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cute cats news Farewell, Station Master Tama
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This dapper calico named Tama had a very important role as the station master of an electric railway station in Japan. After eight years on the job, she was laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony which 3,000 co-workers, admirers and friends attended. 

As you can see, she took her job very seriously. The Kishi Railway Station where Tama worked was nearly shut down, leading to her adoptive owner, a local grocer, to be named station master in 2006 to cut costs. A year later Tama took over the role.


(via Super Station Master Tama Facebook)

Her popularity as station master is credited for saving the station. She even has her own merchandise. 


(via Super Station Master Tama Facebook)

Fortunately a new station master has been named. Tama had an apprentice who is ready to take over the job. She is also a calico cat, her name is Nitama and by the way she's wearing that station master hat it looks like she's up for the challenge. 


(via Super Station Master Tama Facebook)

weird whale news The Oldest Known Killer Whale May Get to Use Her Years of Wisdom in Her Role As Honorary Mayor
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The Village of Eastbound, Washington on Orcas Island has a 103-year-old whale running for honorary mayor. "Granny" as the killer whale is better known, has plenty of leadership experience. She is the leader of all pods of the Southern Resident Orca population, the only endangered species of killer whales.

Granny's competitors include one caique parrot and three canines. Votes cost $1 and all funds from the campaign and voting process will go to help support toddler and preschool programs at Orcas Island Children's House.

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Workers at a government office in Las Cruces, New Mexico can go to the "cat library" to check out a kitten to take with them to their desks at any time. These lucky office workers get to de-stress while giving these shelter kittens some much needed love and attention. The program has helped 100 kittens find homes so far. 

cute koala news Baby Koala Hold Onto Mom While She Gets Life Saving Surgery
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This koala mom was hit by a car and taken to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital with her baby.  She went through an operation to repair her lung after the impact and her baby stuck by her the entire time. She is expected to fully recover. 

cute dogs news Hero Service Dog Saves Owner's Life
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This sweet service dog in Brewster, NY jumped in the way of a bus to prevent his owner from getting hit.  Unfortunately both were hit but this dog, named Figo, may have saved his owner's life by getting in the way of the bus. According to USA Today, the vet and local police say they are both okay thanks to this brave companion.

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Seals, the dogs of the sea, trained by Russian officials to be ruthlessly adorable soldiers of fortune. That said, it's pretty hard to look like ruthless military operative when you're this adorable:



There's also a precedence for trained animals in the Russian special forces. At least, according to the historically sound documentary video game Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2.



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