It is a common belief that cats do not get along with dogs and other creatures. Contrary to popular opinion, however, cats really can get along with anyone- even their so-called natural born enemies! These pictures are all about spreading the love. Maybe humans can learn a little something from this display of unconditional love? Maybe we can really can all learn to get along.
Both furry and cuddly, these two pals are going to burrow in the rug together and keep each other warm. Cold weather is always better with a pal.
Cats lean on each other when times are tough. The even lean on their canine friends if need be. This unlikely duo looks like it has been an incredibly difficult day. The two love relying on each other for support.
They know how to lift each other up when they cannot carry on alone and how to accept help when they need it.
They even share a kiss from time to time, even with the noisy bird that loves to peck at their paws and squawk when it is nap time.
These four-legged babies have mastered the art of sleeping where they lay- or sit. And they have learned the importance of rest. This fuzzy feline could not go on another minute. I have been there more than once.
Working It Out
Though naps and rest are vital to health, cats also know the importance of physical activity, so they fit in their 30 minutes of movement a day. This little guy is training for his time in the ring. He just finished up his sit-ups and jump roping. Now he is doing his favorite part- bobbing and weaving! He is starting young so that he can defeat his big brothers who like to tackle him. If he practices enough, he will be a pro by the time he is grown.
On a Ledge
And here we see the excellent balance and tight rope skills that they work at. That is some talent right there! I cannot see myself being brave enough to attempt this. Can you? I guess the view is worth the risk.
Embracing Paws and Flaws
We cannot all be perfect, right? Cats have learned to accept their imperfections and focus on the positive.
After a tough day at work or school, kitties love to cuddle up. These two fur babies fell asleep in the middle of their homework. I think a few of us have been there before.
Hugs Take #2
And they hold each other tight. These sweet babies know how to cuddle. Look how peaceful they are resting knowing that they are safe and loved. Studies show that petting and cuddling with a pet can help treat anxiety. I bet these two are some calm kitties.
They Really Do Love Their Humans
Look at this baby smiling away at the love of her life- her human. (It might be behind her back, though, since kitty cats love to act as though they do not care.)
Cats Dress Appropriately
This kitty wants to play in the snow. He knows it is cold outside and makes sure that he is dressed appropriately for the weather. No cold or flu here! He’s a great role model for his two-legged siblings.
One of the greatest things about cats is that you can trust them to tell you like it is. No holds barred, no sugar coating, no beating around the bush- just the cold hard truth with nothing more than a look.
“Mom, no! Stop it! That’s a horrible idea! You are going to embarrass me! You’ll embarrass yourself, too, and regret it later! And maybe you should change your shirt. Red is really not your color.”
Kitty cats dream in sparkles and rainbows, peace and love. This little one’s projecting its dreams outward to share them with us.
They Are Not Too Proud to Beg
These sweet things will let you know when they want something. They will even beg if necessary. I hear people mention “puppy dog eyes” all the time. I could be wrong but judging from this picture, I think kitten eyes might be pretty effective, too. I mean, could you say “no” to this adorable face?
I do not think this one is going to take “No” for an answer. He really wants something from the ice cream truck.
Kitties Love Letting Their Hair Down…And Their Tongues Hang
Look at this cutie! Eyes full of wonder and that little tongue….maybe he is entranced by the bag of kitty treats his mom just brought home. Or maybe he is staring at the goldfish bowl amazed by the little guys swimming around and around.
I cannot decide if this guy just likes making silly faces or if he has not yet recovered from the catnip party last night. Either way, what a cutie!
They Keep Themselves Pretty Clean
Even the little ones bathe themselves like this one below. Isn’t he precious? “Really? You’re just going to sit there and watch? How about some privacy, please?”
The Term “Cool Cat” Had To Come From Somewhere
This baby is giving us a lesson in style and bringing back some great memories. I can just picture John Lennon and hear Ted Nugent singing “Cat Scratch Fever”. For the younger ones who have no clue who those people are, can you not hear “Cooler Than Me” playing in the background when this guy walks into the room?
Their Eyes Can Be Absolutely Mesmerizing
These eyes are so beautiful that it is hard to look away. The shades of blue are amazing enough on their own. Add that to the marbled look and they are perfect. Does anyone know where I can get some contacts in this color?
They Are Very Studious
Yet another great role model for children! This cat knows the importance of reading and education. I can see him snuggling up for bedtime stories with his kids.
They Love Selfies and Are Great Photographers
How much more perfect can a selfie get? He got a great angle and an awesome background. I’m sure we will see this on his Instagram account later.
Between the snow and the beautiful sunset, this guy has his nature selfies mastered. Sharing the camera with his canine pal on the left is another story.
New Crew in Town
Does this not remind you of that one friend that always takes pictures at the worst times? Like when no one else is looking at the camera or before you have time to pose? I thought that was just a human thing. I guess I was wrong!
They Are Awesome at Playing Hide and Seek
I have to admit, this is a great spot to hide. I mean, who would think to look here? I don’t think I would have thought of this spot. And he looks so comfortable that he could probably stay there for days. Good luck to his hide-and-seek opponent! You are going to need it!
Hiding behind a tree may seem like a bit of an obvious spot, but people keep hiding behind them for a reason. Looks like this kitty cat realizes that tried and true ways are worth it. And she looks absolutely adorable while hiding there!
Snug as a bug in a rug- that’s what this baby is. This hiding spot is absolutely genius! It is brilliant! I think that the other player should just give up now. The game is over- there is no finding this little love! She has once again outwitted her opponent.
They Love Putting On Makeup
Like some human girls I know, this precious girl spent hours getting her eyeliner just right. It makes her blue eyes stand out so well. I wonder how long she had to practice to master this look?
These Expressions Though
After dress shopping with her human today, they finally found the perfect one. The bride to be must be a beauty from the look on this fur baby’s face.
They Are Sneaky Little Suckers
Like this one pictured here. It looks like an innocent move. Perhaps he is just running and playing or trying to chase his ball of yarn. Maybe he is being good…
Cats Are Some Fierce and Determined Creatures
Look at this girl’s face. She may be little, but she is going as fast as she can to beat her older siblings to the food bowl. They have beaten her to the good stuff one too many times!
They Do Not Take Up Much Space
It is easy to share space with cats because they will just fit in wherever they can squeeze in. These cuties learned that being stackable was a desired trait among homeowners, so they watched and learned.
They Let Nothing Stand In The Way Of Their New Year’s Resolutions
The beauty in this picture decided it was time to drop a few pounds and is going to make sure to make that happen. I can hear her now…
They Accept Differences
It is clear that one of these cuties looks quite different from the other three. Instead of shunning him though, they surround him and make him part of their group. And what an adorable group they make!
Siblings Treat One Another Well
The little brother is following his older brother around. Though humans tend to find that annoying, cats do not seem to mind. After all, how else is the little guy going to learn to chase mice and make his way in the world? Someone has to show him the ropes of feline life.
They Love to Dress Up
This cute little guy fell asleep while stepping into his role as king. Looks like his first day was exhausting. Being a leader is a really tough job but somebody has to do it…right after his nap.
Five Heroic High School Freshman Heed Call to Action, Save Children From Icy Pond!
When the worst happens in front of our eyes, we all hope that we will have the fortitude to act. For five teenagers from New Jersey, a call to action manifested before themselves while heading home from an evening at Beacon Hill Country Club. The five kids were all from a local high school and they had been sledding at the local country club in Middletown when they heard a commotion coming from a pond near the bottom of the hill. As it turned out, two children on a sled had been rocketing straight toward the ice-covered surface. What happened next could have ended in tragedy if not for a group of brave kids.
Tyler Armagan, Ryan Day, Kieran Foley, Drew Scalice, and Joseph Dietrich had been hanging out at their favorite sledding spot in town when their lives changed forever. Kieran, a 14-year-old from New Jersey, said that he saw the two children careening down the hill and toward the ice-covered pond. Kieran stated, “They just went so fast right down the hill.”
According to Kieran, the father of the children had been yelling for his kids to jump out of the sled. The problem was that 8-year-old Olivia and 4-year-old R.J. were not in control. In the Olympics, sleds can reach speeds of up to 70mph. While little Olivia and R.J. weren’t going that fast, they were certainly not in control. True tragedy was hovering over the entire moment but the boys leaped into action.
As it turns out, Kieran and his friends were all from the same Boy Scout troop. The kids kept their cool and jumped into action immediately. Kieran and his friends formed a human chain down to the pond where the two children had fallen into the icy water. Knowing that time was of the essence, Kieran waded into the water. Kieran stated, “I knew it wasn’t that deep, the water, so I just picked them up..”
Drew was also shocked by what happened though he was quick to act. Drew told reporters, “All I can remember is seeing the kids come down (the hill).” Drew would go on to describe how Ryan helped calm the kids down after pulling them from the water, asking them questions about Christmas and what presents that they would want. As it turns out, this was a wonderful way to calm the kids down as their parents arrived.
After pulling the children from the freezing water, Kieran and his buddies consoled them as they tried to keep them warm. Soon Richard Heid and Stephanie Irlbeck appeared, the parents quick to thank the heroic children that had stepped up to the plate to save their child. As frostbite can occur within ten minutes in the right frigid temperatures, it isn’t dramatic to say that Kieran and his friends potentially saved two lives.
While 2020 was a constant lesson in how dark and hard the world can be, there are always silver linings to turn to for hope and inspiration. While much of the world was engulfed in chaos relating to politics or COVID, good folks like Kieran and his friends continue to do great things for the people around them. Perhaps we could all learn a little bit more from these heroic kids!
Military Officer Just Wanted To Get Home, When Man Confronted Her On Plane
Packed plane rides tend to be the worst because if you’re not lucky enough to get on early, you get stuck with whatever is left. And that usually means being cramped in a middle seat squished between two others. It might be livable on a short flight, but a long flight can be torture sitting like that. For Jessica’s case, it was obvious to her when boarding that her flight was going to be a miserable experience. Everything was taken, and the only seat left was a middle seat in a cramped can of a ride. However, things got weird before she could even get her bag in the storage and sit down. Instead of sitting down, a man walked up and told her she couldn’t sit in the seat she finally found. The reason why just about knocked her off her feet.
Long Lost Family Comes Together During Christmas Miracle: Sisters Find Father and Each Other after 24 Years!
There are times in life when we see a Hollywood movie and think, “There’s no way that is realistic.” Like in Hollywood, sometimes life can be so strange as to seem unbelievable. This past Christmas saw one family come together after being fractured and lost for more than 24 years. Sisters Lisa McLean (33) and Rebecca Parton (24) would run into each other on social media while simultaneously looking for their lost father. In doing so, the three people would set in motion a family reunion that was 24 years in the making.
Lisa McLean and Rebecca Parton would say that they had far from the conventional family upbringing. Life and all the things that go with it caused their family to fracture while they were young, splitting the sisters apart before they could ever chance the opportunity to get to know one another. Growing up apart, Rebecca and Lisa would both yearn for the father that they had been separated from for more than two decades. This would lead the sisters to each individually begin searching for their father on social media.
Then they found one another.
On the hunt for their father, David Riggs, Lisa and Rebecca would end up crossing wires. The two would form a bond and after verifying that, yes, they were indeed sisters, they would join their search together. After years of hunting for their father, the two sisters would manage to wrangle David in just in time for Christmas. While 2020 was a tough year for everyone basically everywhere, Lisa and Rebecca probably felt like they had finally regained something near and dear to their heart.
The actual discovery occurred by chance on David’s side of the screen. David had been living in Blackpool, England, when he caught wind of Lisa looking for him. The 53-year-old father of two would immediately attempt to reunite with his daughters, traveling to the other side of England to meet them for the first time in twenty-plus years. Lisa said of the reunion, “It was just lovely, there’s a lot of catching up to do!”
Lisa and Rebecca would become fast friends with Lisa asking Rebecca to be her bridesmaid. The gesture was touching to Rebecca who was more than happy to be apart of the festivities. In doing so, Rebecca and Lisa got to introduce the five nieces and nephews that are shared between them to their father. David was able to verify that he was their father through old family photographs and various childhood mementos.
Now set to spend their first holidays together in decades, David and his daughters are looking forward to making up for the lost time. Lisa said of the whole event, “The only way I can describe it… but I suppose it’s a Christmas miracle!”
Do you believe in Holiday miracles? Who knows, one might be closer around the corner than you might think!
AI-Based Facial Recognition Can Now Identify Bears
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are advanced technologies and the future of the world. There are hundreds of AI and ML applications, and scientists have projected hundreds of thousands of AI-based products in the near future. Various industries are using AI to solve complex problems easily, efficiently, and quickly.
Scientists are using AI to protect the ecosystem and conserve wildlife. Canadian researchers have created an AI-based software that can monitor bears and identify them in the wild. Many researchers say that the world is undergoing severe climate change, and the crisis is turning into a complete disaster.
It has already affected thousands of species, and hundreds of them are on the verge of extinction. Many wildlife species, including Grizzly bears, have lost their habitats and food source. Grizzly bears need at least 40 Kg of food daily. However, the rapid deforestation and reduced population of salmon in streams, ponds, and rivers are causing problems for their existence.
BearID – A Great Tool for Researchers
AI-based facial recognition software has been hailed successful in identifying humans for some years. The technology is now used to identify bears. Melanie Clapham, a bear biologist and post-doc fellow at Victoria University, collaborated with the IT developers from the Silicon Valley has created BearID. It is a software application that recognizes grizzly bears.
The project run by Clapham and Silicon Valley tech workers can recognize 132 animals, including Grizzly Bears. Clapham said that scientists monitor wildlife species using RFIF tags or chips attached to their collars. However, this is short-lived and more expensive. At the same time, the RFID tags are invasive that can cause harm to the animals’ cells and tissues.
Monitoring Grizzly bears is very important because it helps researchers to extend their research on animals and help conserve them. The software can support researchers in dealing with several problems, including the eating behavior of bears. It can help them protect bears from attacking farm animals and eating from garbage cans.
Progress with the BearID
Clapham works with Mary Nguyen and Ed Miller, the tech workers from Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. The biologists said that the team has gathered approximately 5,000 photos of Grizzly bears in Alaska and Canada to create data sets and train the software to recognize their faces.
BearID has shown incredible results so far, and the team is looking forward to further train the software algorithms for more accurate results. Joe Hoagland, a cattle rancher in Kansas, is using the same technique for his cows. He has developed an application called “Cattle-Tracs.”
The application will allow anyone to take photos of a cow and store it an online database with the photo’s data and GPS coordinates. According to Hoagland, his AI-based app will be helpful in disease management.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms allow computer systems to work with intelligent and intellectual human processes. However, these software apps and machines can work more efficiently than humans.
For instance, they can enter environments that require deep-sea diving or make certain processes safer. The BearID is an AI-based software designed to recognize Grizzly bears. The primary objective of the software is to conserve the nearly-extinct bears’ population.
A Rapper makes efforts to change Cat Rescue Perceptions
Sterling Davis is an ex-rapper and a cat lover. Davis decided to take a break from his rap career. He was searching for a job to stay busy and make some money. He found the county shelter where he applied for a job that involves scooping cats’ litter.
Davis said that he had a poor interview because he was playing with the little kitties. Although Davis did not answer the interviewer’s questions due to cat distraction, he was hired by the company because of his love for felines.
Sterling Davis is a 40 years old black man who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a rapper but gave up his rap career and started rescuing cats. He worked in a team that would bring cats to the shelter for vaccination or neutering, and then they would return them to their owners or the outdoor environment.
According to David, the county shelter had neither male employees nor black people working in the feline department. Davis said he was trained by female employees who worked in the cat department.
Women taught him how to carry out the Trap-Neuter-Return task. So, he finally asked the challenging question: Where are all the men and why there are no black people in the department?
A Full-time Devotion to Cats
Sterling Davis was getting calls from his band to join them for new a tour. However, he refused to go with the band. Davis said to the band members that he would devote all his time to his cat rescuing job.
In 2017, Davis founded Trap-King Humane Cat Solutions, a nonprofit organization that deals with all kind of cat rescue operations. He founded the organization after working for five years at the Shelter operated by the Life-Line Animal Project. He has also received professional cat training at the Best Friends Animal Society.
The primary goal of Davis is to change men’s stereotypes about cat rescues. He also focuses on erasing misconceptions between the African American community and primarily caucasian Animal Welfare organizations.
According to Davis, most people think that rescuing cats is a challenging and tedious job, but they are wrong. Cats are beautiful animals, and everyone loves them. Although Davis was making some money, it wasn’t enough or equivalent to the money he would earn from his music job.
So, he sold his assets and bought a conversion van for living and paying for cat surgeries. He also uses the money to support his nonprofit organization. His van is plastered with Trap-King Logos so that people can notice and support his cause. Davis is hosting contests for children to let them watch his humane cat traps. Sterling Davis said he would continue making efforts to break stereotypes and educate people about cats.
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