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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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The Fluffington Post Brings Readers Breaking News Stories From The Animal Kingdom

The Fluffington Post Is your #1 source for breaking news stories about fluffy animals based on stories, videos, memes, and photos coming from all over the web. So if you're interested in investigative journalism, that is the place for you. Here are some of their recent stories. 

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10 Funny Times Dogs Made It To The News Headlines

Meanwhile on the lighter side of news headline...Funny dog stories that made it to news for some bizarre reason.  



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10 Incredible Animal-Related Stories From 2019 That Will Spark Hope For Our Future

In a world of dark news constantly saturating the web, here are a few amazing stories (full of hope) to help shine some light in the world! 

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1,529 Exotic Turtles And Tortoises Were Found Trying To Be Smuggled Into The Philippines

1,529 different species of turtles and tortoises, including Star Tortoises, Redfoot Tortoises, Sulcata Tortoises, and Red-eared Slider turtles, were trying to be smuggled into the Philippines' main airport, this past Sunday. The passenger carrying the animals from a flight from Hong Kong, said to a Filipino national, abandoned the exotic animals in four items of luggage that have since been intercepted by authorities.

Miraculously, all of the animals were found to be alive and believed to be worth around $86,000, according to the Bureau of Customs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In their announcement, the Bureau of Customs NAIA released a series of photos of the smuggled turtles, some of which had been bound in duct tape. The animals have now been turned over to to the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit of the Philippines Department on Natural Resources, the Bureau of Customs PH said.

Story originally found on abc.news.

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Meet Midnight, a 4-year-old black lab is being hailed a hero! When his owner was taking out the trash, Midnight sensed something was off and led his owner to his neighbor's house. Once there, they discovered his neighbor had fallen while trying to reach her bird feeder and was laying in the snow, unable to get up, for some time. Read the full story at CBS News.

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Just 18 Truly Funny News Headlines You Wouldn't Believe Are Real

As the saying goes, fact can often be stranger than fiction. These 15 funny news headlines sure capture just how weird and funny reality can get. 

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A pheasant, named Phil by the residents of Costessey, Norwich, has staked his claim to a quiet street on a city housing estate. Phil is known to be quite the "terror" as he considers the area to be his territory and guards it fiercely. Residents have taken to carrying bird seeds in case they run into Phil, but otherwise, do their best to avoid Phil entirety. Courtesy of BBC News