01:40 PM EDT 01/16/2014
Originally posted 10/18/2012 05:40PM
Call it Tallon's Ark: One by one, this 16-year-old from Fort Collins, Colo., has been taking his picture with every new animal species he encounters. His tally so far: 840.
Tallon Nightwalker began his quest when he was 5 years old. His father Bob Nightwalker, a single dad, has helped in documenting the project, which is an attempt to "get pictures with as many different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians before they disappear," according to Tallon's Facebook page.
The rules are that the animal must be touching or close to Tallon, but there cannot be a barrier (like a cage) between them. He has held boa constrictors, let a peace-faced lovebird sit on his head and kissed a wolf.
Originally posted 09/28/2012 09:35AM
Maybe they went on vacation to soak up some rays.
In that case, these three ladies got their money's worth.
In a photo posted Wednesday that has since gone viral on Reddit, a stingray steals the spotlight (with the apparent help of one strong man holding him up). We're guessing they didn't need to purchase a postcard after this extra-special (but perhaps a little reluctant) close encounter.
Originally posted 09/28/2012 09:30AM
A quick glance at Peanut reveals not the biggest of dogs, nor the most intimidating of stares, but a doe-eyed – did we say adorable? – dachshund-terrier mix.
But this little pooch found herself in some big trouble last October, when a scuffle with a wild skunk left her buried alive – and almost dead.
Now, almost a year later, Peanut is the 2012 recipient of the Veterinary Pet Insurance Hambone Award, which honors the most unusual pet insurance claims of the year. (The accolade itself is named after a VPI-insured dog who ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while stuck in a walk-in refrigerator.)
While Peanut has something to celebrate now, there was nothing happy about the situation that followed when Keith and Christy Wolfram of Sicklerville, N.J., couldn't find their canine companion. Peanut, who seldom shies away from a little face time with wildlife, had clashed with a skunk and slipped beneath the deck in the backyard. The Wolframs then called the local fire department.
Originally posted 09/21/2012 05:05PM
A frightfully large beast slithers through the Edge of Hell – which is, funnily enough, located in Kansas City, Mo. – but she's getting her moment in the sun.
Medusa, an 8-year-old giant of a python, measures 25 feet and 2 inches in length, and has just been named the longest snake ever in captivity by the Guinness World Records, landing with a 350-lb. thud in the 2013 edition of the record books.
The snake lives in the Edge of Hell, a haunted house attraction located within a brick warehouse, and prefers to stay "coiled up in a nook," according to a press release.
On top of being huge, she has a reputation for being "the sloppiest eater" when having her meals of rabbits, hogs and deer, and has actually bitten herself instead of her dinner.
Originally posted 09/13/2012 09:00AM
Denise and Kevin Doorlag weren't looking for a purse pooch or some scrappy little Dachshund. No, they wanted a big dog.
So almost four years ago, they brought home a Great Dane named Zeus, then just a little ball of black fur.
As Zeus grew, the Doorlags's hopes did, too, one inch at a time. Now 3 feet, 8 inches tall – and 150 lbs. – the aptly named canine is officially the world's tallest dog, according to the Guinness World Records 2013 edition (which launches Sept. 13).
"It's kind of comical," Kevin Doorlag tells PEOPLE.com. "Everybody we see is like, 'Is that a horse? Is he part horse, part giraffe?'"
Originally posted 09/05/2012 02:30PM
Originally posted 09/01/2012 08:00AM
As adorable cats go, Venus earns a double take. Literally.
Her face appears to be split in two: half black cat, half ginger tabby cat.
The latest Internet feline fixation is a chimera cat by genetics. Three vets have confirmed this to Venus's owner, according to a post on the kitty's Facebook page, which has already garnered 32,000 Likes – and counting.
Originally posted 08/15/2012 03:30PM
There's a picture-perfect couple!
Holly Madison holds on tight to one of her two ferrets in a new photo shoot, happily cradling the little furball in her arms.
"My ferrets are some of the best pets I've ever had," she tells PEOPLE. "They are sweet, playful and surprising!"
Originally posted 07/30/2012 09:00AM
She had a little extra meat on her bones – and a few too many bones, too.
Lilli, a calf from Weissenburg, Switzerland, was born Valentine's Day this year with six legs, the two extra limbs protruding from her back.
She was not expected to survive due to her condition. According to the Daily Mail, Lilli's owner couldn't bear to put the calf down, but sold her to someone who could pay for surgery to remove Lilli's extra legs.
Originally posted 07/25/2012 03:00PM
It went from being a monster catch to a raffle prize, and now, a 21-lb. lobster has finally found his destiny as a resident of the New England Aquarium.
The extra-large crustacean was caught in Orleans, Mass., on July 14, and kept at Capt'n Elmer's Fish Market, where a recent raffle's winner was to see the lobster get released back into the wild. But, according to the AP, the winner decided the lobster should be donated to the Boston aquarium instead.
The New England Aquarium is no stranger to enormous lobsters. In the 1980s, a 35-lb. creature named Lobzilla took up residence there.
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