I think we can all agree that going to the dentist is one of the most unpleasant experiences a human can undergo. Just thinking of the shrill whine of the dentist's drill is enough to make me cringe. Unfortunately, going to the dentist is something we all must do if we don't want to have disgusting teeth. However, there is good news: scientists have just figured out a way to grow back tooth enamel, meaning that you might never have to get another filling for those pesky cavities. Hooray!
hedgehogsneezes's hedgehog had to go through a dental exam. Yes, even adorable little hedgehogs need to see the dentist to make sure their pearly whites are all intact and okay! Thankfully, they shared with the world the absolutely most adorable reaction of their hedgehog during this process!
By now, you've surely heard about Cecil, the Zimbabwean lion illegally killed by Minnesotan dentist Walter Palmer.
It has brought outrage, protest and sadness from people like Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jimmy Kimmel.
Artist Aaron Blaise, who worked as a Disney animator on The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and more, wanted to find a way to express his feelings about the death of Cecil.
Like many people around the world, I was extremely moved by the recent tragedy surrounding the hunting and killing of the beloved lion know as Cecil... As you may be able to tell I am a HUGE animal lover an it drives me crazy when I see these beautiful creatures destroyed for no good reason. In fact, I've decided to get personally involved and hopefully our efforts can help educate people and prevent these horrible things from happening in the future.
As some of you may also know I was one of the animators on "The Lion King" – When I heard the news about Cecil I got inspired to create a tribute image. It's not much but hopefully it will make people think.
Blaise has documented much of his life as a conservationist, filling his website not only with his art, but also with pictures enjoying the animals of the world.
If you want to see how Blaise made this work of art, he compiled a video to show the process.
If you haven't heard about it by now, a dentist from Minnesota paid $50,000 to illegally kill a beloved and protected lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month.
The whole things seems to have gotten the better of the usually unflappable Jimmy Kimmel.
"It's just vomitous," he said while going on a tirade against the senseless killing of exotic trophy animals.
Kimmel actually grew emotional as he tried to understand the thought process of a big game hunter. It was a very tender moment for the often-cynical talk show host.
Adding to his credit, Kimmel wanted to bring some positive to story by circulating the web address of a conservation organization, and asked viewers to donate.
Way to make something good out of something that has caused a lot of Internet vitriol, Jimmy.
One of the "most famous lions in Africa", and an ongoing research subject of Oxford University, was hunted and killed illegally by a Minnesotan Dentist in early July and everyone is pissed.
Cecil the lion was the leader of his pride in a Zimbabwean and had been widely publicized to draw attention to the university's studies.
According to The Guardian:
On Tuesday, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said the man thought to have paid $50,000 (£32,000) for the chance to kill Cecil was not a Spaniard as originally believed, but US citizen Walter Palmer, from a small town near Minneapolis. The man left the lion skinned and headless on the outskirts of the park, the ZCTF's Johnny Rodrigues said in a statement.
The hunt took place around 6 July. "They went hunting at night with a spotlight and they spotted Cecil," Rodrigues said. "They tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park and they scented an area about half a kilometre from the park."
The 13-year-old lion was wearing a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University research project that had been running since 1999, making it possible to trace his last movements. Rodrigues said the hunters tried to destroy the collar, but failed.
Here's some Oxford University footage of Cecil in his habitat:
Palmer pictured below on the left with another lion he killed, not Cecil, has received wide spread condemnation from just about everyone.
Multiple Facebook groups have been set up to shame the hunter.
And his dentist office's Yelp account is being creatively pummeled.
The reaction spread so big it spilled over into real life, causing Palmer to shut up his office July 28.
Dental practice belonging to controversial big game hunter Walter Palmer completely locked down. All shades drawn. pic.twitter.com/opvzJp8ea9— Paul Blume (@PaulBlume_FOX9) July 28, 2015
Palmer's defense is that he simply did not know. That has done nothing to stop the creation of an online petition calling for justice, which has already been signed by almost 70,000 people.
And it hasn't stopped the swarming of protesters and reporters around Palmer's house.
The Guardian goes on to say that, with the removal of Cecil as the pride's leader, another male lion will move in to dominate the pride and likely kill Cecil's cubs.
So, not the happiest of endings.