Ty Inc. Creates a ‘Cecil the Lion’ Beanie Baby In Memory of the Beloved Lion Killed by a Trophy Hunter

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Ty Warner, the CEO and founder of the Beanie Baby company Ty Inc., has announced that a “Cecil the Lion” Beanie Baby has been created in memory of the beloved lion who was killed in July by an American trophy hunter. 100% of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to WildCRU in Oxford, England.

Ty has pledged 100% of profits from the original sale to WildCRU, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford in Oxford England. “Hopefully, this special Beanie Baby will raise awareness for animal conservation and give comfort to all saddened by the loss of Cecil,” said Ty Warner. …The mission of WildCRU, founded at the University of Oxford in 1986 by Prof David Macdonald, is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research. WildCRU’s work spans many species in many countries around the world. David and Dr Andrew Loveridge set up the Hwange lion study in Zimbabwe in 1999 and it is one of the longest running and most detailed lion conservation projects in Africa.

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A Teeny Tiny 3-Week Old Kitten Figures Out An Interesting Way to Drink From His Water Dish

A teeny tiny 3-week old kitten named Ben of Spot the Kitty figured out an interesting way to get a nice cool drink of water from the shiny bowl that was put out in front of him. His method was to tentatively stick his face in the bowl and lick the wet stuff off of his little pink nose.

A few months later, Ben and two of his siblings performed a synchronized head dance.

via Daily Picks and Flicks

An Amazing 3D Printed ‘Bubble Bucket’ That Blows Out 14,000 Bubbles Per Minute

Thingiverse member Scratchhax has created an amazing 3d printed “Bubble Bucket” that can blow out 14,000 bubbles per minute. 3DPrint.com made a video of the machine in action and interviewed Scratchhax, who talks about why he created it:

“The idea [for the Bubble Bucket] had two origins; the first one being that my kids and I just really enjoy having a bubble machine to play with when the weather is nice,” Scratchhax tells 3DPrint.com. “The second reason was from my Wife [who is] working with special needs children and wanting to use the idea of a bubble machine, hooked to a switch that they could control regardless of physical ability as a re-enforcer.”

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photo via Scratchhax on Thingiverse

via 3DPrint.com, Nerd Approved

Febo, An Easy to Use Wooden Engraving Tool That Lets You Draw and Paint With a Lens and the Power of the Sun

Italian artists Rosalia Galeano, Francesca Padoyan, and Paola Papetti have created the Febo, an easy to use wooden engraving tool that lets you draw and paint with a lens and the power of the sun. The Febo lens comes encased in a sturdy wooden body and focuses the sun rays onto a canvas of choice to create a one-of-a-kind design. The Febo team is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to help with the production costs of their clever tool.

Febo is much more than a regular magnifying glass, it is a proper tool designed to make your drawing experience really unique. Its wooden body is precisely calibrated in order to immediately focus the sun’s rays once you place Febo on the object of your choice. Its size makes it super comfortable to hold, making your creative projects easy and enjoyable. It was designed with the aim of turning nature into beautiful, creative and permanent works of art. Due to its simplicity you can personalize your favorite belongings in minutes!

Febo is fun for all ages and skill levels. It will last forever: ink, graphite or batteries are not required.

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images via FEBO

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