Halloween Is Over, but You Can Still Own a Werewolf Cat

You may have shelved your Halloween costume and eaten all the leftover candy, but you can still keep the season’s spooky spirit alive by adopting a “werewolf cat.” Yes, these cats actually exist—although they’re technically a new breed called Lykoi, which comes from the word "lycanthrope.”

With spare, patchy fur that’s missing in swathes, the kitties look like extras from Wes Craven’s 2005 film Cursed. Their unearthly appearance is caused by a mutant gene variation that occurs naturally in the wild cat population. The anomaly makes it so that Lykoi’s hair follicles are unable to produce or maintain hair—meaning they’re missing the majority of their undercoat, and have balding spots on their faces or near their paws.

According to Nautilus, the mutation has existed for years. However, feline fanciers only recently created the Lykoi breed, over the past half-decade, from two litters of cats discovered in Tennessee and Virginia. The gene that causes the hair loss is likely recessive, so breeding Lyokis is often a bit of a gamble. Therefore, very few of them currently exist. 

Although the cats look sickly, researchers say that no tests so far have indicated that they have any physical problems. (They do, however, need a reliable heat source thanks to their sparse coats, as well as baths to prevent oil build-up.) Many cat breeds—like sphinxes, for example—have been bred from a select few animals that were born with rare mutations. However, since the breed is so new, no Lykoi kitties have lived long enough to confirm a clean bill of health. This means the jury’s still out on their strength. The breed is also controversial in some circles, since some animal-lovers fear that the cats will become trendy only to be later forgotten about and abandoned. 

Currently, there are so few cats in the world that qualify as “standard” Lykois that the price for a kitten—once you get off the waitlist, that is—is as high as $2500. That’s a lot to pay for an animal that the Cat Fanciers Association hasn't even recognized as a breed. However, Lykois are apparently affectionate, with "dog-like" personalities, so at least you’ll be getting some quality companionship.

[h/t Nautilus]



Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More


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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.


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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

Home Appliances


- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Video games


- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets


- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs


- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa(4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

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Pretty in Pink: Drone Captures Birds-Eye View of Massive Flamingo Flock in Kazakhstan

MORAN, Unsplash
MORAN, Unsplash

Flamingos sport some of the most eye-catching plumage in the animal kingdom. Their diet of beta-carotene-rich plankton and crustaceans produces a distinctive pink hue that's hard to miss. One flamingo is striking on its own, but the birds are even more impressive as a crowd, as demonstrated by the footage below.

As Fox 13 Tampa Bay reports, Azamat Sarsenbayev used a drone to capture this video of flamingos congregating on Lake Karakol near Aktau, Kazakhstan. A flamingo flock (also called a flamboyance) can contain up to several hundred birds. Flamingos do a lot together, including mating displays. From above, everyday life for a flamingo makes for a breathtaking, candy-colored spectacle.

This footage was taken during the species' migration south. By the end of their journey, the birds will likely be settled in the Khazar nature reserve or even farther south in Iran. After checking out the video, read up on these fascinating facts about flamingos.

[h/t Fox 13]