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Posted October 31, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

There is something about Scotland that makes it a land of many mysteries and ghost stories. The myth of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, barely scratches the surface. One place that defies explanation is the Overtoun Bridge, near the town of Milton in the burgh of Dumbarton. It is also known as the "dog suicide bridge" due to the number of dogs that have leaped to their deaths from its heights.

Posted October 30, 2014 by Creature Features

Shock & aww? That seems to describe Banye, a gray & white cat from Shanghai, China, who appears to be surprised by everything, all of the time. Banye's owner has enjoyed both Banye and the never ending series of double-takes he provokes in public since he was just a tiny kitten.

Posted October 23, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Weatherman Mike Sobel of Global News, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has been bringing shelter dogs on the air with him for the past 15 years to promote adoption got a little more than he bargained for last week. He invited Ripple, a mastiff mix, to join him on the air. Ripple was very excited and his performance, or rather lack thereof, has made him a media sensation. It also found the rambunctious dog a home.

Posted October 21, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Four years ago an African Grey Parrot named Nigel went missing from his home in Southern California where he lived with transplanted Brit Darren Chick. By the time Nigel made it home again this month his own British accent had vanished and he now speaks Spanish. Where he had been during those intervening years is a mystery and he now keeps asking "what happened?" in Spanish.

Posted October 20, 2014 by Ron Callari

Their leg span reaches nearly a foot and they weigh almost 6 ounces.
That’s the size of a young puppy. Their tips and claws make a thundering
sound when they walk, not unlike a horse’s hooves hitting the the
trail, and the barbed bristles that cover its abdomen can injure
potential attackers.

Posted October 19, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Are you the kind of animal lover who would be willing to take a pie in the face to help raise awareness and funds for shelter and rescue pets across the country? Then you may be up for the Pies 4 Paws challenge. It is the animal answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge that raced across the country to raise money for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). This one is just warmer and stickier -- and just as much fun.

Posted October 18, 2014 by Creature Features

Old and busted: the Grinch who stole Christmas. New hotness: the polar bears who stole Halloween! Authorities from the Hamlet of Arviat, a town situated deep in the heart of Canada's polar bear country, have suggested residents participate in an indoor “Halloween Community Event” instead of allowing kids to go trick or treating outdoors.

Posted October 18, 2014 by Ron Callari

Generally speaking, the terms “dove” and “pigeon” are used interchangeably. And rightfully so, since both birds are members of the same bird clade, Columbidiae,
which constitutes approximately 310 species. In the ornithological
world, "dove" tends to be used for the smaller of the species and
"pigeon" for larger ones.