the bulldog and the cat…I can’t
From Russia with love: The doting father bear who can’t help cuddling his cub
This is the touching moment a baby bear gets swept up in a big cuddle - from her affectionate father.
What makes the photographs, taken at a zoo in eastern Russia, so fascinating is that most male bears have nothing to do with their cubs and leave the rearing to females.
But Balu is more hands-on than most with four-month-old daughter Diva and is content to give her a proper bear hug.
He even appears to be blowing a raspberry on her tummy while mother Masha looks on. Keepers at Primorsky Zoo in Russia were stunned by Balu’s unusual devotion to his daughter.
Zoo director Elena Aseidulina, 34, who took the photographs, said: ‘The father, against all laws of nature, is very caring and loving with the cubs.
‘Normally, it is the mother that looks after the children, but Balu is the exception.
‘He is a real example of a good father.’
Balu and Masha have been living at the zoo since 2002 after they were rescued by Russian militia from poachers. The pair have settled in well - and are clearly enjoying their roles as parents.
Keepers also noticed that Balu has taken on nearly all the traditional ‘female’ roles carried out by brown bears - including teaching their young about the dangers of the world.
Miss Aseidulina said: ‘Balu taught Diva to swim in the pool - she looked to her mother for help but Masha was totally calm and obviously trusted her “husband”.
‘Balu would hold her under water to teach her that swimming is an essential skill for a bear - but he always knew how long she could stay under for, and would pull her out and keep her safe.
‘When Masha is feeding Diva, 14-year-old Balu waits patiently for his turn to play with her.’
The zoo director added: ‘Once, I saw him patting the mother’s paw as if to say “Hurry up, it’s my turn to play!”’
‘It always takes my breath away when I see them playing like this.
‘It just makes you realise that these animals have the same feelings as we do. I wanted to take pictures to show others how touching and heartwarming these animals can be.’
BEARS, YOU GUYS.
OH MY GOD HOW CUTE
omg ber feels
I REBLOGGED THIS ARLEADEY BUT I DON’T CARE IT’S LITERALLY ME IN A PHOTOSET!!!
Omg cute as heckOh god I’m dying
Source: Daily Mail
Rufous elephant shrew (Hidden Kingdoms - BBC)
Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.
Noot Noot snail gets me through the day
My sister has a bearded dragon and they typically eat crickets, but they’ll eat mice occasionally as well. She bought this mouse a week ago and the first day, the bearded dragon put the mouse in his mouth and the mouse squeaked so he spit it out… and he’s never tried to eat it again! Now they’re friends and the mouse sleeps on his back and head and even moved some wood chips over to where the bearded dragon sleeps so he would have a bed too! It’s so cute.
Found only on the Galapagos Islands the Marine Iguana is thought to be a unique ecological adaption of the iguanas from South America who must have drifted out to sea on debris millions of years ago and landed on the islands. They have special glands that clean their blood of extra salt which they ingest while eating. These Iguanas have a diet of underwater algae and seaweed.
Western Black Rhino officially declared extinct. Good job everyone. Round of applause because the ivory was soooooo worth it.
This is legit and I’m crying.
I did a school report on the black rhino in 3rd grade when we had to pick an endangered species to write about. This makes me so sad- another species gone in my lifetime.
These poor animals…
An entire species gone, just because some people are stupid and cruel…
While this is sad, it is good to remember that extinction is part of the way nature works. Some species go extinct so others can survive and new ones evolve.
This is my favorite post in the whole wide world
Animals not giving a fuck
that cat getting run over
Precious sleepy little bundles of fluffy-ness
Oh I just need to pet them allllll
I love their sleepy little faces here SO much! <3
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