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6 Jul

Fearless Firefighters Have The Softest Spot For Baby Ducks

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

When six tiny ducklings fell into a storm drain under a busy road in Slovakia, their mother panicked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thankfully, help was on the way in the form of tough guy firefighters with a soft spot for ducklings.

The duck mom and one luckier duckling still aboveground stood by and watched while firefighters practically dove beneath the traffic to try to bring the ducklings back to safety. 

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6 Jul

Dog Proves Laser Pointers Aren't Just For Cats

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

Cats have been entertained and baffled by laser pointers and other average objects since the beginning of time. Dogs aren't as often the subjects of laser pointer entertainment — but maybe they should be.

A family discovered that when they combined a dog, a bowl, and a laser pointer, they could all have fun for hours without even having to get off the floor.

This adorable dog becomes fascinated when he realizes there's an energetic red light "trapped" under a bowl.

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6 Jul

Giant Stingray Munches on Spider Crab

It's nom nom time for this lucky stingray.

It's a little bit like putting together the perfect outfit or lacing up a new pair of shoes, only to have your efforts ruined by a mustard stain or mud puddle. Except for this spider crab, it's molting its exoskeleton only to be eaten by a hungry giant stingray. Watch and see ... just wait for the carnage.

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6 Jul

Feeding Frenzy! Five Sharks Devour Sperm Whale Carcass (VIDEO)

While America was celebrating our nation's birth this weekend, the five sharks in the video below were going bananas over a sperm whale carcass off the coast of New South Wales, Australia.

According to the videographer and diver Brett Vercoe, three great whites and two tiger sharks were included in the frenzy which lasted for at least three hours.

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Photo: YouTube image

The toothed sperm whale will eat about one ton of fish and squid a day.  On average, they grow to 49 to 67 feet in length and can weigh 35 to 45 tons. To put that into perspective - an average U.S. car is about TWO tons.

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6 Jul

Woofstock: The Road to Puppy Bowl Gets Feet Moving and Tails Wagging

Two weeks ago, our team traveled to Chicago for the first ever Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl! Over 3,000 people attended the all-day festival celebrating pet adoptions and man’s best friend while enjoying live music and perfect weather.

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Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl was the grand finale for Road to Puppy Bowl, a series of fee-waived adoption events in 17 cities around the country. In just five months, we were able to help find forever homes to more than 2,000 animals! But the June 27th event wasn’t just about celebrating adoptions; it was also about finding families for even more pups. PAWS Chicago brought dogs along and 61 were adopted on-site.

Throughout the day, animal lovers joined our Animal Planet stars on stage to participate in trivia and compete in dog bone stacking and Chicago hot dog eating contests. Face painters gave dog and cat inspired makeovers while other activities were brought by our friends at the ASPCA, PAWS Chicago, DogVacay, and AT&T. Food trucks and a Lagunitas beer garden were also on-site serving up fresh grub and cold drinks. The fun wasn’t just for people, though. With obstacle courses, Puppy Bowl Kiss Cam, photo ops and dog treats, four legged friends had their share of excitement.

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6 Jul

Danger: It's Mosquito Season

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Credit: pzAxe/Veer

Humidity, warmth, and the dampness of summer bring along an annoying pest: the mosquito. The heat from the summer paired with the dampness of the recent rainfall make perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes, as they are very attracted to warm and wet areas.

Mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous insects in the world due to a variety of diseases they can transfer, such as Malaria, Dog Heart Worm, and the West-Nile Virus.

 

You can try to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing any standing water around your home. Mosquitoes can lay about 300 eggs in even small volumes of water, so removing moisture is a key method in trying to get rid of them. There are also several repellents to keep these insects away.

For more information about how to control mosquitoes and prevent diseases, check out this article on our website.

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5 Jul

Giant Shark Swings By For A Chat, Chaos Ensues

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from thedodo.com)

These girls expected a nice, leisurely diving trip, but they got more than they bargained for. Twelve feet more, to be exact.

The girls were in a protective metal cage in Mossel Bay, South Africa, when a very curious visitor swam up: an 11.5-foot great white shark.

He seems to be quite hungry, as he immediately sets to work munching through the cage — while one of the girls screams.

"Hello, there." 

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5 Jul

Days-Old Bear Cubs Learn The Comforts Of A Mother's Den

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

These rescued bear cubs have a thirst for life ... and for milk. Staff at the International Fund For Animal Welfare's (IFAW) Orphan Bear Rescue Center in Bubonitsy, Russia, set up go-pros to catch this adorable footage of the cubs gulping from their bottles, playing with each other and just generally being adorable.

"Mmm, not too hot, not too cold ... this milk is just right." 

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4 Jul

Big Dog Simply Refuses To Leave Little Baby's Side

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

It's a match made in ... the living room.

The friendship between an Alaskan malamute named Evo and a tiny, 4-month-old baby named Adam seems to be a destiny of biblical proportions — at least, for the dog.

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3 Jul

Pit Bull Learns To Jump On The Bed, Has Best Time Ever

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

These two little girls were having a blast jumping all over the bed — and their sweet pit bull wanted to join in on the fun too!

"WOAH how did I just do that?!"

He was apprehensive at first, but his little humans got so excited when he started to jump, so what else could he do? He clearly loves his humans!

"Is this what I've been missing out on all this time?!"

Every time he stopped jumping, his girls cheered him on and he would start again. He loves making them smile, and these little girls are the ultimate cheerleaders!

"This is kind of scary but also fun? Fun scary? Is that a thing?"

He didn't want to jump too much while the girls were on the bed with him though — he'd rather they were safe and happy. Pit bulls are simply the best

You keep jumping on the bed, girls, and you, too, Mr. Pit Bull! After all, if the monkey's can do it, then so can the pit bulls!

Watch the whole video here!

 Want more pit bulls? Check out some highlights from season six of "Pit Bulls & Parolees!"

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