Giant Crocodile Takes to Surf In Australia

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It’s hard to imagine a creature more menacing than a great white shark swimming in the surf, but a giant crocodile comes close.  An estimated 12-foot crocodile was spotted cruising in the swells this past week at Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia, prompting officials to close the beach to swimmers and surfers for a day.  It’s unclear what lured the reptile into the surf zone, but the unusual sighting generated quite the spectacle.

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Most Adorable Thing in Baseball Is a Stray Dog Named Hank

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The most inspiring attendee at this year’s Major League Baseball spring training isn’t a scrappy utility player or long-shot minor league lifer.  But he has good legs – four legs, in fact.  And a strong clubhouse presence, too.  A stray dog nicknamed “Hank” has secured a place with the Milwaukee Brewers after wandering into the team’s camp in Phoenix, AZ.  The dog arrived Feb. 17, “looking a little grubby but ready to play,” the team wrote online.

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‘World Spay Day’ Observed

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“World Spay Day” was proclaimed Tuesday in Seattle, a city known for its advocacy of family planning for both two-footed and four-footed residents.  The observance comes with the offer of free spay/neuter packages for pets, complete with vaccinations, through Friday at the Seattle Animal Shelter.The purpose of World Spay Day, as explained by Mayor Ed Murray, is to control pet populations, and keep dogs and cats off the streets and out of shelters.  Murray took a firm stand on animal population control, on which he is not likely to take heat.

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When Elephants Get Sad: A Touching Tale

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When life gets stressful, Asian elephants help each other feel better by trumpeting sympathetic noises and using their trunks to touch their friend’s – um – private parts, according to new research.  In a study published on Tuesday in the journal PeerJ, animal behaviorists observed 26 captive elephants in a sanctuary in northern Thailand. The researchers said they recorded a number of elephant behaviors that they concluded were specifically intended to comfort distressed herd members.  The behaviors included touching the distressed elephant’s genitals with their trunks, putting their trunks in the distressed elephant’s mouth, or making a high-pitched “chirping” noise.

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Tigers on the Rebound

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WWF launched the Year of the Tiger campaign in 2010 and rallied global commitments to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. In early 2013, 120 tiger researchers fanned out across some of the wildest sections of India and Nepal to assess the status of that work. That team completed the first joint tiger and prey-base survey of the entire Terai Arc, a 600-mile-long transboundary landscape that boasts one of the highest densities of tigers in the world.  Using camera traps and lots of legwork, the surveyors identified individual tigers by their unique stripe patterns and found something amazing: Tiger numbers in Nepal have risen by an estimated 63% in four years.

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Video: Cat And Bird Play Together

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Looks like the kitty had a long night and just wants to get some rest… But someone wants to play! The bird is talking to the cat (in some alien language!) non stop and all the kitty wants to do is get some sleep! Make sure your speakers are turned on so you can hear the bird and please share with other kitty and doggie lovers! Everyone should see this!!

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Sochi’s Olympians Vie for Puppy Love

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Forget official Sochi Olympics merchandise. U.S. athletes at the Winter Games are corralling much more cuddly souvenirs: stray puppies. Gus Kenworthy, the silver medalist in the 1-2-3 U.S. sweep of the men’s ski slopestyle competition Thursday, spent the past two days buying kennels and leashes for a brood—four young pooches and their mother—he plans to bring home. The dogs had made their home under a security tent near a media center in the mountains.

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