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How Atchoum, the Unusually Furry Feline, Became Famous

How Atchoum, the Unusually Furry Feline, Became an Online Star

Originally posted 03/07/2015 09:05AM

Atchoum the cat now has tens of thousands of Instagram followers, and his owner, Nathalie Côté, had a feeling he'd be an Internet sensation.

Atchoum's rise to fame began with a dare from Côté's kids to post a photo of the unusually hairy Persian kitty on Facebook. The kids thought that no more than 100 people would like the snap, but mom knew he would make a splash.

"Atchoum was so cute!" Côté tells PEOPLE. She received the feline as a gift last July from a coworker at the Quebec veterinary hospital where she works as a groomer. "Differences are beautiful in living things."

Atchoum, who was born with hypertrichosis (a rare condition that causes excess hair), is otherwise healthy, says Côté – but he requires a lot of care, including regular brushing to prevent matting of his hirsute coat.

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Protected Owl Terrorizing Dutch Town

Protected Owl Terrorizing Dutch Town

Originally posted 02/26/2015 01:30PM

Purmerend, an otherwise sleepy town in the Netherlands, has been haunted lately by a rogue European eagle owl, responsible for at least 15 attacks over the past three weeks.

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UpdatePosted 01/20/2015 07:00AM

Heroic Pot-Bellied Pig Foils Attempted Robbery in England

Originally posted 01/19/2015 02:05PM

There are a lot of heroic pets in the world, but none more unlikely than Ludwig.

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The Daily Treat: Dog with Two Legs Thinks She's a Kangaroo

Originally posted 01/19/2015 07:40PM

Had she been left on the streets of Romania, she probably wouldn't have survived with just two legs.

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Dog Rides Bus Alone Every Week in Seattle

Dog Rides Bus Alone Every Week in Seattle

Originally posted 01/13/2015 08:05PM

If you find yourself riding the bus sometime soon, you might find someone unexpected sitting it the seat next to you.

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Get Acquainted with the World's Tallest Cow

The Daily Treat: Get Acquainted with the World's Tallest Cow

Originally posted 10/15/2014 01:00PM

A 6-foot-4-inch cow owned by an Illinois woman was recently dubbed the world's tallest.

Patty Hanson and Blosom the cow smiled for their official Guinness World Records photo shoot on Monday.

Hanson received an email in mid-August saying Blosom had been named the world's tallest cow. She sought the record after veterinarians and the cow's foot trimmer constantly noted the 2,000-lb. animal's large size, Hanson said.

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Exotic Animal Vet Dr. K on the Challenge of Giving a Ferret a Pacemaker

Exotic Animal Vet Dr. K Explains the Challenge of Giving a Ferret a Pacemaker

Originally posted 10/11/2014 07:00AM

The behavior of cats and dogs is confusing enough for most, but Dr. Susan Kelleher deals with a whole different set of animal issues.

How do you perform surgery on a fish? Give a tortoise a check-up? These are questions for which exotic animal veterinarian Dr. Kelleher has to find answers, and now she is giving animal lovers a peek into her wild and furry life.

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Dog Named Lazarus Survives Euthanasia Attempt

Miracle Dog Named Lazarus Survives Euthanasia Attempt

Originally posted 10/06/2014 07:10PM

Animal control officer Wanda Snell knows what she saw: A veterinarian inserted a needle into the black-and-brown mutt and injected a chemical meant to euthanize the dog no one had adopted. The animal moved a bit and was still and quiet by the time she left the shelter for home.

What Snell can't explain is how or why a mixed-breed dog that nobody wanted recovered overnight and has since bounced back fully from what should have been a lethal injection.

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See This Woman's Jealousy-Inspiring Friendship with a Cheetah

UpdatePosted 08/06/2014 07:45PM

Woman Has Jealousy-Inspiring Friendship with Cheetah (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/06/2014 04:15PM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr When we call Goska Zdziechowska a "big cat lady," we're not referring to the size of her love for cats, but rather the size of the cats she loves.

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Pittsburgh Man Proposes to Girlfriend with the Help of  – Yes! – Penguins (VIDEO)

Penguin-Assisted Proposal Delights at Pittsburgh Zoo (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/05/2014 08:20AM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr If only this were narrated by Morgan Freeman.

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