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These Men Are Hired by The Indian Government to Talk to Monkeys

"Monkey Men" impersonate the animals to shoo them away from buildings in New Delhi

Have a monkey infestation problem?

If you’re around Delhi, India, you might want to call up Mahendra Goswami. He is a ‘Monkey Walla,’ or ‘Monkey Man,’ one of the many men hired by the Indian government to shoo monkeys away from buildings and areas where people are present.

These men entice monkeys to leave by impersonating the sounds of the aggressive langur monkey, often wearing a mask and hiding behind trees, according to the AFP. Monkeys in Delhi have been known to trash homes and gardens and have even attacked people while looking for food.

[AFP]

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10 Dogs That Bravely Completed the Ice Bucket Challenge

From a dachshund in a shower cap to a cavapoo in a raincoat

You might be at least a little sick of seeing people dump water over their heads everywhere you turn on the Internet, even if the hugely viral phenomenon is raising insane amounts of money for a worthy cause.

But the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has now taken a cutesy turn. Here, we present some of the best canine contributions to the ever-growing collection of icy videos.

The dachshund that’s totally prepared with a cute little shower cap:

The pug that would rather just donate the damn money and have you leave it alone:

The big guy named Jet that’s pretty chill about things:

The puppy named Buttons that’s all, “can you not?”:

The corgi that actually seems excited to complete the challenge:

This chill chihuahua named Jack:

The little dude named Phineas Ernest Sander that’s rocking a fly raincoat:

The little cutie named Tinkerbelle that chills in protective rain gear while her human sings for some reason:

The dog named Boomer that realizes the challenge isn’t so bad after all:

The courageous pooch that uses an actual bucket:

Honorable mention: this cutie named Lucky that almost completed the challenge:

 

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A Family in Alabama Just Caught an Alligator That Is Over 1,000 Pounds

Alabama Alligator
A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala. Sharon Steinmann—AP

That's a big gator

A family killed a 1,011.5-pound alligator in Alabama over the weekend—the biggest captured in the state’s history. At 15-feet-long, the gator broke the scale the first time biologists tried to weigh it at Roland Cooper State Park near Camden, Alabama.

The alligator caught by the Stokes and Jenkins families in Alabama may be the largest ever killed by humans. The Safari Club International says a 14-foot, 8-inch, 880-pound gator killed in Texas in 2007 currently holds the world record, but it is unclear what criteria they used to make that declaration, according to AL.com.

[AL.com]

TIME animals

Feline Lucky? Cat Survives 12-Story Fall

It should give his owner paws for thought

A cat named Gizmo recently fell 12 stories from the penthouse terrace of a Manhattan apartment building, landing on a third floor landing and getting wedged between a skylight and a wall.

Gizmo’s owner, Samuel Jacobs, didn’t see what happened, but speculated that his cat slipped through the door to the terrace and then off the edge, the Associated Press reports.

After climbing out of a neighbor’s window, Jacobs rushed Gizmo to a vet, fearing internal injuries. When they got there, however, Gizmo was given a relatively clean bill of health—some scratches and a single broken tooth.

So how did Gizmo survive the fall? It turns out our feline friends are actually well-equipped to land unscathed after falling from high places. When cats are 3-4 weeks old, they begin to develop what’s called the ‘righting reflex‘, which is how cats twist in midair to land on their feet. It’s perfected at around 7 weeks old. (Here’s a cool schematic that shows how they actually manage to do it.)

A study conducted in 1987 and published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association examined 132 cats that had fallen from buildings and were brought into vets around New York Animal Medical center for treatment. It found that injuries per cat increased depending on the height the cat fell up to 7 stories, but actually decreased when the cat fell from above that threshold. The researchers speculated that this was due to the cats’ ability to right themselves and their relatively low terminal velocity.

[AP]

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Houston Zoo’s Baby Giraffe Makes Her Public Debut

"Kamili" is only two weeks old

Kamili—this adorable baby giraffe—was born on Aug. 3 at the Houston Zoo, becoming the 10th animal in their herd. Check out her poised and graceful debut, just a few weeks after entering the world. She won’t stay that miniature size for long, though — newborn calves can nearly double their height in the first year of being born.

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Terrifying Genius Cat Figures Out How to Open Doors

He'd make a good cat burglar

Meet Mulder. Mulder is cute. Mulder also has a secret power: He can open doors. He can even do it when there’s a tub of water in the way. Now if he can only figure out how to flush the toilet, he’d be the perfect house cat.

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This Corgi Swimming in a Pond Is the Definition of Delightful

Looks like it's having the best summer ever

What’s this? Oh, just a long-haired corgi going for a nice swim in Japan. Watch as it flaps its stubby little legs and struggles to keep its adorable, giant head above water. None of us will ever know joy like this.

To see more of this awesome pooch, check out its blog.

TIME Television

The People and Animals With the Best Shark Costumes for Shark Week

The outfits are so cute, we can only hope they live EVERY week like it's Shark Week

In case you were unaware, it’s officially Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s annual deluge of shark-related programming. Some people — like, for example, scientists who actually know things about sharks — are not super into this annual sharkstravaganza, claiming that it peddles fiction disguised as fact. But others — you know, the rest of us plebs who just thinks sharks are super awesome — are still pretty into the whole thing.

And so, we’d like to take a moment to pay tribute to the especially die-hard Shark Week fans: the people (and animals) who’ve dressed up like sharks to mark the occasion. We can only hope that these folks are truly taking to heart that age-old advice to “live every week like it’s Shark Week.” We have a feeling they are.

Who else is a big fan of @discoverychannel's @sharkweek? ✋ #sharkweek #sharkweekfanboy #extrasharky #extrasmiley

A photo posted by #wallymonster (@wallythewelshcorgi) on

#lucibryn the chubby cheek #shark for #sharkweek

A photo posted by #LuciBryn (@lucibryn) on

#sharkweek #richardthedog

A photo posted by meganrfitzpatrick (@meganrfitzpatrick) on

I love #SharkWeek and #sharkafterdark #spawnofpaws I hope I make it on tv!!! =^..^=

A photo posted by Tara The Cat (@the_tara_cat) on

Because #sharkweek

A photo posted by Ashley Erickson (@ashsaysom) on

The tripawd shark in her natural habitat (Sadie is such a trooper, I couldn't stop laughing!) #SHARKWEEK

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Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water….Happy Shark Week! #sharkweek

A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Emily Maksimowicz (@emilyruth_mak) on

 

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Watch a Dog Desperately Try to Keep Fish Alive

Looks like it has never seen a fish out of water

This dog looks like it just can’t stand watching other animals die. Splashing water on fishes lying still on the ground, it seems bent on rescuing them from suffocation. This dog’s determination is sure to warm the coldest of hearts.

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