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Dog Elected as Mayor of Colorado Town

UpdatePosted 04/10/2014 07:45PM

The Daily Treat: Colorado Town Elects Dog as Mayor

Originally posted 04/10/2014 02:00PM

Have you ever called a politician a bonehead? Think the world would be a better place if pets made all major life decisions? Even the ones that have nothing to do with bacon or the mailman? You might want to consider moving to Divide, Colo.

Pa Kettle the bloodhound has been elected mayor of the small mountain town, reports the Associated Press. He beat out 10 other animals competing for the unofficial title in an online race benefiting the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter. Each vote raised $1 for the rescue, and the election also spotlighted groups such as Teller County Search and Rescue (for which Pa Kettle works as a search-and-rescue hound).

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Cat Wins Extreme Grooming Contest, Looks None Too Pleased

Originally posted 04/08/2014 03:30PM



It's a meow-sterpiece!

A Siamese cat decorated with ornate flowers, hearts and rhinestones took home – or, we assume, sat in disgust with – the top prize at Monday's Feline Fantasy extreme grooming contest in East Rutherford, N.J.

The rescue kitty's far-out fur design didn't come easily. Professional groomer Angela Kumpe painstakingly cut and dyed the cat's coat after drawing the pattern, best described as a feline fleur-de-lis, on her back with a marker. (See the final product in the video above.)

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Koalas Are Taking Selfies Now | Animals & Pets, Cute Pets, Exotic Animals & Pets, Funny Pets, Pet News, Talented Pets, Unusual Pets, Zoo Animals

UpdatePosted 04/04/2014 05:15PM

The Daily Treat: Koalas Are Taking Selfies Now

Originally posted 04/04/2014 02:10PM

Ever since Ellen DeGeneres took the mother of all selfies at the Oscars last month, people everywhere have been trying to top it. Well, it appears someone finally has – a koala.

The cuddly residents of the Wild Life Sydney Zoo are the latest members of the animal kingdom to become selfie-obssessed. When a camera was set up on a moveable tripod in their enclosure a few weeks ago, Bruce, Aaron and Bill immediately started posing for snaps.

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This Might Be the Most Well-Dressed Kangaroo We've Ever Seen

The Daily Treat: This Might Be the Most Well-Dressed Kangaroo We've Ever Seen

Originally posted 04/02/2014 03:15PM

She may not be on any official best dressed lists, but we'd take style advice from this kangaroo any day.

Boomeroo – who was adopted by Virginia resident Julia Heckathorn at just 3 weeks old – boasts an entire wardrobe of human clothing. Among the duds filling her closet: shirts, sweaters and dresses, all purchased from baby shops.

"When we first got Boomeroo, she was wearing a little shirt, and she's worn clothes ever since," Heckathorn, 28, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "She loves her tops, and when I have to take her top off to clean it, she puts her arms out and waits for me to dress her again."

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Dog Calls 911 by Accident

UpdatePosted 03/27/2014 01:30PM

The Daily Treat: Nebraska Dog Prank Calls 911

Originally posted 03/27/2014 01:15PM

When emergency dispatchers in Nebraska's Sarpy County picked up a recent call, all they heard were the sounds of breathing and scratching. Dispatchers were worried – until they learned the noises were coming from a dog who'd dialed 911.

Sarpy County 911 Assistant Director Marilyn Gable tells Omaha television station KETV that it's the first time a dog has called the emergency center.

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UpdatePosted 03/21/2014 04:30PM

Dinosaur Nicknamed 'Chicken from Hell' Discovered

Originally posted 03/21/2014 12:30PM



Nope, it's not an order of wings served at your local bar: the "Chicken from Hell" is a newly discovered dinosaur – and by the looks of it, it was quite scary.

Scientists recently discovered the bones of the Anzu Wyliei in a sedimentary rock layer known as the Hell Creek Formation in North and South Dakota (hence the nickname). It's believed the bizarre, feathery creature – which kind of resembles today's ostrich – was a hefty 500 lbs. and stood at a towering 10-ft. tall when it roamed Earth during the Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago.

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Is This Bird a Parrot-Pigeon Hybrid – & What Should We Call It?

UpdatePosted 03/12/2014 11:30AM

The Daily Treat: Is This Bird a Parrot-Pigeon Hybrid?

Originally posted 03/11/2014 03:25PM

Once upon a time ... there was a colorful parrot who escaped from his pirate ship sailing the Atlantic and made a new home on land in the concrete jungle of New York City, where he fell in love with a friendly city pigeon. They made a home together in Queens and gave birth to beautiful, colorful bird babies.

Or something like that.

That was just one of our far-fetched theories after photos surfaced on Facebook of what appears to be a parrot-pigeon hybrid.

The half-pigeon, half-parrot-looking birds have reportedly been spotted in Long Island City, and their mysterious origins are ruffling feathers, reports Gothamist, because experts believe that they were dyed.

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Parrot Helps Solve Murder of Its Owner | Animals & Pets, Exotic Animals & Pets, Funny Pets, Pet News, Talented Pets, Unusual Pets

Parrot Helps Solve Murder of Its Owner

Originally posted 02/27/2014 06:35PM

Talk about a pet detective!

Hercule the parrot helped solve the murder of its owner in Agra, India, The Times of India reports.

Neelam Sharma and her dog were killed Feb. 20 inside their home. Police were stumped until Sharma's husband, Vijay, noticed the bird's unusual behavior.

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Five Times Animals Won the Olympics | Olympics, Winter Olympics 2014

UpdatePosted 02/20/2014 06:15PM

The Weird, Wild & Cute Animal Encounters of the Winter Olympics

Originally posted 02/20/2014 05:00PM

You didn't think the animals were about to let us humans have all the fun at the Winter Olympics, now did you? From party-crashing pups to death-defying felines, these furballs brought the weird, the wild and, yes, the adorable to Sochi.

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You Can't Make This Up: Chihuahuas Terrorizing Arizona Neighborhood | Animals & Pets, Pet News

Chihuahuas Are Wreaking Havoc on an Arizona Neighborhood

Originally posted 02/19/2014 10:00AM

If you thought a stampede of cuddly, perfectly fluffy rabbits was intimidating, stay away from Maryvale, Ariz.

That's right: In today's edition of You Can't Make This Up, there are packs of chihuahuas roaming the Phoenix neighborhood, ruling the streets, wreaking havoc and causing chaos ... a.k.a. racing after children and going to the bathroom everywhere.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control tells FOX 10 Phoenix that the agency has fielded thousands of calls reporting the unleashed offenders.

"Yeah a lot of them – they are out here chasing kids or going yard to yard," says local resident Ray Rios. "Anywhere in groups of eight to 12 just running around."

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