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California's "Ugliest Dog" Contest Celebrates Imperfections

By Meera Dolasia on July 12, 2016
California's "Ugliest Dog" Contest Celebrates Imperfections

A contest to crown “The World’s Ugliest Dog” may appear to be derogatory to dogs. However, that is not the intention of the organizers of the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the popular event has been held for the past 28 years. They view the unusual event as a celebration of the spirit and imperfections that make the dogs loveable and adoptable.

Smart Mother Goose Asks Police Officer To Help Free Her Entangled Gosling

By Meera Dolasia on June 7, 2016
Smart Mother Goose Asks Police Officer To Help Free Her Entangled Gosling

On Monday, May 9, James Givens, a police officer in Cincinnati, Ohio, was sitting in his cruiser when he heard what sounded like a knock. He turned around only to find a goose pecking at the car door. This was highly unusual given that the birds typically preferred to observe humans from a distance.

North Carolina Dog Walks Himself To Doggy Daycare To Be With Friends

By Meera Dolasia on May 19, 2016
North Carolina Dog Walks Himself To Doggy Daycare To Be With Friends

Most dogs hate being dropped off at daycare — Not Riley! In fact, the five-year-old golden retriever, who lives in Belmont, North Carolina, loves being at the Happy Dog Cafe & Boutique so much that he recently decided to pay the center a visit all by himself.

These Biofluorescent Catsharks Glow In The Dark!

By Kim Bussing on May 18, 2016
These Biofluorescent Catsharks Glow In The Dark!

In 2014, marine biologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer David Gruber was on a nighttime dive to observe biofluorescent corals when he noticed a bright green eel darting across. This was the first time biofluorescence had been witnessed in a vertebrate. Curious to see if there were more such creatures just waiting to be discovered, Gruber and his team began combing through coral reefs around the world. Sure enough, they found that 180 species of animals, including bony fishes, reptiles, and even the hawksbill sea turtle, have the capability to “glow”, in the deep dark ocean waters.

Sperm Whales Washed Up In Germany Had Plastic Waste In Their Stomachs

By Meera Dolasia on May 6, 2016
Sperm Whales Washed Up In Germany Had Plastic Waste In Their Stomachs

In January and February of 2016, a total of 13 young sperm whales washed up on the beach near the town of Tönning in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. An autopsy revealed that the whales had all died of heart failure. The researchers believe that the young bulls, all between 10-15 years old, may have entered the North Sea by mistake. Since the sea floor here is too shallow for these deep sea dwellers, it caused the whales to become disoriented and perish.

Free At Last! Tuffy The Bear Rejoices After Being Rescued From Bile Farm

By Meera Dolasia on April 28, 2016
Free At Last! Tuffy The Bear Rejoices After Being Rescued From Bile Farm

Animal videos are always heartwarming. However, the one that captured Tuffy, a black bear splashing in a pool, is even more so. That's because it shows the animal's unbridled joy after being rescued from a bear bile farm, where he was locked in a tiny cage and tortured for years. In fact, Tuffy was so thrilled with his newly found freedom that he did not return to his den that evening — Instead, the bear spent the night sleeping under the stars.

Loyal Penguin Returns Annually To Bond With Brazilian Man Who Rescued Him

By Kim Bussing on April 20, 2016
Loyal Penguin Returns Annually To Bond With Brazilian Man Who Rescued Him

In May 2011, Joao Pereira de Souza stumbled upon a stranded Magellanic penguin outside his shack on Proveta Beach in Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro. The bird was soaked in oil and unable to move. The 71-year-old retired bricklayer scooped up the starving penguin, nursed it back to health and put it out to sea.

Surprise! City Birds Are Smarter And Healthier Than Their Country Counterparts!

By Kim Bussing on April 10, 2016
Surprise! City Birds Are Smarter And Healthier Than Their Country Counterparts!

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from Canada's McGill University has uncovered that birds who live in urban environments are not just better at problem-solving and more skilled in tasks that require innovation than their rural counterparts: they also have stronger immune systems!

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