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Florida Leads Nation in Shark Attacks

Come to Florida! We’ve got sun, fun, Mickey Mouse, a trio of NFL teams, and more recorded shark attacks than anywhere else in the United States! (I blame the tourists…)

What's Up With Downton Abbey's 'Hound's Bum Abbey Time'?

Matthew Crawley's character on Downton Abbey played by Dan Stevens tweets "Hound's Bum Abbey Time," to his Twitter followers, at the beginning of each episode aired in the UK. Only die-hard DA fans would have any inkling as to what that reference means? Similarly, most folks aren't aware that the iconic dog referred to in that tweet is just ONE of a several canines who reside at Downton Abbey (and the film location of Highclere Castle). But what are his or her names and why is so little known about the Labrador(s) who open each episode (bum-side first)?

Rocky Mountain Dogs Showing Off At Cluster Show This Weekend

This weekend in Denver the Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show is taking Place at the National Western Complex. The event is being put on by the Colorado Kennel Club and the Plum Creek Kennel Club. More than 2,000 dogs representing 150 breeds will be taking part in the annual event that is now in its 18th year.

Dogs And Cheetahs: A Match Made In Heaven?

Almost everyone gets a case of the "Awwwwwwws" when they see members of mismatched animal species become attached to one another. Now zoos and animals parks are creating these relationships by supplying companion dogs to wild species to help keep them calm and relaxed. Case in point is the cheetahs with their own dog friends to help them become better breeders.

Multilingual Parrot Has Gift Of Gab In Three Languages

Blue-fronted Amazon parrots are well known for their intelligence and being quite the chatterboxes. For Rocket, a parrot in England, linguistic skills seem to be a particular talent. He is able to speak in three languages -- English, Urdu, and Arabic. His talents don't stop there, though, he is also accomplished at speaking cat and chicken.

Cows On A Plane: A "Mooving" Story

As everyone knows, cows produce milk, calves, and copious quantities of methane gas -- and apparently also a great deal of humidity. It is a fact that really came home to the people at Koran Airlines and Heathrow airport in London when a jet made a mayday call and an emergency landing when the fire indicator light came on in mid-flight.

Grand Theft Lemur!

Gizmo the ring-tailed lemur was stolen from his Mobile County, Mississippi home in January by a crook who had hoped to cash in on the potential reward money for “finding and returning” the poor creature. James Edward Welborn Jr. has been accused of breaking into a family’s house to steal both Gizmo and a flat screen television.

Guppies And The Value Of Ugly Friends

Researchers at Italy's University of Padua have found that guppies find true value in hanging out with ugly friends. It is all part of a natural selection process that the fish use to ensure procreation and the survival of the species. No male wants to face a lot of tough competition when he can look like Prince Charming among the dwarfs.

Scientists Discover Sea Slug That Sheds Penis After Copulation

Reporting in the online edition of Biology Lettters today, biologists from three Japanese universities present their findings on the mating habits of a sea slug, Chromodoris reticulata, living in the warm waters of Southeast Asia.  This essentially shell-less mollusc not only sheds its penis after copulation...

Giant Isopod On Four-Year Hunger Strike

Workers at the Toba Aquarium in the Mie Prefecture in Japan are baffled by the behavior of one of their marine inmates. For four years now the bathynomis giganteus in their care has been on a hunger strike. Though fed daily along with the crustaceans, the giant isopod refuses to eat.

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