Weekend Diversion: Animals Being Dicks

"Some of them act badly because they've had a hard life, or have been mistreated...but, like people, some of them are just jerks. Stop that, Mr. Simpson." -The Simpsons

Sometimes, it's good to just take a step back and enjoy something that's easy. There's a lot in this world to think about, worry about, learn about, and fight about. So while you enjoy this weekend's song,

Fight Like The Night,
by Malcolm Middleton, I present to you the latest in time-wasting, entertaining, funny animal websites: Animals Being Dicks.

Short, animated gifs of... well, exactly what you might expect. And, as you can see, they range from the relatively harmless, beer-stealing raccoon...

...to the slightly more vicious squirrel...

...to the high-jumping dog that outsmarts the less spry...

...to the more unusual. Who knew what would happen when a ram and a dog got together:

Or when a bird decided to claim his territory at the expense of a turtle?

Unsurprisingly, many of the images there involve humans being attacked. But -- as you all know my unabashedly pro-human stance -- for the last one I'll show you, I've saved one where a feisty feline gets his well-deserved comeuppance.

So, I've wasted a good amount of time on this this weekend, and I hope you find yourselves duly amused. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here for some great science during the week!

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I discovered that site a few weeks ago, much to the chagrin of people sitting next to me in the library. Some of those are just genuine LOL material.

whoever said cats always land on their feet?

Re the ram vs dog gif: my father, born in 1908, talked about how an old "cure" for farm dogs that had harassed or injured sheep was to tie the dog to a ram and let things run their course - rather like a repeated instance of what is seen in the gif. (No, he never did it on our farm.)

Arnie can totally be a dick.

1-- He loves doggie day care. Play, play, play ALL day! So when I pick him up from vacation, hes all pissed off, so he gets into the garbage every day for about a week. If I put up the garbage, he gets into something else, and makes a mess.

2-- I go out with friends all the time, go to work at odd hours, no big deal. But when I go out on a date, he KNOWS, and hes pissed. So he leaves a little poop in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Hes a grown dog. He otherwise never gets in the garbage, and certainly never goes to the bathroom in the house. This stuff is on purpose. Just bein a dick. LOL!

Man, my wife and I laughed till we cried.

This makes me wish I'd been filming the time our dog, at full-speed on an icy road, realized he wasn't going to be able to stop in mine and tried to jump over our one-year-old daughter. Simply flattened her. Since she wasn't actually hurt, this story--and especially the remembered visual-- is therefore rendered hilarious. Would have been perfect for this.

I stole this and passed it off as my own on a local talkpage.