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See Why This Sad Cat Makes Us So Happy

The Daily Treat: See Why This Sad-Looking Cat Makes Us So Happy

Originally posted 08/19/2014 07:10PM

There are lots of things to be sad about these days (example: We're not having Ryan Gosling's baby) but Pixie the cat isn't bothered by any of them.

This 2-year-old feline, who resides in the U.K., has the eyes of a girl who just spent hours crying over a broken heart. But she's really as happy as a mid-nap cat – meaning her looks are purely for the benefit of others, like us.

"She's happy most of the time," the Persian cat's owner, Sophie Batt, says in an interview with the U.K. Daily Mail. "She's always playing or eating."

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Texas Bear Escapes Zoo Enclosure to Swim with Seals

The Daily Treat: Texas Bear Escapes Zoo Enclosure to Swim with Seals

Originally posted 08/06/2014 02:15PM

A 220-pound black bear who managed to climb out of a South Texas zoo exhibit took a dip in a pond with some harbor seals before staffers tranquilized him.

No one was hurt in the incident Monday at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Zoo spokeswoman Cynthia Galvan said Tuesday that the male bear, named Oscar, is staying in his sleeping quarters, out of public view, until repairs are made to cracks in the concrete wall of his bear grotto.

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Credit: Courtesy My Petting Zoo/Facebook
Meet the 'Geep': Butterfly the Sheep/Goat Hybrid is Super Cute

Meet the 'Geep': Butterfly the Sheep/Goat Hybrid is Super Cute

Originally posted 08/02/2014 07:15AM

What do you get when you cross a sheep and a goat? (This isn't a trick question.)

Meet Butterfly, the "geep." She's the offspring of a female sheep named Momma and a male pygmy goat named Michael, and she was born at MyPettingZoo.com's facility in Arizona.

"We were not even aware that [Momma] was pregnant because we don't have a male [sheep]," Priscilla Motola, owner of the petting zoo, told Azcentral.com of the surprise arrival, which is believed to have happened on Sunday.

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Russia Loses Control of Zero-Gravity Gecko Sex Satellite

Russia Loses Control of Zero-Gravity Gecko Sex Satellite

Originally posted 07/25/2014 04:00PM

They say in space, no one can hear you scream, but that's not the case if you're one of five geckos having sex on a rogue Russian satellite.

The geckos were sent to space on July 19, as part of a mission to test the effects of low gravity on plant and animal life, particularly the geckos' sexual behavior.

Unfortunately, the Russian space agency lost control of the Photon-M4 satellite shortly after it made its way into orbit. As the Moscow-based news agency Interfax reported Thursday, mission control suspects a problem in the satellite's engine caused it to stop responding to commands from Earth.

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Dog Returns Missing Wedding Ring That He Swallowed

UpdatePosted 06/30/2014 06:40PM

The Daily Treat: Dog Returns Missing Wedding Ring That He Swallowed

Originally posted 06/30/2014 05:40PM

Diamonds are a dog's best friend, too.

It took six years, but Lois Matykowski's missing diamond wedding ring finally reappeared when her 10-year-old Rottweiler mix, Tucker, swallowed a popsicle stick this month, according to ABC News.

The Wisconsin pooch – known affectionately to his family as the "food burglar" – wolfed down a popsicle and its stick, which prompted Matykowski to call her veterinarian.

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Firefighters Rescue Pup Stuck in Wheel – See the Photo

UpdatePosted 06/24/2014 05:30PM

The Daily Treat: California Firefighters Free Puppy from Wheel

Originally posted 06/24/2014 04:00PM

Firefighters in Bakersfield, California, had to rescue a pit bull from a tight spot.

The puppy had its head stuck through the hub of an automobile wheel when its owner brought it to a Kern County fire station on Friday.

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Credit: Royal New Zealand Navy/Facebook
Dog Drifting at Sea Rescued by New Zealand Navy

Dog Drifting at Sea on Log Rescued by New Zealand Navy

Originally posted 06/16/2014 07:30PM

Last week, Tiny the dog found himself in big trouble.

The Royal New Zealand Navy rescued the small pooch from a log drifting out to sea on Thursday.

According to the New Zealand Herald, crew from the Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea spotted the distressed pup standing on floating driftwood in Smokehouse Bay, Great Barrier Island.

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UpdatePosted 06/14/2014 01:15PM

See This Swamp Tour Guide Feed Alligators – with His Mouth

Originally posted 06/13/2014 11:25AM

A tour guide in Louisiana has given new meaning to the phrase "to serve gator."

In a viral video uploaded to YouTube in May, a guide from Airboat Adventures tour company, known only as "Lance," is seen cavorting with alligators and feeding them – including, at one point, giving the gator a marshmallow from his mouth as if it were a baby bird.

Now the tour guide's swim may have landed him in hot water. Sheriffs in Louisiana's Jefferson Parish say they're investigating the incident.

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VIDEO: This Dog Poops on Command, So Everyone Should Just Go Home

Originally posted 06/05/2014 04:20PM

We thought our dogs were pretty impressive because they kind of know our names and only chew on our shoes sometimes.

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Credit: Courtesy Champy and Morris
Cat Rides Horse, Makes Friendship Official

The Daily Treat: Cat Rides Horse, Makes Friendship Official

Originally posted 06/03/2014 09:40AM

Here's the long and short of it: Champy is a horse. Morris is a cat.

Despite their clear differences, the pair from New South Wales, Australia, have formed a beautiful bond. The black rescue cat sits atop the horse all the time and trots around his owner's property on horseback as often as he likes. Well, wouldn't you? (Watch the video below.)

Their owner, Jennifer Boyle, says the handsome horse was the one who initiated the friendship in January of last year, when the cat first arrived at her stable.

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