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Anyone who keeps rats as pets or companions is already in on the secret: these animals are friendly, loyal, intelligent, and very endearing. Unfortunately, they've had a bit of bad press over the years. These are exactly the myths and misconceptions that World Rat Day (celebrated every year on April 4th) hopes to dispel as it celebrates the joys of fancy rats.
We are joining the celebrations with some photos of the cutest rats having fun in hammocks.
Seal Rescue Ireland is a charity that works around the clock to rescue, rehabilitate and release imperiled seals from across Ireland, as well as to promote ocean conservation. They also have an awesome Instagram page where they upload heart-melting photos of rescued seals we thought might be of interest to you.
While preparing for the unknown self-quarantine episode at home, some animals have forgotten one minor detail- scheduling a hair appointment before its too late.
These animals don't look too happy about having their picture taken at the moment.
It would've been kind to give them five more minutes to do something with that mop.
It surely won't be a hit with the ladies.
A daring fox, a flying dolphin, and a posing seal are just some of the winning pics from the 2020 amateur photo competition, Mammal Photographer of the Year.
The winning photo, called "Foxhall Zafira", was taken by Roger Cox from London after the fox had jumped onto his car. Roger says foxes often jump on cars to find wild cherries that have dropped from the trees: "I took this picture…when it jumped up on my car to investigate if there was anything of interest for it, as I'd seen it do several times before," he said.
Here are the winning photos this year.
Robert Frank once said: "There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment."
Photographer Buddhilini De Soyza sure knows how to do just that. De Soyza defines herself also as wildlife lover, conservationist and travelholic and her Instagram page is filled with incredible moments she caught on camera through skill, patience, and precision.
Many pets around the world adopt an adventurous life while embracing the great outdoors.
Oliver, the hiking ferret from Denver, Colorado, wasn't destined for a life dedicated to relaxation.
Not too long after his owner, Lauren Smith adopted him, she knew she is dealing with a very energetic pet. So, instead of watching him digging up another couch, she decided to introduce him with the beautiful outdoors in order to help him do something more constructive with all this energy: "I figured if it worked to take a dog out for a walk to burn off some energy, why couldn't the same work for a ferret? I began by just getting him used to wear his harness, which was a feat that involved a lot of treats," Smith told PEOPLE.
From there, they started the process of turning little Oliver into a well-trained outdoorsman, step by step.
Smith started taking him to short walks at the local parks around her home but soon, Oliver was begging for more: "He has gotten to where he will ask to go out with me by running and standing by my front door whenever he hears it opening," Smith said.
Now, the 4-year-old ferret is a pro! He enjoys snowy mountain climbs, kayak rides, and sand desert frolics, and all is documented on his Instagram page.