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  • 25 cats and dogs admiring their Menorahs

    The Festival of Lights is upon us, and what better way to spend it than with your favorite friends — cats and dogs (they are more fun to celebrate with than humans anyway).
    So have a happy Meownukkah and don’t forget to light the Menowuff!
    That’s my cat! More ▸

  • An adorable baby tapir born at Israel’s Ramat Gan Safari

    This is quickly becoming our favorite segment – new baby animals that are born at Israel’s Ramat Gan Safari (near Tel Aviv). This time – a South American tapir (“a large browsing mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout”) under the name Pinhas, who was born in the Israeli Ramat Gan Safari… More ▸

  • 10 incredibly cute photos of Terkel, Israel’s newest baby rhino

    Mazel Tov! After an 18-months pregnancy, Tanda, a 20-year-old white rhino gave birth Terkel, a rare white rhino calf, at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv.
    Terkel was born on June 15, which is a reason to celebrate since white rhinos are considered rare and difficult to breed in captivity, and are constantly trying to keep out of the endangered list. 300 white rhinos are killed every year by poachers who hunt them for their horns. White rhinos are not really white, it is a mistranslation from the Dutch “wijd,” which means “wide” in English.
    Terkel is named after zoologist Dr. Amelia Terkel, who is retiring after 30 years at the Ramat Gan Safari. His mother Tanda, who was born in South Africa, gave birth to his older brother Tibor, four and a half years ago.
    Shortly after being born, Terkel tried to get on his feet, and was able to do so with the help of Tanda.
    Enjoy the photos of Terkel’s first day!
    1. Terkel Trying to stand up for the first time

    (Photo by Tibor Jager/Ramat Gan Safari) More ▸

  • 10 photos of animals common to Israel doing awesome things

    I bet you thought Israel was home to only camels and street cats. Boy, are you wrong. Here are 10 animals that can be found in the Holy Land, hopefully doing what they are doing in these photos.
    1. Hoopoe upset about having a bad feather day
    The Hoopoe is known for its crown of feathers (usually more presentable than the one above) and its “hooping” sounds. The Hoopoe was voted Israel’s national bird in 2008. In Hebrew: דוכיפת (Duchifat)
    2. This Green Toad looks like Futurama’s Hypnotoad
    The European Green Toad is very common in Israel and is known for its easy adjustments to climate. In addition, it can change its color in response to heat and light changes. (Just don’t stare directly at it, or you’ll get hypnotized.) In Hebrew: קרפדה ירוקה (Karpada Yeruka)
    3. The adorable Sand Cat is taking a bath
    This adorable fluffy thing is called the Sand Cat, and it is pretty rare in israel, mostly common around the Arava area. When it doesn’t use its fluffy paws to take a little bath, it mostly uses its flat head and sand colors to ambush its prey. In Hebrew: חתול חולות (Chatyl Cholot)

  • Celebs to McDonalds: “I’m Hatin’ It”

    Move over, PETA. Alicia Silverstone (our Jewish hook here), Ryan Gosling, and Zooey Deschanel (to name a few of the 10 irate celebrities involved) are metaphorically throwing red paint all over McDonald’s fur coat. After a recent controversy, the fast-food giant immediately severed ties with Sparboe farms, an egg supplier accused of engaging in animal… More ▸