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Of all the animals you might imagine escaping from a zoo, sanctuary, or other animal exhibit, an octopus would probably be pretty far down on the list. Sure, it has eight legs, but is lives in water. And yet, earlier this month Inky the Octopus managed to escape from the New Zealand National Aquarium and made it back to the ocean.

It is a strange fact of life in Chulmleigh, England, that the local celebrity is a duck that wears a bow tie. The duck is known for waddlin around town and visiting various pubs for a pint. The bird came to blows in a barfight with a dog. It's not something you see every day, or any day. The duck lost the argument but saved his beak -- barely.

When a tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan in March of 2011 the result was a huge evacuation of the area and human suffering. The untold part of the story was that many animals were left behind -- abandoned to fend for themselves. Then one man, Naoto Matsumura, went back after the evacuation to retrieve his own animals and decided that he needed to try to save them all.

Photographer, Brandon Stanton has experienced a meteoric career boost
over the course of the last six years transitioning from a starving
photographer to a worldwide celeb. The premise behind his success was a
simple one. Capture interesting photographs of people on the streets of
New York and then accompany their pics with a interesting backstory.

If you’re an entrepreneur living in a concentrated area with more than
135,000 licensed dogs and 1.2 cats for every dog, and you’re not a
veterinarian, you might just start thinking about developing a business
that catered to pet owners. That’s what an Alexandrian, VA resident did
recently who lives just inside the Washington, DC beltway.

Guard your cheese and sausages when travelling through Manchester England's airport.  Apparently the sniffer dogs there prefer those delicious scents over that of marijuana and cocaine...

It wasn't exactly a Great Train Robbery but a Japanese train was held up – for 19 whole minutes – by a cat who just wanted a warm place to chill out. Surprisingly (or not, as the incident took place in Japan), the critter's leisurely rest atop one of the train's cars left passengers amused on the one hand, tweeting with the other.

A new family movie is shining a spotlight on the important subject of animal rescues. Find out who the stars are and how you can get involved with promoting awareness and raising money for unwanted pets in your area now. (TRAILER included)