Possessing without a doubt one of THE proshest snouts ever, we present Ember The Playtypus, and thank Teresa C. for the tip!
[Note: Sqweak @ :37...Nomming Of Hoomin @ :46...Great Aussie Accent @ 1:11. -Ed]
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Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley, BC needs your vote. They want to build a nursery for Bebeh Bearz N Otterz but also more outdoor enclosures that will accommodate those bebehs as they grow. (And U nose they WILL!) So VOTE VOTE VOTE LIKE A BEBEH…um, Bear. Here are just a few of the friends they are taking care of.
Photos from Critter Care Wildlife Society : Submeesh by longtime Cuteporter KayBee.
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Got a terrif email from Cuteporter Inés M., who (I can’t believe she did this) actually took a trip to the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica.
She says, “Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. That place is simply…a cute epiphany. [Scurries to find out what the word means. -Ed] I live in Spain and I discovered it through Cute Overload! Thanks so much for letting the world know about the sanctuary.”
Post title via S & G, “59th Street Bridge Song.” Video and all photos by Inés M.
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Remember a couple days ago we told you about how an Aussie Sea Eagle swiped a camera meant for monitoring crocs? Well, here’s sort of a sequel. Photographer Chris McLennan stuck a fancy (and we hope a sturdy) Nikon onto “Car-L,” a hopped-up little buggy like the one in Toy Story, and then drove him straight over to meet some lions in Botswana.
Car-L got their attention. Car-L will need some body work.
“MINE MINE ALL MINE” FAVE FRAME!
As spotted on the mighty Digital Trends.
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Oh, it’s just Japan, going the extra cute mile again! Check out these little kitteh cell phone stands; functional felines in six assorted colors! Suuure, these cats are cute, but will they answer when you call them?
Via our favorite partner in redonk, Rocket News!
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Every time their tracking tags check in.
Vancouver Aquarium. One of those places where it must be wonderful to work, and your bosses are all short and blubbery in a good way! On Nov. 22, the Marine Mammal Rescue program released 5 rehabbed sealios named Oberon, Lagoon, Polaris, Pan and Puck. Each seal was fitted with a tracking device on its head. What’s a special occasion without cool party hats? The awesomest thing is we don’t have to say goodbye because we can follow them too! Get on over to the site and take a look at how two of them are just all over the place! Sooo cute!
When life gets you down,
You know what you gotta do?
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Swimming, swimming, …
Find out more at Zooborns.
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If this puppeh gets any cuter, he may break my computer. Milo gets all dressed up for a one on one with The Man.
SANTA FAVE FRAME!!
*Special thanks 2 Commenter Doug for the headline I
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of A is for Aging, B is for Books
for Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations
Grumpy and frumpy, witchy and weary, frail and forgetful—none of us expects to be that kind of older person, and in reality this does not often describe normal aging.
But negative stereotypes of age, such as older characters in decline and needing help from a child, are too often the norm in books for kids.
In actual fact, late life is generally a time of great satisfaction.
Teaching empathy is important, but the images of aging we show children in books are of vital significance—to them and us. Ageism is evident in pre-schoolers. Even children who admire their own grandparents speak negatively about growing old and about older people.
Research also tells us that taking in negative stereotypes shapes us and even shortens our lives. We will become what we think as we get older. We all need and deserve a positive vision of our future.
Books that share positive messages about aging benefit both kids and adults, and they more accurately represent our diverse world of young and old.
Ageism—pure and simple. Just like racism, ageism steals away recognition of our abilities, strengths and individuality.
In the words of Rosemarie Jarski, “We will all get older, so ageism is like turkeys voting for Christmas.”
We plan for a long life, so why is it so hard to recognize we stereotype older adults?
You can hardly blame us—our society surrounds us with words and images worshipping youth. But getting old is not a failure to remain young and it should be celebrated as the triumph of strength and survivorship it is.
What can we do to balance other media and add more realistic and positive images of aging to books for young people? As writers and illustrators let’s challenge ourselves to:
- Provide older role models by creating interesting, complex characters and avoiding one-dimensional stereotypes such as poor, sick and sad. And let’s remember—dementia is not a part of normal aging.
- Share the knowledge and strength older adults have acquired because of their age and experience. See My Teacher by James Ransome (Dial, 2012).
- Highlight creativity and lifelong growth. Include a wide range of abilities and interests. See It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Lee & Low, 2012).
- Normalize aging and changing by showing it is a lifelong process. See Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (Viking, 1982).
- Show satisfaction with late life—research tells us people grow happier as they age.
- Avoid the freaky and foolish in both text and images, and choose our words carefully. “Old” is not a bad word and should not be used as such in any of our writing.
- Include older characters that are working, volunteering, or making a difference in the world. Highlight the strengths often masked by an aging body. See Grandmama’s Pride by Becky Birtha, illustrated by Colin Bootman (Whitman, 2005). Show what people of all ages have in common.
- Share the positives of intergenerational relationships, including those outside the family. See Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco (Doubleday, 2009).
Let’s try visualizing who we want to be as we grow older—both words and pictures carry powerful images.
And lastly, in the interest of full disclosure—the grandmother in my latest manuscript? She knits. But that’s not all she does...
Visit Lindsey's Blog, A is for Aging, B is for Books, and like A is for Aging on facebook.
Sounds like the title of your usual Hollywood buddy cop movie. But no, remember this post from the beginning of the year? Well, the boyz are back in town. They hail from, um, JAPAN, and they’re here to take over. And they can have me. Now. (Instagram right here.)
As originally seen @ BuzzFeed.
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