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This is new and fun! Former Amazon engineer, Javier Sanchez, who previously worked on Amazon's Alexa has now unveiled his latest project and it's all about cats! An app that translates your cat's meows -- MeowTalk. 

You'll be able to decipher your cat's meow based on tone, everything from "I'm hungry" to even "I'm in pain." 

Javier Sanchez who was working with Bellevue-based tech company Akvelon developed this app named MeowTalk. Sanchez tells King 5, "It's not a language. They don't share words or communicate with each other. Cats never meow at each other out in nature."

So, what was the inspiration being this app? Sanchez reveals he was initially intrigued by the NPR series, "The Secret Language of Cats," and thanks to previously working on Alexa, he was motivated to develop this new tool for cats. According to Sanchez and his team, there are about "nine intents that all cats have." 

The ultimate goal for this app is to someday become a collar with a voice response. While testing a prototype of this collar, Sanchez holds his own kitten and when the cat let out a meow, it translated to "I'm angry, leave me alone!"

Sounds pretty accurate to us! While the development of this app is still underway we definitely look forward to this fun, and perhaps knowledgeable, app! 

Story via King 5

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2020 Wholesome Animal Stories

2020 wasn't ALL bad and we have the animal stories to prove it! Stories and news that brought us so much joy in such uncertain times. We would just like to say that even though 2020 has been so hard on mankind, to see the Earth revive itself has been one of the few benefits of this miss of a year. And then moments within the year in which good things happened to good animals, and the good people who went out of their way to help animals in need. There is still love, kindness, and happiness in this world. 

Be sure to surround yourself with it when times feel rough. It can make all the difference in the world. Wholesome animal stories are here to refresh your soul. If you want more wholesome news, in general, @tanksgoodnews on Instagram provides you nothing but warm feelings. 

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Five Swearing Parrots Separated After Egging Each Other On

Uh-oh! Lincolnshire Wildlife Park had to separate five foul-mouthed parrots after they learned some colorful language and began to egg each other on to be offensive in from of visitors. 

The five parrots in trouble are named Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade, and Elsie. Actually, the five sound like a pretty cool crew. Too cool for us to join though, however. All five parrots joined the Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre of 200 grey parrots back in August. CEO of the wildlife park, Steve Nichols told PA, "We saw it very quickly; we are quite used to parrots swearing but we've never had five at the same time. Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason, these five relish it."

The swearing parrots have been separated into different locations of the park so they wouldn't encourage each other and set one another off. 

Steve Nichols also mentions that no one has actually complained about the swearing parrots, but many the decision to be cautious and wary of their young visitors. 

Story via DailyMail

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2020, the year of WFH (working from home). It's been interesting, to say the least. However, we gotta say, one of the main highlights of working from home was being with our pets on a daily basis

Unfortunately, some of those who were WFH work for the news. So, they needed to be on camera in front of the world. Usually, that wouldn't be too much of an issue but if you have a pet... you already know where we're going with this.

Get ready for some of the best new bloopers this year -- mostly featuring our favorite furry creatures! 

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Tahlequah, Orca Who Previously Lost Calf, Is A Mother Again

Finally, some good news in 2020! 

The heartwrenching story of Tahlequah, the orca who kept her dead calf afloat for 17 days, is finally a mother once again! Our hearts are so happy for her and we wish her and her baby calf a healthy, long life. 

In 2018, Tahlequah lost her calf that lived only a half-hour, but this born-to-be mother was so heartbroken, she continuously pushed her baby calf up for 17 days. If that isn't love and perseverance. we truly don't know what is.  

The gender of the calf is unknown. 

Congrats, Tahlequah! You deserve happiness. 

Story via Seattle Times

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Blasting Off With Caturday Madness (32 Cat Memes)

Do you feel that? The ground is shaking, there's something taking off into the atmosphere... it's here. It's finally Caturday once again! After a long week, we can safely report that we made it. 

It was a tricky journey, some highs some lows, but overall, we made it safe and sound. We hope you're all ready to take in this freshly dug up pile of Caturday madness! And if you're looking to further continue this journey, we've already got you covered

You know the drill, Caturday is here and you must celebrate with all these memes below, and treat yourself to big fat catnap immediately afterward. 

Happy Caturday! 

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Happy Broadcast Illustrates All The Happy News (Animals)

The Happy Broadcast is here to report on all the good and wholesome things that have happened during our stay-in. 

Despite everything, one thing is for sure -- the Earth is healing without our presence. Last week was Earth Day, and the Earth has seen more kindness to the planet than any Earth Day's before. 

And for that, we are grateful. Here are some happy things from the Happy Broadcast! 

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Betty, The Weather Cat, Makes It To The Big Leagues

14 News, you have our undivided attention! 

Sorry, let us be more clear, *Jeff Lyons of 14 News, you have our undivided attention! Jeff Lyons, the weatherman for 14 News (currently working from home) has delivered a weather report with his cat, Betty, in his arms. 

If you can't see why this is the most newsworthy story to us right now... then we simply cannot help you. 

Betty, you are a star. And we look forward to where your career goes after this. 

Follow Jeff Lyons on Facebook for all the latest Betty updates! 

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Rescued Koalas Named After Fallen Firefighters During Australia's Wildfire

Both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. 

Three Snowy Mountain Koalas, who were rescued from the Australia wildfire crisis, have been named after American firefighters who were tragically killed in the region. 

Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust Koala Sanctuary have named the koalas, and the trio are now in the temporary care of Australian National University (ANU).

Dr Karen Ford, an ANU researcher and who is running the makeshift hospital at ANU, said in a university statement, "We have 11 koalas at ANU that have come in from the various fire grounds in the region.They just keep arriving. There is nowhere else that has the facilities to hold these animals or this many at the moment."

Ford also mentioned that a couple of the koalas are being treated for burns, while the others are "quite skinny" from malnutrition, due to their habitats being completely burnt. 

Koalas are known to breed so slowly that it could take 100 years for the population to rebuild — so saving just one is crucial. That is why the koalas have been a central focus of relief efforts as the blaze spreads across the region.

Story via CBS News

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Sanctuary Deems Rescued Owl "Too Fat To Fly"

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary has deemed a rescued owl "too fat to fly" when it was brought in from a ditch and thought to be injured... turns out, the owl wasn't injured and simply too chonky to fly. 

The little owl, known as a Athene noctua, was examined by staff and they found it to be "simply extremely obese" and "unable to fly effectively" as a result of that. 

So even so the owl isn't injury, it's still good that it's at the sanctuary where they can regulate its diet and he it achieve a more "natural weight" and thus, able to fly once more. 

Good luck, little guy! We believe in you! 

Story via BBC

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Sassy Food-Ferrying Robot Cat Revealed At Tech Expo

Meet Bellabot! Probably the coolest, and most definitely the cutest, robot to come out of this years tech expo. 

Bellabot was revealed at the 2020 Customer Electronic Show (CES), in Las Vegas. Developed by the Chinese company PuduTech, this robot cat waiter who has got the tech word buzzing -- and cat lovers, as well!

Picture this: the year is 2020, you sit down at a regular restaurant, and instead of interacting with a sassy waiter you interact with a sassy cat robot. Who wouldn't want that?

Story via Telegraph

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Devastating News: Half A Billion Animals Have Perished In Australian Bushfires

It's hard to share such devastating news. 

It has been reported that nearly 500 million animals have perished since the start of the raging fires. 

500 million. That's half a billion. 

According to the University of Sydney, ecologists now estimate 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have tragically been lost since September. 

Entire species of plants and animals are endangered of being completely wiped out. 

If you're unsure just how insanely large this fire really is, The Guardian has published an interactive map stating the scale of the fire is 1.5 times the size of Belgium, just to give some perspective. 

We pray this horror ends soon without any more damage to the wildlife. 

Story via NZHerald

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Best News Stories Of 2019: Animal Edition (Illustrations)

As 2019 quickly draws to a close, illustrator Mauro Gatti is highlighting the best news stories of the year and sharing them on the site, 'The Happy Broadcast.'

As written in the 'About' section, Gatti writes why 'The Happy Broadcast' was created, "I'm honestly fed up with all the bad news everywhere. I am not a journalist or an influencer, but I want to use my art to spread some positivity. I want to create something positive as an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media. That's why I illustrate and share positive news from around the world in the hope that it brings you some happiness and inspires you to spread some good news yourself!"

We're definitely feeling that positivity, Gatti! 

Here are some of the best animal stories of 2019, to see ALL the best news stories -- check out the website or Instagram

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Yikes! One couple in Tuolumne County, California, had quite a wild day! Edward and wife Kathy Sudduth were watching TV when they heard a loud bang from within their home. The couple believe the home invader was after their neighbor's cat, who found shelter but the more dangerous cat was still there -- in their living room. 

According to FOX40, The mountain lion actually ran into Kathy, and it took her a moment to realize what had just happened. 

"We thought it was a dog," Kathy told FOX40.

"His tail was pretty close to me so I just 'thwipped' it a little bit like that," Edward added. 

The noise and touch the couples made sent the invader running into the bathroom, where it locked itself inside! 

Edward and Kathy barricaded themselves in a room and immediately dialed 911 for some assistance. 

The Department of Fish and Wildlife and Tuolumne County (DFW) sheriff's deputies came to help out. 

And with permission from the Sudduth's, the deputies broke the bathroom window and watched as the mountain lion leaped out. 

And while this is definitely quite the experience for the Sudduth's, they would prefer to keep it a memory. Edward jokes, "Won't leave the door open anymore."

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Bats Use Leaves As Mirrors To Find Camouflaged Insects

Bats are widely misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom - while they're associated with witches, vampires and darkness in general, they're actually super cute and interesting. And scientists have just discovered something amazing about them - bats use leaves as "mirrors" that reflect sound waves, helping them find insects hiding behind leaves. Cool, right? Or confusing? Keep on reading, we'll explain everything. 

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Miniature Horses Are Still Allowed to Be Your Emotional Support Animal

You've probably heard that the rules concerning emotional support animals on airplanes are changing, after a few incidents including a hamster flushed down the toilet, a VIP turkey and a few dog bites. Now, all animals except for dogs, cats and miniature horses are banned from flying. Yep, you heard me right: miniature horses. If you're more interested in taking your doggo on board, check out this travel guide for your fur babies. But if you have equine inclinations, read on. 

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