TIME animals

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]

TIME animals

Houston Zoo’s Baby Giraffe Makes Her Public Debut

"Kamili" is only two weeks old

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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

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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

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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.

 

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Watch a Dog Desperately Try to Keep Fish Alive

Looks like it has never seen a fish out of water

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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.

WATCH: Dog Absolutely Loses Its Mind When It Meets The New Family Kitten

PHOTOS: Hounds of Helsinki: Behind The Scenes of the 2014 World Dog Show

MORE: What Is This? Oh, Nothing. Just a Bunch of Corgis Frolicking on a College Campus

TIME Bizarre

Man Un-Ironically Calls Cops to Report Chicken Crossing the Road in Portland, Oregon

Police "were unable to determine the chicken's intent."

A man un-ironically called the Portland, Oregon, police Monday to report a chicken was crossing the road, causing traffic.

“Hi, um this is actually not a prank call,” the man began in his call to a non-emergency dispatcher. “I had to slow down to almost to a complete stop.”

According to the Associated Press, Sgt. Pete Simpson said responding officers could not locate the bird and thus, “were unable to determine the chicken’s intent.”

The Portland Police very ironically posted the call on YouTube:

Whether this is the greatest or worst thing of all time is up for interpretation.

TIME animals

This Cat That Can Open Doors Reminds Us That We’re Never Truly Safe

Further proof that an international cat uprising is nigh

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“Cats can’t open doors because they don’t have opposable thumbs and also because they’re just silly little cats.”

You’ve probably thought that before, but it’s time for you to learn the truth. Cats CAN and DO open doors, as we’ve learned from this video uploaded by YouTuber Kristian Svenson.

What this means is that nowhere is ever truly safe for us and that cats will most likely rise up and try to stage a massive coup and we should probably start taking the proper precautions before it’s too late.

MORE: Never Drink Alone Again Because Now There’s Wine for Cats

TIME animals

WATCH: Giant Spider Interrupts British News Broadcast

Or crawled over a BBC News camera lens, we can't decide

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A giant spider roughly the size of a BBC news anchor’s head interrupted a live broadcast of the morning news, or so it appeared to amused viewers who tweeted pictures of the “attack.”

It was of course a normal house spider that had spun a web across the camera lens, and wasn’t about to let a live telecast get between it and breakfast.

 

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