This Light-Up Dog Leash Is Perfect for Evening Walks With Fido

Amazon
Amazon

Nighttime strolls with your pupper or doggo just got a lot safer. The light-up Nitey Leash on Amazon ensures that you’re visible more than a quarter of a mile away, which could come in handy if you’re walking alongside a road at night, Dogster magazine notes.

Billed as “the world’s first fiber-optic illuminated dog leash,” it gets its glow from LED lights and runs on AAA batteries. Priced at $24.95 on Amazon, the leash is five feet long, water-resistant, and comes in your choice of blue, green, or pink.

Joseph Hassan, the inventor of Nitey Leash, tells Dogster that the product denotes a trend towards “the humanization of pets.”

“Pet owners look for products that treat pets as the important members of the family that they are,” Hassan says. “As part of the family, pet owners want products that have a direct impact on their own lives as well as the lives of their pets.”

Other innovations in pet tech that have been unveiled in the past year include Petrics, the "world’s first smart bed"; the self-cleaning Litter Robot; and the Pet Care Monitor, a litter box that monitors your kitty’s health.

[h/t Dogster]

Why Are There No Snakes in Ireland?

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iStock

Legend tells of St. Patrick using the power of his faith to drive all of Ireland’s snakes into the sea. It’s an impressive image, but there’s no way it could have happened.

There never were any snakes in Ireland, partly for the same reason that there are no snakes in Hawaii, Iceland, New Zealand, Greenland, or Antarctica: the Emerald Isle is, well, an island.

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Once upon a time, Ireland was connected to a larger landmass. But that time was an ice age that kept the land far too chilly for cold-blooded reptiles. As the ice age ended around 10,000 years ago, glaciers melted, pouring even more cold water into the now-impassable expanse between Ireland and its neighbors.

Other animals, like wild boars, lynx, and brown bears, managed to make it across—as did a single reptile: the common lizard. Snakes, however, missed their chance.

The country’s serpent-free reputation has, somewhat perversely, turned snake ownership into a status symbol. There have been numerous reports of large pet snakes escaping or being released. As of yet, no species has managed to take hold in the wild—a small miracle in itself.

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Intense Staring Contest Between a Squirrel and a Bald Eagle Caught on Camera

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iStock.com/StefanoVenturi

Wildlife photographers have an eye for the majestic beauty of life on planet Earth, but they also know that nature has a silly side. This picture, captured by Maine photographer Roger Stevens Jr., shows a bald eagle and a gray squirrel locked in an epic staring match.

As WMTW Portland reports, the image has been shared more than 8000 times since Stevens posted it on his Facebook page. According to the post, the photo was taken behind a Rite Aid store in Lincoln, Maine. "I couldn't have made this up!!" Stevens wrote.

Bald eagles eat small rodents like squirrels, which is likely why the creatures were so interested in one another. But the staring contest didn't end with the bird getting his meal; after the photo was snapped, the squirrel escaped down a hole in the tree to safety.

What was a life-or-death moment for the animals made for an entertaining picture. The photograph has over 400 comments, with Facebook users praising the photographer's timing and the squirrel's apparent bravery.

Funny nature photos are common enough that there's an entire contest devoted to them. Here are some of past winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

[h/t WMTW]

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