Thursday, November 29, 2012

Which Shark Species Has the Strongest Bite?

You might be surprised to learn that the shark with the strongest bite is not the great white, the tiger shark or even the great hammerhead. Rather, it's the more modestly-sized bull shark, according to BBC Nature.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Video: Adorable Video Of Baby Panda Startled By Zookeeper Goes Viral

A baby panda gets quite a fright and it's caught on camera. In the footage, an adorable baby red panda in Japan throws up her paws and falls on her back after a zookeeper surprises her. The video was posted on YouTube and has been viewed more than 460,000 times in just five days.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Popular Kitten Names: 2012's Trendiest Cat Monikers

Naming your new cat is a difficult and important decision — after all, he'll have to live with that moniker for the rest of his life, and so will you. But naming a kitten can also be tons of fun! We culled our records and came up with the a current list of the 10 most popular cat names.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Opossum Facts: 10 Things You Never Knew About The Marsupial

Pity the poor opossum. The oft-maligned marsupial definitely suffers from an image problem — it is frequently perceived more as a giant, dirty, scavenging rat rather than a cute creature of the wild. But whether you love them or hate them, North America’s only marsupial has a set of unique characteristics that might transform aversion into affection. But first, the burning question: is it opossum or possum?

2012 National Dog Show: Winners Of Purina's Competition Announced

This win is one for the history books. For the second year in a row, a Wire Fox Terrier won the coveted Best in Show title at the National Dog Show presented by Purina. The same breed hasn’t won two years in row in a major competition since an English Springer Spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Strange Dog Breeds Spotted At The 2012 National Dog Show

One of the best things about attending a benched dog show like the National Dog Show presented by Purina is that you get to meet lots of pooches that you don’t usually see walking around the neighborhood or playing at the local dog park.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

8 Reasons Owning a Dog is Good for You

What's a Dog for? There are a thousand answers to the question that is the title of my new book. This is because being human means needing help, of many different kinds, and sometimes there's not another to provide it. To start with, loneliness is not only an emotion--it's terrible for the health.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Deer Enter Kohl's Store In Iowa Through Automatic Doors, Bewilder Shoppers

Shoppers in Iowa got an unusual glimpse of wildlife Monday morning when a doe and two fawns wandered into a department store. Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford says the deer used doors that open automatically to get into a Kohl's store. He says the fawns stayed in the store's vestibule, but their mother made it into the store and headed toward the back.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Video: Monogamous Magellanic Penguin Couple Have Stayed Faithful To Each Other For 16 Years

Researchers say a pair of monogamous Magellanic penguins have been together for 16 years, making the lovebirds among the most faithful in the animal kingdom. According to the Telegraph, the penguins have shared a faithful partnership for almost their "entire breeding life," despite "spending long periods apart and each of them taking solo trips totaling 200,000 miles."

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Video: Baby Elephant Plays On The Beach With A Rope

Remember when things were fun? If you don't, just watch this baby elephant playing with a rope on the beach and try to make your life a little more like this today.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Video: Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks Still The Best As Dog Pushes Other Dog

America, meet Ruger and Rogue, two Australian cattle dogs who love to push each other around in a child's car. They made their TV debut on "Late Show with David Letterman" during a Stupid Pet Tricks segment on Tuesday night. With some prodding from Linda Wright, they finally show off the best method of dog transportation we've ever seen.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Video: Veteran's Day: Dogs Welcoming Soldiers Home

Veteran's Day is November 11, and in honor of our men and women in uniform we've rounded up our all-time favorite videos of soldiers being welcomed home by their canine counterparts. Nothing says, "Welcome back," like a wagging tail and a slobbery kiss.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Video: Missing Australian Toddler, Dante Berry, Found With Loyal Dog At His Side

When 2-year-old Dante Berry wandered out of his home and into the Australian bush he was lucky to have his faithful dog, Dasher, at his side to survive the long, rainy night. According to Yahoo News, Berry left his front yard in Mildura, Australia, on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. with his German Shepherd at his side.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

'Harp Sponge' Discovered In Deep Ocean Off California

A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California's Monterey Bay. The meat-eating species was dubbed the "harp sponge," so-called because its structure resembles a harp or lyre turned on its side. A team from the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., discovered the sponge in 2000 while exploring with a remotely operated vehicle. The sponges live nearly 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) beneath the ocean's surface.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Video: Chengdu Panda Cubs Are The Cutest Things On Earth

We present your cuteness ration for the rest of the year. The Chengdu Panda Base in China recently released the most adorable photograph of baby pandas ever. According to CNN, the seven new panda cubs were born in the Sichuan-based breeding center between July and September 2012.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Poodle Cats Could Be The New Rage For Feline Fans

In 1987, a mutant kitten was born in Montana with hair like a poodle. Named Miss DePesto, this kitten grew up and birthed curly kittens of her own. As the curly cat family tree grew, Miss DePesto's descendants eventually became recognized as a new breed: the Selkirk Rex.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Experimental Newborn Bandages Inspired By Spider Webs, Mica And Gecko Feet

Whether you peel them off slowly or just rip them away, one thing is certain about bandages: they hurt like heck when they come off. But beyond the hurt, sticky bandages are actually a pretty big medical problem. More than 1.5 million people suffer injuries every year when bandages are removed — primarily newborns and the elderly, whose skin is more sensitive and easily damaged. Injuries in these cases can vary from temporary skin irritation to permanent scarring.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Video: Cat Adopts Hedgehog Babies

Russian cat Sonya took in four orphaned baby hedgehogs and is raising them alongside her own kitten. The sound you just heard was your heart breaking into millions of tiny pieces.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Is Shishi-Maru, Scottish Fold Cat, The Newest Instagram Megastar?

Is Shishi-Maru a future Instagram megastar? The painfully cute Scottish fold already has more than 6,000 followers on the photo sharing app, and with his penchant for nom-worthy facial expressions and adorable poses, he sure looks poised for Internet domination.