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Posted May 13, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Hank's story is something of a Cinderella fairy tale. He was a skinny stray with matted fur when he wandered into the ball, er, well, ballgame. It was spring training in Arizona to be precise. It was the Milwaukee Brewers' training field. The team took to the scruffy little fur ball and, without having to try out, he became a team member.

Posted May 12, 2014 by Ron Callari

With a wild population of 2,000, a Malyan Tapir might be considered endangered, but with the mythical name of
'Baku' (BAH-koo), one wonders if this rare species might have arrived
on the planet with some very unique supernatural powers? According to
Japanese folklore, Baku are other-wordly creatures that were known to
devour the nightmares of children and protect them from evil.

Posted May 11, 2014 by Ron Callari

n my post, "'Big Year' Birders Count More Than Four & Twenty Blackbirds," I talked about the famous birders of our day. I researched some of the greats like the "legendary human bird-dog" Sandy Komito, and learned of his bird-watching prowess and how many of his techniques became 'best practices' for birders the world over.

Posted May 10, 2014 by Creature Features

That's not a lost pet, THIS is a lost pet! Manuela, a red-footed tortoise and beloved pet of the Almeida family of Rio de Janeiro, went missing in 1982 but she didn't go far: the family finally discovered her in a furniture-choked attic room having survived on termites for over 30 years.

Posted May 8, 2014 by Ron Callari

Forget Jack Bauer's 24
there's a new agent in town that's dog-gone funnier - and he gets to
the point a lot quicker! His mission opens with "the following takes place
between 2:58PM and 3:00PM - events occur in dog years." Apparently a threat was issued against CTU (Canine Terrier Unit) that cats were
dumping chocolate into the water supply. It's now up to "Jack Bowwow" to
save the day --erhh, the next 2 minutes. . .

Posted May 7, 2014 by Ron Callari

Having worked domestically and internationally as a director of marketing with Marriott Hotels for years, I can honestly say (perhaps with prejudice), this hotel chain outshines its competition when it comes to advertising. The Residence Inn,
one of their long-term-stay brands is continuing that tradition into
the 21st Century, with the introduction of "Dude," the
frequent-traveling giraffe.

Posted May 5, 2014 by Creature Features

Every once in a while the worlds of people and animals meet in a weird, wild and wonderful way. Such a scene recently occurred on a sunny street in Shanghai, China as a hard-working street food seller diligently prepared dough for her delicious mochi rice cakes, blissfully oblivious to the ominous buzzing of hundreds of swarming bees.

Posted May 3, 2014 by Ron Callari

This story has that "Lassie Come Home" feel to it. Major storm! Pet gets loose! Heartbreak! Then a year-and-half later- a reunion like no other. This transpired when a family decided to replace their lost dog with a new pup -- only to find out their wayward pooch was waiting for them at point and time of purchase. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction!