Jeans Made by Lions, and Tigers, and Bears

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Like your jeans broken-in and a little tattered? Then you’ll probably love the latest in designer denim from Japan: blue jeans ripped and distressed by the lions, tigers, and bears of Hitachi City’s Kamine Zoo.The Mineko Club, an organization of zoo supporters, is auctioning three pairs of “the only jeans on Earth designed by dangerous animals” to benefit the zoo and the World Wildlife Fund.

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Video: Golden Retriever Eats Corn Like a Cartoon Character

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Meet Coco-chan, the dog who relaxes millions of people online by calmly eating things. Coco-chan is a Golden Retriever, Coco-chan lives in Japan, Coco-chan is extremely polite (I already said it lived in Japan), and Coco-chan likes to slowly eat fruits and vegetables, which many people on the Internet apparently find soothing. Just in time for everyone’s big July 4th barbecues, here’s this happy pup eating some corn on the cob.

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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

A Whale of a Ruling

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It’s rare that animal abuse ends with one blow to the head. Typically, it takes a thousand strikes before the perpetrator—whether it’s an industry, a nation, or an individual—moves on. That’s been the case with all of the major breakthroughs in civil rights, women’s rights, and so many other important causes. Such is the case, too, with the movement to stop the commercial slaughter of the biggest animals, with the biggest brains, who have ever lived on the planet: the many species of whales that swim the world’s oceans.

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Igor Purlantov

 

Concerned About Japanese Dolphins?

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The cries of outrage from much of the world about Japan’s recent dolphin slaughter offers insight into two key aspects of our modern world. The first is that we are increasingly a planet of animal lovers — people who rightly abhor the type of violence and bloodshed being perpetrated against these intelligent animals off the shores of Japan. The second, however, is a bit more sobering: this incident highlights the vast chasm between how we say we feel about animals and how we actually act toward them ourselves.

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Dolphins See the World The Same Way Humans Do

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Dolphins see the world in a similar way to humans according to new research.  Despite living in such different environments, the study concluded that dolphins, humans and chimpanzees perceive the world “in fundamentally similar ways”.  Researchers at the University of Kyoto in Japan carried out a study comparing the different animals.

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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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Rare Asian Bird Takes “Wrong Turn,” Lands In Tennessee

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A rare Asian hooded crane, normally seen only in Southeast Asia, China and Japan, apparently “took a wrong turn” and has joined sandhill cranes wintering at the Hiwassee Refuge in southeast Tennessee, bird experts say, drawing flocks of curious birdwatchers along with it. “It’s a great thrill,” said Melinda Welton, conservation chair for the Tennessee Ornithological Societyand a bird migration researcher. “People are coming in from all over the country to see this bird.”

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Video: Red Pandas Can’t Stop Kissing

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We all know the feeling.  You’ve just started a relationship and the butterflies take over. No matter where you are, you can’t seem to keep your hands off each other, despite the judgmental looks and demands to “Get a room!”  Surprisingly enough, it seems like these two pandas at a Japanese zoo know the feeling.

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