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Same-Sex Unions In Animal Kingdom Set A Precedent 560 Million Years Ago

While it just took 9 judges (with a 5-4 vote) to deliberate on the historic decision allowing same-sex marriages in the United States, there’s been no need for such formality in the animal kingdom. In fact, homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom has been around since our co-inhabitants first walked the Earth some 560 million years ago.

Make It A Safe ‘Inde-Pet-Dance’ Day this 4th

The 4th of July is a day of celebration for U.S. citizens throughout all 50 states. Participating in America’s birthday includes picnicking, family get-togethers, hot dogs, libations . . . all culminating with a festive evening of fireworks and light shows. For humans the grand ole flag means a grand ole time . . . for our pets however . . . not so much.

Give Your Koi A New View Of The World

Many landscape gardeners find that adding a healthy pond full of living fish is the ultimate focal point of a spectacular outdoor living space. The large fish -- like koi -- may not find living in a small water feature quite so exciting. You can consider adding floating dome that would allow your fish to have a larger view of the outside world -- and you.

Time To Check A Cat Out Of The "Library"

They call New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. For cat lovers it just got a little more enchanting. That is because there is a "library" in Las Cruces that has no books -- just cats. This is taking place at the Doña Ana County office building where county officials installed a kitty condo a few years ago. It is supplied by the local shelter and the idea is to increase cat adoptions. Employees in the building can check out a kitten for an hour or so of cat time while on the job.

Octopus Brings Shelter On Road Trip

It's not every day that you see an octopus walking across the ocean floor upright on its tentacles. It is even rarer to see one carrying two halves of a coconut shell with him as he goes. I mean, when you are out on the road and can't find a motel vacancy for miles one of those shells can come in really handy -- that is if you are an octopus.

How Do You Take A Tortoise For A Walk? Very Slowly

When Japanese funeral director Mitani Hisao first met Bon-Chan, an African Spurred Tortoise, the reptile was just about two inches in size. Hisao's wife discovered the tiny tortoise at a pet store. There was an instant connection between the two. Now, 19 years later, the man and his tortoise are a common sight in their Tokyo neighborhood as they take walks together -- very slowly.

This Is The Summer Of The Jurassic Kitten!

This seems to be the summer of the dinosaur with the latest movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. Jurassic World has been tearing up the box office and some have said that the new movie rivals the quality and fun of the original. However, one person has given a whole new look to the franchise by using Photoshop on some scenes from the first movie to create Jurassic Kitten.

In Japan All The Cool Dogs Are Really Square

The Japanese love pressing boundaries, embracing the unusual, and turning just about everything into an art form. This includes their pets. Last year the trend was to have your dog groomed to look like a panda regardless of the breed. This year everything is going square. The newest craze is to have your dog trimmed into perfect geometric shapes.

Are Kangaroos Considered Gauche?

Gibble-fisted, wrong-handers and sinistrals are just a few of the derogatory terms used to label those that favor one hand over another. Left-handers it seems have to bear the brunt of name-calling in a society, which thinks less of those who use the wrong hand for the right things. However, while only 10 percent of humans favor their right hand for writing, throwing a ball and most other daily activities, kangaroos display . . .

Things You Don't See Everyday: A Raccoon Surfing An Alligator

Not even in Florida, where alligators are fairly common, are you likely to see a raccoon riding an alligator. Richard Jones was out for a walk with his family along the Ocklawaha River in the Ocala National Forest last Sunday morning when the incident occurred. He was lucky enough to be able to snap the photo at just the right moment.