animals

World’s smallest “hopping mouse” could fit into your pocket’s pocket

What would you do if you suddenly saw a tiny little fur ball jump across the road in front of your car in the middle of a country road? Could you stop in time? We’re not talking about some normal rodent either, but an adorably cute fuzzy critter only as big as a plastic bottle cap.

Learn all about this adorable creature that narrowly avoided being hit by a car in China with pictures and more, after the jump!

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Japanese kitty doesn’t seem to grasp the difference between shaking hands and boxing 【Video】

About a month ago, we had the chance to shake hands with an otter, and it was adorable. As the little guy gently laid his hand in ours, a sense of calm came over us, and given how relaxed he was through the whole affair, he seemed to be in good spirits, too.

But not every animal grasps the finer points of this human greeting, as shown by this video of a cat owner in Japan looking for a handshake, and finding out that her pet has a lightning-fast left hook.

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Cats hate getting their teeth brushed, but it’s important…and they look so cute getting it done!

Cats are the stars of millions of the pictures and videos that we humans enjoy day in, day out. Like human celebrities, our cats need to be pampered and get their health needs met so they look and feel their best.

The cats themselves may not always be on board, however, especially for teeth cleanings. While we’re finding out that brushing cats’ teeth is exceedingly important, we’re also realizing that no matter how pissed they are about it, they maintain their cute-factor.

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Strawberry jam sea slugs: Our newest saltwater crush 【Video】

Look, sea slugs (who I assume all have Internet connections and are avid RocketNews24 readers), we need a new name for you. Yeah, yeah, I know you’re tube-shaped invertebrates that live in the ocean, but seriously, the whole “slug” thing is giving everyone the wrong impression.

When we humans hear “slug,” we tend to think of disgusting homeless snails, but it turns out that a lot of your marine versions are downright adorable, like the ones that look like surprised sheep, fluffy bunnies, or Pikachu. And if all that wasn’t enough to call for a major rebranding, now we’ve found out there’s a sea slug that looks like delicious strawberry jam.

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Manga artist’s cat takes over her tablet, then Twitter

Ever since computers and laptops have become things everyone has in their homes, cats have done their darndest to prevent their owners from being able to work or surf the net for funny videos of other cats. In fact, even as I’m writing this, I’m attempting to keep one of my cats from lying all over my keyboard. However like most cats, she’s not very cooperative, which makes me wonder what Japanese companies like these were thinking when they decided cats would make a great addition to the office environment.

When tablets first came out, cat owners like myself had reason to rejoice because it meant we no longer needed a desk or other hard surface cats could potentially walk all over to be productive online. However, it appears we spoke too soon, and cats were only biding their time until they could figure out how to best thwart these new rivals for their owners’ attention, like one Japanese pet owner whose cat turned her tablet into a house.

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This just in: Historical Japanese figure Sakamoto Ryoma may not have been human at all…?

Japanese history buffs are sure to recognize the name and face of Sakamoto Ryoma, who had a huge effect on the feudal Japan of his time. But as one Japanese Twitterer has discovered, the Sakamoto we are all familiar with may not be what we had imagined at all

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Pursue romance with a gorilla in new dating sim “I Fell in Love Gorilla”

If you’ve ever looked at all the vanilla dating sims coming out of Japan and thought, “Man, I’d really like to give one of those dating sims a try. But my true romantic interests lie with gorillas,” then we have great news for you!

Gorilla Kareshi (oradorably, I Fell in Love Gorilla, in English, it seems) is just the dating sim for you! Not only does it feature a gorilla love interest, the gorilla is the only possible love interest in the game.

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Heavy rain in Nara means the deer line up under the eaves — just like people!

When the rain starts falling, people tend to start running to get indoors where they can dry off and drink a nice cup of hot chocolate. Or Jack Daniels, depending on age. But how often do we spare a thought for all the poor wildlife caught in the downpour? If you’re anything like this Twitter user, probably quite often!

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Industriously cute kitty in Japan training hard to become real-life beckoning cat 【Video】

In Japan, you’ll often find a statue of a cat with a single upraised paw in front of or inside places of business. Called a maneki neko, or “beckoning cat,” the manner in which it’s posed is the traditional way to call someone over to you in Japan, and the statues are said to help draw customers, and their money, into your shop or restaurant.

That’s not to say that anyone takes the superstition that seriously, though. It’s sort of a cuter, feline version of hanging a horseshoe on the wall for good luck. And besides, it’s not like we’ve ever seen a cat actually beckoning someone like that, anyway.

At least, we hadn’t until now.

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Grab your trunks! Adorable videos of Japanese safari park’s elephants swimming in their new pool

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice swim? Whether you’re a fitness buff swimming laps for exercise, a little kid splashing around in the shallow end, or simply floating about and relaxing, spending some time in the pool is always fun and refreshing, especially on a warm summer day.

It’s not just humans who feel this way, though. The elephants at Japan’s Fuji Safari Park like going for a dip too, and thanks to the clear walls on their brand-new pool, we can all see their gigantic smiles as they paddle through the water.

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Japanese cat and dog clocks with swishing tails make clock-watching more adorable than ever

Honestly, I’ve never really seen the point in hanging a clock on the wall in your home. Between the time displays on my PC, phone, TV, DVD player, PlayStation, and microwave, I’ve got plenty of ways to tell the current hour and minute without a dedicated timepiece taking up space where I could hang other things, like the California license plate in my living room that simultaneously makes me miss my home state and driving whenever I look at it.

I’m just not convinced that having a wall clock makes your home that much more convenient. However, it can make it a lot cuter, if it’s one of these adorable Japanese dog or cat-shaped clocks with an amazingly lifelike wagging tail.

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Tokuyama Zoo celebrates summer with Cockroach Fest!

The Tokuyama Zoo in Yamaguchi Prefecture has come up with a novel way to attract visitors this summer. And by novel, I mean probably insane. Would you buy tickets for a Cockroach Fest?

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12 photos of cute cosplaying guinea pig sisters will brighten your day

Sometimes it’s the smallest stars that become the biggest hits on popular photo-sharing site Instagram. Cats and dogs have their fair share of followers but now it’s time for a pair of cosplaying guinea pigs to have their time to shine.

Meet Fuzzberta and her big sister MiniGuineaPig, who like to play dress-up as a range of characters from Harry Potter to Princess Leia and Pikachu. These are the cutest critters you’ll see all day!

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Sea bunnies? Japanese netizens going nuts for super cute sea slug

If you polled people on marine life they thought was cute, sea slugs would probably rate somewhere near the bottom if they made the list at all. That’s a shame, though, as the amusingly named nudibranch group is full of vivid color, out-there shapes, and even downright adorableness.

But maybe the sea slug’s image is about to change because the Japanese Net, purveyors of all things cute, have just discovered Jorunna parva, the fluffy little bunnies of the sea.

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Clock in with a kitty at this shared workspace in Japan where you can play with the resident cat

As information technology continues to evolve, telecommuting is becoming increasingly feasible and popular in Japan. Still, sometimes mobile workers find themselves in need of more business-oriented facilities than their home office has, and make use of shared workspaces like the ones we previously looked at.

But while all of those communal offices have amenities such as Wi-Fi, power outlets, and meeting areas, only this one has a resident cat that you can play with when you need a stress-relieving break from work.

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This wedding hall in Japan will provide an alpaca to witness you exchange your vows

Weddings are a sacred ritual that take place across all cultures and lifestyles. They are typically extravagant, expensive affairs, with many in attendance. They often adhere to strict observance of certain religious and/or traditional rituals, whether it be the reading of certain Christian Bible passages, the breaking of a wine glass at Jewish weddings, or the ubiquitous “kissing of the bride.”

These ceremonies are held for myriad purposes, but primarily, weddings are held to see two individuals come together as a family unit in the eyes of the law and the participants’ chosen religion.

And, in Tochigi Prefecture, also in the eyes of this alpaca.

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New puppy in town faces harsh roommate interview from a bunch of Munchkin cats 【VIDEO】

Moving into a new house with strangers can be an intimidating experience. There they are, sizing you up, judging the state of your fur and paws, wondering if you’re going to be the kind of pup who keeps their home clean or turns it into a pigsty. Even worse is when the current residents didn’t exactly get a say in your arrival. It’s enough to make you cower in your doggy cage.

Which is what happened when this adorable puppy found herself the newest resident in a house full of skeptical Munchkin cats!

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Who knew chipmunks eating corn could be so heart-meltingly cute? 【Video】

Sweet corn is now in season in Japan! Grilled or boiled, it’s juicy, sweet and delightful — and guess what? Humans aren’t the only ones crazy about the golden yellow vegetable.

Yes, some of our furry little friends are also passionate corn lovers, at least from what we can see in this video we found which we hope will satisfy your cute quota for the day, or even the week! Seriously, who would have thought that a simple video of a chipmunk eating corn could be so devastatingly adorable?

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Hilarious house cat meets its match as it gets snuck up on by…a cucumber?!? 【Video】

While cats are definitely cute, I’m not sure I really buy into the whole idea that they’re still skilled predators. Sure, house cats are much more likely to bag game than many other popular pets, such as hamsters or goldfish, but I think centuries of domestication have bred out a lot of the instincts that came from their shared ancestry with lions and tigers.

As proof, I offer this video of a cat in Japan, in which the “hunter” becomes the hunted and meets its match when, defying all logic, a cucumber sneaks up on it.

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100 fuzzy, friendly foxes fascinate foreigners at Kitsune Mura aka “Fox Village” 【Videos】

Rachel and Jun are a Japanese-American couple who make informative and adorable videos about their life together in Japan. Recently, they visited Kitsune Mura – aka Fox Village – which is home to around 100 adorable and friendly foxes which you can play with for only 1,000 yen.

“I can’t even believe a place like this exists,” gushed Rachel, (who visited the park along with some fellow YouTuber friends), and we have to agree – but luckily for us, they all made several videos all about their trip!

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