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Massachusetts Home Intruder Turns out to Be a Duck

UpdatePosted 04/09/2014 10:25AM

Massachusetts Home Intruder Turns out to Be a Duck

Originally posted 04/08/2014 11:30AM

Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman's home quickly quacked the case.

A North Reading woman called police Saturday from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs and feared someone had broken into her home.

Officers who responded found no sign of a break-in.

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UpdatePosted 04/07/2014 11:00AM

See the Sheep-Goat Hybrid That's Delighting Ireland (Video)

Originally posted 04/07/2014 09:00AM

Of all the unnatural animal hybrids we can think of, this is perhaps the cutest: A farmer in Ireland's County Kildare has come into possession of a rare "geep" – that's half goat, half sheep.

The baby geep is the result of a randy goat sowing its wild oats among Patrick Murphy's herd of sheep. Assuming the animals couldn't mate, he let the forbidden love run its course.

In March, Murphy received the fruits of his mistake: a furry bundle of joy, which he showed off to Ireland's Farmers Journal.

Murphy told the Irish Times that he knew immediately the hybrid was not a normal baby sheep: "He's fast like a deer. You'd have to put him in a pen to catch him."

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UpdatePosted 04/04/2014 11:30AM

VIDEO: Children's Hospital Brings the Zoo to Its Patients

Originally posted 04/03/2014 04:50PM


Jayden, a 6-year-old with Type 1 diabetes, likes to look out the window in his room at the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The Houston Zoo is located across the street, so he's trying to see the animals.

"We always drive by the zoo to get to the hospital," says his mother. "He had mentioned, 'Mommy, I just want to go to the zoo.' "

But thanks to a little technology, Jayden didn't have to leave his hospital bed to see jaguars, giraffes and sea lions.

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Meet the 11-Year-Old Golden Retriever Who Fosters Baby Chicks

UpdatePosted 04/03/2014 03:55PM

Viral Video: 11-Year-Old Golden Retriever Fosters Baby Chicks

Originally posted 04/03/2014 07:00AM

This is, quite literally, an old dog learning a new trick.

Photographer Candice Sedighan's 11-year-old golden retriever, Champ, has found himself a surrogate father to an unusual brood: A small flock of baby chickens.

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These Dogs Cuddling Benedict Cumberbatch Are Living Your Dream

The Daily Treat: Dogs Cuddling Benedict Cumberbatch Are Living Your Dream

Originally posted 04/03/2014 01:30PM

There's a long history at PEOPLE Pets of animals carrying out the dreams of our editors. Last September, Joseph Gordon-Levitt planted a kiss on a kitten. Before that, Tom Hardy puckered up to a pooch. Today, we add two more to that illustrious list: a pair of huskies fortunate enough to cuddle Benedict Cumberbatch.

The British actor recently graced the cover of High Life magazine, the in-flight publication of British Airways, and the cover story's writer took to Twitter to share some precious outtakes from the shoot.

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Miley Cyrus Weeps While Paying Tribute to Late Dog | Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Weeps While Paying Tribute to Late Dog at Boston Show

Originally posted 04/03/2014 12:20PM

Miley Cyrus broke down in tears on stage in Boston on Wednesday, wracked by grief after her dog passed away earlier this week.

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This Might Be the Most Well-Dressed Kangaroo We've Ever Seen

The Daily Treat: This Might Be the Most Well-Dressed Kangaroo We've Ever Seen

Originally posted 04/02/2014 03:15PM

She may not be on any official best dressed lists, but we'd take style advice from this kangaroo any day.

Boomeroo – who was adopted by Virginia resident Julia Heckathorn at just 3 weeks old – boasts an entire wardrobe of human clothing. Among the duds filling her closet: shirts, sweaters and dresses, all purchased from baby shops.

"When we first got Boomeroo, she was wearing a little shirt, and she's worn clothes ever since," Heckathorn, 28, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "She loves her tops, and when I have to take her top off to clean it, she puts her arms out and waits for me to dress her again."

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Miley Cyrus's Dog Floyd Has Died: 'I Am Broken' | Miley Cyrus

UpdatePosted 04/02/2014 10:25AM

Miley Cyrus's Dog Floyd Dies

Originally posted 04/02/2014 09:00AM

Tuesday proved to be a sad day for Miley Cyrus, who announced on Twitter that her dog Floyd has died.

"I don't wanna say it because I don't want it to be real... But my precious baby Floyd has passed away," she wrote. "I am broken."

She added: "I know I don't mean it but I wish he would've taken me with him this is unbearable. What am I gonna do without him?"

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Firefighter Saves 7-Ft. Boa Constrictor from Burning House

UpdatePosted 04/02/2014 07:30AM

Firefighter Saves 7-Ft. Boa Constrictor from Burning House

Originally posted 04/01/2014 01:45PM

A firefighter put his reptile-handling experience to good use when he rescued a 7-ft.-long boa constrictor from a burning home in western Michigan.

Muskegon firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach told the Muskegon Chronicle that he reluctantly agreed to enter the two-story, smoke-filled house Sunday night to retrieve the snake. He says he cradled the "weighty" snake before carrying it to safety.

"It was trying to crawl up the side of his terrarium and get out," Hemmelsbach said. "His face was pushed up on the screen and trying to get out. There was a lot of smoke, and he was trapped."

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16-Inch 'Ratzilla' Terrorizing Swedish Family Finally Captured

16-Inch 'Ratzilla' Terrorizing Swedish Family Finally Captured

Originally posted 03/31/2014 11:50AM

A family from Solna, Sweden, found themselves trapped in a real creature feature, after discovering a giant rat living in their kitchen.

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