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3 Sep

Shakes the Kitten Doesn't Let Disease Keep Her Down

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Meet Shakes — a teeny tiny kitten living in a shelter in Mumbai, India. She's a normal 8-week-old kitty: She loves to snuggle, play and squeeze into tiny spaces.

But she does it all while battling feline cerebellar hypoplasia, an incurable condition that causes her little body to shake uncontrollably.

Shakes is up for adoption at World For All, a rescue in Mumbai that helps find homes for stray animals.

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3 Sep

Gorilla Desperately Wants to Play with Little Boy

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Kids just want to monkey around, no matter their species. Visitors to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium took a touching video of a 2-year-old gorilla named Kamoli playing peek-a-boo with a young visitor through the glass of his cage.

Kamoli is a playful little guy, but his past hints at some of the darker aspects of keeping apes in captivity.

Kamoli's father, a gorilla named Oliver, arrived at the Columbus Zoo from another facility, where he was living all by himself, Patty Peters, a zoo representative, told The Dodo. Luckily, Oliver was able to integrate into a troop of gorillas at the Columbus Zoo, but for many captive apes, the effects of isolation can be devastating.

Kamoli was born in captivity, but his mother couldn't take care of him. The Columbus Zoo has a surrogate gorilla program just for cases like this, so Kamoli was raised by a combination of human caretakers and older gorillas.

His game with the little visitor wasn't out of character for Kamoli. "He's very playful and likes interacting with people," Peters said. "Kamoli seems to have an affinity for small children. All the gorillas do really."

All gorilla species are currently considered endangered, but life behind glass can come with its own set of dangers.

And, while Kamoli seems to crave engagement from the little human on the other side of the glass, for some gorillas in captivity, gawking humans can seem menacing, not friendly.

Peek-a-boo with Kamoli! Thanks to Sherry C. for sharing this video!

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Friday, August 28, 2015

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2 Sep

Garbagemen Heard Tiny Cries For Help In All This Trash

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

This kitten needed a hero — and thankfully he found three of them in the nick of time.

Two garbagemen in Stockholm, Sweden, were getting ready to haul food waste to an incinerator when they heard the sound of a distressed cat emanating from their truck's holding compartment. Since the trash inside was piled up so high, they couldn't see where the animal was hiding — but they refused to ignore his cries for help.

The pair called their colleague, Bekir Mercil, who offered his assistance in delivering the kitty to safety. Considering what they'd have to sift through to find him, that was no small gesture.

It's unclear how the cat came to be trapped inside the truck, but Mercil told the TheLocal.se that one thing was certain — they weren't going to rest until he was rescued, no matter how unpleasant a task that would be. So Mercil met the two others at a dump where they carefully sifted through an estimated five tons of rotting food to find the cat.

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31 Aug

Rowdy Dog Rolls in Grass With Most Unusual Friend

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Two soulmates have found each other at last: one from the water, one from the land.

A 2014 video of a dog and an otter rolling around in the grass has recently returned to the internet airwaves. Where are they? How did they meet? We may never know, but one thing's clear: These unlikely friends are having the time of their lives. 

It's not the first time this has happened. Maybe they're taking a cue from this pair. And don't even get us started on this otter, who made an even more unexpected friend.

Want to see more of this adorable interaction? Watch the full video below.

Feast your eyes on more silly otters below. 


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31 Aug

Seal Asks Human for Belly Rub

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Dogs love belly rubs, and, apparently, so do the dogs of the sea.

When videographer Gary Grayson took a dive just off the Isles of Scilly in the U.K. in 2014, he got the chance to get up close and personal with a group of Atlantic grey seals.

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31 Aug

Great Dane Has the Most Unexpected Reaction to Meeting a Chihuahua

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Duke the Great Dane may not really understand just how big he is. His family introduced him to a Chihuahua last year and caught the whole thing on video. The reactions are a pretty wild window into dog's psyches.

At first Duke just stared ... like he didn't understand just what he was looking at.

But then Duke started to get a little scared of his tiny new friend. So he retreated into the safety of his human's lap.

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27 Aug

Park Visitor Leaves the Most Ridiculous Note About Bears

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some folks, the great outdoors is apparently only "meh."

One recent visitor to Yellowstone was evidently less than fully satisfied with his stay at the world-famous National Park — all because of one major disappointment. As it turns out, the performance of the park's wildlife fell quite short of expectations, with bears showing particular disregard for his vacation plans. It's like they didn't even try.

In a note to park staff, the guest left a ridiculous suggestion for how the park might improve 

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25 Aug

Bears Kept in Tiny Cages Finally Run Free

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

Forced to perform tricks and kept in tiny cages, four bears spent years languishing in a roadside zoo in Pennsylvania.

And when the zoo was shut down in 1995 because of violations of the Animal Welfare Act, Fifi, Bruno, Pocahontas and Marsha were never allowed to leave their enclosures, not even for humiliating bicycle-riding for small crowds.

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24 Aug

Think You've Seen a Cat Sit Weird? Think Again.

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

In general, our pets sit and lie in weird positions all the time. It's kind of their thing. But one family realized its cat might out-weird them all, when they saw him sitting EXACTLY like a human.

That's right. Red, a cat from Ohio, sits down and stays seated exactly the way humans do. When his family noticed the adorable and strange way Red chose to sit, they knew they had to share it with the world.

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23 Aug

The Magical Moment a Little Girl Befriended a Deer

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

While all parents try to raise their children to be responsible adults, it's often those very youngsters who have the most to teach grown-ups about what it means to be compassionate beings.

Ann Maree, of Omaha, Nebraska, recently captured this incredible footage of her 15-month-old daughter's magical encounter with a young deer who dropped by their house for a visit. Without judgment or fear, the unlikely pair are seen forming an innocent bond of friendship, one that older folks passing by could help but admire:

"It was so amazing," Marree wrote in a post to her local news station, "even the ice cream man stopped to watch their interaction."

Need to go 'aww' ? Well, this should do it. An #Omaha toddler got an up-close animal encounter over the weekend. Thanks to viewer Ann Maree for sending in the video!

Posted by DaVonté McKenith on Monday, August 17, 2015

Deers are cute to observe from afar (unless you're this infant), but what happens when one jumps into your apartment?

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