05:39 AM EDT 03/19/2015
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.
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.
Originally posted 01/19/2015 02:05PM
There are a lot of heroic pets in the world, but none more unlikely than Ludwig.
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.
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.
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.
Originally posted 10/11/2014 07:00AM
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.
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.
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.
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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