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Google AR search now pulls animals off the screen and into your room

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Is that a panda in your living room?

Yes, yes it is. Google mobile search for different animals on smartphones now brings up the option to view them as augmented reality images that you can place into your surroundings, whether that’s your backyard, on the couch next to your brother watching TV, or in the middle of the kitchen.

According to 9to5Google, as of this week, searches for lions, tigers, bears, alpine goats, timberwolves, European hedgehogs, angler fish, emperor penguins, and giant pandas bring up a 3D image within search that can then be “transported” into your reality through an AR filter. Searches in Chrome or the Google app bring up a 3D card on the screen.  Read more…

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Enormous, weird fish washes up on an Australian beach. So, what is it?

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This is certainly one very fishy encounter.

Two fishers stumbled across quite the surprise when they found a sunfish which had washed onto the beach at Coorong National Park in South Australia.

The photos, taken by Linette Grzelak, were posted on Facebook by National Parks South Australia on Tuesday, and boy, it’s a weird looking fish.

Grzelak told CNN they thought the fish was a piece of driftwood when they drove past it.

The strange-looking sea creature has since been identified by the South Australian Museum’s ichthyology manager Ralph Foster as an ocean sunfish (Mola mola), due to markings on its tail and the shape of its head. Read more…

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Scientists are looking for the owner of a USB drive which was found in seal poop

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USB drives are unfortunately small and easy to lose.

If you happened to misplace one on the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, scientists from the country’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) are looking for you.

Just how they found it is rather interesting: The USB drive was found in the poop of a leopard seal, which had been sitting in a NIWA freezer since November 2017.

Three weeks ago, volunteers pulled out the sample for researchers to study, which starts by defrosting the poop. Read more…

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Spiders ‘rain’ in awesome, but kinda unsettling event

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Rain is already annoying enough when it’s not seemingly made of spiders.

So spare a thought for the people who had to keep an eye on a group of arachnids that appeared to be raining down over rural Brazil, thanks to hot and humid weather.

João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca, who filmed a video of the event, told a local paper Terro Do Mandu (as per a translation from The Guardian) that he was travelling to his grandparents’ farm north east of São Paulo, when he noticed black dots in the sky.

Fonseca said he was “stunned and scared,” in particular when a spider fell through the window, and well, fair enough. Read more…

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Did you lose a pigeon dressed in a tiny bedazzled vest? He’s been found.

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Hey, if you lost your bedazzled pigeon, he’s safe and sound at a bird sanctuary in Arizona. 

A young male pigeon, inexplicably dressed in a rhinestone-studded vest, was found in Glendale, Arizona on Nov. 10. He’s been under the care of Fallen Feathers ever since. 

“He’s very friendly and fits on your finger,” Fallen Feathers director Jody Kieran told AZ Central.

She posted a photo of the bird and his impossibly tiny get up on the sanctuary’s Facebook page on Sunday. 

“If you know the owner we have your friend here waiting,” the post says.  Read more…

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U.S. Embassy apologises after cat picture mistakenly sent out

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We’d never get you to say sorry for sending an adorable cat picture.

But the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia has apologised on behalf of the Department of State who did just that, accidentally sending a test email featuring a photo of a cat dressed in a Cookie Monster costume.

According to the Australian Associated Press, the photo was was titled “cat pajama-jam” and was sent within an email titled “meeting,” as part of a fake meeting invitation sent by the Department of State to recipients.

It’s been described as a “training error,” and at least the U.S. Embassy saw the humour in it. Read more…

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So, turns out snakes have been hitchhiking on planes. Have a nice flight.

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Seems Snakes on a Plane isn’t as a ridiculous film as we thought, as new research suggests snakes have been hitchhiking on planes. Feel good about that trip you’re about to take? 

A team of scientists led by the University of Queensland has found that the brown tree snake, which has been obliterating Guam’s native bird population, made it to the Pacific island by hitchhiking on planes. 

And from Guam, they’re hitching it to Hawaii.

What planes? Don’t worry, the snakes didn’t just slither through security to a business class seat on a commercial flight. According to the study published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution, they hopped on military transport planes somewhere around Australia during World War II. Read more…

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Watching Kevin Hart being afraid of a baby ostrich is pure joy

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Comedian Kevin Hart being scared of things is always funny.

He’s particularly frightened of random animals, even when it comes to something as cute as Robert Irwin’s baby ostrich, who makes an adorable chirping noise.

“You know what she’s saying. I want some little black man, and all of his brothers,” Hart said on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night.

In case you didn’t know, Hart has a bit of history with ostriches, something which he spoke about in 2009’s I’m A Grown Little Man when he was chased by one. 

Hart is not so afraid of a falcon though, despite their frightful talons, managing to get close — if uncomfortably so. Read more…

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The largest dinosaur foot ever belongs to ‘Bigfoot’

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The largest dinosaur foot ever found, belonging to one of the largest land animals this planet’s ever seen, surely deserves the title “Bigfoot” more than Sasquatch.

Excavated in 1998 by an expedition from the University of Kansas, and described in a new study published in PeerJ – the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences, “Bigfoot” was discovered in the Black Hills area of Wyoming. Scientists determined the dinosaur — a very close relative of Brachiosaurus — had the biggest feet of any sauropod, and roamed the area 150 million years ago. 

Crew member Anthony Maltese, who is also the lead author of the study, writes that the foot was nearly 1 meter wide. It didn’t belong to the largest dinosaur ever discovered, the study said, but “Bigfoot” did have particularly large feet. Read more…

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These lynx screaming at each other will strike a chord with anyone who has a sibling

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Have you ever made it to the point in an argument with your brother or sister when you’ve both lost sight of what the problem is and NOW YOU’RE JUST YELLING?

You’re just like these two lynx.

Captured on camera by Nicole Lewis in near Avery Lake, which borders Ontario, Canada, and Michigan, U.S., the two lynx appear to be having a mild territorial meltdown — according to National Geographic, lynx tend to do make this weird screechy noise in confrontations, particularly if it’s a first meeting.

According to Storyful, who hosted the video, Lewis spotted the pair closed to the Dinorwic region of Ontario, where lynxes roam and only make human headlines if they attack pet goats (the goat was OK). Read more…

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Yikes, that’s a lot of flies

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The occasional fly buzzing about is an inevitable part of living in Australia. But in some parts of the country, the flies can get pretty hectic. 

As Andrew Harper from the Outback Camel Company in the Simpson Desert found out, detailed in a video posted on Facebook Tuesday. 

“I’ve not seen them this thick for years,” the post reads. Thick may be an understatement.

Harper told the ABC the combination of recent rainfall and warm temperatures have resulted in the spike of flies. 

“We all had fly nets on and we stopped for a break. I was looking back at my lead camel and her saddle and the front of the saddle. Right across both sides was just black,” he told the news outlet. Read more…

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Sharks apparently don’t mind jazz music

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Turns out you can train a shark to like jazz.

Researchers at Australia’s Macquarie University have shown that the animal has a more discerning taste in music than you’d anticipate.

The study, published in Animal Cognition, shows that baby Port Jackson sharks can learn to associate music with food. If played jazz, the sharks would swim over to a feeding station to receive their delicious reward.

“Sound is really important for aquatic animals, it travels well under water and fish use it to find food, hiding places and even to communicate,” Catarina Vila-Pouca, the study’s lead author, said in a statement online. Read more…

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Congratulations, John Oliver, on the koala chlamydia ward named after you

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So a few weeks ago, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver hit the headlines for buying a whole bunch of Russell Crowe memorabilia.

The auction of stuff included, of all things, the backs of seats sat on by famous people like Denzel Washington and Crowe, a vest from Les Misérables, and a jockstrap worn by Crowe in Cinderella Man.

Crowe amassed more than $3 million in sales at the auction, which you’d assume would go straight to his coffers. 

But not so fast: The actor ended up donating that money to a koala chlamydia ward at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, after promising on Twitter that Oliver’s “random act of kindness is going to be honoured in a cool way.” Read more…

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We humbly request Spencer the dog to cheer us on at all future events

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Running a marathon in bad weather conditions? You could use a little support from Spencer.

Competitors faced terrible weather at the Boston Marathon on Monday, with freezing rains and wind making for a tricky day.

One consolation? Spencer the dog, who was rugged up in a rain jacket and waving a flag on the side of the road as runners raced by. What a champion.

Spencer the therapeutic dog braved the rain and cold to continue tradition of cheering on runners at the Boston Marathon for the third consecutive year! https://t.co/x5UGJK0KGc pic.twitter.com/npdk5YbHWz

— ABC News (@ABC) April 17, 2018 Read more…

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Having a crabby day? Here, have a hug from this little guy

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Spider crabs usually keep to themselves, but one underwater scuttler was more curious than most.

Filmed by Melbourne marine photographer PT Hirschfield, who uploads to YouTube under the moniker Pink Tank Scuba, a new video shows a cast of spider crabs casually making their way across the sea bed in Port Phillip, Australia.

One curious crab noticed the camera and went in for a closer look, scuttling toward the lens and eventually grabbing a (tender, tender) hold of it, before wandering off.

It’s a fascinating and highly detailed look at the spider crab, including its little crabby face and curiously skeletal underbelly. Hirschfield told Storyful that she finds spider crabs “truly sweet and gentle souls.” Read more…

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Python somehow swallows a slipper, requiring surgery to remove it

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Sure, you’ve heard of snakes swallowing possums, hyenas, and uh, other snakes

They’re at least kinda digestible, unlike a slipper. A man from the Queensland town of Haigslea in Australia had placed by his bed last Tuesday as he went to sleep, only to find one of them missing in the morning.

The snake, with slipper inside, was found on Friday and was subsequently removed by N&S Snake Catcher, who posted the video on Facebook.

Sally Hill, who helped catch the snake with her partner Norman, told ABC News about her theory as to why the reptile devoured the strange item. Read more…

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Unusual smoke-breathing elephant baffles scientists

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For scientists conducting long term research on tigers and their prey, catching an elephant smoking is a rather strange sight.

That’s what they discovered when they visited camera trap locations around India’s Nagarahole National Park.

“I believe the elephant may have been trying to ingest wood charcoal,” Varun Goswami, an elephant biologist working with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). “She appeared to be picking up pieces from the forest floor, blowing away the ash that came along with it, and consuming the rest.”

According to WCS, charcoal has toxin-binding properties which could be useful medicinally. It’s also useful as a laxative, serving a purpose after forest fires, lightning strikes, or controlled burns. Read more…

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Absolute heroes brave rising floodwaters to save a giant spider

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Giant spiders are the kind of creature many people are deathly afraid of, but bless the rest who are willing to lend them a hand.

Like this one found clinging to a branch outside a supermarket in the Queensland, Australia town of Halifax on Sunday, as floodwaters raged on below.

Video of the stranded arachnid was uploaded to Facebook by Andrea Gofton, where of course someone had to put their hand next to it to prove how big it is.

Later, another video shows a man taking the entire branch and placing it onto dry land, where it could scurry away. Read more…

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People are mesmerised by this snake’s elegant movement along a fence

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Snakes move in mysterious ways, but perhaps not always as mesmerisingly as this.

A video posted on the Facebook page of Bangor Vineyard Shed in Australia shows a Tasmanian tiger snake trying to navigate a thin fence line, which looks to be pretty challenging.

“I guess when you are a snake for a living then it’s quite cool to get a perspective from a new angle now and then. But that really does look like an awkward way to get around!” the post reads.

This Tasmanian tiger snake certainly has an interesting way of getting around @bangorfarm! #WildOz pic.twitter.com/Y0OPQtuboM

— Wildlife Land Trust (@wlt_au) February 14, 2018 Read more…

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Here’s a snake eating a possum, because Australia

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Australian animals are terrifying enough, but it doesn’t get more unsettling than watching one of them eat another.

A carpet python named Monty was filmed devouring a possum in the backyard of Gold Coast resident Greg Hosking’s home on Monday afternoon.

“It was pretty exciting to watch. It’s mesmerising in an alarming kind of way,” Hosking told ABC News

It took about 45 minutes for Monty to devour the possum, but we think this 1-minute video is enough for most people. Read more…

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Pesky crocodile steals fisherman’s catch like it’s NBD

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We get fighting for what you’ve worked for, but maybe not up against a crocodile.

A fisherman came a bit too close to the reptile while trying to reel in a barramundi at Cahills Crossing in the Northern Territory, Australia.

In a video posted on the Facebook page Bonker’s Adventure on Sunday, the crocodile can be seen chasing after the fish — still attached to the line — then wrestling it away as the fisherman retreats. 

Uh, yeah, no thanks.

“I knew it was a bit risky but the plan was to stay well away from the water, even once I got my fish,” fisherman Luke Robertson told NT News. Read more…

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Selfie tourism is killing these incredibly cute creatures

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Warning: this article contains images of animal abuse which some may find distressing.

A small furry creature huddles close to a tree branch on the edge of the forest. Its large, globular eyes are shut (it’s daytime, and so now it sleeps); its strong hands and arms hold firm even as it slumbers.

In a deep sleep, the creature doesn’t hear the rustling of approaching predators. Before it knows what’s happening, it’s plucked from the tree and bundled into a bag. When it is finally taken out into the blinding light of day, metal pliers are forced into its mouth to clip its teeth. Then it is shoved into a wire cage, alone and in pain. Read more…

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You know you’re going to watch these two rats fight over a french fry

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It’s been over two years since Pizza Rat taught us what it means to reach for the stars. It was 2015, a simpler time — one that you may be feeling nostalgic for even now.

And that’s why we know you’re going to watch this video of two rats battling for a french fry in the disgusting NYC subway. Come on, give it a try! It’s short, it’s fun, it’s dramatic. It even has a beginning, middle, and end.

Truly, what more could you ask for? Read more…

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Dogs rescued from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria are being adopted

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After surviving Puerto Rico’s deadly Hurricane Maria, a group of rescued dogs have arrived in U.S. cities, ready for adoption.

In one instance, reported by the New York Post, a total of 53 dogs were scooped up by animal rescue group The Sato Project — and 28 of these are up for adoption in New York City (the rest have been distributed to shelters around the U.S.). 

Lower East Side no-kill animal shelter Animal Haven is where you’ll find the NYC-based pooches, flown to the city via charter plane from Puerto Rico, funded by the John and Wendy Neu Foundation. Read more…

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Little girl rides her pony through a corner store to pick up treats

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You’ll probably get turned away from your local drive-thru riding on your horse.

But it’s not a problem at this corner store (or dairy, as they like to call it), located in Opotiki, a small town on New Zealand’s North Island. Well, if you can both fit in the store, obviously.

Here a little girl, 3-year-old Paris Smith, rides on her pony through the Tirohanga Beach Store to pick up some candy, in a video posted on the shop’s Facebook page on Friday. 

“Look, only in Opotiki,” a man can be heard saying on camera.

Riding through the store is apparently a long-running tradition, owner Ray Williams told the New Zealand Herald. Read more…

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Little Tasmanian devil experiencing snowfall is hardly what you'd call evil

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There’s something misleading about the name Tasmanian devil, because the marsupial looks hardly evil at all.

Don’t take our word for it though. Just look at this very adorable creature dealing with snow, which fell over the Tasmanian Devil sanctuary in Cradle Mountain, Australia.

Battling the winter cold, this little thing has become mighty popular on the sanctuary’s Facebook page, since a video of it was posted on Thursday.

The sanctuary, Devils at Cradle, is a conservation facility to help observe the lifecycles of the marsupial and the threats which face them. Read more…

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Meet this adorable bilby named after the one-and-only Jane Goodall

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You may call this little Australian female bilby Jane — as in, after the legendary Dr. Jane Goodall.

The cute marsupial was named at a ceremony organised by RSPCA Queensland, and Save The Bilby Fund co-founder, Frank Manthey on Sunday.

Little Jane joins the orchid Dendrobium goodallianum, and the Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy in honouring the famed conservationist.

“Dr. Jane Goodall is a living legend and one of the greatest conservationists of all time,” Manthey said. “She’s been an idol of mine for so many years, and to finally get to meet her is, well, words won’t describe it.” Read more…

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Macadamia the koala joey is here to charm your socks off

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Macadamia is as cute as a button, or a tiny nut, perhaps more accurately.

The koala joey is the first of 12 babies at Australia Zoo this year, weighing only half a gram and being the size of a jelly bean when he was born.

Named by the Australian Macadamia Society, he’s spent seven months growing in his mother’s pouch and has only recently begun to explore the outside world. 

Joeys will spend up to 12 months with their mothers before going independent. In the meantime, go on and enjoy this very cute mother and son duo. Read more…

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Miss C, believed to be one of the world's oldest sloths, dies at Australian zoo

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For a sloth, Miss C lived a longer life than most.

The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth was euthanised at Australia’s Adelaide Zoo on Friday, following ongoing age-related health issues that were affecting her quality of life. At 43 years old, Miss C lived more than double her life expectancy.

“The average life expectancy of a sloth in the wild is about 10-12 years old, so Miss C truly was a phenomenal creature and believed to be the oldest of her kind in the world,” Adelaide Zoo’s Curator of Conservation and Native Fauna, Dr. Phil Ainsley, said in a statement via email.  Read more…

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Norway's Slow TV encounters a weird problem: TV that's too slow

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The producers of Norway’s smash-hit “Slow TV” genre have captivated audiences with videos of a 134-hour-long cruise voyage and 13 hours of people knitting. 

But sometimes even Slow TV can be too slow.

Norway’s public broadcaster NRK recently suspended a show following the progress of migratory reindeer because the animals stopped moving, The Local reported, citing Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

The latest addition to this hypnotizing genre followed the spring migration of reindeer from their winter home on the inland Finnmark plains to the coastal summer grazing areas on Kvaløya island.  Read more…

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Social media mourns world's oldest bare-nosed wombat, Patrick, dead at 32

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It’s not often wombats grow into their thirties, or get internet famous.

Residing at Australia’s Ballarat Wildlife Park since the ’80s, Patrick was both. After a long life and plenty of attention, the adorable bare-nosed wombat died on Tuesday aged 32. He was the oldest known wombat of its kind living in captivity.

Exceeding its expected lifespan by more than a decade, Patrick was a local treasure, gaining thousands of social media followers, won over by its bucked tooth smile.

“For Patrick’s age he has been in amazingly good health for the past few years, and only recently have we initiated geriatric care of a similar nature to dogs and cats,” Adrienne Lavinia, the park’s resident veterinarian, said in a statement. Read more…

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Family tries to let their pet bird go free and fails miserably

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A family with only the best intentions for their pet bird ended up making a very bad decision by letting it fly free into the world.

Maritza Sanchez tweeted a video on Thursday of her family releasing their pet parakeet into the wild. It’s unclear why they thought this was a good idea, but hey, maybe they were just sick of hearing a bird sing all day long.

Their dog had different ideas for the confused bird, which fell to the ground the moment it was released. Not even a second after the bird hit the ground, the dog grabbed it, and well, the bird is no longer with usRead more…

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Dog playing fetch on an ice rink is as enjoyable as you think it is

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We know Disney hasn’t made any Air Bud-related movies for at least four years now, but we’re hoping this will give its executives the spark of inspiration they need to continue the series.

What we’re presenting to you is a golden retriever playing fetch. On an ice rink. With a police officer before a game between the Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Don’t you dare tell us this is unenjoyable.

Maybe the Capitals and the Coyotes game was great, but a direct-to-DVD release of this cute dog chasing a puck up and down the rink in a loop for 90 minutes sounds better, we daresay. Read more…

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Bird staring at itself in this window is not having an existential crisis

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No, this bird isn’t having an existential crisis, despite appearances.

A bird in Queensland, Australia was photographed staring at itself in the window by journalist Nick Wiggins, with a sign above it.

“I’m a bush stone curlew. I’m fine. I just like to stare at myself in the window,” the sign reads, penned by “Caitlin from Wildcare Australia.” 

Of course, Twitter was happy to jump in with a collective “same.”

We’ve all been there pic.twitter.com/AKgnF9EoXb

— Nick Wiggins (@nick__w) March 13, 2017

Even with that logical explanation, it’s hard not to ignore the bird’s hilarious introspection, as it stares blankly at its own reflection — perhaps pondering at what’s become of its life. Read more…

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Turtle living in wishing pond gets surgery after years of eating of coins left by tourists

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The Thai sea turtle that spent years eating coins off the bottom of a wishing pond has undergone a successful surgery.

The 25-year-old, nicknamed Omsin (Thai for “piggy bank”), was found with an engorged stomach full of heavy coins, and she made headlines as a warning to people casting coins into ponds for good luck.

The coins, found in her stomach and intestines, were pressing on her other organs, and preventing her from diving, breathing or eating properly.

Vets operated on Omsin on Monday, removing removed some 915 coins weighing nearly 5 kg, according to Nantarika Chansue, an associate professor at Chulalongkorn University who has been spearheading the turtle’s recovery. Read more…

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A black bear tried to reach into a hatchback and people are in shock

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You probably can’t bear to look at this.

Visitors to a Beijing drive-by wildlife park narrowly escaped the claws of black bears after they swarmed a white hatchback on Feb. 26th. The car was driving through Badaling Wildlife World — where two women were mauled by a tiger in July last year — when the incident happened, according to an eyewitness report.

A Weibo user called JenniferSalvatore — who’s surname is Wang according to the South China Morning Post — wrote an account of the brief, minute long ordeal, and posted a series of videos that went viral. Read more…

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The mystery of the Tully Monster continues

In 1958 in an Illinois creek bed, an amateur fossil collector named Francis Tully discovered the fossilized remains of a bizarre creature that resembled a mollusk, insect, and worm yet was none of those things. Since then, thousands of 300 million-year-old fossilized “Tully Monsters” have turned up and the creature was officially named as the Illinois state fossil.

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Stop throwing coins into ponds, this sea turtle ate a whole bunch and needs surgery

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Years of eating coins dropped at the bottom of a pond has rendered a sea turtle in pain, and headed to the surgery ward.

The 25-year-old Thai sea turtle was discovered living in a pond in Si Racha, a town on the east coast of Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post

Vets conducted a CT scan and discovered a lump of coins measuring an alarming 20 x 23 x 30 cm (7.8 x 9 x 11 in.) in the turtle’s body, pressing down on its ventral shell (or the turtle’s belly), causing it to be cracked, swollen and infected. Scans also showed a fish hook in her intestine.  Read more…

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Little pug helps his doggie friend out by giving him a great back scratch

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Teamwork makes the dream work.

In this video uploaded to Youtube by Storyful Rights Management, a very helpful little pug scratches the back of his much larger pup friend. And the big dog can’t get enough. His leg is going wild from all the great doggie scratches.

Lil’ Pug saw his friend in need and stepped up to the plate with vigor. Someday we hope Big Dog will return the favor, but he’ll have to be careful. That pug is tiny. 

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Wow, this gang of squirrel monkey babies is very adorable

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Babies are usually adorable, but these infant squirrel monkeys are absolutely going to steal your heart.

Four of these cute little guys have recently been born at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, with the youngest born only as recently as Jan. 10 and the eldest was born on Dec. 20.

“It’s a very exciting time for the family group of 17 Squirrel Monkeys. We are starting to see the older babies venturing off mum’s back and exploring the trees and ropes, and being very playful together,” primate keeper Janet Lackey said in a statement. Read more…

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Hungry squirrel and mean crow engage in a battle over coveted pizza slice

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Even this squirrel knows that you should always fight for the last slice.

In this video posted on Youtube by The Weather Network, one lucky squirrel hits the jackpot after finding a stray slice of pizza on a street in Nova Scotia. It’s in the clear to enjoy the slice until a hostile crow swoops in and tries to swipe his snack. 

The squirrel engages in this cat and mouse game the crow kicks off, then,  too smart for the aggressive bird, darts behind the wheels of a car to protect his treasure.

Unfortunately, the video ends on a massive cliffhanger after the squirrel dashes behind a building with the crow following suit. Read more…

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Taiwan bans putting stray animals to death

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Taiwan has now banned euthanising stray animals in shelters, despite fears that the move will lead to overcrowding and more abandoning their pets.

The law came into effect on Saturday, two years after it was first passed by parliament.

The issue of putting down strays was plunged into the spotlight last year, after a shelter vet committed suicide after becoming overwhelmed by the number of animals she had to put down.

Chien Chih-cheng ended her life by ingesting animal euthanasia drugs. She said in a TV interview prior to her death that she had put down over 700 dogs over the course of two years. Read more…

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This fish hunts by spitting water at its prey

The Archerfish of Southeast Asia and Australia spit at perched insects to knock them into the water for an easy meal. From KQED’s “Deep Look“:

“When the fish fires the shot,” (Wake Forest University biologist Morgan) Burnett explained, citing the work of other researchers in Germany who first used high-speed cameras to observe the projectiles in 2014, “the water leaves the mouth as essentially a very long stream. But during flight, the stream merges into a ball.”

The fish accomplishes this feat of timing through deliberate control of its highly-evolved mouthparts, in particular its lips, which act like an adjustable hose that can expand and contract while releasing the water.

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Weasel electrocuted at CERN to go on museum display

Last April, a weasel-like stone marten jumped a substation fence at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland and was promptly electrocuted. Now, that same poor creature’s corpse is going on display at the Rotterdam Natural History Museum in an exhibition titled Dead Animal Tales. From The Guardian:

The stone marten is the latest dead animal to go on display at the museum. It joins a sparrow that was shot after it sabotaged a world record attempt by knocking over 23,000 dominoes; a hedgehog that got fatally stuck in a McDonalds McFlurry pot, and a catfish that fell victim to a group of men in the Netherlands who developed a tradition for drinking vast amounts of beer and swallowing fish from their aquarium. The catfish turned out to be armoured, and on being swallowed raised its spines. The defence did not save the fish, but it put the 28-year-old man who tried to swallow it in intensive care for a week….

“We want to show that no matter what we do to the environment, to the natural world, the impact of nature will always be there,” (museum director Kees) Moeliker said. “We try to put a magnifying glass on some fine examples. This poor (stone marten) literally collided with the largest machine in the world, where physicists collide particles every day. It’s poetic, in my opinion, what happened there.”

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See a fantastically strange red seadragon on video for the first time

Scientists declared the ruby seadragon a new species in 2015, but that was based on dead specimens in a museum. Now though, Scripps Institution of Oceanography biologist Greg Rouse who led the team that originally discovered the species, managed to find two of the wonderful fish swimming around the Recherche Archipelago, off the south coast of Western Australia. Each one is about 10 feet long. Just kidding. They’re 10 inches long. From National Geographic:

After four dives with a remote-controlled mini-submarine, they managed to film two ruby seadragons more than 167 feet underwater, as the fish swam through rocky gardens of sponges and nibbled at their prey, most likely tiny crustaceans called mysids…

…The footage confirms that ruby seadragons use a different means of camouflage than its closest relatives. Common and leafy seadragons are covered in leafy outgrowths meant to camouflage the fish as they swim through seagrasses. The ruby seadragon, however, lacks them—opting instead for a scarlet body, an efficient way to disguise itself from predators in the dark depths.

Most surprisingly, the video suggests that the ruby seadragon can use its curled tail to grasp objects.

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New species of gibbon named after Star Wars character, and Twitter can't cope

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The Force is strong with this adorable newly-discovered gibbon species.

Thanks to some Star Wars-loving scientists, the new species in southwest China has been named in honor of our favorite hero from a galaxy far far away, Luke Skywalker.

Following the announcement, the Skywalker hoolock gibbon — aka “Simian Skywalker,” “Jungle Jedi” and of course, the scientific name, Hoolock tianxing — was warmly and appropriately welcomed by proud actor Mark Hamill, who portrayed Skywalker in the classic films.

So proud of this! First the Pez dispenser, then the Underoos & U.S. postage stamp… now this! #GorillaMyDreams #SimianSkywalker #JungleJedi https://t.co/JKCe5kZFmJ

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 11, 2017 Read more…

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Considerate dog probably has better bathroom etiquette than you

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This is Jumpy.

Jumpy is a border collie mix who can use a urinal without missing, and flush after he is done. This is very impressive, because there are still many humans that have not mastered either one of those two things.

Keep showing us up with your agile and adorable ways, Jumpy. You inspire us.

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First photo of tarantula eating a snake in the wild

Researchers in a southern Brazil grassland spotted a tarantula munching on a foot-long snake. It’s the first time a tarantula having this particularly hearty meal has been documented in the wild. The non-venomous snake is a Erythrolamprus almadensis and the tarantula is a Grammostola quirogai that boasts .8-inch long fangs. Federal University of Santa Maria graduate student Leandro Malta Borges found the dining tarantula under a rock. From National Geographic:

As Borges looked on, the tarantula huddled over the decomposing snake, chowing down on the exposed, liquefied guts.

In their description of the scene, published in Herpetology Notes in December 2016, the researchers chalk up the snake’s demise to an accidental break-in. In Serra do Caverá, many tarantula species, in particular sedentary females, hide in the rocks.

“Most likely, the snake was surprised upon entering the spider’s environment and hence [was] subdued by it,” the researchers write.

(photo by Gabriela Franzoi Dri)

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