01:27 PM EDT 05/24/2013
Wacky Animal Stories
Originally posted 01/17/2013 06:30PM
TThere's something you don't see every day.
Originally posted 01/16/2013 02:00PM
Before he got his new wheels, Pepper the parrot was one angry bird.
The decade-old African grey screamed incessantly, and his owner, computer engineering student Andrew Gray, decided to do something about it.
"I wanted to come up with a solution to all the noise," Gray told ABC News, adding that he built a sound-activated squirt gun that sprayed Pepper every time he yelled. "Nothing was working."
Originally posted 01/14/2013 11:00AM
Julianne Hough was buggin' out at Sunday's Golden Globes – the actress's accessories were made from real insects!
The Rock of Ages star accessorized her stunning Monique Lhuillier gown with baubles fashioned from actual beetles and a praying mantis-like insect.
"We created this with [jewelry designer] Daniela Villegas," Hough told E! News, pointing to her deep red earrings, which were paired with a sparkly cuff on her right ear. "It's an actual pair of beetle and actual stick bugs."
Originally posted 01/11/2013 02:25PM
Now that's what you call "winging" it.
A 9-foot nonpoisonous python was spotted clinging to the wing of a Qantas airplane headed to Papua New Guinea from Cairns, Australia, on Friday, as stunned passengers peered out the window.
Travelers first noticed the slippery stowaway about halfway through the two-hour flight, though service continued uninterrupted. While it is unclear how the rogue reptile managed to reach its perch, speculation suggests it could have crawled onto the wing from mangroves or shrubs near the runway.
Originally posted 01/08/2013 08:00PM
Travelers passing through Australia's Melbourne Airport on Monday may have been greeted by an unexpected baggage handler.
At around 7 a.m., a 3-year-old eastern gray kangaroo was spotted in the airport's parking garage, where it hopped around for almost two hours, giving security officers the slip in the process.
Wildlife officer Manfred Zabinskas was then called in to catch the young animal, who was tranquilized in order to be transported to safety. Analyzing the critter, Zabinskas noted he had been away from his natural habitat for some time, and that the romp through the parking garage had done some damage to his feet. Prior to being re-released into the wild, the kangaroo will be looked at by a veterinarian.
Originally posted 01/04/2013 11:00AM
Take it from The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons: playing a nerd on TV definitely has its perks.
The science world is paying tribute to the actor's Emmy-winning TV physicist, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, by naming a new species of Brazilian orchid bee after his character's goofy catchphrase, Bazinga!
Known formally as the Euglossa bazinga, the bug was discovered by Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia. Since the bee shares many similarities with the Euglossa ignita (also called the Western Brazilian orchid bee), the fact that they are now known as two completely separate species is a bazinga! to the science world, hence the name.
Originally posted 12/14/2012 03:30PM
Maybe it's a case of empty nest syndrome?
Kimon, an 8-year-old long-tailed monkey, has taken in a kitten as one of her own at the Bintan Island home the two share in Indonesia.
Seen in photographs taken on Sunday, Kimon keeps the cat close at hand, even grooming it and inspecting it for fleas. The furball is rarely out of the monkey's grasp, even as she makes her way around her habitat.
Originally posted 11/09/2012 04:00PM
They may look like an odd couple, but they certainly don't behave like one.
After a stray kitten wandered into a baboon's enclosure and refused to leave, it found itself taken in by the primate, who has been treating it as if it were one of its own infants.
The duo, residents at an Israeli petting zoo, are rarely apart from one another, andthe baboon has even taken to checking the kitten for fleas.
Originally posted 08/17/2012 04:00PM
Lucky for one trapped kitten, subway conductor John Ross will stop for Sun Chips.
Ross was pulling his Franklin Shuttle train out of New York's Brooklyn Botanical Garden station on Tuesday morning when he noticed a kitten with a Sun Chips bag stuck on its head lying in the middle of the tracks.
"I figured it may be a cruel trick by some kids," he told the New York Daily News, "or the cat might be trying to get some food."
Originally posted 08/13/2012 09:00AM
Step aside, Mary! Looks like a friendly Dalmatian in Australia has got herself a little lamb.
After being orphaned, a cross-bred lamb born with white fur and black spots has become the surrogate child for a Dalmatian looking to play mother.
"She was in season at the moment, and sort of feeling that mothering instinct at the time when this lamb was there," owner John Bolton told the Associated Press. "It seemed to be quite a natural thing for her to pick this up and have something to mother."
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