London Zoo To Create Map Of City’s Cats

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The London zoo is taking stock of an animal you don’t often find behind bars, launching what it says is the first interactive map of the British capital’s domestic cats. The zoo said Friday that its interface would allow Londoners to upload scientific survey-style photos, descriptions, and locations of their cats — creating a capital-wide census of the city’s felines. The map may not ultimately have much in the way of scientific value, but it could prove popular among Britain’s cat owners.

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Video: Cat vs. Crocodile: Brave Feline Takes On Reptile At India Zoo

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Nine lives or not, this kitty was ready for a fight. A particularly brave cat took on a crocodile recently at a zoo in Jaipur, India. According to the video’s description, the ginger-and-white cat somehow found its way into the reptile’s enclosure. Perched near the water, the feline eyes the menacing reptile as it inches toward the shore. As soon as the croc is within paw’s reach, the cat reacts instinctively, bating the creature on its snout as excited onlookers react.

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Video: Sea Lion Pup Jumps Into OC Man’s Kayak

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A Garden Grove man got the surprise of his life when a young sea lion jumped up on his kayak. Rick Coleman was able to capture the incident on video. He says he was scuba diving off the coast of Redondo Beach last week, and when he surfaced, the sea lion pup jumped right up.

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De-Stressing Inspiration From Cats And Dogs

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After a long, hard day on the job, there’s nothing like a loving tail-wag or an empathetic purr to help you feel at peace. Pet owners will tell you that their dogs and cats help them de-stress and feel good, and there’s science to back those claims: Studies have shown owning a pet makes you more likely to be happy and have a better sense of self. An office dog might even help to lower workers’ stress.

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Dogs Recognize Faces Of Their Own Species, Video Experiment Shows

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They may have the largest physical variety among all animal species on Earth, but dogs can still recognize one of their own over any other animal based on simple images of their faces.

Since their domestication somewhere between 15,000 and 100,000 years ago, dogs have been learning to use facial cues as an important part of their social communication. When interacting with us, dogs can read and use our facial expressions to gauge where our attention lies and sometimes what we’re feeling.

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Video: Kasatka, SeaWorld Killer Whale, Gives Birth Underwater In Amazing Video

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One of SeaWorld’s killer whales gave birth this Valentine’s Day, and the natural amazing, natural moment was caught on camera in San Diego. Kasatka the orca, gave birth to her fourth calf at 6:33 a.m. on Feb. 14, according to SeaWorld’s blog. Trainers, vets and animal-care specialists were at the scene. The new calf marks the sixth successful killer whale birth at the San Diego park.

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Chimpanzee Memory Study Suggests Apes’ Short-Term Recall Better Than Humans’

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Chimpanzees may have more smarts than humans, at least regarding short-term memories, new research suggests. A Japanese researcher presented a video showing the remarkable abilities of a chimpanzee named Ayumu, here at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Thursday (Feb. 14). When the numbers 1 through 9 appeared randomly on a screen and then disappeared, the chimpanzee was able to recall the exact sequence and location of each number.

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Westminster Dog Show 2013: Banana Joe The Affenpinscher Wins Best In Show

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Banana Joe is very appealing, in any language. The little affenpinscher with a monkey face added to his world of success Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. “He speaks German, Dutch, Spanish and English,” co-owner and breeder Mieke Cooijmans offered. She was set to take Banana Joe back to the Netherlands on Wednesday. Now, the trip has been postponed for his victory lap.

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Video: California Great White Sharks Get Protections For Now

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The most feared predator in the ocean received new protections today when a California commission decided the great white shark should be studied as a potential endangered species. The Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to advance the candidacy of the shark, which means during a one-year study review it will receive the same protections it would if it were listed as endangered.

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Pets In Snow: Photos Capture Animals Reacting To Blizzard ‘Nemo’

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As people across the Northeast dug out from Winter Storm “Nemo” over the weekend, their pets reacted to the snow with emotions ranging from bewilderment to glee.

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