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Watch This Tiny Puppy Get Totally Freaked Out by His Own Hiccups

And then try to attack them

An important part of being a puppy, besides being adorable and ruining people’s shoes, is learning how things work. And in this video, we get to see a pup named Buck attempt to figure out what hiccups are.

He’s just so confused though. While sitting in the backseat of a car, the eight-week-old pups begins hiccuping for the first time in his life. He responds by growling and barking in what appears to be an attempt to scare the hiccups away.

Pretty sure there will never be anything cuter than this.

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90-Year-Old Tortoise Gets Wheels After Losing Legs in Rat Attack

Her owner says Mrs. T is on a roll

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A 90-year-old tortoise named Mrs. T now has a pair of wheels to get around after a rat gnawed off her front legs while she was hibernating in a garden shed earlier this month in Pembroke, West Wales, The Telegraph and BBC News report.

Owner Jude Ryder turned to son Dale Sinclair-Jones, an engineer, who glued an axis connecting wheels from a model aircraft onto her shell.

Now the pet reptile can reportedly move faster than ever, so hares everywhere better watch out.

TIME animals

Sprinkles the 33-Pound Cat Is Looking to Slim Down

Sprinkles the cat is pictured at The Crooked Tail in Sea Isle City, N.J. on April 23, 2015.
Michael Ein—AP Sprinkles the cat is pictured at The Crooked Tail in Sea Isle City, N.J. on April 23, 2015.

"Whatever position she's in, she's stuck. She can barely move"

Sprinkles may have had too many kitty cupcakes in her life.

The people taking care of this sweet 33-lb. cat aren’t sure how she got so big, but they are looking to help her slim down, according to PressofAtlanticCity.com.

Sprinkles was discovered in a foreclosed home with ear mites, a flea infestation and an infection. She is now under the loving care of S.O.S. Sea Isle City Cats in New Jersey and is feeling better, but she still has some hurdles to overcome.

“Whatever position she’s in, she’s stuck. She can barely move,” said Stacy Jones Olandt, a volunteer at S.O.S. Sea Isle City Cats.

“We’ve seen fat cats at 20 to 25 lbs., but this is just obscene. Cats, by and large, don’t overfeed themselves. This is similar to a 600- or 700-lb. human that should weigh 180 lbs.,” she continued.

The 4-year-old kitty has trouble rolling over and grooming due to her extra weight, but the staff at shelter hope to get Sprinkles moving again soon. For the next several months, the kitty will be put on a closely monitored diet so she can lose weight at a healthy rate.

While there is a lot of Sprinkles to love, she also has a lot of love to give.

“She’s sweet, sweet, sweet,” said Olandt.

The staff at the shelter hope the feline’s affectionate personality will land her a forever home with an owner who’s willing to help the cat continue to slim down. If you’re interested in becoming that person, contact S.O.S. Sea Isle City Cats.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME animals

Watching This Woman Meet Her New Puppy Will Definitely Make You Cry

Puppy love at first sight

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A 30-second clip of a woman sitting on a mattress and playing with her new puppy has racked up more than a million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on April 25.

It is definitely not the most dramatic reaction to a new puppy out there on the web. For instance, just watch this little girl scream her head off when her mom buys her one or this grandmother cry with happiness over her new Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

TIME animals

This Sneaky Turtle Just Photobombed a Group Picture in the Philippines

Is this the cutest photo-bomb of all time? Friendly sea turtle crashes group photo in the Philippines at just the right moment
Whitehotpix/ZUMAPRESS.com Friendly sea turtle crashes group photo in the Philippines at just the right moment.

Call it photo-shelled

A sea turtle managed to photobomb a group of swimmers in the Philippines earlier this month, launching itself squarely in the frame of a group shot.

“We were posing for a group photo at Apo Island when this sea turtle surfaced to breathe and photo-bombed!” Diovani de Jesus, who took the shot, explained on his blog. “This is a reminder that humans and creatures like this gentle [sea turtle] can co-exist,” he added, saying the shallow area”is a feeding ground for sea turtles.”

Many sea turtles are endangered, as they are often poached for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, and are also harmed by climate change and habitat destruction, the Huffington Post noted.

TIME animals

Miniature Dachshund Rescued After 2 Weeks Underground

Dachshund Rescued
Matt Riedl—AP Lucy, a 4-year-old miniature dachshund, at her Derby, Kans. home April 22, 2015.

The Kansas dog literally dug herself into a hole

Lucy is one lucky pooch.

The miniature dachshund has been rescued two weeks after accidentally digging herself underground in Derby, Kansas, and getting trapped underneath a concrete slab, the Wichita Eagle reports.

The dog, which was let out in the yard each day by owner Rebecca Felix and her husband, dug a hole in the ground and then turned and burrowed for 4 feet beneath a concrete slab supporting an air conditioning unit.

After two weeks of searching for the dog, the couple heard a quiet bark and called 911 to rescue her.

“It really is a miracle that God gave me back Lucy right before her birthday, and if she could talk, we’d be able to write a book about it,” Felix said of Lucy, who turned 4 years old hours after she was rescued.

[Wichita Eagle]

TIME animals

Buffalo Herd Gunned Down After Escaping From a Farm

A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015,
Mike Groll—AP A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015

The animals posed a threat to public safety, authorities said

A small herd of buffalo escaped from a farm in upstate New York on Thursday, roaming free across roads and through rivers until local authorities gave the signal to open fire.

The herd of 15 escaped buffalo reportedly forged the Hudson River and crossed a heavily trafficked interstate some 20 minutes out of Albany, Fox News reports. They were pursued by police, hunters and local experts, who agreed that there was no effective way of tranquilizing or containing the animals. Fearing the risk to public safety, authorities asked hunters to gun the herd down.

TIME animals

Baby Giraffe Born at Dallas Zoo Now Has a Name

Animal Planet—Dallas Zoo Katie and Kipenzi

More than 50,000 votes were cast to name the youngster

As the royal baby name game continues to leave us guessing, we can all sleep a little more soundly knowing at least one adorable newborn finally has her moniker.

And the Dallas Zoo’s newest giraffe addition’s name is … Kipenzi, which is Swahili for loved one.

More than 50,000 fans around the world voted to pick the name of the calf, whom Katie the reticulated giraffe welcomed April 10.

We’ve been keeping tabs on Kipenzi via Animal Planet’s live-cam, which began rolling before Katie even gave birth.

As for Kipenzi, the calf has gained more than 30 lbs. since birth and stands over 6-ft. tall. Dallas Zoo visitors, get excited: The giraffe baby is preparing to make her public debut in the habitat for her first full day as soon as the rainy weather clears up, which will likely be early next week.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Science

What Happened to the First Cloned Puppy

Scientists Announce World's First Cloned Dog
Getty Images Snuppy, (R) the first successfully cloned Afghan hound, sits with his genetic father at the Seoul National University on Aug. 3, 2005 in Seoul

April 24, 2005: The world’s first cloned dog, Snuppy, is born in South Korea

It’s fair to say that Snuppy the dog received more praise in his first year than most dogs do in a lifetime. No other pup, after all, has ever been named TIME’s “Invention of the Year.”

Snuppy wasn’t any better behaved than the average puppy, by TIME’s account, which noted that the sight of lamb-flavored treats or a visitor’s arrival sent him “into a frenzy of excited jumping.” But his birth — on this day, April 24, a decade ago — was a miracle of science in itself.

Snuppy was a clone, the first successful one of his species, produced by a team of South Korean researchers from a single cell culled from an Afghan hound’s ear. (His name was an amalgam of S.N.U. — Seoul National University, where the research team was based — and “puppy.”)

Other mammals had already been successfully cloned, from Dolly the sheep in 1996 to CC the cat (short for Copy Cat) in 2001, along with mice, rabbits, pigs, cows and horses. But dogs turned out to be exasperatingly difficult to duplicate, partly because their breeding period was more limited than other species’, and partly because their eggs were not as easy to extract as eggs were from other animals like cows or pigs.

It was thanks to dogged persistence that the Korean team, led by the scientist Woo Suk Hwang, succeeded where others had failed — including an American company that had hoped to win the cloned-dog race. Of 1,095 extracted eggs that Hwang’s team implanted in 123 surrogates, two made it to term and one died a few weeks after birth. Snuppy was the lone cloned survivor.

Hwang, meanwhile, had already made a name for himself as one of the world’s greatest innovators; he’d been listed among TIME’s most influential people the year before Snuppy’s debut. But his reputation began to unravel when he was accused of ethics violations related to his earlier work with a different species: humans.

In 2004, he’d appeared to produce viable stem cell lines from a cloned human embryo, but other scientists questioned his data, and an S.N.U. committee ultimately determined that it had been fabricated. That deception, coupled with the revelation that some of the women who had donated eggs for stem-cell research were Hwang’s own graduate students — an egregious ethical breach — led to his dismissal from the university. Snuppy stayed, however, and remained a beloved campus mascot. In 2008, he fathered puppies of his own, no cloning required.

And while a cloud of suspicion descended over everything Hwang had done, another investigation upheld his canine cloning claim, concluding that Snuppy was, in fact, the real deal — a genuine copy.

Read more about how Snuppy was created, here in the TIME archives: Dogged Pursuit

TIME animals

Watch This Girl Totally Freak Out When Her Mom Surprises Her With a Puppy

"Oh my God! You're SO CUTE!"

There’s something so sweet about watching young kids just completely lose it when their parents surprise them with a puppy.

In the above clip, a young girl comes home from school, thinking it’s just another normal afternoon. When she opens the door and notices someone filming, she clearly realizes something is going on — and when she realizes that that something is a new puppy in the next room, she freaks out. She screams and sprints toward the puppy, shouting at him, “YOU’RE SO CUTE.”

He really is so cute, and we totally understand why she freaks out. She cries because she’s just so overjoyed to have a puppy, who, in the meantime, is just happily waggin’ his tail.

Read next: Watch a Little Girl Pay Michelle Obama a Sweet Compliment

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