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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.

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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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Chinese Panda Brings to Bear Rare Batch of Triplets

Three of a kind

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A rare batch of panda triplets was recently born at China’s Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, the Associated Press reports.

Their mother, Ju Xiao, was impregnated with sperm from a panda at a Guangzhou zoo in March, and she gave birth to the cubs on July 29. China made the announcement this week after it was certain that the cubs had survived, according to the AP via China News Service.

The AP also reports that the triplets, which reportedly weigh between 8-12 ounces, mark the fourth panda triplet born via an artificial breeding program. It is unclear how many of those triplet groups have survived, however.

MORE: TIME Launches Panda Cam During Government Shutdown

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Watch a Dog Just Lose His Mind Meeting The Family’s New Kitten for the First Time

The dog looks pawsitively smitten with the new cat already

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Read any baby book and there will be probably be a chapter on introducing your new baby to your beloved family pet. Tips usually include something like bringing home a baby blanket so the dog can sniff it and get used to that new baby smell and learn to love the tiny creature to which it belongs.

In this YouTube video uploaded by Tom Shukis, Kip, the “dorky year-old rat terrier,” meets the tiny grey tabby on his girlfriend’s sofa in Cherry Valley, New York. He quickly gets a little over-excited to meet his new housemate, and in a fit of unbridled enthusiasm, starts spinning in gleeful circles on the couch unable to contain the shock of the new kitty. Watch and smile.

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Two-Headed Dolphin Found Dead on Beach in Turkey

This photo of a conjoined dolphin was taken by gym teacher Tugrul Metin, while he was vacationing during the first few days of August 2014, in the Aegean Sea coastal town of Dikili, Turkey Tugrul Metin—AP

A rare occurrence, marine biologists told Turkish media

A corpse that appears to belong to a two-headed dolphin calf washed up on a beach in Turkey, the Associated Press reports.

Tugrul Metin, a gym teacher, was on vacation when he found the conjoined cetacean on a beach in Dikili, which is near the Aegean city of Izmir.

Marine biologist Mehmet Gokoglu called the incident rare, AP reports, and that the dolphin will be studied by researchers at Akdeniz University.

PHOTO: Here Is a Crocodile Eats a Shark

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Here’s a Montage of a Perpetually-Sleepy Pug Yawning Over and Over Again

Bonus: He wears a lot of awesome sweaters

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Everyone, meet Grover. Like most pugs, he seems to be tired pretty much always. His human decided to film his daily yawn sessions — which are often accompanied by exhausted little squeals — to create this nice little compilation featuring 29 yawns in total.

Oh, be sure to pay close attention to his incredible wardrobe. His sweater game is ON POINT.

WATCH: Pug, Baby Battle Over a Cookie and Everyone Wins

PHOTO: This Man Proposed to His Girlfriend With The Help of 16 Pugs and Heart-Shaped Balloons

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Bomb Threat False Alarm at National Zoo Triggers Ape Escape Rumors

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A young Lowland Gorilla eats bamboo in his enclosure March 20, 2014 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Karen Bleier—AFP/Getty Images

Authorities evacuated an area of the zoo in response to a bomb threat

As a main area of Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo was evacuated Friday, zoo-goers took to Twitter to announce that they were being evacuated because an ape had escaped — though that turned out not to be the case.

But, in the end, all of the mammals were in their pens. The Zoo had evacuated the area in response to a bomb threat in “an abundance of caution,” according to a spokesperson. The area was cleared by police, and no bombs were found.

The whole incident, though reminds us of this time a panda escaped from the zoo:

 

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And Now, The 10 Most Bizarre Dog and Cat Names of 2014

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Unfortunately not named Peanut Wigglebutt Getty Images

Peanut Wigglebutt for the win

Veterinary Pet Insurance has released its annual ranking of the most bizarre dog and cat names in its database, which leads with Peanut Wigglebutt and Snuggles Butt Le Lee, respectively — thus proving once and for all that both dogs and cats have notable butts and that the collective human race has the sense of humor of a five year old.

Below are the top 10 monikers, chosen by a public vote, and the full list of 50 crazy, yet endearing, pet names can be found here. (How did Waffle Dots beat Brutus Pancakes out of the Top 10? How?!)

Dogs:

  1. Peanut Wigglebutt
  2. Sir Hog Knucklehead
  3. Sasha Biggiepotamus Fierce
  4. Otto Von Longdog
  5. Zippity Do Dawg
  6. Airbubble McMuffin
  7. Hamburger Patty
  8. Angus T Brackencrack
  9. Mister Buddy Pickles
  10. Waffle Dots

Cats:

  1. Snuggles Butt Le Lee
  2. Count Flufferton
  3. Katy Purry
  4. Walter Croncat
  5. Joey Banana Pants
  6. Felix Thunder Paws
  7. Nuttykitty
  8. Senor Meow
  9. Sassy Brat Kat
  10. Purrscilla

You’re welcome.

(h/t TODAY)

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Cat Sets New World Record for Longest Fur

Sophie Smith's fur measures just over 10 inches at its longest point. Guinness World Records

It's about 10 inches long at the tail. Me-wow!

A furry feline has set a new record for the longest fur on a cat, Guinness World Records announced in a web post this week.

Sophie Smith, a 2-year-old cat from California, has surpassed the late Colonel Meow‘s old record by more than an inch. Her tail fur is 25.68 centimeters (10.11 inches) at its longest point.

Sophie’s mew-teoric rise to fame came from humble beginnings. Her owner Jami Smith told Guinness World Records that she was out for a walk one day when some men pulled up with a truck, held out a paper bag and asked if she wanted a kitten.

“I walked over, took the bag, opened it up and sure enough there was a tiny kitten inside the bag crying,” she said.

Internet users celebrating World Cat Day today, Aug. 8, should find this story particularly a-mewsing.

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Feel Good Friday: 9 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From cliff climbers to underwater elephants, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

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