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3 Aug

Dog Stuck in Shelter So Long They Changed His Name

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from
Sometimes the longer a pup is at a shelter, the less likely it feels he'll ever get adopted. One shelter decided to give an extra boost to a dog who has been particularly down on his luck.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi was troubled that a wonderful dog named Elmo hadn't found the right family for him. Elmo came to them, sickly and weak, from an overcrowded local shelter where he was on the euthanasia list.

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"He is such a great dog … he's a great size, he's got a great personality and he's breaking our hearts every day he stays in the shelter," the Humane Society of South Mississippi told The Dodo. "So, we decided to post just exactly how many days he has been here."

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2 Aug

NYC's Empire State Building Lights Up for Endangered Species

The Empire State Building in New York City was illuminated last night with stunning imagery of endangered species from across the planet. 

The projected show kicked off at 9 p.m. and continued until midnight, looping several different montages. In an effort to drive awareness of the critical status of our planet's wildlife, the event was spearheaded by photographer and filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, director of the documentary Racing Extinction, to air on Animal Planet's sister network Discovery Channel on December 2.

Here are some highlights from last night:



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2 Aug

Birds are Total Jerks to Dogs

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from

We're not sure what birds have against man's best friend, but there's no doubt they can be giant jerks when they get around dogs. Don't believe us? Just watch these birds bullying these poor pups. Sometimes they even dive bomb from above. Poor guy can't catch a break in a public park.

It turns out birds can get very protective of their territories and their nests, which might explain why they try to keep dogs away.

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2 Aug

Kittenhood Accident Left Cat With Permanently Adorable Expression

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Just like humans, all animals have their own distinctive looks, and some are even more distinct-looking than others. When he was just a kitten, Ozzy the cat had an accident that left him cross-eyed. He fell off of a window sill, and while he luckily survived, his eyes were never the same. Despite it all, he really couldn't be more adorable.

Ozzy's eyes are permanently crossed, but it doesn't seem to have affected his sweet demeanor. And, as some have pointed out, Ozzy also bears a resemblance to Bagheera, the panther who gets hypnotized in "The Jungle Book."

Due to his accident, Ozzy has impaired eyesight and can essentially see only in tunnel vision. Still, the cat seems like a fairly happy guy, with a loving family who supports him despite his differences. 

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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.

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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30 Jul

The World Would be a Better Place #IfAnimalsMadeLaws

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Early Thursday morning, perhaps as a collective response to the tragic killing of Cecil the lion, Twitter users across the country began tweeting out the laws that would exist if animals were in charge. The hashtag #IfAnimalsMadeLaws was soon trending nationally.

Some of the suggestions are serious.

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Some are silly.

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30 Jul

Puppy Mill Dogs Feel Grass for the Very First Time

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Last Saturday, 93 furry lives were changed forever.

The little dogs were all different: Some were Shih Tzus, some were poodles, some had long matted hair and some had short coats. Some of the dogs lay quietly, while others paced nervously and whined in their crates. But, all the dogs had one thing in common — they had just been rescued from miserable lives in puppy mills.

North Shore Animal League

Nearly one hundred dogs arrived at the North Shore Animal League America from puppy mills all over Oklahoma. They had all been used for breeding, spending their lives locked in cages, forced to have litter after litter of puppies for sale in pet stores.

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30 Jul

The Latest from Instagram: Meet Tonkey the Sharpei, an Adorable Teddy Bear Look-Alike

After all the terrible animal news of recent, let us all take a moment to soothe our minds with a major cute overdose ... Enter, Tonkey.

Tonkey is an adorable 4-month-old bear-coat Sharpei, living in Alberta, Canada, with mom Christine Park. Park created an Instagram account for her new totally cute addition to the fam, only to amass over 150,000 followers in eight weeks.

She also has a big sister -- a 2-year-old border collie named Maxi, who is her total BFF and always looking out for her. 

Meet Tonkey: 


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