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WATCH: Swan Attacks Man Taking a Selfie

The man ruffled its feathers

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A swan “attacked” a man who was just trying to take a selfie with it.

As YouTube user Steven Takata explains in the description of the video, “My brother-in-law got a little too close for his selfie with the trumpeter swans at the Great Bend Zoo in Kansas.” The clip also shows the selfie, which turned out pretty well, making the whole ordeal worth it after all.

It is possible that the swan wanted to make sure it was featured prominently in the shot, given it’s North America’s largest waterfowl.

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

An explainer from the American Chemical Society

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You know when you see an otherwise cute and perfect dog with his nose just straight up buried in another dog’s behind, and you’re just like, seriously, dude, why?

This new video from the American Chemical Society explains the science behind this seemingly peculiar behavior — and why the smell doesn’t overwhelm them.

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This Highly Coordinated Cat Knows How to Use a Water Cooler

Probably its first step toward inevitable world domination

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This cat is smarter and more agile than most humans we know. Watch as it deftly determines how to operate a water cooler.

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9 of the Cutest Dogs All Dressed Up as Superheroes for Comic-Con

Clearly cosplay isn't just for humans

This year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego was truly a celebration of all things comics, all things superheros and, perhaps above all, all things beautifully weird. For many, one of the best parts of the festival is seeing the endlessly creative cosplay (short for costume play) — and while we usually think of humans participating in that, plenty of dogs got in on the fun too. Here are some of our favorite canine cosplayers:

Ollie the French Bulldog, dressed in a "Shazam" costume, sits outside of the San Diego Convention Center during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego
Ollie the French Bulldog, dressed in a “Shazam” costume, sits outside of the San Diego Convention Center during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 24, 2014. Sandy Huffaker—Reuters
Mark Shaffer walks with Chopper The Biker Dog outside of the San Diego Convention Center during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego
Mark Shaffer walks with Chopper The Biker Dog outside of the San Diego Convention Center during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 25, 2014. Sandy Huffaker—Reuters

And here, as a bonus gift to you, are two pooches from last year’s festival in San Diego — and one from Dublin:

Exploring California's San Diego County
A pomeranian dog dressed as Batman sits in a toy electric car outside Comic-Con 2013 on July 23, 2013, in San Diego. George Rose—Getty Images
Comic Con Fans Attend The Annual Convention In San Diego
Beckham the dog sports a Superman costume during Comic Con on July 19, 2013 in San Diego. Sandy Huffaker—Getty Images
Dublin Comic Con
Homer the Super Dog, one of the attendees at the Dubin Comic Con event at the National Show centre in Dublin on August 11, 2013. Niall Carso—PA Wire/Press Association Images/AP

 

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Scaredy Cat So Freaked By The Outdoors He Tries To Hide In Stranger’s Bag [VIDEO]

It's the great indoors for this cat

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They call it the great outdoors, but when you’re a house cat who has never stepped foot outside before, it may not seem so great.

Take the cat in this video making the rounds on the web this morning. The cat’s owner thought it would be nice to take the pet for a walk in the fresh air. The owner hooked his furry friend up to a leash and took him outside for the first time ever. Instead of being overjoyed at his first foray into the open, the cat is overwhelmed to the point of agoraphobic. His first instinct appears to be to impersonate an ostrich, burying his head, not in the sand, but in a passing stranger’s handbag.

Some cats are just meant to be avid indoorsmen.

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9 Camps and Retreats to Help Your Pet Sort Out Its Existential Crisis

From popping bacon-scented bubbles on a "Wooftop" terrace to a workshop that teaches your dog how to fetch a beer from the fridge

While kids have been going to camp for years, and the number of camps for adults has been growing, where can their furry friends have fun in the sun? As pet industry spending is expected to reach nearly $60 billion in the U.S. this year, NewsFeed has decided to round-up pet summer camps and retreats nationwide and the new activities for 2014. All but one are for dogs, and while some of them have already taken place for the summer, many have late August and fall sessions right around the corner. Sit back, read up, and enjoy the dog days of summer.

  • Wag Hotels

    Wag Hotels

    At the 2014 summer camp run by Wag Hotels in San Francisco, dogs have chased bacon-scented bubbles on the rooftop terrace — ahem, “Wooftop Terrace,” to be exact. New activities include wine tasting with “doggie wine” (carrot juice), and campers get tattoos on their rumps of hearts, skull & cross bones, and butterflies. The camp also takes place in West Sacramento and Redwood City.

  • Call of the Wild Dog Camp

    Heather Ohmart / City Dog Country Dog

    At this camp in the Yachats River Valley on the Oregon Coast, “Happy Hour” is called “Yappy Hour.” One of the new workshops this summer is “Bring Me a Beer,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Dogs are taught how to fetch a beer from the fridge and carry it over to their owners.

  • Camp Dogwood

    Renny Mills Photography

    “Barn Hunt” is the newest activity at Camp Dogwood, which hosts camps in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, and Ingleside, Illinois. Live rats are put in tubes that look like hamster balls and are then hidden in hay so the dogs have to find them.

  • Camp Gone to the Dogs

    Steve Surfman

    Barn Hunt was also a new activity at the Vermont retreat. There’s also square dancing and freestyle dancing for dogs and their owners who want to boogie down “doggie style.”

  • Canine Camp Getaway of NY

    Laurie Coger

    This upstate New York program offers workshops like “Barks & Crafts,” in which dogs do finger (paw) painting on t-shirts, and dog skateboarding, in which dogs are taught how to stand on the skateboard, get a running start, and take off. New activities offered this year are “Doga”, a form of yoga that dogs do with their owners, and a bone stacking contest.

  • Yellowstone Dog Sports

    Melissa Dragovich / Yellowstone Dog Sports

    Herding is a popular workshop at this camp near Red Lodge, Montana, which is about an hour northeast of Yellowstone National Park, just north of the Montana-Wyoming border. While agility and “search and rescue” exercises are supposed to be physically stimulating for the dogs, astronomy lectures are supposed to be intellectually stimulating for their humans.

  • Camp Unleashed

    Jason Houston

    “Canine Massage How-to” is one of the newest activities at this camp for dogs, which has locations in Asheville, North Carolina, and The Berkshires in Massachusetts. Human campers learn how to give their pets a massage “to enhance the flow of positive energy between you and your dog,” according to the orientation packet.

  • Camp Winnaribbun

    Sharon Eide

    Based right on the beach on the south shore of Lake Tahoe in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, the camp will take dogs on hikes along different parts of the lake. This year, for the first time, the program will host a birthday celebration for the dogs, featuring various booths like bobbing for tennis balls and paw readings, the canine version of palm readings.

  • Morris Animal Inn

    Morris Animal Inn

    Lastly, we’ll throw cat owners a bone. At Morris Animal Inn in Morristown, N.J., lodging is made up of “condos”, duplexes with climbing areas, TVs, rugs, and mini versions of furniture humans use like dressers, nightstands, and sofas with wood frames. Felines feast on mahimahi, and staffers take them on “walks” along the nature trail on the grounds in strollers lined with lambswool.

    Dogs can vacation here, too. In fact, the resort’s canine fitness camp for overweight pets recently made headlines, offering activities from “Barko Polo” to “pawlates.”

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Webcam Captures 100 Endangered Baby Turtles Hatching in Florida

The baby loggerhead sea turtles emerged on Friday night

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An endangered species just got a slight population boom. A live webcam in the Florida Keys captured the hatching of approximately 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles on Monday.

It is the first high-definition video to capture a sea turtle hatch, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The national service and Florida’s state service of the same name have undergone a string of efforts to ensure the proliferation of the turtles, which have been listed as a threatened species since 1978.

“It’s so important here in the Keys to protect these nests and these turtles,” said Harry Appel, president of the Save-a-Turtle organization based in Florida. “They’ve been around for millions, maybe hundreds of millions, of years.”

The baby turtles emerged on Friday night and, guided by dim moonlight, made their way to the nearby Atlantic Ocean, where they will spend their days.

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Here’s a Perfect Compilation of Puppies Rolling Down Hills

Go on. You earned this

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Brighten up your Monday with this video, which features a series of dogs rolling down grassy hills. That’s all it is! It’s pretty bulldog-heavy, but if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of other breeds represented. (And if bulldogs are not your thing, perhaps this video will change your mind.)

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

They had been apart for two years. But don't worry, the dog is fine.

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There’s little doubt that people love their pets, after all, you don’t spend $56 billion on animals you just barely tolerate. While companion animals can’t show their love financially (Grumpy Cat nothwithstanding), it’s pretty clear that pets love their people, too. Take for example, Rebecca Ehalt’s reunion with her beloved Schnauzer, which she uploaded to YouTube. This dog was so happy to be reunited with his human friend, that it passed out from joy.

According to the YouTube posting, Ehalt had been gone for two years — that’s 14 dog years! – and the family pet just couldn’t contain all the feelings coursing through its little four-legged body and ended up shrieking in happiness until it keeled over. Don’t worry, though, the pup was taken to a vet who gave the dog a clean bill of health.

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You Will Barely Recognize This Abandoned Dog After His Much Needed Haircut

Ziggy the dog's road to recovery

When a clearly neglected Shih Tzu was dropped off at a Long Island animal shelter, rescuers were shocked. More than 25% of his body was covered in thick, matted fur — which inspired his new name: Ziggy.

Suffolk County SPCA

 

“I’ve only seen one worse in my 30 year career,” says Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA. “Even the fleas could get through the fur, that’s how bad it was.”

The 5 or 6-year-old pup could barely walk, and it took rescuers 3.5 hours to shave 4 pounds of hair from the now 11 pound dog. The change is jaw dropping:

Suffolk County SPCA

“He will be up for adoption, but not now,” Gross says. “He has a long road to recovery.”

Ziggy will have to undergo extensive physical therapy to retrain his walking muscle memory.

“There’s also a criminal investigation, and the dog could serve as evidence,” Gross says. “This is another horrible case of animal cruelty.”

A $2,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information about the dog’s owner if it leads to arrest and conviction. Call the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.

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