Did yesterday’s therapy dogs leave you wanting more furry love? Are you more excited to go home to your dog/cat/other beloved pet than to your friends or family? Do you still feel “too stressed” to start your Government paper? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or even if you’ve simply abandoned any pretense of getting work done, look no further.
The Internet is an incredible medium for sharing ridiculous and/or adorable animal antics. I think the first thing I ever watched on YouTube was a kitten video. Perhaps even better, though, is the live feed. Live feeds are great for extended periods of procrastination. Even if the puppies you’re watching are sleeping right now, they might wake up! That panda might come back. Also, it’s just one website, so there’s none of the shame of having forty videos in your web history during your “study break.” Contact with pets relieves stress, so probably watching animals on your computer is good for your mental health, right?
Here are some classic furry friends to get you started:
More Puppies: Shiba Inus! Such adorable.
A Whole Dog Family!
Christmas Cats: while not technically a livestream, this is around-the-clock Christmas cheer and cats
If puppies and kittens are too mainstream for you:
Reindeer: to continue the seasonally appropriate procrastination
Tamarins: I can personally attest that these guys are super entertaining.
Chimps: I’ve yet to see any chimps on this one, but I did see a little boy throw a really impressive temper tantrum.
Sloths: their description speaks for itself:
Watch life in slow motion with Hoffman’s two-toed sloth Cocoa and his lady friends Okra and Bonnie. It’s all the drama without the heart-stopping speed.
If you’re anti-fur:
Wild Birds in Brazil
Here is a whole list of wild bird live cams around the world.
Weedy Sea Dragons: honestly, these guys look a lot like the kelp they hang out in, but it’s still pretty peaceful to watch.
The National Zoo has a great selection of animal cams available, as do many other zoos. If we missed something you’re looking for, google it! Not everything is out there (seriously, how is there not a lemur live feed?!) but good luck!
And if animals are too much for you, you can even find “foliage cams.” Now you can have a forest (or 120 square inches of one) to procrastinate in without even leaving your dorm room.