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Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:00PM
Originally posted 03/16/2014 09:00PM
What was the accessory of the weekend: a kitty tattoo or a wedding ring?
From Miley to the Mötley Crüe, here's what you missed:
5. Miley Cyrus Wants You to Read Her LipsForget her wagging tongue, and please kindly direct your attention to another part of Cyrus's mouth: The singer took to Instagram to debut what appears to be her latest ink: an emoji of a sad kitty on the inside of her lower lip. It's just another trip to the parlor for Cyrus, who already has about 20 tattoos on her body.
Check out her new tat.
Originally posted 03/16/2014 03:30PM
Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are keeping a close watch over a baby gorilla delivered by C-section last week.
The 4.6-lb. female underwent a procedure on Friday to fix a collapsed lung that seems to have happened during delivery, the Associated Press reports.
An emergency C-section was performed on the first-time mom, Imani, 18, because she was in distress after going into labor on Wednesday. The procedure is rarely performed on gorillas.
Originally posted 03/16/2014 01:00PM
Originally posted 03/15/2014 01:30PM
They arrived in America with serious health problems – but the future is looking brighter for two dogs rescued from Russia during the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
On Feb. 23, Katherine Heigl and her mom, Nancy, teamed up with former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky to welcome two needy canines to America.
The pooches – named Sochi and Adler, after the Olympic city and one of its neighborhoods – were taken in by Fedotowsky while she was covering the Winter Olympics for E! News, and the trio arranged for the pair to come to America for adoption.
Originally posted 03/12/2014 03:10PM
Hunter the dog is more than just an adorable face.
Just two weeks after finding a forever home, the husky-mix puppy thanked his adoptive family by rescuing them right back.
Originally posted 03/11/2014 03:25PM
Once upon a time ... there was a colorful parrot who escaped from his pirate ship sailing the Atlantic and made a new home on land in the concrete jungle of New York City, where he fell in love with a friendly city pigeon. They made a home together in Queens and gave birth to beautiful, colorful bird babies.
Or something like that.
That was just one of our far-fetched theories after photos surfaced on Facebook of what appears to be a parrot-pigeon hybrid.
The half-pigeon, half-parrot-looking birds have reportedly been spotted in Long Island City, and their mysterious origins are ruffling feathers, reports Gothamist, because experts believe that they were dyed.
Originally posted 03/06/2014 04:50PM
Think you've seen every possible combination of adorable animals in sweaters? Prepare to be proven wrong.
Meet the penguins of Australia's Phillip Island Nature Park. This bunch of stylish birds happily models a wide variety of sweater designs, all handmade specifically for them. But their clothing serves more than a sartorial purpose: The penguins here are being treated for feather and skin damage caused by oil spills. The sweaters keep them warm and prevent them from pecking at the oil with their beaks, reports ABC Melbourne.
The Penguin Foundation, also based on Phillip Island, is responsible for distributing these sweaters, which it gives to other wildlife rescue centers, as well. For those looking to contribute to the cause, a knitting pattern is available on their website, along with directions on where to send the finished products.
Originally posted 02/28/2014 04:50PM
Before he was even 2 years old, toddler Dylan Lipton-Lesser had undergone 15 brain surgeries due to a condition known as hydrocephalus, an excessive buildup of fluid inside the brain. But there's an upside – he's been able to find comfort in a friend who's experienced something similar: puppy Frank, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix with the same condition.
"As a very young puppy Frank clearly had a really big head," Amy McCracken, executive director of the no-kill shelter Richmond Animal League told TODAY.com. "We transfer animals from municipal shelters that are in danger of being euthanized, and that's how we got Frank."
Frank was placed with a foster family, and aside from suffering a seizure at 8 weeks old, thrived under their care and with regular doses of a seizure-controlling drug. When it became clear that concerns over his medical care were preventing potential adopters from signing on the dotted line, Frank's foster parents were prepared to make him their forever pet – until Stacy Metz stepped in.
Originally posted 02/27/2014 06:35PM
Talk about a pet detective!
Hercule the parrot helped solve the murder of its owner in Agra, India, The Times of India reports.
Neelam Sharma and her dog were killed Feb. 20 inside their home. Police were stumped until Sharma's husband, Vijay, noticed the bird's unusual behavior.
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