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21 Animals You Should Be Following on Instagram (Beyond Cute Cats & Dogs)

What do you do when you are having a difficult day at work, just had a fight with mami, or are mad at one of your besties? For me, the answer is always “look through adorable photos of cute animals on Instagram.” Isn’t that pretty much the solution to all of life’s problems? Cuteness overload is never a bad thing, and Insta-famous animals are one of the best ways I’ve found to de-stress these days.

When it comes to sweet animals you should be following on Instagram, you probably already know about some of the more famous cats and dogs around — which is why this list presents you with a different option. Instead of the usual Grumpy Cat photos, feast your eyes on the absolute best piggies, squirrels, foxes, bunnies, and so many more other non-ordinary pets. These 21 animals that you should be following on Instagram are definitely going to brighten up your day, your week, and possibly your entire year.

1. @hamlet_the_piggy

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This little piggy is enjoying the high live in Nashville, though she’s originally from Los Angeles. She’s a therapy pig but also provides joy on the internet to her over 334k fans.

2. @juniperfoxx

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This is, in fact, the happiest fox. And that’s pretty lucky for us, her 2.3 million followers, because the adorable photos just won’t quit.

3. @pumpkintheraccoon

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Who says raccoons aren’t adorable? This one is simply the cutest and 1.5 million fans agree! And, seriously, we’re just loving that this raccoon knows a good coconut when it sees one.

4. @realdiddykong

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There’s no monkeying around when you have a million followers, as Diddy and Yeti Kong will teach you. These two besties from Miami sure give a whole new meaning to the term BFF.

5. @teddytheshetland

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Ted the shetland pony is a heartbreaker by nature, which is why you can often see him hanging out with multiple chicks. He’s also absolutely adorable and beloved by his 99.1k fans.

6. @goats_gone_grazing_acres

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If you love goats (and, like, why wouldn’t you?), then this is the account to follow. This small Kentucky farm features their love of goats with absolutely AH-mazing photos to their 33.5k followers, each with their own personality and outfit preferences.

7. @lionelthehog

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This one-some is now a duo, with Lionel and Lily the hedgehogs showing off their cuteness for the world (and their 135k fans) to see. As they say themselves, they’re spike… but then they’re sweet. 

8. @chinnybuddy

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Mr. Bagel the Chinchilla is Insta-famous for a good reason: He’s absolutely adorable and a very proper gentleman. At least that’s what his 108k followers think. He’s also a big proponent of NO FUR! (Duh)

9. @wally_and_molly

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The world of these sweet bunnies if filled with beauty and wander, though sadly Wally is now RIP. But you can still see plenty of cuteness with Molly, Otis (pictured here), and Suki, just like their 317k fans enjoy.

10. @this_girl_is_a_squirrel

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Jill the Squirrel enjoys hanging out in her cat tree, and pretty much everywhere else around the house. She’s a proud vegetarian and Starbucks napkin-eater, which delights her 576k followers every single day.

11. @jackthecockatiel

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There’s two basic things you should know about Jack: He loves sunflowers and he is from Brazil. He’s also a pretty big fan popcorn, as you can see here, but you can usually find him surrounded by flowers in photos just for his 50.2k fans.

12. @macguyverlizard

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MacGyver looks like your ordinary lizard, but he’s actually extraordinary thanks to his size. He’s dog-sized! That’s right, this guy is basically your cold-blooded dog and one that his 184k followers adore. I think it’s that friendly tongue, personally.

13. @ludwik_guinea_pig

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Ludwik is an Instagram celebrity with an incredible back story that will make you weep tears and remember to “adopt, don’t shop!” forever. He went from abandoned pet to Insta-famous in less than a year thanks to his 246k adoring fans. You go, Ludwik!

14. @exempelthebunny

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This cutie patootie bunny from Sweden is 7 years old and, as it says on his Instagram, seems to be 80% koala and 20% rabbit. But that’s just his cuteness! His 188k followers would agree, though, since his photos are downright dripping with cuteness overload pretty much 24/7.

15. @raw1112

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Chipmunks are basically the best, especially when you see this cutie eating tiny fruit. And yes, you’ll see that often and you’ll be just as delighted as her 24.2k followers currently are.

16. @jamonthepig

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Another Brazilian Instagram celebrity in the house! Jamon the pig is a big World Cup fan and, of course, cheering for Brazil in the game. If that’s not enough to get you interested in sports, I don’t know what is.

17. @jackthewallaby

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This guy, from Nashville, Tennessee, is a wallaby and he wants you to know that it is definitely NOT the same thing as a kangaroo. However, just like a kangaroo, he loves to hop. And his 29k followers love to watch him do it!

18. @penny_thegoat

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Penny is one friendly, fun-loving goat and she’s not afraid to show it off. It’s a pretty epic life for her and her 67.3k followers. I mean, if a goat can go to the beach, then there’s nothing else she can’t do.

19. @bikke_the_chip

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Bikke and Tod are two adorable chipmunks living the good life in Japan, and I seriously love them. I mean, a chipmunk who dresses up, eats cute fruit, and can’t get enough of her cat tree? That’s what their 119k fans are here for.

20. @estherthewonderpig

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This awesome pig is not only an Instagram star with 457k fans but she’s also a New York Times best-selling author. And, guess what, she’s got another book coming out soon! Time to follow this lovely lady.

21. @thenotortoisebig

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Henry, also known as The Notortoise B.I.G., is an 18-year-old sulcata tortoise living in New York City and enjoying life… Smelling the flowers and whatnot, as all tortoises do (right?). This 19.3k fans love following his life and times in the city.

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The Vatican Promises To Get To The Bottom Of The Pope’s Instagram ‘Like’ Of A Lingerie Model

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The Vatican Promises To Get To The Bottom Of The Pope’s Instagram ‘Like’ Of A Lingerie Model

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This might not be one that they’ll be able to simply blame on the intern. It turns out that last week, the Pope’s official Instagram account ended up giving a ‘like’ to a scantily clad Brazilian lingerie model.

Instead of letting the story die off as these types of stories usually do, the Vatican has made a mountain out of a molehill and keeps pushing the ‘scandal’ further into the spotlight.

The Vatican now now started an investiagation into the matter, vowing to get to the bottom of the ‘papal like.’ They’re also allegedly working with Instagram to find out how such an incident could happen – because according to the Vatican it definitely wasn’t the work of anyone inside the Holy See.

The Vatican vows to investigate how the Pope’s Instagram account ended up ‘liking’ a lingerie models photos.

THe Vatican announced this week that they’re launching in actual investigation into the the curious case of Pope Francis’ official Instagram account giving a ‘like’ to a photo of a Brazilian model in a schoolgirl’s uniform.

A spokesperson for the Vatican, who denied that the ‘like’ came from within the Vatican, told NBC News on Friday that it was seeking answers from the popular social media app.

“We are studying what happened with the help of the competent office at Instagram,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican Press office.

Vatican officials admit that a team of communications specialists run the pope’s social media accounts, but the Vatican denies that the ‘like’ came from one of it’s own. Their theory is that the ‘like’ is the doings of an outside source.

It all started when it appear Pope Francis’ Instagram account like a photo of a lingerie model in a school girl’s uniform.

Pope Francis is one of the world’s most popular world-leaders across social media. He has more than 7.4 million followers on Instagram and 18.8 million on Twitter. However, he follows exactly zero accounts in return. But the Vatican insists he isn’t handling his own social media accounts.

Nevertheless, a photo posted by Brazilian model Natalia Garibotto to her Instagram on October 6, received a ‘holy like’ from Pope Francis’ Instagram. And it wasn’t just any photo. In the photo, the lingerie model is wearing a revealing school girl-inspired outfit and high white stockings with suspenders.

It was unclear when the pope’s official account gave the model his blessing, but the “like” was visible on Nov. 13 before being unliked the following day, the Catholic News Agency reported.

However, it’s worth noting that the pope rarely administers his own social media accounts. “The pope is not like Donald Trump, he’s not sitting around using his phone or computer to tweet all day long,” said Robert Mickens, the Rome-based editor of the English-language edition of the Catholic daily newspaper La Croix.

“He does, for example, approve the tweets – but not the likes – and on very rare occasions he has said he would like to tweet something because of a developing situation or emergency. So he would have nothing to do with this – it’s the communications department, and how this happens … who knows.”

Meanwhile, the model who received the papal like, joked “At least I’m going to heaven.”

Natalia Garibotto, the model in question, has 2.4 million followers on Instagram and took the papal endorsement with pride. She even joked on Twitter that “At least I’m going to heaven.”

According to Garibotto’s website, subscribers have “exclusive” access to “sexy content, follow back on socials… signed Polaroid’s” and the opportunity to speak to her directly.

Garibotto – who is also a streamer on the gaming website Twitch – told one Instagram follower she was “excited” about the “like” as she is religious. Meanwhile, her management company, COY Co., has also been playing up the controversy, wasting no time in seizing the opportunity to promote the model on social media.

“COY Co. has received the POPE’S OFFICIAL BLESSING,” the company said on Instagram last week.

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Uplifting News: Mexican Man Used His Home to Shelter 300 Dogs From Hurricane Delta

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Uplifting News: Mexican Man Used His Home to Shelter 300 Dogs From Hurricane Delta

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In some uplifting news, a Mexican man has gone viral for housing stray dogs in need of shelter before Hurricane Delta hit the Yucatan peninsula in early October. Ricardo Pimentel of Cancun, Mexico, wrote on Facebook that he had boarded up his home’s windows and was currently housing 300 rescue dogs before the storm hit.

As background, Hurricane Delta touched down in Cozumel and Cancun and was reported to have winds up to 110 mph. The storm caused power outages, fallen trees, and the destruction of buildings and businesses. Luckily, Pimentel decided to get creative when it came to protecting his helpless four-legged friends from the ravages of the outdoors.

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Pimentel already owns an animal sanctuary called Tierra de Animales, but he decided to open up his home to the homeless dogs. Naturally, he need all the help he could get to take care of the canine creatures. He took to his Facebook page to ask for donations.

“If I lived alone or nothing else with about 10 or 20 dogs, I would not worry much,” wrote Pimentel on his Facebook page. “But here are hundreds of animals and we can not afford to not have enough food stored.” According to Pimentel, he was worried about there being food shortages at the grocery stores in the aftermath of the unpredictable storm.

The post was accompanied by a a jaw-dropping photo of Pimentel surrounded by a sea of dogs packed into his home. The call-to-action quickly took off and Pimentel was soon receiving thousands of dollars in donations.

At first, Pimentel was distracted by the storm and wasn’t initially aware of how deeply he touched people. When he finally saw how people had rallied to support him and his sanctuary, he was humbled.

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“Your support at this time has been invaluable, we deeply appreciate all your messages, calls, and shows of affection,” he wrote on Facebook. “Thank you on behalf of all the animals in the sanctuary!”

According to Pimentel, many of the dogs he’s rescued on his sanctuary have been saved from dog-fighting rings and abusive homes where they’ve been badly beaten. He founded Tierra de Animales around 20 years ago as a place where dogs and other animals (including cats, bunnies, and sheep) can be safe and live a good life.

He says that his animals have been adopted by homes in Mexico, Canada and the United States. He hopes that the attention that the rescue dogs got from his viral post will encourage people to adopt them.

“We would like to think that thanks to all this attention, somebody would like to be part of the story and say: ‘I adopted a dog saved from that famous Hurricane Delta,” he told The Associated Press.

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