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Cat Medley: Cuteness, Appreciation, Mourning And Loss

Cats, cats, and cats. Nothing but cats and that's how we like it! Each week, we love to collect the best cat pics and stories online and present them here. 

Each cat picture, or video, tells a different story and has a different set of emotions behind it. That's what makes this gathering a medley of a variety of things, number one being adorableness (which, granted, all cats naturally have), the second is the much-needed balance of humor, and the last being anything that tugs on the heartstrings (good or bad).

In this case, we have both. We have heartwarming stories of glow-ups and transformations. Yet, we also have heartbreaking moments of mourning and loss. We wanted to take a moment and send love to those who had recently had a pet cross the rainbow bridge. Your pet may be gone physically, but never emotionally, and never, ever forgotten. 

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Artist Sums Up How Life Changes After Getting A Pet

Chinese artist, Mai Mai, has perfectly summed up what life is like after you get a pet and the little day-to-day things that will change because of it/

Photos of landscapes and selfies will be replaced with nothing but your pets. Maybe a few selfies with said pets. Have clean clothes? Not anymore. Pet hair gets everywhere, and it gets everywhere fast. Extra money? Will go to taking care of your pet because they come first. 

It may sound unpleasant but it's honestly the best. And all pet owners can attest to that. There is nothing compared to having a best friend by side, always loving you. Truly, it's unmeasurable. 

Thank you, Mai Mai, for opening up our eyes and showing up the beauty of what having pets in our lives accomplishes. 

Follow @mai2john on Facebook for more delightful illustrations! 



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Lost Species Rediscovered After 50 Years: The Elephant Shrew

Wow! The elephant shrew was considered a lost species up until recently! It hasn't been seen in 50 years, last scientific recording being back in the 1970s.

A country in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti, the creature was found during a scientific expedition. Found alive and well, we should add. 

The elephant shrew is so tiny, it can fit in the palm of your hand.  They are neither elephants nor shrews but do have a distinctive trunk-like nose. The elephant shrew actually is related to aardvarks, elephants, and manatees, believe it or not. 

Steven Heritage, a research scientist at the Duke University Lemur Center in Durham, and a member of the expedition that re-discovered the elephant shrew said he was thrilled to put the once lost species back on the radar! 

Heritage told BBC, "We were really excited and elated when we opened the first trap that had an elephant shrew in it, a Somali sengi. We did not know which species occurred in Djibouti and when we saw the diagnostic feature of a little tufted tail, we looked at each other and we knew that it was something special."

Story via BBC

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It's weird to think there are creatures and animals on this Earth that we may have never seen before. But honestly, it's sso very likely that you don't know all the living on this mysterious planet. There's no way to really know because some creatures (such as in the deep blue ocean) have YET to be discovered! 

So, the idea of there being living things we haven't seen before isn't so far fetched. Yet, it's always surprising when you see a land animal for the first time. We've never heard of a humphead parrotfish or a worm-eating giant snail before. Amazing how much there is to learn and to see, it's never-ending. 

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Jenny Jinya's Newest Comic About Love And Loss

It's all about being there. Through it all. Being there with your beloved pet is love. 

Jenny Jinya is no stranger to heartbreaking animal comics that leave us running for some tissues. At this point, we know whenever we're able to read one of her new comics to have tissues ready at hand. Jinya has a gift of conveying important messages in an achingly haunting yet beautiful way. 

We were first impressed by her "Good Boy" comic and haven't been let down since. Since then, Jinya has tackled very serious animal issues in several comics. 

You can follow Jinya on Twitter, Instagram, and/or become a patron to support this artist. 

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Orca Mother Who Pushed Dead Calf For 17 Days Is Pregnant Again

Many of you recall the heartbreaking story of Tahlequah, the orca whose love and actions for her dead calf was seen around the world. 

Almost to this day two years ago, this devoted mother lost her baby calf and was so heartbroken, she kept her calf afloat for 17 days as she continuously carried it. It was a heartbreaking sight and it's a moment we can never forget. Whoever says animals don't have emotions -- you tell them Tahlequah's story. 

And now, two years after those gut-wrenching 17 days, Tahlequah is officially pregnant once again! This orca was obviously a born-to-be mother and we're so incredibly happy for her and her second chance at motherhood. 

According to Seattle Times, Tahlequah is still a ways away from a successful birth, and like all orcas, she will be requiring luck on her side to bring her baby into this world, and keep it alive. 

We wish her all the best. 

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Jenny Jinya Introduces Life To Her "Death" Series (Comic)

You're probably well aware of Jenny Jinya, at this point. Jinya's comics in the past have been beyond heartbreaking, yet informative and always held with an important message.

This one is no different, except it is. According to Jinya's Twitter, this comic was in reaction to those asking for a "happy" comic, "By popular request, I have now tried a "happy" comic. A new character is also introduced. But I don't know yet if this one will appear again. It was a lot of fun to draw this comic, but I think the heartbreaking stories are more my style."

You continue turning out these stories, Jinya, and we will always be here to listen! 

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This may be the shortest video we've ever featured, but it's too important not to share with you! The absolute careless bliss and wholesomeness! 

And for all those who believe in spirit animals, we believe we found you another wonderful contender! This lazy, or simply happy, sheep is laying in a field of grass... and eating, as it lays. So much simplicity and beauty in these 9 seconds. You can almost see the sheep smiling as it eats. 

Why wouldn't it? We're smiling watching the sheep smile. And we hope you're smiling at the sheep's blissful state and adorable smile.

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Adorable Illustrations Give Solid Advice On Handling Life Right Now (Comics)

Meet "Ju" of Jubes Comics! A talented artist whose drawn up these handy-dandy comics on how to handle the real-life hardships were dealing with now, the global pandemic. Through her adorable illustrations, the comic offers some solid advice that everyone should take a glance at.

The objective behind these illustrations? To keep us all well-informed and safe. Jubes also has adorable Slice of Life comics for viewing on Tapas and written in the description behind the art, it states, "Illustrated form of my Slice of Life and Discovering what Love really means to me. Life is filled with thoughts and gestures of love but sometimes we're just too busy to see it."


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Bird Helps Hedgehog Cross The Road (Video + Comments)

Wow! Talk about encouragement! 

At first glance, it definitely seems like this magpie is nudging a hedgehog to quickly cross the dangerous road. 

And if you look at it that way, it's rather beautiful. Animals helping other animals...and while, it does happen sometimes in nature, it's probable (as many comments below have stated) that the magpie is just pecking and eating fleas off the hedgehog. It does make a lot more sense but what's so wrong about seeing it the other way? Truth is, we don't quite know if the bird was intentionally helping the hedgehog to safety or not. 

But we choose to believe he was because that's the kind of world we'd like to live in today. One full of hope and love. 

CeciArmy was the one to capture the moment that has since gone viral with over 14 million views and 120k comments. The caption for this video reads, "I just saw a bird explaining to a hedgehog, to cross it so it doesn't die. My day is complete."

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Australian Park Welcomes First Baby Koala Since The Devastasting Fires

Congratulations to the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, New South Wales, and to the mother, Rosie!

A ray of hope is lit in the land down under as Ash, the first koala to be born months after the devastating bushfires that gripped the continent. Up to 85% of the koala population was wiped out between November 2019 and February 2020. 

Australian Reptile Park Zookeeper, Dan Rumsey told BuzzFeed News, "Ash represents the start of what we're hoping to be another successful breeding season. It was such an incredible moment when we saw Ash poke her head out of her mum's pouch for the first time!"

And while it is the first time the world (and zookeepers) have seen the baby, Ash is already 5 months old. 

"Ash is estimated to be 5 months old and is right on track to be emerging from the pouch for the first time. Her mother Rosie has shown exemplary parenting skills and we know that Ash is in good paws," Rumsey added.

The park is said to reopen on June 1st and just in time for visitors to see the ray of hope themselves! 

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Cat Medley: Funnies, Cuteness Galore, Mourning And Loss

We searched through the most up-voted cat pictures on the popular subreddit r/cats, this week, and we decided to share them all with you!

The pictures all have one thing in common, and that is, of course, cats. However, that's where the similarities end. 

There are images of hilarious cats being hilarious, adorable-ness (naturally), and mourning and loss. We wanted to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of all these cats and remember those who have recently left us, they may be gone but never forgotten. 

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Life Of Edmund Celebrated Through Pics And Memories

Losing a cat (or any beloved pet) is never easy. It hits you hard and lingers. Some people don't seem to understand that losing a pet is more than just that -- it's losing a member of your family, no matter the duration they've been there. 

The love and the strong bond you both built throughout the years, that's a relationship. That's love. And it's always hard to say goodbye. 

Turnip Towers Photographer recently lost his cat, Edmund Loved, and has dedicated an Instagram to remembering Edmund's short but impactful life. 

Edmund's story is featured on Turnip Towers' blog, and in their own words, we're sharing the life of Edmund with you. 


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Super Duper Sweet Comic About Healing

So sweet, you'll get diabetes. If not diabetes, then at the very least a few cavities, 

The comic shares the importance to helping others, big or small, and how we all could us a little help in healing ourselves. 

Just remember: what goes around, comes around! 

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Power Of Love: Major Animal Glow-Ups

Love is so powerful, it can transform anyone. 

These poor animals had been abandoned, neglected, and the moment someone stepped in to give them a second chance -- they absolutely flourished. It's the best kind of glow-up there is. 

If you have the chance to give an animal a second chance at life and love -- please take it. 

If you want to see more glow-ups, there's a subreddit called r/BeforeNAfterAdoption, and it's jam-packed with marvelous stories and major animal transformations. 

Some of these images may be difficult to look upon, but it's beautiful to see just how love was able to bring out their true beauty. 

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Story Of Bindhi, And How She Rescued Her Owner

Animals bring something more than love into our lives, for some, they bring reason for living. 

That's the case for Imgur user, klandon, when he came across Bindhi. His newfound light in life. 

Kladon rescued Bindhi, and Bindhi rescued him right back. 

Enjoy Kladon's commentary below as he describes their life together. 

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