01:24 PM EDT 06/17/2013
Wacky Animal Stories
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.
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.
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.
Originally posted 05/30/2013 01:15PM
If a movie deal won't put a smile on Grumpy Cat's face, we don't know what will.
The feline Internet sensation (real name: Tardar Sauce) is teaming up with Broken Road Productions to star in a feature film similar in nature to Garfield, reports Deadline.
"Rare is an image that evokes that much comedy," said Todd Garner, Broken Road founder and producer, who will help bring Grumpy Cat to the big screen along with partner Sean Robins. "You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character."
Originally posted 05/23/2013 04:00PM
Now that's what you call animal magnetism.
While filming a scene on the N.Y.C. set of Mania Days Tuesday, Katie Holmes came face-to-face with a squirrel – and that's when things went nuts.
Testing her quick reflexes, the actress seemingly tried to pet her new furry friend at one point. (As a New Yorker, we'd think she would know better than to try and touch a rodent!)
Originally posted 05/09/2013 07:00AM
It was supposed to be just another excursion down the Zambezi River for travel guide Paul Templer. He'd been in the business for years, taking in the same scenery trip after trip – until he got a view he'd never forget.
Seventeen years ago, at 27, Templer was leading a group of clients and three apprentice guides down the river near Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls in kayaks when a male hippo he had encountered before attacked them.
"The solid whack I felt behind me took me by surprise," Templer wrote recently in The Guardian newspaper as part of an essay that has since captivated the Internet. "I turned just in time to see [apprentice] Evans, who had been flung out of his boat, flying through the air. His boat, with his two clients still in it, had been lifted half out of the water on the back of the huge bull hippo."
Originally posted 05/02/2013 04:25PM
And you thought celebrities had the craziest hair!
At Angela Kumpe's grooming studio in Arkansas, pet owners with a flair for the dramatic can give their dogs almost any look imaginable – looks so wild, they got their own TV show. The new Animal Planet special Clipped!, airing Friday, May 3 at 10 p.m. ET, follows Kumpe and her staff as they work to turn a loyal customer's pup, Buggy, into a bumblebee.
"I can transform dogs into almost anything," Kumpe says. "You name it, I can do it."
Originally posted 04/26/2013 11:35AM
In what almost seems like a scene out of Fatal Attraction, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recounted how an ex-girlfriend boiled and ate one his pet pigeons.
Speaking Thursday on the WFAN's Boomer & Carton show, Tyson, who lives near Las Vegas and has raised pigeons since before his boxing career, said he was aghast by what went down.
"I was dating this young lady and she said, 'I don't know why you're flying those damn birds, you should be eating them,' " Tyson, 46, told the hosts. "She happened to grab one – and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn't do it."
Originally posted 04/23/2013 12:30PM
It's a plot twist straight out of The Hangover!
While taking a bathroom break during a performance of the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina, Kan., on Saturday, a woman discovered a tiger in the bathroom.
The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring. (Watch below.) Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center, but the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.
Originally posted 03/18/2013 05:00PM
Perhaps he just wanted to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
Hendrix, a 6-year-old English springer spaniel, was scheduled to depart Newark, N.J., late last week week for Phoenix, Ariz., but a United Airlines mix-up found him traveling to Ireland instead when he was placed on the wrong flight.
"I felt like somebody punched me in the stomach. I mean, that's my dog. That's like my child," said owner Edith Albach, who only received word of the mistake 10 minutes before Hendrix's flight was expected to land in Phoenix. The dog was on his way to meet Albach's daughter, Meredith Grant.
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