Ultimate Fighter Rescues a Baby Dolphin

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While you were sleeping in on Sunday morning, Ultimate Fighter 19 competitor Cathal Pendred was out for a walk on the beach with his girlfriend when he spotted a group of people looking into the ocean at a distressing situation.  As it turns out the crowd was gathered because a baby dolphin had washed up on shore, injured and frightened, unable to get back into the ocean without the currents pushing him onto the beach.  Pendred decided to offer a hand along with another onlooker to help the baby dolphin get back into the water safely.  “I was at a wedding down the countryside on the west coast of Ireland on Saturday. The next day, myself and my girlfriend went for a walk on the beach which was tight beside the hotel we were staying in,” Pendred told FOX Sports.

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-Igor Purlantov

Video: Cats Annoyed by Doggie Friends

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We’ve all been there. Someone really wants to be your friend and you find them totally…slobbery. They get in your face, smiling like they can’t possibly understand why you’re not in the mood to hang out. They think you’re looking for something to do, when in fact sitting quietly is a perfectly enjoyable activity. They seem to have interminable energy and optimism. It’s just so exhausting.  Cats get it. Why can’t dogs?

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-Igor Purlantov

Africa Land Grabs Endanger Elephants

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Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.  Zimbabwe has maintained robust elephant populations compared with other countries on the continent. But economic penalties imposed by the United States and Europe have led Zimbabweans with ties to President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party to find new methods of making money. The report, set for release Monday, says they may be turning to elephants’ highly valued ivory tusks.  Zimbabwe’s embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

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-Igor Purlantov

America’s First Cat Cafe Opens in NYC

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Toss your toy mice in the air: North America has its first cat cafe.  The Cat Cafe by Purina ONE opens its kitty door (and its human-size doors) to New Yorkers on April 24, and will remain open for four days. Curious cat lovers will have the chance to sip complimentary “cat’achinos” with 16 adoptable and adorable cats. And, no, visitors don’t need to use a box as a toilet.

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-Igor Purlantov

Animals Are Persons Too

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How does a thing become a person? In December 2013, the lawyer Steven Wise showed the world how, with a little legal jujitsu, an animal can transition from a thing without rights to a person with legal protections. This Op-Doc video follows Mr. Wise on his path to filing the first-ever lawsuits in the United States demanding limited “personhood” rights for certain animals, on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State.

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-Igor Purlantov

Very Smart Ape Demonstrates How to Roast Marshmallows

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For one very talented ape, having no trainer and no assistance is no problem when it comes to making a favorite fireside snack.  Kanzi the bonobo is not your average animal. The ape knows some American Sign Language, can create stone tools, and apparently cooks. That last trait is highlighted in a viral video from BBC One. The U.K. network’s show “Monkey Planet” explores “your animal family as you’ve never seen it before.” In the series, the characteristics that primates share with humans are explored. A shining example comes courtesy of Kanzi.  George McGavin, the host of the show, narrates the video. In the minute-long clip published to the BBC’s YouTube channel, Kanzi is shown building a fire. The bonobo breaks debris and wood before piling the pieces neatly. He then lights a match and uses a small branch to ignite the fire.

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-Igor Purlantov

11 Cat Breeds You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Cats might be the darlings of the Internet, but you don’t often see them out and about with their humans, lounging at coffee shops or parks like their canine counterparts. So unless you’re a cat breeder, a regular reader of our cat breed profile pages or a faithful cat show attendee, chances are there are many cat breeds and varieties you’ve never heard of.  Whether you’re looking to bring home a new kitty or simply want to impress your friends with your superior feline knowledge, here are 11 rare or lesser-known cat breeds you should know about. 

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-Igor Purlantov

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