Cowa-BAAAH-nga! Surfing Goats Hang Four Hooves

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Now this is something you just don’t see everyday. Two goats, Goatee and Pismo, rode the waves at San Onofre State Beach in California and showed off their spectaular surfing skills this past weekend where they wow-ed beachgoers nearby.

Kitten Survives 6,500-Mile Trip In China-U.S. Container

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A three-month-old kitten is recovering in California after surviving a journey across the Pacific in a shipping container from China, without food or water, officials said Tuesday. The orange-and-white animal has been named Ni Hao, or Hello in Mandarin, after being found when the container was opened last week, following the two-week, 6,500-mile (10,450-kilometer) trip from Shanghai. At first he was too weak to stand, but the shorthaired kitten is finally taking its first steps — and officials are now seeking a local cat-lover to adopt him.

Mysterious, Colorful Lobsters Being Caught

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Lobsters sporting rare, unexpected colors and patterns are becoming more common in catches, and no one knows why. Blue, pink, orange and even calico lobsters are winding up in traps. The orange ones are perhaps causing the most problems, since some chefs think they’ve already been cooked. But then the live, snapping crustacean reminds them otherwise.

So A Bear Walks Into A Mall…

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Now here’s something you don’t see everyday! A one year old bear cub leisurely strolled into a Sears store at the Pittsburgh Mill Mall in Frazer, Pennsylvania last weekend. The bear entered through the automatic doors and wandered about the mall for an hour (…searching for ‘bear-gains?’).

Caribou Huddle Together To Avoid Insects

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Humans are not the only creatures bothered by mosquitoes and flies. They harassed caribou so much that earlier this month, about 300,000 of the animals huddled closely together in Northwest Alaska to avoid being bitten and parasitized. It’s one of the most spectacular gatherings of wildlife in the world, rivaling the migratory herds of Africa’s Serengeti, said Kyle Joly, a wildlife biologist with the National Park Service based in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Dolphins May Be Math Geniuses

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Dolphins may use complex nonlinear mathematics when hunting, according to a new study that suggests these brainy marine mammals could be far more skilled at math than was ever thought possible before. Inspiration for the new study, published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society A, came after lead author Tim Leighton watched an episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Blue Planet” series and saw dolphins blowing multiple tiny bubbles around prey as they hunted.

21-Pound Lobster To Be Released Back Into Cape Cod Waters

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The 21-pound lobster that has been on display at Capt’n Elmer’s restaurant will be released back into the waters of Cape Cod. The restaurant was holding a drawing, but after an outpouring of concern, they did not want to “allow the future of this noble lobster to be determined by chance.” The lobster was caught off Nauset Beach in Orleans.

‘Love Hotel’ For Dogs To Open In Brazil

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Home to a 32-million-strong canine population, the world’s second largest after the United States, Brazil is to open a “love hotel” for pets in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte. The economic daily Valor reported that Fabiano Lourdes and his sister Daniela planned this week to inaugurate “Animalle Mundo Pet,” an eight-story building with an entire floor devoted to dog tryst. Dog owners will have to pay $50 a day for a room, which comes complete with a heart-shaped mirror on the ceiling, red cushions on the floor and dimmed lighting.

Three Canadian Elephants Are Flying To California

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For elephants to fly, you have to do more than load trunks on a plane. Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, has been working for two years to get three 10,000-pound elephants in the air. The elephants are scheduled to take off on Aug. 2 in what could be a million-dollar move. The African elephants, Iringa, 42, Toka, 41, and Thika, 31, are being retired from the Toronto Zoo and moved to PAWS’ 2,300-acre sanctuary in San Andreas.

Phuket Elephant Beach Day: Playful Pachyderm Frolics In Thailand Sand

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Scottish photographer John Lindie snapped these awesome photos of an elephant frolicking on the beach at Thalang, Phuket in Thailand in November 2009. While there’s no way to know exactly what the pachyderm is thinking, he sure looks pretty happy rolling around in the sand to dry himself after a swim.

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