It’s Election Day 2016 and you — like the rest of the country — are probably greeting the end of the world with a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to. All Donnie Darko references aside, we’re probably in for a rough 12 or so hours, so if you’re desperately seeking distraction, we’ve got you. Here are a bunch of cute animals, and absolutely no further mentions of the election.
This is Keetah. The shop cat at Bleecker Street Records in Manhattan’s West Village, Keetah — and her record-store appropriate half-lidded gaze of appraisal — is now gracing the store’s t-shirts and buttons.
Just two guinea pigs musing over the relative merits of pumpkin spice lattes.
Alfred, a six-month-old koala found during a routine traffic stop by Brisbane police.
If you’ve never seen a rhino bath before, this is a great way to start: The Iowa Zoo’s new baby rhino taking his very first bath.
Oh, this is Blakely, the Australian shepherd who works at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden as a companion animal, providing life-saving snuggles to orphaned baby animals — most recently, to a litter of baby cheetahs who lost their mom in March. Blakey was just honored by the city for being a good boy, and look at how proud he is!
All you really need to know about Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt is that he’s a certified emotional support duck who helps his owner, 37-year-old Carla Fitzgerald, deal with her post-traumatic stress disorder she’s battled since a 2013 accident. (He doesn’t fly, so he’s a strictly land-based duck.)
Tracy Mikowski was visited visiting The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York, when she heard a familiar grunting noise. It turned out to belong to Squirt, a 15-year-old river otter she’d raised from pup-dom, only to lose contact with him when the zoo they were matched at closed 10 years ago. “With all that anticipation, it was emotional for me,” Mikowski told The Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Michigan. “I didn’t get to go in and snuggle her up like we used to, but the little grunting noises that she made, I knew she recognized me.”
These are Cullen and Romulus, who are believed to be the first monozygotic twins in dog history. (They’re Irish Wolfhounds.) The pair are the first documented case of identical twindom in the dog kingdom, which represents not just a high-water mark in evolution, but also in cuteness.
This dapper fellow is Uni, a domesticated raccoon living in Taiwan and a social media star. His unique “cinnamon” fur comes from the disorder Leucism, which results in partial loss of pigmentation in the fur and skin of animals afflicted with it. His custom haircuts, however, are all the work of his owner Tai and her favorite groomer. Check out the full range here.
It’s a monkey who loves whipped cream. Why are you still reading this??
A baby deer rescued by by a Louisiana state policeman during August’s historic flooding in the region. Doesn’t this just make you want to be held by someone? By anyone?