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VIDEO: Man concerns neighbors by walking leashed leopard through playground

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(UPI) Residents of an apartment building in Russia are complaining about a neighbor seen walking around a playground with an unusual pet -- a leopard.

Security camera footage from the building in Nizhny Novgorod shows the man, identified in media reports only as Aleksandr, walking his leopard down a staircase with the animal restrained only by ...Read more

As gifts, puppies might get a chain in the back yard for Christmas

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A pet might seem like the gift that keeps on giving, but with the holiday season on the horizon one group says it's not a good idea.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has issued a pair of Christmas-themed public service announcements urging people to avoid gifting animals to their friends and loved ones.

One features a puppy with a ...Read more

Cat rescued after fleeing into zoo's wolf enclosure

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(UPI) A Scottish zoo shared a photo of a cat that ended up in a dangerous situation when it fled some fireworks and ended up in the facility's Arctic wolf enclosure.

The Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder posted a photo to Facebook showing the distressed feline hiding from the wolves at the top of a tree after apparently fleeing from the sound of ...Read more

VIDEO: Mountain lion makes second visit to San Francisco home

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(UPI) A San Francisco tech executive shared security video of a mountain lion wandering outside his home -- the second such visit in under a week.

Marc Benioff, CEO of cloud computing company Salesforce, posted a video to YouTube showing a mountain lion wandering outside his home about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

"The San Francisco mountain lion walked ...Read more

VIDEO: Lion's attack on car caught on camera in South Africa

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(UPI) A visitor to a South African national park captured video of the moment an adult lion attacked a car in an apparent attempt to impress its intended mate.

Mark Williams-Wynn, 29, whose video was posted to YouTube by Kruger Sightings, said he was driving on the H12, near Skukuza in Kruger National Park, when he came upon some vehicles ...Read more

A different sort of pet, Cha Cha the tortoise strolls Seattle's South Lake Union

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"Very few people have interacted intimately with a tortoise," says Jim Ferron.

By that, he means having one as a long-term pet.

His tortoise is Cha Cha.

Like turtles, they are reptiles from the order Testudines. But tortoises are land-based while turtles live in or around water.

Cha Cha is a 13-year-old leopard tortoise -- a strict ...Read more

Michigan dog with rare condition uses high chair to eat

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(UPI) A Michigan family said a special high chair their dog uses for every meal has a more important purpose than cuteness -- it's the only way she can eat.

Tom Sullivan of Grand Rapids said his family's Labrador retriever, Tink, was born with a condition known as Megaesophagus, which prevents food eaten from the normal position from making its...Read more

Neglected dogs leave neighbors barking mad

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Dear Amy: My wife and I have lived in a quiet neighborhood for 22 years.

Four months ago, new neighbors moved in.

We endured three months of noisy renovations, construction, tree removals, etc. before they moved in.

Over the last month their two dogs have been left outside barking at 6 a.m., and then barking for 90 minutes at <...Read more

VIDEO: Dog and duck become inseparable companions in Minnesota

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(UPI) A Minnesota dog mourning the loss of its canine companion found solace in a new and surprising friendship -- with a duck.

Patrick and Kirsten Riley of Strout said their now-12-year-old husky, Max, lost his fellow canine Sasha a few years ago, and soon started showing a fascination with their new duckling, Quackers.

"He was without any ...Read more

Florida animal rescuers find reported injured dog was a coyote

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(UPI) Animal rescuers responding to a report of an injured dog in a busy shopping district discovered the animal wasn't actually a dog at all -- it was a coyote.

Miami-Dade Animal Services posted photos to Facebook showing the coyote picked up by the Humane Animal Response Team on Saturday when they were summoned to the shopping and restaurant ...Read more

Dog skips toll, wanders onto train platform in Boston

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(UPI) A fare-dodging dog was apprehended at a Boston train station when it ran through the toll gates and walked out onto the train platform.

Security camera footage from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority shows the husky following a commuter through the toll gates at Airport Station on Tuesday morning.

The dog wanders out onto the...Read more

VIDEO: Deputy rescues puppy with head stuck in chain-link fence

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(UPI) A South Carolina sheriff's deputy responded to a neighborhood to rescue a puppy that ended up with its head caught in a detached section of wire fence.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office posted body camera footage to Facebook showing Master Deputy John Boyd working to free the "beautiful pup" from the chain-link fence.

The deputy ...Read more

What every dog owner should know about first aid

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GLADWYNE, Pa. -- An injured dog will bite, even if it is your own.

If there was one takeaway at the first-aid class for K-9 police officers held at Gladwyne Fire Company recently it was this: Don't take risks when a dog's teeth are inches from your face.

"They have some deeply wired behaviors," said Jon Detweiler, an emergency medical ...Read more

Talking dogs: When dogs gulp down their food is it a medical issue or personality?

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Julie has written in about her dog, Molly, a spayed female Labrador retriever. Molly is "absolutely crazy" about her food, and quickly gulps her kibble down at every meal. Once she is certain there is no more food available, Molly calms down, but Julie is worried about her 'vacuum cleaner' impersonation every time she is fed. She inhales her ...Read more

VIDEO: 'Extra layer of fat' saves dog's life in Florida bear attack

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(UPI) A Florida man said his dog's "extra layer of fat" prevented a violent encounter with a black bear from turning deadly for the canine.

Eric Yaughn said his 12-year-old miniature pinscher, Fricka, was in the back yard at his Altamonte Springs home early Tuesday morning when the canine refused to come inside when called.

Yaughn said he ...Read more

VIDEO: Dog chases black bear away from California home's porch

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(UPI) A California resident's security camera captured the unusual moment a bear lurking around the front porch was chased off by a much smaller dog.

The video, filmed Wednesday, shows the bear rooting around near the front porch of the home in Colfax.

The owner's dog, Dixie, protects her home by running at the bear.

The bear, apparently ...Read more

VIDEO: Cat runs across field during Ravens-Dolphins game

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(UPI) An attention-hungry cat gave Miami Dolphins fans a break from seeing their team get pummeled by the Baltimore Ravens when it streaked across the field.

The feline darted across the field Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium with 1:56 left to play in the Ravens' 40-0 win over the Dolphins.

Broadcaster Tony Romo, former quarterback for the ...Read more

VIDEO: Perfectly poised pooch perches on back of owner's motorcycle

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(UPI) A dog with excellent balance skills was caught on camera standing on the back of his owner's motorcycle, causing other riders to raise safety concerns.

A video filmed by a motorcycle passenger in Marilao, Philippines, shows another biker riding ahead on the road with the dog balanced in the standing position on the seat behind the man.

...Read more

Dog dropped by CIA after refusing to sniff out explosives

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(UPI) The CIA announced a member of its "puppy class" has gone into early retirement after she failed to show interest in explosive detection as a career.

The CIA announced Wednesday on Twitter that 1-1/2-year-old Lulu was leaving the explosive detection program after handlers determined she was not enjoying her career path.

"A few weeks into ...Read more

Dog taken to be euthanized found living with vet tech 5 months later

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(UPI) A New Jersey family who took their dog to be euthanized were shocked to discover five months later that the canine was alive and living with a veterinary worker.

Keri and Lonnie Levy said they took their 15-year-old miniature pinscher, Caesar, to be euthanized May 17 at the Briarwood Veterinary Hospital because he was suffering from a ...Read more