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Pretty in Pink: The Molly Ringwalds of the Animal Kingdom

Pretty in Pink: Animals Who Wear It Better Than Molly Ringwald

Originally posted 11/07/2013 02:30PM

Forget orange. Pink is the new black – among animals, that is.

A photographer recently snapped shots of a pale-hued hippo standing out like a sore thumb among its pack in Zambia, and it had us daydreaming about all the other animals that are naturally blushing beauties – and beasts, like Australia's giant fluorescent slugs! As you'll see, pink isn't always pretty.

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PHOTO: Drunk Teens Steal Circus Llama, Take Him on Tram

Drunk Teens Take Circus Llama on Tour of Bordeaux

Originally posted 11/05/2013 08:15AM

How do you say OMG in French?

Serge the llama was abducted by five drunk teens from a circus in Bordeaux, France, and taken for a wild ride on the local subway system.

The bizarre caper began on Thursday after a group of guys left a nightclub that morning, according to The Independent. They went to a nearby circus, which was closed for the night, and decided they'd take a zebra as a souvenir.

However, the animal was having none of it. So they settled on Serge.

"We went in and played with the animals," one of the five men, named Mathieu, told a local news station. "We ended up taking a llama with us."

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Lose the Facebook Riddle? 8 Hilarious Giraffes to Win the Day

Lose the Facebook Riddle? 8 Hilarious Giraffes to Win the Day

Originally posted 10/29/2013 05:30PM

If your Facebook feed is starting to resemble a zoo registry, your friends have likely discovered – and failed at – the Great Giraffe Challenge, a new game that's stretching its long neck across the Internet.

Here's how it goes:

"It's 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors. It's your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?"

According to the riddle's rules, set forth by vlogger Andrew Strugnell via YouTube and Facebook last week, those who fail to answer correctly must replace their Facebook profile picture with a photo of a giraffe, accompanied by the following explanation: "I've changed my profile to a giraffe. I tried to answer a riddle and got it wrong. Try the great giraffe challenge!"

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'Subway Kittens' Find Fur-ever Home with Brooklyn Couple | Animals & Pets, Cats, Cute Pets, Pet News, Twitter Pics

The Daily Treat: 'Subway Kittens' Find Fur-ever Home with Brooklyn Couple

Originally posted 10/24/2013 07:30PM

No need to do away with the hipster wardrobe, Arthur and August – the 'Subway Kittens' have permanently moved to Brooklyn.

In August, the feline duo stopped service along New York City's B and Q lines for several hours when they somehow managed to find their way onto the subway tracks. Following their rescue, the pair was fostered by Steven Liu, a 25-year-old Bushwick, N.Y., resident, and his roommates to prepare them for adoption. "They're still really shy. I think they've been stray for a while," he told the Daily News at the time.

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This Golf Course Has Cutest Caretaker Around – a Fox!

The Daily Treat: Golf Course Finds Adorable Caretaker in Fox

Originally posted 10/21/2013 01:15PM

Talk about raking it in!

From what we've heard, foxes are a notoriously sly bunch, mischievous and such. But here's one who's trying to put that reputation to rest. One October morning, this determined little furball was spotted on a London golf course getting a head start on the day's duties, beginning with smoothing a sand pit.

Is he a furry fan of the sport? Or just a Good Samaritan looking to ensure his human friends have a great game? While we may never know, there's one thing we're sure of: chores never looked so cute.

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PHOTO: The Best Thing About Fall Is Actually Pugkin Spice Lattes

The Daily Treat: Pour Yourself a Pugkin Spice Latte

Originally posted 10/17/2013 01:35PM

By now, midway through October, you've probably tasted your first pumpkin spice latte of the season (although that's more than we can say for this unhappy lion). The drink is as synonymous with the start of fall as sweaters, leaves and other things we learned from rom-coms.

But now, there's a way for you to enjoy the season with your pet.

Behold: the pugskin spice latte. Twitter user @singalittleflat crafted the ultimate (and caffeinated!) Halloween costume for her furry buddy, who dons the signature Starbucks lid as a cap and a cardboard recreation of its cup holder around its waist.

A Starbucks creation that's D.I.Y. and calorie-free? We'll take a venti.

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Caught on Camera: Kangaroo Hops Around Australian Airport

UpdatePosted 10/16/2013 04:15PM

Caught on Camera: Kangaroo Hops Around Australian Airport

Originally posted 10/16/2013 02:30PM



Qantas airlines's check-in area was hopping on Tuesday at Melbourne Airport – with a real kangaroo!

In this video from Australia's Seven Network, the creature can be seen causing a commotion as he skids, slides and tumbles across the airlines's domestic check-in area – leading some to believe it was a stunt.

The injured animal, who has been named Cyrus by Wildlife Victoria volunteers, made his way to a nearby pharmacy, where he was eventually sedated and taken out of the building.

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See Something Fishy? 18-Ft. Sea Creature Found Off the Coast of California

18-Foot Oarfish Found Off the Coast of California

Originally posted 10/16/2013 10:00AM

A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish.

Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore on Sunday. Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.

"We've never seen a fish this big," said Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI's sail training ship. "The last oarfish we saw was three feet long."

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The Daily Treat: Sloth Hits a High Note with Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You'

The Daily Treat: Sloth Hits a High Note with Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You'

Originally posted 10/15/2013 03:15PM

Kristen Bell, consider this a warning: Sloth-lovers like yourself might explode while witnessing the cuteness of this sleepy singing mammal, who does a bang-up lip synch of Whitney Houston's 1992 classic "I Will Always Love You."

Notorious for being slow-moving, sloths tend to hang out in trees, but this one? He is quite content doing his thing underneath a cozy blanket. But we think it's better that way; it puts the focus solely on the music.

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Man Receives Check from Government After Dog Eats $500

UpdatePosted 10/05/2013 07:45AM

Man Receives Check from Government After Dog Eats $500

Originally posted 10/04/2013 03:05PM

When one man's money went to the dogs, he wasn't going to let it, well, actually go to the dogs.

Last December, Wayne Klinkel of Helena, Mont., discovered that his pup, Sundance, had eaten five $100 bills while he and his wife were eating at a restaurant during their road trip to Colorado. The bills were left inside the car with Sundance, who interestingly chose to leave the $1 bill untouched.

Instead of accepting that the cash was lost, Klinkel sorted through the dog's droppings until he could reassemble parts of the bills. His daughter Amy Church, whom he and his wife were visiting in Colorado, found more pieces after the snow had melted in spring.

By April, Klinkel was able to piece enough together and send the bills to the U.S. Treasury, along with an explanation of what had happened to them. Though he received a receipt for the bills 10 days later, he didn't hear anything else – until he recently received a check.

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