Only 3,200 Tigers Remain in the Wild

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Today is International Tiger Day, and frankly, there’s not much to celebrate. Wild tiger populations have plunged 97 percent over the past century, and the big cats have lost 93 percent of their historic habitat in Asia, according to the World Wildlife Fund.  This map shows the location of the estimated 3,200 tigers that remain in the wild.

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Beach Resort Employs First Lifeguard Dog

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Barkwatch!  A resort in Spain has recruited man’s best friend to help patrol it’s local beaches as its first ever lifeguard dog.  Located in San Pedro del Pinatar, the tourist hot spot has brought in water-loving canine Bruno to help keep beach-goers safe this summer, Central European News reports.  Bruno walks with his lifeguard partner as they patrol the beach.  Bruno’s owner, David Alvarez, works as a lifeguard and thought about bringing his pet to work when he realized what a good swimmer he was.

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Video: Dog and Deer Bond as Friends

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Anyone who thinks that animals don’t show emotion and develop friendships needs to see this stunning video!

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Link Between Vanishing Wildlife and Terrorism

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The decimation of the planet’s wildlife is extracting a high cost on humans as it drives child slavery, human trafficking, and terrorism, according to a special report published Thursday in the journal Science.  Take poaching. Beyond the horrific impact on vanishing species, the slaughter of rhinoceroses and elephants for their valuable horns and tusks has bankrolled terrorist attacks in Africa by the extremist group Boko Haram.

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Video: Hero Dog Travels To Feed Neighboring Animals

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Meet Lilica, a Brazilian junk yard dog with the heart of a champion. Why do you ask? Because she endures tremendous pain to help those around her… and by “around her,” I mean 4 miles away. Take a look at this incredible video and see for yourself.

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Video: Pets Interrupting Yoga

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If yoga is about controlling the mind and body, there is no greater test than practicing with a dog or cat on the loose.  As Danielle Cuccio, a yoga instructor and owner of two pugs tells us, “They think it’s playtime or that it’s some kind of game. They think, ‘Mommy is on our level … Lets get her!’ They actually challenge me to stay balanced in a pose so I think it makes me stronger.”  Watch our compilation above and see why every yogi should own a pet for the ultimate yoga challenge.

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Surprising Animal Victims of Your Favorite Foods

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Sustainable eating isn’t always easy. Picking up whatever’s cheap and convenient is definitely simpler than making sure that our food came from responsible, cruelty-free sources. We all know the effort is worth it, and sometimes all we need is an extra push. We’ve put together a list that puts a face on who you could help by being a conscious consumer. Click through for five unexpected victims of your favorite foods.

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Video: Dog Spoils Crying Baby With Toys

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Charlie really found himself in the dog house when he stole baby Laura’s toys.  The upset tot burst into tears after the playful pooch pinched her favorite furry mobile.  But the cheeky canine soon won back her trust by bringing her a selection of new playthings.  And the entire adorable incident was all caught on camera.  The cute footage shows the bashful beagle walking off with one of the infant’s possessions.

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Video: World’s First BASE Jumping Dog

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Pigs may not fly yet, but it seems dogs have conquered the skies.  Whisper has earned the distinction of the world’s first BASE jumping dog. Rock climber Dean Potter strapped his pooch onto his back while before jumping from a 13,000-foot mountain peak called The Eiger in Switzerland. Potter captured his pup’s less-than-enthusiastic reaction with a GoPro.

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What Baboons Could Tell Us About Losing Weight

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From Cheerios to Hormel, even the most time-tested American brands have been bulking up their offerings with protein in response to carb-avoidant consumers—and it looks like science backs up the weight-loss trend that has fed a profitable grocery store frenzy in recent years. Nutritional ecologist David Raubenheimer has been studying the eating habits of apes and monkeys and concludes that a high-protein diet could aid weight loss after all.

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