An adorably studious Shiba Inu named Chiko sat upright in a chair, just like his humans, as he intensely watched videos on his human’s laptop.
Chiko has also been known to binge on Netflix until the wee hours of the morning.
RocketNews 24 (by Scott Wilson):
“We may not all look alike, but we’re still family.”
What’s better than cute animals? Cute animals doing cute things, of course!
Bangkok pet owner @yutafamily has been racking up tens of thousands of followers on Instagram posting pictures of their five chihuahuas… and adoptive cat-father.
If you like what you’ve seen here, then check out the rest of yutafamily’s Instagram. There are thousands more pictures to satisfy any amount of cute-craving.
RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):
These owners were in for a happy surprise when they discovered their dogs were their photographers in this professional studio photo shoot.
But what if our pets could photograph us? That’s the topic of a new ad from Mars Japan, who produces some of the country’s most well-known pet foods and pet care products. Enter the “Phodographer”, pups taking photos by pressing the shutter button of a specially modified camera.
RocketNews 24 (by Preston Phro):
Cat caretaker asks for cat food on Twitter, gets way more than she bargained for!
Aoshima, also known as Cat Island, is probably Japan’s most famous tiny, remote island, thanks to all the media attention it’s gotten over the years. Of course, when your island has way, way, way more cats than humans, it’s hardly a surprise the Internet would fall in love with it!
But it’s still a remote island, approximately 13.5 kilometers (around 8.4 miles) away from Nagahama Bay, without much in the way of stores. There aren’t even any vending machines! All of this can present a problem when it comes to feeding the adorable felines. So, one caretaker, seeing that they were running low on supplies, decided to turn to Twitter for help.
The way this story turns out probably won’t surprise you, but we bet it will warm your heart!
“Please send cat food to Aoshima.
We are steadily running out of food.
Aoshima Cat Protection Society
52 Aoshima, Nagahama-cho, Ozu-shi, Ehime Prefecture
In case you need our phone number, please contact us individually.”
“Please understand our current situation.
There are no stores to buy food here on Aoshima. There aren’t any vending machines either.
The people here acquire their necessities by taking a boat to the mainland.
However, it’s extremely windy in winter, and boat service is often suspended.”
“Today, I am heading to Aoshima.
Over 40 packages are to be delivered.
Thank you so very much, everyone, for sending us supplies.”
“Thank you for all the supplies.
We can’t get any more cat food in the storage area, so we put it in the waiting room.
With things the way they are now, we have enough food to last until the end of March, so please don’t send any more for now.
Thank you very much.”
“Please stop sending supplies (cat food) to Aoshima.
We got far more than we ever expected, and there’s no more storage room. We’ll be fine until April. Thank you all very much.
Wow, the cats of Aoshima are incredibly popular!”
RocketNews 24 (by Scott Wilson):
Never before have there been so many things for your cat to ignore, all under one roof.
If you’re the lucky enough to have a feline friend friend of your own, then chances are you want to make them as happy as they make you.
Which is why Amazon Japan recently opened up the “Cat Store” section of their site, to help cat owners find the perfect presents for their pets—ones that, hopefully, won’t be ignored or abandoned quite so quickly.
The “Cat Store” consists of over 26,000 of the highest-rated cat-related items out there, broken down into categories and sorted by user ratings so that you can be sure you’re buying something that your cat might *gasp!* actually use.
▼ Along with cat food, collars, toys, and litter boxes, there are “cool bed tents,” “stylish cat goods,” cat towers, “fun toys/scratching posts,” and more, so that your cat can be the most pampered on the block.
Here’s just a sample of some of the most amazing items we’ve found so far at Amazon Japan’s “Cat Store” so far:
Unfortunately if you live outside of Japan, then you’re most likely going to have to pay a bit for international shipping from Amazon Japan’s “Cat Store.”
RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):
Cats are continuing on their quest to rule the world, and this time they aim to stop traffic with their cuteness.
This stunning collection of headgear, called Neko Helmets, or “Cat Helmets”, comes in 12 different designs, all featuring an adorable set of cat ears and a variety of color combinations.
The helmets have been created by a Russian company called Nitrinos motostudio, who first unleashed their feline designs at a festival of Japanese culture in 2011. Since then, they’ve developed four custom-made styles which range from basic colour types through to more bold, printed varieties.
▼ Single-colour helmets, featuring either a gloss or matte finish, retail for US$495
▼ Dual colour styles add a second colour and lines on the helmet according to individual specifications for $550.
The tri-colour model ($590) incorporates any three colours of your choosing, which makes it a perfect way to match your helmet with your outfit.
While the designs look amazing, they also have comfort in mind by providing double ventilation and a removable 100% polyester lining. In case of an accident, the fibreglass ears detach without any structural damage to the body of the helmet, and the shape won’t generate any additional resistance at speeds of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour.
▼ Each helmet weighs 1.78 kilograms (3.9 pounds).
For the full traffic-stopping effect, the company offers a special “aerography” design, which creates complex patterns on the body of the helmet and the visor if requested.
These designs take a little longer to perfect, but with this service they’re able to create your own personal design from any picture or photograph you provide. Which means you’ll be able to protect your head while looking like your own cat or even an anime character like Hello Kitty!
All helmets are made to order within three weeks, with worldwide delivery provided via EMS delivery service.
To check out their full range, visit their website here for more details.
RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):
Riding a panda has never been more charitable.
The adorably named Blue Zoo Company, which runs the even more adorably named “Panda Taxi Company” in Fukuoka Prefecture, is celebrating 10 years of operations with a specially wrapped taxi which will be on the roads from 5 February this year.
Called the “Zoo Support Panda Jet Taxi” model, the special service aims to provide assistance to the city’s zoo, both by ferrying passengers to the site and by donating half of the car’s entire revenue to help the zoological organisation.
▼ The car features the caped, red bow tie-wearing company mascot on the roof, bonnet and doors of the car. His red cape even flows over the back of the vehicle.
The unusual charity concept stemmed from the company’s desire to celebrate their tenth anniversary by giving back to the community in some way. With their taxi service named after an animal, supporting the zoo seemed like a natural choice.
The taxi company is well-known for providing one of the best-priced services in the country, with the starting fare costing 300 yen (US$2.53), which is more than half the price a starting fare in Tokyo. Passengers don’t have to be going to the zoo to use the service so if you see the special taxi while you’re in Fukuoka City, be sure to flag it down!
RocketNews 24 (by Casey Baseel):
Turn your adorable pet into a noble warrior…who’s still adorable!
There seems to be rising demand for samurai fashion, and we’re big proponents of strapping on a set of lamellar whenever the opportunity presents itself. Now, that opportunity has come to pets with wanko kacchu, or doggy armor.
This samurai-style protective gear is offered by Kandaya, a pet supply (or “pet souvenir,” to use Kandaya’s phrasing) in the town of Kurayoshi in Tottori Prefecture.
If that purple and green color scheme looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same palette used for the Eva Unit-01 giant robot of science fiction anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. There’s also a more traditional set of doggy armor which was first introduced in April.
Aside from its 50-50 blend of cute and cool, the doggy armor is actually tied into the city’s literary background. Kurayoshi is where the grave of Satomi Tadayoshi is located. A famous samurai, Satomi is said to have been the inspiration for one of the characters in the epic novel known as the Hakkenden, or The Legend of the Eight Dogs.
Kandaya rents doggy armor out of its shop at a price of 500 yen (US$4.20) for one hour for the original pattern, or 1,000 yen for 90 minutes for the Evangelion-style suit. Granted, the odds of ninja attacking you while you’re strolling around Kurayoshi are extremely slim, but it’s good to know that should you meet with some hostile shinobi, your pet will be properly outfitted.
Kandaya / かんだや
Address: Tottori-ken, Kurayoshi-shi, Uomachi 2568-2
Open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Chinese scientists say they have decoded 13 different giant panda vocalizations.
Researchers at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in the southwestern Sichuan Province made their findings during a five-year study that involved spectrum analysis done on recordings of the endangered species, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Among their findings were that adult male pandas baa when they are trying to woo females into mating and that adult female pandas chirp when they are interested.
“Trust me. Our researchers were so confused when we began the project that they wondered if they were studying a panda, a bird, a dog, or a sheep,” said Zhang Hemin, head of the center.
The sounds made by panda cubs were also deciphered: “gee-gee” means hunger, “coo-coo” expresses satisfaction, and “wow-wow” means displeasure.
According to the researchers, pandas are solitary and thus learn much of their language from their mothers.
“If a panda mother keeps tweeting like a bird, she may be anxious about her babies. She barks loudly when a stranger comes near,” Zhang said.
Researchers at the center, which has the world’s largest panda artificial breeding program, also hope to develop a “panda translator” that uses voice-recognition technology.
“If we can understand their language, it will help us protect the animal, especially in the wild,” the researcher said.
There are currently less than 2,000 giant pandas living in the wild today, all of them in China. More than 300 are in captivity, with a majority of those kept at the center.