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Enjoy These 10 Videos of Cute Animals Snoozing in Honor of World Sleep Day

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From a very sleepy pug to a tuckered out red panda, these animals recognize the importance of some quality shut-eye

Today, March 13, is World Sleep Day. Organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, it’s an annual event that’s both a celebration of sleep and “a call to action on important issues related to sleep.”

Though education about sleep disorders and problems caused by lack of sleep is very important, we’d like to focus on the first part of the event: celebrating sleep. Sleep is a very wonderful thing — and nobody sleeps better (or cuter) than animals. Especially baby animals.

So, in honor of the blissful phenomenon that is sleep, here are 10 videos of cute animals snoozing. Grab your pillows and blankets and get some inspiration.

1. A pug

Quentin falls asleep sitting up and then keeps falling over but then sitting back up because he’s just a pug and he doesn’t know any better:

2. A little baby chick

It takes a quick snooze under the chin of a cat who is also taking a snooze:

3. A Shiba Inu puppy

This very precious, very fluffy little pup barks gently during what appears to be a great dream:

4. Baby pandas

They sleep peacefully even though one rogue cub keeps crawling all over them:

5. A baby sloth

This impossibly cute little guy goes for a big ol’ yawn before nodding off into dream-land:

6. A red panda

He’s clearly had a tough day and could really use some shut-eye if you’d be kind enough to leave him alone:

7. A kitten

He’s so talented he can sleep and purr all at the same time:

8. An owl

His name is Claude and he enjoys a nice massage before saying bonne nuit and drifting off:

9. A pig

This guy knows the only reason you should ever wake up is so you can eat a delicious cookie:

10. A corgi

Everyone knows that being this cute is simply exhausting, so this corgi should enjoy an extremely well-deserved nap beneath a cozy blanket:

Happy World Sleep Day to us all.

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3 Million Whales Were Killed in the 20th Century

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Researchers call it "the largest hunt in human history"

Moby Dick got lucky.

A total of nearly three million whales were killed in the 20th century, according to a new estimate—a number driven by rapid advances in hunting technology and illegal catches by nations like the Soviet Union. And the full number of whales killed may be even higher in what researchers call “the largest hunt in human history.”

The study attempts to tally the number of whales that were killed as whaling transformed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from an enterprise carried out by men with rowboats to an industrialized effort capable of processing…

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Meet the Blind Dog Competing in the Iditarod

Mark Thiessen—AP Musher Kelly Maixner, of Big Lake, Alaska, and an auction winner who rode in his sled, during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 7, 2015.

Her handlers say the pup is a cheerleader for the whole team

A musher from North Dakota, Kelly Maixner, is banking on a blind dog to help finish in the top 10 at the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in western Alaska, the Associated Press reports via KTUU-TV.

Five years old and weighing 50 pounds, the Alaskan husky named Laura has a cornea disease called pannus, which a veterinarian diagnosed two years ago when the dog’s eyes started to look cloudy, according to the Anchorage news station.

“Sometimes I have to throw snacks on the ground extra hard so she can hear where it falls,” Maixner told the news channel.

 

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This Is What It Looks Like When 152 Black Cats Audition for a Movie

“As far as anyone could remember,” LIFE wrote, “it was the biggest invitation to bad luck ever seen in one place.”

When it comes to four-legged thespians, canines have generally achieved a greater level of fame than their feline rivals. We fondly remember Lassie, Benji and Toto, but cats seem to face a steeper path to Hollywood stardom. Blame it on the lack of good roles.

One role, however—the title character in Edgar Allen Poe’s 1843 short story The Black Cat—offered theatrically inclined kitties a chance to break through. In the story, the cat’s owner plasters him into a wall, along with his murdered wife. Eventually, the animal’s mewing from beyond the grave leads investigators to the woman’s body. The film adaptation, which would appear in the 1962 horror compilation Tales of Terror, adjusted the storyline by weaving in elements of another Poe tale.

Exactly 152 cats showed up for the audition, all of them “considerably less nervous than their owners.” Several were disqualified thanks to white paws or noses, but even for those left in the running, the day left dreams largely dashed. The lead role, it turned out, had already been filled by “a well-known professional cat.” Seven lucky extras, selected on account of having the meanest looking faces, were chosen as understudies.

Their owners, whose ambitions for their pets might just have exceeded those of the pets themselves, couldn’t help but let superstition get the best of them. Although they acted naturally around their own cats, “many took pains not to let any strange black cats cross their paths.”

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.

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What’s This? Just a Poodle Walking Like a Human and Wearing Human Clothes

Its owner spent two months training the dog to do that, and it can allegedly walk up to a mile.

A poodle wearing human clothes and walking on its hind legs has raised eyebrows in China’s Sichuan province.

CCTV footage captures the one-year-old dog, dressed like a school girl—backpack and all—walking down a road in what looks like a park. NBC reports that its owner spent two months training the dog to do that, and it can allegedly walk up to a mile.

The sight even confused other canines, for at one point in the video, a small dog tries to sniff it, but a man takes the poodle by the paw and drags it away.

Is it Friday yet?

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The World’s Oldest Cat Is Clearly Living Her Best Life

Sharron Voorhees Tiffany Two, the oldest living cat in the world, at home in San Diego, California.

Owner Sharron Voorhees tells TIME that devotion is the secret to 27-year-old Tiffany Two's longevity

On March 13, Tiffany Two, the world’s oldest living cat, will turn 27 years old — the equivalent of 125 human years, according to Guinness World Records.

The orange-and-black tortoiseshell spends her days sleeping in the middle of the staircase at her home in San Diego, Calif., where she lives with two other cats, 9 and 10 years old respectively.

On the eve of Tiffany Two’s birthday, owner Sharron Voorhees, 73, reminisces about the day in 1988 when she saw the cat at a pet shop that was going out of business. It was the same breed as her old cat Tiffany, which died of cancer in the early 70s. She drove home, but couldn’t stop thinking about it, so she went back to the pet store and bought the cat.

“I’ve always said that was the best $10 I ever spent,” she tells TIME.

She adds that while the 27 year old is “very docile” nowadays, she has a feisty side. When asked if Tiffany Two has always gotten along with other cats, Voorhees said:

She had sex appeal, man, I tell ya. The boys liked her, even if she was fixed. Once there was a kitten across the street, and he was just smitten with her. She was 13. He would race across the street to see her when they let him out. Man, it was a real Harold and Maude sort of thing.

Voorhees will be throwing a birthday party for Tiffany Two on Saturday, serving up cupcakes with little fish decorations on top, goldfish crackers, liver mousse, plus champagne for the human guests.

She claims the cat, which barely weighs six pounds, is in good health: “We take our blood pressure medications every day together. She’s probably in better shape than I am.”

But why has this cat lived so long? “Oh gosh, I don’t know,” Voorhees says. “She has just been so devoted to me. She would drool when I would stroke her. Sometimes I think she just doesn’t want to leave me.”

Sharron VoorheesSharron Voorhees, 73, holds her cat Tiffany Two, the oldest living cat in the world
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Meet Smiley: The Adorable Therapy Dog Born Without Eyes

He lives up to his name

For the first two years of his life, Smiley the golden retriever had it pretty rough. Born without eyes, the dog was born and raised in a puppy mill.

Until Joanne George saved him from a dire fate. According to her blog post on Training the K9 Way, she adopted the pup and trained him to be a therapy dog.

At first, things were tough. “He was nervous and had many anxieties about coming into a home,” George wrote on her blog. ” He cowered at the sound of another dog eating — the scars on his face and ears told me the stories of what it was like living with so many dogs in such deplorable conditions.”

But after a lot of training, he became more confident and happy.

“People were so drawn to him, so inspired by him,” George said to CBS News. “I realized this dog has to be a therapy dog — I have to share him.”

Eleven years later, Smiley has lived up to his name. Not only has he helped those in need, but he was also the ring bearer at George’s wedding.

“Dogs can come back from anything, they forget their past,” she told CBS. “We as humans, dwell on the past.”

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Weight-Loss Secrets From a Formerly Obese Dachshund

He cut out burgers and pizza and upped his cardio

Brooke Burton/The Columbus Dispatch, Eric Albrecht—AP(top) Dennis the dachshund weighing 56 pounds on June 2013. (bottom) Dennis at 12 pounds on Feb. 25, 2015

Thanks to some dogged determination, Internet celebrity and obese dachshund Dennis is the latest weight-loss success story in the animal kingdom — registering 12 pounds on the scale today, down from 56 pounds in 2013.

Now you’re probably wondering — what juice cleanse did he do? Where does he go to spin class? Which celebrity diet did he follow? The answer is none of the above, just good old-fashioned cardio like chasing squirrels in the backyard and playing fetch. Plus, he now subsists on dry dog food instead of hamburgers and pizza.

“In the beginning, you could tell he was very depressed, that he really didn’t feel good at all. He didn’t have much of a personality,” says owner Brooke Burton, 26, a nursing student, who told the Associated Press that as the six year old lost weight, he would “trip over” the folds of skin, which also got infected and required three surgeries to remedy. But now that he’s slimmer, “this bossy little demanding man popped out.’

Read next: 7 of the Cutest Chubby Pets

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Can This Giant Alligator Invading a Florida Golf Course Be Real?

Myakka Pines Golf Club says creature is genuine but some suspect the work of Photoshop

Myakka Pines Golf Club got a very scary visitor on the seventh hole green last week when an enormous alligator decided to spend some time there.

“Enormous” actually does not do this animal justice. Perhaps Jurassic is the proper adjective for a reptile this imposing.

The gator is so big that many are claiming the picture must be Photoshopped, but the country club says that the course’s newest, and most imposing, hazard is all too real.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

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This Dog Has the Best Reaction to Tasting a Lemon

He'll help get you through the day

Move over, Gene Kelly, this dog is the Internet’s new dancing star.

YouTube is filled with videos of people doling out citrus to unsuspecting babies, but no human baby can compare to this puppy taking a first lick of a lemon.

This fluff ball excitedly goes in for a taste of the fruit, but the overpowering sour flavor gives him a start that has him tap dancing across the kitchen floor. Of course, being a golden retriever, the pup can’t help but go back for a second taste, yet somehow expects a different result, which just makes it all the more hilarious.

Don’t try this at home, though, as it should be noted that the ASPCA says that lemons can be toxic to dogs.

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