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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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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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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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Watch a Bear Relax in a Hammock (You Know You're Jealous)

Watch a Bear Relax in a Hammock (You Know You're Jealous)

Originally posted 06/02/2014 03:00PM

On an regular day, you might find Vincent James of Daytona Beach, Florida, kicking back in the hammock outside his home.

Clearly, he's not the only one who wants to kick back and relax.

According to CNN, the homeowner was stunned last Thursday when he watched a black bear hop into the mesh hammock that hangs between two trees in his backyard (watch video below).

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Shark Handler Pets Shark on the Nose Like a Dog (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/01/2014 11:20AM

Don't try this at home. Even if your home is the ocean, and you are Aquaman, this is still a risky proposition.

Filmed during Bahamas Underwater Photo Week, this video shows professional shark handler (a terrifying job description if we've ever heard one) Cristina Zenato summoning a Caribbean reef shark to her lap and scratching it on the nose like a puppy.

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Lion, Tiger & Bear (Oh My!) Are Total Besties

The Daily Treat: Lion, Tiger & Bear (Oh My!) Are Total Besties

Originally posted 05/28/2014 06:45AM

Well this is different than any #BLT we've ever seen.

Bear, lion and tiger friends Baloo, Leo, and Shere Khan (#BLT, as they're referred to in the Twitter-verse) have attracted a lot of attention recently for their unlikely friendship.

According to Today, the three were rescued in poor condition 13 years ago from an Atlanta drug dealer's apartment. They now reside at the Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia, and while there's plenty of room there for them to roam around, the three prefer to be near each other; they often cuddle, sleep and keep watch together on the porch inside their enclosure.

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