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Hiker Narrowly Avoids Getting Bitten by a Black Bear: 'I Felt If I Ran, I Would Get Attacked'

Hiker Narrowly Avoids Getting Bitten by a Black Bear: 'I Felt If I Ran, I Would Get Attacked'

Originally posted 08/29/2015 05:00PM

A hiker got herself into a hairy situation (literally) after encountering two large black bears while walking in a wildlife area in Burlington, Connecticut.

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Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Seagull

Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Seagull

Originally posted 08/24/2015 08:00AM

Friends, I'd like to be honest with you.

The strain of gazing deep into the bird-byss, the bird-void, the deep uncaring nothingness that is bird-kind, week after week here at Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread is real. And it's beginning to take a toll on me.

To paraphrase a fictional version of Werner Herzog: "Every bird is like a brickbat against my soul."

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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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Thieves Steal a Baker's Dozen of Gators from Arkansas Zoo

Originally posted 08/18/2015 11:05AM

Police are searching for two people who broke into Little Rock's Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo in the wee hours of Saturday morning and absconded with a dozen baby gators, plus a 7-year-old adult alligator, presumably for luck.

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Self-Proclaimed Wizard Banned from Australian Zoo for Antagonizing Gorillas

Originally posted 08/17/2015 01:00PM

Continuing last week's trend of "Foolish People Irritating Large Animals," a self-proclaimed wizard from Christchurch, New Zealand, has been banned from Orana Wildlife park for enraging one of its gorillas.

Andrew Wright, an "energy healer" whose work can be seen at the top of this post, was apparently chanting and beating his chest at the zoo's largest gorilla, angering the animal so much that it charged the glass at the front of its enclosure to get at him.

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Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Pelican

Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Pelican

Originally posted 08/17/2015 09:00AM

This is the third installment of Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread, and so I'd like to think we've reached a casual, sort of easygoing relationship.

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We Could Watch this Bear Blunder Around for Salmon Forever (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/13/2015 10:00AM

Do you ever see animals doing animal things and think, "Same, dude. Same." (Of course you do.)

That's us with this bear today. We could watch this guy clumsily clomp around in the stream for salmon forever, and not just because he reminds us of ourselves at Old Country Buffet.

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Watch This Baby Cheetah Get Acquainted with Its Companion Puppy (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/11/2015 04:00PM

Siri is a nine-week-old female cheetah cub who lives at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia. She's in good hands there: The zoo is one of the only ones in the world to successfully breed cheetahs.

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Cecil the Lion's Killing Prompts Actor Kirk Douglas to Recall 'Uncomfortable Memory' of Hunting in Kenya

Cecil the Lion's Killing Prompts Actor Kirk Douglas to Recall 'Uncomfortable Memory' of Hunting in Kenya

Originally posted 08/07/2015 11:35PM

Cecil the lion's death has sparked worldwide outrage, but for Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, it's prompted him to recall memories of what he calls "the most stupid thing I've ever done."

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Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Acorn Woodpecker

Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Acorn Woodpecker

Originally posted 08/05/2015 08:00AM

Welcome to Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread, a new daily column here at PEOPLE Pets.

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