WATCH: 5 videos if you’re in a (humor) emergency!
No, really. I’m for serious, here. I know censuses are high and staffing is low, that time’s at a premium and you barely get a chance for a bathroom break (how well I know that last one!), but you must watch these videos. Even if you don’t have a minute to pee, you’ll always have under three minutes to make your day that much better.
Teddy Bear the Talking Porcupine
The fretful “porpentine” originated with Hamlet, and this is his 21st-century incarnation. It’s a YouTube classic, always good for warm pricklies.
Teddy is from my hometown! This is my biggest claim to fame yet: being from the same town as a talkative rodent.
Porcupine or Puppy?
Another porcupine, this one far from fretful, believes he’s a puppy dog. He paws and leaps and spins in circles when excited.
Now I want to rub a porcupine belly.
Emergency Room Rap
In order to qualify for Scrubs, I have to include something nursing-related. This video is actually pretty darned impressive:
I might (or might not…) want to work with them based solely on this rap.
Okay, back to moments of cuteness to lighten your shift: This next video is of a pygmy jerboa. Although I weigh more than 3.2 grams, I often feel like this little dude:
I mean, really: Who among us hasn’t looked like that at half-an-hour-till-freedom?
A Whale of a Good Time
Mariachi Connecticut has my vote for Most Marvelous Mariachi Band Ever, for serenading a beluga whale (!!) at an aquarium:
Never, ever pass up the chance to watch something adorable on your shift. You’ll be the better for it: Stress decreases and compassion increases the more cute animals you see. True fact!
Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night.
By Agatha Lellis