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4 Aug

Mountain Lion Has Incredible Standoff With Hiker

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from thedodo.com)

This man's hike in the woods turned into a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

Outdoor enthusiast Trevor Rasmussen was hiking in Montana last summer when he spotted something unusual — and incredible — sitting in front of him: a full-grown mountain lion.

In the video, the mountain lion sits comfortably on the trail path as Rasmussen approaches. When the big cat spots Rasmussen, he lets out a yawn then starts to languorously stroll down the path. 

Fortunately, Rasmussen keeps his head on straight. Standing his ground, he firmly shouts at the cat and tells it to go away. (Mountain lions are rarely dangerous when treated respectfully, but better safe than sorry). 

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4 Aug

What Happens When Elephants Meet a GoPro?

What happens when you introduce a herd of elephants to a GoPro? A lot of confusion, trumpeting, and, of course, touching the camera to figure out just what that thing is. They also show us the inside of their trunks. 

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Learn more about elephants from these clips of Saving Africa's Giants. 

4 Aug

Loyal Dog Ran for Help After Bike Accident Left Man Paralyzed

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Yogi the dog is kind of a celebrity — a few years ago he saved his owner's life after a mountain biking accident, earning him all kinds of praise and accolades. Despite his fame he's still all about helping his family.

Paul Horton was out biking with Yogi in the trails near their Lake Travis, Texas, home in 2010 when he hit a bump and was thrown violently from his mountain bike. He woke up on the ground, coughing up blood, with Yogi standing over him.

Horton quickly realized he couldn't move at all — he had been paralyzed in the accident. Sending Yogi for help was his only chance to survive.

Yogi understood exactly what his dad needed him to do — he dashed back to the road, where he spotted some of the Hortons' neighbors. Yogi barked at them insistently until they followed him back to where Horton lay bleeding on the ground.

For his bravery and heroism, Yogi was awarded the Humane Society's Valor Dog of the Year award, and his smiling face appeared in news outlets across the country.

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4 Aug

Fed-Up Puppy Herds Cat into Carrier

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Well, these two definitely aren't going to be friends.

When this family brought their new Shih Tzu puppy, Thor, home to meet their cat, the little orange tabby apparently wasn't interested in playing with the new arrival. Or maybe he just didn't realize he was about to be part of the game.

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The cat, Simba, was busy checking out the new dog kennel when Thor snuck up from behind. The little pup began nudging the feline into the kennel, but that must not have been working fast enough.

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4 Aug

Huge Mama Whale and Her Baby Delight Tourists with Best Welcome Ever

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

One mama whale and her little calf proved that seeing whales in the wild doesn't mean you can't have an up-close encounter with them — she gave tourists quite a surprise when she swam right up to their little boat and asked for a pet on the head! 

This stunning video was captured back in February off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.

A pod of grey whales, stopping by on their journey from their winter breeding grounds to their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic, came right up next to a group of eager animal lovers who had boated out to see them.

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4 Aug

Rarest Cat in the World Lost His Nose but not His Spirit

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

There are only two white servals in the world and one of them continues to beat the odds.

Tonga, an 18-year-old white serval who lives at Big Cat Rescue (BCR) in Tampa, Florida, has beaten cancer by living without a nose.

This handsome fella was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma back in 2012, most likely from overexposure to the sun. As most cat lovers know, felines love soaking up the rays, but Tonga had an added risk due to his white fur — a trait likely picked up from inbreeding.

Volunteers discovered a scab on Tonga's nose but thought little of it at first. With some treatment it went away in time. Seven months later, however, it returned. Again, employees used antibiotics to help it disappear, but they were concerned when the spot popped up once again. They decided it was time for a full work-up to see what was wrong, which is when Tonga received the terrifying diagnosis.

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4 Aug

Puppy Left to Die in 140 Degree Car Goes Home With His Rescuer

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Things could have ended badly for a 5-month-old Chihuahua who was left alone in a hot car — instead, the little guy was rescued AND adopted … by the same guy!

Officer Jeff O'Rear was one of the officers who responded to an urgent call about a puppy left alone in a hot car parked outside a Kansas City, Missouri, shopping center last week. Surveillance footage showed that by the time police arrived, the puppy had been stuck in the sweltering car for an hour and 52 minutes, KCTV5 reports. 

"I've been on the job for 18 years," Officer O'Rear said, "That was one of the worst things I've seen."

When officers opened the car to save him, the puppy was passed out inside his crate, on his back with all four little legs in the air. The heat index that day was near 110 degrees, local outlet 41 Action News reports.

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4 Aug

Alligator Washes Up on South Carolina Beach

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As if sharks were the least of our worries at the beach this summer...

Beachgoers in Pawleys Island, South Carolina were in for a surprise when a 7-foot alligator came out of the waves and washed up ashore, according to ABC News. After two hours, police and animal control caught the gator and relocated it to a more suitable location.

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4 Aug

Major U.S. City Now Requires Pet Stores to Only Sell Rescues

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Yet another major city has joined the charge to help shut down puppy mills ... for good.

Last week, Phoenix, Arizona, officially joined the list of U.S. cities passing legislation aimed at shutting down puppy mills by requiring pet stores to offer only adoptable rescues.

The city upheld a 2013 ordinance banning pet stores from selling puppies and kittens — requiring them instead to offer adoptions of shelter and rescue animals. Phoenix joins more than 59 cities and counties across the country that have passed similar legislation.

Puppy mills breed puppies for profit, at the expense of the health and well-being of both the puppies who are being sold and the older dogs used to breed them. The mothers and fathers of dogs sold by puppy mills often live their whole lives in cages, never knowing love or human affection.

A protest to end puppy mills, New York City, 2014 (Shutterstock)

The Humane Society of the United States, along with animal lovers and activists, celebrated the decision in Phoenix — but not everyone is cheering. Frank and Vicki Mineo, who own Puppies 'N Love pet stores, plan to appeal the ruling, complaining that the requirements will unfairly hurt their business, which buys from only "USDA licensed breeders."

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4 Aug

Armadillo Gets Shot, Bounces Bullet Right Back Into His Shooter's Head

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

A Texas man got his karmic comeuppance on Thursday when he tried to shoot an innocent armadillo … and wound up shooting himself by accident.

The shooting happened around 3 a.m. off the side of the highway. The man aimed at the armadillo, but the bullet ricocheted off the animal's hard shell and hit him in the head. He was hospitalized and treated for minor injuries — there's no word on the condition of the armadillo.

The man told authorities that he "felt compelled to shoot at the armadillo" after seeing him on the road, the Houston Chronicle reports. This isn't the first time someone has tried to shoot an an armadillo and gotten shell shock — back in April, a man shot at an armadillo but the bullet bounced off the animal's shell and hit the man's mother-in-law instead.

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Armadillos are pretty cool animals — their name literally translates to "little armored one." They're actually closely related to sloths, but armadillos are unique as the only mammals with bony plates covering their bodies. This story just goes to show: Shooting an innocent animal can come back to bite you in all sorts of ways.

What the news report of the incident here:

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Get more Armadillo action below. Turtleman corners an armadillo and all heck breaks loose! 

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