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Jeff Corwin Catches Record-Breaking, 800-Lb. Giant Stingray

Originally posted 03/13/2015 05:40PM

He was looking for giant stingrays, but had no idea he'd catch the mother lode.

Animal conservationist and TV personality Jeff Corwin, who's currently in Thailand filming Ocean Mysteries for ABC, landed what is being hailed as the largest freshwater fish ever caught – an 800-Lb., 14-Ft. long river stingray who lives in the murky Mae Klong river.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Saves Adrian Grenier's Lonely Whale Kickstarter with Last-Minute $50,000 Donation

UpdatePosted 03/12/2015 05:50PM

Leonardo DiCaprio Saves Adrian Grenier's Lonely Whale Kickstarter with Last-Minute $50,000 Donation

Originally posted 03/12/2015 02:00PM

The world's loneliest whale is one fin closer to finding friends, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Wolf of Wall Street actor donated $50,000 through his environmental nonprofit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to Adrian Grenier's Kickstarter project 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale.

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Formerly Obese Dachshund Now Weighs 12 Lbs. – See for Yourself

Dennis the Dachshund Now Down 44 Lbs.

Originally posted 03/12/2015 12:15PM

Dennis is ready for the snow to melt, namely because he has a Spring Break-ready body to debut.

Close to two years ago this Columbus, Ohio, pooch was an unhealthy 56 lbs. and could only walk a few feet before he needed to stop and catch his breath.

Since June 2013, with help from his new owner Brooke Burton, the dachshund has slimmed down to a svelte 12 lbs. and is ready for any activity, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

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Credit: Courtesy Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, FL
Massive Alligator Terrorizes Florida Golfers

UpdatePosted 03/11/2015 06:30PM

Massive Alligator Walks Across Florida Golf Course Like It's No Big Deal

Originally posted 03/11/2015 05:10PM

Putters at the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, Florida, have a new hazard to worry about on the greens: 13-ft. alligators.

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UpdatePosted 03/11/2015 08:10AM

Funny Video: Otters Adorably Freak Out Hearing Their Favorite Caretaker's Laugh

Originally posted 03/10/2015 12:30PM

A wise woman once said, "You don't know what love is until you've learned how to enchant a group of otters." That wise woman is me after watching this video.

The furry stars of this clip live at the New Forest Wildlife Park in Southampton, England, and they adore their caretaker – like they "would hold a boombox playing Peter Gabriel with their little paws outside her house for 24 hours" kind of adoration.

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UpdatePosted 03/09/2015 06:40PM

Pig Is the Leader of the Pack at Dog Obedience Class

Originally posted 03/09/2015 05:30PM

You can't teach a old dog new tricks, but you can teach a pig all kinds of canine moves.

Amy the six-month-old pig is quickly becoming the top dog in her obedience class full of pooches, reports The Seattle Times.

Along with the commands and tricks, the 45-lb. swine has also learned more advanced challenges like the chutes, teeter-totters, jumps and balance beams.

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Funny Video: You Must See This Goat Dressed as Elsa from Frozen

Originally posted 03/09/2015 05:00PM

Frozen hit theaters back in November 2013. Well over a year later, thousands of Frozen-inspired memes, fan creations, parody videos and whatnot have led us to this: an eighteen-second video of a goat dressed as Elsa.

Meet Peppa Lass, a Nigerian Edward goat and the hoofed star of the Denman's Critters farm. According to the video description, because Peppa Lass loves dressing up and posing for the camera, her owners thought that putting the Elsa costume on her would produce a little magic to dispel the snow.

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Filed Under: Animals & Pets, Frozen
'Crazy' Badger's Standoff at Swedish Hotel Ends with Police

'Crazy' Badger's Standoff at Swedish Hotel Ends with Police

Originally posted 03/08/2015 01:50PM

A mystery struck Sweden Friday morning when a "crazy or stressed out" badger forced one hotel to temporarily shut down in Stockholm, according to AFP.

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Credit: Courtesy Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service/Facebook
Dog Recovering After Being Shot and Left for Dead on Railroad Track

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UpdatePosted 03/06/2015 06:50PM

Dog Recovering After Being Shot and Left for Dead on Railroad Track

Originally posted 03/06/2015 09:40AM

Police are searching for the person responsible for shooting a dog and tying her to railroad tracks in Tampa, Florida.

Cabela, a young pit bull mix, was found shot and bleeding on Wednesday afternoon after authorities responded to reports of gunshots fired in the Sulphur Springs area, WTSP reports.

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Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Plan to Phase Out All Elephants Acts from Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Plan to Phase Out All Elephants Acts from Circus

Originally posted 03/05/2015 04:55PM

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced on Thursday plans to eliminate all elephant acts by 2018.

According to Mashable, the choice to end the iconic animal numbers is due to growing public concern about the treatment the elephants receive.

Feld Entertainment, the circuses' parent company, said the plan is to phase out the acts over the next three years. Elephants removed from the circus will be taken to Feld's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida to enjoy the rest of their lives.

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Filed Under: Animals & Pets

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