The Roomba, that iconic little robo-cleaner, has found a new calling. Rather than being used to sweep the hardwood floors of esteemed millionaires and hip college students, the mobile vacuums are serving as the pimped-out ride of choice for house pets who prefer to ride in style.
We're talking cute animals riding Roombas, here! Made famous by a video of a cat chasing a baby duckling, the concept has spread from cats and dogs to pretty much every small animal (and human) you can think of. So many creatures, in fact, that we're hoping a Roomba-themed zoo springs up to contain the cuteness.
We've compiled a YouTube wish list of the ten cutest animals that need to be in our dream "Roomba Zoo." There are technically only nine animal videos, but what's a Roomba zoo without an adorable baby zookeeper riding around and keeping order?
Not content to simply ride around like some lazy animals we know, this bunny rabbit uses its Roomba to get plenty swole for the summer. Or perhaps he's too weak to climb on top and needs a few weeks of reps and carrot juicing.
This bulldog has a vacuum on wheels and nothing between him and the open linoleum. Let's ride, doggie.
Big Ol' Pile of Kittens
No list is complete without several adorable cats doing several adorable things. This video features several kitties sharing the same vacuum. Aww.
Prairie dogs can make lovely pets, depending on your location and personal tastes, and it turns out they love Roombas just like regular dogs. In the description for this delightful video, pet-owner "suzunejp" laments, "I want to become small, too and to get on Roomba together."
Us too, "suzunejp." Us too.
Here's a unique melding of technology and biology: It's fast, it's armored, and it's adorable – it's a turtle on wheels.
Chicken & Chihuahua
This is one of the strangest videos we stumbled upon in our search: a TV network's advertisement for its "Battle of the Nutcrackers" holiday programming, featuring a chicken and a chihuahua taking turns riding a robot vacuum (into a pile of nutcrackers, obviously). Though it lacks the indie cred of most of the other videos on this list, this is the only one to feature a chicken riding a Roomba.
Rats just can't get any respect. Though they're probably always going to be associated with filth and disease, they actually make excellent pets. This rat gets a helping hand from its open-minded owner to get atop a vacuum at least three times its size. The poor guy makes a speedy escape back to its owner, where the cycle (presumably) begins anew.
Ferrets are basically just large, socially acceptable rats, right? And like their smaller cousins, they're pretty curious about robot vacuums (who isn't?). Here's a slick, clever hunter of a ferret who circles a Roomba with scary precision, leaps on top, enjoys a quick ride, and then dismounts without even breaking a sweat.
It's tough to find videos of birds riding Roombas, what with vacuums being land-based and all. One enthusiastic parrot named "Packy" hangs on for a good two minutes, but can't keep quiet and just enjoy the view. Typical parrot behavior.
Bonus Human: Little Baby!
Watch out, NASCAR! This seven-month old cutie knows how to handle a vehicle with style and skill. Until Roombas come equipped with built-in baby seats, this baby can loudly declare, "First!"