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Here’s a Bear Casually Strolling Around New Jersey Like It’s a Person

This is both wildly entertaining and extremely unsetting

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What’s this? Oh, you know, just a giant bear walking upright like a human. The bipedal creature is seen in the video above just going for a stroll, occasionally pausing to do things like peek into a trash can. According to the video description, the bear was seen in Jefferson Township, NJ.
 
A Facebook user near Green Pond, NJ, posted an additional — and slightly more unnerving — video of the bear hanging out in a backyard and terrorizing a neighborhood dog:
 

 

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This Little Piggy Can Surf

SURFBORT

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The latest surfing animal to go viral is Kama, an adorable pig who hangs ten better than most people.
 
Kama developed his skills on the surfboard after the orphaned piglet was adopted by a human family. When Kai Holt saw the baby pig fall into the family’s swimming pool and immediately start swimming like a porcine Michael Phelps, he realized the pig was a water fanatic. After Kama got acclimated to swimming pools, Holt, an avid surfer, decided to test the waters, literally, and take Kama out to catch some waves at one of Oahu’s famed beaches. As Holt says in the video, if the pig can swim, he can definitely surf. Sure enough, the pig was a natural, digging his hooves into the front of Holt’s board and soon Kama and Holt were out riding the waves together with Kama standing tall while Holt paddles.
 
Thanks to GoPro cameras strapped to the board and Kama’s head, the entire internet can get a pig’s eye view as he heads out on a surfing safari.
 
MORE: Adorable Baby Seal Pops Out of Nowhere to Go Surfing
 
MORE: This Dog Surfing Competition is Totally Gnarly

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Watch Cows Come to Hear Farmer’s Moo-ving Rendition of Lorde’s “Royals” on the Trombone

Move over, Old MacDonald

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Sorry Old MacDonald, but cows these days have no interest in your E-I-E-I-O schtick. Luckily, Derek Klingenberg is a modern farmer and farm-centric musical parody artist who has a YouTube channel and some unique ideas for bringing his cows home for the night.
 
In this video, Klingenberg set up his chair and video camera, whipped out his trombone and started to sweetly serenade his herd with a cover of Lorde’s hit “Royals.” As the dulcet strains of his trombone take on the chart-topping tune echoed across the Kansas plains, the cows came home to hear the concert.
 
It’s a sweet scene of bovine fandom. We can only hope they don’t stampede when the find out that Lorde is writing a new track for the Mockingjay soundtrack.
 
MORE: Lorde Is Writing a New Song For the New Hunger Games Soundtrack
 
MORE: Weird Al’s Parody of Lorde’s “Royals” Is About…Foil

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Why New Yorkers Are Getting Matched With Dogs on Tinder

Swipe right to adopt

Posing with a puppy to prove your humanity is a Tinder trope as old as, well, Tinder. But starting last week, New Yorkers found themselves swiping right with literal dogs. Like, the four legged kind, not the kind that sends you lots of suggestive eggplant emojis.

East Village no-kill shelter Social Tees Animal Rescue teamed up with The Barn at ad agency BBH to push pet adoption … via a dating app.

Since Tinder requires a Facebook account for entry into its vortex of swiping, Social Tees set up ten separate Facebook pages for various abandoned puppies looking for a home. Bios ranged from typical exhortations of “Single and ready to mingle!” to the less subtle: “Roses are grey, Violets are grey, and everything is grey because I’m a dog.”

The adoption initiative began July 31, and Social Tees told TIME that its staff had individually approved all potential matches. There were 2,500 matches as of Monday, and people are encouraged to foster a dog for two weeks or to adopt one permanently.

This isn’t the first time shelters have targeted lonely singles on dating sites. The ASPCA put targeted ads on OKCupid in February, right in time for Valentine’s Day, in a pro-bono promotion that resulted in 6 dog and 35 cat adoptions over the course of a weekend.

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Adorable Baby Seal Pops Out of Nowhere to Go Surfing

He has a lot of trouble with it, but eventually gets the hang of it -- sort of

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Two guys were out surfing off the coast of northern England when a seal pup decided to join in on the fun — so it hopped right up onto one of their boards, the BBC reports.

The seal played with the surfers for about an hour, and it appears to have made a valiant effort to learn how to surf despite some difficulty remaining balanced.

“It kept sliding off,” one of the surfers, Matthew Stanley, told the BBC. “But every time you caught a wave it would surf in on the white water.”

The whole thing was pretty presumptuous, actually, but luckily the seal was cute enough to pull it off.

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What’s This? Oh Nothing, Just a Bunch of Corgi Puppies Frolicking on a College Campus

The cuteness is ALMOST too much to handle. Almost.

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A team of six intrepid young corgis were recruited to visit Georgia Tech to spread their unbelievable cuteness and undeniable charisma all over campus. Well, let’s just say that these little guys certainly met — nay, exceeded — those expectations.

Watch here as the pups casually take over the campus with their fluffy butts, floppy ears and big adorable puppy dog eyes. Oh, and if you’re wondering why they spend so much time hanging out in baking dishes, Jezebel got an explanation from the person who posted the video:

For some reason, they just really like sleeping in pans! … When we only had one pan out, they would all try to cram inside it!

(h/t Jezebel)

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Mysterious Cat-Like Creature on the Loose in Southern California

Experts "still cannot definitively identify the type of animal"

A large cat that appears to resemble a lion is roaming the streets of Norwalk, Calif., this weekend.

The city warned Thursday that a resident’s security camera captured what looked like a mountain lion walking around in the early hours of the morning last Tuesday. But on Friday, two experts from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the beast was definitely not a mountain lion, though they “still cannot definitively identify the type of animal.”

Craig Packer, a professor at the University of Minnesota Lion Research Center watched the security footage and told the Los Angeles Times that “it certainly does look like an African lion. It’s not a cougar.” The founder and executive director of the Project Survival Cat Haven, Dale Anderson, also told the paper it looked like an African lion, though expert opinions vary: a founder of another wildlife sanctuary thought it could be a leopard, while a Department of Fish and Wildlife expert believed it could have just been a dog.

Anderson said that, if the animal is indeed a lion, it likely had been kept as a rare pet.

“If a lion is out there like that,” he said, “it shouldn’t be happening.”

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Adorable Deer Cries When You Stop Petting His Belly

But watch what happens when he tries to stop

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A video going viral on Reddit shows Justin Lewis, an electric company lineman from Kentucky, cradling a fawn and giving it belly rubs. The young deer squealed whenever he stopped. As he wrote on Facebook, “momma deer was watching from the hillside. The fawn was following us around the job site, so we carried it up the hillside and he left with his mother.”

WATCH: Deer Essentially Falls from the Sky and Crushes a Car

MORE: Deer Gets Basketball Stuck in Antlers

WATCH: Hovercraft Rescues Deer Stranded on Frozen Lake

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How to Bury Your Pet in Space

Unlike this stock photo, your pet's cremated remains would be sent to space in capsules. Getty Images

First flight blasts off in the fall

A Houston company called Celestis, which has been sending cremated human remains to space since 1997, has announced a program for the remains of dogs and cats, Reuters reports.

On October 7, 2014, Celestis’s first pet memorial spaceflight is expected to blast off from Spaceport America in New Mexico carrying the remains of a blue merle Australian Shepherd, aptly named Apollo. A biography of his life on the Celestis website describes him as a dog who enjoyed long walks, though noted that as a “libertarian, he was not a fan of the local leash laws.”

The mission is part of the company’s Earth Rise service, which sends “a symbolic portion of your loved one’s cremated remains to space,” according to the Celestis website. “The cremated remains then return to Earth and are recovered.” The family will “receive the flown space capsule or module — with the cremated remains still inside — as a keepsake.”

The price of that kind of mission starts at $995. For $4,995, the remains will orbit the Earth. For $12,500, you can send them to the Moon or deep space.

Celestis is known for launching “22 lipstick-sized metal vials” containing ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and American psychologist and LSD expert Timothy Leary at 6,200 mph.

 

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This Dog’s Brakes May Need Checking [VIDEO]

Hey dog, that's weird

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Stella the Yellow Lab has no need for convention.

Sure, most dogs slow down before coming to a complete stop, but Stella isn’t most dogs. Instead of laying off the gas to slow her roll, Stella does the canine equivalent of pulling the car keys out of the ignition — she simply stops mid-stride and belly flops on the ground, legs splayed out behind her like a Thanksgiving turkey.

It’s an adorably weird quirk that was uploaded to YouTube, so the whole internet could head-scratch over the cute canine oddity. The uploader assures concerned viewers that Stella is completely healthy and she just uses this unique braking technique “to cool down on the grass after she’s been fetching and playing.” Keep on being you, Stella.

MORE: This Dog Was So Excited to Be Reunited With Its Owner That It Passed Out

MORE: Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other’s Butts? Here Comes the Science

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