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Originally posted 01/09/2013 01:30PM
Charles the Labradoodle loves kids, pizza and tailgating at Old Dominion University football games.
But on the outside, his appearance is – dare we say – just a little fur-ocious.
Groomed to look like a lion, Charles (full name: Charles the Monarch) earns plenty of attention – this time, from a concerned Norfolk, Va., resident who mistook the dog for the real deal.
A 911 caller told police that a baby lion was on the prowl down Colley Avenue on Tuesday, reports the Virginian-Pilot. Perhaps the animal was on the hunt for food, the caller worried, so police contacted the Virginia Zoo to see if any lions were on the loose.
Originally posted 11/20/2012 02:00PM
It's a love story for the ages, like Prince William and Kate, or Beyoncé and Jay-Z. It's a tale perhaps even more complicated than the storied saga of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
Meet the ultimate lovebirds: a pair of Magellanic penguins who have stayed committed to each other, through thick and thin ice, for the past 16 years.
Biologists say their relationship has lasted almost their entire breeding life, including gaps of time apart that included 200,000 miles worth of solo trips, according to the U.K.'s Telegraph. Penguins typically live about 20 years after they start breeding, proving these two truly have grown old together.
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!"
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