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1 Aug

Cecil the Lion's Brother Reportedly Shot Dead

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(Guest post by Joanna Zelman from

In another unfair twist to an already tragic story, Cecil the lion's brother was reportedly shot dead on Saturday. Cecil was killed in July in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist who paid $55,000 to kill the beloved lion.

USA Today reports that Cecil's brother Jericho was killed by hunters, according to Zimbabwe's Conservation Task Force. "We are absolutely heartbroken," the task force said in a statement to New York Daily News.

For more on what you can do to prevent further violence against lions and other wildlife, please goto

Read more of our coverage on Cecil the Lion here:

This is Why Cecil's Death Matters

A Tribute to Cecil

In the Darkness of Cecil's Death, Jane Goodall Sees Light

Learn more about lions from Into the Pride:

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1 Aug

The Most Nerve-Wracking Duck Crossing Ever

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(Guest post by Emily Pelleymounter from


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Thankfully, no ducks or humans were harmed. Watch the crossing below.

Need a cute duck video to ease your heart rate? Watch below.

1 Aug

Discovery Proves Cats Have Been Devious for Thousands of Years

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

Some things never change — like the passing of the seasons, the rise and fall of the ocean tide, or the wayward wanderings of one particular kind of pet.

An archeologist from the Gloucester City Museum in the U.K. recently discovered indisputable proof that cats' typically devious, casually destructive attitude has been around for millennia. While sorting through artifacts from a 2,000-year-old Ancient Roman construction, the researcher happened upon a roof tile bearing the imprints of a naughty feline's feet.

Lise Noakes, a member of the city council, told the Gloucester News Centre that such a find is very rare: "What a fascinating discovery." 

The careless kitty who created these paw prints is believed to have done so around the year 100 A.D. by strolling over the soft tile as it lay drying in the sun — forever securing her place in history, and reaffirming that even a boring old roof tile can be made infinitely more interesting thanks to the presence of a cat.

Get more devious cat action below, courtesy of My Cat From Hell.

1 Aug

Dog is an Expert at Carrying His Tail Around With Him

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

You know the saying, "You'd lose your head if it wasn't attached?" Well, one dog has decided to take that saying very seriously, except not with his head — with his tail.

This pup is either so afraid he's going to lose his tail or he likes it so much that he insists on carrying it in his mouth around the house with him.

The pup was gotten so good at walking his tail that he's even mastered the art of turning corners ... sort of. 

A tail is an important part of a dog's identity, apparently, and this little guy is determined to keep an eye on his. You have to admire his dedication. Watching this dog play fetch would probably be the funniest thing ever.

Check out the full video of this cautious dog below!

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31 Jul

'Stalker' Squirrel Detained by Police

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

Have you ever had an off day when you're so tired and hungry that you just don't act like yourself?

A squirrel in Germany was having one of those days in mid-July, but nobody in the park knew that at the time. To parkgoers, he seemed to be following a woman for no reason at all. 

Then he wouldn't leave her alone.

The woman attempted to ward off the little guy, but he turned aggressive and continued to adamantly pursue her, according to The Telegraph. Distressed and desperate, she made an emergency phone call to the polizei, the local German authorities.

That's when police took matters into their own leather-bound hands.


The police confirmed that the squirrel acted aggressively toward the woman, so they booked him.

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Back at the station, they discovered the reason the poor little guy was acting a little nuts: He was hungry and tired!

The squirrel calmed down when police served him apples and honey. He washed down the meal with some tea, according to the Polizei NRW Recklinghausen's Facebook post .

Bottrop: Eichhörnchen nach Verfolgung in Gewahrsam genommen Ein sehr ungewöhnlicher Notruf erreichte heute Morgen die Polizei in Bottrop. Ein Eichhörnchen verfolgte eine junge Frau an der Eichenstraße.Die Beamten stellten fest: das stimmt! Sie nahmen den Verfolger in Gewahrsam und brachten ihn zur Polizeiwache. Dort zeigte das Eichhörnchen erste Erschöpfungserscheinungen, denen die Beamten mit Apfelstücken und Honigtee entgegenwirkten. Frisch gestärkt soll es dann einer Auffangstation übergeben werden.----------------------#Polizei#Recklinghausen

Posted by Polizei NRW Recklinghausen on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The police wrote in the post that once the squirrel recovered from his exhaustion, he'd be brought to an animal rescue center.

Chasing a woman in the park, being taken into custody and being fed a sweet dinner by a uniformed officer: It may have been one of the weirdest days of this little squirrel's life, but at least he's not suffering from hunger and exhaustion any more.

This little squirrel wasn't the first to caught us by surprise. One squirrel recently picked a fight with a snake and won. Another squirrel decided to partake in some holiday decorating. And in 2014, a squirrel caused the evacuation of a school playground.

Learn more about squirrels and their internal GPS system that allows them to locate their nuts months later even under a thick layer of snow here. 

31 Jul

Stolen Puppy Jumps from Moving Truck to Escape His Kidnappers

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Little Jax was stolen right out of his family's Austin, Texas, home last week, but, thanks to his incredible bravery, the puppy managed to escape the thieves and get back to his loving parents.

Jordan Quick and his girlfriend were away from their apartment when dog-nappers broke in and stole the 12-week-old pit bull puppy.

A neighbor's surveillance camera caught some footage of the thieves, but without any leads, Quick was terrified he would never see his beloved Jax again. "He's very loyal," Quick told The Dodo. "He's definitely a daddy's boy.

Quick and his girlfriend set up a Facebook page with a desperate plea for information about their missing puppy. Little did they know, Jax was trying just as hard to get back to them.


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31 Jul

Too Cute: Two Goats Meet a Barn Cat

Meeting someone new can be exciting and scary, but baby goats Lady Bug and Princess Leia face the challenge head on! They can barely contain their excitement about meeting Moo the barn cat as they leap and bleat with joy. Moo, however, doesn't really seem to care either way, in true cat fashion. 

We could all use a little bit of that goat-y enthusiasm!

Check out more adorable animal friendships in our Puppy Pals video!

31 Jul

This Cat Really, Really Doesn't Want to be at the Vet

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

We all get a little apprehensive going to the doctor sometimes ... and pets are no exception. This cat somehow ended up at the vet, and he's not exactly jazzed about it.

In fact, he's taken quite drastic measures to try and hide ...

Any cat who is climbing into a garbage can on his own free will DEFINITELY doesn't want to be wherever he is. Have no fear though, cat. You're not alone. There are many, many other cats who also got tricked into going to the vet and aren't too happy about it.

Like this guy, who figures "Out of sight, out of mind," right?


Check out a whole bunch of other pets, and some of our readers' pets, who also really, really don't want to be at the vet.

Do you have a scaredy-cat? Here are some tips on how to calm your kitty.

31 Jul

Senior Dog is Rescued After a Life on the Streets

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

When Eldad Hagar of rescue group Hope For Paws got a call about a homeless senior dog living on the side of a California freeway, he knew it wouldn't be an easy rescue.

Hagar and another rescuer found the dog, a big yellow guy they called Rudolph, sleeping in a sunny patch of grass by a highway off-ramp.

They slipped a leash on Rudolph while he was sleeping so he didn't run off into the highway traffic — but when he woke up to find strangers had put a lead on his neck, he was frightened and anxious.

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31 Jul

Dog Lost in Canyon for Six Weeks Comes Home Alive

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

When a 9-month-old husky mix named Banjo was caught in a fast moving current and swept away by the Poudre River, her panicked family worried they would never see her again.

Banjo was out on a hike with her human brother, Braeden Brooks, when they both slipped and fell into the river in Colorado's Poudre Canyon. The two were separated: Brooks made it out but a frightened Banjo was whisked away downstream.


Brooks and Banjo's mom, Donna Hill, organized a search party and went back to the canyon day after day looking for the family's lost dog. But weeks went by with no sign of Banjo. Brooks had to return to school in Kentucky, but came home to Colorado every week to keep searching for Banjo … to no avail. 

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