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VIDEO: Gentle crocodile shares bed with three curious cats

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MELBOURNE (UPI) -- An Australian pet owner shared video of her "strange bedfellows" -- three cats and a 17-year-old freshwater crocodile.

Melbourne resident Vicki Lowing, owner of Crocs N Critters Wildlife Demonstrations, posted a video to YouTube showing two young cats curiously approaching and attempting to play with Johnie the crocodile ...Read more

Dog rescued after spending five weeks trapped on the side of a freeway

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GALT, Calif. (UPI) -- California police were able to rescue a dog that had been trapped on the side of a local freeway for more than five weeks.

The German Shepard which became known as "Freeway Frieda" was rescued from the side of Highway 99 by Galt police.

"She was taken to Bradshaw vet for a broken leg and malnutrition/dehydration," they ...Read more

Canadian couple hold wedding in front of 1,100 cats

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PARLIER, Calif. (UPI) -- A Canadian couple traveled to California to demonstrate both their love for each other and animals as they were married in front of more than 1,000 cats.

In addition to being the largest cage free, no-kill cat sanctuary in North America, the Cat House on the Kings was also the site of the wedding between Dominic Husson ...Read more

For Pa. inmates, dog-training program has mutual benefits

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MERCER, Pa. -- Joe has trained 21 dogs during his stay at the State Correctional Institution at Mercer. This week, he is saying goodbye to the latest one, Tonka, a wiggly white Lab-terrier mix with a pink nose.

Every eight weeks, six dogs enter the minimum-security prison and are assigned to two inmates who are trained to prepare them for ...Read more

VIDEO: Cat becomes terrified while watching scary movie

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A new viral video making the rounds online features a cat becoming terrified while watching the horror film classic, Psycho.

Filmed by Andrew Parrish, the clip features his nine-month-old Tabby-Bengal mixed kitten named Topegi, glued to the television as Lila Crane famously discovers the dead corpse of Norma Bates.

Topegi ...Read more

VIDEO: Paralyzed kitten, Mac N'Cheez, gets lego wheelchair

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MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (UPI) -- A kitten that was found paralyzed and abandoned by its mother on the streets of New York was given a unique makeshift wheelchair by a local veterinarian.

Massapequa Pet Vet shared video of the kitten scooting around for the first time in a wheelchair made out of Legos.

"Some of our very dedicated technicians went ...Read more

VIDEO: Cat faces off with snake being eaten by a frog

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SUPHAN BURI, Thailand (UPI) -- A cat in Thailand engaged in a bizarre standoff with a snake that was being eaten by a frog.

A group of bystanders filmed the strange encounter as the cat slowly approached the pair while the frog sat patiently with the snake in its mouth.

Much of the fight involved the cat stalking the duo and cautiously ...Read more

Dog rescued from rubble of partially collapsed house

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ST. LOUIS (UPI) -- Firefighters in Missouri rescued a dog from the rubble left behind when an uprooted tree caused a house to partially collapse.

The St. Louis Fire Department said in a Twitter post that Firefighters responded Wednesday to a report of a tree uprooted by severe weather falling on three houses, one of which suffered a partial ...Read more

VIDEO: Alligator stares down cat through home's glass door

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UPI) -- An alligator was filmed having an intense stare-down with a house cat through the glass door of a home.

The video shows an alligator on the brick walkway in front of the home while a cat watches it from inside the house.

The gator comes in for a closer look at the cat, which holds its ground despite the reptile's ...Read more

Pinwheels deter birds from resting on car

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Q: I like to feed the birds in the front of the house. I have a bird feeder and several hanging holders with a honey block that goes in the holder. The birds love it and I watch the many beautiful red and blue and other-colored birds come feast on the goodies outside my window. I also have a bird bath for them, and it's fun to watch them drink ...Read more

30-year-old Texas cat named world's oldest

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MANSFIELD, Texas (UPI) -- A 30-year-old cat from Texas was officially given the distinction of being the "Oldest living cat" on Monday.

The Guinness World Records confirmed that Scooter the Siamese cat from Mansfield, Texas is the world's oldest living cat.

Scooter, who was born on March 26, 1986, has lived with his owner Gail Floyd since he ...Read more

VIDEO: High wire walking cat resists rescue attempt by Algerian authorities

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ORAN, Algeria (UPI) -- An Algerian Civil Defense crew's attempted rescue of a cat atop a street light nearly turned disastrous when the feline fled across a power line.

A video posted to YouTube by user Salah Oran, shows a civil defense crew in Oran province using a ladder in an attempt to reach a cat stranded at the top of a light pole.

A ...Read more

VIDEO: Missing New Mexico dog found in San Diego three years later

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SAN DIEGO (UPI) -- A New Mexico man was reunited with his dog, which had been missing for three years, after it was found in San Diego.

According to the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, Ricardo Dominguez received the call that his 7-year-old labrador Brownie had been found while driving on Friday night.

County Animal Services...Read more

Pet danger zones to avoid this summer

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Summer in the city can be dangerous for pets.

Hot cars, swimming pools with steep sides or waterfront docks, and picnics where dogs can sneak a helping of raisins or grapes -- tasty to you but potentially poisonous to your animal friend -- all pose a problem, say veterinarians who work in critical care.

Popular summertime activities like ...Read more

Students give kitten surprise to teacher grieving cat's death

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FORT WORTH, Texas (UPI) -- A group of students sought to cheer up a teacher grieving the death of her cat by buying her a pair of new kittens.

Rachel Hanhart tweeted a video of the surprise as she and her fellow classmates Ashlei Mahan and Sheridan Swindel adorned their teacher with a bouquet of flowers and two new kittens.

"We surprised our ...Read more

Is there any truth to 'crazy cat lady' nickname? Study says maybe

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PHOENIX -- Cats have always been that furry friend that provide a form of stress relief and companionship. But a new study links them to the exact opposite.

Researchers from the University of Chicago have found cats may potentially cause a psychiatric disorder in humans.

"It freaks me out," said Phoenix resident Theresa Rink, who owns four ...Read more

Student's service dog gets her own photo in middle school yearbook

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WEST MONROE, La. (UPI) -- A Louisiana middle school is being applauded for honoring a student's service dog with her own photo in the yearbook.

Lori Ware said officials at Good Hope Middle School in West Monroe asked her son, Joseph "Seph" Ware, 14, if he would like to have his service dog, Presley, photographed for her own spot in the yearbook...Read more

Animal Island: Adding pumpkin to food can help dogs lose weight

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Q: You have said that adding pumpkin to a dog's food can help it lose weight. My basset is very overweight, and we have tried everything else. Could this work for us?

A: Many carnivorous animals like pumpkin. In fact, many zoos give pumpkin to their big cats and wolves. There is just something about the smell and texture of it that they enjoy. ...Read more

French beer company to open dog-staffed London pop-up bar

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LONDON (UPI) -- A French beer company is set to open a pop-up bar in London staffed entirely by dogs.

Kronenbourg 1664's Bar D'Alsace-tian will open on May 6 and feature Alsatian, also known as German Shepherds, serving the company's beer to customers.

"We're absolutely delighted to be opening the doors on the world's first bar staffed by dogs...Read more

VIDEO: Curious blind kitten chases pet turtle around the room

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CHICAGO (UPI) -- A Chicago pet owner shared video of the unlikely friendship between his family's turtle and their newest pet -- a blind kitten.

The video, posted to YouTube by Josh Couwenhoven, shows the blind kitten, Rye, feeling her way around the room while the turtle, Lucy, watches.

The kitten locates the turtle and cautiously follows her...Read more