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The Unusual Love Between This Lion And His White Tiger Friend Is Amazing

Lions, tigers, and…best friends, oh my!

Cameron the lion and Zabu the white tiger first met at a roadside zoo in New England in the early 2000s. Thankfully, the pair was rescued in 2004 by Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. Now, they spend their days being BFFs at the rescue (to the delight of both staff and visitors).

The rescue saw how the two cats had bonded and knew they had to be kept together.

To make sure both the cats and the caretakers were safe, the rescue spayed Zabu and neutered Cameron.

This caused Cameron to lose his mane…but given the hot Florida weather, he probably didn’t mind.

It’s important to remember that both of them are big cats…

But it’s so fun to see them play with their favorite toys, sunbathe, groom each other, and be silly. Zabu the tiger even acts kittenish, according to Big Cat Rescue.

“While Cameron tries to sleep most of the day away (as lions do in the wild), Zabu is extremely energetic and is always pestering him to play.”

It’s easy to see why these unlikely friends love each other.

Heart = melted.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/lion-white-tiger-love/

Cats And Dogs Can Be Best Friends…And Here’s The Adorable Proof

The tale is as old as time: dogs and cats just don’t get along. While that may be the “rule,” this adorable duo is definitely the exception to it.

When Cosmo, a golden retriever puppy, and his fluffy friend Afera, a Russian blue kitten, are anywhere near each other, they tumble, pounce, and just play around. Prepare yourself for adorable overload!

Turns out, they’re definitely not alone, either.

Some friends are more gentle…

Then there are the rowdier ones.

I have a dog, but I’m seriously considering getting a kitten after seeing these cute couples!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cat-dog-friends/

She Stepped Into A Cage With A Leopard — What Happened Next Is Amazing

Interacting with big cats is something that very few people get to do.

The lucky staff at Cheetah Experience, though, get to do it on a daily basis. Cheetah Experience is a non-profit organization and a big cat center that breeds cheetahs to be released into the wild, educates the public on big cats, and raises awareness for habitat loss and species conservation.

Not only that, but they’re a great place to have completely unique (and amazing) experiences.

Usually, when a big cat is running after you, it’s not for this awesome reason.

If only everyone could do this.

If you’d like to learn more about big cat conservation, visit the non-profit’s Facebook page. If you like what they’re doing and would like to help, consider making a donation to their cause!

And if you just want to sit there in jealous silence…we’d understand.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/black-leopard-welcome/

When This Cat Hears Distress Calls, She Does The Funniest Thing

When it comes to finding the perfect birthday card for a friend, the kitschier, the better. Unless you’re this cat, that is, in which case she would prefer you keep it simple and sound-free.

When her human leaves a card featuring some talented felines meowing the familiar birthday song open on the floor, this real-life cat is having none of it. Either she thinks the poor things are stuck inside a paper prison without an escape, or she’s just jealous of their synchronized singing skills. Whichever reason, her reaction is hilarious.

“Alright, that’s enough of that.”

I think she just wants to work on a harmony with them…or, y’know, tear the card to shreds.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cat-steals-card/

You Can Make Something For Your Cat With Just A Bit Of Cardboard And Glue

If you’re a cat owner, you’re well aware of the love affair that felines have with cardboard boxes.

It can be annoying when you buy them a lovely bed, only to find them calling it a night in the box it came in, sure. But why not put all that cardboard to use and make them something they’ll love even more?

Grab some glue and get crafting!

Even if your cat was particularly attached to the box you used, that catnip is sure to help them forget all about their lost cardboard bed. Feel free to make this in any shape and size, too. The options are endless!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cat-scratcher/

While On A Hike In The Woods, They Found And Rescued Four Abandoned Kittens

It’s not uncommon to come across animals while hiking in the woods, but these two weren’t expecting to stumble upon a litter of kittens.

The Houston couple was going for their usual walk through the woods in Spring Creek Park when their normal hike turned into quite the adventure. That’s because they came across four abandoned kittens roaming around in the middle of the forest.

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Coming to the conclusion that the adorable kitties were not feral, they decided to round them up…which turned out to be easy, since they followed them right to the parking lot!

It was clear these babies weren’t feral by the way they immediately ran up to their new human friends.

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Finally, a comfy place to take a nap!

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Once they were home, the babies were treated to fresh food and water.

Just look how happy they were to be inside.

The rescuers are happy to report that all of the cats now have permanent homes!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/kittens-in-woods/

Incredible Potato Bacon Cheddar Tart Will Have You Running To The Kitchen

If you’re anything like me, then you’re constantly on the lookout for new, easy-to-follow, and inventive recipes to try. Well, look no further — just wait until you see thepicture-perfect breakfastcreation below!

In the mouth-watering tutorial, Chef Michael Smith prepares a Potato Bacon Cheddar Tart — four words delicious on their own, but when combined? Deadly in the best way possible. This visually appealing yet uncomplicateddishis ready in no time at all, and when I saw it topped off and covered with a hefty heaping of fresh cheddar cheese, I knew there was no way I couldn’t try my hand. “This is the kind of dish that at first glance seems pretty complicated,” he says. “But it’s also the kind of dish that you’ll impress yourself in your own kitchen.”

To put it simply, the tart works by filling a pan with a ring of bacon, then adding layers of potatoes and cheddar cheese, then wrapping bacon around the potato. Trust me, it’s just as delicious as it sounds.

After the tart is cooked and resting on the counter, Chef Michael cuts himself a slice. Satisfied, he says, “It’s not often that you see perfection in the kitchen, but that’s what it looks like right there.” Sounds about right.The Potato Bacon Cheddar Tart makes the perfect side (or, let’s face it, main dish) for practically any occasion. Will you be trying this recipe? Let us know in the comments.

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/potato-bacon-cheddar-tart/

This Man Collected Over $20,000 In Change. And Now He’s Giving It Away.

Coin collectors usually fall somewhere between the meticulous curator and those who grab what they find in couches before heading to a Coinstar machine. This Florida man took a different approach when he started gathering discarded change 10 years ago. Rick Snyder saved every nickel and dime he found, and now it adds up to one pretty penny. 

His diligence drums up to a whopping $21,495. And he knows exactly what he’s going to do with it.

He’s donating the entire sum to help take care of the feral cats in his neighborhood. Snyder was passionate about these cats for years.

The change weighs over 1 combined metric ton. Wow.

(via Huffington Post)

Snyder gathered the change while making his way around town to take care of the cats. He woke up at 4:00 every morning and checked car washes and vending machines for discarded coins. His original goal was $10,000, and now that he’s more than doubled it, he’s giving it all to the Gulf Shore Animal League.

The non-profit organization is run completely on volunteers and donations like Snyder’s. Organization president Cheryl Wade admits this is the largest donation they’ve received from a single person.

Watch this video to see the kittens helped by this amazing act of altruism.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/coin-cat-man/

10 Warning Signs of Colon Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore

Blood in Stools
If you find blood on, or mixed in with your stools, then this could be sign that you have bowel cancer. The blood may be dark, or bright red, and mixed with mucus. Once you see your doctor, they will send off a stool sample for a laboratory analysis called a fecal occult blood test.

Changes in Stools
If you notice that your stools are very dark in color, or even maroon, and sticky, then this could be caused by bleeding due to bowel cancer. You may experience normal bowel movements in between these stools. You may also notice your stools becoming very narrow or ribbon-like, and the stool may only be as wide in diameter as a pen.

Rectal Bleeding
According to an article published in the July 2009 issue of “BMC Medicine: “Bleeding from the rectum occurs in more than half of people with colon cancer.” The blood is usually bright red and it may be found in the toilet bowl water or on the toilet paper. The blood may come after a painful bowel movement.

Trouble Passing Stool
Changes in passing of stools is a symptom of bowel cancer. You may experience a feeling of not completely passing a stool or you may feel the urgent need to have a bowel movement, and then you realize that there is no stool to be passed.

The blood that is lost from bowel cancer can cause anemia, which is a shortage of red blood cells in the blood. The symptoms of anemia are feeling tired a lot of the time, weak, and short of breath. Your skin may also look pale.

Abdominal Pain
A certain amount of abdominal discomfort is normal experience at times. However, if you suffer from gas, cramping and bloating a lot of the time, then you could be more likely to develop bowel cancer. It is best to see your doctor about your concerns.

Weight Loss
Bowel cancer can result in weight loss even if you are eating normally. Alternatively, you may experience complete loss of appetite. According to the July 2009, “BMC Medicine” article, more than a third of people with bowel cancer experience unexplained weight loss.

Constipation that persists more than a few days also may occur in association with colon cancer. Chronic or on-going constipation may even increase your risk of developing colon cancer.

Persistent diarrhea is a symptom of bowel cancer. According to the “BMC Medicine” article, more than 1 in 5 people with colon cancer will experience diarrhea.

Nausea and Vomiting
If you are experiencing persistent nausea and vomiting for no apparent reason, then this may be a symptom of colon cancer. It is possible to experience these with or without other abdominal symptoms.

So if you suspect that something is wrong, go to see your doctor, as early detection is a key to the best possible outcome.


Early cases can begin as noncancerous polyps. These often have no symptoms but can be detected by screening. For this reason, doctors recommend screenings for those at high risk or over the age of 50.

Symptoms may vary depending on the cancer’s size and location, but often include alterations in bowel habits.

Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

Architects in Ho Chi Minh City were asked to design a university campus. The outcome is magnificent.

Here is Vietnam.

It occupies the easternmost coast of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

Image by Lu Ly/Wikimedia Commons.

Here is Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon).

Located in southern Vietnam, it’s the country’s largest city, with a population of almost 8 million people.

And here’s what Ho Chi Minh City looks like.

It’s a big city with big buildings and lots of people, which makes for many a challenge.

Photo by Tartarin2009/Flickr.

“Cities, especially in thriving countries like Vietnam, are growing at such a speed that infrastructure is unable to keep pace,” said the team at Vo Trong Nghia Architects in an interview with Dezeen Magazine. “Environmental stress is observable through frequent energy shortages, increased pollution, rising temperatures, and reduced greenery.”

When the architects were asked to design a new urban university campus in Ho Chi Minh City, they had something radically non-urban in mind.

What they produced was a verdant design grassy, leafy, nature-inspired. It’s like a city within a city, intentionally overrun by vegetation.

Welcome to the jungle, kids. All images by Vo Trong Nghia Architects/FPT University.

The firm, which specializes in green architecture, is bringing their expertise to FPT University, a private university in Ho Chi Minh City, for the second time. Their first project is currently under construction in Hanoi.

They describe their approach as a blend of culture and sustainability:

“By experimenting with light, wind and water, and by using natural and local materials, Vo Trong Nghia Architects employ a contemporary design vocabulary to explore new ways to create green architecture for the 21st century, whilst maintaining the essence of Asian architectural expression.”

Their design for the university stands out against Ho Chi Minh City’s built-up urban sprawl.

They wanted a different kind of sprawl a 242,000 square-foot site that explodes with plant life. The centerpiece is a unique building stretching over several city blocks, its staggered floors climbing higher in the corners, and framing a massive courtyard.

They don’t just use greenery to adorn the structure. Their concept actually relies on it.

Balconies and rooftops will be lined with plants, giving the building the appearance of “an undulating forested mountain growing out of the city.”

Trees will spring from the courtyard.

And gardens will be planted at every step and turn.

All of this, according to the architects, “will provide shade and improve air quality, reducing the campus’ reliance on air conditioning.” And to save water, ground level gardens will seep into circulation wells that feed plants throughout the building.

They want to give Ho Chi Minh City “a new icon for sustainability.”

Rapid urbanization has turned Ho Chi Minh City into a heat island, which is when cities grow warmer than their rural surroundings because land, plants, and forests have been replaced heat-trapping concrete, brick, steel, and asphalt.

Photo by Gareth Williams/Flickr.

Today, say the architects, only 0.25% of the Ho Chi Minh City is covered with plant life. They think that while urbanization may be inevitable, turning our cities into ovens doesn’t have to be.

So they get especially excited about designing educational facilities. To them, it’s a chance to “aid the recovery of greenery that once flourished” and “foster a new generation of thinkers.”

And if more students, like the future enrollees of FPT University’s new campus, can be exposed to and learn to truly appreciate the astonishing form and function of nature, then there is, indeed, hope for the future of our cities and our planet.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/architects-in-ho-chi-minh-city-were-asked-to-design-a-university-campus-the-outcome-is-magnificent?c=tpstream

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