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Posted July 23, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Japan is a nation that has had more than its share of monsters -- well, in the movies anyway. When people started calling the police in Kyoto reporting that they had seen a "monster" near the Kamogawa River it raised more than a few eyebrows. However, the "monster" turned out to be a Japanese Giant Salamander.

Posted July 23, 2014 by Ron Callari

There doesn't seem to be any end to the "Planet of the Apes," film
franchise. Not only has there been five flicks (including one remake)
and two TV series -- this week, yet another movie opens to break
box-office records. However, if we were 
ever able to believe the premise behind those stories could come close
to being possible some day, we'd also have to believe that apes would
eventually be able to talk. But . . .

Posted July 19, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Snooty is a Florida manatee that lives in the South Florida Museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Florida. He was born on July 21, 1948 and is currently the oldest known manatee in the world. The marine mammal is turning 66 on Monday so this weekend the Aquarium has been having a big birthday bash for him. He even got his own birthday "cake" made of sliced fruit and veggies.

Posted July 18, 2014 by Creature Features

A pet matchmaking service set up by a Chinese college student is so confident in their romantic remediation, they also offer to arrange wedding packages so lovestruck dogs & cats can put a ring on it.

Posted July 18, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

It is not unusual for a dog to become a hero, but it may be a bit unusual for a dog to rat out a bad babysitter. That is just what happened when the Jordans noticed that Killian, a black Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd mix, became extremely upset and agitated when the babysitter, 22-year-old Alexis Khan, would arrive for work.

Posted July 16, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson
Okunoshima is an island in the inland Sea of Japan in the Hiroshima prefecture and, despite its dark past, is now known more commonly as Usagi Jima, or Rabbit Island. The island is a tourist destination and sports a hotel, golf course, hiking trails, and campgrounds. One of the real draws of the island is the hundreds of feral but friendly rabbits that have the run of the island.
Posted July 14, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Who says that black cats are unlucky? Janet Rawlinson is one lucky woman and she has a black cat to thank for it. Her normally aloof two-year-old puss, Tomcat Slinky Malinki, went out of his way to save her life after she collapsed on the floor of their home, drifting in and out of consciousness. It was truly her lucky day.

Posted July 13, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Lanai Bayne is a photographer on the rise. His wildlife photos are wonderful, though he will be the first to say that he is not yet at the point he wants to be with his photography. While National Geographic is not (yet) on his doorstep, every time he picks up his camera he tries to push his own boundaries to get to the next level. The main thing is that he is living the dream.