I will unabashedly admit that I am one of those people who follow more animals on Instagram than other people. Oh, you, too? Great! We can compare lists. If you are, however, not that type of person — that’s fine. Now’s the time to start by following these adorable animals:
- Pumpkin the racoon (@pumpkintheracoon)
Remember Meeko from Pocahontas? You wished you had a pet racoon when you were growing up, don’t lie! And you still do dream of that, to a certain extent. However, due to the fact that you can’t, you can instead live vicariously through this account run by Rosie Kemp who rescued Pumpkin when she was just a month old. Pumpkin had fallen out of a tree and broke her leg, and after the Bahamas Humane Society was unable to take her in, Kemp decided to adopt her. You can catch sight of the family’s rescue dogs in the feed from time to time, as well.
2. Juniper the fox (@juniperfoxx)
Well, more of Juniper & Fig now – the half-blind latter being the latest addition after having been rescued from a fur farm. Swoon and coo all you want (I mean, they are adorable!) but the owner keeps it real by educating the account’s followers on how tough it is to keep up with a fox. “Foxes bite, require a special diet, and are prone to destructive behaviour. They’re skittish, they smell horrid, and they pee on everything,” said owner writes. “I hope that my posts can at least inform of the actuality that is living with such rambunctious title life and stop the misinformation that will ultimately lead to foxes being a novelty pet.” However, that won’t stop you from following the adorable duo, no?
3. Gupitaro the cat (@gupitaro)
Miserable, grouchy, lazy and fat. Enough about me. Let’s talk about one of Japan’s most important imports – this cat called Gupitaro. He’s miserable, grouchy, lazy and fat — which is why I relate to him so much. He represents my mood most days, and in a way, what I aspire to be if this human body wasn’t such an impediment. I honestly cannot tell you much about his background since everything is in Japanese. So, if you can read that stuff, buzz me and tell me what it’s all about. In the meantime, I’m quite content with stalking him and not reading about what’s happening.
4. Penny the goat (@penny_thegoat)
I pride myself on the fact that nobody could talk me into doing yoga. But here’s a yogi I can actually get behind. Rachel Brathen, a yoga instructor herself, adopted Penny as a baby and found this kid enthusiastically participating in every single yoga session she has had since then. It almost makes me feel bad that a goat could actually do the pigeon pose and downward dog more effectively, efficiently … okay, well, I can’t do it at all — which makes Penny so much better than I am with my limbs.
5. Ludwik the guinea pig (@ludwik_guinea_pig)
Beware, nudity ahead. LOL, JK. But Ludwik is a naked guinea pig so … Anyway, despite his nakedness, his Instagram boast the lucky thing in bowties, glasses, Christmas jumpers and sometimes, reading a book (when’s the last time you read one, human?). Initially found in a bad pet store by his owner Agata Nowacka, Ludwik had pneumonia and several other illnesses. Six months later, he seems to be living in the fast lane with two other dogs and another guinea pig. “What is funny about Ludwik is the fact that he can fall asleep even during his vet’s appointment. He could sleep all the time,” said his owner about Ludwik. Or me. I can relate.
6. Gotham, Maple & Nox, the GSDs and Belgian Malinois dogs (@shepherd_shenanigans)
If you like the friendship of dogs and the nonsense they get up to during the day, you’d love this. I have a GSD at home, but I love watching these two all the same. They’re all so handsome and they’re bound to keep you entertained with their videos. While they’re not running around being silly, you’ll find their feed inundated with sharp profile shots of these gentlemen.
Further reading: 10 Things I Learned From Being An Independent Dog Owner
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