't be happier about it. This hungry kitten is eating some delicious sausage and their owner has recorded all the sounds it makes as it quickly eats away. The video has been labeled as an ASMR video, meaning autonomous sensory meridian response. ASMR is a relaxing sensation that comes from certain calming sounds. It's described as a feeling of euphoric tingling and relaxation. 

Let us know if you felt that euphoric tingling after seeing this hunger little kitten chow down!