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Obese 26-Lb. Shelter Cat Goes on Christmas Diet

UpdatePosted 11/22/2014 07:20PM

Obese 26-Lb. Shelter Cat Goes on Christmas Diet

Originally posted 11/21/2014 12:00PM

He's kind of a big deal.

Texas, a 26-lb. shelter cat named after the large Lone Star state, is making headlines in the U.K. for his dangerously huge size.

The 8-year-old feline, who was recently taken in by the Battersea Dog and Cat Home in London, England, after presumably being fed too much by his now-deceased owner, is embarking on a strict diet and exercise plan to lose weight (safely) during the holidays and beyond.

"For Texas this really is a very serious health issue he's battling," SuiLi Weight, a team leader at the shelter, told the Daily Mail. "At Battersea we take in around 3,000 cats every year, so we see cats of all shapes and sizes, but Texas is by far the biggest cat we've ever seen."

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Aggressive Groundhog Charges at New Hampshire Man

UpdatePosted 11/20/2014 06:20PM

Aggressive Groundhog Charges at New Hampshire Man

Originally posted 11/19/2014 03:30PM

A New Hampshire man says he was working in his garage when a groundhog he had seen in his backyard charged at him.

Gary McGrath of Hampton tells WMUR-TV the groundhog got close, so he pushed him back with his foot Tuesday. But the animal returned. McGrath said he gave him a harder kick and closed the garage door.

But the groundhog sneaked through another opening – and McGrath ended up running to the front door.

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Pennsylvania Great Dane Gives Birth to 19 Puppies

UpdatePosted 11/18/2014 02:00PM

The Daily Treat: Pennsylvania Great Dane Gives Birth to 19 Puppies

Originally posted 11/18/2014 12:50PM

Call it 19 Pups and Counting.

WHTM-TV reports York County, Pennsylvania, residents Brandon and Aimie Terry's Great Dane recently gave birth to 19 puppies.

Great Danes normally have seven to 10 puppies in a litter, but Brandon Terry says an X-ray of Snowy found at least 15 "little spines" during a visit to the veterinarian's office before she gave birth.

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Filed Under: Animals & Pets, Dogs

UpdatePosted 11/18/2014 06:00AM

WATCH: Parrot's Impression of Matthew McConaughey Is Better Than 'All Right'

Originally posted 11/17/2014 05:30PM

Sure, anyone can do a halfway decent impression of Matthew McConaughey if they just know those three magic words: "Alright, alright, alright." But not every human impersonator can nail McConaughey's signature cadence as well as Einstein the parrot does.

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RHOBH's Kim Richards Sends Pit Bull to Trainer After 5th Attack on a Human

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Kim Richards Sends Pit Bull to Trainer After 5th Attack on a Human

Originally posted 11/17/2014 09:25PM

After Kim Richards's beloved pit bull Kingsley attacked her niece, Alexia Umansky, earlier this month, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has temporarily removed the dog from her home.

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Big Cat on the Prowl Near Paris Is Not a Tiger

Big Cat on the Prowl Near Paris Is Not a Tiger

Originally posted 11/13/2014 12:30PM

French authorities say a big, wild cat eluding police near Disneyland Paris is not a tiger, but they don't know exactly what it is.

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Grumpy Cat's New Gig Is Going to Be a Major Cat Fight

Grumpy Cat to Host WWE's Monday Night Raw

Originally posted 11/10/2014 11:00AM

The WWE is about to get a little bit grumpy.

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UpdatePosted 11/08/2014 04:50PM

Can You Say Brave? Porcupine Takes On 13 Lions Like a Boss

Originally posted 11/07/2014 02:30PM



If lions are king of the jungle, then porcupines are masters of the universe.

In this YouTube video, watch one of the prickly creatures defend himself against a pride of 13 lions like a boss – cool, calm, collected and completely prepared to deliver a quill to the jaw, if necessary.

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These Curious Polar Bear Cubs Are Ready for Their Close-Up (VIDEO)

Originally posted 11/08/2014 07:25AM

Kitties aren't the only curious creatures, polar bears like to nose around too.

One wildlife photographer found two especially eager polar bear cubs on a recent trip. In this video, the two furry kids spot the camera and begin swimming toward the lens.

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The Daily Treat: Otter Boot Camp Goes Swimmingly For Orphaned Pup

Originally posted 11/07/2014 01:45PM



681 is a very lucky number.

A week-old otter pup, dubbed 681, was found abandoned at night on a California beach and taken by experts to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they determined she needed some critical care, according to the Washington Post.

It took four weeks for staff there to fatten up the 2-lb. pup, who has since been transferred to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for an otter boot camp of sorts, because most otters don't separate from their mothers until about 8 months old.

The Post reports that instead of joining the other young otters there, pup 681, who is now a healthy 6 lbs., will stay behind the scenes and learn the ins and outs of otter life, including grooming, swimming and feeding on her own (shrimp and clams anyone?).

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