He is over 100 years old, weighs about 175 pounds, is nearly 35 inches long, five feet tall, and the ladies love him. His name is Diego. Diego the Chelonoidis hoodensis Galapagos giant tortoise.
According to Washington Tapia, a tortoise preservation specialist at Galapagos National Park, Diego "has fathered an estimated 800 offspring, almost single-handedly rebuilding the species' population--and saving it from extinction--on their native island, Espanola, the southernmost in the Galapagos Archipelago."
"Around 50 years ago, there were only two males and 12 females of Diego's species alive on Espanola, and they were too spread out to reproduce."
Six years ago, they did a genetic study and discovered that Diego was the
father of nearly 40 percent of the offspring released into the wild on Espanola, thereby doing more parenting than any other turtle to repopulate the species.
"He's a very sexually active male reproducer. He's contributed enormously to repopulating the island," said Tapia.
She's just a small dog trying to make it in the big city. Vivian's human, Mitch, takes these great photos of her and uses photoshop to make her the focus of the image. Mitch is also working on a children's book starring Vivian, which you can find out more about on Kickstarter.
This monster was spotted lazily strolling around at the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida. A pro shop worker for the golf course, Wendy Schofield, told 3 News that he's been there for a while. She said, "He doesn't bother anybody and they don't bother him, he's like a mascot for the course, which is owned by Manatee County."
So it's fine that basically a dinosaur is roaming around the golf course. Let's just hope that someone doesn't get eaten trying to take a selfie with him now that his existence has gone viral.
The Chinese salamander is a very rare nocturnal salamander that lives in lakes and streams in the mountains of China. This one is believed to be at least 200-years-old. It measures 4 feet 7 inches long and weighs 104 pounds. These animals are becoming increasingly endangered due to habitat loss.
Maybe that's why this giant was found in a cave in Chongqing Municipality in China. He's since been transferred to a research facility. You can really tell how big he is here with a scientist for scale:
Hulk might look like he would eat you whole, but this massive 18-month old, 175-pound pit bull is actually one of the nicest dogs you will ever meet, according to his owners.
Marlon Granna and his wife Lisa run Dark Dynasty K9s in New Hampshire, a kennel that breeds and trains pit bulls to be used as protection for a number of clients including the police and the government.
But even though Hulk and the other animals are trained to be ruthless guard dogs, he lets the couple's 3-year old son cuddle up and play with him.
"They're dogs, just like any other dog," says Lisa Grannan. "No matter what the breed, it's all completely on how you raise them."
A video of Hulk being weighed on a scale went viral last month and is now at over 7 million views, and in addition to the Barcroft TV feature above, he recently made a trip to New York to do the media rounds with "Good Morning America" and "Inside Edition."