Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Bottlenose Dolphin

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Ecologists in the Azores made a bittersweet discovery recently. Although they are not normally friendly towards other species, a group of sperm whales seem to have adopted a deformed bottlenose dolphin into their pod.

Because of its scoliosis-like condition, the dolphin may have been bullied by members of its own group. Dolphin social structure is based on strong hierarchies, and because this particular dolphin may not have been the strongest swimmer, it may have been outcast from its own family.

Whatever happened to this dolphin, it seems to be much happier with its new pod. Who knew inter-species friendship could be so genuinely heartwarming?

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New Zealand Environmental Activist Wants to Ban Cats as Pets

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New Zealand is home to great natural beauty and wildlife, and economist Gareth Morgan has launched a campaign to keep it thriving. One of the pillars of his campaign? Making sure that the cat you own will be your last.

"That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer," he writes. "Every year cats in New Zealand destroy our native wildlife. The fact is that cats have to go if we really care about our environment." His campaign is called Cats to Go.

Cats to Go aims to slowly phase out the cat population through effective neutering and a mandatory cat registry.

Uh oh. What do YOU think about Mr. Morgan's environmental endeavors? You can read the full article HERE.

Australian Zoos Help Animals Beat the Heat! With Frozen Dairy Products! Yay Frozen Dairy Products!

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Australia is experiencing a truly epic heat wave, with temperatures in Sydney expected to reach over 109 degrees Fahrenheit, or roughly 43 degrees Celsius. To help their animals cool off, employees have been doing everything they can to keep the critters comfortable. Cool water and frozen treats seem to be doing the trick, just ask Kuchani the lioness. She seems to be enjoying her frozen milk.

What's YOUR favorite way to cool off in the summer?

Giant Squid Filmed in Natural Habitat for the First Time

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Last month a team of Japanese researchers announced that they had recorded live footage for the first time of a giant squid in its natural habitat, and today that footage has been released! Click here and scroll down for the video!

The researchers dove down to the watery, nightmarish depths of the Pacific in a cramped three-man submarine and lured the squid into the open with bait. The team then pursued the squid for about 270 meters, capturing footage of the (relatively small) three meter squid as it lazily cruised along. Museum researcher Tsunemi Kubodera described the giant squid as "shining and beautiful." Yours truly described the giant squid as "a Lovecraftian nightmare, but probably okay with some olive oil and garlic."

The expedition was partly funded by The Discovery Channel, and a documentary about the researchers' findings will air January 27. In the meantime we'll be doing our best to continue our excellent track record of 'Not Going In the Ocean'.

Kids Get New Kitty after Receiving More Than 100,000 Facebook "Likes"

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Seven-year-old Remi Urbano wanted a pet kitty for a long time. At first, his father told him no. Then he said no again. And again. Then, eventually, he said that Remi could have a cat if the photo featured to the left received 1,000 Facebook "likes." More than 100,000 "likes" later, Remi's wish was granted in the form of a cat to call his own.

November 5th @ 6PM
Posted by Dan's wife with the headline "Dan thinks there is NO way we can do this. I say there is. Help us out. We really want a cat named Hairy Pawturrr. If you can't like, share. Shares count too! Thanks so much everyone!!"

Hairy Pawturr … HAIRY PAWTURR! If those little kiddies weren't enough, how can you pass up on having a small kitten in this world named Hairy Pawturr!! (not to mention the HA HA to the face of the man who belittles social media). Of course, I did my part to 'like' and 'share'. I didn't think much about it until 10PM that night when I checked the photo again. It was just under 900 shares and 400 likes. I snickered and anticipated the look on Dan's face in the morning.

November 6th @ 9:30AM
The post had gone viral and it exploded to over 20,000 shares and likes—not to mention a following on the Ellen DeGeneres Facebook page. It was total insanity, but also total hilarity to hear Dan say, "Maybe I under shot it".

As if this story were not cute enough, Remi has named his new kitty Hairyette Pawturr. OMG!!!!!!!!

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