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Cheetah and Dog BFFs Celebrate Their First Birthday With a Giant Popsicle

Cathy Burkey / Dallas Zoo

Paws-itively precious.

The Dallas Zoo hosted a first birthday party for its cheetah Winspear and black labrador Amani. Born three days apart, the two animals have been inseparable since they were two months old. To stay cool in the Texas heat, the two savored a red-white-and-blue popsicle made of “30 gallons of water, 2% milk, and low-sodium chicken broth for flavoring.”

Cathy Burkey / Dallas Zoo

(h/t Dallas News)

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Watch This Puppy Comfort an Older Dog Who’s Having a Nightmare

Ugh, dogs are so perfect

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Not only is this puppy really cute, he’s also incredibly compassionate. Watch as he attempts to comfort an older dog who he notices is having a bad dream.

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Man Finds Venomous Snake Slithering Out of Office Toilet

Not an April Fools Day gag

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Ever been tempted to prank a colleague with a rubber snake on April Fools Day? Turns out an Alabama construction worker found a real snake crawling out of his office’s toilet over the weekend, WBRC reports.

A member of the Hueytown Police Department grabbed the snake, believed to be a cottonmouth, and then drove to a place where she could “release it into the wild.”

It could have been worse. A Texas woman found a 12-foot African rock python hugging the toilet in her bathroom a couple of months ago.

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Here’s an Adorable Tiny Hedgehog Having an Adorable Tiny Birthday Party

Featuring tiny cakes, tiny party hats and two tiny hamster friends

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The heroes who gave us a video of tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos are back with another gem. This one also features hamsters, but this time around, they’re guests at a birthday party being thrown for a hedgehog. This soirée has everything: tiny cakes, tiny chairs, tiny balloons, tiny polka-dotted party hats, and, of course, impossibly cute tiny animals.

If you’ve still got appetite for tiny animals eating tiny things, check out this tiny hamster eating a tiny slice of pizza.

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Scientists: Biggest-Ever Bird Had Massive 20-Foot Wingspan

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This is a reconstruction of the world's largest-ever flying bird, Pelagornis sandersi, identified by Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn. Reconstruction art is by Liz Bradford. Liz Bradford

With a wingspan of about 21 feet

Scientists have identified what they believe to be the largest bird to have ever lived.

According to a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday, a bird with a wingspan of about 21 feet soared through the skies some 25 million years ago. That’s double the size of a modern Royal Albatross and, according to the Associated Press, bigger than a giraffe’s head.

While the bird’s giant size led to some clumsiness on land, flight analysis estimates that the creature traveled up to 50 feet a second in the air.

“This was a pretty impressive creature,” Bruce Museum paleontologist Daniel T. Ksepka told the Wall Street Journal. “Science had made a rule about flight, and life found a way around it.”

The ancient bird’s sizable skeleton was discovered in 1983 near a Charleston, South Carolina airport.

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This Panda Had The Best First Birthday Party Ever

That cake looks pretty good

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This NBC News video shows the first Taiwan-born giant panda cub Yuan Zai celebrating her first birthday at the Taipei Zoo on July 6 .

ITN video reports the pink cake was made out of fruits and vegetables – bamboo, apples, carrots, and pineapples. The zoo also set up a way for her to draw lots via bamboo tubes, a tradition in which objects are placed in front of a baby, and the one he or she chooses is supposed to determine his or her calling in life. The panda picked up the “painter” card, AFP reports.

Photos from the event also show that, in a typical parent move, her mother Yuan Yuan (left) helped her eat the cake–you know, in case it became too overwhelming:

Mandy Cheng/AFP – Getty Images
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Hot Wheels! Paraplegic Porcupine Gets Wheelchair Made from Plumbing Pipes

Too cute

A wheelchair made out of plumbing pipes is giving a paraplegic porcupine in Brazil a new chance at life.

KTVU reports via RuptlyTV that the disabled animal at a Piracicaba city zoo in Sao Paulo had been rescued from a nightclub about a month ago. It was going to be put down, but then zoo workers figured out how to make the wheelchair, which reportedly only cost $5 to put together.

Perhaps it won’t be long before some Internet user takes this footage and does a Chamillionaire remix.

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Don’t Worry, Shark Attacks Are Still Incredibly Rare

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ... it is

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A swimmer’s run-in with a great white shark at California’s Manhattan Beach on Saturday may trigger the Jaws theme in nervous beach-goers’ heads, but there’s no need to be afraid of the water — shark attacks are still incredibly uncommon.

There have only been 12 people killed by shark attacks between the years 2001 and 2013, and as National Geographic notes in the video above, you’re much more likely to get injured by your own toilet or a room freshener.

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14 of The Most Patriotic Pets in America

Paw-sitively festive

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Zachary Harris, 5, of Moore, Okla., dressed as Uncle Sam, walks with his dog, Brutus, dressed as “Lady Liberty” in the Downtown Salute Parade, July 4, 2005, in Oklahoma City, as part of the parade’s Most Patriotic Dog Competition. Bill Waugh / The Oklahoman – AP
Bill waits to compete in the Mutt Strutt patriotic dog contest during an Independence Day celebration in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, July 4, 2008. Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News – AP
Stretch, a Corgi from Odenton, Maryland, marched as part of the doggie drill team from Greenbelt dog training at Takoma Park’s 122nd Fourth of July celebration in 2011. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post – Getty Images
A dog decked out for the annual I’On Community Independence Day Parade in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, July 4, 2012. Richard Ellis – Getty Images
A chihuahua at the 4th of July parade in the McKinney, Texas, town square. Michael Prengler – AP
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VIDEO: Watch a Jaguar Take Down a Crocodile

Not the food chain you might predict

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What’s that brownish lump floating on the surface of the river? A turtle? Some kind of plant matter? Oh no wait, it’s a jaguar, and it’s jumping out of the water and sneaking up behind that crocodile! OMG and clamping its mouth around the crocodile’s neck and dragging it back through the water like a proud house cat with a captured mouse.

Well, guess we know who wins this battle of the animals.

 

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