animals

Who’s a pretty boy, then? Chinese “permed” chicken ruffles feathers online

Who’s a pretty boy, then? Chinese “permed” chicken ruffles feathers online

In one of the more bizarre news stories of the day – yes, even by RocketNews24 standards – a chicken in China’s Henan Province has recently shot to fame online after it was spotted sporting a fine set of curled feathers that make him look like he’s been out to get a perm to impress the ladies in the henhouse with.

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Chinese Internet auction winner claims seller bubble-wrapped his dog

Chinese Internet auction winner claims seller bubble-wrapped his dog

As December 25 draws near and stores become more and more packed with people searching for the perfect gift, no one would blame you if you opted to do all of your shopping online. Honestly, there’s never been a better age for Internet shopping, and you can bypass going out in the cold by parking yourself on your sofa with a laptop and ordering just about anything you want or need while sipping from a hot mug of cocoa (or a cold bottle of beer, if you’re lucky enough to live someplace warm even at this time of year).

Yes, with just a few clicks you can have books, groceries, or even a new pet for the family delivered right to your home. The only question is, how do you package a puppy?

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“Hamsters are friends, not food!” says Japanese snake Ao-chan

“Hamsters are friends, not food!” says Japanese snake Ao-chan

Back in school we learnt about the predator-prey system, the brutal but entirely natural way in which Mother Nature keeps things in balance. It’s a cruel world out there in the wild, but that’s just how it is.

But things don’t always go as planned, even for great Mother Nature. There are exceptions every once in a while, like this pair of miracle buddies, Gohan-chan the hamster and Ao-chan the snake, who seem to get along just fine.

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Stray dog helps street musician, musician returns the favor

Stray dog helps street musician, musician returns the favor

There’s been a lot of unsettling news coming out of the Ukraine this week, so we are pleased to offer you a much happier story from the city of Dnipropetrovsk, southeast of Kiev, about a singing dog and a street musician.

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Cute cat stands sacrifice themselves to hold up your smartphone

Cute cat stands sacrifice themselves to hold up your smartphone

It’s about time cats did something for us. We’ve pampered them on the Internet and in convenience stores for years, and all they ever did in return was learn how to poop in the litter box.

Cats are finally giving back now with these cute but somewhat disturbing smartphone stands that depict various cat breeds heroically holding up your smartphone so it won’t topple over.

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Shiro the Cat: The cutest cure for insomnia 【Video】

Shiro the Cat: The cutest cure for insomnia 【Video】

Japan has a number of sleeping arrangements that can be jarring if you didn’t grow up here. Sleeping in a futon on the floor, often in a space that doubles as your living room and/or kitchen, can take some getting used to. A surprisingly large number of pillows sometimes come filled with, by Western standards, unusual things such as buckwheat husks.

But you know what? Maybe we’re being too picky. As Shiro the Cat shows us, all you really need for a good night’s sleep is a cooking pot, and, if you’re looking to get really luxurious, a sweet potato.

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Dancing bear cubs straight out of Disney movie capture Japanese hearts

Dancing bear cubs straight out of Disney movie capture Japanese hearts

The Japanese Internet is going crazy over recent Finnish photos of a group of bear cubs who appear to be dancing around in a circle, reminiscent of the age-old nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie”.

Valtteri Mulkahainen, a 52-year-old Finnish photography hobbyist, says he thought he was imagining the bears dancing around, even going so far as to say the scene was so magical he wouldn’t have been surprised if they had begun singing. Given the man’s situation as he took the now-madly circulating photos, we can’t blame him for momentarily believing he was living inside of a Disney movie.

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Cheeky otter photos that are too cute not to post!

Cheeky otter photos that are too cute not to post!

You know we can’t resisting sharing pictures of adorable animals, because we know you love them too! In today’s picture loot, we have some irresistibly cute otters ready to put a smile on your face, because cats and hamsters are too mainstream. Check out these cheeky splashing fellows!

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Real-life Winnie the Pooh caught stealing honey, on run from the law

Real-life Winnie the Pooh caught stealing honey, on run from the law

When wildlife researchers in Kochi Prefecture set up an unmanned camera in a local forest to find the cheeky wilderness creature stealing honey from an animal trap they’d set up, they probably expected to find a clever squirrel or some other creature too small or quick to set off the trap door.

Instead, what they found in video footage was what can only be described as real-life Winnie the Pooh turned to petty crime to fund his hopeless honey addiction.

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Butterfly visits penguin enclosure at Japanese zoo, whimsical chase ensues 【Video】

Butterfly visits penguin enclosure at Japanese zoo, whimsical chase ensues 【Video】

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like penguins. Between their flightless wings and pudgy physique, there’s something inherently funny about them, which is juxtaposed and amplified by the way they look like they’re constantly dressed in formal tuxedos.

But perhaps the most comical thing of all about the monochrome birds is the stubborn dignity they show by standing at silent attention, even when surrounded by onlookers at a zoo.

Unless, that is, there’s a butterfly to chase.

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Samurai bling: Crazy armor and helmets from medieval Japan

Samurai bling: Crazy armor and helmets from medieval Japan

When people think of Japan, they often think about anime or giant robots or giant robot anime. They are also likely to think of Japan’s medieval version of giant robot anime: the samurai. For many of us, the first introduction we got to Japan was through the amazing films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, leaving with us images of unrelenting master swordsmen.

While the world may mostly be entranced by the swords, it’s impossible to deny the beauty of the armor we also saw on the silver screen. Though surely nothing so fancy was ever actually worn during the years of Japan’s civil wars, right??

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Finally, your dog can safely leap through flaming hoops with this adorable doggy fire gear

Finally, your dog can safely leap through flaming hoops with this adorable doggy fire gear

Every dog owner has experienced it: you want your dog to sit, speak, roll over and maybe shake, but your pooch has other ambitions. Bigger dreams. He wants to join the fire brigade (you know this because you taught him to speak), but you’re worried about your little buddy’s safety.

Finally, though, you can let your doggy chase both his tail and his dreams with this adorable doggy flame-retardant suit. Join us after the jump for more adorable photos!

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Beijing man and tiny bird team up to make money

Beijing man and tiny bird team up to make money

A video uploaded to YouTube earlier this week has been causing quite a stir amongst web users in Japan today. In it, we see what appears to be a homeless man in China’s capital city asking for money from passersby on the street.

Rather than simply holding a cardboard sign asking for spare change or sitting on the ground with a paper cup like, sadly, so many are forced to, this man has a rather neat trick for generating a little extra cash: he has trained a small bird to fly into the hand of those donating their yuan and bring the coins back to him one by one!

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45 adorable pictures of animals acting human 【Photos】

45 adorable pictures of animals acting human 【Photos】

Have you ever stared longingly at your animal friends and thought, “Gee whiz. What an awesome life”? It must be nice to live in a world free from work and responsibilities, where licking your butt is a perfectly acceptable way to spend an afternoon.

But you have to admit, there are some pretty awesome perks to being a person, like driving and wearing hats! In fact, I think it’s safe to say that there’s a little envy from the side of the animal kingdom as well. Just check out these 45 images of animals acting human.

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Squirrel loses nut, goes totally nuts

Squirrel loses nut, goes totally nuts

This is a squirrel absolutely freaking out – adorably – about dropping a nut from a high place. The little guy must have been fantasizing about that nut all day. He must have been saving it for a rainy day; one of those particularly stressful days after whatever squirrel equivalent to a desk job he was doing.

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Ippo the zonkey is proof that love knows no boundaries!

Ippo the zonkey is proof that love knows no boundaries!

This might be old news, but just in case some of you missed the hoo-ha, this is Ippo, the baby zebroid who surprised the world with her beautiful mix of brown and stripes when she was born in July this year. A zebroid is the hybrid offspring of a zebra and any type of equine. Just look at the Italian beauty’s coat, she’s simply Mother Nature’s fashion statement!

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Hail to the kitty! Shiba inu begs before tiny kitten in her fortress 【Video】

Hail to the kitty! Shiba inu begs before tiny kitten in her fortress 【Video】

Cats, dogs, they’re both all kinds of cute. But when you have one of each and they live and get along together, the results can be even more adorable. One Japanese netizen recently shared a video of their pet shiba inu standing before their newest arrival, a tiny kitten called Milky, performing her “onegai” begging pose. Quite what she was begging for we have no idea, but the scene is nothing short of hilarious.

Check out the full video after the jump!

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Man cautioned for keeping endangered leopard cat at home for 15 years, then asked for his advice

Man cautioned for keeping endangered leopard cat at home for 15 years, then asked for his advice

There are few things quite like the bond between a human and their pet, and most of the staff here at RocketNews24 can’t even begin to imagine life without their respective pups and feline overlords, but there are some animals that we definitely wouldn’t recommend keeping at home–particularly those on the endangered species list.

According to a recent NHK news report, a man living on the Japanese island of Tsushima narrowly avoided prosecution after it became clear that he had secretly kept a wild Japanese leopard cat in his home for 15 years before he was forced to seek assistance. As angered as the authorities were, however, they ultimately decided that they might learn from the man’s experiences and are due to talk to him about how he managed to keep the animal alive for such a length of time.

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Anime fan and pet owner recreates Attack on Titan’s epic opening shot by shot – with cats! 【Video】

Anime fan and pet owner recreates Attack on Titan’s epic opening shot by shot – with cats! 【Video】

This year’s breakout anime hit Attack on Titan snuck up on a lot of people. Sure, previews for the TV series made it look like a fun adventure, but is wasn’t until sometime after it premiered that the franchise became the international success it is today, despite the comic it’s based on having been around since 2009.

Why didn’t more people, from the very beginning, realize just how much entertainment Attack on Titan has to offer? Maybe the story’s antagonists, naked giants who look like anatomy textbook illustrations, were just too repugnantly grotesque. Maybe, being creator Hajime Isayama’s first serial, the artwork on its heroes was a little too rough around the edges. How much more immediately accessible would Attack on Titan have been if they had all been replaced with a more traditionally pleasing aesthetic, like a bunch of cute cats?

Thanks to this feline-infused recreation of the show’s opening animation, now we know.

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Symmetry is creepy! 26 photos of animals “evolving” with the help of mirror images

Symmetry is creepy! 26 photos of animals “evolving” with the help of mirror images

Thankfully the following images, which popped up on Japanese textboard site 2Channel earlier this week, were all produced using image sites such as PicHacks in order to create a symmetrical image from an existing photo, and are not of real-world creatures genetically engineered by nefarious scientists. Some of them will, however, most definitely be coming after you in your dreams tonight.

So come with us now as we step into the world of creepy evolutions and nightmarish creatures. And they said facial symmetry is a mark of beauty…

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