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Rare Sand Cat Gives Birth to a Surprise Litter After Losing Mate

Originally posted 08/21/2015 05:15PM

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This Dog Helped Bust Ex-Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle

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This Dog Helped Bust Ex-Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle

Originally posted 08/21/2015 01:05PM

Authorities have credited a canine investigator for his key role in the investigation of ex-Subway spokesman Jared Fogle.

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First Wolf Pack in Nearly 100 Years Discovered in CA

First Wolf Pack in Nearly 100 Years Discovered in CA

Originally posted 08/21/2015 09:55AM

Brothers and sisters in the wolf pack of life, rejoice. Wildlife officials in California confirmed the first wolf pack in nearly 100 years has been discovered in remote Siskyou County. The pack, two adults and five pups, has been named the Shasta Pack.

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10-Lb. Yorkie Helps Vietnam Vet Fight Off Bear

Originally posted 08/19/2015 03:25PM

Benji the Yorkshire terrier doesn't look like your typical Jean-Claude Van Damme action star, but this pup really knows how to throw his ten pounds around.

On Thursday, Benji's owner, Larry Yepez, was attacked by a black bear outside his Midpines, California, home reports The Washington Post. The 66-year-old man had just stepped out of his house in the early morning when a 200-lb. bear suddenly charged at him. Yepez tried to fight off the animal with a flower pot, but soon the bear was on top of him, biting at his hands, face and arms.

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Owner of Starved Pit Bull Puppy Sentenced to Jail Time

Owner of Starved Pit Bull Puppy Sentenced to Jail Time

Originally posted 08/19/2015 01:15PM

In April, the Internet was introduced to the tragic tale of Rocky, an emaciated pit bull puppy rescued from the Pennsylvania basement of Angelique Miles. On Monday, Miles pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and was sentenced to six months in jail and 200 hours of community service by an Erie County judge.

Miles, 25, who, according to her attorney, has received numerous death threats since April, left Rocky, then between 6 and 8 months old, caged in her damp basement. Ruth Thompson-Carroll, director of the Erie-based Anna Shelter, which cared for the dog after his rescue, told The Huffington Post that Rocky was "all bone weight" when he came to the shelter. "When we found him, we honestly thought he was deceased."

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Tiger Gets Loose in Detroit's Abandoned Packard Plant

Tiger Gets Loose in Detroit's Abandoned Packard Plant

Originally posted 08/18/2015 03:50PM

Detroit is familiar with tigers, but its big cats usually come equipped with baseball bats, not claws.

On Monday, British photographer David Yarrow brought a tiger, a bobcat and two wolves to Detroit's decrepit Packard Plant, reports the Associated Press.

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Filed Under: Animals & Pets, Detroit

Abused Pit Bull Missing Half Her Face Is Now Getting All the Love She Never Had (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/18/2015 03:25PM

Khalessi had a backstory that wouldn't seem out of place in the blood-soaked story lines of Game of Thrones. The year-and-a-half-old pit bull was discovered in an Orlando, Florida, backyard. She was emaciated and unable to walk.

Even more horrifically, the Orange County Animal Services officer discovered the dog had no nasal passage or upper jaw. The person who reported the dog said it had been in the yard for four days but didn't provide any further information about her history. Vets believe she may have been used as a bait dog for other fighting dogs.

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Blakely Plays the Role of Dog Dad to Ohio Zoo's Rejected Baby Takin (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/18/2015 12:25PM

There have been plenty of interspecies animal moms, but Blakely the dog may be one of the first dads to take on critters from another litter.

Blakely is the nursery dog at the Cincinnati Zoo. His duties include raising and comforting animals who have been abandoned by their mothers. One of the Australian shepherd's newest wards is Dale the takin, a baby goat-antelope that looks like a mini water buffalo, reports USA Today.

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Walter Palmer's Dental Office Reopens After Cecil the Lion Killing

Walter Palmer's Dental Office Reopens After Cecil the Lion Killing

Originally posted 08/18/2015 02:50AM

Just weeks after Dr. Walter Palmer shut down his Minnesota dental practice in the wake of worldwide condemnation of his killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, the offices have reopened.

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WATCH: This Tiny 3-Day-Old Horse Is Big Enough to Chase You Down

Originally posted 08/17/2015 04:40PM

Forget running with bulls. Never mind dancing with wolves. Now it's all about gallivanting with baby mini horses.

Eight-year-olds everywhere will tell you about a pony's ability to output an astounding amount of cute. But there is one equine animal that has ponies beat: the mini-mini horse.

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