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6 Jul

Fearless Firefighters Have The Softest Spot For Baby Ducks

Dodo Circular

(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

Dodo Circular

(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

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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5 Jul

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

Dodo Circular

(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

Dodo Circular

(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

Dodo Circular

(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!"

3 Jul

The New Way To Give Your Dog A Bath Is Either Genius Or Ridiculous

Dodo Circular

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

Let's face it: Cleaning your dog can be pretty impossible.

If your dog comes into the house after a romp in the mud, or even if he is just smelly and long overdue for a bath, convincing him to get clean can be quite a feat.

This new invention, the Woof Washer 360, could be the dog-washing way of the future. The Woof Washer operates by spraying soap and water through a hoop attached to a handle, which you then move up and down over your dog to clean him.

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2 Jul

Cat Reacts To Flower In Most Dramatic Way Possible

Dodo Circular

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

Cats are pretty durable creatures. They're constantly exploring and getting themselves stuck, and yet they always seem to make it out OK. They do have nine lives, after all. This one cat was faced with a foe, however, that he just couldn't overcome: a flower.

That's right. This cat is presented with a flower, and though the flower seems harmless, it renders this cat motionless and completely incapable of being a cat. How on earth did it do that?

It starts off innocent enough. A dancing flower — what could be dangerous about that? Psh.

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2 Jul

World's Ugliest Dog Gets A Celebrity Make-Over

Quasi Modo

Last weekend the World's Ugliest Dog was crowned in Petaluma, California. Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch Shepherd mix, beat out 26 other dogs to take home the title, and its' $1,500 prize. Since then, the deformed dog, who is missing a couple vertebrae, has gained some fame. 

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1 Jul

UPDATE: 'Kale Chips' the Beagle Is 20 Pounds Lighter, Healthier and Happier (VIDEO)

Remember our buddy, Kale Chips?  Rescued this past January, he was 85 pounds when he was brought to the shelter One Tail at a Time. That's about 60 pounds overweight by your average beagle body standards.

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Photo: Courtesy of One Tail at a Time. Visit the One Tail at a Time Facebook page for more photos >>

But thanks to the One Tail at a Time staff, he's dropped 20 pounds with a healthier diet and lots of exercise. When the rescue first took him in, they were a little daunted by the challenge at hand -- but, Kale Chips is a fighter! He took to his new lifestyle habits happily and charged ahead with his new beginning.

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