Pampered Elephants Receive Elaborate Spa Treatments Every July in Kerala, India

Every year a group of pampered elephants at the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre receive elaborate spa treatments. The elephant yard is attached to the Guruvayurappan Hindu temple in Kerala, India.

The rejuvenation centre – which is attached to the famous Guruvayurappan Hindu temple – can host up to 59 elephants, and the tusked giants are happy to laze in the water while workers scrub them clean with brushes.The elephants play a key role in Kerala’s legendary temple processions and – with July considered a month of rejuvenation for humans and animals alike – these ellies are certainly not complaining.

Little Corgi and Wolf Puppy Meet for the First Time

When a little Corgi named Cordi met a Lorne, a lanky wolf cub for the first time through Camels and Friends in July 2014, the older dog was understandably confused and perhaps even annoyed by the high energy puppy who was rolling around on the grass in front of him. Eventually, however, Cordi warmed up to Lorne and the two of them became fast friends, running around the house together.

Lorne, a grey wolf, has been chosen to be an animal ambassador to help educate the public about his breed.

Lorne is a ten week old (in this video) high content wolfdog. He was born at a zoo in Georgia who breeds a select number of wolf cubs to be used for educational purposes and for ambassadors for their species. Lorne’s brother, Wyatt can be seen at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. Lorne is being raised with the hope of using him in educational talks to raise awareness for an often misunderstood animal. Lorne is a subspecies of the Grey (or Timber) Wolf. He was born in April (wolves are only born in the spring, unlike domesticated dogs) and until he came to me was used in meet-and-greets at the Georgia zoo.

via Boing Boing

‘Star S’Mores’, A Tasty ‘Sesame Street’ Parody of the ‘Star Wars’ Films Starring Cookie Monster

Sesame Street (see previously) has created “Star S’Mores,” a tasty parody of the Star Wars film series starring Cookie Monster. Luke Piewalker, Flan Solo, and Chewie the Cookie team up to do whatever it takes to save Princess Parfaita from the clutches of the Galactic Empire.

A long time ago in a cookies and milky way galaxy far, far away…Princess Parfaita was taken prisoner by the evil Galactic Empire and had to be saved by a group of unlikely heroes including the young Luke Piewalker, Flan Solo, and Chewie the Cookie.

Student Petitions His High School to Include a Photo of Him Holding a Cat Against a Laser Background in the Yearbook

Cat Yearbook

Schenectady High School senior Draven Rodriguez posted an online petition asking his school to include a photo of him holding a cat against a laser background in the class of 2015 yearbook. Rodriguez explained on the petition page itself that the school had not yet rejected the photo, and this move was a “pre-emptive strike.”

The petition well exceeded its initial goal of 500 signatures, likely due to national attention to the story, but the school has said that while the photo can be included in the yearbook it won’t be allowed to be Rodriguez’s senior portrait.

photo via Vincent Giordano

via CBS 6 Albany, New York Magazine