17 Breeds of Dogs at 6 Weeks Old

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Puppyhood is an awe-inducing showcase of 25 breeds of dogs all photographed at six weeks of age. Professional animal photographer J.Nichole Smith of Little & Large shot 25 different litters over a hectic 30 day period. We caught up with Smith who was kind enough to give us some background info on the project.

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Video: Frosty the Goat Takes First Steps in Wheelchair

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It’s 5 p.m. ET on a Tuesday and this is breaking news: there is a baby goat named Frosty the Snowgoat walking around in a wheelchair. Taken in by Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, an Australian not-for-profit farm sanctuary, Frosty’s hind legs didn’t work so well — which is why they gave him a tiny wheelchair.  We’ll continue to update the story as more information becomes available. In the meantime, watch this video.

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Poppy Named World’s Oldest Cat at 24

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Poppy the cat is certainly feline her age – after being recognized as the world’s oldest cat at 24 years.  The tortoiseshell puss from Bournemouth was born in February 1990, making her a ripe old 114 in human years.  She has lived through five British Prime Ministers but is now a frail old lady and spends most of her time indoors relaxing. Poppy, who has been recognized by Guinness World Records, is one year younger than Misao Okawa of Japan, the oldest person in the world.

 

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-Igor Purlantov

“Alien” Catfish Baffles Scientists

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A small, toothy fish, which researchers say resembles the terrifying creature from the movie “Alien,” is turning out to be a big mystery for the scientists who study it.  Kryptoglanis shajii is a tiny, subterranean catfish with a number of defining skeletal features, including a bulging lower jaw similar to a bulldog’s. The fish’s strange, bony face has baffled researchers, who have been unable to classify the odd species.

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-Igor Purlantov

Video: Cat Saves Little Boy From Dog Attack

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The video is entitled “My Cat Saved My Son.” A little boy is seen slowly riding a bike in front of his home. A dog is seen from another angle circling a parked car. Without provocation, the dog attacks the young boy and pulls him off the bike and drags him while biting his leg. Out of nowhere, Tara,  the family cat, races in and chases the dog off.

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-Igor Purlantov

103 Year Old Orca Recently Spotted

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SeaWorld could be in trouble because of “Granny,” the world’s oldest known living orca. The 103-year-old whale (also known as J2) was recently spotted off Canada’s western coast with her pod — her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But while the Granny sighting is thrilling for us, it’s problematic for SeaWorld.

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-Igor Purlantov

How to Safely Pet Different Animals

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My dog loves belly rubs. I do, too, but I rarely get one even when I roll over into an appropriate position. Even from strangers my dog is more likely to get belly rubs than I am. I try not to be jealous.  But not all animals like belly rubs. Cats, for example, will likely bite you if you try (note: I will not bite you). Different animals like different types of physical contact. Adam Ellis of BuzzFeed has helpfully rounded up 15 charts illustrating how animals typically feel about you touching particular body parts. You can view them all here.

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-Igor Purlantov

 

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