Video: Koala Seen Running Down The Hall At Edinburgh Zoo

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If you’re looking for a bit of cuteness today, look no further to Yabbra the koala. In this adorable YouTube video, the animal is spotted behind the scenes at the Edinburgh Zoo. The clip shows Yabbra wandering the halls of the zoo after he hangs out in his outdoor sanctuary. Like most Koalas, he can sleep for around 22 hours in a single day. But when he’s awake, he’s really awake.

Video: Sleeping Hummingbird Snores Just Like Us

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Okay, so the little lady isn’t technically snoring — but she’s still adorable. Reddit users got an unexpected treat this weekend when a video of a sleeping hummingbird — a female Amethyst-throated Sunangel to be exact — spread like wildfire on the site’s front page.

4 Healthy Games To Play With Your Cat

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Never underestimate the power of play for your indoor cat: Cats not only need but enjoy regular play sessions. Just don’t expect your Persian to revel in a game of fetch, and forget trying to engage your Siamese in a friendly game of tug-of-war.

Video: Ruby The Giraffe Born At England’s Marwell Zoo

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In front of an audience of roughly 60 people, baby Ruby entered the world at England’s Marwell Zoo. The baby giraffe is the first to be born to Irsula, the zoo’s resident giraffe. The zoo is celebrating it’s 40th year, and Ruby’s name was chosen to reflect the stone signifying the anniversary.

Video: 27-Pound Lobster ‘Rocky’ Caught 5 Miles Off The Coast Of Maine

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The giant weighs in at a whopping 27 pounds and has been christened “Rocky.  Rocky won’t be boiled and served with drawn butter, though. Robert Malone, the shrimper who caught him, donated him to the Maine State Aquarium. He’s the biggest lobster ever to be brought into the aquarium by a solid four pounds, and the largest one people can recall ever being caught in Maine. But his stay in the aquarium has already come to an end: he was released into the Atlantic yesterday.

Potamites Montanicola, New Lizard Species, Discovered In Andes

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Researchers have discovered a new species of lizard in a strange place. The brightly colored, water-loving lizards live in the Andes Mountains in southern Peru — an odd place to find them, scientists say, because of the chilly conditions.

Baby Aardvark Born At Brookfield Zoo

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Brookfield Zoo announced the arrival of the first aardvark born at the suburban Chicago facility in a decade Wednesday.  According to the zoo, the baby aardvark was born on Jan. 12 at 4.5 pounds, and was already 13 pounds on Wednesday. Its mother, Jessi, and its father, Hoover, were part of a breeding program and on loan from other zoos.

Video: Kansas City Zoo Gorillas Briefly Escape Their Enclosure

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A recent escape at the Kansas City Zoo may have shocked some visitors, but they were never in harm’s way. Half-brothers Mbundi and Ntondo — two western lowland gorillas who each way over 400 pounds –escaped from their enclosure Sunday, prompting zookeepers to lock down parts of the zoo for about three hours, reported The Kansas City Star.

Why Having a Dog is Good for Your Health According to Igor Purlantov


Top 10 Health Reasons to Have a Dog According to Igor Purlantov

Although the phrase a “Man’s Best Friend” only dates back to the 19th century, dogs have long played a key role in the lives of humans says animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov.  It is believed that modern day dogs were domesticated from gray wolves around 15,000 years ago.  Since that time, dogs have become best friends with both men and women and have gained increasingly popularity throughout the years according to Igor Purlantov.

Adding to the increased popularity of dogs is the fact that many people enjoy their companionship.  Along with providing companionship, there are numerous health benefits of having a dog in your household says Igor Purlantov.  Here is a list of some of those health benefits that may surprise even the greatest dog lover:

Improved Social Interactions

Dogs are a great natural conversation starter and provide an easy way for people to socially interact with others.  Dogs are also great for making love connections between people especially for those that may otherwise be socially shy.

Great for Mind and Soul

It has been shown that people with a serious illness such as cancer are far less likely to suffer from depression when they have a dog.  The health benefits are particularly good when the person has a strong attachment to their dog.

Good for Blood Pressure

People with dogs are believed to have lower blood pressure than those without.  One study showed that stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than those without a dog.

Increased Serotonin and Dopamine

Studies have shown that playing with a dog can raise levels of serotonin and dopamine, usually achieved with drug use, and thus providing an all natural way to increase feelings of pleasure and calm.

Asthma and Allergy Prevention in Children

Studies have shown that early and regular contact with dogs can help children avoid developing a number of respiratory problems including asthma.  There is also evidence that living with a dog can also help prevent allergies in children.

Improved Immune System

Having a dog has been shown to boost your immune system and also improve how it functions.  It is believed that dogs often have a very good sense of when a person is ill and are great at providing comfort to help a person feel better.

Improved Mood and Reduced Depression

Simply interacting with a dog can improve your mood and help make you feel better in general.   Also, having a dog can help relieve depression since playing with a dog helps take your mind off your issues and allows you to focus on something else.

Reduced Loneliness

Having a dog has been shown to help people that are feeling lonely, especially those who are single or widowed.  Having a dog also provides a connection and allows for someone feeling lonely to be able to spend time with another living being.

Good for the Heart

It has been shown in several studies that heart attack patients who have a dog survived longer than those without. Also, males who have a dog have less sign of heart disease including lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than other males that do not.

Helping with Age

Walking a dog has been shown to provide both exercise and companionship for the elderly.  Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is a dog in the home.  Some insurance companies even ask their clients over age 75 if they have a dog as part of their medical screening as it is often seen as a good sign.

With all of these heath benefits, it is no surprise that a dog can be both a man and woman’s best friend says Igor Purlantov.  Along with providing companionship, having a dog provides numerous health benefits including helping you age so why not go to your local animal shelter and find a new best friend to age gracefully together with as you enjoy each other’s company.


Video: Jack Hanna’s Animals Go Wild, Taking Over ‘Late Show With David Letterman’

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With most late night shows following a pretty strict unwritten formula, things can seem fairly predictable most times. That’s why it’s always a lot of fun when animals get introduced into the mix. They simply will not follow expected protocols, and that very unpredictability makes for some brilliant spontaneous television, as with Jack Hanna’s latest trip to “Late Show”.

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