cute animals

2015: The year Japan fell in love with the hamster 【Photos】

We take a look back at some of the cute hamsters who stole our hearts this year in this adorable photo collection.

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Would you share your ice cream with this Shiba Inu?

The internet just can’t get enough of Shiba Inu lately, and it’s not hard to see why. I mean, just look at that face!

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“I was reaching for a towel when…” — Cat’s attempt at camouflage fails adorably

Is that a cat pretending to be a towel, or a towel pretending to be a cat?

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Hamster hides in glass bottle during earthquake in Japan 【Photos】

We’ve been taught to shelter under tables when there’s an earthquake, but this little hamster in Japan chose to hide in a glass bottle instead.

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Adorable parrot uses magazine scraps to enhance tail feathers, be the squawk of the town 【Video】

Being a parrot is tough. You can easily get stuck in things, and you might find that repeating what the humans tell you can get you in a lot of trouble. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is against you.

But all that hasn’t stopped one parrot from doing everything she can to look her best. This little bird loves carefully tearing small pieces out of magazines and then stuffing them into her tail feathers, making her look like the fanciest parrot on the block.

Her Japanese owner managed to catch her doing it on camera, and you’ve got to see it to believe it!

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This cute kitty knows just how to work those selfie angles!

Selfies are a controversial topic these days with some groups arguing they’re evidence of this generation’s descent into self-absorbed vanity, and others saying they’re an expression of one’s self-identity. But whether you care about “selfie culture” or not, you’ll want to at least give this one a glance.

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Brighten your day with these 12 adorable photos of Shiba Inu being unintentionally cute 【Pics】

Shiba Inu are a breed of dog popular not just in their native country of Japan, but all over the world. Perhaps it’s due to the fame of the internet’s favourite doggie, Doge, or perhaps it’s just because they’re so darn smiley and adorable, but people just can’t get enough of them.

One Japanese site picked out their favourite photos of Shiba Inu living overseas, so join us after the break for a huge dose of Shibe cuteness.

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Yawning snake is surprisingly cute, hanging on your every word 【Video】

If you happen to be Indiana Jones or your oldest memory involves waking up in a giant garden paradise, there’s a good chance you find snakes quite repugnant. But even if you’d sooner take a kick to the groin than so much as look at a snake, we have a feeling you’ll find the squirmy little guy in this video quite adorable.

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These cute character matches will really “catch on” and “start a fire” in your heart

Most people reach for a lighter when they need to start a fire. It’s rare to see someone pull out a box of good old-fashioned matches, though collecting matchboxes and matchbooks was once a hobby for some! Nowadays, though, the opportunities to use a match and get that satisfaction of striking it against the side of a box are few and far between.

However, these incredibly cute match head character may just be enough to change trends! We definitely hope this is something that catches on.
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Maru the cat attempts to use a hammock, fails adorably 【Videos】

Summer is over. For many that means back to school, back to nighttime coming more quickly, and back to bundling up from the cold instead of basking in the sunlight.

But if you want to hold on to that last little bit of summer, then check out the latest video put out by the famous Japanese cat duo Maru and his adopted little sister Hana. The two of them hang out on their new hammock, catch some rays, listen to cicadas… and end up using the hammock not quite how it was intended.

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Adorable ferrets sleep only when together, on top of their special blanket 【Pics】

Here at RocketNews24, cute cats and Shiba Inu get a great deal of love, but what about the underrepresented ferret? It can give the others a run for their money with its cuteness, and its long body is like a big furry hotdog that you just want to squeeze.

One Japanese Twitter user recently posted a photo of his pet ferrets doing something both adorable and hilarious. All of them insist on sleeping together on top of a special blanket, so no matter where the owner puts the blanket, the sleeping mass of adorable ferrets follow. Be prepared to squeal with cuteness after the jump!

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Shiba Inu stuck in a bush is so cute you’ll soil yourself!【Photos】

Here at RocketNews24, adorable and fluffy Shiba Inu are kind of our thing. So when this little guy cropped up on Twitter, we just had to share. After all it’s not every day that dogs grow from shrubberies!

Japanese Twitter user @Yamamochi223 stumbled upon this cute hedge-dog and posted the pictures on Twitter, planting the seeds of a new internet star. Will it blossom into an international scent-sation? Read on to find out!

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Pet therapy: Japanese netizens show off their cute pets and leave us smiling all day

The Internet is a weird place, isn’t it? On one hand, you can find numerous trolls being absolute jerks for no reason, and on the other hand, you can find great people making everyone’s day just a little better. Today, we have an excellent example of people making others’ lives a little bit better – with cute animals!

After one 2channel user started a thread asking to see others’ pets as he was feeling “hurt,” cute animal photos soon flooded in. We’re not sure why this guy wasn’t feeling that great, but we have a feeling that all these animal photos probably went a long way to helping him get through the day. So, if you’re having a rough day, we hope these adorable faces will help you too!

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Not so black and white: This extremely rare brown panda is still as cute as can be!

No, you’re not going crazy, and no, that’s not a trick of the light or Photoshop wizardry. That really is a brown panda you see before your eyes.

You’ve probably never heard of or seen a brown panda before, but surprisingly this one is not the first that’s been discovered. Meet Qi Zai, one of only five brown pandas ever found, and currently the only one on the planet!

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Who needs diamonds? These animal cling rings are the cutest you’ll ever see

Artist and accessory-maker Jiro Miura sculpts animal figures, earrings, and more, but what we’re particularly crazy about is these adorable, lifelike animal rings that cling to your finger with their little tails, legs and paws. There are so many animals to choose from, from hedgehogs to fennec foxes, and since each ring is custom made, even if you can’t find your favorite animal Jiro is sure to be able to make it.

Take a look at more of these super cute cling rings below!

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If anyone understands your short people problems, it’s this bunny

I always hear of these so-called “short people problems“. Things like never being able to reach the top shelf; having to jog to keep up when walking with people who are taller; people using your head as an arm rest…

While I can’t personally sympathize, maybe this rabbit can, as he tries so hard to get a good view out the window, but just can’t quite reach.

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Teacher attempts to show hamsters’ innate abilities, hamster has other plans

When most of us think of hamsters, we imagine cute little balls of fluff running in their exercise wheels, stuffing their cheeks full of food, or burrowing in people’s sleeves. Yes, they’re adorable and make great pets, but hamsters can also be found in the wild, and are burrowers by nature.

One teacher tried to show her class how flexible hamsters can be, telling them that if a hamster goes the wrong way into a tunnel, it can easily twist its little body around and come back out. But this particular hamster just wasn’t having it that day…

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Gorgeous snow-white cat is effortlessly adorable as he keeps warm this winter【Monday Kickstart】

Happy Monday, dear RocketNews24 readers! Here in Japan it’s been an especially gloomy Monday as it’s the first day back to work after the all too short New Year’s break. But there’s nothing like taking a sneaky peek at a few cute cat pictures on your phone during the morning meeting or lecture to get you feeling a little less blue, so here you go.

This snow-white kitty is cute enough as it is, but what does he do when his owner flips the switch on the heated rug beneath him?

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We steel our hearts and sample Namikoshiken’s too-cute-to-eat, aquarium-themed wagashi sweets

Do you remember our recent article that showcased Japanese confectioner Namikoshiken’s adorable menagerie of bite-sized manjū (sweet steamed buns)? Last week, out of sheer luck and coincidence, I received a box of the Suizokukan (aquarium) variety from a family friend who went on a trip to Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, where the 87-year-old company is based. So of course, this calls for a taste test!

Read on to find out more about the wagashi treats and to view close-up photos of each lovable suizokukan resident. Was this writer able to harden her heart and mercilessly sink her teeth into these little guys? Anything for RocketNews24!

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More adorable photos from Japan’s fox village

Earlier this year we introduced our readers to Japan’s fox village, an open-range zoo home to dozens of adorable foxes so tame that they’ll walk right up to you to say hi. This year, too, Japanese sightseers have stopped by to see the foxes playing in the autumn leaves, and one Twitter user uploaded a pair of simply adorable photos that we just had to share with you.

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