Japanese Cats Love Nothing More In The World Than Watching Farmer Next Door Plant His Rice

Japanese Cats Love Nothing More In The World Than Watching Farmer Next Door Plant His Rice

Just because cats don’t like to work doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy watching other people work.

You can find cat cafes all across Japan, but Yuzu no Ie, in the town of Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture, is special. That’s because, according to its owners, it’s the only cat cafe in Japan that’s right next to a rice paddy. Continue reading »

This Chinese Farmer Built A Two-Storey Space Shuttle Replica On The Roof Of His House

This Chinese Farmer Built A Two-Storey Space Shuttle Replica On The Roof Of His House

This is the space shuttle replica that a 60-something Chinese farmer built on the roof of his home in the Guangdong province. Obviously, all the neighbors are jealous. And can you blame them? Who doesn’t want a spaceship replica on top of their house? Continue reading »

Shooting For New “Bavarian And Austrian Farmer Wives” Calendar

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Six Bavarian and Austrian farmers wives have swapped their overalls for sexy sportswear for a new raunchy calendar that will be published in autumn 2017. Models Caroline, Sofia, Elena, Viktoria, Daniela and Veronika were all happy to get mucky at a farm in Apfeldorf, southern Germany, and sport gym kit for the ‘crossfit on the farm’ theme. Continue reading »

85-Year-Old Farmer Given Makeover By Grandson And Is Transformed Into Fashion Icon

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The young creative, who goes by the name XiaoYeJieXi (@小野杰西) on Weibo, dressed the octogenarian in fashionable pieces like colorful three-piece suits, felted hats, and tailored denim. XiaoYeJieXi then photographed his grandfather among a vibrant cityscape, resulting in series that looks like it’s on the pages of a glossy magazine. Continue reading »

Australian Farmer Fights Erosion With A Patchwork Of Geometric Designs

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A South Australian farmer has transformed his land into a gigantic geometric patchwork in a bid to fight soil erosion. Brian Fischer created the patterns at Ashmore White Suffolk Stud, north of Adelaide, following recent bushfires. Continue reading »

Dogs Ease Namibia’s Cheetah-farmer Conflicts

Gobabis, Namibia – Winding through the parched Namibian farmland, Bonzo, an Anatolian shepherd dog, has a singular focus: protecting his herd of goats from lurking predators. He pads along, sniffing the air and marking the scrubby landscape, just like a bodyguard ready to ward off any threat to his charges, which he considers family. “They’re not pets. They’re not allowed to be pets”, said Bonzo’s owner farmer Retha Joubert. The breed descends from ancient livestock dogs used thousands of years ago in what is now central Turkey. And they not only save sheep and goats, but have handed a lifeline to Namibia’s decimated cheetah numbers by reducing conflicts between farmers and predators. “The dogs are protecting the flock in such a way that the farmers don’t have to kill predators”, said Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) which breeds the dogs near northern city Otjiwarongo. “It’s a non-lethal predator control method so it is green, it’s happy, it’s win-win”.

The concept is simple. The dogs are placed with a flock when a few weeks old to bond with the livestock. They live permanently with the animals, loyally heading out with them every day to deter hunters, and bedding down with them at night. Marker’s centre started breeding the livestock dogs to promote cheetah-friendly farming after some 10 000 big cats – the current total worldwide population – were killed or moved off farms in the 1980s. Up to 1 000 cheetahs were being killed a year, mostly by farmers who saw them as livestock killers. But the use of dogs has slashed losses for sheep and goat farmers and led to less retaliation against the vulnerable cheetah.

Dogs Ease Namibia's Cheetah-farmer Conflicts
Anatolian Shepherd dog Bonzo (L) leads a herd of goats on Retha Joubert’s farm near near Gobabis, east of the capital Windhoek, on August 15, 2013. Five-year old Bonzo is part of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) which breeds the dogs near northern city Otjiwarongo. The dog’s behavior, harnessed in Turkey thousands of years ago, saves sheep and goats. But it has also handed a lifeline to Namibia’s decimated cheetah numbers by reducing conflicts between farmers and predators. The center started breeding the livestock dogs to promote cheetah-friendly farming after some 10,000 big cats – the current total worldwide population – were killed or moved off farms in the 1980s. (Jennifer Bruce/AFP Photo) Continue reading »

Chinese Farmer Builds Apocalypse-Proof ‘Noah’s Ark’ Pods

Chinese Farmer Builds Apocalypse-Proof 'Noah’s Ark' Pods

Liu Qiyuan, a Chinese farmer from the village of Qiantun in northern Hebei Province, located just south of Beijing, has built what he describes as “Noah’s Ark” survival pods in case of a cataclysmic event. Photos by Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images. Continue reading »

Former Chinese Farmer Builds Flying Saucer

Former Chinese Farmer Builds Flying Saucer

Local farmer Shu Mansheng sets up a propeller on the motorcycle engine of his self-designed and made flying device before the first test flight in front of his house in Dashu village, on the outskirts of Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province. (Jason Lee / Reuters) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: English Farmer Carves Enormous Harry Potter Corn Maze

Photo of the Day: English Farmer Carves Enormous Harry Potter Corn Maze

Top Pearsy’s Harry potter corn maze, which he calls “Maize Maze,” in York, England, on July 11. (Bethany Clarke / Getty Images) Zoom.