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Be still our beating hearts! Don't think we've ever come across a smiling squirrel before! In the past, we have come across a rescue squirrel who holds a miniature teddy bear, however! This lovely critter is named Claudia and she is the most thankful squirrel we've ever come across. It's almost as if she knows she's been rescued and is overwhelmingly grateful to have been rescued and to still be alive. 

GeoBeats Animals, a US-based media company, got to hear Claudia's story and it's a powerful one: 

"In July of 2017, I received a phone call from another wildlife rehabilitator, who had a lot of animals in her care. At that time, she had a blind squirrel and she was a little overwhelmed.  She sent this little squirrel down to me. And I saw the most frightened animal I've ever seen in my entire life. We just tried to keep her quiet and keep her calm. And on the fifth day, she was comfortable enough with me that she would sleep upside down in my hands. 

We took her to a veterinary ophthalmologist shortly after she arrived. And they confirmed that she has glaucoma. She's blind in both eyes. She takes medication as well as getting a CBD-infused yogurt ball. She has neurological problems. She can sometimes get seizures. But she's happy here. She likes to hang upside down from her cage sometimes. 

We discovered if you scratch her in the right places, behind her ear or on the back of her head, or on the top of her head, she will smile for you. So we have this wonderful smiling squirrel who loves attention.  She's very opinionated. She sometimes bites with no warning. She's picky about what she eats and when she's going to eat it. She can be very affectionate. She can change your mind in 10 seconds. She's really, really a cool squirrel to know.  So we call her HRH Claudia. Her Royal Highness Claudia, and we give her whatever she wants whenever she wants it. And she's very, very loved. Hopefully, we can keep her a happy, healthy girl for a good long time."

If your eyes didn't get all misty reading that lovely short, then we don't know how to help you. We wish Claudia a long, happy, and healthy life! Follow Her Royal Highness Claudia on Instagram!

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Feral Blind Senior Cat Gets Adopted, Becomes BFFs With Another Cat

From hardship on the street to a loving forever home, the story of a cat named Floyd Mayweather is one that you'll need tissues for. He's a fighter, a blind senior feral cat who was 10-12 years old when he was found on the street crying, but now, he doesn't need to fight anymore. Today, he's best friends with another cat in an amazing, loving forever home with an owner that he loves. And though his story brings tears to our eyes, we are so happy to hear that he's better now.

Read more about his story below, and don't forget the tissues. 

Story via: TODAY

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Giving Love Back To A Blind Kitty Full Of Positivity

Meet Pebbles, a blind kitty who you're about to fall in love with. 

"As a tiny kitten I was left at a dump to die," says the description of Pebbles's Twitter account, "I had a terrible infection in both eyes. Someone brought me in to my mom's vet clinic, and she fell in love!"

With a happy-ending story like this one, where Pebbles got the love and support that they deserved, Pebbles decided to spread love and support back. Pebbles's Twitter account has nothing but love, kindness, and support. So, it's only fair that we give some love and support back to this blind beauty and say thank you to its mom for taking it in and giving it the love that it deserves. 

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Imgur User Adopts Senior Blind Kitty, Shares Heartwarming Story

Well, according to Imgur user, daianaaaa, this beautiful senior kitty adopted her, not the other way around. And sometimes, it is the pets who decide who their human will be, and when you've been chosen, it's the best feeling in the world. To be chosen is an honor. 

Daianaaaa was chosen by Molly. A 20-year-old stray who also happens to be blind. Our hearts feel so warm knowing there are people out there who see older animals in need of some love and providing it for them. 

If you're considering getting a pet, please consider adopting instead of shopping. The animals know you've rescued them, they just do and you can feel their gratefulness for it. 

Thank you, daianaaaa, for giving Molly a loving forever home! 

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Animals Of Instagram Spotlight Of The Week: Zeus, The Blind Owl

Once a week, we will be featuring an extraordinary animal account on Instagram! Their story, the adorable pictures, and pawesome videos! This week's spotlight goes to Zeus, the blind owl! 

You've probably seen Zeus before, he went viral for his incredible peepers! Eyes that look as if they contain the whole universe and all the answers to the unknown. When we hear or think of a 'Wise Owl,' it's Zeus who we think of. Zeus may be blind but he sure has the most enchanting eyes.

Zeus is a Western Screech Owl with a great wingspan. On his Instagram, it is mentioned that he has about 10% of his vision, and is able to see shapes and memorize his immediate surroundings. He currently is being cared for at the Wildlife Learning Center in Los Angeles, California. The wildlife center's mission is to "provide public education that inspires people to care for our wildlife, to care for our environment, to develop a deep interest in the life sciences, and to give loving care and sanctuary to animals in need." 

Find out how you can help them accomplish their mission and how you can help Zeus. 

Read up on last week's star on Instagram, Rex, The T-Rex Cat!

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Blind Dog Gets New Puppy Friend Helping Guide Him Through Life

Tao, a 10-year-old blind golden retriever just got a new friend. Another puppy! And not just any puppy, but a puppy named Oko who helps him get through the difficulties he's facing due to his blindness. Tao has been on Instagram for a while and has more than 14 thousand followers, but suddenly, a few months back, a new dog, Oko, started appearing in almost all of his pictures - out on walks with him, sleeping with him, eating with him, and generally looking like he's helping him navigate life more easily, and we think it's one of the most adorable things in the world. 

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Blind Beauties: Blind Pet Appreciation

Just because they can't see, doesn't mean they don't deserve the same love and attention as other pets. 

Blind pets may not see, but they can sure feel. And what they feel is overwhelming love. So much love that we can't help but feel it over on our end, too. 

We gave a shout out in the past to one-eyed cats, senior cats, and now we wish to do the same to those who have lost their eyesight. We're so happy to see these beauties thrive in an environment where they are loved. This is a specific shout out to all those beautiful blind (or semi-blind) pets. You are beautiful. 


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Classical Pianist Plays To Soothe Blind, Ailing Elephants At Sanctuary

It is claimed that elephants never forget. And we hope that's true especially for these elephants at the Thailand sanctuary, Elephant World, home to older elephants. 

Paul Barton, a classical pianist, has been sharing his talents with a rather large audience these days. And when we say "large," we mean it literally. Barton has been spending most of his time playing his beautiful music for the gentle giants of the elephant sanctuary. 

He first heard about the elephants when his wife discovered the sanctuary online. Barton explains in a video, "We liked the sound of the place being a retirement center for old, injured and handicapped former logging and trekking elephants. So we paid them a visit. I wondered if these old rescue elephants might like to listen to some slow classical music."

Barton reached out to the staff at Elephant World to see if he can bring his piano and serenade the elephants. The staff said yes. 

The first time Barton began to play for the elephants, one blind elephant, was in the midst of eating breakfast and stopped the second he heard the music. Barton had played Beethoven.

Barton continues to explain in a video,  "[He] was often in pain, and I like to think maybe the soothing the music gave him some comfort in the darkness," Barton tells CBS News that this elephant was the first to take to his music.  The musician said this was the first elephant to really take to his music. The gentle giant later died of an infection, sadly. Barton was heartbroken to hear the news. 

Barton continues to play for these old gentle giant, hoping the music soothes their soul. Even if the an elephant is blind, they don't need to see to hear and feel the music Barton is playing just for them. 


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Cat Who Lost Her Sight Due To Neglect Becomes Internet Star After Being Adopted

Moet is a beautiful six-years-old Persian white cat who had a very tough life until she met Emily Shotter from Nottingham UK.  

The poor cat was born to an unregulated breeder in Oman where she was severely neglected, often left without food and water, living in a dirty cage with no bed to lie on or toys, until she lost her eyes completely.  

Moet was then transferred to an animal charity, where she was treated and her eyes were removed.

Luckily for her, not too long after that, she was picked up by the kind-hearted Emily who finally gave her the good life she deserves. 

Emily started posting photos of the beautiful Moet and turned her into an internet sensation.

Story via: The Daily Mail

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Animals Of Instagram Spotlight Of The Week: Blind Angels, Cassy And Omer

Once a week, we will be featuring an extraordinary animal account on Instagram! Their story, the adorable pictures, and pawesome videos! This week's spotlight goes to the beautiful blind angels, Cassandra and Omero

Even though Cassy and Omer are both white and orange cats, they are actually not related. Cassy was born in 2017 and Omer in 2018.

You might be asking how do they manage around the house both being blind? In a Q&A on their Instagram page, Cassy and Omer's owner explained that they use their sense of smell to navigate and have no problems to adapting to the layout of the house (even if she moves furniture around!).

Pretty impressive! What's even more impressive is their overwhelming love they have for their human. Check out these sweet pics and vids! And follow the adorable duo on Instagram

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Meet the ever-handsome orange tabby named Thor! 

Thor was born feral, and is completely blind. According to TinyKittens HQ, it's a miracle he managed to live on his own, out in the streets, for the first year of his life. 

Thankfully, Thor is now in some loving hands, and as TinyKittens HQ writes in their description, "we promise he will know nothing but love, comfort and a full belly from now on."

Thor has already gained 6 pounds, in their care, and even has a playmate named Nyla! 

"His fear instinct is quite ingrained, so it might take some time for us to help him build enough confidence with humans that he doesn't try to run and hide.  Once we have him in our laps, he is just loving being hand fed and having his ears and chin rubbed.   

Nyla is keeping Thor company until she gets her spay and eye surgery tomorrow.  She has one purrfect eye, and is very fearful in captivity, so we are hoping she will be able to return to her friends and family in our Happy Forest managed feral colony once she's fully recovered.  As with all of our ferals, we will bring her back in if she needs further medical care or if she changes her mind about life with humans."

A huge shout out and thank you to TinyKittens HQ for all their incredible and loving work they provide! 

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Blind Man Asks Facebook Group To Post Descriptions Of Their Dogs

"How would you describe your dog? What's their personality? How soft are they? What other animals do they look like?" - This is what Stephen Shkuratoff from Canada, wanted to know. Shkuratoff is a devoted dog lover and a blind man. He is also a member of the Facebook group Dogspotting Society— a place for members of different Dogspotting groups to discuss their own dogs and get to know other group members. And boy, the descriptions were just what we needed!  

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Animals Of Instagram Spotlight Of The Week: Piglet, The Pink-Colored, Deaf And Blind Dog

Once a week, we will be featuring an extraordinary animal account on Instagram! Their story, the adorable pictures, and pawesome videos! This weeks spotlight goes to Piglet, the adorable little pup who has become a global inspiration for kids everywhere! 

Piglet, was born deaf and blind, and is racking up thousands of followers on Instagram! Piglet is a pink-hued, two-and-a-half years old dachshund and chihuahua mix, who was rescued from an overcrowded litter of 37 pups in a Georgia hoarding facility. He was rescued by Melissa Shapiro, a Connecticut-based vet.

According to DailyMail, Piglet now lives his every best life, "like a prince" and has become a model for 'positive growth' for children. 


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This Couple Went In To Adopt A Cat And Left With A Sweet Blind Cat And His Seeing Eye Kitten

Some bonds are so special, you wouldn't dream of tearing them apart. That's what happened when Jill Mardesich and her fiancé went into the Anne Arundel County Animal Care and Control in hopes of finding their current cat Penny a new friend. 

And while they were there, one cat, in particular, stood out. 


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Charlie, The Blind Golden Retriever, Gets Some Help From Puppy Maverick

After losing both of his eyes to glaucoma, Charlie the adorable golden retriever gets his wn seeing eye dog and it's a pawsitively perfect match. Charlie is an 11-year-old golden retriever who lost both of his eyes in 2016, after suffering from glaucoma. But now, the blind golden has a new pal to help him navigate the world — a 4-month-old puppy named Maverick. His owners, Adam and Chelsea Stipe from North Carolina brought Maverick home in January, and though the two didn't initially get along, they've since become close buds — with Charlie relying on the puppy for nearly everything, from walking, playing, eating, and even using him as a pillow. Here are some adorable photos of their special friendship and their daily routine together. And if you want to follow these two good boys, visit their instagram page.  


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Blind Runner Makes History At NYC Half Marathon With a Trio of Guide Dogs

With the help of Westley, Waffle and Gus, Thomas Panek became the first blind person led exclusively by guide dogs to finish the race.

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