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For 10 Years She Lived Uninhibited In Africa; Here Are The Photos From Her Unique Childhood

Tippi Degre had a unique childhood growing up with wild animals such as elephants, snakes, cheetahs, and zebras.

Imagine being woken up by the feral noises of the Serengeti every morning, being best friends with some of the most majestic creatures on the planet, and knowing no other world than one in which animals and humans peacefully co-exist.

It sounds like a fairy tale (or a great story to relay to grandkids), but it is exactly the type of life Tippi Degre, a young girl raised in the bush while her parents worked as wildlife photographers and filmmakers, experienced.

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It is fair to say that Tippi was gifted one extraordinary childhood. Before she was born, her French parents relocated to Namibia, Africa. There they raised their young daughter to thrive in nature and peacefully co-exist with wild animals such as zebras, elephants, cheetahs, and lions.

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Credit: BARCROFT MEDIA

Credit: BARCROFT MEDIA

Instead of playing with Barbies and makeup, the young girl spent her time foraging in the brush with Bushmen, kissing toads, and riding on the backs and trunks of elephants.

And the wonderful photos below capture only some of the magic from Tippi’s exteriordinary childhood:

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Credit: BARCROFT MEDIA

Credit: BARCROFT MEDIA

Credit: BARCROFT MEDIA

Credit: BARCROFT MEDIA

Her parents may be French, but Tippi is – in heart and spirit – African.

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Living in Paris, France, the life she now lives no doubt significantly differs from the one she once knew living raw and uninhibited in the wild. But her ten years in Africa gifted her insights she desires to share with the world, and that is exactly what she will do.

If you’re interested in seeing more from Tippi’s one of a kind childhood, she has published a book available for purchase here.

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What are your thoughts? Share in the comments section below.

(Note: The legitimacy of these animals being ‘truly wild’ or somewhat/heavily domesticated is unknown. This is not being shared as inspiration for parents to travel to a foreign location and attempt to capture exotic pictures with their young children.)


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8-Week-Old Kitten Born With Permanently Worried-Looking Eyebrows

Gary, an eight-week-old cat that was born with eyebrow markings, is becoming an internet sensation as the “Confused Kitten.” The kitten, owned by a couple in Manchester, was named after Take That star Gary Barlow, who is famous for raising his eyebrows while singing.

The owners insist that the markings are real; “When he was born there were just these two little black blotches on his forehead…We love Grumpy Cat so we thought we’d give him a run for his money,” owner Andy told the Dailymail.

For more cats with distinct markings, click here.

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Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Tiny Sweaters For Injured Penguins

How long does it take to master a craft? How about 80 years? Because 109-year-old Australian Alfred Date has been knitting since the 1930s and his latest/most famous endeavor was making mini sweaters… for endangered penguins!

Back in 2013, Victoria’s Phillip Island Penguin Foundation asked for volunteers to make sweaters for the rare “little penguins.” Alfie, who has yet to learn to say no, pitched in. Knitted penguin jumpers play an important role in saving little penguins affected by oil pollution.

Father to 7, grandparent to 20, he’s not only been an active knitter, but also a sportsman, having played golf till his 90’s.

His secret for longevity? “Waking up every morning”. See, he’s a joker, too!

More info: Phillip Island Penguin Foundation (h/t: ninemsnmashable)

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Volunteer Pilots Fly Shelter Dogs To New Homes To Save Them From Euthanasia

One of the biggest issues for animal shelters nation-wide is that some regions are overflowing with adoptable dogs while others never have enough. Wings Of Rescue, an extraordinary volunteer organization run by dedicated pilots, flies dogs from shelters overflowing with animals to those that can find them new homes. Often, the dogs they transport would have been euthanized hours later if it weren’t for these pilots.

The organization has saved over 12,000 dogs since 2009, when it was formed. Flights cost roughly $80 per dog, and you can donate to their cause on their website.

More info: wingsofrescue.org | Facebook | Twitter (h/t: mymodernmet)

Overcrowded shelters are often forced to euthanize their dogs

Pilots at ‘Wings Of Rescue’ fly these dogs to those that can find them new homes

“We either do it or the dogs die, so the choice is clear”

“Many of the dogs are immediately adopted”

The organization has saved more than 12,000 dogs’ lives

They hope to save more than 7,000 dogs this year

 

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Photographer Shoots Angry Lion Photo Moments Before It Jumped At Him To Attack

Atif Saeed, a nature photographer in Pakistan, just had a close encounter with a lion and captured it all on camera! A lion at a safari zoo park near Lahore locked eyes with the photographer, and right before the lion charged at him, he managed to capture these menacing and stunning photos.

According to Saeed, he got out of his jeep to take a few photos of the lion but the lens’ sound attracted his attention. “I was thinking – I must show the character and status of lion and this was the only way I could think of to achieve this,” Saeed told the Dailymail. The lion approached to as few as 10 feet before it jumped at the photographer and he scrambled back into his jeep.

I was sitting in front of him just near my car and the door of my car was open. I was sat on ground few feet away, so he was treating me like his prey… I was laughing at that time, but now when I think back about the incident I don’t think I would be able to do it again. It was a pretty close encounter.

More info: 500px | Facebook | Flickr (h/t: dailymail)

“I was sitting on the ground few feet away, so he was treating me like his prey”

“The story finished in few seconds as the lion aggressively jumped towards me and I just about scrambled into my car”

Little Hamster Bartenders Serving Tiny Food And Drinks

Bars are already great places to be, but I’m sure they’d be a whole lot better if the bartenders were hamsters. And that’s exactly the world that Twitter user Kawanabesatou imagines when he comes home from his job as a graveyard caretaker – he photographs his pet hamsters as they tend the tiny bars he’s built for them.

We have no idea why these hamsters spend so much time in bars, but they are surprisingly well-done given their size. There are also bookstores and even a gravestone storefront in the mix as well.

There’s an entire industry dedicated to miniscule food and drinks that can be placed in tiny models or doll houses. So if you’ve ever wanted to see a hamster eating sushi or having a beer, I guess you can cross that off your bucket list.

More info: Twitter (h/t: kotaku)

 

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28 Teeny Tiny Wild Mice

When they’re in our homes and eating our food, most consider mice to be repulsive pests. But out in their native fields and woodlands, mice are about as cute as it gets.

Because of their size (and perhaps also due to jealousy of their cuteness), there are a lot of things out to get mice, including the internet’s favorite mouse-slaying terror, the common house cat. But because of their adaptability and speed, they are still one of the most wide-spread and successful mammal species on Earth – they can be found in almost any environment and on almost every continent.

Mice certainly are cute and harmless in their natural environments, but they can be devastating pests when introduced to new environments. In parts of New Zealand and Australia, the absence of natural predators allows them to breed unchecked and devastate local crops and bird populations. Many birds were able to nest safely in the South Pacific islands until mice were introduced there by European explorers.

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How To Trap A Cat In 3 Easy Steps

The Internet is collectively performing a study on cat behavioral psychology, and all of us (and our cats) can participate! After a few users on Reddit and Imgur noticed that their cats are attracted to circles, submissions poured in of other cat owners trying these low-tech traps on their feline friends.

One possible reason some of these cats might be attracted to these circles is their need for safety. Cats love small and secure spaces, so even the suggestion or illusion of one may prove more appealing than wherever they are at the moment.

More info: guremike.jp (h/t: reddit, imgur)

Step 1: Set the trap

Step 2: Lure the ferocious beast

Step 3: Gloat over your victory

He didn’t even see it coming

Repeat:

There’s no way to escape

He didn’t even know what hit him

Now People From All Over The World Are Trying This Trap:

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Striking Photographs Of Wild Animals In Urban Locations

Posted by  Jason McGroarty

I will always remember the moment that I came into contact with a wild fox when walking a dimly lit street on the outskirts of my hometown.

Through the project Totem, I wanted to capture that heart-stopping moment when the wild breaches the barriers of the big city and reminds us that we are not as safe as we like to think, that the unexpected should be expected. I hope you guys enjoy the photos!

More info: Behance

 

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25 Animal Twins That Are Tough To Tell Apart

Two heads are better than one, and the same logic also dictates that two adorable animals are better than one. Their rarity (and cuteness) makes animal twins truly special, which is why we decided to collect a list of the cutest identical baby animals (and a few equally cute adults) we’ve ever seen.

Twins are rare in most species, but not all – twins or even triplets form the majority of births among Clawed New World monkeys, or Callitrichines. Of course, not all of the animals here are twins. Some are probably just similar members of the same species that we can’t tell apart. We don’t mind, though – they’re still adorable!

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