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Catching Up With the Stray Dogs of Sochi

Many of the stray dogs adopted by the Olympians are now settled in their new homes in the U.S.

Some athletes took home more than just medals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Some took home new best friends.

Sports Illustrated visited the homes of athletes who rescued stray dogs to see how the pooches were settling in.

Watch above, and read more at SI.com

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62 Hair Bands and 8 Pairs of Underwear Found in Dog’s Stomach

Tiki the black lab has a big appetite

No wonder Tiki the black labrador wasn’t feeling well. The dog went in for surgery after a scan showed an unusual mass in her stomach—which turned out to be more than a week’s worth of underwear, among other household items.

Tiki’s veterinarian in Pennsylvania, Dr. Hisham Ibrahim, went in for exploratory surgery, “And I found this hair band attached to another hair band to another one to another one and to other things again,” he told Pittsburgh Action News 4.

In all, the surgery removed four rubber bands, a Band-Aid, eight pairs of underwear and 62 hair bands from Tiki’s stomach. Ibrahim said Tiki has recovered well from the surgery.

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Andy Murray’s Dog Is The Best Thing on Twitter

Andy Murray's dog has almost 30,000 Twitter followers, and her tweets are amazing

Step aside, Kim Kardashian and J.K. Rowling: there’s a new celebrity ruling the Twittersphere. That celebrity’s name is Maggie May, and she just happens to be a dog.

Tennis star Andy Murray’s dog, to be exact, and she has almost 30,000 Twitter followers.

She has impeccable selfie technique:

She uses cool abbreviations like “vaycay”:

She throws shade at her owner’s competitors:

And she’s also the master of the humble-brag:

Murray and his wife Kim Sears also have a dog named Rusty, who makes frequent appearances in Maggie May’s tweets. With Murray currently on his way to the Wimbledon semifinals, we can’t wait to see what his loyal dog says next.

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Man Kept 2 Deer Captive in His Home for at Least a Year

Officers set the deer free

(HUNTINGTON, W.Va.) — Officials say a West Virginia man had been keeping two deer in captivity at his home for at least a year.

State Division of Natural Resources officer Joshua Addesa says authorities discovered the two white-tailed bucks when they visited the Cabell County man’s home July 4 after receiving a public tip.

Addesa says the deer had a supply of hay available to them inside the home. But Ronnie Chapman denied the deer lived at his home, saying they could come and go as they pleased.

WSAZ-TV reports that Chapman paid a $300 fine Tuesday in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Addesa says officers set the deer free but because the animals were domesticated, they may be considered for relocation.

In West Virginia, illegal possession of wildlife is a misdemeanor.

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Watch a Baby Bear Fall Asleep in Its Mother’s Arms

Cutest snooze ever

Man, that stock market weirdness on Wednesday was a little weird, right?

You probably want to watch a bear cub fall asleep in its mom’s arms, right?

Cool. We got you. These bears are from Poland, and their video comes courtesy of Goska Zdziechowska – you may remember her as the Cheetah Experience volunteer with a jealousy-inducing friendship with a cheetah. Goska films the pair throughout some feeding and playtime, including the point at which mama bear gets kind of annoyed with the baby, and sort of just falls asleep mid-snuggle session, which every mother out there can probably relate to.

Here are a few songs you could play while you watch this: “Dear Mama” by 2Pac, which features the line, “You are appreciated,” something moms can always be told more. “Mama,” by the Spice Girls. Or – little bit of a left turn here – “I Wanna Be a Bear,” by The Descendents.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Watch This Puppy Experience Air Conditioning for the First Time

Eyes and mouth wide open

When it comes to the modern luxury of air conditioning, this puppy has zero chill.

In an adorable YouTube video posted over the holiday weekend, a black lab puppy is sitting in the front seat of a car, minding its own business, when the most exciting thing ever happens: someone turns on the A.C.

Giddily rolling its head in front of the air flow, biting at the cool air as though it were catching snowflakes, the lab experiences the best minute of its young life. Eyes wide and mouth fixed open, the pup is the perfect image of #blessed.

To be fair, we react pretty much identically whenever someone turns on the A.C.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Celebrate the Festival of San Fermín From Afar With Vintage Bullfighting Photos

As bullfights get underway in Spain, a look back at early photos of the gory spectacle

The odds of obtaining a ticket to see the famous bullfights at the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, are about the same as the bulls’ odds for survival: not good. The centuries-old tradition, which begins every year on July 7, unfolds at Pamplona’s Plaza de Toros, the nearly 20,000 seats of which will undoubtedly be occupied in full.

For those who can’t make the trip, a look back at the bullfights held in 1947 provide a glimpse into the violent spectacle. One of the matadors photographed for LIFE, Manolete, was a Spanish bullfighter considered by many to be the best of all time. Though the bulls pictured here surely met a gruesome fate, so, too, did Manolete. The month after these photos were taken, he died after being gored by a bull in the town of Linares. Critics of bullfighting might call it justice. Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator, called it a tragedy, ordering three days of national mourning to remember a Spanish hero.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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Rabbits Are Disabling Cars at Denver Airport

Rabbits are chewing up wires under parked cars

Correction appended, July 6, 2015

Cars parked at the Denver International Airport are under siege by a bunch of furry menaces.

According to USA Today, one airport pilot was stranded at the airport when rabbits chewed through his transmission cables, resulting in a over $400 bill. In the past rabbits from the surrounding prairie lands have hopped into the parking lot and chewed up wiring under cars, sometimes causing thousands of dollars in damage. In prior years, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services in Denver has removed around 100 rabbits every month from the area.

Some believe the rabbits are seeking shelter under the cars for warmth. The airport is has tried solutions like adding additional fencing and perches for hawks.

[USA Today]

Correction: An earlier version of this article referenced and linked to an outdated article.

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Watch This Dog Totally Rat Out Another Dog For Making a Mess

Dog on dog shaming

The only thing worse than getting caught red-handed doing something you’re definitely not supposed to do? Being sold out by a friend.

Watch as this French bulldog silently owns its shame, all while draped in a cloak of illicitly obtained toilet paper. The ostensible owner then interrogates the embarrassed pup: “Is that what you want? You want to wear that toilet paper all day long? Did you make this mess?”

The camera slowly pans over to a sitting bullmastiff, tail wagging as it contemplates selling a buddy down the river. The dog seems to make a decision, sits up and points a single paw in the Frenchie’s direction. The effect of the friend’s betrayal is clear, and makes one thing quite obvious: this bullmastiff has absolutely no chill.

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This Gruesome Video Will Get You Pumped for Shark Week, If You’re Into That

It was made soon after two shark attacks were reported along the coast of New South Wales, Australia

Just days after two shark attacks were reported along the coast of New South Wales, an Australian diver named Brett Vercoe has captured video footage of three great whites and a couple of tiger sharks happily chomping at the carcass of a sperm whale. The video, capturing a scene Vercoe described as “impressive” and “incredible,” is currently making the rounds on social media.

It also comes in the wake of a string of shark attacks along the North Carolina coast, and together with them offers some incidental publicity for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which kicked off its 27th year on Sunday evening.

Excited for a seven-day block of educational cable programming dedicated to a fish? Of course you are.

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