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  • Went to see the "Max the Dog" movie tonight. I HIGHLEY RECOMMEND IT!

    07/03/2015 6:35:04 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    03 July 2015 | US Navy Vet
    A tough guy like me EVEN teared up a couple of times!
  • Man who allegedly punted cat 'like a football' found dead

    07/03/2015 3:14:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 63 replies
    A South Pittsburg man found dead in North Alabama was previously charged with animal cruelty after allegedly punting a cat "like a football." Dejion "D.J." Roberson, 21, was found dead in an isolated area of County Road 208 in Bridgeport. The sheriff's office determined the death was a homicide. Roberson was arrested on Christmas Eve 2013 in McMinn County. Several witnesses saw him carrying a cat by the neck and kicking it like a soccer ball, according to an incident report.
  • Baby Baboon’s Frightening Encounter with Lions Ends with a Heroic Twist (pics at source)

    07/03/2015 11:24:11 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    This is one of the most remarkable wildlife interactions that I have come across in my time. The photographs are amazing, but it’s the touching behaviour of the animals involved that makes this story so unique. Photographer Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth were on a game drive in the northern Botswana’s Selinda Camp when they came across a big troop of baboons charging through the bush. “30-40 baboons were heading in our general direction making a lot of noise,” Lisa recalls. The baboons were obviously frightened by something and they all scampered up trees, shouting, alarming, and making a big...
  • Arrogant Cat Perfectly Blocks Girl’s Perfect Yoga Pose (Video at Link)

    07/03/2015 9:30:59 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    The cat even seemed to make an arrogant face like it knew what it was doing. Cats are funny creatures. Sometimes, it seems like we humans love them more than they love us back. Snoky Hootan was performing a difficult yoga handstand pose in front of her camera and was about to pull it off perfectly when her cat decided to sit right in front of the camera, completely blocking her from view.
  • Zoo Celebrates the Birth of Five Endangered Dingo Pups

    07/02/2015 9:33:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Richard Noone
    THEY cannot open their eyes yet but these oh-so-cute dingo pups and their offspring may hold the key to their species’ very survival. Bred in captivity at the Australian Reptile Park to resident dingoes Adina, 12 months, and two-year-old Fred, the litter of five pups is part of a concerted effort to ensure the nation’s iconic top order predator does not go the way of the Tasmanian tiger. “The dingo plays a very important role in the Australian ecosystem,” the zoo’s general manager Tim Faulkner said. “Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate on earth due to habitat distribution, agriculture,...
  • Deimos Hits the 'Nip, Zia Looks On Disdainfully (cat video)

    07/02/2015 2:30:14 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 20 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 7/2/15 | Me
    Deimos likes his catnip. REALLY likes his catnip. No fighting, but one very happy kitty.
  • First comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome completed

    07/02/2015 1:34:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 07-02-2015 | Provided by University of Chicago Medical Center
    The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt to life in the arctic. Credit: Giant Screen Films © 2012 D3D Ice Age, LLC ======================================================================== The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt to life in the arctic. Mammoth genes that differed from their counterparts in elephants played roles in skin and hair development, fat metabolism, insulin signaling and numerous other traits. Genes linked to physical traits such as skull shape, small ears and short tails were also identified. As a...
  • What This Arizona Teen Pulled From His Ear Is Frig­htening

    07/01/2015 7:50:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    KSAT ^ | 7/1
    A Saline County teenager woke up Tuesday morning with excruciating pain in one of his ears. Grant Botti, 14, says he felt something strange in his ear and decided to grab hold of it. What he pulled out, would shock everyone. It was a 4-inch long centipede. Grant's mom, Angela Botti, put the still-alive centipede in a plastic bag and took Grant to the emergency room because he was still in pain. A doctor at Saline Memorial examined Grant's ear, finding some small abrasions in his ear drum. He was treated and released. Grant's mom says they don't know where...
  • Open Space to Celebrate Grand Opening of Coyote Valley Preserve June 27

    07/01/2015 5:13:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Morgan Hill Times ^ | Friday, June 26, 2015
    Park, wildlife habitat in north Morgan Hill will be open to public year-round StoryA new open space park in north Morgan Hill will open Saturday, June 27, offering opportunities, sweeping valley vistas, preservation of longtime agricultural uses and unspoiled habitats for native wildlife, according to the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. The Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, whose entrance and parking areas are located at 550 Palm Ave., is a 348-acre preserve acquired by the OSA in 2010. The authority paid about $3.4 million for the property, which is the former home and ceremonial site of the Ohlone People...
  • This is the smallest African wild cat, the black-footed cat... (Beautiful cat alert)

    07/01/2015 10:38:51 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 87 replies
    IMGUR ^ | June 30, 2015 | KittyInTheCity
    More pics here: This is the smallest...
  • Your cat is on a killing spree that's destroying the planet; study finds you're in denial about it

    07/01/2015 8:36:24 AM PDT · by Rio · 84 replies
    OregonLive.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Douglas Perry
    Your cat is a killer. And we're not just talking about the hit to your soul when Fluffy stares right past you despite your sweetest cooing. Cats, no matter how adorable, are predators. They stalk, they pounce -- and then they snap the neck of whatever little flying or skittering thing they've just caught. Most of us view this as a good thing. We're all better off with fewer rodents around, and if some pretty little birds get caught up in the killing spree, we can live with that. Biologists, it seems, aren't so sure. Domestic cats aren't a natural...
  • Science finally tells us how cats want to be petted

    07/01/2015 6:14:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2015 | Sadie Dingfelder
    How should you pet your cat? It’s a question that’s stumped pet owners for centuries, but science now has an answer. Here's what a team of researchers from the University of Lincoln in the UK found, in graphical form: Yes, that’s right. Cats do not like being stroked at the base of their tail -- at least, that was the case for most of the 54 cats in this study, and another, smaller study on the topic. That’s sort of a cat erogenous zone, and petting may overstimulate it, the researchers posit.
  • So I heard you like dogs...(fun canidae facts via IMGUR)

    06/30/2015 8:31:31 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 16 replies
    IMGUR ^ | June 29, 2015 | flybynight17
    So I heard you like dogs...
  • Scientists name the deepest cave-dwelling centipede after Hades—the Greek god of the underworld

    06/30/2015 1:48:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-30-2015 | Provided by Pensoft Publishers
    The newly discovered Hades centipede. Credit: J. Bedek An international team of scientists has discovered the deepest underground dwelling centipede. The animal was found by members of the Croatian Biospeleological Society in three caves in Velebit Mts, Croatia. Recorded as deep as -1100 m the new species was named Geophilus hadesi, after Hades, the God of the Underworld in the Greek Mythology. The research was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Lurking in the dark vaults of some of the world's deepest caves, the Hades centipede has also had its name picked to pair another underground-dwelling relative named after...
  • Spiky monsters: New species of 'super-armored' worm discovered

    06/30/2015 9:59:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-29-2015 | Provided by University of Cambridge
    Collinsium ciliosum, a Collins' monster-type lobopodian from the early Cambrian Xiaoshiba biota of China. Credit: Javier Ortega-Hernández A new species of 'super-armoured' worm, a bizarre, spike-covered creature which ate by filtering nutrients out of seawater with its feather-like front legs, has been identified by palaeontologists. The creature, which lived about half a billion years ago, was one of the first animals on Earth to develop armour to protect itself from predators and to use such a specialised mode of feeding. The creature, belonging to a poorly understood group of early animals, is also a prime example of the broad variety...
  • Farewell, Station Master Tama [Station Master Kitty RIP; w/pix]

    06/29/2015 4:02:10 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 11 replies
    This dapper calico named Tama had a very important role as the station master of an electric railway station in Japan. After eight years on the job, she was laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony which 3,000 co-workers, admirers and friends attended. As you can see, she took her job very seriously. The Kishi Railway Station where Tama worked was nearly shut down, leading to her adoptive owner, a local grocer, to be named station master in 2006 to cut costs. A year later Tama took over the role. Her popularity as station master is credited for saving the...
  • Has anyone seen the "Max the Dog" movie yet and if so what did you think?

    06/29/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 11 replies
    29 June 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Just wondering if it worth my time/money to go see it?
  • Cyclists Injured After Crashing Into Dead Alligator in Weston

    06/28/2015 8:54:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Jun 27, 2015 | Cherine Akbari
    Several cyclists were injured Saturday morning after crashing into a dead alligator that was blocking a Weston road. The cyclists were riding on State Road 84 near Indian Trace Road in Weston, according to city officials. That's when the first riders hit the animal, causing a chain reaction crash. Broward Sheriff's Office FIre Rescue transported four of the injured cyclists to area hospitals. They have not been identified, and their conditions were not released.
  • "500 pound" pig found trapped in Detroit basement

    06/28/2015 2:10:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies
    http://www.wxyz.com/ ^ | 6/26/15 | Curtis Jackson
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit and Michigan State Police are investigating after finding a 500 pound pig trapped inside the basement of a Detroit home. According to Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt, an anonymous tip brought investigators to a house in the 10400 block of Orangelawn. They found the pig in a basement standing in feces. "No pun intended but it looks like a pigsty," Dolunt said. "There's two feet of feces down there." Dolunt said the caller told police the pig had been fed human remains. However, police did not find anything suspicious. Neighbors said the man who lived in...
  • Quasi Modo takes home first place in World's Ugliest Dog contest

    06/28/2015 11:09:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | June 27, 2015 | Foxnews and AP
    Quasi Modo, a 10-year-old mutt whose spinal birth defects left him with a hunchback, is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Friday night. The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and his owner took the $1,500 prize, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection, organizers said. Before becoming a champion, Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida, according to the dog’s biography posted on the contest’s website.
  • Ramsey Co. K-9 Handler Charged with Abusing his Dog Partner

    06/27/2015 7:25:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/26/15 | Dave Aeikens and Eric Chaloux
    A Ramsey County deputy is on administrative leave after he was charged with hitting his canine partner, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said. The charges are from an incident that happened early June 15 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton. The sheriff's office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry is charged with assaulting a public safety dog and animal cruelty, both misdemeanors. Berry has been a Ramsey County deputy since 1996. Black Bear security told deputies they had been called into the Cobalt Lounge to ask a man to leave. Security followed him with video and saw him return to...
  • Python Eats Porcupine, Regrets It Later (Here's Why)

    06/27/2015 11:54:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | June 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Palermo
    Ever wonder what might happen if a python ate a porcupine? Well, wonder no more. One of these giant snakes — which kill prey by suffocating it and then consuming it whole — recently dined on a porcupine and didn't live to brag about it. On June 14, a cyclist riding along one of the mountain bike trails at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, spotted a very engorged snake. The cyclist snapped a few photos of the gluttonous python and posted them to social media, where they quickly attracted the attention of locals who wanted to...
  • Warthog Learns to Never Taunt a Crocodile

    06/26/2015 5:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 201 | Yaron Steinbuch
    A foolhardy warthog learned a valuable lesson in interspecies rivalry after taunting a crocodile at South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The sow was minding her own business at first, drinking out of a watering hole – but then got too close and personal with the quick-tempered croc, who wasn’t interested in a staring contest.
  • What?! I think I'm an animal (part 1)

    06/26/2015 3:04:50 PM PDT · by fishtank · 6 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQqSwVhD96E ^ | Apr 24, 2013 | Not really sure.
    From the YouTube link: Published on Apr 24, 2013 "An amazing video of Therians involving some of my close friends talking about the therian lifestyle, their lives, and a reflection of my own. My name is Alpha Blue-Eye. I'm a blue and white arctic wolf. If you have any questions for me, put them in the comment box and I'll answer them in a later video!"
  • Antarctic 'Yeti' Crab Uses Hairy Chest to Grow Food

    06/26/2015 2:15:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/25 | Elizabeth Palermo
    What's white and blind and hairy all over? A yeti, of course! Or, in this case, a yeti crab — a marine creature that lives near the thermal vents in the ocean floor where hot water gushes into the sea. There are three known species of yeti crabs, and now, in a new paper, scientists have described the characteristics of one of these species — Kiwa tyleri — for the first time. K. tyleri is the only species of yeti crab known to reside in the Southern Ocean, off Antarctica. Yeti Cra A close up of the male yeti crab...
  • What, Nobody Wants To Sit Next To This Unattended Bag Of Snakes On The F Train?

    06/26/2015 11:13:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 6/26 | John Del Signore
    We hear no end of complaining about how overcrowded the subways are and how hard it is to find a seat, and yet here we have enough room on the F train for at least five people (maybe even six) and nobody wants to sit down? So there's a bag with a big fat snake or two sitting there, big deal. We've sat next to worse. This photo and video (below) were sent to us by commuter Hiram Becker, who remarks, "I was riding the F train on Sunday afternoon from the 7th and 9th street stop in Park Slope...
  • People Of A Certain Age.....

    06/26/2015 10:15:58 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 16 replies
    Awaywardlife | 6/26/2015 | blueunicorn6
    Are evidently not supposed to buy baby food. I went to the grocery store today and bought some baby food. I have four dogs, and one of them is sick and I feed him baby food. I know, but that's how I roll. The cashier at the grocery store was a young woman, probably around twenty years old. She looked at the baby food and then she looked at me. She did this a few times. She had a puzzled look on her face. She finally looked me in the eyes and said, "You have a baby?" I suppose I...
  • Fisherman Catches Shark in Hudson River

    06/26/2015 9:31:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 2015
    You’re definitely NOT gonna need a bigger boat for this shark. A mini Jaws was captured in the Hudson River on Thursday by amateur fisherman Wu Zhen, who got a reel surprise when he pulled in the creature.
  • Blind dog and his 'guide dog' seek new home

    06/25/2015 1:03:05 PM PDT · by gorush · 15 replies
    Channel 3000, Madistan, WI ^ | Jun 25 2015 09:47:58 AM CDT | anon
    The two elderly dogs were rescued from a sea tunnel in Hartlepool, England, in May and taken to a Stray Aid animal shelter. Glenn is blind in both eyes and gets around with the help of Buzz, a 9-year-old Staffordshire Bull terrier. The two are leashed together with Buzz leading the way anywhere the go. But it goes beyond that. "Buzz helps Glenn find his bed and food, even pushing him toward the right bowl if he's eating from the wrong one," according to Stray Aid supervisor Diane Humphrey. "Glenn gets his confidence from Buzz, and if they were separated...
  • Newly found ring of teeth uncovers what common ancestor of molting animals looked like

    06/25/2015 8:35:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-24-2015 | Provided by University of Cambridge
    Hallucigenia sparsa from the Burgess Shale (Royal Ontario Museum 61513). The fossil is 15 mm long. Credit: Jean-Bernard Caron A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago - a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail - has definitively identified its head for the first time, and revealed a previously unknown ring of teeth and a pair of simple eyes. The results, published today in the journal Nature, have helped scientists reconstruct what the common ancestor of everything from tiny roundworms to huge lobsters might have looked like....
  • Twins get python caught in their hair in Alabama

    06/25/2015 8:03:11 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    upi ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    SUMMERDALE, Ala.,- A pair of young identical twins visiting an Alabama attraction were caught on camera with a large python tangled in their hair. The video shows 5-year-old identical twins Scarlet and Fiona Mallory with a python tangled through both girls' hair at Alligator Alley in Summerdale. One of the girls is quickly freed and the other remains still while a trainer threads the snake out of her locks. The video was shot Sunday by the girls' mother, Stephanie Mallory.
  • Swipe Right Or Swipe Left? Tindog Is Tinder For Dog Lovers

    06/24/2015 9:08:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Tech Times ^ | June 20 | Alexandra Burlacu,
    A Tinder-like app for Android and iOS is now targeting dog owners, as the new "Tindog" app aims to match dogs and dog-lovers. The Tinder dating app has grown immensely popular among the singles community, boasting an efficient "swipe right - swipe left" selection manner that allows users to look around and find what they're looking for in a fast, simple and efficient way. The new app called Tindog borrows the same selection function, allowing users to swipe right or left, but revolves around dogs. Whether you're looking for a playdate for your best friend, looking for a suitable mate...
  • 8-Year-Old Appears to Be Bitten by Shark, Suffers Minor Injuries(NC)

    06/24/2015 6:02:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    WBTV ^ | Jun 24, 2015
    An 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon from what appeared to be a small shark bite, according to the Surf City Police Department. Officials said the incident happened around 12:25 p.m., near 700 South Shore Drive. Police say the wounds were superficial and the child is expected to be okay. Surf City Police and Pender East EMS responded and provided treatment on scene. According to the police chief, the victim had what looked like a bite mark on the top of the foot and a puncture wound on the heel. The bite was about 7 inches in diameter. A...
  • Pachycephalosaurus: Jurassic World’s ‘Racist’ Dinosaur

    06/24/2015 5:12:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Age: Extinct, since the Late Cretaceous. Appearance: Thick-headed dinosaur, hence the name, which means “thick-headed lizard”. Thick-headed as in stupid? Well, they weren’t clever, but it’s really because they had spiky, domed skulls to protect their tiny brains. They’re dinosaurs. What else are they like? Socially aggressive, accidentally racist. How can a dinosaur be racist? It’s due to their appearance in the blockbuster Jurassic World. From what I’ve seen, the dinosaurs in Jurassic World are equal-opportunity devourers. True, but early on in the film, after some pachycephalosauruses have escaped their sector, a character utters the line: “The pachys are out...
  • Legal Trade in Rhino Horn Could Stem Poaching, South African Breeders Say; Others Disagree

    06/24/2015 4:33:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Calling rhino horns a renewable resource, rhino breeders and game reserve owners have taken the South African government to court to try to overturn its ban on the domestic trade of rhino horn. They maintain that harvesting the horn from the living rhinos at their ranches and selling it legally will drive poachers currently slaughtering the endangered animals out of business. "It is in the public interest that the moratorium be lifted and that private rhino owners be able to trade rhino horn in South Africa," said Izak du Toit, a lawyer representing one of the rhino owners in the...
  • Toad Licker Is Locked Up On Trespass Charge

    06/24/2015 4:26:26 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 24 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 23, 2015
    An Indiana man who was licking a toad while dancing by himself on an Indiana sidewalk is locked up after ignoring a trespass warning issued by cops, according to a police report.
  • Isolated Sightings of the Extinct Dodo Bird Have Spartans Concerned Over an Eerie Trend

    06/24/2015 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.tapinto.net ^ | June 4, 2015 at 12:37 AM | By BEN INSLEY
    A new phenomenon is sweeping across Sparta as more and more students come forward claiming to have encountered the flightless Dodo bird. Caught somewhere between a pigeon and a dove with its gray feathers and unmistakable yellow scowl, the Dodo bird stood at an intimidating one meter tall back in the 17th century when it became extinct--barely a century after its discovery. The Dodo bird was not known for its impact on this planet while it lived, but, rather, remains a point of contention and activism because of its death. The extinction of this bird has been overwhelmingly attributed to...
  • San Diego Zoo's 150-Year-Old Galapagos Tortoise Dies

    06/23/2015 10:55:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/22 | Samantha Tatro
    The San Diego Zoo's Galapagos tortoise Speed, estimated to be more than 150 years old, has died. Speed had been under veterinary care for geriatric conditions including arthritis and was euthanized by zoo staff on Friday. Veterinarians had worked to treat Speed with medications, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and physical therapy treatments during his later years. The tortoise came to the zoo in the 1930s as a part of an effort to help preserve tortoise species from the Volcan Cerro Azul Island of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Speed was known in his younger years as an alpha male who would butt...
  • Richmond Police Officer Shoots K-9 After Dog Bites Him: Police

    06/23/2015 10:27:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A Richmond police officer shot one of the department's K-9 officers on Tuesday morning after the dog bit him, authorities said. Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said the act was in self-defense. She said the dog, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, bit the officer just before 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Richmond Police Department. The K-9’s handler left his car with the dog still in it to go inside the station for a meeting, police said. The dog somehow got out of the car and bit another police officer in civilian clothes. The officer who was attacked, a four-year veteran...
  • Cat Bites German Woman - So She Bites Boyfriend

    06/23/2015 10:27:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Jun 2015
    A cat bit a woman in Germany, sending her into such a rage that she then repeatedly bit and beat her boyfriend, the owner of the pet, police said on Sunday.A police spokesman said that the 26-year-old woman was attacked by her 39-year-old partner’s feline in the western city of Hagen in the early hours of Saturday. After she tried in vain to discipline the cat, "a fight between the bitten person and the cat's owner ensued in which the 39-year-old was hit and bitten several times," the spokesman said in a statement.
  • San Francisco Zoo Adapts Dog Toy for Feeding Rhinos

    06/22/2015 6:37:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/22 | Tamara Palmer
    A circular dog puzzle feeding toy called Foobler is being built in a large scale format to feed rhinos at the San Francisco Zoo. Experts at the Zoo are wondering whether such a toy would encourage their rhinos to exhibit more natural foraging behaviors. An Asian rhino named Gahati and a black rhino named Boone enjoy playing with large balls so a rhino-sized Foobler would probably be received really well by the pair, noted Jason Watters, vice president of wellness and animal behavior at the Zoo. "If we can combine their desire to play basically soccer with a foraging goal,...
  • (Stowaway) Cat Appears In Full Flight Out Of The Wing

    06/22/2015 2:53:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    About Cats-Paradise ^ | June 22, 2015 | Cats-Paradise
    Every pilot has to check a series of things to see if everything is safe to take-off. Checking for cats in wings is not in the manual but now can be added! Next time i bet this will be on his checklist. He was giving a fly lesson when the cat came out of the wing. Check out the video.
  • 8 Million Dog Mummies Found in 'God of Death' Mass Grave

    06/22/2015 1:25:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | June 18, 2015 08:07am ET | 8 Million Dog Mummies Found in 'God of Death' Mass Grave by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer
    In ancient Egypt, so many people worshiped Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death, that the catacombs next to his sacred temple once held nearly 8 million mummified puppies and grown dogs, a new study finds. The catacomb ceiling also contains the fossil of an ancient sea monster, a marine vertebrate that's more than 48 million years old, but it's unclear whether the Egyptians noticed the existence of the fossil when they built the tomb for the canine mummies, the researchers said. Many of the mummies have since disintegrated or been disrupted by grave robbers and industrialists, who likely used the...
  • Web Catch: Yep, there’s a cat on the wing of that airplane

    06/22/2015 12:36:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    bringmethenews.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | By Katherine Bloom
    Pilot Romain Jantot has one more item to add to his pre-flight checklist: always check for cats. The Daily Record reports Jantot was teaching a flying lesson in Kourou, French Guinea, when an unexpected stowaway made an appearance. After a smooth ascent, a cat creeps from its place on the wing toward the cockpit. The feline flyer seemed unfazed by its journey among the clouds, although the pilot chose to cut the trip short. Jantot uploaded the above video to YouTube on Sunday, where it has since been viewed nearly 400,000 times. He notes the carry-on cat is doing well,...
  • Conservationists urge prosecution of men 'surfing' on whale shark

    06/22/2015 7:58:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies
    upi ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    Wildlife harassment is never a laughing matterUnbelievable footage of individuals 'surfing' a whale shark. What a sad reflection on their attitude to wildlife when, instead of considering themselves fortunate to see this majestic creature in the wild, they choose to participate in a stupid stunt like this (wonder if they would have done this with a great white shark?). As whale sharks are protected - the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Red List of Threatened Species lists the Whale Shark as vulnerable - these guys should be charged - come on FB community, please help bring these people to justice for...
  • Things Cats Do That'd Be Creepy If You Did Them [video]

    06/21/2015 3:45:25 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 21 replies
    Buzzfeed via YouTube ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | BuzzFeedVideo
    "He takes a while to warm up to people."
  • My Father's Day gift

    06/21/2015 10:24:20 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 23 replies
    June 21, 2015 | squidpup
  • Romanian company hires cat as communications director

    06/21/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 9, 2015 | Tom Wyke
    He’s the purr-fect employee: Company in Bucharest hires a CAT as communications director…. And it earns more than a typical Romanian Bossy beat off the competition of 700 other applicants for the top job The fluffy feline was appointed after the company said it was impressed by his attitude Bossy will reportedly receive a salary equivalent to £110 a month plus bonuses By TOM WYKE FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 12:22 EST, 9 June 2015 | UPDATED: 06:45 EST, 10 June 2015 With the competition for jobs fiercer than ever, the director of communications position at a new start up was always...
  • Squirrel interrupts Phillies-Cardinals game, jumps on Chase Utley

    06/20/2015 9:10:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CSN Philly ^ | June 19, 2015 | Chris Mueller
    After Phillies starting pitcher Phillippe Aumont gave up four earned runs in the second inning of Friday night's game against the Cardinals, a nearby squirrel decided enough was enough. Climbing up the protective netting behind home plate, the squirrel gave Phillies faithful some much-needed entertainment while watching their 23-45 ballclub on its way to another dreadful loss. The critter showed off some impressive balance as he circus-walked across the wire holding up the net. With the crowd's attention, the squirrel then nosedived almost 30 feet onto the top of the Phillies' dugout and hopped in to join the team. Actually,...
  • Woman Threatens to Poison Cats on Facebook

    06/20/2015 8:15:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    WTAE ^ | Jun 18, 2015 | Shannon Perrine
    She said she wanted to draw attention to feral cat problemA New Castle woman is tired of the feral cats on Cedar Street. Rochelle Smolnik said they threaten her children and are dangerous. “He had a broken tail and his leg was all scratched up,” her 8-year-old daughter, Lily Smolnik, said, “And he hissed at me and he started to growl at me too and he had white stuff all coming out of his mouth.” VIDEO: Watch Shannon Perrine's report The mother was so frustrated, that she sounded off on Facebook. One post read: “F.Y.I. to all neighbors on...