01:10 AM EDT 07/29/2015
Animals & Pets
Originally posted 07/28/2015 10:40PM
For humans, turning 37 isn't an especially significant milestone. For pandas, however? It's reason to celebrate.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 07:20PM
Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion during a hunting trip to Zimbabwe, has become a hot topic of conversation on social media.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 03:55PM
Like the most adorable meteor the world has ever seen, a precious baby seal suddenly landed in the middle of a cow pasture in Lincolnshire, U.K.
According to ABC News, a birdwatcher at Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve recently spotted a bewildered seal pup sitting on the ground surrounded by several curious cows. Worried that the tiny animal was in distress, the birdwatcher, Ian Ellis, contacted authorities.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 03:40PM
In this YouTube video, a baby jaguar – just one of the beautiful charges living with Eduardo Serio at the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation – dives into a swimming pool with as much grace as we have when we're sliding on a Slip 'N Slide (yeah, we still Slip 'N Slide, so?).
Originally posted 07/28/2015 03:40PM
In a YouTube video only slightly less exciting than a high-speed car chase – but more than slightly cuter – two St. Andrews police officers protected a rogue family of ducks that somehow found their way into the middle of the road. By slowing down traffic and directing them away from the bizarrely-oriented cars (driving on the left side will never look right to us), the two officers fulfilled their sworn duty to protect and serve adorable ducks.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 03:10PM
Authorities in Zimbabwe say a dentist from Minnesota paid $55,000 to illegally kill one of the country's most famous lions.
Although initial reports said the killer was a Spaniard, The Telegraph named American dentist Dr. Walter J. Palmer as the hunter responsible for firing at Cecil with a bow and arrow and then later shooting the animal with a gun. Following this report, Palmer, 55, released a statement on Tuesday afternoon admitting he killed Cecil.
In his statement, the dentist from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, says he regrets killing Cecil, and he blames his hired guides for allowing the death to occur.
"I hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted," reads the statement.
"I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt."
Cecil the lion was part of an Oxford University research project and wore a GPS collar. The 13-year-old animal, a fixture on safaris there, was lured out of the Hwange National Park with food, shot with a crossbow, tracked for 40 hours and finally killed with a gun on July 6, Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told CNN.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 01:55PM
When he arrived at the Richardson Animal Shelter in Dallas, Texas, back in 2012, Skinny the cat was so overweight, he could only walk a few feet at a time.
The cat's extra pounds made headlines around the world, and now he's living purr-oof that change is good.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 01:40PM
Words hurt humans and pigeons alike. After years of being called rats with wings, a few pigeons have decided it is time for a shocking change.
According to Mashable, these city birds have been popping up around Britain, startling citizens and taking over Twitter.
The Manchester Evening News was the first sharp-eyed paper to spot one of the unusual cooers, posting a photo of one of the white and magenta birds outside a Stockport church.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 01:05PM
After everything she's been through, Princess should definitely be treated like one.
Authorities tell the Sun Sentinel that the pup was involved in an "extreme act of cruelty" after her muzzle was bound shut for anywhere from four to 14 days.
The horrible act, which nearly killed the dog, is considered a felony in Florida and is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 12:00AM
[YOUTUBE "51w3hT_XByo"] Citing animal welfare and visitor safety as top priorities, an Ohio zoo is pressing charges against a man who climbed into the cougar enclosure, filmed himself petting the large cats and then posted the video to YouTube
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