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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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A Bruno Mars Catfish Seduced a Texas Woman Over Instagram and Scammed Her Out of $100k

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A Bruno Mars Catfish Seduced a Texas Woman Over Instagram and Scammed Her Out of $100k

When certain fans say that they’d do anything for their favorite celebrity, we usually assume they mean, in a manner of speaking. But in the case of one Bruno Mars fan, that sentiment couldn’t be more serious.

Recently, a 63-year-old Texas woman was swindled out of $100,000 by a catfish pretending to be Bruno Mars.

Yeah, folks. We’re serious. According to Houston authorities, an unnamed Texas woman sent multiple checks to her online lover–whom she believed to be Grammy-award-winning, multi-platinum artist, Bruno Mars.

According to legal documents, the woman created an Instagram page in 2018 in order to find “companionship”. She was soon thereafter contacted by another Instagram user who claimed to be Bruno Mars. The fraudster sent the woman what she believed was ample evidence–multiple texts and photos that “proved” he was on tour.

According to the Texas woman, she believed that her and Mars had “fallen in love” and developed a “meaningful relationship.” According to court documents, the Mars impersonator even promised to quit his 24k tour in order to be with her.

Once Catfish Bruno gained the woman’s trust, he asked her for $100,000 for “tour expenses.” And the woman complied.

First, the Bruno Mars imposter asked her for a $10,000 check via mail. When the woman sent that, the Mars imposter asked for an additional $90,000. The woman wrote that check as well.

The checks were sent to different accounts owned by two men: a man named Chinwendu Azuonwu and his accomplice, Basil Amadi.

It seems that at some point, the woman became aware that she was being scammed and then contacted the authorities. It was then that the police traced the bank accounts back to Azuonwu and Amadi. The men were then arrested and charged with multiple accounts of money laundering.

After the news broke about the Bruno Mars catfish, naturally, the internet had a few questions.

We get that this woman was lonely and in want of companionship, but there’s a line between desperation and delusion.

Many people were caught between pity and disbelief.

We understand that older people aren’t as tech-savvy, but some common sense would’ve told you that a multimillionaire doesn’t need money from a random lady in Texas.

Some people were calling for a deep-dive documentary, MTV “Catfish” style.

Ok, we’d 100% watch this. We want to know how faux-Bruno wooed her, how she convinced herself a rich celebrity needed money, and how she finally became savvy to the scam.

Another question being asked: who has a cool $100k just sitting around?

And how did the scam artists know to target someone so rich?! We hope she the police were able to recover the money, otherwise this woman is going to have a tough retirement.

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Hundreds Of Street Rats Were Taken In By A Peruvian Man Who Trained Them To Do Tricks

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Hundreds Of Street Rats Were Taken In By A Peruvian Man Who Trained Them To Do Tricks

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Rats are such interesting creatures. They’re usually associated with dirt and disease, but they’re also some of the most popular animals on the internet.

Those who have been around rats for longer than a few seconds (hey, that’s how long it usually takes us before we run screaming!) know that they’re highly intelligent creatures.

And no one knows this fact better than Miguel Angel Silva, affectionately known as the “Rat Man of Peru“.

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Yo haciendo malabares con mi ex 😂😂😂😂

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Recently, a TikTok went viral showing a man on the streets of Lima playing with a group of rats on the sidewalk. The video begins with what can only be described as a rat-version of Cirque du Soleil.

The man holds his finger out like a trapeze before one of his rat friends jumps onto his finger and flips around on it like a trapeze artist.

The video continues with the man crouched on the ground, his rats in an orderly line in front of him.

It’s immediately evident that these aren’t your ordinary rats–they’re super obedient. Trained, even.

To make things even more entertaining, the TikTok poster captioned the video with: “Yo haciendo malabares con mi ex.” (“Me playing games with my ex.”)

While the TikToker doesn’t identify the man, he is very-well known to locals. His name is Miguel Angel Silva, otherwise known as “Ratman”.

Silva has been covered extensively by different media channels for his abnormal lifestyle. Not only does he perform tricks with his rats on the street, but he also lives with them–around 100 of them, to be exact.

Silva, who is also a drummer in local rock bands, spends almost all of his time with the rats–he often has one on his shoulder as a travel companion. Camera crew have followed him as he goes about his normal day, running errands, playing music–all with a rat on his shoulder. They even eat from the same plates as him.

In various interviews, Silva has revealed that his love for rats started as a child, when he saved a rat from being killed from his friend. The rat ended up living in his roof for a while before he permanently befriended it. It was then that Ratman was born.

Silva says he loves rats because they are misunderstood creatures, shunned and abused by the public.

He acknowledges that many people judge him harshly for his lifestyle, thinking he is dirty and his home is unsanitary. But Silva says he keeps his rats clean, washing them everyday and making sure they’re never infected with dangerous parasites.

We’re glad Silva is following his dreams regardless of what people think. Hopefully, we’ll see him on the streets of Peru one day.

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