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A Chinese man bought two puppies that he was told would grow up to become good watch dogs. For two years he took care of them as they grew and acted differently than other dogs. He finally discovered that they were not dogs, but protected Asian black bears when he visited a wildlife exhibit featuring the threatened species of bear. Fortunately he was able to contact the forestry police who found the bears a more suitable home.

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This lucky penguin made the journey from the back of a truck, past cars and dangerous dogs into the arms of local Peruvian police. After an uncertain first confrontation he was taken back to the police station, fed fish and affectionately named Pingui. He is on his way to a penguin habitat in northern Peru where he will be safe and happy. 

Story via Sky News

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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.