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PHOTO: One Turtle, Two Heads – You Have to See This

UpdatePosted 06/27/2013 05:30PM

The Daily Treat: Two-Headed Turtle Is Twice as Nice

Originally posted 06/27/2013 12:15PM

Like sitcom sisters Laverne and Shirley, Thelma and Louise are back in action.

The San Antonio Zoo welcomed a two-headed turtle on June 18 and named her after the dynamic duo in a cheeky nod to the 1991 Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

Despite the mutation, the Texas cooter seems to have a good head (or two!) on her shoulders. She swims and walks normally, zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike tells the Associated Press, and zoo experts don't predict any health issues for the turtle.

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And the World's Ugliest Dog Is...

World's Ugliest Dog Winner Is Walle the Mutt

Originally posted 06/22/2013 09:55AM

Toss him the ugly stick!

A beagle/basset/boxer mix named Walle ran off with the top prize at Friday's 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest, the marquee event at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.

The 4-year-old dog's unusually large head, hump back, and duck-like waddle – courtesy of extremely short legs – all helped him nab the coveted title, which includes $1,500 and a trophy.

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Filed Under: Dogs, Pet News, Unusual Pets
Cool or Creepy? This Snake Opens Doors When You're Not Looking

UpdatePosted 06/19/2013 04:45PM

Cool or Totally Creepy? Watch a Snake Open a Door

Originally posted 06/19/2013 02:00PM

Sure, your dog knows how to fetch on command – but, ahem, this snake can open doors.

That's right: No hands, no problem (well, we'll let you decide on the latter).

Vimeo user Jenner, who lived with a 16-ft. albino Burmese python, posted a now-viral video of her wriggly roommate reaching for the knob and pushing past the door with an unsettling thud. (Watch below, if you dare.)

"Bored of being in a dark room, she flips on the light, opens the door and bails," the description of the clip, uploaded three years ago, reads. "This particular episode takes place at 1 a.m. This is why we keep doors locked with her around. We don't need her harassing the neighbors."

A voice in the video's background says, "Good job," implying this snake might have been trained to sneak up on you.

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PHOTO: Does This Cat Look Like Salvador Dalí to You?

The Daily Treat: This Mustached Cat Resembles Salvador Dalí

Originally posted 06/15/2013 11:35AM

No need to adjust your eyes, human – yes, this cat has a mustache.

Hamilton, the Internet-famous feline of California comic Jay Stowe, possesses a face full of gray hair, save for a small area around his mouth that is white and uncannily resembles the iconic handlebar mustache of artist Salvador Dalí.

Sometimes, Hamilton likes to play up his facial hair with a top hat and a monocle. Other times, he just wants to settle in for a cat nap. But either way, the furball's eye-catching accessory is always his best feature.

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The Daily Treat: This Little Piggy Walks and Rolls

UpdatePosted 06/11/2013 05:30PM

The Daily Treat: This Little Piggy Walks and Rolls

Originally posted 06/11/2013 01:00PM

We all could really (wheel-y!) learn a thing or two from this pig.

Despite being born with malformed hind legs, 6-month-old Chris P. Bacon just rolls with it in a pseudo-wheelchair crafted by his owner, Dr. Len Lucero. The pig was brought to the vet, who resides in Sumterville, Fla., in December after his mother had rejected him and withheld milk due to his deformity. But, "he was full of life," Lucero told The Gainesville Sun. "He had a good heart rate and the attitude of a normal pig."

Since being taken in, Chris has also become a viral sensation thanks to YouTube videos posted by Lucero of the piggy in his wheelchair. But the budding star's latest public appearance on Monday at the University of Florida came on the heels of some more serious news: Chris underwent an operation for a hernia.

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The Daily Treat: Meet Adorable Animal Explorer Biddy the Hedgehog

The Daily Treat: Meet Adorable Animal Explorer Biddy the Hedgehog

Originally posted 06/07/2013 01:00PM

Booking your summer vacation? Boy, have we got the perfect travel companion for you.

Say hello to Biddy, an inquisitive little hedgehog trying to satisfy his wanderlust in the Pacific Northwest – and sharing his adventures on his Instagram account.

The fun began in April, when Biddy visited Oregon's Arcadia Beach. "Welcome to my own Instagram page! Follow for many more amazing #hedgehog photos!!" he wrote. And true to his word, he's shared photos of grand trips, like a May trek to Washington's Snoqualmie Falls and later, Seattle's Space Needle.

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Cat Rescued After Spending Six Days Under the Rubble in Oklahoma

Cat Rescued After Spending Six Days Under the Rubble in Oklahoma

Originally posted 05/31/2013 01:30PM

Thanks to the efforts of a 13-year-old Boy Scout, what once was lost is now found in Moore, Okla.

Justin Hulme Rangel, who accompanied his Boy Scout troop from Texas to the site ravaged by a tornado on May 20, proved to be a savior for a couple whose cat Egor was presumed dead.

Rangel was searching through the remains of Geoff and Jo Humann's home on May 26 when he came upon a litter box, and correctly guessed Egor may have hidden in it.

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Why Is There a Chicken in Tori Spelling's Bed? | Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling Shares Her Bedroom with Dean, Dog and a Chicken

Originally posted 04/29/2013 03:10PM

Things are getting a bit crowded in Tori Spelling's bed.

The actress, 39, posted a Vine video to her Twitter account Sunday, giving followers an inside look at her family's nighttime ritual.

"This is how we sleep…" she wrote alongside a video that shows shirtless husband Dean McDermott in bed with dog Mitzi (watch below). Off to the side, the clip gives a quick peek at two of their four children – Liam, 6, Stella, 4, Hattie, 18 months, and Finn, almost 8 months old – fast asleep while the family chicken, Coco, lounges nearby.

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The Daily Treat: Lil Bub Works the Red Carpet

The Daily Treat: Lil Bub Works the Red Carpet

Originally posted 04/19/2013 03:00PM

Is it time for my ap-paws?

While most celebrities walk the red carpet, Internet sensation Lil Bub took a decidedly simpler approach: taking a seat.

The famous feline was on hand for Thursday's Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the documentary Lil Bub & Friendz, which chronicles the popularity of its titular star and fellow Internet obsessions like Grumpy Cat and Keyboard Cat.

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The Daily Treat: Jimmy Fallon's Dog Is Weird – and He Knows It | Jimmy Fallon

The Daily Treat: Jimmy Fallon's Dog Is Weird – and He Knows It

Originally posted 04/09/2013 01:30PM

The words "cute," or if we're being punny, paw-dorable come to mind when we think of our pets.

But not for Jimmy Fallon.

"Gary likes to eat her bed," the soon-to-be Tonight Show host wrote on Instagram.

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