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Here's a link to our previous list, in case you missed it.
Hooray for wholesome and triumph moments, during this insane time!
We definitely will soak up any good news coming our way, because we all need it. Need to hear it and need to share it.
The South Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher was first discovered 130 years ago in 1890.
Since then, it's eluded scientists for over a hundred years because of how difficult it is to see and how is quietly darts from perch to perch, seemingly invisible.
In March 2020, a Filipino biologist, Miguel David De Leon, was able to capture the ultra-rare and mysterious bird.
Photographed for the first time in the history of mankind, presenting the South Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher!
Story via Esquire Mag
What a wonderfully magical black cat! Meet Lucifer, or Lucik, a disabled cat that helps sick pets fight their ailments and get better!
In an animal clinic called Klyk, located in Perm, Russia, Lucik is their furry nursing assistant who takes part in everything that's happening with both doctors and patients.
We're strangely obsessed with Vanessa Stockard's paintings of her cat, Kevin. And sometimes her other cat, Barcode.
If you haven't heard of this artist or seen her work yet -- prepare yourself for a treat! Vanessa Stockard is a traditional painter who paints of large canvas of wood! There's so much life and beautiful in her work -- you can find yourself mesmerized forever!
This poor mini-horse has had a real tough start to life, at just 5-months-old.
Teaspoon, was sadly left disabled after being bitten by a snake in her back leg. The leg soon became necrotic and needed to be amputated. Teaspoon's former owners soon realized they wouldn't be able to provide the attention and extra care she needed following the operation.
Panda Paws Rescue came to the rescue! With additional help from the New Jersey-based animal farm rescue Goats of Anarchy, the two rescues came together to carefully transport Teaspoon from Louisiana to her new home at Goats of Anarchy, which is a farm that is focused on caring for special need animals.
And when Walkin' Pets heard about Teaspoon's five months of hardship, they also wanted to help. Thanks to the parts they donated, the first-ever Walkin' Wheels wheelchair built for a horse was created! And additional thanks for the wheelchair frame donated by Panda Paws.
Thanks to all these incredible people who came together -- Teaspoon can now walk!
Her journey so far as been documented on Goats of Anarchy's Instagram page:
Meet the fantastic Geert Weggen! Photographer extraordinaire from both Sweden and the Netherlands, and might be an actual squirrel-whisperer. With more 60,000 followers on his Instagram page, Weggen has been focused on red squirrels for the last several years and managed to become best friends with the critters.
These photos are so remarkably whimsical! We feel as if we've been transported to another world that's just pure delight!
Five years ago, Reddit user u/DJ117Xx promised his sister that he will bring a llama to her wedding. Well, two days ago, said wedding happened and that man delivered on his promised.
Not only did he deliver, he dressed up the llama in a tux, making the moment even more perfect.
The response? Golden.
Anyone else dialing up their travel agent as they read this? Haha, just kidding -- who has a travel agent?
But seriously, we are deep into Google flights figuring out how to make this our reality!
A stunning luxurious hotel in the Costa Rica rainforest, Nayara Hotels, is speaking to our hearts right now. Filled with luxury, adventure, relaxation and nature -- this place seems to have it all.
Oh. And it has one other thing -- Sloths!
Photographer Aditya Singh quit his job, left Delhi and moved to Sawai Madhopur city, in Rajasthan, just outside Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. He moved here in order to be closer to nature. His wife, Poonam Singh, opened a tourist resort there to earn their living. And over the past 20 years, the Singh's has bought roughly 35 acres of land which shares its boundary with Ranthambore tiger reserve and left it completely undisturbed.
Now, the land is flourishing as it's covered in a lush greenery and is frequented occupied by wild animals, including tigers, throughout the year.
What inspired this new way of living? Poonam Signh tells Quartz India, "My first sighting was a tigress with three cubs on a hill. It was magical. At the end of the trip, I just asked him if we can move to Ranthambore. He wanted it, too, and within months we moved. As far as this land is concerned, it was a dream that we both saw and achieved together to have our own area of wilderness."
The future goal? To continue buying more land to expand the forest even further, and to inspire others to follow suit.
How incredible is that? The Singh's are our heroes!
Off the coast of Australia, near Lady Elliot Island, the world's only known pink manta ray has once again been spotted!
Nicknamed "Inspector Clouseau," after the the main character of the classic "The Pink Panther," was photographed by Kristian Laine.
According to Laine, she was original confused when seeing the pink manta, believing the ray's vibrant hue was due to a camera malfunction. Laine told Australian Geographic, "I was in the middle of a manta train with seven other mantas. I was looking through my viewfinder and was thinking it's weird that one of the mantas looks pink. I actually thought my strobes were playing up, making the manta look pink."
When she returned to land, Laine discovered that the sighting was authentic, and later took to Instagram to share photos of the "amazing and absolutely unforgettable encounter."
The last, and first, time the rare manta ray was spotted was in 2015, by diving instructor Ryan Jeffery off Lady Elliot Island (once again).
The pink coloring on this manta ray remains a mystery. Project Manta's Asia Armstrong said, "The working theory is that it is just a different and very unique expression of the melanin, but that is still to be confirmed."
With great power comes great responsibility!
And one man used that power in an amazing way this past Sunday! Derrick Nnadi, the Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle, has celebrated his Super Bowl win by covering adoption fees for more than 100 dogs at the KC Pet Project animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri.
How amazing is that?!
Adoption fees usually run about $150, per dog. And apparently, Nnadi had been paying off adoption fees all season long! Each time the Chiefs would win a game, he would pay another dog's adoption fee through the Derrick Nnadi Foundation.
The fee waiver will cover the cost of any dog that became available for adoption before February 2.
Why spend that money on adoption fees? Well, Nnadi told CNN that he wasn't allowed any pets growing up. During his senior year of college, he decided to get a dog named Rocky and they created an instant bond.
Nnadi said, "When I first got him, he was very timid. It made me think of how other animals, whether they're owned or in a shelter, are feeling scared and alone."
KC Pet Project chief communications officer, Tori Fugate, told CNN that Nnadi's donation had been"incredible."
"More than 100 available dogs in our care will have their adoption fees sponsored starting today," Fugate said of Nnadi's donation.
Its adoptable animals can be found here!
Way to go, Derrick Nnadi! If anyone wasn't a fan before --they will be now!