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25 Jun

Bless the Internet: A 'Jurassic World' With Cats Instead of Dinosaurs Exists

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From Tumblr user Khan&Kittens

Were you one of the many who made their way to theaters to see the latest in the Jurassic Park franchise, "Jurassic World"? If we told you there was something way bigger than the Indominus rex, would you believe us?

Behold: We give you Purassic World. Yes. A Tumblr user has geniusly Photoshopped pictures of kittens onto scenes from the hit movie. And this isn't the first time. Check out some photos from Purassic World below, then head back to Khan&Kittens Tumblr page to see even more from past "Jurassic Park" movies.

http://khanandkittens.tumblr.com/post/121230297906/purrrassic-world-what-man-has-built-let-no-kitten

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15 Jun

Florida Man Takes Perfectly-Timed Photo of Raccoon on Top of an Alligator

#ICYMI: This raccoon had no problem hitching a ride on top of an alligator in the Ocala National Forest over the weekend. http://at.wftv.com/1BbMKhI #WFTVPhoto: Jones Family

Posted by WFTV Channel 9 on Monday, June 15, 2015

A Florida man snapped the photo of a lifetime when he captured a raccoon riding on top of an alligator Sunday, wftv.com reports.

According to Richard Jones, he and his family were walking along the Oaklawaha River when his son decided to get a bit closer to the water to snap a photo of alligators. The movement apparently startled a raccoon, who then scampered onto the back of an alligator floating nearby. Jones snapped the photo before the raccoon retreated back to safety.

"I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing," Jones said in an email to wftv.com. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime."

Watch a raccoon video below:

12 May

After Spending 49 Days in a Shipping Container, This Cat Proves it Has Nine Lives (VIDEO)

Talk about having nine lives! An Australian cat named Pippa is miraculously alive after having spent 49 days in a shipping container, according to Time.

Pippa apparently snuck into the container while her owner was filling it with items for a neighbor who had just moved to Brisbane, Australia. When he opened the box, it was covered with cat hair, feces, and urine - and Pippa. Since she was so malnourished, she was taken to an animal welfare league, where she has been cared for, and has since moved in with a foster family. Rebecca Schilling, Pippa's owner, is working on bringing home the 3-year-old tabby, but also doesn't want to traumatize her further with long travel so soon after her ordeal.

Get tips on how to travel/move with cats here.

Watch this video to see how to ease your pet's anxiety while riding in the car:

11 May

Wild Boar Runs Rampant in Shopping Mall (VIDEO)

Shopping malls can get a little wild on a weekend, but this isn’t the wild we’re used to.

Shoppers in Hong Kong were in for a surprise when a 55-pound wild boar fell from the ceiling into a children’s clothing store in Chai Wan mall, according to BBC News. We could only imagine that she got lost on her way to the food court.

Can’t believe it? Take a look and see for yourself:

One damaged ceiling and a broken window display later, order was restored after the boar was tranquilized and sent to an animal rehabilitation center.

Things could’ve been worse. Find out how dangerous wild hogs and boars can be toward humans.

This post is part of our special MONSTER NEWS coverage for MONSTER WEEK! Check out related articles here and watch video highlights in anticipation of Monster Week, starting May 17, only on Animal Planet.

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11 May

The Minerva Monster (VIDEO)

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Back in 1978, a series of strange events happened in Minerva, Ohio. They specifically happened to the Caytons, a typical small-town American family, and changed their lives forever. 

As the story goes, the Caytons began to experience some odd activity at night on their property on the outskirts of town, which backed up to woodlands and an old strip mine. It started with strange noises and rocks being thrown, and culminated with the killing of the family dog and a visual encounter of a giant, shadowy figure looking in the window of the house. In other words, it's the perfect monster story!

My pal Seth Breedlove thought so too, and decided to make a film about the incident, which blew up and turned the sleepy town into a circus of media and "Bigfoot hunters" descending on the Caytons' property.

I watched the film, entitled The Minerva Monster, and it has a great "monster movie" vibe similar to the vintage Bigfoot film The Legend of Boggy Creek, but without the hokey narration or horror movie cliches.

I asked Seth why he wanted to make the film, and why he chose to make a movie about a monster that isn't your typical monster movie.  Here's what he had to say:

"While I don't consider myself a "believer" in Bigfoot, I do think there is enough evidence to make looking into the subject worthwhile. This particular story, especially, seems to have no easy answers. This is only further corroborated by law enforcement and media personnel who investigated it. 

I grew up in a family where history was a very important part of our lives (my parents owned a historical bookstore). I saw an opportunity in making this film to help preserve something important. Maybe not immediately obvious in terms of importance but certainly important to the city of Minerva and the state of Ohio in general. All history, good or bad, should be told and retold. The Minerva Monster case is no different."

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4 May

"Sea Monster" Washes Up on New Zealand Beach

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(Picture: New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium)

The rare Oarfish that washed ashore in a Salt Marsh in Aramoana, New Zealand may not be as big as some members of its species, but it still conjures up images of sea serpents or "monsters" of lore (and lives up to its name).

This oar-shaped beast measured 10 feet long, but some can grow up to 36 feet, and we've covered an 18-foot example in this blog. Not much is known about the fish,  but some believe they swim vertically to attack prey (such as krill, squid or small fish) from below.

Tessa Mills, from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, who helped identified the fish, says this is only the 5th report they've received in 150 years. Legend has it that they are found after storms or earthquakes.

Check out the post from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, who identified the species and read more about the sighting from iflscience.com.

[Want to see more giant water-loving monsters? Watch the Top 10 Biggest River Monsters!]

 

22 Apr

New Species of Frog Discovered in Costa Rica Looks Like Kermit the Frog

OH MY GONZO.  

Kermit has a very real, translucent doppelganger! 

This muppet-colored amphibian with similar bulging white, black pupiled eyes and lanky limbs of Jim Henson's famous puppet, is a new species of glass frog: Hyalinobatrachium dianae. But even Miss Piggy herself is probably confusing the two. 

Scientist Brian Kubicki, founder of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center, and his team, discovered the frog in February in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. 

Instead of naming this look-alike after our beloved Kermit, however, this species' scientific name means "Diane's bare-hearted glass frog," after Brian's mother. Sorry, Kermie. 

The underbelly of the one-inch long amphibian (only 2.5 centimeters big!) is see-through. You can peer right on in to its insides! I'm talking organs, people. From its stomach to its tiny, beating heart. 

But even though it wears its heart on its belly, the bare-hearted glass frog is far from pleasant. According to Andrew Crawford, a batrachologist at the University of Los Andes in Colombia, this new species is quite territorial, fighting any males who trespass their territory. 

The team found six specimens so far, but we can be rest assure 

And to quote the green muppet to top it all off: "always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament."  

Alright, Animals!

Meet another potential interesting frog find:

3 Apr

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Llamas

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Photo: Thinkstock

Llamas are adorably weird creatures. And although you've seen them all over the Internet, here are 11 facts you probably didn't know about them.

1. Llamas are actually a close relative of the camel. But without the hump, the hump, the lovely little lump.

2. Llamas ears are shaped like bananas.

3. They don't only spit at humans. Llamas spit at each other to resolve misunderstandings in their own groups. If only that would solve all group dilemmas. 

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Photo: Veer

4. Llamas don't have hooves. They only have two toes on each foot with a leathery pad underneath. 

5. Baby llamas are called "crias." Mama llamas "dams," and papa llamas "sires." Yes. mhm, quite, sire. 

6. They weigh between 280 and 450 pounds. Oh my.

7. When llamas get pregnant, their pregnancy lasts 11 months to a year! And they have their babies standing up. The birth only lasts 30 minutes. 

8. Besides looking like a silly, short, hairy giraffe. Llamas are actually intelligent and incredibly easy to train.

9. People bring llamas to nursing homes as a form of therapy.  

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Photo: Veer

10. The fibres of llamas are fireproof.

11. And finally, llama dung is almost odorless. Holy crap.

1 Apr

Lamb Born in Russia With Human Face

 

 

Mother Nature Network posted a blog about a lamb born in Russia with a human face, and I have to admit that I first thought it was an April Fools' Day joke. But after watching the video above, it seems legit.

MNN reports:

Lamb deformed"The lamb does look disturbingly like a cranky grandpa. Its eyes and mouth are eerily human, with a large nose that gives it a cartoonish angry expression. The cause of the animal's deformities are not due to an aberrant farmer getting a little too cozy with one of his ewes, as some jokesters may suggest. Rather, they are likely the cause of a Vitamin A overdose, at least according to local veterinarian Dorofei Gavrilov, who is also from the village of Chirka in southwestern Russia where the lamb was born."

Often, animals born with deformities don't survive, but in this case, the little lamb doesn't seem to be negatively affected by its unique face and with human care, should have a normal life.

Read more about this bizarre lamb and its fate here.

 

Here's another example of a animal with a bizarre-looking deformity.

 

 

17 Mar

Squirrel Takes Leap of Faith

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Not every day do you see a flying squirrel. Not every day do you see a grey squirrel do a flying squirrel impression. It just goes to show, when you really want something, you get it. Take this squirrel for instance...

 Watch Animal Planet LIVE's Wild Birds Cam (where squirrels often make cameo appearances)!

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