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Italian Cat Brings Gifts To Deceased Owner

When Toldo's owner passed away in September of 2011, Toldo followed the funeral procession from his home to the cemetery. He continued to visit the cemetery every day for more than a year, even bringing small token gifts to the deceased man he had loved so much. His gifts mainly consist of such things as twigs, leaves, sticks, paper cups, or paper towels. While the meaning behind these gifts remain a mystery, the touching gesture of enduring love is quite clear.

Cowardly Humans Throw Snowballs At Lions In Chinese Zoo

If they only had a brain... a group of spoiled and stupid Chinese youths visiting the Hangzhou Zoo took advantage of China's recent winter cold spell by throwing snowballs at the zoo's lions. Da noive!

Hunting With Trained Dog Packs Now Illegal In California

It is a practice that hearkens back to a time of luxury in England, when the wealthy would saddle their favorite horse, release the fox, and unleash the hounds. While it was considered good sport by the humans involved, there is little doubt that the fox had a different opinion since in most cases the activity ended with the death of the fox. This type of hunting has been banned in most areas since 2002. Now similar hunting practices used to hunt animals such as bear and bobcats has been banned in California as of the first of the year.

Javan Rhino Confirmed Extinct In Vietnam

The Javan rhinoceros once roamed throughout a sizable area of Southeast Asia and Indonesia. In 2012 it was finally confirmed that the last Javan rhino in Vietnam was killed by poachers for its horn in 2010. Now the only remaining Javan rhinos known to exist are in a small area on the island of Java. As few as 35-40 rhino individuals remain in Ujung Kulon National Park in Java.

Going For The Gold, Zebra's Pigmentation Puts Target On Their Backs

Camouflage in the animal kingdom is the result of evolution over long periods of time where certain species begin blend into their habitat to avoid predators.  A zebra's nemesis is the lion, but since the 'king of the jungle' is color-blind, when the zebra runs in herds, lions typically can only see a collection of lines moving up and down. However as rare as it is, when a Golden Zebra runs in that same herd, lions can easily spot them, making them easy prey.

Canada's Parliamentary Cats Disbanded

For many years cats hunted mice through the halls of Parliament in Canada. In the mid-1950s the pest control program shifted from the use of cats to the use of chemicals. Since that time the stray cat population has remained a venerable and popular institution on Parliament Hill, complete with its own care organization that was completely funded by private donations. The organization closed this month with the adoption of the last four feline residents.

Popular New Zealand Aquarium Ready To Re-Open After Poisoning

The Island Bay Marine Education Centre in Wellington, New Zealand is now ready to re-open to the public. The facility had been closed after vandals broke in last month and poured chlorinated detergent into many of the tanks, killing more than 80 fish. Staff members are still trying to restore the aquarium to its former condition, but they are now ready to open the doors and start again.

Cat Nabbed In Brazilian Prison Break Conspiracy

Guards at a prison in northeastern Brazil were on their toes on New Year's Day when they spotted someone suspicious entering the facility. They detained the individual for questioning, however, the detainee was unwilling to respond and limited his/her comments to a simple and non-committal "meow." Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.

Controversy Erupts In Colorado Over Killing Of Bull Elk

A scenic and historic neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado was shattered late on New Year's Day when police shot and killed a bull elk that made his home in the area and was called "our guardian" by area residents. He had been a part of the neighborhood wildlife for at least three years. The controversy erupted after police initially denied the shooting.

Top 10 Animal Discoveries Of 2012 - Shocking, Bizarre and Amazing

They say there's nothing new under the sun, but just because something's been around forever doesn't mean we know about it. 2012 was a banner year for animals being newly discovered, newly re-discovered, and newly described. Here are 10 of the most interesting wildlife finds of 2012.

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