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Photographer Hopes to Break Negative Image of Rats by Taking Cute Photos

These photos taken by French photographer Diane Özdamar are downright adorable.

When people hear about rats, lots of negative things come to mind. Dirty and smelly, they are pests that most people fear of and want to get rid of from their homes. However, there is a positive thing about rats that some people may not be aware about. For example, they are not only test subjects for scientific research, they can also be great pets.

Case in point, a French photographer spent years taking cute photos of rats to break them from their negative image. Diane Özdamar, 32, is an illustrator, photographer and graphic designer. She took photos of her pet rats as well as some rats of her friends. Her pictures are amazingly sweet and lovely. There are even some accessories and the typically horrible creatures are nowhere in sight- they too, could actually look cuddly and fluffy. Look at the pictures below:

For this little one, a flower can be used as a hat…

… or a pillow when he is sleepy!

These three brothers surely are enjoying their snack.

Not a rabbit, the magician’s hat has a rat?

That’s a big yawn! What he needs is a long nap.

This one found a new friend, and its polka dots.

Is it really fun to pop bubbles?

That’s one yummy strawberry.

The funky brothers.

It’s Spring and love is coming.

Özdamar wrote in Bored Panda that rats are lovely animals. She added that unlike popular belief, they can also be can also be friendly, intelligent playful and clean:

“I have been taking pictures of pet rats for years hoping to break the negative image that is often associated with these lovely animals.”

“As you may see, they are far from being dirty nasty little monsters! They are actually highly intelligent social beings that love interacting with each other and their favorite humans. They are very friendly, smart, playful, they love cuddles and are very clean: many rat owners agree to compare them to tiny dogs.”

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16 Cat Tattoo Designs That Are Just Too Purrfect To Resist

Cat lover or not, you need to see this list — right now!

Tattoo designs have evolved from basic patches and typography, to the most eloquent of ideas. Heck, some would even prefer to have a popular city and/or landmark tattooed on their body. It just keeps evolving as time passes by. This list, in particular, is no exception. These tattoos are cute but witty at the same time.

Whether or not you are a cat lover, you cannot simply resist the beauty of these cat tattoo designs compiled by 9GAG. They are just purrfect (see what I did there?)! They might even inspire you to get your own, but be sure to find the right artist. Otherwise, it might turn out to be a CATastrophe.

So without further ado, here is a list of the cutest feline tattoos in the world. You can thank us later!

#1. Sometimes, a cat's eyes and, well, nose are enough to offer beauty.

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Artist Reimagines Classic Disney Characters Living in the Modern World

This guy’s “Alt Disney” series is actually witty and thought-provoking.

We here at EliteReaders love featuring and following artists that create witty, thought-provoking masterpieces, regardless of their medium or choice of genre. Recently, we discovered the work of Tom Ward, a graphic artist from the United Kingdom and, being huge Disney fans, we truly got excited with his stuff!

In a series of illustrations he called “Alt Disney,” Ward shows us what it would be like for classic characters from Disney’s animated films to live in the here and now – our modern world.

Ward posted the drawings on his social media pages and things just exploded from there. The artworks received a lot of shares, likes, and comments from netizens everywhere. Shortly thereafter, numerous viral news websites also started paying attention.

A BoredPanda feature, for example, praised Ward for connecting “the storylines of several classic Disney movies to modern social issues, creating a dark but intriguing look at reality through the eyes of our fictional childhood heroes.”...

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Guy Paints Utility Boxes In New Zealand And They Look Really Amazing

These utility boxes got an awesome makeover from this artist!

You've passed by utility boxes that house your local internet provider cables. They're not a pretty sight because some have boring colors and others are rusting, especially because they're exposed to both the scorching sun and the rain.

A local artist in Auckland, New Zealand named Paul Walsh has been going around and painting utility boxes in the city for a couple of years now. His masterpieces are cool, modern and amazing.

It all started when he painted a wall in a local dog park. It got painted out and the residents were upset. In fact, they petitioned the council, Walsh told Bored Panda.

Now his work got into a local newspaper and he later received an offer from Chorus, a company that owns the utility boxes in the city, to paint these boxes all over the city. ...

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