Childless Couple Adopts Gorilla

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Pierre and Elianne Thivillon don’t have any children. But they do have a 265-pound gorilla.  The couple, both zookeepers, took in Digit 13 years ago, when her biological mother refused to breastfeed. They already had experience working with gorillas, but acknowledge that it’s not an easy job.

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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

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Though fireworks sales have been banned and Fourth of July celebrations in many communities cancelled, it’s still important to prepare your pet for the snap, sparkle and pop, just in case.

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Central Park Carriage Horses Get Much Needed Vacation

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Everyone needs a vacation — even a horse.  Working equines kick off their horseshoes and frolic freely at the Central Park carriage-horse version of Cancun: a farm in upstate Monticello.

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More than 1,000 Species Discovered in New Guinea

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A new type of tree kangaroo, a 2.5-metre-long river shark, a frog with vampire-like fangs and a turquoise lizard are among hundreds of new creatures found and being documented in a report by conservationists working in the Pacific island of New Guinea.

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Watch Video of Shark Jumping Over Surfer

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Sharks patrolling the waters off the Florida coast is not an uncommon sight but seeing a shark jump a surfer is a first for an Orlando photographer who was filming an action video of another surfer when he heard a voice exclaim “Dude, did you see that?”

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Yoda the Chihuahua Crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog

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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  And it definitely seems to be the case with this pooch who was kissed and cuddled by her owner as she bagged the title of the World’s Ugliest Dog.  In the dog-eat-dog world of contests Yoda managed to wow judges at a Northern Californian fair on Friday with her short tufts of hair, protruding tongue and long hairless legs.

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Animal Care Service Careers Continue to Grow

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Employment of animal care and service workers is expected to grow 21 percent during the decade from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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