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

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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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This Horrifying Story Of A Woman Losing Her Hands And Legs Will Make You Think Twice About Letting Your Dog Kiss You

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This Horrifying Story Of A Woman Losing Her Hands And Legs Will Make You Think Twice About Letting Your Dog Kiss You

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We all love our puppies. There’s a reason they are called man’s best friend. They are adorable, loyal and sweet little pals who only want our affection and attention. However, giving them that much-deserved affection can sometimes backfire in a life-changing way — as it did for one Ohio woman earlier this year.

After nine days in the hospital, a woman woke up to find her hands and legs amputated and the reason behind their loss was a rare infection caused by puppy kisses.

The nightmare started after the woman returned home from a vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

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When  Marie Trainer returned from her trip, she experienced a backache and nausea that caused her to take time off of work. Soon, her temperature began fluctuating wildly — spiking and dropping sporadically. The sudden changes to her temperature and her worrisome symptoms landed her in the local emergency room on May 11.

When first admitted, Trainer was delirious and she soon fell unconscious. Doctors first suspected that the problem was some sort of tropical disease picked up from her travel to the Caribbean. However, this wasn’t the cause. It took the hospital seven days to eliminate that possibility and find the real cause of Trainer’s illness.

Trainer had contracted a rare infection from the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus.

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Doctors say bacteria was probably introduced into Trainer’s body when her German shepherd puppy, Taylor, licked an open cut somewhere on her body. As the infection took its course, the Ohio woman’s skin began quickly changing to a purplish-red color before progressing into full-blow gangrene in her extremities. She soon developed a blood clot that threatened Trainer’s life. The discoloration also spread to the tip of her nose, ears, and face.

While being hospitalized at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, Trainer was treated by Dr. Margaret Kobe, the medical director of infectious disease. Kobe shared with CNN the process of identifying and treating Trainer’s illness.

“It was difficult to identify, We’re kind of the detectives,” Kobe explained. “We went through all these diagnoses until we could narrow things down. She didn’t lose parts of her face. But her extremities is what she had to have surgery on. This is off the scale, one of the worst cases we have seen in terms of how ill people become with infections. She was close to death.”

However, Trainer’s family wanted to get a second opinion before they made the life-changing decision to amputate.

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Hoping to save Trainer’s legs and hands, her family reached out to see if they would get a less severe diagnosis. However, the damage was too extensive and had already corrupted the tissue in her extremities. Doctors confirmed the diagnosis of Capnocytophaga through the use of blood tests and cultures.

Trainer’s family then gave permission for her treatments. Trainer has now had eight surgeries and will soon be fitted for prostheses on her arms and legs. Gina Premier, Trainer’s step-daughter and a nurse at the same hospital she was treated at, spoke with CNN about the prognosis

“That was a pretty hard pill for us to all swallow,” she admitted. “To say she was fine a couple days ago on vacation and now she’s actively getting worse by the minute and now her hands and feet aren’t alive, like this doesn’t happen, it’s 2019.”

While this is a cautionary tale for all dog-owners, Trainer’s cause is a rare one.

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This news has us seriously rethinking how we show our pups affection and vice versa. According to the Center for Disease Control, the bacteria is present in as many as 74% of dogs. However, most people who come into contact with infected dogs and cats don’t get sick themselves. The bacteria poses a greater risk to people with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children. Once contracted, symptoms of the infection usually manifest in three to five days. Three in ten of those who develop a severe infection will die because of Capnocytophaga.

Though changed forever, Trainer is grateful to still be living and is ready to move on to the next chapter of her life.

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Though the bacteria was introduced via one of her dogs, Trainer has no intention of giving her pups away. In fact, she was eager to see them while she was still hospitalized. She asked doctors if her two furry friends could visit and they were happy to accommodate the request.

“They brought them here two times at the hospital so I can see them and that just put the biggest smile on my face,” Trainer told CNN.

It just goes to show that nothing can stop puppy love — not even a major bacterial infection.

She Shared Stories Of Being Fat-Shamed At The Doctor And Fear Of Wearing A Two-Piece Then, Jessica Torres Accidentally Built One Of The Biggest Body Positive Communities

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She Shared Stories Of Being Fat-Shamed At The Doctor And Fear Of Wearing A Two-Piece Then, Jessica Torres Accidentally Built One Of The Biggest Body Positive Communities

Maybe we all deserve hundreds more Jessica Torres to remind us that this world and its fashion isn’t just for las flacas. Jessica Torres is a plus-size model and body positive activist who isn’t going to be shamed for hiding her nalgas or accentuating the “right” curves. We have all the curves which means they’re all right.

Jessica Torres is keeping it real and combatting fat shaming by just straight up loving her self and her body. She’s calling out magazines every time they reshape a woman’s mind to cover their belly or show it off. She’s posting images of the “most unflattering outfit for [her] body type” to prove a point to the fashion industry. Fashion for plus-size women shouldn’t be about how to best cover and mask their bodies. It should be about fashion. If Jessica Torres isn’t the most fashionable chingona from the Bronx, we don’t know who is. I said it.

Her journey towards crop tops wasn’t out of self-love, but rather a love for fashion.

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She started her plus-size style blog to show off her outfits and inspire other plus-size women to live “fashionable fat lives,” she writes for HipLatina. Her blog was meant to be a stepping stone to get a job in fashion. 

Torres essentially became a body positive advocate by accident.

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“Any plus-size body that grows a following on social media and takes full body pictures is instantly labeled a self-acceptance warrior,” she said. She was just wearing bright colors and modeling off the clothes that inspire her, and a social media following just naturally happened.

Still, she didn’t love her body.

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But she did notice that she was holding herself back from embracing a diverse range of fashion because of her “body type.” Magazines love to dress women like they’re fruit: pear shapes, apple shapes, etc. Instead of dressing women for fashion, the clothes are meant to hide certain parts of their bodies.

Once she realized she was holding her fashion style back because of the “hate” she had for her body, she knew she needed to change.

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Like so many of us, she didn’t walk outside in a crop top and a skirt for the first time feeling confident and gleaming with body positivity. But you fake it till you make it, and now, Jessica Torres identifies as a self-acceptance advocate.

For every outfit she was afraid to wear, she had the courage to open up about it on social media.

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She started sharing stories of being fat-shamed at the doctor and saw the comment threads as a communal space of support and inspiration for other ladies living while fat. When she was afraid to wear a two-piece for the first time, she wrote about that, too, and found other women who gained the courage to do the same in solidarity.

As her following grows, she’s also experienced fat-shaming within the body-positivity community.

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Her body was always being compared to Ashley Graham’s or Iskra Lawrence. When Torres went up a single size in pants, she noticed how society still only accepts certain curves that are deemed beautiful. Meanwhile, others promote obesity. 

Torres is staying present to the hypocrisies and to her self.

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Caption: “Throwing it back to that time I was butt nekkid and wet and Kelly told me to sit on her lap.”

Being a social media influencer hasn’t made her any less real.

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Torres has partnered with Mod Cloth, Dove, and JcPenney to promote body positivity. She’s sharing her insider tips for strapless bras with the thickest, most comfy straps. She’s also still a person who tells publicists she farted. 😂

She’s not playing like her life is all together.

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While this would be very disappointing for all our mamis to read, it is deeply comforting to us all who have been traumatized by Saturday limpias. Where’s the link, Jessica?

Jessica Torres is the boss of all of us, and that’s how we like it.

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Tell me more about how I can all parts of myself, not just the ones that make me look like an hourglass. Who chose hourglasses as the epitome of sexiness anyway? All we know is that self-hate is a time thief and we’re done robbing ourselves of love, time and fashion, thanks to Jessica Torres.

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