Adorable Animals Being Adorable: Nap time at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, China.
All of them, please.
Adopt An Animagus: The ten-year-old black German Shepherd best remembered for playing Sirius “Padfoot” Black’s animagus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is in need of a new home after his previous owner, stuntman Paul Thompson, was forced to give him up.
“I found myself spending a lot of time away from home,” Thompson says. “The dogs needed more attention then I could give. It was a difficult decision to make but one I had to accept was best for the dogs.”
Berry — or Shadowberry if you’re not into the whole brevity thing — is available for adoption along with his “best friend” — a German Shepherd-Lab mix named Porridge — through the UK-based German Shepherd Dog Rescue.
Two-Faced Feline: It was 12 years ago this month that a local pet breeder brought Frank and Louie to Tufts Veterinary Clinic to be euthanized.
You see, Frank and Louie is no ordinary cat — the verb conjugation alone should have tipped you off to that. Frank and Louie is a Janus cat, and he wasn’t expected to live very long. But veterinary nurse Marty was up to the challenge, and took Frank and Louie home with her.
Fast forward a dozen years, and the two-faced cat was just named the “longest-lived Janus cat” by Guinness World Records.
Don’t let the leathery skin and orange-y glow fool you: That’s not JWoww.
Despite sharing a similar appetite for man-flesh, Snappy is actually an 8-foot crocodile who recently acquired an artificial tan after getting territorial with his enclosure’s water filter.
“It doesn’t seem to have affected him at all,” said owner Tracey Sandstrom who runs the Roaming Reptiles traveling zoo. “He’s still got a healthy appetite, is normally aggro and doing everything he always does.”
According to croc expert Grahame Webb, Snappy is happy and healthy and will return to his normal color soon enough. “Our guess is that it is something in the water such as iron or tannins from leaves or some red algae that oxidises when it dries,” Webb told the Herald Sun.
The loss of open spaces might be to blame for a recent spike in reports of abused and neglected Indian cows lashing out.
Reports of injuries from cows biting people on the streets of Delhi have spiked dramatically. A total of 17 cow bite cases have already been reported for the first half of 2011. This is more that the total number of reported bites in the last six years combined. Bites can cause injury and infection to the victim and animal rights groups speculate the increase in bites is a result of angry and mistreated cows in a poor living environment.
Cows in India are tortured are abandoned by failed inner city dairy and leather operations. The cows are left to wander the streets but traditional grazing trails are being blocked by increased construction. To top it off, Delhi’s traffic congestion continues toworsen. Wandering cows become confused and agitated and can lash out when confronted or disturbed.
Vasanti Kumar, of Stray Relief and Animal Welfare (STRAW) tells the Telegraph that “Animals hear much higher frequency sounds than humans do, there is too much noise produced by traffic. This can be a cause of animals turning violent in public places, although their instinctive behavior is not to hurt.”
If this makes you wake up in the middle of night afraid of being cornered in a dark alley by a pissed off cow, it’s time to repent.