by Brandy D. Anderson
Hardly anyone can resist cooing over adorable animals, even if you’re not quite a “pet person” yourself. I’ve seen even the toughest macho men flutter and grin whenever an adorable puppy or kitten comes near them. When you can’t be with the cuties in real life, looking at Facebook videos and pictures can be the next best thing. Here are the four best animal pages on FB:
About: “Enjoying the fun, laughter, happiness and sorrow animals can enrich our lives with. We welcome all responses… but please be respectful of others. We all take away different things from pictures, so everyone is entitled to an opinion. I’m an animal lover like the rest of you and try to select pictures of interest. “
This page is adorable and the admin usually posts numerous photos a day. The thing I really like about this particular site is the diversity in the pics shared. There’s a lovely mixture of cute, poignant, sweet, bittersweet, and downright hilarious photos. Some are memes, some are personal pictures, and some are just funny little snapshots, but all of them capture what it means to love animals. This morning’s post features a quirky cat laying on his side, with his feet at the bottom of the stairs (so he looks as if he’s walking sideways); the caption: “I reject your reality and substitute meown”. Another photo is an intimate shot of a cheetah with the words: “If they breathe they live, If they live they feel. If they feel they love, If they love they are aware. If they are aware they have a soul. – Anthony Douglas Williams”. There’s also quirky pictures of happy cats standing on ceiling fans (how?) and being wrapped like a burrito inside of an accordion window shade (while it’s still on the wall), dogs napping together, and a horse looking at a human with a tarp thrown over him, bearing the words: “This is my stupid human. There are many like it, but this one is mine”. The page also welcomes fan posts and pictures.
About: “Join us if you love animals ♥”
Outside of the official Animal Planet page, this is probably the most popular animal page in all of Facebookdom, and for good reason, too. Here, you’ll find many nifty pet ideas, photos of animals, and touching stories of our furry friends. While it’s not updated terribly often (usually only a few times a month), the page has been around for a long time so there’s plenty of content here to look through. The most recent post came last week, and it’s a link to a quick video tutorial on how to make a neat bottle/wood/metal bar toy for your dog (cats would love it, too). There are also adorable photos of mother giraffes with their babies, marble foxes, a “very tiny, fluffy baby bunny”, and a little kitten wearing a cute and fuzzy little cap. There are videos of dogs going happy-crazy whilst playing with their human counterparts. There’s another photo of a fluffy dog laying on his back while he allows fourteen tiny little baby chicks to crawl all over him. There are baby donkeys, baby birds, baby kittens, and a particularly cute picture of a police officer playing with a German Shepard K-9 pup. Perhaps the sweetest photo, though, is of two horses in a barn with the top door open, and both of them have their necks stretched out to reach one another, their noses nuzzling together.
About: “Welcome to the Official Animal Planet Facebook Page. Check out some of our favorite animal stories and leave yours in the comments!”
The Animal Planet Facebook page is updated constantly, a whopping 10 times a day on average. While some of these updates are promotional posts trying to coax you all into watching one of their shows, a lot of the posts are awesome photos of animals and wildlife, and they also post some really cool educational links as well. Yesterday, they posted a cool little blurb for CatConLA: “It’s like Comic Con…but for cats!” One of the most humorous recent posts bears the headline: “Coyote Spotted in New York City; Residents on Edge”. The title is chuckle inducing on its own (if you’ve ever lived in a place where coyotes run rampant, you’ll know they don’t pose much of a threat to humans…but keep your cats and small dogs inside!), but the fan comments are what really make you laugh: “Residents on edge?? Really? It’s a coyote for god sake…lol city folk”, “It’s a coyote, not a werewolf” which, of course, is followed by another reply, “It would be awesome if it was a werewolf”. Honestly, possibly the most fun thing about this page is reading through the fan comments on the posts!
About: “If you love animals and have a sense of humor then this page is for you! (:
Some memes do contain profanity.”
If cute pics of animals with equally cute captions are your thing, well this is the page for you! The most recent meme is of an adorable little fluff ball cat, front paws over face, back paws curled, as he lays sleeping on the couch with the phrase: “Wake me when it’s bedtime so I can go back to sleep”. Another pic is a street scene with just the perfect ray of light shining in the shadows and a tabby cat is sitting on the sidewalk, smack dab in the middle of the spotlight: “Found the chosen one”. There’s a cute post with two side-by-side pics, one of a golden striped cat with the big sad eyes, standing on two legs, and another of a giant tiger, striking the same two legged pose: “No matter what, a cat is a cat”. There are also links to articles, including a recent one with the most adorable photo of a calico cat nestling besides a wild cat: “Homeless Cat Sneaks Into Zoo and Becomes Friends With a Lynx” in the St. Petersburg Zoo, Russia. Along with the pics and articles, this page also shares adorable fan videos of pets, like the baby husky who’s fascinated by a finger circling a goblet of water.